A black line drawing on brown of men building a railroad with a train riding on it toward the viewer

  • BOB DYLAN: SLOW TRAIN COMING: 1979: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: My two most listened to albums in the fall of 1979 was this one- and Neil Young’s Rust Never Sleeps. Of all of Dylan’s changes this is the one which I would guess surprised and angered some of his fans the most. I thought it was a great album- but not as good as one I immediately think of from the same time period and one that I didn’t truly appreciate until a few years later- Van Morrison’s Into The Music.

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  • THE CLASH: GIVE’ EM ENOUGH ROPE: 1978: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS- It may not be as fantastic as the debut album before it- or London Calling which came after it- but that would be a tall order to fill.


  • BEE GEES: SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The last big popular Bee Gees album with a number of hits on it- as the 70’s expired people got tired of disco and they got tired of the Bee Gees.

A grid of 20 black and white head shots of the Beatles – John, George, Paul, and Ringo


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  • HALL AND OATES: PRIVATE EYES: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: They captured a production sound with the previous album Voices- which the then beat into the group- but this album actually isn’t that bad- after this one though I had enough of Hall & Oates.  Not that it has a damn thing to do with the album- but in the early 90’s my sister was friends with a roadie who was working for Hall & Oates- my brother and her went- they were eating back stage with the friend- and band members etc- John Oates among them- according to my brother- John Oates just acted like another guy. Nice, friendly fella. Then in walks Daryl Hall with an entourage and his sun glasses on breezing by everyone. Why is that so believable?

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  • BOB DYLAN: SAVED: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have never cared very much for this album- his second christian oriented album- I loved Slow Train Coming but this production just sounds harsh. Same producers. It also feels a little rushed- where on Slow Train Coming it seemed like Bob was really taking his time on it- to get it right. I saw Bob on this tour-great concert- but there were a lot of boos and people walking out. What did they expect? It was well publicized at the time what you were going to hear- his christian/ gospel songs.

A pop art-style drawing of an explosion with the words "SHOT / OF / LOVE" written in the middle

  • BOB DYLAN: SHOT OF LOVE: 1981: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The third christian album but maybe not totally. The album got and still gets mixed reviews but I’ve always liked it- especially Bob’s singing and a few songs which are outstanding- “The Grooms Still Waiting At The Alter”, Every Grain Of Sand” and “In The Summertime.”  Terribly bad album cover.

12 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 509: THURSDAY JULY 11, 2019

    • I agree- If I remember correctly McClinton had one hit- a great talent ignored for the most part by radio.

  1. I’m more generous with stars than you are, Hans. Private Eyes and Spirits Having Flown would at least get a 4 1/2 with me. Too Much Heaven is such a lush song, it’s very wall of sound, very Beach Boys. Yeah, I know, it’s one song but then there’s Tragedy, Love you inside out… shoot the whole side one is so great. I think every song on Private Eyes is good. Three of them are stellar. I’d probably go all 5 on it.

    • While I do think both albums have some outstanding songs- I don’t think the entire album is full of them- some clunkers on both.

  2. I love the Hall & Oates behind the scenes story but it is disappointing that it’s such a cliche.
    I never knew that Mr. Dylan had Christian-oriented albums. Was he always religious or did he become religious?

    • There have always been biblical references in his songs but he was born Jewish and up until the late 70’s wasn’t known as a follower of religion- then when he converted to Christianity. The three Christian oriented albums- Slow Train Coming/ Saved/ Shot Of Love –and a few years ago a box set of the period was released. The move to Christianity was unpopular with a lot of his fan base. I don’t know what his beliefs are now- here is a man who kept a marriage secret from the world for years so..

  3. Ah…interesting. Hmm. That reminds me of Cat Stevens, who I only found out about through my job, captioning a documentary about him. Never knew about him converting to Islam. The only thing that bugs me about it is for decades after he converted he stopped producing music because those in his new religion said music was prohibited. It just makes you wonder…why? How/why could *god* possibly be against something like music? It reminds me of Kevin Bacon’s “Footloose” and the town making dancing and rock music illegal.

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