- 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.
- 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.
- THE BEATLES: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT: 1964:
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.