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  • STEELY DAN: GOLD: 1982: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: There was a Greatest Hits a couple years earlier- this is Volume 2- but called Gold- the Greatest Hits songs are not included here. 8 songs on the vinyl album I have-there were later expanded versions which would be the ones to have.

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  • GRAHAM PARKER AND THE RUMOUR: HOWLIN’ WIND: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Parker- Elvis and Joe Jackson in the late 70’s were often compared to one another- Parker would be the least successful commercially. Elvis had the Attractions- Graham- The Rumour. Of course both Elvis and Graham were ‘new Dylan’s- English versions. The comparisons are valid- great lyrics and vocals- great back up band. Parker is still around his releases don’t get as much publicity anymore.

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  • THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: SMASH HITS: 1969: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Kind of an early version of a greatest hits. It was the first Hendrix album I owned.

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  • MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL: MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL IN LONDON VOLUME 2: 1969:  4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Mississippi Fred McDowell was a North hill country blues artist- not a Mississippi Delta blues singer- he received a lot of late life attention in the 1960’s with the blues revival. The Rolling Stones covered his “You Gotta Move” in 1971 which he was flattered by. He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique. He passed in 1972.

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  • GRAHAM PARKER: HEAT TREATMENT: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Parker released two albums in 1976 – Howlin’ Wind in July and Heat Treatment three months later in October. They are two of his best albums- I’d go with Squeezing Out Sparks 1979 as his masterpiece.

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  • BOB DYLAN: INFIDELS: 1983: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dylan’s best 1980’s album? The 80’s were Dylan’s worst decade- especially the middle and later part. The video for Jokerman is one of my favorite videos ever.

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  • BOB DYLAN: EMPIRE BURLESQUE: 1985: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This is one of those albums that fans and critics alike are split over. While I didn’t like it as much as the previous album Infidels- it’s not bad- favorite songs- “Dark Eyes”, “I’ll Remember You”, “Seeing The Real You At Last”, “Clean Cut Kid.”