MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 512: SUNDAY JULY 14, 2019

ALBUMS

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  • SUPERTRAMP: BREAKFAST IN AMERICA: 1979: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I think I liked this album better 40 years ago when it came out than I do today but I still like it.  This was Supertramp at the peak of their powers. The album went to #1 in the US and they had three hits “The Logical Song” #6. “Goodbye Stranger” #15 and “Take The Long Way Home” #10.

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  • WINGS: WINGS GREATEST: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Docked a half star due to there being many better options for Paul-Wings Greatest Hits available today.

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  • SHOCKING BLUE: AT HOME: 1969: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Badfinger did some features on Shocking Blue over the weekend- I just knew their hits- in checking out this album- it is very good. This group should have been bigger than they were. Their second album- their first with vocalist Mariska Veres. Very enjoyable.

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  • ROY HARPER: FOLKJOKEOPUS: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The next two have Led Zeppelin connections- Zeppelin did a song “Hats Off To {Roy} Harper” and were influenced by him. I like his guitar playing- he sounds like Al Stewart to my ears.

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  • TERRY REID: TERRY REID: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: In the late 60’s Jimmy Page was putting together a new band he was going to call The New Yardbirds. He asked young Terry Reid if he’d be interested in being the singer for the band. Reid had obligations- he had already told a hillbilly outfit out of London- The Rolling Stones that he would go on tour with them for two tours- and he had also committed to touring with Cream. He told Page that if he’d compensate him financially for the money he would miss out on if he didn’t do those tours that he’d talk to Keith Richards and try and get out of The Stones gigs. It never happened. Reid suggested to Page that instead he should look into this singer from Birmingham called Robert Plant. Reid also suggested a drummer to Page named Jon Bonham. Reid’s two most acclaimed albums were made before he was 20 years old. This was his second album.

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  • BILLY JOEL: THE STRANGER: 1977: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I have always liked Billy Joel as a pop singer- over his later attempts at being a rock singer. This is his masterpiece.

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  • STEVIE WONDER: HOTTER THAN JULY:  1980: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Master Blaster was a great single I also like the tribute to MLK- “Happy Birthday” and “I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It” and “Lately”- the last excellent Wonder album?

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  • BOB DYLAN: DOWN IN THE GROOVE: 1988: 1 1/2  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Many critics and fans call this Bob’s worst album- and they may be right. I do like “Silvio” and “Let’s Get Together.” But overall a pretty forgettable album.
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10 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 512: SUNDAY JULY 14, 2019

    • Supertramp was a big thing that summer- they weren’t able to keep the momentum going though… yes that Joel album a classic pop album- that was the first one of his I bought. I think there were 4 hit singles on it- but every song could have been a hit.

    • Thanks- 1969 sure was a fascinating year… I notice right now the focus- on TV- new books and mags that are out – on Apollo 11– that will soon change to Woodstock I would bet. Trying to think what from 1969 will take over after Woodstock….Miracle Mets in baseball?

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