- FLEETWOOD MAC: FLEETWOOD MAC: 1975: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The band’s tenth studio where they add Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and become a pop rock band. This is an overlooked great album- everyone talks about Rumours and its successor Tusk- and forget what a strong album this is-‘Monday Morning”, “Rhiannon” “Over My Head”, “Landslide” “Say You Love Me” favorites but solid throughout.
- ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: A NEW WORLD RECORD: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ELO at their peak. Telephone Line, Do Ya, Livin’ Thing among the highlights.
- DIRE STRAITS: DIRE STRAITS: 1978: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: The first time I heard “The Sultan’s Of Swing” I rushed out and bought the album. I wasn’t disappointed.
- BILLY JOEL: THE ESSENTIAL BILLY JOEL: 2001: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: 36 songs on 2 disc- goes in chronological order. There are a few of my favorites missing-a later edition included a third disc with 7 more songs. Since he hasn’t released a pop album in 26 years there isn’t anything that needs to be added on from later in his career. He has said he is done as far as new material- 26 years later I think he’s been true to his word.
- ROBERT JOHNSON: THE KING OF THE DELTA BLUES SINGERS: 1961: 5 + STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: An album that influenced many a rock guitarist- there were two volumes released back then on vinyl. Johnson had been dead over two decades when this was released. He would have had no way of knowing the star he would become- especially with the release of The Complete Robert Johnson in 1990- which sold millions.
- GO-GO’S: BEAUTY AND THE BEAT: 1981: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: I like all three early 1980’s Go-Go albums- but the debut is easily the best. A strong album from start to finish- with the hit singles”Our Lips Are Sealed” #20 and “We Got The Beat” #2. The album went to #1. There are more hooks on this album than you’d find in Babe Winkleman’s tackle box.