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  • DANIEL JOHNSTON: HI! HOW ARE YOU? 1983: LO-FI. 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ALBUM: My friend Dan recorded his early albums- very lo-fi– a $20 cassette recorder- how much more lo-fi can you get? This may be his most celebrated album- and it is one of his best but not his best. Kurt Cobain wore the t-shirt of this album to the MTV Awards which certainly gave Dan’s career a boost.


The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan's album cover. Wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans, a man walks along a snowy street. A woman wearing a long green coat and black pants holds onto his arm and walks alongside him. The words "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" frame the man's head, and the names of songs contained within the album are listed in small print in the bottom left and right of the image.

  • BOB DYLAN: THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN: 1963: FOLK. 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ALBUM: Dylan’s debut was promising- but Dylan’s second album was his big break through album. Where he wrote only a couple songs on the debut he wrote 11 of the 13 here. He was on his way and he’s still going strong.

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  • DONOVAN: GREATEST HITS: 1969: POP, FOLK: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ALBUM: Released at the end of the 60’s unless you are a Donovan fanatic and need the box set- this will do you just fine. All the big hits are here.

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  • LOU REED: NEW YORK: 1989: ROCK: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: This album is my favorite Lou Reed solo album- and has been a favorite listen over the past 30 years. A snapshot of New York in the late 80’s.


  • FRANK SINATRA: OL’ BLUE EYES IS BACK: 1973: POP: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Frank ended his brief retirement- I believe this may have been my first Sinatra album- I bought it because being a baseball fanatic- I loved the song “There Used To Be A Ballpark.”  I like the album better than most of the critics did.


  • U2: POP: 1997: ALTERNATIVE ROCK: 1 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: By far U2’s worst album- I will give them credit for trying something different even though it was a disaster. There will be no 25th anniversary tour of the Pop album.

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  • RINGO STARR: POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE: 2015: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: A decent Ringo album- my favorite cut is “Rory and The Hurricanes”- about Ringo’s time in that band before he moved on to that outfit called The Beatles.


  1. I was living in Brooklyn the several years the Yankees had their World Series winning streak. Hubby’s a fan (against the opinion of many others who say, yeah, they’re great, ’cause $$ buys talent!) only because he watched the Mets for years with his father while growing up and was always disappointed. He got tired of backing the losers year after year, lol !!!

  2. I know, I know! Pretty much everyone feels that way! I can see their point about the $$ spent on the Yankees, but individually, though, the Yankees athletes work just as hard as other underdog athletes, don’t they? Or is it that they don’t have to work *quite* as hard because they have so many talented teammates to pick up the slack whenever there’s slack?

    • They have had a lot of injuries this year but even missing key players they continue to win- hard to argue with the results.

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