• WAYLON JENNINGS: GREATEST HITS:1979: COUNTRY: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: All 11 songs on this are great–but you can get other packages that give you more. So I docked it 1/2 point.

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  • PETER TOSH: MAMA AFRICA: 1983: REGGAE: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: His most successful album on the American charts. It would turn out to be his penultimate album- his final album would come 4 years later in the year he was murdered in a home invasion. Favorites- the title track, a cover of Johnny B. Goode and Not Gonna Give It Up.

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  • BOB SEGER AND THE SILVER BULLET BAND: AGAINST THE WIND: 1980:ROCK: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL:  I remember feeling so sorry for Bob- after a decade or so in the minor leagues of rock and roll- he finally hits it big- only to find all those deadlines and commitments… and then he told us about Uncle Joe being afraid to cut the cake…

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  • THE BLACK KEYS: THE BIG COME UP: 2002: BLUES ROCK: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: APPLE: I have heard the majority of their albums and since I am going with a friend to see them in October I thought it was time to go through the catalog a time or two before then– their first album sounds like some long lost blues album from decades ago. A lo-fi affair- great sounding. Love the cover of The Beatles “She Said She Said” which I would have included in my Beatles covers feature a few months ago- had I known of it.

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  • RINGO STARR: BAD BOY: 1978: ROCK: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: A late Saturday afternoon in the summer. My brother and I are in the house- and my brother who was like 10 at the time puts on my Ringo Starr “Bad Boy” album and really has it cranked. Our dad was outside I think he was working in the yard. He walks in- and when he walked in a started to giggle to myself because I figured he wouldn’t like that music that loud. He went to the turntable and turned it off– and without saying a word  went back outside! My brothers feelings were hurt. We still laugh about it- I know if I mentioned Ringo Starr Bad Boy- he’d know what I was talking about. My dad was kind of hard of hearing. Maybe he was offended by the quality of the music? This is the first time I’ve listened to it in decades- it’s a little better than in my memory but..


  1. The horror! The horror! Against the Wind a mere 3 stars. Crushing! And then you dis Fire Lake…That hurts Hans. Against the Wind is 5+ in my book, hence the outrage. Good thing I get over insult and injury fast. Freakishly fast. Ha!
    Bad Boy is bad. Really bad. It wreak of Boogie Nights (the movie) excess. A stinker.

    • I never cared much for Against The Wind even when it came out and I certainly gave it a lot of listens back when I got it. I did like Night Moves and Stranger In Town. After that–not so much.

  2. Your dad sounds like a heckuva guy, to curb the impulse to diss the music. Did you get your love of music from him, your mom, or both? I don’t ever remember my dad listening to music, he was a very serious-minded person much of the time. My mom was the music lover of our family and so were my grandma and grandpa, who both sang.

    • I was telling my wife that story this morning and after I was done -she said “And he said nothing?” Not a word- I think that was what made it so funny- that and his walking back outside. I would bet there are a lot of people who never listen to music- other than maybe in the car on the radio- and some- maybe not even that.

    • I think reading is like that too- not that someone growing up in a non-reading family wouldn’t grow up to be an avid reader- but I think it helps growing up around books.

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