- THE BLUES BROTHERS: MOVIE SOUNDTRACK: 1980: BLUES: GRADE: B: VINYL: A fun movie from the summer of 1980- filled with music by the Blues Brothers and guests like Ray Charles , Aretha Franklin, Cab Callaway and James Brown.
- THE BEATLES: RARITIES: 1980: ROCK: GRADE: A-. VINYL: A collection of Beatle rarities- different versions of the released songs-that were rare for the American audience. The highlight of the package the gatefold sleeve which has the reproduction of the controversial Yesterday and Today album’s butcher cover.
- MICHAEL JACKSON: OFF THE WALL: 1979: POP: GRADE: A+. VINYL: Before Thriller- there was Off The Wall. An excellent mixture of different styles of music- two #1 hits and a total of 4 Top 10 singles-if it’s not as good as Thriller- it is pretty close. Around the time of this album- I was in college and came back from class- the radio was on and I fell asleep. I had a dream- once a week I would walk over to the local McDonald’s to avoid the dorm cafeteria food- and in the dream I walked into McDonald’s and they had my meal ready for me. I asked them “How did you know what I wanted.” the girl there said “You’re Michael Jackson and we know what you always order.”- I then woke up and “Rock With You” was on the radio.
- RANDY NEWMAN: TROUBLE IN PARADISE: 1983: POP: GRADE: A-. CD: I was a little disappointed with Born Again- the Newman album before this one- [which was the follow up to Little Criminals and Randy’s big hit “Short People”-} this is a return to form- some really good stuff- Tracks To Hear- I Love LA, The Blues- with guest Paul Simon, My Life Is Good [in which Bruce let’s Randy be The Boss for a while- “blow big man.” } I’m Different, Christmas In Capetown.
- CHUCK BERRY: THE GREAT TWENTY-EIGHT: 1982:ROCK: GRADE: A++. IPOD: Rock and Roll 101. If I were teaching the history of rock and roll this would be the first homework assignment- listen to Uncle Chuck.
- NICK LOWE: PURE POP FOR NOW PEOPLE: 1978: ROCK: GRADE: A: VINYL: The album was called Jesus Of Cool in the UK. Nick’s solo debut. Jesus Of Cool may not have went over well in the US in the mid 70’s. A fun album- as most Nick Lowe albums are- Must Hear Tracks- So It Goes, I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass, Marie Provost, Heart Of The City, Rollers Show. Going to see Nick when he comes to town next month.