In the past month I have sorted all my vinyl records and have them in alphabetic order. In counting them I have 980 different albums. I also have some doubles and triples and in one case for some reason I now have four copies of Al Stewart’s Year Of The Cat. Not counting the multiple copies 980 is my count as of January 1, 2020. My collection keeps growing. My goal is to listen to all my vinyl albums at least once this year and as I go through them- clean them up. The collection is growing so I may be able to listen to them all this year but I will get to what I can get to- along with listening to other albums that I have one CD etc.
- THE BEATLES: 1962-1966: 1973: Double album: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
- THE BEATLES: 1967-1970: 1973: Double album: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS.
I wanted to start off the vinyl listening project with an album that has had the biggest influence on my life. I didn’t think very long on that question before it was clear that there were two albums that changed my life. They were the two Beatles best of double albums which were released in 1973.
The first Beatles album I bought was the complication “Rock N’ Roll Music” which came out in 1976. In 1976 I was fifteen and was not into music. My friend Andy who I met in high school was into music and his mentioning The Beatles constantly got me interested. The next trip to the Big Wheel department store I bought “Rock “N’ Roll Music” because I didn’t know where to start at this point and that was the one they had. I liked the music I heard but it isn’t a very good compilation to be honest. A week or so later I went to the record store at the mall and picked up the RED album- 1962-66- and totally fell in love with The Beatles. Then a week later I bought the BLUE album and also loved it. At this point I figured I had all I needed. What did I know! Nothing.
I was playing those two albums, the Red and Blue albums to death. I loved reading so at the bookstore I saw The Beatles An Illustrated Record- by Roy Carr and Tony Tyler. I bought it and began reading it. I then realized that I was wrong. The Red and Blue albums were just the gateway drug. In reading about the albums and singles I came across songs being mentioned that weren’t on those albums and they were getting great reviews. The one that I read about that I wanted to hear the most was “Rain.” On the next trip to The National Record Mart I found the single “Paperback Writer”/ “Rain” and was blown away by “Rain.” After that I was sold. With each trip to the record store I would come home with another Beatles album. My love for The Beatles hasn’t let up in the last 44 plus years since. If I were to introduce The Beatles to someone I think the RED and BLUE albums would be the ones I ‘d recommend. These albums not only turned me on to The Beatles but to music in general.
- BOB WELCH; FRENCH KISS: 1977: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Bob Welch’s first solo album- he had been a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971-74 before their days of pop stardom. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie from Big Mac would produce one song- which would become Welch’s biggest hit “Sentimental Lady” #8, and Mick Fleetwood would also make an appearance on the album- there were two other Top 40 hits- “Ebony Eyes”#14 with backing vocals by Juice Newton and “Hot Love, Cold World” #31. This would be Welch’s most successful album. The singles were the best songs on an uneven soft pop album.
OTHER LISTENING FOR WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1, 2020
- WARREN ZEVON: WARREN ZEVON: 1976: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: While this wasn’t his debut album- he had an album relesed in 1969- I always think of this as his debut- and his finest album of songs. A number of these songs were covered by Linda Ronstadt which helped to spread the word. He had an all-star cast helping him on this album- Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Don Henley and Glen Frey from The Eagles, Phil Everly [Zevon had been in The Everly Brothers band at one point} and Carl Wilson and others.
- SON VOLT: TRACE: 1995: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Jay Farrar’s first album after the break up of Uncle Tupelo. “Drown” the single got some airplay. Not a bad song on the album favorite the opening track”Windfall.” Back when this came out there was a stretch of a few months where every morning on my hour long ride to work I played this album. 25 years later it remains Son Volt’s finest.
- SINEAD O’CONNOR: I DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN’T GOT: 1990: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: What a great talent and what a great voice sadly her personal problems over the years have thrown a lot of obstacles in the way. Her big hit the song Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U” went to #1 and was one of my favorite songs of the 90’s. The album also went to #1. I got a new car in the spring of 1990 and for some reason I thought it was important that the first album [ tape} be a great one- I played this.