All My Vinyl Album/ Music Listening Journal  Day 3/ 366- Friday January 3, 2020.


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  • THE BABY’S: BROKEN HEART: 1977: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: When I think of The Baby’s- which is very rarely I think of high school and my friend Andy [who turned me on to The Beatles} during lunch one day predicting that The Baby’s were going to be the next Beatles. I have made my share of terrible predictions in my time too- like in the mid 80’s when I told my brother that Madonna would be a trivia question in a couple years. The hit on this album was “Isn’t It Time” which would along with “Every Time I Think Of You ” #13 would be their biggest hit in the US. Their singer John Waite would go on in the 80’s to have some hits. The album has its moments.

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  • JIM CROCE: I GOT A NAME: 1973: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: This album was released in late 1973 after Croce’s tragic death in a plane crash that fall. Three hits on this “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” #9, “Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues” #32 and of course the title track which originally was from the movie “The Last American Hero”- “I Got A Name” #10. Croce had 2 #1 hits in 1973 “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time In A Bottle.” His time in the spotlight was sadly very short. I think he would have had an interesting career. He was only 30.

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  • GLEN CAMPBELL: GREATEST HITS: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Another of my recent $1 finds- and a good one at that- not a snap, crackle or pop on the album. It must have never been played. It has my three favorite Campbell singles on it- “Wichita Lineman”, ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix” and “Galveston.” It doesn’t get any better than that.



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  • THE PRETENDERS: LEARNING TO CRAWL: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Listening to Prince’s 1999 yesterday put me in the mood to listen to a couple other favorites from that era. Learning To Crawl with “Back On The Chain Gang”-one of my favorite songs ever- and “My City Has Gone”, “Middle Of The Road” and the Christmas classic “2000 Miles” is my favorite Pretenders album- although the debut album is probably their best.


  • THE POLICE: SYNCHRONICITY: 1983: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: The Police released 5 albums from 1978-83 and then at the peak of their popularity-this was their only #1 album in the US charts and with 4 Top 20 singles including a #1 in “Every Breathe You Take”- they called it quits. No doubt my favorite Police album and their best solid from start to finish- no filler.  I could never get into Sting’s solo career.

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  • RUSTIN MAN: DRIFT CODE: 2019: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: APPLE: In continuing my MOJO Top 50 albums of 2019 countdown- this one is from former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb and his first album in sixteen years. A 70’s English folk sounding album- Webb who was not the singer in Talk Talk- the late Mark Hollis was- sounds to me at a lot like a David Bowie in his late years. I will be honest I won’t be listening again to #50 Lambchop but I will listen more to this one. I like it. While Webb was in Talk Talk this sounds nothing like Talk Talk.


    • Do you know the original “Thin Line Between Love and Hate” 1971 by The Persuaders? I thought for years it was a Pretenders original-

    • I do!! And I love it. But I had never heard it until a few years ago and YouTube’s algorithm put it on my auto play list for some reason.

      I’ve been listening to some old soul for the past few weeks too.

      For some reason I played “Misty Blue” at work on my birthday and auto play was on.

      So for the rest of the day, it was like that.

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