- PAUL SIMON: STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: 1975: VINYL: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: This was Simon’s most acclaimed solo album before Graceland a decade later. There were four Top 40 hit singles on it and he won two Grammy Awards- Best Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. A couple of the hits were duets- “My Little Town” reunites him with Artie Garfunkel and “Home At Last” a hit with Phoebe Snow. Excellent album.
- AL STEWART: YEAR OF THE CAT: 1976: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: I picked up another copy of this album a week ago- and for some reason I now have four copies. I like the album well enough but why do I need four copies? I guess I keep looking for a flawless copy of it and this one may be the best- only a couple crackles on it. I always liked Stewart’s writing of songs dealing with history. “Year Of The Cat”- Stewart’s signature song went to #8 on the Billboard singles chart. Never get tired of hearing the song. The album as a whole very good.
- DAVID + DAVID: BOOMTOWN: 1986: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: The only studio album by LA studio musicians David Baerwald and David Ricketts. “Welcome To The Boomtown” cracked the Top 40- #37. Both David’s collaborated with Sheryl Crow on her debut album in 1994. Its too bad they’ve only done one album- they were reportedly working on a follow up in 2016 but nothing has been released.
- PETER, PAUL AND MARY: [TEN] YEARS TOGETHER: THE BEST OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY: 1970: VINYL: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Not a fan but like yesterday’s Tony Orlando and Dawn Greatest Hits- it was $1 and worth only that to me. I have wrote before about I have a friend who cites PP&M as one of his favorite musical acts. To me they are an invitation to sleep- a cure for insomnia. While not a fan- this is a decent collection if you are into them. I hate in insincere “I Dig Rock And Roll Music”- they didn’t.
OTHER MUSIC LISTENING
- PHIL SPECTOR: BACK TO MONO: DISC 3: 1991: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Finishing up the 3 CD box set that I began listening to yesterday. How many producers get a box set? In this case it was much needed.