All My Vinyl Albums/ Music Listening Journal: Day 11/366: Saturday January 11, 2020.
- VAN MORRISON: INTO THE MUSIC: 1979: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: On my Mt.Rushmore of Van albums- along with Astral Weeks/ Moondance and Veedon Fleece. Van sounds happy and at peace on this one- one of my favorite rock/pop albums that have a religion fervor. While I really like Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming”- it is too in your face- Into The Music more subtle. Mount Rushmore of Into The Music- “And The Healing Has Begun”, “Full Force Gale”, “Bright Side Of The Road” and “Troubadours.”
- WILLIE NELSON: STARDUST: 1978: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: Willie at this time was an established country star- this album put him into universal superstardom. His neighbor Booker T. Jones produced it. At first record executives weren’t all that thrilled about Willie’s idea- record 10 pop standards. When did record executives know anything? This album went to #1 on the country album charts and #30 on the Top 200 album chart and Willie won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Georgia On My Mind.” Rolling Stone ranks the album at #257 on their 500 Greatest Albums list and the Grammy’s have inducted it into their Hall of Fame.
OTHER MUSIC LISTENING
- BIG STAR: #1 RECORD: 1972: VINYL: I was late to Big Star- I was turned onto them in the late 80’s when Paul Westerberg of The Replacements- wrote “Alex Chilton” I loved that song and was curious- so I went out and bought their three albums. I wasn’t disappointed. This their debut is my favorite but you can’t go wrong with any of them- and if you are really into them you can’t miss with the box set that came out ten years or so ago- Keep An Eye On The Sky.
- BIG STAR: RADIO CITY: 1974: 5 +STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: These guys were years ahead of their time. They should have been huge. You may know “September Gurls” from the Bangles cover- but the original is much better- not to knock The Bangles. Rolling Stone has “September Gurls”- a song that was never a hit single- at #178 on their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list- and the album at #405 on their 500 Greatest Albums list. The first two Big Star albums are flawless.
I also listened to a lot of radio today- on the 70’s on 7- the replay of American Top 40 from January 6, 1970- and last Sunday January 5th’s three hour Celtic Crush.