MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 92/ 366: WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020

My Music Listening Journal: Day 92: Wednesday April 1, 2020.  I have been consumed the past six weeks watching the daily nightmare on television. Of course its not the only thing I’ve been doing but too big a percentage of my time has been spent on watching the news on television. I don’t think my watching is doing the situation any good and I know watching isn’t doing me any good. It’s time to get back with some heavy heavy music listening. I must admit at the end of the day I was in a much happier mood than I have been in a while.

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  • FRANK SINATRA: SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS: 1956: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Frank’s fourth album at Capitol Records.An album of up tempo songs.  Considered to be one of his finest by most Sinatra aficionados. It also has the distinction of being the first ever #1 album on the UK album chart. The album was arranged by Nelson Riddle. Rolling Stone ranked it #306 on their 500 Greatest Albums Ever list. Favorites- “You Make Me Feel So Young”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “I Thought About You”, “Too Marvelous For Words” , “Pennies From Heaven” and “Anything Goes.”

  • ROGER MILLER: THE BEST OF ROGER MILLER: 1971: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: I love Roger Miller- but this ‘best of” issued by Mercury in 1971 doesn’t feature the greatest Roger Miller tunes. Miller always did a good job of covering other writers material but was at his best doing his own songs. On this album only four of the tunes were written by Miller- and they are the best songs on this album- “Husbands And Wives”, “I’ve Been A Long Time Leavin'”, “Walking In The Sunshine” and the hilarious “My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died.” Roger’s cover of the Kris Kristofferson classic “Me And Bobby McGee” is also on this- the first person to record this song was- Roger Miller.

  • ROSANNE CASH: HITS: 1979-1989: 1989: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Rosanne gets my vote as the greatest music artist who was a child of a great artist. Hank Jr. would be my runner-up selection. I’ve had a crush on Rosanne for 40 years- don’t tell Mrs. Postcard!  This album takes in the first decade of her career which was the most successful part of her career as far as the charts go- she had ten #1 country hits during the 80’s- eight of which appear on this album.

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  • HEART: BEBE LE STRANGE: 1980: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Heart’s 5th album they had yet to sell out- I mean change to a more mainstream sound to sell albums. This was their highest charting album before they went to the pop rock sound -peaking at #5. There were 5ive singles released from this album-only “Even It Up” made the Hot 100- #33. Favorites on this “Even It Up”, “Break”, “Silver Wheels” and the title track. Uneven album overall.

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Big Pink — Camp Cripple Creek

  • THE BAND: MUSIC FROM BIG PINK: 1968: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: No one not even my Beatles- first two albums are as great as The Band’s first two- 1969’s “Music From Big Pink” and 1969’s “The Band.” The Band never soared to such great heights again but how can you really complain? On the short list for Greatest American Band ever even though Levon Helm was the only American born band member. They were Bob Dylan’s back up band in the mid-60’s- and Bob had a hand in writing three of the songs on this album and a Dylan painting is on the album cover.  Favorites on this album- the entire album. Their most famous song was on this album- “The Weight.” Big Pink was the now famous house in West Saugerties, New York shared at the time by band members Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel. A lot of Dylan’s legendary Basement Tapes- was recorded at Big Pink.

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  • PAUL MCCARTNEY& WINGS: 1973: BAND ON THE RUN: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: My favorite Paul McCartney album- just edging out Ram.  Went to #1 on the album charts in the US and UK. Two huge hits on this “Jet” #7 and “Band On The Run” #1. “Helen Wheels ” #10 an earlier hit was added the the U.S. version of the album. The single “Band On The Run” always brings back great memories. Vacationing for a week in the south with my grandfather when that was riding high on the charts in the spring of 1974- I was puzzled by how every station played those two songs back to back- I thought that the song with it’s change of pace mid way through was two different songs for the longest time. The ‘if we ever get out of here” line in the song was something George Harrison had said during one of the business meetings they were having trying to settle the whole Apple business. Other favorites- “Mrs. Vanderbilt”, “Helen Wheels”, “Picasso’s Last Words { Drink To Me} “Let Me Roll It” and “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”- enjoy the entire album actually. “Let Me Roll It ” has that John Lennon kind of sound to it. Lennon would take the riff from “Let Me Roll It” and use it on his song “Beef Jerky” on his Walls and Bridges album the following year.

  • DION: DION’S GREATEST HITS: 1973:  4  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Dion DiMucci was a bright spot in pop music from the fall of the original rock and rollers in the late 50’s until the arrival of The Beatles. Ten songs on this- favorites- “A Teenager In Love”, “Runaround Sue”, ‘I Wonder Why” and “The Wanderer.” This concentrates on his earlier hits- his 1968 hit “Abraham, Martin and John” not included. There are better alternatives out there now than this but this is a good sample- on vinyl. Dion at eighty is still active.

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