MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 95/ 366: SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2020

My Music Listening Journal: Day 95/ 366: Saturday April 4, 2020

  • HERMAN’S HERMITS: THEIR GREATEST HITS: 1973: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Third rate British Invasion group which sold more records in 1965 than Slim Whitman in Scandinavia. Their career was short and their peak even shorter but they were very big in the mid-60’s -more so in the United States than in their Great Britain. They quickly became one of those groups who were quickly forgotten. I don’t understand what their appeal was? This package features 16 of their hits.

  • B.J. THOMAS: GREATEST HITS: VOLUME 1: 1969: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: The main problem with this greatest hits is- it came out in 1969 and at the time he only had 5ive Top 40 hits. The only ‘big hit” included here is “Hooked On A Feeling” #5 in 1969- which is much better than the abomination of that song which came in 1974 with Blue Swede. Ooga chaka.

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  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: BORN IN THE U.S.A.: 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: The album of the summer of 1984. Seven of the twelve songs on the album were hit singles- for an artist who previously hadn’t been a big singles artist. It has sold over 12 million copies. I had it on cassette and CD- but a few months ago when record hunting came across this copy for one American dollar- and it was a flawless copy also. You didn’t even have to own a copy back in the mid 80’s to hear most of this album just had to have the radio on. I grew tired of it- my favorite songs became the non-singles because they weren’t played to death. This is a great rock album though. Favorite song on the album- “No Surrender.” Bruce had been a cult artist up to this- now instead of hockey arena’s he was playing stadiums. I wonder how many who jumped on the bandwagon in 1984 left with the next album Tunnel Of Love? Ranking the songs- 1- “No Surrender” 2- “Bobby Jean” 3-“Dancing In The Dark” 4-“My Hometown” 5-“Born In The U.S.A. 6- “I’m On Fire” 7- “Cover Me” 8-“Glory Days” 9-“Downbound Train” 10-“I’m Going Down” 11-” Darlington County” 12- “Working On The Highway.” – “Now I’m ready to grow young again”

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  • JOHNNY CASH: BITTER TEARS: BALLADS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN: 1964: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Johnny Cash’s 12th album was a concept which focused on the American Indian in the United States and their problems. It was a controversial in that it addressed the treatment that the American Indian received. Cash’s ancestry included Cherokee. Five of the eight songs were written by folk singer Peter La Farge- including the most famous song on this great album “The Ballad Of Ira Hayes.” which was a hit on the country charts. A lot of radio stations refused to play “Ira Hayes” and Cash responded calling some DJ’s and radio programmers out on it and asking what they were afraid of? It was through Cash’s efforts that the song became a hit.  The album checks in at just over a half hour. A few years ago a tribute album honoring this album was done by Americana artists- and a PBS special about the album came out too.

2 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 95/ 366: SATURDAY APRIL 4, 2020

  1. I liked B.J. Thomas’ song, “Everybody’s out of Town” and had it on 45. After watching Ken Burns and learning about the existence of Johnny’s record, I definitely want to hear it. Did you buy it after watching the series or did you already have it?

  2. I saw the PBS special I think it was in 2016 on Bitter Tears” and came across the album a few months ago at a used records store for a couple dollars- it is a perfect copy- no flaws- a great find. Outstanding album!!!

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