My Music Listening Journal: Day 96/ 366: Sunday April 5, 2020.
- WILLIE NELSON: STARDUST: 1978: 5 + STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Record company executives never quite got Willie Nelson and even as late as the late 70’s when he was an established star they still questioned him. His idea was to have his neighbor Booker T. Jones produce an album of Willie doing pop standards that he loved. Of course it turned out to be a hugely successful and popular album- going quintuple platinum. Rolling Stone ranked it #260 on their 500 Greatest Albums Ever list.
- LOS LOBOS: WILL THE WOLF SURVIVE? 1984: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Back in the early to mid 80’s I listened regularly to a local college radio station. One day I heard this song called “Will The Wolf Survive?” and the DJ who went by Sister Dave- said it was by a group called Los Lobos. On my next trip to the record store I went looking for the album- and I while sometimes you hear a song and buy the album- and are disappointed to find that the only thing worth while on the album was that one song- this the debut album from Los Lobos was fantastic. I’ve been a fan ever since. Rolling Stone ranked the album as #30 in their greatest 80’s album listing and #455 in the magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums ever list. Favorites- the title track, “Don’t Worry Baby”, “I Got Loaded”, ” A Matter Of Time”
- NEIL DIAMOND: 12 GREATEST HITS VOLUME II: 1982: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: While most of the hits on this GH Vol 2 album are passable it is a volume 2- the cream of the crop came earlier- this is around the time when Neil drifts into the easy listening category.
- THE PERCY FAITH STINGS: THE BEATLES ALBUM: 1970: 2 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: If it has Beatles on it- I am going to buy it. Came across this for $1 a few months ago and had to get it. Easy listening instrumentals- it’s Beatles music- a pleasant listen. Odd choice though of all the songs to cover here- “The Ballad Of John and Yoko? For a great instrumental album of Beatles music- Booker T. & The MG’s- McLemore Avenue which also came out in 1970.
- ROD STEWART: GREATEST HITS: 1979: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: 10 hits from the 70’s Rod Stewart- there are a couple of clunkers here- which could have been replaced with better material but this was a ‘greatest hits”- even though I have always thought “Do Ya Think I”m Sexy” was trash- it was a huge hit.
- SONNY AND CHER: THE BEST OF SONNY AND CHER: 1967: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: This was released mid-career in 1967- but it only lacks as far as hits go- three that came later. Sonny Bono wrote 10 of the dozen songs. I always liked Sonny. Cher not so much.