My Music Listening Journal: Day 98/ 366: Tuesday April 7, 2020.
- THE MONKEES: HEADQUARTERS: 1967: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: On their third album- The Monkees broke from the formula of their first two albums and string of hits- to write some of the songs and play the instrumentals- like a real band- not a made for television band. They had been frustrated at this point by their creator Don Kirshner’s limiting their creativeness. The album went to #1- where it would be replaced by The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. If you only know The Monkees from their hit singles you won’t find any on this album- there were no hits from this. Looking at reviews of the album -they are all over the place from 1 1/2 stars to being included in the book 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die. Favorites “You Just May Be The One”, “No Time”, “Forget That Girl” and “For Pete’s Sake.” This album has a charm to it.
- SLIM WHITMAN: THE VERY BEST OF SLIM WHITMAN: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Slim became a pop icon back in the early 80’s when about every commercial on television was the Slim Whitman “All My Best” album. The marketing for that album was genius. I had never heard of Slim before then and would later find out that he had been among other things- an influence on The Beatles- Paul was influenced- he had a guitar but being left handed didn’t know how to play the instrument manufactured for a right handed person- then he saw a picture of Slim playing -another lefty so he re-strung it so he could play left-handed. George cited him as an early influence “The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman, either a photo of him in a magazine or live on television. Guitars were definitely coming in.” Slim also opened up for Elvis in the 50’s. This is a good sampling although I like his television “All My Best” more.
- BOZ SCAGGS: HITS! 1980: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: This focuses on the mid 70s to 1980 output- ignoring a few earlier gems which weren’t hits. There was later an Anthology covering 1969-97 which is much better than this one.