MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL 2021: DAY 4: MONDAY JANUARY 4, 2021

My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 4: Monday January 4, 2021.

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  • ELTON JOHN: MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER: 1971: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ITUNES: POP: Sir Elton’s 4th album in three years. The album is top heavy with “Hold Me Closer Tony Danza”, “Levon” and “Madman Across The Water” on side 1. I have always been more into Elton’s singles than his albums -which isn’t to say at least in the first half of the decade he didn’t have some pretty good albums. In addition to the other three songs mentioned- “Indian Sunset.” The Madman Across The Water- was my old friend Milhous.
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  • THE WHO: WHO ARE YOU: 1978: 3 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: ROCK: The Who’s final album with Keith Moon- he would die within days of its release. Not The Who at its peak that’s for sure. Mount Rushmore- the great title track, “The Music Must Change”, “Had Enough” and “Guitar and Pen.” I recall at the time my friend Daniel thought Keith Moon’s death was a hoax to sell more albums- too bad it wasn’t. Interesting cover with Keith sitting in a chair which has the message NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY.
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  • THE SMITHEREENS: ESPECIALLY FOR YOU: 1986: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ITUNES: ROCK: The Smithereens debut album. The Beatles influence is apparent. They would even do a couple albums later on covering Beatles songs. One of my favorite bands in the mid 80’s- early 90’s period when they released a string of fine albums. Mount Rushmore- “Blood And Roses”, ‘Strangers When We Meet”, “Behind The Wall Of Sleep” and “Groovy Tuesday.” Kurt Cobain listed this as one of his favorite albums. No doubt the best band to come out of New Jersey in the 80’s -take that Bon Jovi!
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  • THE BEATLES: BEATLES FOR SALE: 1964: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: ROCK AND ROLL: A rushed job by the record company to get out product before Christmas 1964. I like The Beatles originals but the covers- are so-so- deducted a star for them. Mount Rushmore- “I’m A Loser”, “Eight Days A Week”, “Baby’s In Black” and “No Reply.”
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  • CAROLE KING: TAPESTRY: 1971: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: POP: Possibly the best singer-songwriter album of that era- the only other ones I can think of that challenge it are Joni Mitchell’s “Court and Spark” and “Blue.” Mount Rushmore- “So Far Away”, “It’s Too Late”, “You’ve Got A Friend” and “Tapestry.” The first time I heard this album it sounded to me like surely every song on this was a hit single.
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  • DON MCLEAN: AMERICAN PIE: 1971: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: FOLK ROCK: Certainly the high water mark of Don McLean’s long career- “American Pie” one of the most successful- and famous singles ever- but as much as I like that song- the one that always moves me is his song about Vincent Van Gogh- “Vincent.” “Vincent ” was one of Tupuk’s favorite songs- when he was dying his friends played it in an effort to keep him going.. Others on the Mount Rushmore of this album- “The Grave” and “Crossroads.”
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  • DIRE STRAITS: MAKING MOVIES: 1980: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: ROCK: After a dazzling debut album I found their sophomore album- Communique kind of wanting… then a year later they bounced back with Making Movies. “Romeo And Juliet” is one of my favorite songs ever by anyone. Rounding out the Mount Rushmore of this album “Skateaway”, “Tunnel Of Love” and “Expresso Love”- the first side much better than side 2.
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  • CROWDED HOUSE: CROWDED HOUSE: 1986: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: POP ROCK: I love Crowded House- have only been disappointed in them in their start/ stop career- six albums since this their debut in 1986. They are scheduled to release a new on in 2021- something to look forward to. This album is filled with great pop music. “Don’t Dream It’s Over’- you can’t get much better than that. “Something So Strong”, “Mean To Me” and “Now We’re Getting Somewhere” round out the Mt. Rushmore but hard to limit it to four songs. Interesting that “Don’t Dream It’s Over” which went to #2 in the US- was the fourth single from the album.
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  • DUFFY: ROCKFERRY: 2008: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: SOUL, POP. Whatever became of Duffy?When the Welsh singer’s debut came out in 2008 there seemed to be a debate as to who was going to be bigger- Duffy or Adelle. Her debut went over well but her sophomore album in 2010 didn’t and we are still waiting for her third album. Mt. Rushmore- “Rockferry”, “Warwick Avenue”, “Stepping Stone” and “Mercy.” This album sold over 6 million copies- going to #1 in the UK Album chart and #4 in the US.
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  • FOSTER AND LLOYD: FOSTER AND LLOYD: 1987: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Foster and Lloyd released three albums from 1987-90 before breaking up. This is their debut. That is too bad because they had a great thing going. You can hear the influence of The Byrds and The Beatles- and that can’t be bad at all. Mount Rushmore- “Crazy Over You”, “Turn Around”, “Sure Thing” and “What Do You Want From Me This Time.”

16 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL 2021: DAY 4: MONDAY JANUARY 4, 2021

  1. Need to check out the Smithereens debut, Foster & Lloyd, and this Dire Straits. Never heard of F&L but they sound good. The ones on your list I’ve heard (Beatles, Tapestry, Madman, and American Pie are all wonderful.) I appreciate what you do and how you share your passion for good music.

    • I need to look at my old journals- back 30 years ago Foster and Lloyd were on some program and i am trying to recall how the host introduced them- something like if you had The Byrds and The Beatles and crossed them with… I can’t recall the other artist.. you’d have Foster and Lloyd..

  2. some mighty fine listens in there! I’ve had most of those albums along the way… really love the smithereens, Crowded House, Duffy… I guess I need to give a listen to something by Foster & Lloyd…that’s brand new to me.

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