My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 8: Friday January 8, 2021.

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  • PAUL SIMON: HEARTS AND BONES: 1983: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: POP ROCK: This was originally going to be a Simon and Garfunkel album- I saw them on a tour during this time- but in the end Paul erased Artie’s vocals and it was a solo album. It was a low point in his career sales wise and it got very mixed reviews but it’s long been a favorite of mine. A personal album- I think he did the right thing in making it a solo deal. Mount Rushmore: ‘Hearts And Bones”, “Allergies”, “Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War” and my favorite “The Late Great Johnny Ace.” In the concert in Central Park- a fan ran up on stage while they were playing this song yelling “I want to talk to you Paul”- this was less than a year after the Lennon assassination. They caught the guy before he got to Paul but you could see he was visually shaken. Later in the year while playing the song on Letterman- a guitar string broke. Paul said the song was cursed.
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  • LINDA RONSTADT: HEART LIKE A WHEEL: 1974: 4 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: COUNTRY ROCK: Ronstadt’s 5th album- contains her only #1 single “You’re No Good”- others on the Mount Rushmore- “It Doesn’t Matter Any More”, “When Will I Be Loved” and “Willin'”- a cover of the Little Feat song written by Lowell George. Produced by Peter Asher.
  • FRANK SINATRA: SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS!: 1956: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL: POP: One of Frank’s 1950’s Capitol Masterpieces. It was the first album to top the UK Album chart. Considered by many Sinatra aficionados as possibly his greatest album. Mount Rushmore: “You Make Me Feel So Young”, ” I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “It Happened In Monterey” and “Pennies From Heaven.”

2 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL 2021: DAY 8: FRIDAY JANUARY 8, 2021

  1. Hearts & Bones may be one of the most played records I own. I return to it again and again. I love much of what Paul has done since (Graceland, of course, is the standout) but this is the Simon record closest to me, next to There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. TGRS is not only the best Simon record for me, but maybe one of the best albums of all time.

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