My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 21: Thursday January 21, 2021.
- MCCARTNEY: MCCARTNEY: 1970: 3 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: ROCK: With the recent release of McCartney III- I thought I’d go back and listen again to the first McCartney solo album- in which he played all the instruments. This album was controversial with his Beatles band mates because it was released as Paul announced he was leaving The Beatles- and right before The Beatles Let It Be was to be released. While McCartney went to #1- it wasn’t all that well received. Later evaluations have been kinder- including the claim that it is the first Indie album. I’ve never been all that wild about this album. Paul clearly isn’t bringing his A game in songs. The best song “Maybe I’m Amazed”- would be a hit mid decade when the live version from Wings Over America was released as a single- and that version is better than the studio version here- usually I would go with the studio version over a live version but not in this case. If pressed for a Mount Rushmore: “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “Junk’, “Every Night” and “Teddy Boy.” This is IMO an average album not a great solo beginning for Sir Paul.
- WOODY GUTHRIE: DUST BOWL BALLADS: 1940: 5+ STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: FOLK: This legendary album would have to be considered one of the first ever concept albums- all the songs written by Woody Guthrie were about the dust bowl and how it effected the people involved. This would be a good companion to the book/ movie Grapes Of Wrath. This was originally released on three 78’s- the album format didn’t exist in 1940. Mount Rushmore: “Do Re Mi”, “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore”, “Vigilante Man” and “Dusty Old Dust.”