My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 38: Sunday February 7, 2021.
- DAVID BOWIE: TONIGHT: 1984: 1 1/2 STARS OUT OF 5: ITUNES:POP: Someday I should get around to doing a countdown or feature on most disappointing albums ever. David Bowie had been on a big winning streak- while his debut in the late 60’s was so-so it wasn’t terrible- and he kept improving going into the early 70’s- then he was money on the table for a decade or so. He couldn’t miss. I remember eagerly buying this album- and upon first listen-‘this is awful’- nearly 40 years later I still think it is awful. Bowie had one of the most innovative artists in music over the years- there is nothing here innovative or very good. He had a hit with “Blue Jean”- which over the years I call “Eugene.” Bowie would later say he was devoid of ideas after the “Let’s Dance” album and world tour. Maybe he should have just sat on this one. Giving it 1 1/2 stars is being generous.
- ROD STEWART: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: 1971: 5 + STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ITUNES: ROCK: I read once where Ray Charles said that he’d rather be great than famous. I doubt Rod Stewart ever considered that question- he wanted to be famous. It’s too bad- this is a great album- when you compare it to some of the crap he’s produced in the past 40 plus years – at one point he was great. Anyway. I doubt Sir Roderick has lost any sleep over his choice. There isn’t a bad track on this album by the way.
- JOE SOUTH: GREATEST HITS VOLUME I: 1970: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: ALBUM: FOLK ROCK: For a brief time in the late 60’s-early 70’s Joe South was one of the greatest songwriters in the world- sadly personal problems entered the picture and it didn’t last. His most famous song “Games People Play” won a Grammy For Song of the Year.
- The GO-BETWEENS: Bellavista Terrace: Best of The Go-Betweens: 1999: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: Indie Rock: I should investigate the music of The Go-Betweens more than I have- Australian indie rock band from the 1980’s- who came back and released a few more albums in the early 2000’s- I really enjoy this compilation. “