Boston....first album

Released 1976      Back in the fall of 1976, and for the next 18-24 months songs from this album played everywhere you went. It was a phenomenon unlike I have ever seen before. This album was everywhere. Part of the reason it was everywhere was...

#154 John Lennon....Plastic Ono Band

Released 1970   Lennon's first post Beatles album. He had been doing primal scream therapy which was basically going in a room, and screaming at what was bothering you. Lennon said it was ridiculous, and didn't work. It seems like it did...

#153 Ringo Starr.... Sentimental Journey

Released 1970     The Beatles were all making a solo album after the breakup was announced. They all had to rush it so their solo release didn't clash with the release of Let it Be. Ringo was in a pickle. He didn't want to be left behind, and...

#152 Paul McCartney...McCartney

Released 1970     McCartney's first album after the breakup of the Beatles. He self produced it.    McCartney wanted to be the first Beatle with a solo album out, so he did an obvious rush job on this album. The Album begins with a filler...

#151 George Harrison....All things must pass

Released 1970     This a long album. 106 minutes long. Three discs on vinyl. The first two were standard studio albums. The final disc was just instrumental jam sessions by the band of all stars Harrison had assembled. Eric Clapton, Ringo, Billy...

#150 Jane's Addiction....ritual de habitual

Released 1990      The band was pushing real hard. It feels frantic at times. To the point where I get uncomfortable listening to some of the songs.    The sound is thick with echos, and reverb. It was a unique sound for the time. All of the...

#149 The Rolling Stones....Steel Wheels

Released 1989     My DJ business was transitioning from cassette tapes to CDs in 1989. This was one of only a hand full of CDs that I owned. I played "Almost hear you cry" from this album at every dance I played. It's such a great slow song. It...

#148 Lake street drive......Bad self portraits

Released 2014       Real nice rootsy rock, with a really outstanding female lead vocalist. I could listen to her all day long, and not get bored with her voice.    The songwritting is kind of edgy coming from a female perspective. She sings...

#147 Rod Stewart.... Gasoline alley

Released 1970      Yes. Rod was once more than just a crooner. Rod could really do boogie woogie style rock well. Especially when he was playing with Ron Wood. Wood plays a really melodic, and fun slide guitar on this record.      Many of the...

#146 Van Halen.....II

Released 1979      Obviously going for that party band vibe on this album . The band chooses to put two cover songs as the first two tracks of the album, and put the two strongest songs on the album ( Women in love, and Beautiful girls) last. ...

#145 Gregory Porter ...... Liquid Spirit

Released 2014   Winner if the Grammy for best jazz vocal in 2014.   I haven't decided if Mr. Porter is more of a crooner, or a soul singer. Probably a soul singer that can croon.    His songs are relationship driven. Some how he can...

#144 The Rainmakers

Released 1986   One of the greatest American Albums that not enough people heard. Seriously. How in the hell did this thing not break big?    I was very excited to see this album had been added to the website I buy my music from. The...

#142 All Stewart... Time Passages

Allen Parsons produced this album. He got a warm, lush sound out of Stewart even though many of the songs are not about warn lush topics. How many people write songs about the French revolution? Stewart does.      Stewart knows how to write a...

#142 The Rolling Stones.....Dirty Work

Released 1986     Producer Steve Lillywhite said in order to make a great album a band must have a good tailwind. The Stones did not have much of a tailwind while making this album. Mick Jagger had just released his first solo album, and came to...

#141 Sugar....File under easy listening

Released in 1994   Very similar to a Foo Fighters sound. Bar cords. With major, and minor mixes to keep it from getting too sappy, or fun.     Bob Mould of Husker Du split, and formed Sugar. I bought, and enjoyed both Sugar albums. I like...

#140 Chicago..... II

Released 1970     When I was a kid one of my friends who I considered to have very marginal taste in music loved Chicago. So I wrote the band off. Sort of stupid. I know. Then they became a vehicle for Peter Cetera to make sappy love songs in...

#139 Bruce Springsteen.... Darkness on the edge of town

Released 1978     For some reason this is the Springsteen album I go to the most often. Maybe because it hasn't been as overplayed as much as some of the other albums from that era, and yet I think the songs are just as good as his big albums...

#138 The Kinks....Give the people what they want

Released 1981     This was my first Kinks album. I always liked it. I listened to it today for the first time in over twenty years. I found that I like it now even more than I did in the early Eighties. Ray Davies songwritting on this album is...

#137 Men at work....Business as usual

Released 1981      MTV made these guys huge for a couple of years. I'm not sure why. They were not good looking guys. Probably because the music was good.     Well crafted pop songs. Mostly verse, chorus, verse with a nice solo thrown in by...

#136 The Modern Lovers

Released 1976     Combine the Velvet Underground with the Doors, and Van Morrison's "Gloria". There you have the sound of this band.     Lyrically Lead singer/ song writer Jonathan Richmond sometimes sounds like he is singing the diary of a...

#135 The Rolling Stones ...... Undercover

Released 1983      When this album came out the radio stations immediately started playing "She was Hot" trying to get it to take off as a single. I didn't like the song. I don't like the creepy way Mick says "Hot". I decided the album was not...

#134 Jack White.....Lazaretto

Released 2014   This was my favorite album of 2014. I have not listened to it for about a year. I'm listening to a bigger variety of music today with my one album per day routine. Maybe it has sharpened my ear. I find more to like about...

#133 Head East.....Road sign album

Released 1978     The only reason an album this good doesn't have mainstream success in 1978 is because your record company doesn't promote it.   This album has two songs that should have been big radio hits. "Since you been gone", and " Get...

#132 Linda Ronstadt.....Mad Love

Released 1980   I was never much of a Linda Ronstadt fan until one night in 1983 while driving down Westwood Lane after midnight I spotted a tape case in the street. I picked it up. I looked for something to identify it with so I could return...

#131 The Ramones.....first album

Released 1976     This is my first listen of this album. I knew about half of the songs from various greatest hits type albums I have owned.   There is a lot of melody in Joey Ramones voice for being a punk rock band. The band plays a...