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posted a comment on Eminem. 8 days ago
He hasn't released a decent album for me since The Eminem Show from 2002, and his output beginning with 2004's Encore began getting spottier and spottier, especially after he released Relapse in 2009 following a four-year hiatus from... See full review
posted a review of Eminem. 8 days ago
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate all of Eminem's music, after all his first four albums—Infinite, The Slip Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show—were all brilliant, I just hate the majority of his music.... See full review
posted a review of Ray Charles - Ray Charles In Person. 15 days ago
Cut on May 28, 1959 on a rainy night in Atlanta, Georgia at Morris Brown College's Herndon Stadium, Ray Charles in Person catches the maestro and his band in a fiery, varied program of rhythm and blues burners (an impossibly slow, lengthy... See full review
posted a comment on The Monkees - The Monkees Greatest Hits. 16 days ago
Does anybody know which version of "I Wanna Be Free" is included here on The Monkees Greatest Hits (1976) by Arista Records?

It's either the slow, heartfelt version with Davy Jones singing from the group's 1966 self-titled debut album, or the... See full review
posted a review of The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones In Concert. 18 days ago
Mick Taylor's greatest hour with The Rolling Stones. His solos mixed with Keith's gruff rhythm make this sound like live rock & roll paradise.
posted a comment on The Doors - Other Voices. 18 days ago
Not as bad as the critics say, but still. Without Jim Morrison, The Doors are dead are ducks!
posted a comment on Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds Of Silence. 22 days ago
Dated? Just stop! Sounds of Silence is the first great Simon & Garfunkel record. As you said, it's an improvement over their 1964 debut titled Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., but how can anybody call Sounds of Silence a dated record... See full review
posted a review of Simon & Garfunkel - Bookends. about 1 month ago
S&G's fourth album, 1968's Bookends, takes on psychedelic influences, the changing cultural climate of the '60s, and their own ever-growing ambitions. The first half forms a cycle-of-life suite, from the chaotic "Save the Life of My Child" to... See full review
posted a review of The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.. about 1 month ago
In the time following wresting control of The Monkees from Don Kirschner and cutting the excellent Headquarters album mainly as a self-contained unit, the group returned to using session musicians to increase their sound and also looking... See full review
posted a review of The Temptations - The Temptations With A Lot O' Soul. about 1 month ago
The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul was the group's seventh hit album in a row, and it shows them (not to mention the Motown Sound) moving in a more modern direction. Sporting the hit singles "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (later covered by Rod... See full review
posted a review of The Beach Boys - Little Deuce Coupe. about 1 month ago
When Brian Wilson chose to put the songs together for what would be The Beach Boys’ fourth studio album known as Little Deuce Coupe, he didn't know he was introducing a new format of how to present rock & roll music. Issued exactly three weeks... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - Let It Be. about 1 month ago
Here is my thoughts: "I Me Mine" is among George Harrison's best material, but his other contribution to Let It Be, "For You Blue," sounds like a forgettable piece of 12-bar blues. Both "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" are throwaways, and Phil Spector... See full review
posted a review of Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother. about 1 month ago
The year 1970 found Pink Floyd at their wildly experimental pinnacle. Padding Side One of the original long-playing disc, the 23-minute instrumental title cut is wonderfully grandiose, featuring some killer David Gilmour guitar solos and the group's... See full review
posted a comment on The Monkees - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.. about 1 month ago
I happen to like "Hard to Believe." I understand the Davy Jones ballads are an acquired taste, but I'm such a stinker for any songs that includes horns and strings as well as heartfelt vocals. As what Adamandnat97 said, "Dream World" from the fifth... See full review
posted a review of John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Double Fantasy. about 1 month ago
To a very great degree, if it wasn't for the unlistenable Yoko Ono stuff which filled up half of the album, 1980's Double Fantasy would have been a top-shelf melodic delivery from John Lennon.
posted a comment on The Beatles - Let It Be... Naked. about 1 month ago
To each his own, however, Phil Spector's Wall of Sound was brilliant during the early-to-mid-1960s. May I be kindly enough to suggest listening to The Ronettes and Righteous Brothers?
posted a review of The Beatles - The Long And Winding Road. 2 months ago
Just because Paul didn't like it doesn't mean that you're only a true fan if you hate it as well 😁
I love the full production, it's a fantastic song with a bizarrely good combination of lyrics and music.
posted a comment on The Who - Who Are You. 2 months ago
Is there anyone else, apart from myself, that actually appreciates The Who's final album with Keith Moon, Who Are You?

Because I've never understood why it gets such bad reviews from critics ever since its release in August 1978.

Sure, I'll... See full review
posted a review of The Crickets (2) - The "Chirping" Crickets. 2 months ago
Buddy Holly was only 21 when he cut these tracks, some on an Oklahoma Air Force base. "That'll Be the Day," "Oh Boy!" and "Not Fade Away" fused country, rockabilly and R&B into epochal rock & roll.
posted a review of Tommy James And The Shondells* - Crimson And Clover. 2 months ago
Not gonna front: I loved Joan Jett’s version first. But her cover rocks too hard. This tune—quite possibly the closest white pop musicians have ever come to approximating how making love actually feels—is meant to be an afternoon roll in the hay, not... See full review
posted a review of The Beatles - Yellow Submarine Songtrack. 2 months ago
The Yellow Submarine Songtrack from 1999 is a fifteen-tune overview of The Fab Four at their most fantastic and cinematic. The tunes featured on this set are among the group’s most perspicuously realized, comprising material from... See full review
posted a comment on The Beatles - Let It Be... Naked. 2 months ago
I'm not meaning to argue with you, however, you're are entitled to your opinion, needless to say, when you say Phil Spector largely added sonic syrup to Let it Be. I think Phil Spector did a remarkable job with the material he was provided to... See full review
posted a review of The Beatles - Help!. 2 months ago
If A Hard Day’s Night and Beatles For Sale (both released in 1964 in July and December, respectively) sounded like a band chafing at the confines of their own success, Help! (released in August 1965) was more like a meditation:... See full review
posted a review of The Rolling Stones - Aftermath. 2 months ago
The week The Rolling Stones released Aftermath in the United States, the band touched down in New York for a month-long tour starting in the industrial city of Lynn, Massachusetts. They were measurably famous now: chart success, big advances,... See full review
posted a review of Allman Brothers Band* - Idlewild South. 2 months ago
If you're thinking about getting into The Allman Brothers Band, make sure you own their first four LPs. The sextet made their self-titled 1969 debut, this, At Fillmore East, and three-fourths of Eat a Peach with its original lineup,... See full review
posted a review of The Grateful Dead - Live / Dead. 2 months ago
"Jazz-rock" was becoming the rage in 1969, with horn-laden outfits blaring their way into the Top 40 like new little big bands. Brassless (give or take those few bars of trumpet on Anthem of the Sun), the Grateful Dead nonetheless worked their... See full review
posted a review of The Beatles - Let It Be... Naked. 2 months ago
Basically the Naked version of Let it Be (1970) sounds like a batch of outtakes that were all left unfinished and had an empty sounding feel. Phil Spector's production on the original released version of the album elevates the tunes very... See full review
posted a review of The Beatles - Yellow Submarine. 2 months ago
The first half of Yellow Submarine is brilliant, especially the four new tunes that were included in the film of the same name: "Only a Northern Song," "All Together Now," "Hey Bulldog" and "It's All Too Much." The second half falls flat for... See full review
posted a review of The Beatles - Let It Be. 2 months ago
The break-up of The Beatles was a famously unpleasant situation: No later than 1968, Lennon and McCartney were sometimes working simultaneously in separate studios; only about half of the White Album’s songs featured the full band. Conceived by... See full review
posted a review of Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson & Clover. 2 months ago
The psychedelic era changed the game for one and all. Hard rock artists worked on the album format and singles artists like Tommy James & The Shondells worked up singles that were their own peculiar trip. While James and his cohorts were lumped into... See full review
posted a review of Ray Charles - The Genius Of Ray Charles. 2 months ago
With The Genius of Ray Charles (1959), the maestro produced a cinematic expansion of his rollicking, heart-rending rhythm and blues. On Side One, big-band arrangements transform "Deed I Do" and "Let the Good Times Roll" from beat-up pickup... See full review
posted a review of Ray Charles - What'd I Say. 2 months ago
Ray Charles' sixth album, 1959's What'd I Say, sparks into life with the title tune's flurry of swinging electric piano lines, jangling percussion, and his legendary moans and wails. From the upbeat beginning, Charles runs through a frisky set... See full review
posted a review of Love - Four Sail. 3 months ago
Not a fan of the later line-up of Love. I'll admit that they're good and talented, however, not the same gentlemen who played with Arthur Lee on the first three albums (their 1966 eponymous debut, Da Capo and Forever Changes). It's Love... See full review
posted a review of John Lennon - Imagine. 3 months ago
1971's Imagine features more lavish production than John Lennon's minimalistic solo debut, however, its emotions are exactly as hard-hitting. The title cut's canny combination of iconoclasm and utopianism is set to one of the ex-Beatle's most... See full review
posted a review of Ringo Starr - Ringo. 3 months ago
With Ringo, the ex-Beatle finally put his solo career in gear in 1973, in the time following serving notice with consecutive Top 10 singles from 1971-72 that he had more to offer than his eccentric first two solo LPs. Ringo was a... See full review
posted a review of Elvis Presley - Harum Scarum. 3 months ago
I feel like the only reason why Harum Scarum (1965)—the soundtrack to the film of the same name—gets such bad reviews is because people watched the film before listening to the soundtrack. Granted, the film is pretty awful, but the only way... See full review
posted a review of The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys. 3 months ago
Only a true fan of '80s music will appreciate The Beach Boys' 1985 eponymous album for what it is. It's no Pet Sounds, Sunflower, Surf's Up or Today!, but there are plenty of catchy tunes that will satisfy fans who'll... See full review
posted a review of The Beach Boys - L.A. (Light Album). 3 months ago
A decent album for what the L.A. (Light Album) is, also the M.I.U. Album doesn't deserve all the hate it gets. Both records aren't bad, nor great, but decent in a very good way. Four stars for each LPs.
posted a review of The Animals - The Complete Animals. 3 months ago
The title is a bit of a misnomer; this double compact disc only includes the complete 1964-65 sessions The Animals recorded with producer Mickie Most. The 40 tracks altogether capture the group at their apex, including the majority of their best and... See full review
posted a review of Tommy James & The Shondells - Hanky Panky / Mony Mony. 3 months ago
Sequel's Hanky Panky/Mony Mony combines two albums from Tommy James & The Shondells on one compact disc. The best moments on these records were released as singles, which means that casual fans should stick to the hits collections. But serious... See full review
posted a review of Tommy James & The Shondells - Hanky Panky / It's Only Love (2 Originals On 1 CD). 3 months ago
Repertoire's Hanky Panky/It's Only Love combines Tommy James & The Shondells' first two albums on one compact disc. In spite of the fact that the singles remains the best tunes on these long-players, each has some album cuts and cover versions... See full review
posted a review of The Rolling Stones - Goat's Head Soup. 3 months ago
No later than 1973, The Rolling Stones had asserted themselves as the self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band" with a powerful live show that played up the strengths of their extensive and varied catalog and capitalized on the presence of... See full review
posted a review of The Dave Clark Five - Catch Us If You Can. 3 months ago
'60s Nostalgia
There's only really one way to listen to and appreciate this album. Be born in London in the fifties, turn up musically in the Sixties, and then disappear from the scene forever. This is a perfect slice of mid-sixties British... See full review
posted a review of Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley. 3 months ago
Elvis Presley's 1956 eponymous debut studio album is an ideal jukebox selection that shows the hungry, fledging star rising to life through his favourite musical styles. With a teenage fan's full-bodied gusto, he embraces rhythm and blues ("Trying to... See full review
posted a comment on Elvis Presley - It Happened At The World's Fair. 3 months ago
I couldn't agree with you more, this is one of the best of Elvis Presley's '60s soundtrack albums. Following the cheese-fest that was Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), this turned out to be very good. My favorite cuts are "Beyond the Bend," "Relax,"... See full review
posted a review of Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii. 3 months ago
The second-most commercially successful long-player of the 1960s (behind only the soundtrack to West Side Story) is this iconic soundtrack, which comes as close to having a unifying concept as Elvis ever got, Christmas and Christ excepted.... See full review
posted a review of Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton. 3 months ago
Eric Clapton's self-titled 1970 solo debut was recorded following his completion of a tour with Delaney & Bonnie. The guitarist utilized the core of the duo's backing band and co-wrote most of the material with Delaney Bramlett—accordingly, [I]Eric... See full review
posted a review of Tommy James & The Shondells - The Definitive Pop Collection . 3 months ago
Tommy James was a top-selling singles artist throughout the mid-to-late-'60s, with a string of Top 40 hits that were as fresh and exciting as the AOR that received most of the critical applause and that gave rise to the FM radio format. James’ music... See full review
posted a review of R.E.M. - Murmur. 3 months ago
Some call this jangle pop, thanks to Peter Buck's countrified guitar to a great extent; others college rock, due to it's lo fidelity production. But you slice it, R.E.M.'s 1983 debut album is alt-rock perfection. It seems one of the driving forces of... See full review
posted a comment on U2 - Songs Of Experience. 3 months ago
All That You Can't Leave Behind was the last album by U2 I ever bought. I'd say the stuff they put out afterwards is a bit off-putting.