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    New England
  • Interests
    My two daughters; visiting my family; writing and editing; photography and photographs; day-trip drives; baseball and football; playing golf (when I can find time); and antiques and collectibles, because they relate to my work. And... I love all kinds of music: Beatles, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, Raspberries/Eric Carmen, Fleetwood Mac, John Stewart, Billy Joel, U2, Springsteen, 10,000 Maniacs, Buddy Guy, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, and classical and baroque masters, especially J.S. Bach and Vivaldi.
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    Editor/author
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Album
    Boats Against the Current
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Song
    "Overnight Sensation" and "Boats Against the Current"

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  1. Eagles, song rankings

    As noted on the Eagles LP thread... my Top 20 is very hits-heavy. I'm sure I'll come up with other choices after a drilling deeper.... 1. I Can't Tell You Why. A non-Henley/Frey song at the Top of an Eagles list? This is so great, though. 2. Lyin' Eyes 3. Hotel California 4. One of These Nights 5. Take It to the Limit 6. Wasted Time 7. Best of My Love 8. Take It Easy 9. Pretty Maids All in a Row 10. Try and Love Again 11. Peaceful Easy Feeling 12. Tequila Sunrise 13. Last Resort 14. Love Will Keep Us Alive 15. Desperado 16. New Kid in Town 17. In the City 18. Witchy Woman19. Already Gone 20. Heartache Tonight I do like "The Long Run," actually. And honorable mention to "Please Come Home for Christmas." And just like that, I have an Eagles playlist!
  2. Top 30 Artists

    Craig, I couldn't do it. I actually had 83 listed out. I did some editing to get it down to 30, then felt like Nos. 31 to 40 deserved a plug—heck, one of them was a Beatle! So, here's my Top 40: 1. Beatles. So deep, so brilliant, so wide-ranging, so impactful.... The Beatles simply make life better! 2. Paul McCartney. His longevity has rocketed him up my list, higher than he might have been 30 years ago! 3. John Lennon. Think of all the music we lost on that December day in 1980. He was just getting started again... :-( 4. John Stewart. Former Kingston Trio, writer of "Daydream Believer," singer of "Gold" and "Midnight Wind," and folk-rock/Americana artist whose 50-plus albums make a stunning body of work. 5. George Harrison. A deep dive into Beatle George's solo work has given me an all-new appreciation for what he did as a solo. Have you ever heard "Soft-Hearted Hana"? "Ooh Baby"? "Dear One"? 6. Fleetwood Mac. Based largely on the Buckingham/Nicks era, but with appreciation for the Green, Kirwan, Spencer, and Welch eras. 7. Bruce Springsteen. Again, elevated by a deep dive. 8. Raspberries. No. 8... or 1a! Honestly, I liked Raspberries more when I thought about music first, not politics. 9. ELO. Still another act elevated by a deep dive. 10. Beach Boys. It's almost sinful to have the BBs this low. 11. World Party. Yet another beneficiary of a deep dive. T12. Eric Carmen. It' so hard to separate these three.... So I copped out—Eric, Elton, and Billy in a piano-man tie. T12. Elton John. T12. Billy Joel. 15. Bob Dylan. Criminally low! 16. Jackson Browne. Those lyrics! 17. Stevie Nicks. That aura! 18. Lindsey Buckingham. That guitar playing! 19. Bee Gees. Those harmonies! 20. Traveling Wilburys. That lineup! Made only two albums, but it was enough to land in my Top 20. 21. Paul Simon. 22. Eagles. 23. Johnny Cash. A relatively late discovery for me.... I got heavily into The Man in Black a few years ago. 24. Rolling Stones. I'll never be your beast of burden.... 25. 10,000 Maniacs. I prefer the Mary Ramsey era (current) over the Natalie Merhant era—not that the Natalie era is bad or anything. I just happen to dig Mary Ramsey. If this list were extended out, you'd also see John & Mary — Ramsey's duo act with John Lombardo (a Maniacs founder who goes in and out of the group). 26. Neil Young. 27. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. 28. Monkees. The "Pre-Fab Four"! You know, they had some really strong songs. 29. Chicago. One of the first bands I really loved. Those first nine albums stand up quite well. The loss of Terry Kath had such an impact... what might have been! 30. U2. 31. Bonnie Raitt 32. Eric Clapton. 33 Elvis Presley. Crazy to have Elvis so low, but I missed out on the mania. Still, the music explains it... what a voice, what a tone, what phrasing... 34. Dire Straits. 35. Ringo. I might not have had Ringo in my Top 40 if not for a deep dive I've been doing. It's hard to call any of his albums an A or even B, but when you cull the one or two or three highlights from each, there's more here than meets the eye! Plus, he's Ringo! 36. Boz Scaggs 37. Rod Stewart 38. Queen 39. Bob Seger. 40. Roy Orbison
  3. Top 30 Artists

    That is so weird! I started a post with the same theme, but couldn't stop at 30, so went to 40, then 50... and it's now at 100! I will cease and desist on that one, and give you my 30. One of the rules I had was: Keep bands separate from solo artists who emerge. You have the same rule, but James... you've got Eric and Raspberries combined! So... you'll have to split them! Who goes first? :-) Anyway, lemme find my list. I think it's in an iPhone "Notes" file....
  4. Billy Joel's Best

    Craig, you're right on River of Dreams—that title track is one of the most uplifting songs of the era. It's one to add to ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky" and Bruce's "Waiting on a Sunny Day" as mood-boosters. Also, I'm glad you mentioned Songs in the Attic. I LOVED that record when it came out. It was so smart of Billy to dust off deep tracks from his earlier albums and give them the excitement of a live show. And you're spot on about the difference between Frampton Comes Alive and Attic is that Billy's album relies more on the actual performance. He had a killer band on the road back then. Anyway, Songs in the Attic got me exploring the other Billy albums I hadn't bought at the time (Cold Spring Harbor and Streetlife Serenade).
  5. Billy Joel's Best

    Also, I do love "Uptown Girl," from the time Billy was going through a doo-wop period. And that video, with Christie Brinkley—very entertaining. "My Life" and "Honesty" marked a one-two punch in 1978, our sophomore years... an uptempo pop-rocker and a ballad with a bit of an edge. See, that's how you follow up a blockbuster album... two can't-miss singles that flooded the airwaves within months, seemingly, of The Stranger. Makes you think about that long, long, long delay of Eric's between his Arista debut and Boats Against the Current. All that momentum from the three hits (plus "That's Rock'n'Roll") on his solo album was lost in the waiting, right?
  6. Billy Joel's Best

    James, Interesting that you haven't discovered your namesake song. It was one I backtracked to find after The Stranger broke loose. I probably bought Piano Man first, because of the title track, and Turnstiles second, because of "I've Loved These Days." At first, "James" didn't connect. In fact, I think I was ducking it for a while. It's the opening track on Side 2 of the LP (a place of honor!), and truth be told, I often laid the needle down just after it, because the other three songs on that side were so awesome (and still are). I couldn't wait to get to them: the fiery "Angry Young Man," the all-time ballad "I've Loved These Days" (you didn't have friends playing that one during senior year?), and then the kick-ass rocker "Miami 2017." But... you can't be that persnickety with a turntable too long, so I started playing all of Side 2, and "James" sank in. It has a sort of gentle, ethereal quality, and you'll find it starting to stick in your head. And then you start wondering about the story.... It's written as a series of questions to a childhood friend—a hard-working dude, a writer, a good guy... but somebody who puts everybody else first, to his own detriment. James tries too hard to live up to standards people around him have set. As the lyric says, "James, do you like your life? / Can you find release? /And will you ever change? / Will you ever write your masterpiece?" I especially love this line, a good one to live by, really: "Do what's good for you, or you're not good for anybody, James..." So... check it out. And when one of you friends pops in while you have it on, he or she might ask, "What are you listening to?" And you can say, "James." "I know your name, but what are you listening to?" "James." "Yes, you're James, but what's the name of that song...?" You'll get a little Abbott & Costello routine going....
  7. Billy Joel's Best

    Hmm... not many Springsteen fans here, obviously. But my next deep dive is Billy Joel. (My deep dives are starting these days with iPhone playlists I'm making... just for me.) I've been a huge Billy fan since my college pal Dave begged me to drive him to the ONE record store in Rochester, NY, he could find (after several calls) that happened to be carrying Joel's brand new album, The Stranger. It wasn't a "hot new release"—it was just the next album by the guy that did "Piano Man" a few years earlier. The Stranger slid out without much fanfare... which is why Dave had to hunt to track down a copy. But he LOVED Billy, having come from Long Island, and couldn't wait to hear his latest. As we all know, it didn't take long The Stranger to break loose, turning Billy from regional and cult favorite to international star. And to think... Eric Carmen was way more well-known before The Stranger hit, having scored all those hits on his first solo album. When "Just the Way You Are" took off, the tables turned. PS: Did you know Billy hasn't released a studio album since 1993 (River of Dreams)? Yet he hasn't disappeared, considering all the touring he did in the decades that followed. Anyway, for me, Billy's finest were the following albums and songs. 5 ALBUMS The Stranger was such a strong pop album, and most of it holds up. I like Nylon Curtain just as much. And Turnstiles isn't far behind. Years ago, I might've had The Bridge on this list, but it hasn't aged all that well. 1. The Stranger (1977) 2. Nylon Curtain (1982) 3. Turnstiles (1976) 4. 52nd Street (1978) 5. Piano Man (1973) On the outside looking in: Glass Houses (1980) and Storm Front (1989). 20 SONGS I've got 10 of Joel's 13 albums represented below, with nothing from Cold Spring Harbor or Glass Houses or his 2001 classical album. The split (I had to count) was four from Turnstiles; three each from The Nylon Curtain, The Stranger and 52nd Street; two from An Innocent Man; and one each from Piano Man, Streetlife Serenade, The Bridge, and River of Dreams. 1. Summer, Highland Falls 2. Vienna 3. Goodnight Saigon 4. Piano Man 5. Rosalinda’s Eyes 6. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant 7. I’ve Loved These Days 8. Pressure 9. Laura 10. Stilletto 11. She’s Always a Woman 12. I Go to Extremes 13. Miami 2017 14. This Night 15. This Is the Time 16. The Longest Time 17. River of Dreams 18. James 19. Until the Night 20. Souvenir On the outside looking in: "Allentown," "Captain Jack," "My Life," "Baby Grand" (w/ Ray Charles), ""Where's the Orchestra?" On the other hand, "Just the Way You Are," "You're My Home," and "She's Got a Way"—all former favorites—didn't make the cut for me. Gushy, hopelessly sappy love songs don't wear well. However, "James" did make my list.
  8. Of his first two albums, I thought the 2nd (Wild, Innocent, E Street Shuffle) was stronger than the 1st (Greetings from Asbury Park, even though that one had "Blinded by the Light"). For the post-River albums, you can tell Tunnel of Love is "the one" for me. But I can understand how it "might not be for everybody." When it came out, I was going through a bad breakup, and I found solace in Tunnel. History tends to repeat itself, I guess. I wish Marvin was still posting here. I'd love to get his take. He's way more familiar with 21st-century Bruce than I am. Like, I want to dig more into The Rising (which was influenced heavily by 9/11) and Devils and Dust (2005) and Magic (2007). On the other hand, I love Wrecking Ball (2012) and the one just before it (Working on a Dream, 2009). There's another, from 2014, called High Hopes that I am not that familiar with. One more thing to dig into! His 19th studio came out last year, Western Stars. I picked that up.... I also bought his Broadway album, which I found very moving ... all kinds of stories woven in between songs. Highly recommended.
  9. A couple of the deeper cuts from above that are worthy of study—"I Wish I Were Blind" and "Drive All Night" (live versions):
  10. Ranking The Studio Albums: The Eagles

    Hmm... Perhaps I'm being too tough on the Eagles. I mean, if you were to ask, I'd say, "love the Eagles!" But like I said, the hits are of such high quality, that they're what would make me say that. The deeper cuts never called out to me, generally speaking. (Except on Hotel — "Prety Maids All in a Row," "Wasted Time," "Try and Love Again"). But, given your flurry of As, I'll have to do a deep dive and see what might grab me. Interestingly, I would say that if you had a big Eagles song bucket and dropped in their solo hits, there are two Henleys that would rank in my top 5 among all of them—"Boys of Summer" and "End of the Innocence," which to me are A+ songs, maybe his finest moments. I also dig "Dirty Laundry" and "Heart of the Matter" and "Last Worthless Evening." Even though there are a couple of Henley solos that I find annoying, I think he was as good after the Eagles as he was during the Eagles. As for solo Glenn Frey—he had his moments ("The One You Love" is great), but I think he was way better within the Eagles environment than on his own. Joe Walsh is always a kick....
  11. Ranking The Studio Albums: The Eagles

    My Eagles LP rankings: 1. Hotel California (1976): A, despite a sort of backlash this album and the title track seem to be getting... 2. Desperado (1973): B 3. One of These Nights (1975): B 4. The Long Run (1978): B- 4. Eagles (1972): B- 5. On the Border (1974): C+ I don't know Long Roads Out of Eden very well, so I have to give it an incomplete. However, I believe Marv loves it, so... I need to give it a fair shake. I realized from doing this that I'm not an Eagles fanatic. I love the Eagles, but for me personally, I get what I love from them by listing to the compilations. That first one—Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is an A++ record that I've listened to a million times. Greatest Hits Vol. 2 isn't quite at that level, but it's not terribly far off. I'd probably still give it an A- or B+. Heck, it's got "Hotel California," "Heartache Tonight," "I Can't Tell You Why," "New Kid In Town," "The Long Run," and more. And, I love the two live albums. I like the 2nd one, Hell Freezes Over (1994) a little better. I'd give it an A- or B+. The set list is just about everything you'd want, and the playing is tight. The 1980 Eagles Live album merits a B- or C+... Remember that Rolling Stone called it "perhaps the most heavily overdubbed [live album] in history. Plus, I didn't and don't care for the song "Seven Bridges Road," which was actually released as a single.
  12. Footmaker...Miles Away

    Bernie—I just saw this. That's a great photo of Wally! Wish I had seen Fotomaker. I don't remember them playing in my area at all... and as we know, they didn't last nearly long enough. Wally was a little late to the first album, and gone by the third. For me, it's that middle album, Vis-a-Vis—that stands out as their climax. I know some prefer the first album, but the second had the benefit of two of Wally's best compositions. And the killer power-pop song "Just for You"—and, of course, "Miles Away." Lots of potential... too bad they didn't keep it together another few years.
  13. Has to..

    Kirk, how did you miss this one? I remember it well—maybe because I have four sisters, a couple of whom loved the Osmonds. And this group was kind of a cross between the Osmonds and Partridge Family.
  14. Elton John "Stinker"

    Love this song—that Caribou album is better than it's given credit for. "Ticking".... "I've Seen the Saucers" ... "You're So Static" ... "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"... "The Bitch Is Back"...
  15. Saw this a while back, and loved it... and it's always fun to watch again. Two of the very best pop music minds of the '60s (ever, actually).
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