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I have a zillion Dylan LPs, and a handful of his CDs, but this is the one that finds its way to my stereo more than all the others combined.
Maybe you've heard of this album...
Along with Nebraska (an overlooked-for-obvious-reasons album), this is his best.
Cover of Newsweek and Time same week? Something must be right...
I can't recall the source, but some critic/musician lumped Browne, Warren Zevon, the Eagles and others into the "West Coast Weenie Rock" category.
And that's probably pretty accurate: Running on Empty is never going to be a heavy-metal standard; Zevon's best is never going to have the soul of Van Morrison. So what?
I've always liked Browne, and this is my favorite album of his. Quiet, introspective and with great fiddle work, Late for the Sky just works for me.
One of the most entertaining performers to never really break into the big time, this album by Hiatt showcases what he does best: Simple pop music, some songs just for damn-it-all-let's-have-fun reasons, others that are surprisingly deep.
Put the top down, open the car windows, crank up the volume: Hiatt understands.
Many think Bring the Family is his finest album; whatever. Both are equally good; I just lean toward this one.
This, the third disc of a three-disc greatest hits compilation, showcases Denny at her finest. Highlighted by the epoymous track, this disc also contains two brilliant Denny compositions - "Solo" and "I'm a Dreamer" - and a shattering take on a Richard Thompson composition, "For Shame of Doing Wrong."
Denny had one of the most compelling and distinctive voices of the 70s and 80s; with Richard Thompson in Fairport Convention - the UK's answer to Jefferson Airplane - and solo, her voice was the instrument that helped fuel the folk-rock movement of the 1970s.
Hers is a voice many recognize, but few know.
You can make an argument for Tommy or - espcially - Quadrophenia - but this is the Who at their best.