Thriller by Michael Jackson

Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released on November 30, 1982, by Epic Records. In just over a year, it became—and currently remains—the world’s best-selling album, with estimated sales surpassing 65 million copies. Seven out of the 9 tracks on this album hit Billboards Top 40.  I had the record vinyl LP of this album and now I have the picture disc version.  My favorite tracks off this album are the title track Thriller, Billy Jean, Beat It and the one track I love the best PYT (Pretty Young Thing).  This album was very well written, performed and recorded.  This is one album you don’t want to miss in your record library.

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Swimming Pools, Movie Stars by Dwight Yoakum

Swimming Pools, Movie Stars is the latest album by country superstar Dwight Yoakum. From the Bakersfield sound to country to straight up rock he shows his versatility now doing Bluegrass on this album. This album was released in September 2016 on the Sugar Hill Records label.  This album has twelve tracks starts with What I Don’t Know and continues with such cuts as These Arms, Listen, and a remake of his classic Guitar, Cadillacs. He also does a great bluegrass cover of Purple Rain originally recorded by the late Prince.  This album was very well recorded and performed.  I would recommend this album to any bluegrass fan.

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Paris 1972 by Muddy Waters

Paris 1972 is a live album by blues artist Muddy Waters on April 1997 on the Pablo Records label.  This live album was well performed, recorded and produced.  There are so many great cuts on this 11 track ablum such as Hoochie Coochie Man, Walkin’ Blues, Got My Mojo Workin’ and so much more.  I recommend this album to anyone that is blues fan. He left us in 1983 but his music will always live on.

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Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits by Johnnie Taylor

Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits is a compilation of the best of  Johnnie Taylor, an American vocalist in a wide variety of genres, from bluesrhythm and bluessoul, and gospel to popdoo-wop and disco. This album was release on the Stax Records label on January 1987. This twenty track album contains such hits as Who’s Makin Love, I Wanna Testify, Cheaper Than Her, Take Care Of Your Homework and much more. I would recommend this album to your soul and blues library.

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Before This World by James Taylor

Before This World is the seventeenth studio album by American singer-songwriter James Taylor. It was released on June 15, 2015 on the Concord Records label. It is Taylor’s first new studio album of original material since October Road (2002). The Deluxe Edition features the Before This World CD along with a DVD of ‘There We Were: The Making of James Taylor’s Before This World’. This ten track album was very well written, performed and produced.  My favorite tracks off this album were Today Today Today, Angels of Fenway, Montana, Watchin’ Over Me and Far Afghanistan. I highly recommend adding this album to anyone’s James Taylor collection.

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Life Liberty And The Persuit of Fabulous by The Fabulous Miss Wendy

Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Fabulous is the latest album by rocker The Fabulous Miss Wendy. This eight track album was released on August 2016 on the Fabulusity Records label. My favorite tracks were Beg For Me, Love is Blind, Turn Up The Noise and One Horse Town.  I am anxious to hear her earlier releases. This album was very well written, performed and produced.  This album is available on CD Baby, itunes and Amazon.

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Sincerely Yours by Elle Carpenter

Sincerely Yours is singer/songwriter Elle Carpenter s fifth album and her first with Travianna Records. On the twelve track album released in November 2016 she wrote eleven of the songs.  The twelfth track, Teach Your Children originally recorded by Crosby Stills and Nash and written by Graham Nash, Elle made this song her own. My favorite cuts off this album are Brave Girl, Broken, Let Down and Big City. This album was very well written, performed and recorded. I am looking forward to hearing her earlier albums. This album is available on Amazon, itunes and on her website http://www.ellecarpenter.com

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Traveling Wiburys Volume One by The Traveling Wilburys

The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 is the debut album by the supergroup Traveling Wilburys consisting of Bob DylanGeorge HarrisonJeff LynneRoy Orbison, and Tom Petty was recorded and released by Wilbury/Warner Bros. Records in October 1988 to commercial success and critical acclaim. It was later released on Rhino Records in June 2008.  On this twelve track album, in addition to the hits Handle With Care and End Of The Line, there were great tracks such as Margarita, Maxine, Dirty World and more.  This album is very well written, recorded and produced by George Harrison and Jeff Lynne. I would highly recommend this album to anyone’s vinyl or CD library.

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Everyday I Got The Blues by Joe Turner, Pee Wee Clayton and Sonny Stitt

Everyday I Have The Blues is a November 1991 album by Joe Turner, Pee Wee Clayton and Sonny Stitt released on the OJC/Pablo Records label.  I was very disappointed with this album.  Who ever engineered this album should be fired.  On the opening track Stormy Monday the song started off on Wednesday. The first two days of the song was cut.  The rest of the album is awesome. There were great performances on this album such as Piney Brown, Everyday I Got The Blues, and Lucille.  If you can put up with the recording of Stormy Monday I would recommend this album on any blues fan.  Now I got to find me a copy of Stormy Monday somewhere

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R40 Live by Rush

R40 Live is a live album and film of Canadian rock band Rush‘s R40 Live Tour, released November 20, 2015 on the Rounder Records label. The performances were filmed on June 17 and 19, 2015, at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada. This three CD 30 track album has a lot of great hits and more such as Tom Sawyer, Far Cry, Roll the Bones, Xanadu and much more.  This album was very well performed and recorded.  A definite add for anyone’s Rush or rock library.

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