Monday, April 13, 2009


Tanya Tucker - Greatest Hits (1975, LP). Tucker's first greatest hits collection, released when she was 16 and I was 11. Her first hit single had hit the country music world only three years earlier, and much of her music provided the soundtrack for my childhood.

Her "What's Your Mama's Name?" was one of the first songs I ever memorized, certainly the first for me that was neither a children's song nor a gospel hymn.

Another of my favorite songs of hers is "Lizzie and the Rainman," which was released the same year as this compilation and therefore was not included on it. I downloaded it some time ago.

This album was inherited and was in pretty bad shape. I managed to remove the worst pops but there are still faint pops & clicks throughout. Good enough to turn up in the shuffle, since I'm not a snob when it comes to pops & clicks.

Journey - Escape (1981, LP). I had this cassette in high school, and listened to it a lot. Eventually it wore out, or maybe I got tired of it and gave it to my sister. Anyway, I think this record was picked up by my wife at a yard sale or something. Another one that was not well taken care of, so there are faint pops & clicks throughout. I downloaded my two favorite songs, "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Stone in Love" a long time ago, so I have clean digital copies of them.

Upon listening to it just recently, it seems better than I remembered it. However, I'm still not entirely certain that I'll ever need to hear "Open Arms" again. Or want to.

Men At Work - Business As Usual (1982, LP). This one didn't hit the airwaves until I was in college, or maybe it happened during the summer. Anyway, while I always identify Escape with high school, Business As Usual was strictly a college album. When it was new, it was just radio music to me, I never considered buying the album. I picked this one up second-hand at some point. Favorite song is "Be Good Johnny," but I think the whole album is worth having.

On this one I got a perfect rip.


  1. I was given Escape for Christmas 81 I wore out my tape too.

    I liked pretty much every song...however singing along with this album is best left to when no one else is around.

  2. Journey's 'Escape' was the first LP I ever purchased. Agree completely about not ever needing to hear "Open Arms" again, but "Stone In Love" remains one of my favorite Journey songs.

  3. I have sing an octave lower than Steve Perry. No way can I hit those notes.

  4. Journey never was my cup of tea, but I love Tanya Tucker. "What's Your Mama's Name" is a good one, and "Lizzie and the Rainman" is my favorite from her.

  5. The Tanya Tucker album brings back some memories; we saw her at the state fair not long after the album came out. It was odd seeing a teenage girl putting on a concert.