Moments (1976) Moments with You (LP) Stang 1030

Moments

Moments with You 

1976

Stang 1030

**** recommended


While the second side of this album is filled with forgettable attempts at disco funk produced and written by the group (Ray, Goodman, Brown), Side One is produced by Sylvia Robinson and filled with endless Carol Sager-penned gems for fans of that slow and mellow soul that came out of various East Coast cities in the late 60s and early 70s.


If you think they stopped making mellow magic once disco hit town, check out the first side on this Bicentennial-year offering.  This side doesn’t have a weak moment and might have been the best side this group offered in the ten years of their existence (1968 – 1978).  It’s also another feather in Sylvia’s many-feathered hat.

— winch (author of

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Bruce Springsteen (1978) Darkness on the Edge of Town (LP) Columbia

Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Columbia (USA)
1978
recommended *****
Springsteen’s 4th album, released June ’78 (US & UK), reached #5 (#16 in the UK).  
 
This album came nearly three years after Born to Run but it was worth the wait.  The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle had served as a bridge between Greetings… and Born to Run, and this serves as a bridge between Born to Run and Nebraska.  Those five albums were Springsteen’s best work.  


If some dismiss or misunderstand Bruce as painting a nostalgic or optimistic vision of America, they need to listen to the grim tales in these grooves.  There are hints of hope but mostly this reveals the nightmarish side of the American Dream.  The name of the album does more than just point out the title track; it also calls out a theme that runs through the entire collection of songs.
 

 



While I might find it hard to respect folks who love Springsteen, it’s impossible for me to respect people who don’t. This is another
 essential sets for any respectable fan.

— Winch