Album Ratings - 2

Key to Ratings
***** = Outstanding **** = Excellent *** = Very Good ** = Good * = Fair - = Poor

The 1970s U.S. Albums

Album Description My
Ranking
My
Rating
Underground Fire's
Top 3 Ranking

More Golden Greats
Liberty LST-8060
1970
[Issued out of sequence.]
Classical Guitar
Grazing in the Grass
House of the Rising Sun
Green Onions
Hawaii Five-0
More
A Taste of Honey
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Love Is Blue
Mission Impossible
Raunchy
Torquay
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****

Ave. 4.58
1 - Classical Gas (tie)
1 - Love Is Blue (tie)
3 - House of the Rising Sun (tie)
3 - Torquay (tie)
3 - A Taste of Honey (tie)
3 - Raunchy (tie)

10th Anniversary Album
[2-LP set]
Liberty LST-35000
1970
Strangers in the Night
Michelle
Let It Be
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Up, Up, and Away
Eleanor Rigby
Hey Jude
MacArthur Park
Everybody's Talking
Sounds of Silence
Never My Love
By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Who'll Stop the Rain/Bad Moon Rising
Raindrops Keep Falling
Sweet Caroline
Sugar, Sugar
Good Morning Starshine
Blowin' in the Wind/Don't Think Twice
Delilah
Spinning Wheel
Those Were the Days
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***
***
***
**
**

Ave. 4.00
1 - Bridge Over Troubled... (tie)
1 - Everybody's Talking (tie)
1 - Who'll Stop the Rain... (tie)
1 - Blowin' in the Wind... (tie)
1 - Sugar, Sugar (tie)
1 - Delilah (tie)

New Testament
United Artists UAS-6796
1971
Oye Como Va
Wild World
What Is Life
Novios Para Siempre
Testament
Katana
Whole Lotta Love
Spirit
She's a Lady
Pesado
Free
Good Morning Captain
****
****
****
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
**
**

Ave. 3.08
1 - Whole Lotta Love (tie)
1 - She's a Lady (tie)
3 - Good Morning Captain

Theme from "Shaft"
United Artists UAS-5547
1972
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
Never My Love
Theme from "Shaft"
Tight Fit
Two Divided by Love
I'm a Man
Peace Train
Cherries Jubilee
Indian Summer
Gimme Some Lovin'
Thunder Cloud
Deep, Deep in the Water
*****
****
****
***
***
***
***
***
***
***
**
**

Ave. 3.17
1 - Peace Train (tie)
1 - Tight Fit (tie)
3 - Deep, Deep in the Water (tie)
3 - Gypsies, Tramps, and... (tie)

Joy: Play the Classics
United Artists UAS-5575
1972
Mozart Forty
Joy
Mozart's Minuet
Elise
Melody of Joy
Bach's Prelude
Ravel's Pavane
Beethoven's Sonata in C# Minor
Peter and the Wolf
One Fine Day
In a Persian Market
Swan Lake
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
***
***
***
**
**
**

Ave. 3.33
1 - Peter and the Wolf
2 - Joy (tie)
2 - Swan Lake (tie)

Rock and Roll Forever
United Artists UAS-5649
1972
Sleepwalk
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)
You Can't Sit Down
Last Night
Smokie
Ram-Bunk-Shush
Raunchy
Soul Twist
20-75
Rumble
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****

Ave. 4.64
1 - Guitar Boogie Shuffle
2 - Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2) (tie)
2 - Last Night (tie)
2 - You Can't Sit Down (tie)

Only Hits
[2-LP set]
United Artists UA-LA147G
1973
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
I Can See Clearly Now
Twelfth of Never
Alone Again, Naturally
Yesterday Once More
Dueling Banjos
Live and Let Die
Last Tango in Paris
The Morning After
Frankenstein
Hummingbird/Summerbreeze
My Love
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Oh Babe, What Would You Do
Are You Man Enough
Superstition
Killing Me Softly
The Night the Lights Went Out
Cisco Kid
Soul Makoosa
Get Down
Finders Keepers
Drift Away
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***
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***
***
***
***
***
***

Ave. 3.70
1 - Dueling Banjos
2 - I Can See Clearly Now (tie)
2 - Drift Away (tie)
2 - Summerbreeze/Hummingbird (tie)

Jim Croce Songbook
United Artists UA-LA217G
1974
Time in a Bottle
I Have to Say I Love You
Bab Bad Leroy Brown
Operator
Age
Speedball Tucker
It Don't Have to Be That Way
Lover's Cross
I Got a Name
One Less Set of Footsteps
Five Short Minutes
Don't Mess Around with Jim
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***
***
***

Ave. 3.92
1 - I Got a Name
2 - Speedball Tucker
3 - Five Short Minutes

Play the Carpenters
United Artists UA-LA231G
1974
Top of the World
It's Going to Take Some Time
Sing
Close to You
We've Only Just Begun
Yesterday Once More
Rainy Days and Mondays
Superstar
Goodbye to Love
Hurting Each Other
Bless the Beasts and the Children
Jambalaya
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***

Ave. 4.00
1 - We've Only Just Begun
2 - Top of the World
3 - Yesterday Once More (tie)
3 - Bless the Beasts... (tie)
3 - Close to You (tie)
3 - Jambalaya (tie)
3 - Goodbye to Love (tie)

Now Playing
United Artists UA-LA471G
1975
Dueling Banjos
Live and Let Die
Last Tango in Paris
The Morning After
Everybody's Talking
Sounds of Silence
Theme from "Shaft"
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Pink Panther Theme
Raindrops Keep Falling
Georgy Girl
The Man with the Golden Gun
Airport '75
Lawrence of Arabia
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***
***

Ave. 3.88
1 - Lawrence of Arabia
2 - Dueling Banjos
3 - Last Tango in Paris

Rocky Road
United Artists UA-LA586G
1976
Moonlight Serenade
Daylight
Superstar Revue
Step Out
Temptations, Temptations
Gotta Be Stronger
Stroke
*****
****
***
**
**
*
*

Ave. 2.75
1 - Moonlight Serenade
2 - Daylight (tie)
2 - Superstar Revue (tie)
2 - Step Out (tie)

TV Themes
United Artists UA-LA717G
1977
Hawaii Five-0
Charlie's Angels
Nadia's Theme
S.W.A.T.
Star Trek
Medical Center
M*A*S*H
Baretta's Theme
Streets of San Francisco
Police Woman
Police Story
Starsky and Hutch
*****
****
****
****
***
***
***
**
**
**
**
**

Ave. 3.00
1 - Nadia's Theme
2 - Hawaii Five-0 (tie)
2 - Medical Center (tie)

The 1980s U.S. Albums

Album Description My
Ranking
My
Rating
Underground Fire's
Top 3 Ranking

Greatest Hits, Volume 1
Tridex TDX-1001
1980
Rebel Rouser
Memphis
Bumble Bee Rock
Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Ghost Riders in the Sky
Perfidia
Walk, Don't Run
Wheels
Pipeline
Telstar
Tequila
Apache
Bulldog
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****

Ave. 5.00
1 - Slaughter on 10th Avenue
2 - Rebel Rouser
3 - Bulldog (tie)
3 - Ghost Riders in the Sky (tie)
3 - Perfidia (tie)

Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Tridex TDX-1002
1980
Driving Guitars
Sleep Walk
Guitar Boogie Shuffle
House of the Rising Sun
Rock Nuts
Hawaii Five-0
Secret Agent Man
Diamond Head
Green Onions
Let's Go
Walk, Don't Run '64
Wipe Out
Raunchy
Caravan
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****

Ave. 5.00
1 - Driving Guitars
2 - Guitar Boogie Shuffle (tie)
2 - Secret Agent Man (tie)
2 - Let's Go (tie)

NASA 25th Anniversary Commemorative
Tridex TDX-1003
1983
Gemini
Skylab
Telstar
Journey to the Stars
Close Encounters
Star Trek
Star Wars
Columbia
Apollo 11
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Return of the Jedi
Theme for Sally (Sea and Love)
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***
***
***

Ave. 4.00
1 - Theme for Sally
2 - Skylab
3 - Gemini (tie)
3 - Also Sprach Zarathustra (tie)

Compact Ventures
Garland GR-2003
1987
Runaway
Coming Home Baby
Showdown at Newport
It's My Party
Rhythm of the Rain
Stars on Guitars Medley
Save the Last Dance for Me
Dance On
Penetration
Lipstick on My Collar
Surfin' and Spyin'
Johnny Angel
Whittier Boulevard
Goldfinger
Hey Paula
One Way Ticket
Magic Night
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***
***
***

Ave. 4.00
1 - Runaway (tie)
1 - Coming Home Baby (tie)
3 - Lipstick on My Collar (tie)
3 - Rhythm of the Rain (tie)

Radical Guitars
Iloki IL-1006
1987
Bumble Bee
2,000 Pound Bee
Ginza Ska
Theme from "No Smoking"
Mushuku
Pike
Three, Three, and Nine Times
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Last Space Train
Washington Square
Ride on Try
Movin'
*****
*****
****
****
****
***
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**
**
**

Ave. 3.33
1 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
2 - 2,000 Pound Bee (tie)
2 - Bumble Bee (tie)
2 - Last Space Train (tie)
2 - Mushuku (tie)
2 - California Dreamin' (CD bonus)

The 1990s U.S. Albums

Album Description My
Ranking
My
Rating
Underground Fire's
Top 3 Ranking

Live in Japan '65
EMI 328202
1995
Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Journey to the Stars
Wipe Out
Driving Guitars
House of the Rising Sun
Pipeline
Penetration
Out of Limits
Diamond Head
Cruel Sea
Walk Don't Run '64
Walk Don't Run Medley
Telstar
Besame Mucho
Apache
Mariner No. 4
Caravan
Surf Rider
The Lonely Bull
Bulldog
Bumble Bee Rock
Rap City
When You Walk In the Room
Yellow Jacket
I Feel Fine
Pink Panther Theme
Love Potion No. 9
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****

Ave. 4.52
1 - Bulldog
2 - Slaughter on 10th Ave. (tie)
2 - Besame Mucho (tie)
2 - Yellow Jacket (tie)

Wild Again
GNP/Crescendo GNPD-2252
1997
Wham
Baja
Quiet Village
Happy Organ
Beethoven Five-Oh
James Bond Theme
Exodus
Teen Beat
Quicksilver
The Lonely Surfer
Surf on Guitars Medley
Wipe Out (live)
Midnight in Moscow
Bongo Rock
Ajoen, Ajoen
Petite Fluer
Rock Concerto in A Minor
Caravan (live)
Surf on Guitar (Ryomei Shirei Mix)
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
***

Ave. 4.68
1 - Quiet Village
2 - Wham
3 - Baja

New Depths: Wild Again 2
GNP/Crescendo GNPD-2259
1998
Hurricane
Blue Dawn
Bombora
Spanish Armada
Web Surfing
Wipe Out 2017
Time Is Tight
I Fought the Law
Drums A Go-Go
Calhoun Surf
Cry for a Shadow
Trailblazer
Stop the Music
Hideaway
Flower of the Sun
Peter Gunn
Banzai Pipeline
Hot Doggin'
Kanari Kiteru Koi (The Rice Girls)
Axel F/Miami Vice
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
***

Ave. 4.35
1 - Hurricane
2 - Peter Gunn
3 - Blue Dawn (tie)
3 - Spanish Armada (tie)
3 - I Fought the Law (tie)

The 1990s United Kingdom Albums

Album Description My
Ranking
My
Rating
Underground Fire's
Top 3 Ranking

In the Vaults
Ace Records CDHCD-651
1997
Peace Pipe
Comin' Home Baby
Skylab
Kern County Line
Gemini
Endless Summer
Paint It Black
The Way You Look Tonight
The Green Hornet
A Summer Love
The Stranger
Pandora's Box
The Mercenary
The McCoy
Too Young to Know My Mind
Lady of Spain
Candy Apple Racer
Genesis
Joyride
Tora, Tora, Tora
Squaw Man
Damaged Goods
Lawrence of Arabia
El Greco
Arabesque
Samovar
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
*****
****
****
****
***
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***
***
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***
***

Ave. 3.81
1 - Peace Pipe (tie)
1 - Comin' Home Baby (tie)
1 - Samovar (tie)
4 - Skylab

In the Vaults, Vol. 2
Ace Records CDHCD-716
1998
Harlem Nocturne
Spanish Armada
Taboo
Ventures Stomp
Saigon
Stagger Lee
What'd I Say
Deep Purple
Walkin' with My Angel
Hawaiian Surfing
Golden Earrings
Stick Shift
Forty Miles of Bad Road
Teen Beat
Travelin' Man
Blue Hawaii
Hawaiian Love Song
Danny Boy
True Love
Greensleeves
Tammy
Tossin' and Turnin'
High Tide
Lites Out
Bongo Rock
Sugaree
*****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
****
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****
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Ave. 3.58
1 - Harlem Nocturne
2 - Spanish Armada
3 - Saigon

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