John Martyn

Grace & Danger

1980

British Folk-Rock

A hi-fi classic with some fantastic playing, Martyn's 1980 release offers terse, honest songwriting that reflects on the end of his marriage backed by a tight band that includes Phil Collins on drums.

- Timothy Monger

Neil Young / Crazy Horse

Rust Never Sleeps

July, 1979

Album Rock

It's 1978: Neil Young hears about punk rock, decides he likes it, and sets aside the country rock of Comes a Time for the subsequent tour. He records a few shows, and the result is Rust Never Sleep, with five tracks of acoustic Neil at his most quietly impassioned, and four electric tracks with Crazy Horse loud enough to make the Sex Pistols seem quaint. My my, hey hey indeed.

- Mark Deming