Long John Baldry - It Ain't Easy - This old dude was supposed to be one of the early fathers of British blues-rock, like John Mayall, but despite the presence of Rod Stewart, Elton John (trivia: he took his stage in tribute), this early '70s LP (John's biggest seller) is only sporadically entertaining. His only big hit, "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock'n'Roll" is fun, but too much of the rest is mediocre ragtime blooze boogie. If this is his best, I'll give him a miss.
The Monochrome Set - Eligible Bachelors - Now this is great new wave fun! Clever lyrics, snappy little tunes, this is like classic '70s Sparks for the '80s. "Jet Set Junta" is my favorite song about the Falklands War.
Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School - He goes for a more hard rock sound and it sucks because he's better at being a harder-rocking, more sneering Billy Joel than an actual hard rocker.
Stand in the Fire - A live LP and most of the songs are his hard rock ones. See above.
The Envoy - I haven't listened to this is 20 years and it's much weaker than I remembered. There are a handful of excellent songs, too many throwaways.
Sentimental Hygiene - First LP after a 5 year layoff due to rampant alcoholism and rehab, and it's his best set of songs since his first two LPs. However, even with 1987 R.E.M. (minus Stipe) as backup band on half the cuts, the 1987 sound undercuts the power. Good songs, '80s production - this is a good album but I have to grit my teeth to listen past the glossy polish and synthesizers. Neil Young pays lead on the title cut, but I can barely his guitar with the synths and drums up the mix so loud.
Pink Fairies - Three wildly different early 70s LPs from these drug-addled London hippies, because they changed lineup with every album, so by the third I'm not sure if any of the original members were left! So their output amounts to three different albums by three different bands, more or less.
Neverneverland - One awesome punk track, "Do It", which opens the album. The rest falls between a more professional Hawkwind or a garage-band level Pink Floyd - can be spacey and hard rocking the same time. It's OK.
What a Bunch of Sweeties - They ditch much of the psychedelia and go for a more American bloozy glam-rock style and eh....it's not nearly as interesting as the debut. A few decent tracks but nothing a bunch of other hard rock bands from the early '70s weren't doing better.
Kings of Oblivion - With Larry Wallis (who co-founded Motorhead with Lemmy) joining not only as guitarist and lead singer, but writer of nearly all the songs, this is easily their best album. Punk rock 1973 edition, I wish the songs weren't all stretched out to 5 to 9 minutes, but otherwise it's dandy.