The Kinks, Misfits (it's passable)
The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys (boy, Prindle wasn't kidding about how it all sounds like one guy playing all the instruments on a giant Casio keyboard)
Kansas, Kansas (no great shakes but hardly anywhere near as bad as I was expecting--the real problem was that they were a prog rock band with only one virtuoso, the violin player, so their prog rock tunes were boring, but the short songs aren't half bad!)
Alice Cooper - I meant to hear the rest of his discography at some point--I've been scattershot about it, though George's high scores for a lot of those albums led me to some interesting listens. Yes, he is a Christian and I think always has been--so are Dee Snider and Dave Mustaine--not Glenn Danzig, but he has espoused some conservative beliefs! I think he may have supported Vietnam too. Anyway I did want to hear Brutal Planet and Dragontown at least, though not even Roland Fratzl is still around to tell us how poor his (presumably not very good) albums sell lately.
Music From Big Pink - it's good. Puffed up roots music with a hint of PH.D and a hint of bombast too. "Tears Of Rage" (a song sympathizing with hippie kids' parents!), "The Weight," "Chest Fever" and "I Shall Be Released" are the best, though The Band has so many deaths now that they're like Skynyrd or Allmans. Now go hear The Band which is even better. The rest of their discography...uhmm...you're on yer own bub.
Cheap Thrills - It's good but took a little getting used to. Yes, Janis is very shrill (probably the reason young people aren't as attracted to her as Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison) and her band were not that talented....but no album, NO album from the 60s makes me feel like I was there more than this one. First three songs are the big highlights.