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Grammy Hall of Fame Albums all Worthy This Year

by Mark Cartwright

The 56th annual Grammy Awards will enshrine some outstanding albums and songs into the Grammy Hall of Fame, each one of them a true gem.  Neil Young's After the Gold Rush leads the pack in my mind.  It's a wonderful album, Neil at his best, and a staple of any Neil Young fan.  All Things Must Pass, from George Harrison also makes the list, and rightfully so, as it not only contains the hits What is Life and My Sweet Lord, but also plenty of deeper material.  CCR's Cosmo’s Factory is another fine choice.  It contains no less that half a dozen great CCR hits, including Travelin' Band, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Run Through the Jungle, Up Around the Bend, Who'll Stop the Rain and their marvelous version of Heard it Through the Grapevine.   Chicago’s Chicago Transit Authority, is still perhaps the band's best effort, and is remarkable in that amongst the hits Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is, and Beginnings, most of the material is six, seven, or eight minutes in length. The Joshua Tree from U2 was an album where almost every song could have been released as a single.  (And sometimes I think they almost were.)  Hidden amongst the smash hits I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Where the Streets Have No Name, and With Or Without You, are even better numbers such as Bullet the Blue Sky, and my personal favorite, Red Hill Mining Town.  The final inductee is the Woodstock soundtrack.  The only thing that amazes me about this addition is that it hasn't been inducted already.  I would think that anything Woodstock would already be in any musical Hall of Fame.  Individual song inductions include CCR’s “Fortunate Son,” “Honky Tonk Women” from The Rolling Stones, and War's “Low Rider.”