RICK SANDERS FROM INTRO MAGAZINE BLOWS HIS MIND ON THE LATEST RECORD RELEASES
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – “White Rabbit”
Wonder group from the West Coast, Jefferson Airplane have come up with a beautiful single. It’s sung by Grace Slick (who also wrote it!) and what a great girl she is. The record opens with a quiet bolero beat, is joined by this wonderful Slick voice, and then builds up to a towering wall of climatic sound.
I bow down before it and pray that it will get the success it deserves – but the lyrics mention psychedelic type mushrooms so maybe the B.B.C. will ban it.
This wouldn’t be so funny with no pirates to give the possible victims of the chopper an airing. A great record.
DDDBM&T – “Zabadak”
Well, at last. Lovable Dave Dee and friends are shuffling in the right direction with zabadak (which their record company insist is spelled with a little Z). Anyway, it’s a bit better than their previous discs.
This record is somewhat Hawaiian influenced, as opposed to that gypsy epic “Okay”. It starts off with someone clapping a horse’s jaw (it happens every day), gently mingled with chanting. Then it breaks into some highly unintelligible words – which even I wouldn’t like to guess the meaning of – before a grade A corny violin break.
It’s a pleasant commercial sound and is bound to make the top ten.
THE ROYAL GUARDSMEN – “Wednesday”
Remember what a drag “Snoopy and the Red Baron” was? The only reason it got anywhere was because of a few young groovers who were under the impression it was different.
Well, the Royal Guardsmen have come up with another nice, nothing record, “Wednesday”. A worse drag is that this may be another surprise hit. “Ah, but it’s a nice record.” you say the first time round.
Maybe, but what is it? Unstable harmony, a predictable tune with uninspiring lyrics. Rather boring and yeccccchy. What more can you do but yawn?
PROCOL HARUM – “Homburg”
O.K. everybody – whip out your bread and take a trip down to the record shop – and don’t get trodden underfoot in the stampede. Procol Harum strike again with a brilliant single.
We’ve been waiting some time, but this shows they aren’t one hit flash in the pop pan. “Homburg” is fairly like “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” in general mood and tune, except it’s got about twice as much raw power.
It’s one gigantic crescendo from start to finish with piano, organ, and the voice of Gary Brooker all combining to give a blockbusting sound. Soon to be on the lips of everyone in Britain, “Homburg” just has no earthquake right up to number one in the charts.