RECORD REVIEWS – INTRO – 28TH OCTOVER 1967


RICK SANDERS FROM INTRO MAGAZINE BLOWS HIS MIND ON THE LATEST RECORD RELEASES


JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBREAKERS – “Suspicions”
Hot on the heels of the superb ‘Crusade’ album, make way for John Mayall’s first single for ages. It’s as great as you’d expect and is bound to win hordes of disciples for the cause of the blues.

It’s loud, brassy and raucous, and a bit less ethnic than the usual Mayall. But who really cares about authenticity when the music itself is as good as this? John’s magnificent voice tends to get drowned, but there’s some sparkling guitar work from Mick Taylor, a worthy follower in the giant footsteps of Eric Clapton and Peter Green.

JOHN WALKER – “If I Promise”
The name alone should be good for selling a few thousand copies of this, which is a reasonably pleasant, fast-moving ballad. John’s voice doesn’t exactly grate, but compared with his ex-brother Scott, he’s a bit watery.

He doesn’t get much feeling into this single. I’m sure he can do better than this. Let’s hope his next one has a bit more guts and bite.



JIMI HENDRIX & CURTIS KNIGHT – “Hush Now”
When I saw the label, London American, I took it for granted that this was early stuff dug out of the archives and released to cash in on the success of the hirsute Hendrix since he made it big in England.

Apparently not. Decca say that this was recorded when Jimi was recently in the States, with Curtis Knight singing. Sounds just like our Jimi to me.

“Hush Now” is a typical chunk of Hendrix meat, with wild electric guitar poetry and enigmatic lyrics. This may be too far out to be a hit – it’s all very fragmentary and hard to get hold of.

All the same, it’s the real stuff – and how does he get those sounds out of his guitar?

BRENDA LEE – “Where’s The Melody”
Did you know Caruso’s voice could shatter a wine glass? I’ll bet my favourite raver’s hat that Brenda Lee, the original little Miss Dynamite, would make short work of a pint mug!

Apart from that, her latest effort is a pretty ordinary soul thing with a touch of the blaring Herb Alpert’s. It won’t make the charts and I can’t help thinking how much better it would have been by someone like Aretha Franklin.

DONOVAN – “There Is A Mountain”
I’ve been itching to hear this for weeks. Why is it that we in Donovan’s home country get his records months after they’ve come out in the U.S.A?

This one was worth the wait. It’s a complete departure from Donovan the folk-rocker, and is a sort of riddle song with a pungent West Indian flavour.

It’s happy and infectiously rhythmic and should be yet another hit for everybody’s favourite minstrel. The flipside, “Sand And Foam”, comes off the ‘Sunshine Sunshine’ LP. One of his moving songs, it seems sad it’s just a B side when it would have been a certain hit on its own.

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