JIM REEVES – “I Heard A Heart Break Last Night”
Well, you all know by now exactly what to expect from the late Jim Reeves. and you won’t be disappointed by this – it’ll be yet another Reeves C&W hit, much to nobody’s surprise.

Not my cup of tea, I’m afraid. I think I’ll just sleep this one out, if you don’t mind.

THE CREATION – “Life Is Just Beginning”
On this showing, Creation will soon be able to take their place in the sky alongside The Beatles, Who, Traffic and Cream. They’ve done some good stuff in the past – but this one beats the lot.

It starts with a string quartet – then in from the distance come the chanting voices and shimmering tambourine. Suddenly you find yourself involved in a beautifully imaginative production with violins one moment, thudding bass the next, and the compelling, almost angelic voices of the group coming out on top of it all.

A great record – and bound for glory very soon I think.

ELVIS PRESLEY – “You Don’t Know Me”
How are the mighty fallen! Old Elvis just seems to get more and more colourless with every record. This one is a remake of Ray Charles’ hit song of a few years ago, and it simply isn’t in the same class.

Where’s all the fire we once knew and loved? Where’s all the originality, the excitement, from the man who once outraged every solid decent citizen in the western world with his anguished voice, frenzied hip twitch and curling lip?

If he will insist on bringing out horrible records like this, it’s time Elvis set sail to the Falkland Islands. Or Afghanistan. Or anywhere in the world he likes as long as it means I won’t have to cringe through any more of his treacly output of lousy films and records.

FLEETWOOD MAC – “I Believe My Time Ain’t Long”
The Mac, led by ex-blues breaker Pete Green, have amassed a multitude of worshippers over recent months. And no wonder – they play real blues.

This single, the first on CBS’s Blue Horizon label, is a sliding, searing bottleneck blues in the style of the late Elmore James, played for keeps with a pounding beat from bass and drums and a great vocal performance.

The “B” side, “Ramblin’ Pony” hangs on the same tune as the Cream’s ‘Rolling and Tumblin’ and I’d call it sheer brilliance.

A restraint and very moving song that has the emotional strength of a musical sledgehammer.

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