RICK SANDERS FROM INTRO MAGAZINE BLOWS HIS MIND ON THE LATEST RECORD RELEASES
THE ALAN PRICE SET – “Shame”
This is a brilliant record. Repeat. This is a brilliant record . . . A huge, tragic sound rolling down and down, with the incredible Set putting all their heart and soul into a song that comes thudding into your mind.
And rising above everything the magnificent voice, piano and organ of Alan Price. He wrote this song, all about the wasted lives of two people in dead-end jobs, and the emotional power of it is something fantastic.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that ‘Shame’ is getting pretty close to raw genius.
DON FARDON – “The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation”
No reservations at all in recommending this. It’s one of the songs off the John D. Loudermilk LP that’s just come out, and as you might have deduced, it’s a protest.
These original inhabitants of the U.S. have been cheated into becoming no more than second-class citizens for the tourists to gawp at. This single is a proud, ominous thunder-cloud of a song.
THE MINDBENDERS – “Schoolgirl”
Hearken unto the woeful tale of the schoolgirl with seven G.C.E.s who was loved and left by the nasty student Casanova. That’s what it’s all about – and I’d say it’s the best ever from the Mindbenders.
Wah-wah a la Hendrix, heavenly harmonies, an orchestra that swings like Pete Townshend’s right arm. I think it’s great. I think five or six million will agree.
CLIFF RICHARD – “All My Love”
Thumbs down – this latest single from Cliff isn’t a rubber patch on ‘Marie’. It’s a lilting load of Mediterranean eyewash that even he can’t bring to life.
THE PEDDLERS – “You’re The Reason I’m Living”
No hit for the Peddlers yet – but this group are bursting at the seams with sheer talent. The lead singer, Roy Phillips, has got the art of sounding like Ray Charles down to perfection – and class like this will always win through.
THE FLOWERPOT MEN – “A Walk In The Sky”
This follow-up to the dreary ‘Let’s Go To San Francisco’ is a far, far better thing altogether. It’s got more power, more originality, and seems to have left all the bandwagons to trundle on their way.
And my crystal ball says that this could very easily go skywards.