RICK SANDERS FROM INTRO MAGAZINE BLOWS HIS MIND ON THE LATEST RECORD RELEASES
THE ORANGE BICYCLE – “Laura’s Garden”
This is a nice one. A warm, rich sound with smooth double bass, friendly piano, more than a touch of Swingle Singers’ harmonizing, all moving calmly towards a finale of massed tremolo violins.
What you might call centrally-heated envelope music, if you’ll forgive the expression.
THE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Woman”
John Brown’s been raving about The Buffalo Springfield from his penthouse on top of the Statue of Liberty for at least fifteen light years. I’m now converted, although so many West Coast progressive groups seem to have spent more time thinking of wild names than learning to play their instruments.
This group is twenty-two carat stuff. “Rock ‘N’ Roll Woman” is intelligent, inventive and a complete gas from start to overpowering finish with great fuzzy guitar and unfuzzy singing in between.
This is the stuff to fight the big deal gloomy scene with!
THE BEATLES – “Hello Goodbye” / “I Am The Walrus”
The A-side “Hello, Goodbye” is, of course, brilliant, with a particularly rumbustious Polynesian-style ending. And I do believe I heard a mouth organ – shades of “Love Me Do”.
But compared with “I Am The Walrus”, it’s no more than what we have come to expect from The Beatles. “Walrus”, I think, is the best thing they’ve ever done, both musically and poetically.
There’s so much in it, you could listen to it solidly for a month and still not get everything out of it. John Lennon rips out bitter, ironic images from the tragic farce of modern life: everyone doing, getting hung up on, being defeated by illogicalities and trivialities.
At least, that’s what this shattering record means to me. I could write a book, it’s so unbelievably full. How on earth, or heaven, for that matter, do The Beatles manage to mean so much? And how does Lennon get so much precise, powerful meaningfulness from his voice?
And how can you possibly convey the experience of listening to genius? And how can you accept that some people won’t get a thing out of this record? Ask the walrus. He knows all about it.
DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES – “In And Out Of Love”
Oh, girls, what have you gone and done? If anyone had told me a week ago that Diana Ross and companions were capable of turning out a rhubarb record, I would have respectively directed them to the nearest free brain surgeon.
But horrors! That is what has come to pass. “In And Out Of Love” is terrible because of the boing-boing-tinkle backing sounds, because the previously infallible Holland-Dozier-Holland team have written the most soul-less song ever and, most tragic of all, even Diana gets drowned in the noise and sounds like a pale imitation of her former fantastic self.
And after their last fantastic record too.
MIKE SAMMES SINGERS – “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Tin Pan Alley insists it’s time we had yet another Christmas, so I thought it would be nice to review a Merry Christmas record. Happy New Year!