RECORD REVIEWS – INTRO – 6TH JANUARY 1968


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


THE SPECER DAVIS GROUP – “Mr Second Class”
“Time Seller” amazed us by not selling in bulk, and people started saying the usual boring rubbish about Spencer being nowhere without the genius Steve Winwood.

We know that’s a load of rubbish now – and “Mr Second Class” should convince all infidels that the Spencer Davis Group lives and raves better than ever. This lovely, powerful production, kicks off with huge rolling piano and organ roar; biting, insistent guitar, and then in comes the electrifying singing.

The song builds up and up into a compulsive, mesmerizing climax. Lost without Steve? Never!

CROCHETED DOUGHNUT RING – “Havana Anna”
This is either going to be a mammoth hit with everybody you meet compulsively humming the tune, or a big resounding flop.

It’s one of those records only the cloth-ear brigade could ignore. I personally love this group for its strange thudding beat, unintelligible words, violent abandon, and the sound of waves breaking on the beach – or am I round the bend?

Anyway, play the disc as loud as your brain will stand and have a ball trying to figure out what it all means.

THE WHO – “Sell Out” (LP)
Yes, definitely a sell-out! This is without doubt at all the best thing The Who have ever produced – as usual coming up with something nobody else has done and totally sensational.

The theme Sell Out is dreaded commercialism – the songs are interspersed with down memory-lane Big L jingles. The amazing cover depicts R. Daltrey languishing in a bath of Beanz, P. Townshend transforming his armpits into charmpits, K. Moon laying into a crimson teenage spot, J. Beefcake Entwistle looking huge.

The songs have horror titles like “Odorono”, “Medac” and all stations west. However, Sell Out isn’t all bad adverts – “I Can See for Miles” (why wasn’t this number one?) is included along with others – all terrific, particularly “Sunrise”: this is a piece of poetry with a great acoustic guitar backing, completely different from anything they’ve done before.

This track alone should guarantee eternal glory for The Who – and all you can say is “perfection”.



MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL – “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You”
This isn’t a bad record – but it’s the old complaint. Why are Tamla Motown putting out so many records all practically the same?

Marvin Gaye (not forgetting Tammi Terrell) is capable of greatness – remember “Can I Get A Witness” – how stupid to waste him on this sort of record when he could be storming the walls with decent material.

COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH – “Electric Music For Mind And Body”
I wasn’t too struck on this at first, but now it’s had time to sink in, it’s easy to see why this group is going down so well in America.

It’s a progressive, well-thought out sound from San Francisco with moments of great beauty and sheer electricity. The oddball lyrics a la Dylan are half spoken, half sung by Country Joe McDonald himself.

The best tracks “Martha Lorraine” – a driving, blues-based number and “Section 43”, an instrumental which burns and glows on its way through all the colours of the rainbow. By the way, the sleeve notes dedicate this album to Mr and Mrs Martin Dimbatt – don’t worry and listen to it all the same . . . feed your mind as well as your body.

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