RICK SANDERS FROM INTRO MAGAZINE BLOWS HIS MIND ON THE LATEST RECORD RELEASES
JOHN MAYALL – “Jenny”
This single, written, produced and performed by the magnificent John Mayall, is in my opinion the best thing he’s ever done.
It’s a slow, very deep blues song. Over a perfectly uncluttered backing, the Mayall voice is less raucous than usual, speaking volumes with every word. Has a mellow yet piercing guitar, softly changing chords, heart-felt piano, half-heard chanting build up into a cathedral atmosphere.
No drums to obstruct the flow of the pure distilled essence of music. Rarely have I heard a record with such electrifying effects.
THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL – “Money”
No, not the old Barrett Strong hit beaten up by every pop group since Noah’s Ark. This is a new song by lead singer, John Sebastian, and it’s all to do with the bewildering ins and outs of that lovely / repugnant folding green stuff at the root of all evil / good (depending on how much your overdraft is).
However, I digress. “Money” is a very nice change from the diabolical “She Is Still A Mystery” which got the bitter end it so richly deserved. This is an easy, relaxed side with lots of good-timey banjo, great words and percussion.
All great fun and who cares if it is only about thirty seconds long?
ALBERT KING – “Cold Feet”
This saga of Albert’s chick and her frigid feet is really just a show-case for fireworks on Mr. King’s talking guitar.
If John Mayall is the heads of the blues coin, “Cold Feet” is the gutty, raw tails. A slow, funked-up beat with Albert half-speaking the words.
But there’s nothing to compete with the biting guitar. I personally enjoyed it but not really in today’s trendy pop twenty style, alas.
THE PYRAMIDS – “Wedding At Peyton Place”
This hasn’t very much connection with the interminably boring Peyton Place that thrills us all on the goggle. It’s a huge, jokey party record from the Pyramids, six lovely fellows originally from Jamaica who gave us “Train Tour To Rainbow City” – the best ska record within living memory.
Lead singer Roy Barrington acts as master of ceremonies at the wedding of the year – Alison Mackenzie gets spliced to Zackie Poo. Guests at this monster binge include John Lennon, Mick Jagger, and Jimi Hendrix. A lovely record!
SHARON TANDY – “The Fool On The Hill”
Cover jobs on the Beatles’ songs are getting a bit rare these days. Sharon Tandy takes on the task with “Fool On The Hill”, sung by Paul on “Magical Mystery Tour”, and it’s a fine effort.
The arrangement is much the same, if a little less freaky, and Sharon’s crystal voice blends well with the brass chorus and the hop-skip beat. However, too many people have the Beatles’ record for a second time around success for Sharon.
And isn’t it strange how you tend to take the quality of Lennon / McCartney songs for granted when they do them? It comes out even more when someone else has a go.