TOM JONES – “Delilah”
A popular girl these days – first Grapefruit and now Tom Jones with refrains in her honour. Actually, I do think Tom just might have a hit with this, but I don’t like it.

It’s the sort of thing Frankie Laine used to do in the early fifties with lots of big, big singing and emotional effect on a song that just isn’t worth it.

Isn’t it about time Tom gave us something with a bit more real bite? Why is he wasting his amazing voice when he could be the best blues singer ever produced in Britain?

CAT STEVENS – “Lovely Cities”
Cat’s been having a quiet time recently, but make way for the fireworks with “Lovely Cities”. It’s a typical Cat Stevens song, with a galloping rhythm, exciting melody and, in particular, a great production job and musical arrangement by Noel Walker and Lew Warburton respectively.

The massed instruments echo the vocal and there’s a dramatic quality about the whole thing – with a few bars of Whistling Jack Smith bit at the end!

Anyway, bound to be a big one.

JUDY COLLINS – “Wildflowers” (LP)
For the nineteenth time this week, words aren’t enough. “Wildflowers” includes so many ideas, so many moods, so much stimulation that I’d need a few hundred pages to put down all I think.

All I can say is that the very beautiful Judy has left all the musical categories, folk, pop, classical, way behind with an album of pure Music with a big M. And to think that she started out as one of the American trad folk brigade! The change is a big one – and her wonderful voice has found its true home at last.

LOVE – “Forever Changes” (LP)
As expected, another brilliant record from Love. “Forever Changes” confirms their position as top dogs – one hundred per cent pedigree – of the American group scene, and it must bring home the message to Britain that Love are up on the celestial level of The Cream, The Beatles and the rest of the holy men.

The strange voice of Arthur Lee sounds very much like his stablemate Tim Buckley but more powerful. The subtle interaction of guitars, strings, percussion, the emotional songs, with shades of Spain as in “Alone Again or”, or the fiery acid-rock of “A House Is Not A Motel” make “Forever Changes” pop music in its most rewarding form.

THE HUMAN INSTINCT – “Renaissance Fair”
Their second single, it features superb guitar work as the main theme, very effective harmony vocals and a surprise break in the middle where the guitar is swept up in the string section.

A fine record which will please nearly everybody.

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