Rolling Stone Issue 32
Dated May 3, 1969. Stevie Winwood on the cover.
John & Yoko have just gotten married on March 20th on the Island of Gibraltar & have just finished the famous “bed in” for peace in the Amsterdam Hilton.
Salvador Dali has asked for $5,000 to design the cover for the new Johnny Winter album. He was turned down.
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane have been given advances of $25,000 each to record an album as a duo, outside & separate from the Airplane. They are recording at the same time as JA is recording their 6th album as a group.
Van Dyke Parks is a busy man, regardless of Columbia Records still being pissed about his first album not being accepted by the record buying public. At the time he is producing the next album from Arlo Guthrie, playing piano on new albums by Judy Collins & Gentle Soul, & writing music for the Beach Boys with Brian Wilson.
Jim Morrison surrendered to the FBI in LA on April 3 in regards to the Federal warrants issued for his arrest stemming from the exposure incident in Miami. He is facing 3 yrs. & 150 days in the Fl. State Pen.
Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood & Ginger Baker are set to begin touring as a group. The tour is set to begin June 13th in Oakland & continue for two months. The cost to book them? $25,000 per night. Rumor is that an album will be released prior to the start of the tour.
Atlantic Records is claiming that they have purchased a previously signed contract (3 years old) & enough material for two albums of music by Johnny Winter. Clive Davis at Columbia says that’s nonsense, he & Columbia are in possession of the only true contract. Looks like a battle may be brewing.
The Beach Boys are suing Capitol Records claiming they are owed $662,618.72 in unpaid royalties & another $1,418,827.92 in unpaid producer fees for Brian Wilson.
There is a 2 pg. article on the next big thing in electronic Rock & Roll…..the Moog Synthesizer…
Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails
This, thanks to the album title, is presumably the band’s final album. It is Quicksilvers version of Buffalo Bills Wild West Show on tour from sea to shining sea. The album begins on side 1 with a Live version of Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love & ends on side two with Dale Evan’s Happy Trails, which is a nice idea but it took me two hours to even get to the other side.….Greil Marcus.
Lothar & the Hand People
There was a strange New York scene a few years ago composed of a few motley groups such as the Lovin Spoonful, the Youngbloods the Blues Magoos & a host of others that never made it big. Most of them have split up or split town by now. But then, from some hidden away corner, comes Lothar etc.. I don’t know where they have been all these years, but here they are, playing music which is probably indescribable but reflects the aura of those years. It is electronic country. The type of music played by a bunch of mad dwarfs. There are wonderfully right things, some things that don’t come off so well, some vague electronic doodling, misplaced lyrics, etc. but the whole of this album, the perfect roundness of it all is what is really fine….Lenny Kaye
Hand Sown…Home Grown - Linda Rondstadt
This is distinctive if not a unique approach to Country as rock (her first album after parting ways with The Stone Poneys) . Lot’s of girls singers have big voices, hers is remarkable more for her control & subtlety. There are no musicians listed on the cover, no attempt at proving authenticity, & the music frames a voice with more feeling for Country Music than either Judy Collins or Joan Baez, a voice a bit like Janis Joplin’s, but influenced more by June Carter & Patsy Cline. Nice, loud, “good time” country styled rock. Finger poppin time…Jack Egan & Arthur Schmidt
Other albums also reviewed this issue:
Lonnie Mack - Glad I’m in the Band
The Illinois Speed Press - Illinois Speed Press
Black Pearl - Black Pearl
Jerry Lee Lewis - She Still Comes Around
The Incredible String Band - The Big Huge & Wee Tam
Ads for groups or albums this issue:
Albert King - Years Gone By on Stax Records
The Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (The Byrds, always beyond today. On Columbia Records.)
The newest album by Seatrain is available on A&M.
The Rascals - Freedom Street on Atlantic Records & it’s in Stereo
Moby Grape - Moby Grape 69 on Columbia Records. Also available on 8 track cartridge & reel to reel tape.
Also on Columbia The Sons of Champlin - Loosen Up Naturally
Screamin Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You (Screamin, screams on Epic Records)
Henry Gibson - The Glass Menagerie (or a flower child’s garden of verses) Yep, it’s the guy from Rowan & Martins Laugh In all right….bizarre….
For anyone that jumps on the subscription band wagon, this time around you will receive a copy of the new album by Delaney & Bonnie.