Rolling Stone Issue 49
Dated December 27, 1969. Mick Jagger on the cover.
The Stones tour is in the final stages & they continue to promise a free concert. The problem is that they have been unable to find a place to hold it yet. They are still leaning toward San Francisco. Maybe they can work something out with Altamont & have the Hells Angels involved…yeah I think that might work.
Let it Bleed has already sold 1 million copies & it is their 12th of 14 albums to be certified as a million seller.
Mick states he doesn’t like the new stuff The Beatles have done, hasn’t liked much of it since Sgt. Peppers, even going so far as to call The White Album “just ordinary.”
Leigh Stevens ex Blue Cheer guitar player has formed a new band in the UK called Silver Metre for Buddah Racords.
Rumor has it that Ringo is working on a solo album.
B.B. King was asked who is favorite White Blues musician is, his answer…Johnny Winter.
Keyboard player Lee Michaels has been approached for two separate gigs 1) a gig with the Boston Symphony & 2) jamming on the next album of Jimi Hendrix.
Bass player Lonnie Turner is splitting from Steve Miller leaving Steve at least temporarily without a band.
Duane Allman was stopped by the cops on his motor cycle & charged with speeding (60 in a 25), reckless driving, no helmet, running two stop signs, expired license tag, no drivers license, improper tag, & failure to obey an officer. Fine..$625. Too bad he didn’t take this as a sign & just stay off the bike for good.
Sam & Dave have long hated each other, never even speaking unless they were on stage together. Now, it is being reported that Sam has pulled a knife on Dave & the two are on the verge of implosion.
Lord Sutch, the British rocker that once ran for Parliament has put out an album called Lord Sutch & his Heavy Friends. Those friends are Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, Noel Redding & Nicky Hopkins. I found this album in a cut out bin, so I bought it for the musicians involved. The best I remember it is almost unlistenable. There is a good reason the guy was known as "Screaming" Lord Sutch. I'm going to play it again & see if it is bad as I remember.
Phil Ochs is recording his 4th album, produced by the ubiquitous Van Dyke Parks.
CSN&Y will feature a new song by Joni Mitchell called Woodstock on their next album. (They were there, she wasn’t)
The King of Western Swing, Spade Cooley, has died at the age of 59. He was convicted in 1961 of beating his wife to death & was given a life sentence. He was awarded a 72 hour pass from prison to perform a benefit concert for the county sheriffs dept. in Oakland. He performed a fiddle solo, got a standing ovation from the 2,800 people in attendance, told them “it was great to be free for a while”, walked back stage & fell over dead. Weird!!
John Lennon is stirring controversy by returning his Order of British Empire to Buckingham Palace. He is trying to direct peoples attention to the War & peace prospects.
The Kinks have finished up the first US tour since 1965. All dates were sold out, & they are going to begin work on the next album & also have plans to return for another US tour in March.
Once again, it is being said & denied, that Blind Faith is breaking/has broken/will break up. Ginger Baker is rumored to become a drummer for Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton is recording with Delaney & Bonnie, & Steve Winwood has just finished a solo project & looking to work on a jam project with Jimi Hendrix & Lee Michaels. The bands management, the Stigwood Organization, is sticking to company lines & denying that the band is finished.
Ads for groups or albums this issue:
The Turtles - Turtle Soup on Blimp Records, produced by Ray Davies.
Cold Blood - with the incredible vocalist Lydia Pense has released their first album & it is also the first album on San Francisco Records ( a subsidiary of Atlantic)
David Ackles - Subway to the Country on Elektra
Columbia Records has taken out a 4 page Christmas Ad, pimping all their releases available as Christmas gifts. This is the first all Color ad to appear in the pages of RS.
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers on RCA
Ike & Tina Turner - The Hunter on Blue Thumb
Yes- on Atlantic
The Allman Brothers Band on ATCO
Golden Earring - Eight Miles High on Atlantic
Catfish - Get Down on Epic
The Moody Blues - To Our Children’s Children’s Children on London Records
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
The music has at once tones that are perfectly clear & dark. The Stones carry the songs past lyrics & right into emotions. On songs like Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler & Live with Me, the Stones prance through all their familiar roles. The frightening desperation of Gimme Shelter & the confused frustration of You Can’t Always get what You Want, give way to the bravado of Midnight Rambler. In Let it Bleed we have what The Stones meant to us in the 60’s & you’ll find an opening into the 70’s….Greil Marcus
Johnny Winter - Second Winter
It’s a joy that JW has been brought among us, however irritating the hypes that surround him. All the BS becomes meaningless now, precisely because the forced enthusiasm of flacks & ad copy is so totally antithetical to the vibrantly instinctive eruption of his talent….Lester Bangs
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King On Atlantic Records
Their debut album drags in some places, but for the most part they have managed to convey effectively their own vision of desolation row. And the more I listen, the more things fall into place & the better it gets. Moonchild opens the second side & is the weakest song on the album. KC will probably be condemned by some for pompousness, but that criticism isn’t really valid. How effectively this music can translate to the stage is a big question. Still, the first album is successful hopefully there is more to come….John Morthland
Steve Miller Band - Your Saving Grace
From the Miller Band you never expect much so it’s always a pleasure & somehow a surprise to hear a good new Miller release. Your Saving Grace is outstanding, due I suspect in large part to the presence of Nicky Hopkins on 5 of the 8 cuts. Motherless Children has a bit of everything, but my favorite track is Baby’s House, it is merely a beautiful song. Steve Miller just keeps taking care of business ..Ed Leimbacher
Other albums reviewed:
Wilbert Harrison - Let’s Work Together
Jo Ann Kelly - Jo Ann Kelly
Arlo Guthrie - Runnin Down the Road
The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider
We are getting ready to move into the 70's & more & more the great bands are beginning to appear.