Rolling Stone Issue 8
Dated April 6 1968 Lou Adler & John Phillips on the cover.
Price has increased to 35 cents.
Jon Landau writes an article about the Boston Sound & asks if it is for real. Four new albums by Boston based groups have just been released; Ultimate Spinach, Orpheus, Beacon Street Union, & Eden’s Children. Landau calls all of these albums either a badly produced mess or a pretentiousness bunch of original songs that border on hate music.
So just based on those albums, I’d say NO Bostons’ sound would not have a big impact for a while to come.
Jimi Hendrix has just received two gifts from Seattle. A key to the city, & his honorary High School diploma, he was a high school drop out.
Steve “Guitar” Miller writes an article about the British music scene titled “Queer Bits In Underwear.” He calls the whole thing a “music industry” instead of a music scene. He claims that 7 of the Top 10 songs are performed by studio musicians instead of the groups listed. The big groups are actually working outside England including , The Who, Eric Burdon & Cream. He says that the best new British group & the one he likes the best is Traffic.
The Steve Miller Band is in England to record their album & have ditched plans to use George Martin as a producer because he is too expensive, & will go with Glyn Johns as engineer & produce themselves instead.
While in England the whole band with the exception of Steve was busted for “Maintaining a premise where marijuana was used.” Their manager was also busted for possession of LSD.
Elvin Bishop is scheduled to leave The Butterfield Blues band in April to form his own band. Other lead guitarists are being mentioned as replacements including Mick Taylor.
I really like Elvin Bishop. I saw him one night open up for Steven Stills & he absolutely stole the show.
Frankie Lyman the leader of the Teenagers & lead singer on Why Do Fools Fall in Love, has died of a drug overdose.
A “New Face” to look for in the near future, with a big future ahead of him, is Jackson Browne.
Well at least they got that one right. As I write this XM radio plays Doctor My Eyes.
Mike Bloomfield is interviewd by Jann Wenner: He calls Clapton the “perfect” guitarist. He says he quit the Butterfield Blues band to for The Electric Flag because Elvin Bishop was being a drag. It seems Elvin wanted to play lead guitar & Mike didn’t dig the competition. He calls the Stones a boy’s band because they don’t play men’s music,oooo, nice.
If you want to learn the history of the Chicago Blues scene & the people who played there this is the interview for you.
There is a great review of Zappa & The Mothers We’re Only in it for the Money. The author calls it “the most advanced work to be heard in rock today.” He doesn’t say it’s the best album & avoids the trap of comparing musical styles, he just likes what Zappa has to say & how he says it. He says that Zappa is one of the few musicians today to develop a sufficient musical language without the aid of The Beatles. He does make the point, however, that The Beatles & others hold up better on repeated listenings than Zappa does, but for pure shock value & creativity, Zappa does it best.
He also ask the about Lumpy Gravy, which was advertised 4 months ago but has not been released.
I always thought Frank was a true genius that didn’t get enough credit for his guitar playing ability. I felt that most people always wanted to look at his humor & ignore his playing.
Vincebus Eruptum - Blue Cheer
This is the groups first album. The reviewer says the band knows what it wants to do onstage, but hasn’t found that groove in the studio. He says that the band as a Trio just doesn’t match up to Hendrix or Cream & could definitely use another member.
Axis Bold as Love - Jimi Hendrix
I had a bit of trouble figuring out if the reviewer liked this album or not. For instance he says “ Hendrix’ songs are basically a bore & The Experience also shares with Cream the problem of vocal ability.” But he then follows up with this, “ Hendrix on Axis demonstrates conclusively that he is one of rock’s greatest guitar players & as uneven in quality as Axis is it is still the finest voodoo album any rock group has produced to date.”
For my tastes, I am one of the few I’m sure, but I never much cared for Hendrix' music, & still don’t.
Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann
Dylan has previously stated that Mann is the best interpreter of his songs. So he sent the band Quinn The Eskimo to record, & the reviewer likes what they did with it.
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