Rolling Stone Issue 72
Dated December 10, 1970. Leon Russell on the cover. This is the 3rd Anniversary Issue
Leon Russell is quite the busy musician these days. His newest album is ready with session men, Clapton, Harrison, Starr, Watts, Wyman, Winwood, Voorman, Cocker & a whole universe of others. He has loaned his efforts to the newest album by Clapton as well as Let It Bleed by the Stones. He arranged, assembled & conducted the Mad Dogs & Englishmen portable traveling circus for Joe Cocker last spring. And that’s just in the past year.
He left home in Tulsa at 14, lying about his age so he could play clubs. He had already jammed with Ronnie Hawkins & Jerry Lee Lewis had offered him a job by the time he was 16. He left home again, this time for good at the age of 17 to move to LA. He was a classically trained pianist beginning at the age of 3.
While still a session musician in LA, he played for producers Phil Spector, Herb Alpert, & Terry Melcher. His piano can be heard on songs by such acts as Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes & Paul Revere & The Raiders amongst many, many others.
Leon has known & worked with Glen Campbell for years & states that whenever one of them is doing session work & a musician is needed that they always recommend each other.
He built a home studio & such songs as Lies by the Knickerbockers, & Delta Lady by Joe Cocker as well as the Asylum Choir album were produced there.
A Beatles reunion gets less likely all the time. Paul & George tried to arrange a meeting while they were both in NYC, but they never got together because they got into an argument over the phone. That was the first time in a year the two had even spoken. Paul & John haven’t spoken in over two years.
A leaked version of the as yet unfinished & now posthumous release by Janis Joplin has been heard. Rumors are that there are a couple of incredible songs including a cover of Me & Bobby McGee & another cover of the old Garnet Mimms’ hit called Cry Baby. The name of the album has been changed & will now be called Pearl.
Jerry Lee Lewis has divorced his wife Myra. She was the cause of all his problems & resulting downfall when he married her because she was only 14 at the time.
The Doors are back in the studio in LA & working on material for their next album.
Jim Messina has left Poco & will work on his own projects.
CSN&Y are beginning to drift apart. Crosby has moved to Sausalito, Stills is now in Surrey, Nash has landed in Haight Ashbury & Young has a cattle ranch in Northern California.
David Freiberg veteran member of Quicksilver & two recent additions to the band have been busted for transportation of marijuana at San Francisco International Airport.
Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Weber have just debuted Jesus Christ Superstar in NYC at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The ministers seem to love it, the critic & author of this article, not so much: He says:” The operas derivative qualities are exposed in numerous ways. But primarily the tone the music, & words create is one of forced hipness, that of an egregiously oversweet rock coated Broadway Musical..
Roman Polanski has begun his first movie after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate.
According to Ian Anderson the name Jethro Tull was suggested to them by their college educated agent. The band had never heard of it, had no idea what it meant, & expected to use it for only a couple of gigs. But, they liked the rustic sound of it, so it stuck. Their original name was Blades, taken from the club frequented by “M” of James Bond fame.
Jefferson Airplane has added a new member. 53 yr. old, skinny, black violist, Papa John Creech is now fiddling rock music.
Here’s a shocker for you, Hunter S. Thompson was not elected sheriff of Aspen Colorado. But in the closest race in California history, Ronald Reagan was elected to his second term of Governor by a 6-5 margin.
Ads for groups or albums this issue: (lot’s of new albums hitting the shelves)
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Allman Brothers - Idelwild South
Brewer & Shipley - Tarkio Road
Miles Davis - At the Fillmore
Judy Collins - Whales & Nightengales
The Guess Who - Share The Land
Potliquor - First Taste
McKendree Spring - Second Thoughts
Soft Machine - Third
Sweetwater - Just For You
Ten Years After - Watt
The Youngbloods - Best Of
Golden Earring - Golden Earring
Love - False Start
Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
At one time Pink Floyd was far out, freaky even. Their work in the electronic capabilities of rock was more advanced than most people recognize. Atom Heart Mother is a step into the last century & a dissipation of their collective talents. Side 1 is awfully schmaltzy & a little vapid. If Pink Floyd is looking for some new dimensions, they haven’t found them. Try freaking out again Pink Floyd…Alec Dubro
Badfinger - No Dice
This album is literally a quantum leap over their uneven debut album, Magic Christian Music, & Badfinger is certainly on the way to fulfilling their enormous promise. Badfinger is becoming that good & they may well get better. Don’t miss them…Mike Saunders
Seals & Crofts - Down Home
This is a soft rock, softsell album with one foot in the 50’s folk program & another curling it’s toes in some Country mud. Some of it is highly skillful, but little of it is eloquent. It goes down easy, but maybe a little to easy…Jack Shadoian
Deep Purple - In Rock
There are bands like Deep Purple who lack both expertise & intuition, plodding along album after album in spite of being such quiet nonentities that they’re not even good copy. The only “roots” in evidence here are all the club footed heavy riffs laid down in the past 3 years & Deep Purple fails to carry the ball….Lester Bangs
Other albums reviewed:
Captain Beef heart - Lick My Decals Off Baby
Steppenwolf - 7
Canned Heat - Future Blues
Area Code 615 - Trip in the Country
Spooky Tooth - The Last Puff
Lee Michaels - Barrel
Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor