Happy New Year everybody. I hope 2010 is a good one for each of you!
Rolling Stone Issue 77
Dated March 4, 1971. Bob Dylan on the cover.
Neil Young, Linda Rondstadt & James Taylor were recently in Nashville to tape a Johnny Cash special. While there Neil got into the studio & recorded 3 new songs including Heart of Gold & Old Man. They are set for his next album.
Aretha Franklin is back on the road again. She is scheduled for the Fillmore West in March. Her fee? $20,000 vs. 60% of the gate.
All 11 members of the Allman Brother entourage, have gotten identical 1” high mushroom tattoos, just below their right knees, while in San Francisco.
Taj Mahal, has returned to the US & is in the studio making a new album.
Paul McCartney has secretly been recording material for a new album for the past 4 weeks in New York.
Eric Burdon is making waves. At MIDEM, which is the music industry’s equivalent to the Cannes film festival, Eric & War were scheduled to perform for 15 minutes. However, he stretched & stretched it to over an hour & left a rather pissed off Elton John waiting off stage for so long that Elton called it quits & went to bed.
Tom Fogerty has departed CCR. He states frustration at not being able to provide more of a leadership for the band. At the time of this article the band has sold in excess of $30 million in albums. He admits that it may not be the most fiscally responsible move on his part to leave, but it’s not always about money.
The Doors are back in LA & working on a new album. Jim Morrison is interviewed, he is asked:
What is the immediate future of the Doors?
We’re kind of off playing concerts. I think we’ll do a couple of albums & then everyone will get off into their own things. I think Robbie would like to do a predominately guitar album & John has always been into Jazz. I’d like to write & direct a film.
Stephen Stills is also interviewed this issue:
CSN&Y have just met for the last time, not to do anything on record but to split up the spoils of their work. They are all now millionaires, After the Gold Rush is set to make Neil even more wealthy, Stills first album will most likely do the same for him. Their 4 Way Street Live album has not been released yet, but great things are expected from it. The four are being called the richest Rock & Rollers in History.
He says that déjà vu by David Crosby is the best song on the second album & pretty much sums up everything.
When he talks about Rock, he says he is tired of the whole thing. There is almost no one he would like to go see live, but when pinned down he does mention that he likes Delaney & Bonnie, Aretha & Tom Jones. He does say he would pay to see Joan Baez & The New Riders Of The Purple Sage. He says he loves to play guitar with Dave Mason, so he adds him to the list.
Ads for groups or albums this issue:
Joy Of Cooking -
Bob Dylan - New Morning
Melanie - The Good Book
McDonald & Giles - This is the first album by these guys since they left King Crimson
The Chambers Brothers - New Generation
Sugarloaf - Spaceship Earth
Grace Slick & The Great Society
Soft Machine - Third
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Elvis Presley - Elvis Country
It’s the singing, the passion & engagement which mark this album as something truly exceptional & not just an exercise in nostalgia. If Elvis can only be convinced now to put out an album of Blues, we’ll have in capsule a picture of the genesis of rock & roll & what first went into the makeup of one of it’s few authentic geniuses, this brilliant & all together original performer…Peter Guaralnick
Bee Gees - Two Years On
It’s all just so incredibly blah. Two Years On looks to become the first Bee Gees album to be deemed to dull for adaptation by the Muzak folks….John Mendelsohn
Poco - Deliverin
This is Poco’s third album & first Live album, which makes the other two almost superfluous. They are infinitely more exciting & competent in this version. Poco will always be better off keeping away from studios & on the live performance stage. Timothy B. Schmidt is the new bassist & second lead vocalist, Rusty Young should soon gain the same admiration from the public that fellow musicians express when he plays dobra & steel guitar. Jim Messina has left the band since this album to concentrate on solo projects, but he has been replaced by Paul Cotton, coming over from Illinois Speed Press. It makes a city boy smile…Stu Werbin
Jesus Christ Superstar
It’s quite a feat. I enjoyed it right away, however such an attempt is bound to have a lot going for & against it. My guess is that despite it’s limitations it’ll have enough clout to bail out this sagging musical period in the minds of many of us rockheads who’ve been sitting around waiting for something great to happen. This is it…Jack Shadoian
Other albums reviewed:
Jimmy Webb - Words & Music
Don Nix - In God We Trust
Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band
Teegarden & Van Winkle - Westbound
Spirit - 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
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