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    Rolling Stone Issue 92


    Dated September 30, 1971. Jefferson Airplane on the cover.

    The Airplane has now been an entity for 6 full years.
    During those 6 years, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady have also formed Hot Tuna, they are joined by Papa John Creech who is now a member of both bands. According to Jorma, Hot Tuna was formed to fill the long gaps between Airplane albums.
    Grace Slick & Paul Kantner now have a baby girl named China. At this time, Marty Balin has departed.
    Their new album entitled Bark has just been released, it has already been certified Gold.
    When it came time to renegotiate their contract with RCA, Paul Kantner held out for a new house. RCA bought him one on the beach, now worth over $100,000 & it also has a recording studio attached.
    The band got a gold record for White Rabbit. Grace installed it under the lid of their toilet so the boys could look at it when relieving themselves.

    Random Notes

    James Taylor had to cancel a gig at Carnegie Hall after cutting his hand with a power saw.

    The Steve Miller Band is scheduled for their first European Tour this fall.

    Robert Wyatt, the drummer for the group Soft Machine has departed & has been replaced with Phil Howard.

    Ex Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower has formed a new band that includes ex Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker.

    Alice Cooper will have a full sized working gallows as part of his next tour.

    Iggy has left The Stooges to work on a solo project. Kim Fowley is in negotiation to join the band.

    New Riders drummer Spencer Dryden is a new dad, the boys name…Jessie James Dryden.

    Diana Ross is set to begin filming Lady Sings the Blues in November.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek

    Ten Years After - A Space in Time

    Butterfield Blues Band - Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin

    James Brown - Hot Pants

    Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage

    Shuggie Otis - Freedom Flight

    Ian & Sylvia -

    Album Reviews:

    The Mothers - Fillmore East
    In the end, the most pertinent thing to be said about Zappa, is that probably for all he knows about music, he lacks the talent to write a song like, oh, say, Louie Louie…Lester Bangs

    Mahavishnu John McLaughlin - My Goal’s Beyond
    This album is quietly beautiful, certainly McLaughlin’s best so far. His solos on the first side reveal an awesome technique, & an overriding concern with shimmering melodic substance & harmonic ingenuity. And Follow Your Heart & Peace Two are two of the prettiest tunes you are likely to hear…Bob Palmer

    Other albums reviewed:

    Merle Haggard - Someday We’ll Look Back

    Sir Douglas Quintet - The Return of Doug Saldana

    Big Brother & The Holding Company - How Hard It Is

    Climax Blues Band

    Helen Reddy - I Don’t Know How TO Love Him

    Paul Stookey - Paul And

    Southern Comfort - Frog City

    John Lee Hooker - Coast to Coast

    Mike heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations

    Big Mama Thornton - Saved

    With a subscription you will now get a copy of the new Hot Tuna album.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 92


    Dated September 30, 1971. Jefferson Airplane on the cover.

    The Airplane has now been an entity for 6 full years.
    During those 6 years, Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady have also formed Hot Tuna, they are joined by Papa John Creech who is now a member of both bands. According to Jorma, Hot Tuna was formed to fill the long gaps between Airplane albums.
    Grace Slick & Paul Kantner now have a baby girl named China. At this time, Marty Balin has departed.
    Their new album entitled Bark has just been released, it has already been certified Gold.
    When it came time to renegotiate their contract with RCA, Paul Kantner held out for a new house. RCA bought him one on the beach, now worth over $100,000 & it also has a recording studio attached.
    The band got a gold record for White Rabbit. Grace installed it under the lid of their toilet so the boys could look at it when relieving themselves.

    Random Notes

    James Taylor had to cancel a gig at Carnegie Hall after cutting his hand with a power saw.

    The Steve Miller Band is scheduled for their first European Tour this fall.

    Robert Wyatt, the drummer for the group Soft Machine has departed & has been replaced with Phil Howard.

    Ex Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower has formed a new band that includes ex Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker.

    Alice Cooper will have a full sized working gallows as part of his next tour.

    Iggy has left The Stooges to work on a solo project. Kim Fowley is in negotiation to join the band.

    New Riders drummer Spencer Dryden is a new dad, the boys name…Jessie James Dryden.

    Diana Ross is set to begin filming Lady Sings the Blues in November.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek

    Ten Years After - A Space in Time

    Butterfield Blues Band - Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin

    James Brown - Hot Pants

    Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage

    Shuggie Otis - Freedom Flight

    Ian & Sylvia -

    Album Reviews:

    The Mothers - Fillmore East
    In the end, the most pertinent thing to be said about Zappa, is that probably for all he knows about music, he lacks the talent to write a song like, oh, say, Louie Louie…Lester Bangs

    Mahavishnu John McLaughlin - My Goal’s Beyond
    This album is quietly beautiful, certainly McLaughlin’s best so far. His solos on the first side reveal an awesome technique, & an overriding concern with shimmering melodic substance & harmonic ingenuity. And Follow Your Heart & Peace Two are two of the prettiest tunes you are likely to hear…Bob Palmer

    Other albums reviewed:

    Merle Haggard - Someday We’ll Look Back

    Sir Douglas Quintet - The Return of Doug Saldana

    Big Brother & The Holding Company - How Hard It Is

    Climax Blues Band

    Helen Reddy - I Don’t Know How TO Love Him

    Paul Stookey - Paul And

    Southern Comfort - Frog City

    John Lee Hooker - Coast to Coast

    Mike heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations

    Big Mama Thornton - Saved

    With a subscription you will now get a copy of the new Hot Tuna album.


    In the end, the most pertinent thing to be said about Zappa, is that probably for all he knows about music, he lacks the talent to write a song like, oh, say, Louie Louie…Lester Bangs


    The Louie, Louie????

    I have never figured out exactly what the words are, but that is probably the most played song across the country in football stadiums for the last 40 years.

    BTW, thanks for your hard work.
    If grace is an ocean, we're all drowning.

    - John McMillan

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    Rolling Stone Issue 93


    Dated October 14, 1971. Ike & Tina Turner on the cover.

    The article on Ike & Tina is written by Ben Fong Torres. He says that people are referring to Tina as the female Mick Jagger, when in fact, perhaps they should refer to Mick as the male Tina. Ike, Tina & The Ikettes, after all, have been around since 1960. Long before The Stones.

    Ike & Tina were signed to The Phillies label in 1964, because Phil Spector had promised them a $20,000 advance if they would let him produce an album. This turned out to be the only Ike & Tina album ever for The Phillies label, it has subsequently been re-released by A&M. The album cover was shot by a down & out actor who was trying to make ends meet by trying photography. The actors name? Dennis Hopper.

    At the time of this interview, Tina is 32. She is anti drugs, but of course that can’t be said of Ike. Ike has been known to put $25,000 in a cigar box, grab a 45 pistol & drive his new Mercedes into Watts to buy coke. He once came into a dressing room, gun in hand, threw 70 grand in cash on the floor & dared anyone to touch it.

    The event that really propelled them into super stardom was the 1969 tour with The Stones. At the time they didn’t have a contract, but Tina was so great on stage, the press went wild & the offers began to come in. They eventually signed with Liberty in 1970 for a guaranteed $150,000 per year, two albums per year.

    They stumbled onto Proud Mary almost by accident. While traveling in the car, Ike began to play the song on the guitar & they just glommed onto the “black” version of the song that stuck with them.

    Random Notes

    Linda McCartney has had a c section & given us baby Stella three weeks early.

    Davie Freiberg, singer & bassist, for Quicksilver has been fined $500 & two months in jail for possession of Marijuana.

    The wife of Nat King Cole has written a biography of the singer. Nat, by the way, has sold over 5 million albums since his death.

    Columbia Records have just signed a new “heavy metal’ group that goes by the name of Blue Oyster Cult.

    A singer/guitar player by the name of Charlie Starr was arrested in Buffalo as he stood on a street waiting for a friend. Charlie was seen to be facing a window through which could be seen a girl in various stages of undress. Charlie was arrested & charged as a peeping tom. Unfortunately for the police…Charlie is blind.

    Three Dog Night were promised a bonus if they delivered the masters for their next album, Harmony, by 5pm. So they hired a Brinks Armored truck & made the deadline with 14 minutes to spare. They were given a $200,000 bonus.

    The Stones have filed a $7.5 million law suit against Allen Klein claiming he is attempting to defraud the band.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Buddy Miles - Live

    John Sebastian - The Four Of Us

    Tucky Buzzard -

    Jefferson Airplane - Bark

    The Band - Cahoots

    Joy Of Cooking - Closer to the Ground

    Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman (reissued)

    Joan Baez - Blessed Are

    The Firesign Theater - I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus

    Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself

    Album Reviews:

    New Riders Of The Purple Sage - NRPS
    About the third time through, NRPS begins to reveal itself as a uniquely mellow album & one not without it’s share of mildly glorious moments, & that fellow hipsters, is why this album stands apart & a little ahead of the rest…Charlie Burton

    Poco- From The Inside
    Steve Cropper produced this album & there is little to show that he accepted the assignment with much enthusiasm. A good deal of blame for the lack of inspiration & energy must rest on his shoulders. Poco fans must turn to past & hopefully future albums for relief…Stu Werbin

    Ten Years After - A Space In Time
    Like a hampster running on a treadmill, TYA is expending energy without moving. The groups first album on Columbia rehashes most of the material on the last 4 releases. The album is an improvement over the disastrous Watt, but hardly a sufficient one. As the Roman’s used to say, caveat emptor…John Koegel

    Other albums reviewed:


    Wet Willie - Wet Willie

    The Beach Boys - Surfs Up

    Moby Grape - 20 Granite Creek

    The Butterfield Blues Band - Sometimes I Feel Like Smiling

    Fanny - Charity Ball

    LaBelle -

    Albums Expected in the near future.

    Bangladesh - a 3 record set is scheduled for Fall release

    Captain Beef heart - The Spotlight Kid

    Yoko Ono - Midsummer in New York

    Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

    Gilbert O’Sullivan -

    Untitled albums are scheduled for Manfred Mann, Ben Sidran & Carole King.

    Capitol has new records in the pipeline by Steve Miller, Seatrain, The Lettermen, Anne Murray, Buck Owens, Pink Floyd, Hoyt Axton, McCartney, Traffic, Grand Funk, Quicksilver, & Merle Haggard.

    Artists on tour:

    The Joy Wagon…a concert featuring The Joy Of Cooking, Leo Kottke & Joyous Noise

    The Allman Brothers, Beach Boys, Blood Sweat & Tears, Captain Beefheart, Commander Cody, CCR, Crosby & Nash, & The Everly Brothers.

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    This weekend marks the 40th Anniversary of the first Casey Kasem American Top 40 countdown. Happy 4th.

    Keep Your Feet on the Ground & Keep Reaching for the Stars!!!

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    This weekend is the 40th Anniversary of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 Countdown. XM Radio replays the shows on a weekly basis. This weekend, on Channel 7 they have chosen to replay the show from July 1, 1978. This was a special show that counted down the Top 40 singles artists of the 70’s. Each song that charts is given points based on how many weeks it stayed on the charts & how high the song got. Each artists points are added together & what you get are the artists of the decade based on a point system.

    Below are the Top 40 artists & the song Casey chose to play to represent that artist. Hope this jogs some memories, or makes some new ones:

    40) Earth Wind & Fire - Sing a Song

    39) Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman

    38) Grand Funk Railroad - American Band

    37) ABBA - Waterloo

    36) Steve Miller Band - Rock’ N Me

    35) Ringo Starr - Photograph

    34) The Captain & Tennille - Love Will Keep Us Together

    33) The Stylistics - Rock N Roll Baby

    32) Carly Simon - That’s The Way I Always Heard It Should Be

    31) Donny Osmond - Go Away Little Girl

    30) Linda Rondstadt - You’re No Good

    29) Rod Stewart - Maggie Mae

    28) Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly

    27) The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone

    26) James Taylor - You’ve Got A Friend

    25) Paul Simon - Love Me Like a Rock

    24) War - Cisco Kid

    23) Bread - Make It With You

    22) Olivia Newton John - I Honestly Love You

    21) Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You

    20) The Spinners - Rubber Band Man

    19) Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On

    18) Barry Manilow - Mandy

    17) Aretha Franklin - Until You Come Back To Me

    16) Neil Diamond - Cracklin Rosie

    15) John Denver - Take Me Home Country Roads

    14) Eagles - New Kid In Town

    13) Al Green - Let’s Stay Together

    12) Diana Ross - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

    11) Tony Orlando & Dawn - Knock Three Times

    10) Helen Reddy - You & Me Against The World

    9) Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia

    8) Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me Not To Come

    7) Chicago - Saturday In The Park

    6) Jackson Five - I Want You Back

    5) Stevie Wonder- Superstition

    4) The Carpenters - Close To You

    3) Wings - Band On The Run

    2) Bee Gees - Jive Talkin

    1) Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom


    Keep Your Feet On The Ground & Keep Reaching For The Stars

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    Rolling Stone Issue 94


    Dated October 28,1971. The Beach Boys on the cover.

    Random Notes:

    Rick Wakeman has departed The Strawbs to become the newest member of Yes.

    Peter Frampton has left Humble Pie. At the age of 21, he has decided to strike out on his own, work on his first solo project has already begun. The rumored replacement for Frampton is Rick Derringer.

    Paul McCartney has decided that his new band will be named Wings, first album scheduled for November.

    Fleetwood Mac has finally found a guitar player to replace Peter Green. American, Bob Welch was found in France.

    How Black Was My Sabbath an article written by Robin Green, with photos by Annie Leibovitz:
    The band is on the 3rd week on a 6 week tour of the East Coast. They have arrived at a Providence RI stop, only to be told by the door man at the stage that they can’t enter. Even the police can’t convince this man to let the band in.
    Tony Iommi is 23, the oldest member of the band & the one that others refer to as the best musician in the group. He is also the most quite & introspective member.
    Geezer Butler is the bass player & a vegetarian. He is said to be the seventh son of the seventh son & claims to be able to see the devil. He has a way of staring right through people when talking to them.
    Ozzie has been having some long distance relationship issues with his wife. Hence, he has been on anti depressants for a few weeks now. His wife is expecting, the baby is due in January.
    Ozzie refers to what they do as a “paid hobby” an excuse not to get a job. He comments that he expects to be the first of the band to die & he doesn’t expect to see 40.
    Ozzie got his tattoos in prison. Seems that at the age of 18 he got caught selling womens clothing that he had stolen.
    The band was formed in 1969 as Earth, a name they changed a year later.
    Even the executives of Warner Brothers are quoted as saying the music is to loud & they just don’t understand the popularity of the band. They have sold over a million copies of there first 2 albums combined.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Chuck Mangione - Together

    Grateful Dead - Live Dead

    Aretha Franklinn - Greatest Hits

    Seatrain - Marblehead Messenger (produced by George Martin)

    Savoy Brown - Street Corner Talking

    Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Bridge

    Pink Floyd - Meddle

    T. Rex - Electric Warrior

    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

    Fleetwood Mac - Future Games

    The Isley Brothers - Givin It Back

    Frank Zappa - 200 Motels

    Steve Winwood, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi - Welcome to the Canteen

    Album Reviews:

    John Lennon - Imagine
    In it’s technical sloppiness & self absorption, Imagine is John’s self portrait. Most of it centers around issues which have already been dealt with only here handled less passionately, & strangely, less fastidiously as well. It onlt seems to reinforce the question of what John’s relationship to rock really is…Ben Gerson

    Savoy Brown - Street Corner Talking
    Street Corner Talking is the groups most comprehensively enjoyable album in ages. It lives & breathes as none of their recent albums have done. This album marks the rebirth of Savoy Brown. It is also responsible for the bands new life as a rock band, which looks to be a long & profitable one…John Koegel

    Bee Gees - Trafalgar
    The Bee Gees are masters of the ballad form. I only hope they stick together now for many years to come. AM radio needs their periodic transfusions & albums of this quality are faultless. Buy this album…Gary Von Tersch

    Other albums reviewed:

    James Brown - Hot Pants

    Joan Baez - Blessed Are

    Lonnie Mack - The Hills of Indiana

    Dr. John - The Sun, Moon & Herbs

    Diana Ross - Surrender

    The Lotte Lenya Album

    Madura

    Albums Expected in the near future.


    Neil Diamond - Stones
    Bangla Desh
    Grand Funk, as yet untitled
    The Doors - Other Voices
    The Ventures - Indian Sun
    John Mayall - Memories
    Carole King, Jackie DeShannon, & Bloodrock are all in the studio.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 95

    Dated November 11, 1971. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on the cover , art by Ralph Steadman. (4th Anniversary Issue)

    Random Notes:

    Ron McKernan, known to Dead fans as Pigpen, has just been released from the hospital due to various liver & kidney problems. He has been advised to skip the band’s upcoming tour & will be replaced by Dave Mason’s keyboard player, Keith Godcheaux.

    Rumor of the week is that by the end of the year, we will have a Grand Funk line of cosmetics & deodorants.

    Garnder Webb College have just bestowed a Doctor of Humanities degree on Johnny Cash.

    RCA has signed a new artist named David Bowie. The first album is scheduled for a November release.

    Warner Brothers have signed a new band named Cold Blood. First album set for January release. Also signed to the Warner label, Malo, a 9 piece San Francisco band lead by Carlos Santana’s brother Jorge. First album is in process.

    Ex Temptation, Eddie Kendrick is now out on his own.

    At the age of 36, Gene Vincent died Oct. 12th due to a seizure brought on by bleeding ulcers. He was one of the early rock pioneers & responsible for such great songs as Be Bop A Lula. He had returned to LA from London only to find his lady friend had taken her 4 kids & left him. According to friends, he didn’t eat & instead continued drinking for days at a time. He visited his Mother & when he stood to leave he passed out face down & began to spit blood. He was pronounced dead later that morning at the hospital.

    Preparing for tours of the UK, Zappa, Spirit, Steppenwolf, Lee Michaels, Little Richard, Flying Burrito Brothers & Mountain.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Steppenwolf - For Ladies Only

    Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

    John Mayall - Through The Years featuring Peter Green & Mick Taylor

    J. Geils Band - The Morning After

    Poco - From The Inside

    John Stewart - The Lonesome Picker Rides Again

    Ben Sidran - Feel Your Groove

    Steve Miller Band - Rock Love

    Fleetwood Mac - Future Games

    Rory Gallagher -

    Album Reviews:

    The Band - Cahoots
    Cahoots is more brilliant failure than flawed masterpiece. There is a world view & a personal view fighting to define the music of the band & Robbie Robertson. I have no compunction in saying that The Band is one of the few functioning units in rock worthy of the name auteur. As such, their mistakes & failures are more interesting to me than the successes of dozens of lesser artists. And their triumphs, including the ones on this album, are among the most interesting in rock…Jon Landau

    Steve Miller Band - Rock Love
    There is virtually nothing left of the old Steve Miller Band. This latest album might be more aptly named Rock Bottom. The most apparent problem with Rock Love is it’s surprising lack of substance. Although Rock Love might appear to be conclusive evidence that the well has dried up for Steve Miller, I am not ready to accept that view…Bud Scoppa

    J. Geils Band - The Morning After
    Call em the best new band of 1971, if you will, cause here’s the goods to prove it. The Morning After strikes me as being a shade less impressive than their previous outing but there’s no sign of stopping them anywhere, these guys are better, slowly growing into the best.….Lenny Kaye

    Charlie Daniels -
    Much of Charlie’s vocal work is a synthesis of the lechery of Levon Helms & the sensuality of Van Morrison. Put em all together, they spell an album of excellent Southern bad ass rock & roll. ….Charlie Burton

    Other albums reviewed:

    Jefferson Airplane - Bark

    Hot Tuna - First Pull Up, Then Pull Down

    Grateful Dead -

    Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks - Where’s The Money

    Country Joe - War War War

    Keith Sykes - 1,2,3

    David Rea - By The Grace of God

    Lighthouse - One Fine Morning

    Chuck Berry - San Francisco Dues

    Bo Dudley - Another Dimension

    Four Tops - Greatest Hits

    Nigel Olsson’s Drum Orchestra & Chorus

    Albums Expected in the near future.


    Billy Preston - A Simple Song

    Led Zepplin - Unnamed, but the cover will have rune symbols on it.

    Jethro Tull - Living in the Past

    The Who - Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy

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    Rolling Stone Issue 96

    Dated November 25,1971. For the second week in a row, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on the cover.

    Random Notes


    Duane Allman, 24, died Friday October 24, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. He was leaving the house after celebrating the birthday of Berry Oakley’s wife Linda. He swerved to miss a truck heading in the same direction as he, but it was to late. He was pinned underneath & dragged 50ft. At the time of this accident, the band was in the midst of it’s first vacation from the road in almost 2 years. At this time the group is getting $7,500 per show. They travel first class & buy an extra seat so they can safely strap in their guitars.

    At 3pm on the day of the funeral, the band performed a tribute & Greg sang the words “The sky is crying, look at the tears roll down my cheeks.” They played Keys to the Highway which Duane had recorded with Derek & The Dominos, Stormy Monday, & In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.

    Delaney Bramlett had the crowd cheering & in tears when he lead them in Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

    There is an accompanying article on the band covering their touring. This article was submitted to RS, just 1 week prior to Duane’s accident. As of this writing Dickie Betts has just written a new song for the next album called Blue Sky. It is in honor of his Canadian Indian lady friend named Sandy Blue Sky. According to Duane, Dickie wrote the song In Memory of Elizabeth Reed for a lady friend that he had just had sex with in a cemetery, on a gravestone, in Macon.

    Laura Nyro has just signed a 3 year $4 million contract with Columbia Records. It is for an album a year each year. The price also includes her music publishing firm. Her 3 previous albums were all critically acclaimed, but failed to reach the $ million in sales threshold needed for Gold Record status.

    Deep Purple lead singer Ian Gillian is in the hospital in Chicago with hepatitis causing the band to cancel their upcoming tour dates.

    The first ever Gold Tape cartridge, representing $1 million in sales of the tape, has been awarded to Carole King for her album Tapestry.

    Thelma Houston has signed to the Motown label.

    The Kinks kick off their next American tour on November 19th.

    Allan Clarke, lead singer of the Hollies is leaving the group.

    Hoyt Axton is living in relative anonymity at the end of a dirt road just outside of Eugene Oregon. He has written many songs that have become big hits for others including Green Back Dollar, Joy to the World for Three Dog Night & The Pusher for Steppenwolf. And his mother wrote Heartbreak Hotel for Elvis.

    The Doors have decided to carry on as a threesome & a new album called Other Voices is ready for release.

    On stage they are almost scary. Their lead singer sings the songs in the most malevolent growl this side of Wolfman Jack. The rest of the band rampages across the stage like a group of ampetamine enhanced buffalos. But off stage Black Oak Arkansas is a group of the most ingratiating fellers you could ever hope to meet. Each member is more friendly & warmer that the previous one & they all make you feel at home at their 40 acre ranch high up in the Santa Monica Mountains.
    As kids they were sentenced to 8 years hard time in Tucker State Pen in Ark. For stealing all their musical equipment from the local high school. Sentences were suspended however.
    Their first album for Stax Records was recorded under the group name of The Nobody Else, because there was nobody else like them, no longhairs existed in this part of the country at this time. They all admit it wasn’t good because Stax didn’t know how to record a white rock band.

    Ahmet Ertegun finally signed the band to Atlantic Records & their first BOA album is now out & doing well affording the band the first security they have ever had.


    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat

    Cactus - Restrictions

    Gilbert O’Sullivan - Himself

    Jeff Beck Group - Rough & Ready

    Al Green - Get to know him…

    Johm Mayall - Memories

    Fairport Convention - Angel Delight

    Ten Years After - A Space In Time

    J J Cale - Naturally

    Album Reviews:

    Van Morrison - Tupelo Homey
    Like all of his albums it is a synthesis of what has preceded it & a hint of what is to come. It is also the best sounding record he has ever done. This is not only an album of beautiful themes, dazzling musical motifs, & exquisite performances, it is an album that was conceived & delivered by a very proud man…Jon Landau

    Santana -
    Their new album goes right along with the other ones in it’s content, except for me at least it is more consistent. This album stays at the top all the time….Ralph J. Gleason

    Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
    Their sound, with just a couple of exceptions, has evolved little if at all. Which itself is no problem once you stop thinking about how bored you are & just let it filter down your innards like a good bottle of Romilar. Can Black Sabbath grow & evolve? That’s a question this band hasn’t answered yet…Lester Bangs

    Other albums reviewed:

    Jeff Beck Group - Rough & Ready

    Little Richard - King Of Rock & Roll

    Seatrain - Marblehead Messenger

    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - One Dozen Roses

    The Persuasions - We Came To Play

    Joy Of Cooking - Closer to the Ground

    Judee Sill -

    Lindisfarne - Nicely Out Of Tune

    Lazarus - The Blues Project

    The Strawbs - From The Witchwood

    On Tour:
    Beach Boys, Blood Sweat & Tears, Butterfield Blues Band, Judy Collins, Crazy Horse, John Denver, Donovan, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Fleetwood Mac, Flying Burrito Brothers, Grateful Daed, Arlo Guthrie, Jethro Tull, Kris Kristofferson, Buddy Miles, Seals & Crofts, Seatrain, Muddy Waters, & Frank Zappa

    Albums Expected in the near future.

    The Faces - A Nod is as Good as a Wink - November 17th

    McCartney & Wings, Grand Funk - E Pluribus Funk, Bangla Desh, Pink Floyd - Meddle - all scheduled for November 15th..

    The first solo album from David Clayton Thomas is set for the end of the month.

    David Bromberg’s first solo album is set for January on Columbia.

    Sly & The Family Stone - There’s a Riot Going On will come out in November.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 97

    Dated December 9,1971. Pete Townshend on the cover.

    Random Notes

    Van Morrison recently walked off stage at a Winterland concert after a really short set, due to sound systems issues. He was livid & wouldn’t talk to the press. He is now thinking of giving up live shows all together.

    Jerry Jeff Walker has been signed by MCA.

    Santana & Sly & The Family Stone albums were both certified as Gold on the day of release.

    Alice Cooper was stuck in customs in Copenhagen because his boa constrictor didn’t have a health certificate & his electric chair had to be checked for faulty wiring.

    David Clayton Thomas has officially parted ways with Blood Sweat & Tears. The band is auditioning new vocalists.

    RCA have recently signed Mama Cass, The Everly Brothers & The Kinks.

    The Allman Brothers are going to continue as a group. They will be honoring their tour dates & have a new album in the pipeline called Eat A Peach which they will be releasing early next year. They don’t plan to replace Duane, but may add another instrumentalist, not necessarily a guitar player.

    Kris Kristofferson was performing Live when he stopped the show & asked a young guy from the audience to join him on stage. He introduced the guy as the best song writer he had ever heard & said that no one that young should be able to write that heavy. The new guy was named John Prine. Seems like everybody is choosing to record his songs & John will have his own first album out early next year.

    Ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Led Zeppelin - IV

    Richie Havens - The Great Blind Degree

    Joe South -

    Brewer & Shipley - Shake Off The Demon

    David Bowie - Hunky Dory

    John Hartford - Aereo - Plain

    Chicago - Live at Carnegie Hall

    Humble Pie - Rockin The Fillmore

    Chambers Brothers - Greatest Hits

    Steve Miller Band - Rock Love

    Glass Harp - Synergy

    Grand Funk - E Pluribus Funk

    Album Reviews:


    Cat Stevens - Teaser & The Firecat
    Cat has become a dependable artist, but he appears to be one of those composers who does not develop, who holds no surprises. Given his 3 albums so far, one would be hard pressed to put them in chronologic order. They all contain the same themes, same instrumentation, & same sensibility. One would like to see him develop the polished lyrics of James Taylor or the deep resonance of Van Morrison. But, his songs, though they be small pleasures are a cause for celebration when they are heard on AM radio. And that’s enough to ask of him for now…Tim Crouse

    Three Dog Night - Harmony
    This bands albums have been selling in greater quantities than almost anyone else. Biggest doesn’t necessarily mean best, but the spectacular success of this band seems entirely justified. Three Dog Night is a terrifically good band. This is an immensely enjoyable album, one that seems to pass by much to quickly….Bud Scoppa

    Fleetwood Mac - Future Games
    With a new lineup of Kirwin, McVie, Welch, Fleetwood, & McVie the new album has little to commend itself. Danny Kirwin’s voice drones innocuously, he plays aimlessly & his songs are to long. Christine McVie puts in the best performance but even her voice sounds weak & emotionless. Bob Welch’s talent seems to be notable only in it’s lack of distinction. If they have lost interest, I can only hope they regain it in time to salvage what was once a very promising band…Loyd Grossman

    Other albums reviewed:

    Detroit -

    The Mamas & Papas - People Like Us

    The Savage Rose - Refugee

    Yoko Ono - Fly

    Aretha Franklin - Greatest Hits

    John Entwhitsle - Smash Your Head Against The Wall

    Commander Cody - Lost In The Ozone

    Jerry Lee Lewis - Monster

    Barefoot Jerry - Southern Delights

    Cowboy - 5’11 Getcha Ten

    Albums Expected in the near future.

    Bangla Desh has been delayed by George Harrison as he works out some issues with packaging & the amount of $$ that will make it’s way to the country in question.

    Paul McCartney’s first Wings album is now set for Dec. 1.

    Badfinger - Straight Up for Dec. 1.

    Youngbloods - Good & Dusty is finishing up, not yet scheduled.

    Neil Young - Harvest has been delayed by Neil as he tries to get the album art right.

    Linda Rondstadt, untitled as yet, for January.

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    Here’s a story, just to keep the thread alive. I hope I can do it justice. I’m reading a book called American Top 40 The Countdown Of The Century, by Rob Durkee. The subject should be obvious, but I’d just like to say that the behind the scenes stuff in this book is great. Rob worked on the show & tells some great stories (The Dead Dog Long Distance Dedication & Casey tirade following it is a classic) . I am in the middle of a chapter about folks that were substitute hosts on the show & I just got to this one.

    In 1975, Wink Martindale was a guest host & he tells a story about his beginnings in radio at WHBQ in Memphis. A fellow DJ at the station named Dewey Phillips, on July 7, 1954, got his hands on a hot new record by a new artist named Elvis Presley. This was back in the days of what Wink called “vanilla” music by such artists as Jo Staffiord, Patti Page, Eddie Fisher & Frankie Laine. Obviously, Elvis was not going to fit that mold. Wink was in the studio when the following happened, so it’s a first hand report.

    About 9:30 in the evening Sam Phillips (no relation to Dewey) walked into the studio with the 45. It included Blue Moon Of Kentucky & That’s All Right Mama. Dewey put the song on & immediately the switchboards began to light up with listeners asking for information on the song & the artist. The response was so great that Dewey spent the entire night playing first one side & then the other.

    They got the idea to call Elvis at home & see if he would visit the studio for an interview. His Mother answered & told them that Elvis was aware his song was going to be played & was so nervous that he had gone out to a double feature. So, they sent somebody over to the theater & the usher walked the aisles until he spotted Elvis. They talked him into joining them at the hotel, from where the show was broadcast, & he was interviewed for the very first time. Presleymania began on that evening & was & still is unstoppable.

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