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    Rolling Stone Issue 24

    Dated December 21, 1968. The Beatles on the cover.

    The Beatles White Album has just hit the stores & the fastest selling Beatles album ever, original shipment was 3.5 million units. Stores sold out of the album immediately. Demand was so high that no retailer got even ½ of their original order. Tower Records in San Francisco sold 2000 in a day, reordered & sold 1,500 more a day later.

    Hey Jude has already sold 3 million in 3 months & is doing 200,000 per week. It is the 16th Platinum single for the band.

    Jann Wenner says this is the best album by the Bealtes ever, & they are the only ones capable of bettering it. And then he goes on for 4 solid pages about the album & the songs therein. The review is accompanied by many nice photos courtesy Linda Eastman.

    The Stones are planning 27 American concert dates beginning in Spring 1969. The infamous Hells Angels & Altamont event would be in Dec. 1969.

    The great MOTOWN song writing team of Holland Dozier Holland have begun a law suit against the label claiming conspiracy, fraud, deceit, overreaching & breach of fiduciary relationships. They are asking for a whopping $22 million.

    Due to artistic differences Graham Nash is leaving The Hollies. The group wanted to, & began, recording a complete album of Dylan covers. Graham wanted nothing to do with it. He has already recorded some stuff with Stephen Stills & they are waiting for either ATCO (Still‘s label), or Columbia (Nash’s label) to relinquish distribution rights & then the new songs will become an album.

    Eric Burdon is also leaving The Animals saying he feels old & frustrated & “I can’t get much satisfaction out of me music any more.”

    Led Zepplin has just been signet to Atlantic Records for a long term contract & a reported $200,000 advance, unheard of at the time. Their first album is scheduled for Jan. 1969.

    How’s this for co-incidence. Both John & Yoko, & Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful have lost babies within 24 hrs. of each other in London due to miscarriages.

    Grace Slick appeared on the Smothers Brothers show to sing Crown of Creation & she raised more than a few eyebrows when she did so in Black Face. She said “women wear make up all the time, I don’t see why it can’t be black.”

    Wheels of Fire by Cream has been certified as Platinum.

    Dion DiMucchi of Dion & The Belmonts is attempting a big comeback after being away for 6 years due to drug issues. His new single, Abraham Martin & John, is on the charts. The song (Abraham Martin & John) is his first Charted song in 5 years, it would go all the way to #4, but once it fell, that would be the last we would see him on the charts. He would be elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

    There is an interesting “History” of the record producer/mogul, Lou Adler. In one of the interesting stories he tells of producng a Live track for a heretofore unknown Johnny Rivers & attempting to get Don Kirshner interested in releasing it. Kirshner declined, Adler took offense & basically said DK was “something less than astute.” After turning down JR, Kirshner went on to find & produce The Monkees & The Archies. The “Live” Johnny Rivers was never released & the first “Live” recording from a nightclub gig would eventually come from Trini Lopez.
    His next big find was Barry McGuire of Eve of Destruction fame & while producing Barry’s second album, Lou stumbled onto his biggest act yet, The Mamas & Papas (Oct. 1966). He signed them for a $1500 advance. It is stated that as the M&P got big & began to tour that they were making $30k per night & losing money on every tour.

    His next act was Scott McKenzie & the song (If you go to) San Francisco, a song which would go on to sell 5 million copies.

    Next up, producing the first album by Spirit, because he wanted to get into the “underground” movement.

    He was one of the truly most successful producers out there, but even those types have their downfalls. Consider an album he produced by Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad fame, it went largely unheard.


    Album Reviews:

    Cruising with Ruben & The Jets Frank Zappa & The Mothers
    I think the reviewer tried to write a review like Zappa writes an album. It’s all over the place, but in the end I think he liked it.

    1st, Horizontal, Idea, & Rare Precious & Beautiful The Bee Gees
    “To comprehend the Bee Gees is to comprehend all that is banal, without grace, & trite.” “This is necessarily to say that The Bee Gees have deep roots in one of the most neglected areas of rock music, the popular romantic ballad.”
    Massachusetts is called great Bee Gees “fluff.”
    The reviewer says “Never before has a rock group so intensely & consciously set sail on a sea of syrup. “
    Then ends with this, “ They do have the ability to occasionaly make the right choices in the chosen area of rock. It is this sort of capacity that should not be ignored.”
    So he spends one paragraph after another ragging the band & then leaves one with hope of good things to come.


    Under the category of interesting ads;

    There is an ad for a band called Mother Earth, the album Living With Animals.

    An album by a group named Graffiti, it is advertised as an album “that’ll put you on the edge of your head.”

    The new album by Calliope is out. It’s called Steamed. One of the members was a guy named Danny O’Keefe who would go on to have the Hit Single Good Time Charley’s Got the Blues.

    Life is but a Dream by the band Wichita Falls is available on Liberty Records.

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    I miss Frank Zappa, although he is my husband's ringtone, so I do get to hear him occasionally now.

    The White Album was AMAZING. I STILL have it on vinyl. I probably have worn it out.

    And I liked the Bee Gees. Even the early stuff.
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    Rolling Stone Issue 25

    Dated January 4, 1969 . Rob Tyner of MC5 on the cover.


    Traffic
    has broken up & rumors of Steve Winwood joining forces with Eric Clapton are running wild. The split is coming about just as the band has finally broken through for chart success in the US. Winwood has just cut Medicated Goo. Blind Faith anyone?

    A few issues back there was a report of a study being done & confirming that Rock & Roll is bad for your ears. Well this issue we have a competing study stating that just ain’t so.

    The pending US tour by The Stones seems to be in some trouble due to Brian Jones recent drug arrests. Will they or won’t they be given visas?

    Speaking of drug issues, a London court has fined John Lennon $360 for possessing enough pot to roll 40 joints.

    There are a group of entertainers getting together for a Monkees TV Special. How’s this for an eclectic gathering…The Monkees, Arthur Brown, The Animals, The Jeff Beck Group, Jim Morrison, Taj Mahal, & the Buddy Miles Express. The Brian Auger Trio starring Julie Driscoll were denied work visas & weren’t able to attend.

    Polythene Pam, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, & Across the Universe, are all songs that didn’t make the cut for The Beatles White Album.

    This issue there ia an article about Jose Feliciano relating his recent experience of singing the National Anthem at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Evidently the crowd didn’t like his rendition & he is being torn apart in the press as just being a “GD Immigrant” who had no business singing the NA anywhere, anytime. But, regardless of this less than inspiring incident, the fans are still helping him to sell out concert venues across the country on a nightly basis. His version of Light My Fire has just become a hit.


    Curious ads for groups or albums this issue:

    The latest album by the mega group The Fool is available from Mercury Records. WHO?

    The first album by Rhinoceros called Herd a Beast Lately is on the way from Elektra.
    It turns out on further research that the group was made up of Lead Guitarist Danny Weiss from Iron Butterfly, Guitarist Doug Hastings who was with Buffalo Springfield for a stretch, Orgasnist Mike Fonfarra from Electric Flag & Drummer Billy Mundi from the Mothers of Invention.

    Ok, anybody ever hear this one…the new album by Michael Lessac called Sleep Faster We Need the Pillow.


    Album Reviews:

    Traffic Traffic
    Traffic is a group that is excruciatingly good in terms of real music, but frustratingly plagued with a case of what could only be called “loose endism.” About the music, it is superb. Dave Mason is a top notch composer, Steve Winwood & Jim Capaldi have a perfect understanding of each others groove. Chris Wood plays the best sax & flute in contemporary rock. The problem is that Mason does his songs, Winwood does his. We may never hear what this combination is really capable of as a group. They’ll probably break up first. And they did.

    The Battle of the Bands The Turtles
    The album isn’t embarrassingly bad, but it is truly boring. All things considered “Battle of the Bands” is an unimpressive collection of largely mediocre parodies.

    As an incentive to subscribe the magazine is now offering a copy of the new Steppenwolf album with each new order.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 26

    Dated Feb. 1, 1969. Jimi Hendrix on the cover.

    I always enjoy reading the Letters to the Editor. This issue there is a pretty good argument going on about the merits of The White Album, great or not so great. But one person that comes down on the side of great is none other than Timothy Leary. It’s the first letter of his to RS that I can remember reading.

    There is a lengthy report on the Miami Pop Festival of 1968. 99,000 (a gross over estimation according to many) attended at a cost of $7 per ticket to hear the likes of Country Joe & The Fish, Procul Harum, Steppenwolf, The Butterfield Blues Band, Pacific Gas & Electric, Three Dog Night, Tim Hardin, Neil Young, Harry Nillson, Chuck Berry, Buffy Ste. Marie, Richie Havens, Flatt & Scruggs, & Joni Mitchell among many others.

    At the moment The Band are off the concert tour & are hoping to make 3 separate new albums. Music from Big Pink, while almost universally praised, hasn’t sold as well as the critically panned Big Brother & the Holding Company album did.

    Jefferson Airplane is ready to release their next album & they have finally decided to name it Bless It’s Pointed Little Head. It is said to be a complete departure from their previous efforts. It was recorded Live & according to drummer Spence Dryden is the first time the band has liked hearing themselves in a Live setting.

    The Rascals have taken a stand & declared that they will no longer perform live anywhere unless at least half of the acts on the bill are black. Nor will they cop out to TV appearances anymore just for the sake of making a buck. They have already cancelled Ed Sullivan.

    There is a new group making the rounds in London. They are being hailed as “The Happiest Sounds You Have Ever Heard” & the press is referring to them as Nash, Crosby & Stills. Crosby says they are not a group, but an aggregate of friends. All 3 members are experiencing a freedom of new expression they hadn’t felt in their previous bands. They haven’t decided whether or not they will be doing an album together, because of other separate contractual obligations , but one song mentioned is “A Magnificent new song by Graham Nash” called Marakesh Express.

    This is the Annual “Awards for the Previous Year in Rock” Issue.

    The Best of 1968 according to RS:
    Song of the Year Hey Jude
    Track of the Year Sympathy for the Devil
    Album of the Year The Beatles White Album
    English Album of the Year Beggars Banquet
    American Album of the Year John Wesley Harding
    American Rock Album of the Year Music From Big Pink
    American & British Rock Album of the Year Electric Ladyland
    Best New Emerging Artist Tiny Tim
    Saddest Breakup of the Year The Lovin Spoonful
    Disaster of theYear MGM’S attempt to break what became known as the Bosstown sound. They spent over a million $ trying to break bands from Boston in an attempt to make the city the new San Francisco.
    The Rolling Stone “Is this Trip Really Necessary” Award goes to Arthur Brown who tried to parlay his hit Fire into a US tour, but tickets didn’t sell & the whole tour was cancelled.


    Busted in 1968:

    Steve Miller Band, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Jim Messina, Richie Furay, Brian Jones, Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, The Buckinghams, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Hugh Masekela, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eddie Floyd, Frank Werber, Country Joe MacDonald, & LSD maker extraordinare Owsley Stanley (over & over again).

    Health Notice of the Year:

    Appearing in an underground LA Paper called Open City…
    “If you have been exposed to infectious hepatitis, the police want a sample of your feces. Place a stool sample in a plastic bag & give it to the first officer you see. If he is not there leave it in his squad car, on the seat, or on the floor where he will be sure to see it. Thank you.”

    Breakups in 1968:

    Al Kooper left Blood Sweat & Tears , Steve Winwood departed Traffic, The Steve Miller Band broke up & reformed, The Yardbirds, & Buffalo Springfield disbanded, The Byrds lost everybody but Roger McGuinn, Quicksilver & Electric Flag are no more, Graham Nash left the Hollies & John Sebastian said bye bye to the Lovin Spoonful, Moby Grape & Cream are extant, David Ruffin has departed The Temptations, & The Mamas & Papas are now Cassless.

    RS is predicting that Elvis will have a big comeback year in 1969. Well, they may have actually gotten this on correct. Elvis would have 5 Top 40 hits in 69 including In The Ghetto #3 & Suspicious Minds #1.

    Album Reviews:

    Odessey & Oracle - The Zombies
    This is the first album since 1965. Rod Argents keyboard work & melodic writing coupled with Colin Bluestones vocals are still the groups strengths. Time of the Season is one of the songs singled out as a highlight of the album, especially Argent’s organ solo.

    Expressway To Your Skull - The Buddy Miles Express
    The sound is hard charging big band soul, wide open. It is still a little crude, probably because BME is still a new group. They recorded before they had much of a chance to get themselves together, as a result, the album comes off as a bit rudimentary.


    Curious ads for groups or albums this issue:

    They have put a new cover on Randy Newman’s first album & reissued it in hopes of spurring some sales for the album mostly overlooked the first time around.

    How many of you owned the album Eastern Ferris Wheel by Addiss & Crofut? Yeah I thought so.

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    Odessey & Oracle - The Zombies
    Well, yeah, that album was pretty okay.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 27

    Dated February 15, 1969. Groupies on the cover

    There is a huge 15 page article on groupies, I skipped it.

    Alice’s Restaurant, the movie, is in the process of being shot. The story of how the song & hence the movie is told. Alice Brock the owner of the restaurant, originally called, The Back Door, approached Arlo Guthrie & asked him to write a 15 or 30 second jingle that she could use as a radio spot for advertising. The song came in about 15 to 20 minutes too long & 2 months to late. Alice had sold the place & moved to Puerto Rico by the time Arlo finished.

    Two recent interviews, one with George Harrison & the other with John Lennon, have been dissected looking for warts & the end result was that John & George recently came to blows, Apple is on the verge of bankruptcy, & the group is all but done. Everyone involved has denied all the accusations.

    Ever since we were introduced to Billie Joe MacAllister by Bobby Gentry & told of him jumping off the Tallahatchie bridge, there have been so many copycats that the authorities decided to start fining people $100 for doing so. As it turns out the bridge is only 20 feet off the river & no one ever died do to the descent.

    Grace Slick has just had her second surgery to remove nodes from her throat.

    A glimpse at things to come years from now. Pat Boone is in the process of recording a easy listening sike-ay-dell-ick, album under the production of ex Lovin Spoonful member Zal Yanovsky. Just think we are still years away from Pat’s foray into heavy metal.

    A few new groups have been signed to contracts:

    Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks a blue grass/funk rock group from San Francisco will be with Epic Records.

    Jethro Tull a British band who is having very good things said & written about them in the UK have signed for American label Reprise. Their first album will be named This Was.

    All the ex Byrds, with the exception of David Crosby are now signed to A&M.

    The Crosby, Stills & Nash alliance is still on hold because neither Atlantic nor Columbia wants to give up the rights to their particular artist.

    A special “official” press release on some very unofficial red paper has been received at the offices of the Rolling Stone. It reads something like this…” Bill Wolf, the bass player for the Fugs, has been admitted to Bellevue Hospital claiming to be Paul McCartney.

    The new album by The Who, still being called Deaf Dumb & Blind boy, has been delayed & has also been expanded to a double album. The expectation is that the first single will be Pinball Wizard.

    Record album prices are going up by 19 cents with RCA leading the charge. The price is now back to where it was 3 years ago.


    Album Reviews:

    An American Music Band - The Electric Flag
    The original band has all split & this album is dominated most of all by the absence of Mike Bloomfield. The album is a sad testament to their inability to stick it out, to hang on & build on the slightly overwhelming foundation they had going.

    The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark - Dillard & Clark
    This band consists of ex Byrds Gene Clark & Mike Clarke, Sneakey Pete of the Flying Burrito Brothers & Doug Dillard. Also sitting in on guitar & banjo is future Eagles member Bernie Leadon who also joins in on the writing chores with Gene. A Train Leaves Here This Morning is called the best song on the album. The album, all in all, may not be something you wish to shout about, but it is alright.

    Who Knows Where the Time Goes - Judy Collins
    The album fulfills every necessary condition for being a commercial success by synthesizing the mood of the so-called music of “now”. Interestingly enough the album includes a song called Hello Hurray that was adapted a few years later by Alice Cooper for his Billion Dollar Babies album.

    Curious ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Maybe someone can answer this. There is an ad for an album T.I.M.E. by Smooth Ball, or maybe the album is Smooth Ball by T.I.M.E.. Who knows? I never heard of either.

    Gentle Soul is wildflowers pressed in a Bible, shadows of dawn on the wall, visions of love through a prism, views of the sea from a tower, singing from woodlands & autumn stoned at the end of the world. Good grief, Gentle Soul must have really been something…never heard of them. So I researched the band & it turns out that it was two vocalists by the names of Pamela Polland & Rick Stanley…still never heard of them…but the people that played the instruments included… Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks & Larry Knechtel & the producer was Terry Melcher…now those folks I have heard of.

    Get Kak, before Kak gets you. So who actually got Kak?

    Subscriptions remain $10 per year, but if you subscribe now they will include a copy of Jefferson Airplanes new album, Bless it’s Pointed Little Head.

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    Rolling Stone Issue 28

    Dated March 1 1969. A Special Report from Japan on the Cover

    Reports are that Crosby Stills & Nash (that’s what they are calling the group) are set to begin recording in LA on Feb. 8. Columbia Records has released Graham Nash from his obligations to pave the way for the new group. In a trade off Atlantic Records released Richie Furay so that he could join Poco & begin recording with that band. (Rolling Stone keeps referring to the band as Pogo)

    Johnny Winter has signed with Columbia Records for a mid 6 figure deal after turning down $500K from RCA. He was signed for 5 years by Clive Davis.

    Tiny Tim has just completed a two week 6 city tour, performing n front of 100,000 people in support of is Second Album.

    Aretha Franklin has just recorded a cover version of The Band’s song The Weight. The recording includes a very promising young guitar player & studio musician by the name of Duane Allman.

    For the first time ever The Newport Jazz Festival is giving over 1 night to Rock & Roll acts. Scheduled to appear, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After and Blood Sweat & Tears.

    There is a nice article on the career, so far, of Van Morrison, beginning with Them. The band was always in a state of flux, gaining & losing members with such rapidity, that by the time the second album came out, there were only two original members left. The writer discusses Van’s first solo effort, Brown Eyed Girl & says that even if the song didn’t match Van’s earlier recordings it proved that he is still with us. The album, Blowin Your Mind is called 3 sweet minutes of Brown Eyed Girl & 32 minutes of sprawling sensation numbing T.B. Sheets ( Van claims the producer & record label remixed the songs & released the album without his permission & it was nothing like he intended.). He has just released Astral Weeks, an album referred to as serious & profoundly intellectual.

    31 of the 60 Gold album certifications this year have been Rock & Roll albums. At this time to certify as a Gold album, the requirement was to sell $1 million worth, whereas now days, the requirement is for 500,000 units. There was no Platinum designation back then.

    Album Reviews:

    Blood Sweat & Tears
    This album is a perfect example of an album that tries harder. The ultimate response is that we are hearing something new: rock being mixed with Jazz, rock being mixed with soul etc. Unfortunately the only result can be a pastiche of styles that are fitted together in an artificial way. They are to intent on proving they can out do the first album & wind up letting the material manage them. The reviewer doesn’t like either And When I Die or God Bless the Child calling them both over arranged. The one positive thing mentioned is the vocalist David Clayton Thomas.

    Bayou Country - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    This album suffers from one thing, inconsistency. The good cuts are really good, the bad ones just don’t cut it. The good cuts include Born on the Bayou, Proud Mary, & Keep on Chooglin. The reviewer thinks the band has about exhausted their supply of Blues rockers & hopes that they take a new direction on the next effort.

    Curious ads for groups or albums this issue:

    Songs Cycle by Van Dyke Parks. Now this is a very strange ad indeed. Warner Brother has actually taken out a full page ad stating that the album cost them $48,302 to produce & bitching about the fact that they lost $35,509.50 on it because it sold only 10,000 copies. They wonder why an album so critically acclaimed, escaped the record buying public.

    The first album by Led Zepplin gets a full page spread in this issue.

    Columbia Records wants us to get to know Don Ellis & His Orchestra via their new album Autumn, or maybe you could give a listen to The Wings of Man by Danny McCulloch.

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    Just read the last 3 reviews (how did I miss the other 2?) and have had to laugh. My older brothers went to the Miami Pop Festival and still talk about how wild it was.

    And that promising young guitarist who played with Aretha? Probably my 2nd favorite guitarist of all time after Clapton. Duane Allman was AMAZING.

    It's so interesting to read about all the "new" groups: Jethro Tull, Led Zepplin, CS&N and that Deaf, Dumb and Blind Boy turned into Tommy.

    Thanks again Razorbacker. I promise to keep up more often on the reviews.
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    Hey I'm glad you got caught up. I thought you had abandoned me. It gets pretty lonely when no one responds, I feel like I might be wasting my time.

    As to Duane Allman, I truly feel that if he hadn't been killed at such a youg age, he would have gone on to be the best we had ever seen. He was truly a phenomenal musician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by razorbacker;2992662;
    Rolling Stone Issue 27

    Dated February 15, 1969. Groupies on the cover

    There is a huge 15 page article on groupies, I skipped it.
    Razor, I'm interested in this article. Can you tell me who wrote it? I'm going to try to google it. I googled "RS issue 27" and only found old back issues for sale. If I had the writer's name I figure I might have better luck finding the article online. Or PM me if you'd prefer. Thanks.
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