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Sandy Nelson: Life-lines of Sandy Nelson

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, NME, January 1962

Real name: Sander L. Nelson. ...

Rolf Harris: Rolf-Of-Every-Trade

Interview by Ian Dove, NME, February 1962

ROLF HARRIS, the man who currently makes with 'Sun Arise' one of the most interesting noises in the hit parade, was tired. He had been ...

George Martin: The A&R Manager Behind The Comedy Successes Forecasts...

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, March 1962

...Cribbins, Drake, Sellers, Milligan, Bentine Have Bright Disc Futures ...

Pat Boone: Why I Became A Beatnik

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, March 1962

PAT BOONE fans who saw last week's NME pictures of him at the Royal Film show won't see him looking so clean-cut in his latest ...

Doris Day: Doris Looks Younger Every Day

Profile by Alan Smith, NME, March 1962

REMEMBER THOSE not so far off days when the charts were aglow with Doris Day numbers like 'Sentimental Journey', 'Que Sera' and 'Secret Love'? They ...

Nina & Frederik: Gaumont, Watford

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, April 1962

New programme from Nina and Frederik ...

Cliff Richard, Helen Shapiro, The Shadows: First It Was Mrs. Kenny Ball, Now Norrie Paramor's Wife Picks A Hit For Her Hubby

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, April 1962

PUZZLING, isn't it, that no one has thought of an award for the wives of hit parade stars — to be presented when they inspire ...

Ketty Lester: New to the Charts: Ketty Lester Sang 'As Herself' To Notch Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, NME, April 1962

A SUDDEN decision to sing "in my own style" has brought instant success for chart newcomer Ketty Lester, whose 'Love Letters' stands at No. 27. ...

Rick Nelson: Ricky Nelson: Now Ricky's Name Change Is Official!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, April 1962

'YOUNG WORLD' is probably the last disc by Ricky Nelson you'll see in the NME Charts – but don't panic. At 21 Ricky has no ...

Cliff Richard, Eden Kane, The Shadows: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Eden Kane: Our Friends The Stars Charity Concert, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, May 1962

NEW SHADOW MAKES LONDON DEBUT ...

Winifred Atwell: Win Gets In Trim For Hit!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, May 1962

WINIFRED ATWELL is determined to bounce right back into the hit parade with her first disc for Pye, 'Game Of Chance'. ...

Anthony Newley: I'm Worried About My Discs: I Still Need Hits admits Tony Newley

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1962

ANTHONY NEWLEY smoothed out a crease in the trousers of his tuxedo suit, sipped from a large mug of Shepperton film studio tea and looked ...

John Leyton Phones Alan Smith From Munich To Say: Filming In Germany Is Dangerous

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1962

(But It Could Make Me A Star In America) ...

Connie Francis: Connie Will Rock For Britain!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, August 1962

THERE'LL BE no more weepie-weepie songs from Connie Francis once her current hit 'Vacation' leaves the charts... for Connie is to record special future releases ...

Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball: Acker Bilk; Kenny Ball: Alan Smith Goes Sailing With Two Of Britain's Top Disc Stars

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, August 1962

Acker's Happy With His Vocal Success ...

Bobby Vinton Replies To Ronnie Carroll

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, September 1962

...and reveals a secret to ALAN SMITH ...

Lonnie Donegan: Lonnie takes 'Dustman' to U.S.

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, September 1962

I MANAGED to catch Lonnie Donegan — but only just! — before he left this country for his third visit to America on Sunday. ...

The Springfields Think U.S. 'Stunning'

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, September 1962

SAID TOM Springfield (of the Springfields): "You've no idea how stunned we were when 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles' got into the U.S. Hot 100. ...

Sam Cooke: Sam Ploughed Money Into Act

Profile by uncredited writer, NME, October 1962

SAM COOKE is currently one of America's hottest disc properties. Since he scored his first hit with 'You Send Me', Sam has had a pretty ...

Joe Brown Joins Elite!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, October 1962

He talks to Alan Smith about having two albums in the charts ...

B. Bumble & The Stingers: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, October 1962

Thumper Bumble ...

The Beatles: Newcomers To The Charts: Liverpool's Beatles Wrote Their Own Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, NME, October 1962

MAKING THEIR NME Chart debut with 'Love Me Do' this week are the Beatles, a vocal-instrumental group who hail from Liverpool, the birthplace of such ...

Dave Brubeck, Ronnie Scott: Near-in Brubeck

Live Review by Ian Dove, NME, November 1962

IT WAS a new Dave Brubeck on tour in Britain this time. ...

Patsy Cline Overcame Grave Car Crash Injuries

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, December 1962

PERSONAL tragedy is nothing to Patsy Cline, who sings of 'Heartaches' on her first big hit disc in Britain. Her fast-rising career was interrupted last ...

Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline: Grand Ole Opry Show: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, December 1962

C-and-W invades the New York concert world ...

The Crystals, Phil Spector: The Crystals: New to the Charts — Six Girls With Two Names!

Profile by Alan Smith, NME, December 1962

SO VAST is the American disc scene that quite often an artist or group can get high into the charts without anybody here knowing much ...

Mel Tormé: Now Mel Gets With The Beat!

Profile by Ian Dove, NME, January 1963

HALF-WAY through 1961 Melvin Howard Tormé was moaning that "there were no songs being written that were worth singing. ...

Duke Ellington, Odetta: Ian Dove Gives a Big NME Welcome to Ellington and Odetta

Profile by Ian Dove, NME, January 1963

COME SLUMP or boom, war or peace, fad or fashion, Duke Ellington has gone on leading a big band. For 37 years, to be precise! ...

Johnny & The Hurricanes: Gaumont State Ballroom, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, NME, January 1963

HURRICANES IMPRESS ...

Little Eva: Alan Smith Says 'Welcome, Little Eva'

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, February 1963

THE GIRL who put a new twist into the twist – Little Eva – arrives in London today (Friday) for her first tour of Britain. ...

The Bachelors: Astor Club, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, February 1963

Debut At Astor ...

The Beatles: You've Pleased-Pleased Us Say The Beatles

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, February 1963

THINGS ARE beginning to move for the Beatles, the r-and-b styled British group which crashed back into the NME Chart this week at No. 17. ...

Tommy Steele, The Tornados: Alan Smith On Film Sets With The Tornados and Tommy Steele

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, February 1963

A HAUNTING theme-tune echoed across the stage of a dingy London theatre on Tuesday morning, as film cameras turned on that "Globetrotting" hit group, the ...

Ella Fitzgerald: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, NME, March 1963

Ella Throws 'Loop De Loop' Away ...

Judy Garland: Judy Cried At Herself

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, March 1963

"BRITAIN IS A home from home to me," said Judy Garland recently. "I remember my career was at a low ebb back in 1950 and ...

The Beatles: Beatles Almost Threw 'Please Please Me' Away

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, March 1963

THE BEATLES opened a copy of the NME and gazed proudly at the Charts when 'Please Please Me' hit the top recently. It was a ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: New to the Charts: Gerry, Pacemakers from Beatle-land!

Profile by Alan Smith, NME, March 1963

CRASHING into the NME Chart this week comes another beat name from Beatle-land, Liverpool's Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry is featured vocalist on 'How Do ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Gerry And The Pacemakers Reveal Their Success Secret: 'We Let Go!'

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, April 1963

"UND JETZT," said Gerry (of the Pacemakers), "ein wünsche für..." The rest of his announcement was drowned by a burst of good-natured jeering from the ...

The Chiffons: New to the Charts: Tokens aid Chiffons

Profile by Ian Dove, NME, April 1963

'HE'S SO FINE', the disc by the Chiffons — a coloured, all-girl group with a Shirelles-type sound — looks set to confirm the prophecy of ...

The Beatles: Throat Sweets Keep Us Going Say Beatles!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, April 1963

A NEVER-ENDING supply of throat sweets is one of the secrets behind the continued success of the Beatles, who come crashing into the NME Chart ...

The Beatles, The Brook Brothers, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Mike Berry, The Shadows, The Tornados: Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, April 1963

MIKE BERRY burst into the second half to the throbbing beat of 'La Bamba'. Close on its heels came his current release 'My Little Baby' ...

The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer: Billy J. Kramer Adds To Liverpool Chart Invasion!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, May 1963

FIRST THE BEATLES, then Gerry and the Pacemakers. Now a new Liverpool name, Billy J. Kramer, looks set to take the NME Chart by storm ...

Andy Williams Explains Why He Didn't Do A Palladium TV

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, May 1963

ANDY WILLIAMS settled back into a deep armchair at London's Dorchester Hotel. "I couldn't appear on Sunday Night At The Palladium," he said, "because of ...

Billy J. Kramer: Singing Was Forced On To Me!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, May 1963

BILLY J. KRAMER sat back in his manager's London office and looked thoughtful as the bubbles settled on top of his cup of hot tea. ...

Ray Charles: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, NME, May 1963

Too hard a job for Ray Charles? ...

Ray Charles: "I Don't Know What Is The Real Me," Admits Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, NME, May 1963

"CARY GRANT, the film star. You know, he's a friend of mine and he used to tell me to come to England. He told me ...

Lesley Gore: Parties Are Lucky For Lesley

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1963

MAKING HER chart bow this week with 'It's My Party', attractive Lesley Gore actually owes her disc success to the occasion she sang a song ...

Jim Reeves: Long-lasting Jim Reeves Takes Things Very Calmly

Interview by Ian Dove, NME, June 1963

JIM REEVES comes from Texas, has that celebrated lazy Texan drawl and a relaxed attitude towards singing and his audience. Everything appears to be taken ...

The Everly Brothers: Phil And Don Everly Put Up A Fight

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1963

NOBODY could say the fortunes of the Everly Brothers have been at their highest just lately, but the boys are determined to put up a ...

Lesley Gore: The Singing Rebel

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1963

IT'S THE BEATLES' favourite disc of the moment and it's sung by a 17-year-old American girl who had a genteel upbringing in the sedate neighbourhood ...

Sophie Tucker: The Talk Of The Town, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, NME, June 1963

Same Old Sophie ...

The Searchers: Searchers Paid £40 To Make LP

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1963

THE SEARCHERS might not be in the NME Top Ten this week – making an amazing jump from No. 24 to No. 5! – if ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Close-Up on Paul McCartney, a Beatle

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, August 1963

I WENT roof-climbing with the Beatles – up a rickety wooden ladder, over drainpipes, and past the huge chimney-pots of London's plush Washington Hotel. The ...

The Hollies: Through? Not The Hollies!

Report and Interview by Richard Green, NME, October 1964

LOTS OF PEOPLE said that the Hollies were through because they were taking too long issuing another record. So the Manchester group agreed "We're Through" ...

Cilla Black: Cilla Is Knocked Out By New Disc!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1965

KEITH ALTHAM meets a sun-tanned singing star and discovers... ...

The Animals: Animals In America

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1965

ERIC BURDON v. Cassius Clay might sound like an unlikely title bout but Eric informs me that it was almost reality when the Animals were ...

The Seekers: Seekers Are Goon Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1965

"HELLO Folks!" That Spike Milligan salutation would seem highly appropriate to open an article about Australian folk singers, The Seekers, who attribute a great deal ...

The Hollies: Hollies Get Into No 1 Hit Mood

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1965

"IT'S GREAT to be Number One – you can't get much lower than that!" shouted Graham Nash, as the Hollies invaded the NME offices on ...

Gene Pitney: Flashback for Gene Pitney to The Most Ridiculous Session Ever

Interview by Ian Dove, NME, March 1965

WORD WENT around very quickly about the "most ridiculous recording session ever." Accountants blanched as they put the cost in their account books. Heads of ...

Dave Berry, Goldie & The Gingerbreads, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Dave Berry, Goldie & The Gingerbreads, The Checkmates: Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, March 1965

FOUR NEW TUNES IN THE ACT ...

Tom Jones

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1965

STRAIGHT from his long run up the North Pier, Worthing, Tom Jones arrived bleary-eyed and bewhiskered in his dressing room at Ready, Steady, Go! to ...

The Contours, Earl Van Dyke, Kim Weston, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: A Warning To The Tamla-Motown Visitors From Their Biggest Fan!

Interview by Ian Dove, NME, March 1965

BRITAIN'S Mr. Tamla-Motown — he's Dave Godin, organiser of the Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society — was walking around warning the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the ...

Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1965

MARIANNE FAITHTULL frightens me to death. She is cool, confident, clever and highly successful. The kind of beauty you meet at a party, regulate yourself ...

Sandie Shaw: Unsure Sandie

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1965

BACK from a hectic five-day promotional tour of France I found Sandie Shaw and composer Chris ('Long Live Love') Andrews seated at a piano in ...

Adam Faith, Sandie Shaw: Sandie Shaw and Adam Faith

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

ADAM GOT the Rolls out and with Sandie Shaw and I in the back we drove along Tooting Bec Broadway searching for a fish and ...

The Kinks' Peter Quaife

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

THERE IS a touch of the "Paul McCartneys" about Peter Quaife of the Kinks. Like Paul he plays bass, and like Paul he is the ...

Unit 4+2

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

MY NEW disc will be issued in mid-April! I'm being backed by Buster Meikle, Humble Garwood, Pigmy Halliday, Lem Lubin, Count Moules and Sweat Moeller. ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Never Does What A Pop Star Should

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

SHE HAS a pert, child-like face which darts out at you from a cascade of fine, fair hair. The face seems to be concentrated into ...

Dave Berry: Surfing, What's That?

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

"SURFER" DAVE BERRY, as his publicist Andy "Wipeout" Wickham is now pleased to title him, phoned me from his home in Manchester. Needless to say, ...

The Animals, The Bachelors, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Freddie & The Dreamers, Georgie Fame, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin' Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated, Them, Tom Jones, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, NME, April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

The Kinks: Kinks' Ray Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

RAY DAVIES is the King Kink. He composed all their hits and although there is no official leader in the group, Ray is the driving ...

Donovan: I'll Quit After Two More Years

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

GIPSY DAVE sat in Donovan's dressing room playing a strange instrument – a leg off a Queen Anne chair strung with one guitar string. ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon, Animal Trainer

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

CLAD in a black track suit, zippered to the neck, and still wearing his carpet slippers, the chunky figure of Eric Burdon lay writhing on ...

Françoise Hardy: One Girl Music Organisation!

Profile by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

AT TWENTY-ONE, Francoise Hardy is undoubtedly the most attractive musical organisation in the world. She is her own accompanist, agent, manager and composer. For that ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Are Poles Apart

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1965

BEFORE THEIR trip to Japan and the Far East I lunched with Peter Asher and his sparring partner Gordon Waller, and a more unlikely combination ...

Manfred Mann

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1965

MANFRED MANN (not to be confused with the group) is often cynical, outspoken and sometimes frank to the point of being rude. He is also ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Meets Dylan And Baez

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1965

THE COLOURFUL combination of Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, Joan Baez, John Mayall and "a nice fat man called Albert" (Dylan's manager) met to dispose of ...

Them

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1965

I CAN'T say that it came as a surprise to find that – after three cancelled appointments with Them – they were not at the ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Push Elvis, Everlys

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1965

SQUATTING in my waste-paper basket, crunching a wafer biscuit and gulping a carton of cow juice, last Friday evening, sat the finest unpaid publicity man ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Don't Like Own Hits

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1965

IN THE middle of a field in Windsor sat Yardbirds' vocalist Keith Relf dressed as an Elizabethan page with plumed hat and a huge silk ...

Françoise Hardy: Françoise Sweeps In

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1965

FRANCOISE HARDY swept into London's Savoy Hotel in a red jacket, boots and bell-bottom trousers. It had been quite a day for the French star ...

The Kinks: Kinks Back To Abnormal

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1965

FOLLOWING Dave Davies' recent cymbolic headache and the Kinks withdrawal from their tour, there's been wild speculation about their future. I met them last Friday ...

The Walker Brothers: American Walkers Love Wild Wild Fans

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1965

THERE are fifteen mirrors in one bedroom; a cavalry sword on the wall; a marble bust of nobody in particular on the mantelpiece; an enormous ...

Elvis Presley: More Old Songs: Tickle Me

Film/DVD Review by Alan Smith, NME, June 1965

Tickle Me isn't the GREATEST film Elvis has ever made, but it isn't the worst, either. ...

The Who Use Force To Get The Sound They Want!!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1965

HE SAT TENSED against a hard-backed chair, dressed in a Carnaby Street blue jacket and with a blond, Mod hairstyle that showed dark at the ...

Donovan Gambles On Anti-war Song About Vietnam

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1965

DONOVAN doesn't wear his faded denim cap any more. But this isn't the only change in the life of the young curly-headed folk singer whose ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Question Time

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1965

THE YARDBIRDS were in no mood for pulling punches when I called on them in their dressing room at the Ready, Steady, Go studios in ...

Adam Faith, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Val Doonican: Eve Taylor: Queen Bee Of Show Business

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1965

EVELYN TAYLOR – affectionately, respectfully, jealously and irreverently known as the "Queen Bee of Show Business" – has a loud voice, grey hair and the ...

P.J. Proby: I'm Still The Greatest

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1965

LOOKING rather like a refugee from a Biblical nightmare, P.J. Proby – with beard and shoulder-length hair – loped down the corridor from Top Of ...

Marianne Faithfull: Baby Halts Marianne's Plans

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1965

"BABIES are taking over," Marianne Faithfull informed me. "My little 'third party' is going to prevent me going to the U.S. or Mexico as I ...

The Beatles: John Lennon Slams The Critics

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, August 1965

JOHN LENNON shouted for food, then turned to me in the vast, near-deserted auditorium of Blackpool's ABC theatre. In two hours he and the rest ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Have Got Their Own Troubles

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1965

'YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES' and the Fortunes have certainly got their own as I found out when I spoke to them recently. "Our greatest problem ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones Hit Back

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1965

I WENT to see the big, bad Rolling Stones during their first-ever performance at the London Palladium last Sunday. ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1965

"I NEVER intended to be a singer," confessed Sonny, when I found him squatting on the stairs in the corridors of a BBC Theatre in ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon Turns Author

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1965

STAND by for Eric Burdon, author. I've just been going over some of the roughs that Eric is preparing for his first book (publisher wanted). ...

The McCoys: McCoys Are America's Wildest Group

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, September 1965

...says ALAN SMITH ...

Sonny & Cher Get Even

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1965

SONNY struck back last week! When I phoned him at his home in Los Angeles recently, I got him out of bed at five o'clock ...

The Walker Brothers: The Scott Walker Interview

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1965

HIS MOTHER CALLS him "the madman." His manager, agent and publicist call him all kind of things when he disappears for days without telling anyone ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Admit It: They Use Session Boys!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1965

THE FORTUNES go on record as the first group I have met who have had the honesty to admit they use session musicians on their ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Hit Back

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1965

TEATIME with the Rolling Stones in the Ready, Steady, Go! canteen proved most entertaining. David Jacobs was the conversational target to start with. Keith Richard ...

The Animals: Animals Want to Wax a 'New Tracks' EP

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1965

I PICKED up Eric Burdon at the BBC Maida Vale studios at 11 last Friday morning. ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Kill Split Rumours

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1965

IF PETER and Gordon look just a little untidy when they appear on your TV screens in the Lennon-McCartney Spectacular at Christmas, you can put ...

The Beatles, The Moody Blues: Odeon, Glasgow

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, December 1965

Beatles terrific... and rest of bill ...

The Walker Brothers: We're Sure Glad We Came Here, Say Walker Brothers

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, 1966

THEY ARRIVED in Britain in February, 1965, because they felt that to achieve success in Britain was more important than doing so in the States. ...

Gary Walker (Leeds), The Walker Brothers: Gary Walker

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1966

"EVERYONE IN the Business will hate it," Gary declared. "And especially the good singers. It should sell about two million copies — at which point ...

The Kinks: Kinks Go For Spider Sound

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1966

THE MYSTERIOUS Spider Korner who plays "seven" string guitar and "roams the world", is the musical influence behind the Kinks' next single, Dave Davies revealed ...

Fontella Bass: British Trip Caused Heartaches For Fontella

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1966

AS A RESULT of her recent British visit I found that sensitive "soul" Fontella Bass suffering from a big back-ache and a little heartache just ...

Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis: He's Deep, Very Deep

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

SPENCER David Nelson (his father was a paratrooper!) Davis soared in my estimation last Friday when he sent the Rolling Stones' chauffeur-driven Austin Princess to ...

The Rolling Stones : Neurotic Bird Song

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

AN INTERVIEW with the Rolling Stones is something to go to with mixed feelings. The prospect of being confined in a small office off Baker ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group: Steve Winwood — Modest Wonder Boy

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Steve Winwood "the boy wonder" in the Spencer Davis group (lead vocals, guitar, piano, vibes and drums) is a modest – but "colourful" character! ...

The Walker Brothers: Walkers' Great Bodyguard!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

IN STRODE the most enormous pair of grey jeans in the World and stood next to Scott Walker (a mere six foot) making him look ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Fame Just Grew and Grew!

Interview by Ann Moses, NME, February 1966

THE FIVE Californian Beach Boys – Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine – began their music career with little intention of ...

Spencer Davis Group: Muff Winwood: Shy Guy

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

BASS guitarist Muff (in memory of "Muffin The Mule") Winwood is the Spencer who hides in the toilet when the photographers are about! ...

The Animals: Animals Took Liberty With Prison Song

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

"WE TOOK A terrible liberty with 'Inside Looking Out'," admits Eric Burdon. "It's the first number we've recorded without a tune. It originates from a ...

Jonathan King, The Mindbenders, Sandie Shaw: The Mindbenders: Danger From Clippy!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1966

AS I APPROACHED the Mindbenders' dressing room down in the vaults of the BBC-TV Centre, a young lady hurtled out of an adjacent ladies' room ...

James Brown: Two Sides of James Brown

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, NME, March 1966

JAMES BROWN. Such a plain name – they call him Mr. Dynamite. They are one person. But there are two faces to the entertainer. Thousands ...

The Animals, Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Eric Burdon & Scott Engel: Scott Smarts After Burdon's JBJ Slamming

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1966

AN INTENSE person, who is over sensitive to criticism of his work, I found Scott Engel (Walker) more than a little irked by Eric Burdon's ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Split!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1966

THE YARDBIRDS ARE to split – but only on disc! In the group's dressing room at Ready, Steady Go last Friday I spoke with manager ...

The Kinks: Kinks Don't Mind 'Formby Quartet' Tag

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1966

IN A LARGE WHITE house in East Finchley with an orange door (which he says is "red"), in a room with orange walls and an ...

The Who: Who Are Going Around In 'Circles'

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1966

FOLLOW this closely – this is the saga of the group that is running around in "Circles" – who else but the Who? ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Have Reached Peak At Home

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1966

BRIAN JONES returned last week from his Australian-American exploits with innumerable albums by Ravi Shankar (an Indian citarist) and wearing his full-length Kangaroo coat. He ...

The Walker Brothers: Great To Be Alone At No. 1

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1966

"IT'S GOOD to have it all to ourselves at the No. 1 spot this week," said Scott Engel when I spoke to him on Tuesday. ...

The Rolling Stones in Paris

Report by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

LIKE THE PIED PIPER the Rolling Stones call the tune in France and wherever they drive in Paris their two long, sleek, black limousines are ...

The Who, The Yardbirds: With Who And 'Birds At Paris Allez-Oop!

Report by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

READY, Steady, Allez-oops, from the Locomotive in Paris last Friday, was largely held together by the efforts of the Who and the Yardbirds, who were ...

Spencer Davis Group: 'Somebody' Makes No. 1 — But Too Quickly For Spence!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

THAT WELL-known chart topper and expectant father ("If it's a bloke I'm going to call him Gregory") and man about Potters Bar – Spencer Davis, ...

The Walker Brothers: Walker Hostility On The Wane

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

BEING misunderstood is a full-time occupation for Scott Engel. As the Walker Brothers' reputation soars, so Scott manages to over-exercise his incredible talent for putting ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: Now They All Want Paul Simon Songs!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT influence in popular music today, since the emergence of that well-known Lennon-McCartney firm, seems to be the mini-sized music-maker Paul Simon, who ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Nice, Abnormal Spoonful!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

JOHN SEBASTIAN, twenty-one-year-old composer and singer of the Lovin' Spoonful's latest hit 'Daydream', which is currently No. 4 in America, arrived at the group's Pye ...

Manfred Mann: NME Chart Proves Manfreds Wrong

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1966

DOWN AMONG the devil worshippers at the BBC Top Of The Pops studio last Thursday afternoon was Paul Jones, that disturbing combination of schoolboy charm ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Dave Dee Laughs, Too — All Way To The Bank!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

DAVE DEE, DOZY, Beaky, Mick and Tich are a gift to mediocre comedians who fall about making "unpunny" remarks like: "Oh, yes, 'Wavy Lee, Drunken, ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's Press Reception

Report by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

HAIR BRISTLING about like a Fijian suffering from a severe electrical shock, wearing a blue suede jacket and white striped trousers, Bob Dylan meandered into ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Focus on BEAKY and DOZY

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

BEAKY (real name John Dymond) is the gaunt-faced rhythm guitarist with the group whose sinister looks contradict his "matey" nature. He has a fund of ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: I'm A Raver, Not A Singer

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

THE SMALL ("ah! – aren't they cute?") Faces are doing BIG things on the pop scene. Their third big hit, self-penned and called 'Hey Girl', ...

The Beach Boys: Complex and Intricate

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

"THE BEACH Boys' ambassador in tennis shoes," as their publicist Derek Taylor so aptly describes new group member Bruce Johnston, surfed into the Waldorf Hotel ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Focus on MICK…and TICH

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

MICK began his musical career banging about on biscuit tins, inspired by Bill Haley records like 'See You Later Alligator'. "I just listened to the ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Will Be Ernie In New Film

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1966

I GOT Stoned again last Friday by Messrs. Jagger and Richard, but am happy to report myself unscathed – it only hurts when I laugh! ...

The Troggs: Troggs Politeness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1966

THE TROGGS, who have a monster hit with 'Wild Thing', are still new and enthusiastic enough to be excited by the glamour and attention injected ...

The Animals: Could 'Don't Bring Me Down' Be Last Animals' Disc?

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1966

Out of chaos came their 'best technical' recording, but Keith Altham gets a feeling – quite unofficial – that it might be, but hopes it ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Beatles: Ringo Played Cards As Others Sang 'Paperback'!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1966

...reveals GEORGE MARTIN, the Beatles' recording manager, in an interview with Alan Smith. ...

The Kinks: Kinks Keep To Humour On Discs

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1966

WHAT with the new tattooed Kink; Ray Davies sniffing aesthetically into a brown paper bag; Bongo drums, metronomes, flute pumps and golf balls being bandied ...

The Beatles: My Broken Tooth — by Paul McCartney

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1966

I HAVE interviewed Paul McCartney travelling in a car at speed. Battling up a crowded flight of stairs. In a smoky billiards room. On the ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Mama and the Papas: The Morning after the Beatles' Night Before

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1966

THE FIRST THING you discover about the Mamas and Papas is that they are not – although Papa John is married to Mama Michelle. The ...

Jonathan King, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: Scott Walker Hits Out Again

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

FRANK SINATRA is back in the pop pillory, but the big surprise is that chucking the rotten eggs is not Mick "Paint Him Black" Jagger, ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian Style

Film/DVD Review by Alan Smith, NME, July 1966

Presley's usual (Hawaiian) style ...

The Kinks: Kinks Calm Over No. 1 News

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

RAY DAVIES lifted the plastic lid covering his salad and viewed the mayonnaise disgustedly. "Oh, no – I hate ketchup!" he sighed and probed disdainfully ...

Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds: Why I Left and Why I Joined

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

"I'M A BIT TOO old at twenty-three for all those screaming kids leaping about. I don't really think I'll be missed in the group – ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian StyleNME Readers Reply

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, NME, July 1966

B. UYDER, Sheffield: Why should Alan Smith (NME last week) have to apologise to Elvis fans for saying what he thinks of his new film ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Too Many Releases 'Kill' Simon And Garfunkel 'Rock' Single

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

IN AUGUST, 1965, an album titled The Paul Simon Song Book was released by CBS featuring the composition 'I Am A Rock'. In September a ...

The Troggs: Troggs Have A Lot To Go Wild About

Report by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

REG PRESLEY and his band "barn" into the NME Chart this week with the highest entry — 'A Girl Like You' (No. 19) composed by ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis, Usually Surrounded By Girls, Is Now Encircled By Controversy

Report by Alan Smith, NME, July 1966

SOME Of Elvis' staunchest British fans want to boil me in oil again. Another suggests I lower myself into a spin-dryer and turn it on. ...

The Beatles: John Lennon: 'A Subconscious Urge To Get Above People'

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Phones From America

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

LAST FRIDAY Mick Jagger, the suppressed Stone, rang me at home from Missouri, where the group is in the middle of their U.S. tour. ...

The Beatles: Paul McCartney: 'I Get Caught Out In Street In Underwear!'

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Troggs: Troggs Went Wild Over Fan Slur

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1966

THE TROGGS are "wild things" this week and the man responsible for raising the wrath of the West Country group is singer-journalist-composer-student and good all-round ...

Alan Price: 'Lili' Is A Fun Tune

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1966

HAVING proved that it takes a worried man to sing a worried song with 'I Put A Spell On You', Alan Price has accomplished a ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Oldham: Talented, Insulting, Outrageous

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1966

ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham is on the move and as usual with this ubiquitous personality ("The Beach Boys' new single is not dedicated ...

Paul and Barry Ryan: Ryans Feel Established

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1966

I ARRIVED nearly an hour late at Harold Davison's Regent Street office for my interview with Paul and Barry Ryan due to freak monsoon weather ...

The Troggs: Double-Top Troggs In America And Britain!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1966

LAST WEEK the Troggs were in the enviable position of being No. 1 in England with 'With A Girl Like You' and No. 1 in ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett: Paul McCartney Produced Hit Disc For Happy Cliff Bennett

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1966

CLIFF BENNETT, that well-known Cockney about Uxbridge, has made a welcome return to the NME Chart, courtesy of Lennon and McCartney's 'Got To Get You ...

The Beatles: Beatle Bravery Worth More Than Money

Interview by June Harris, NME, September 1966

A FEW days after the tornado, we're still recovering from the Beatles visit! The concert is over, and so is the tour. The amount the ...

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Sonny & Cher: Sonny & Cher, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Astoria, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

Communication means everything for Sonny & Cher ...

Sonny & Cher: They're Pop's Most Lovable Couple

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

IT'S THAT 'Little Man' again and bouncing back into the NME Chart this week at No. 18 comes popdom's most lovable couple, Mr. and Mrs. ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: Everyone's 'Luv' And 'Mate'

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

SHOULD Steve Marriott ever chance to meet royalty it would be safe to assume that within five minutes he would be calling them "luv" and ...

The Troggs: The Astonishing Troggs Do It Again!

Report by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

THOSE astonishing Troggs have done it again! At the little Olympic studios, concealed in a small mews off Baker Street, during an incredible session Larry ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

AS CLIFF Bennett and the Rebel Rousers rocket their way up the NME Charts courtesy of Lennon and McCartney we questioned the leader about his ...

Lee Dorsey: Panel-Beating Gave Him Rhythm

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, September 1966

LEE DORSEY is a small, flyweight ex-boxer who always looks as if he doesn't know where his next dime is coming from. ...

The Small Faces: Small Face Kenny Keeps Quiet

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

KENNY JONES is the lost Face. Like a great many group drummers he has been placed in the background and prefers to remain there. ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Mystery Man 'Plonk' Lane

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

RONNIE PLONK LANE, bass guitarist and grand old man of the Small Faces at the age of 20, is the group's "Mysteryman." "Mystery" is Plonk's ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Reveal Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

LAST THURSDAY I went to see "Molly Richard" and "Sarah Jagger" – names Keith and Mick have been called since their famous photograph advertising the ...

The Small Faces: Mac's Flu Is Permanent!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

"MAC"-FACE (Ian McLagan) says he was born in "Houns-low-on-mud" on May 12, 1946. of an Irish mother and a Scottish father, and he and his ...

The Walker Brothers: A Clever Singer Never Loses His Voice

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1966

THE WALKER-Troggs-Dave Dee popathalon (33 dates must make it a marathon tour) starts running at East Ham Granada tomorrow (Saturday), so last Monday I taxied ...

The Who: Drummer Moon On Zither, Double-Track Tuba, On Who LP

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

IN AN Italian restaurant off London's Soho last Thursday, which boasts on the menu, "hilarious waiters and spaghetti alla vongole on Sunday" there was baby ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

ACTION stations for Sonny and Cher. In a transatlantic phone call from his home in Encino, Sonny told me that their first film, Good Times, ...

The Rolling Stones: New Pop Generation's Revolution Is At Hand

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

IN FLANAGAN'S bar off Kensington High Street, Keith Richard, Brian Jones and I were being watched – by two bartenders in Edwardian dress and grey ...

The Four Tops: NME Chart News Woke Up The Four Tops In Record Time!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, October 1966

THE PHONE rang eleven times in Room 3055 at New York's Hilton Hotel before Lawrence Payton roused himself from his slumbers and dragged it towards ...

The Rolling Stones: Come Into Brian Jones' New Hideaway!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

A ROLLING STONE in his own environment is a revelation. Brian's new home incorporates his liking for the dramatic with his taste for the antique. ...

The Troggs: Troggs: Trogg-Men Ridicule Song Ban

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

FOLLOWING AUNTIE BBC's policy of giving The Troggs' new single, 'I Can't Control Myself' the cold shoulder with only restricted airplay, that land "down under" ...

Cream Are The Very End!

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

"THE First is last and the last is first but the first, the second and the last are the Cream," so reads the perplexing handout ...

Graham Nash, The Hollies: Hollie Graham Nash Finds His Face!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

THE HOLLY WHO has found his face is Graham Nash. For too long the Hollies have been written about as "the faceless wonders of pop" ...

The Animals, Chris Farlowe, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Animals, Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

Eric Burdon Beats The Hecklers! Geno An Earthquake ! ...

The Troggs: Chris The Charmer

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

THE TROGGS' lead guitarist, Chris Britton looks at women because he likes them — smiles at strangers as though he had known them all his ...

The Animals: Burdon's New Animals Not Set Yet

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

SPEAKING this week to Eric Burdon, that well-known "Freak-about-town" (since "Freak-out" music is having a considerable influence on our Animal), he revealed to me that ...

The Troggs: Soft-hearted Reg Presley

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

REGINALD MAURICE BALL is a soft-hearted ex-bricklayer born in Andover on June 12, 1943, who reads the Daily Mirror, is particularly sensitive to anything which ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Sensational Visit

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

MY FIRST MISTAKE was trying to escape from London airport on Sunday morning, through approximately a thousand fans, with drummer Dennis Wilson, whom I later ...

Spencer Davis Group: Feuding Spencer Davis Group

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

LAST Thursday at Shepherd's Bush Top Of The Pops studio there was the strange case of the group who did not appear to be talking ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Crazy Last Night!

Report by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

AMONG those getting in each others' way in the Beach Boys' dressing room at Hammersmith Odeon on Monday night were publicist Derek Taylor (minus moustache), ...

The Troggs: He's Got A Grip On Their Money

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

THERE IS the air of a surprised cocker spaniel about Trogg drummer Ronnie Bond who uses his hands to communicate what his conversation lacks. He ...

The Hollies: For Certain Because (Parlophone)

Review by Keith Altham, NME, November 1966

HOLLIES MIX MOODS ON LP ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon Meets New Lennon And Harrison

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, December 1966

EVERYONE is talking about the new Animals. But few have spared a thought for the new Eric Burdon with "bluesynite," the wonder ingredient which enables ...

The Kinks: Kinks Have Problems

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, December 1966

CONSIDER, if you will, the disturbing fact that Ray Davies wants to be Walt Disney; Dave Davies is turning into a saxophonist; Pete Quaife is ...

The Troggs: Troggs Caged In Berlin Zoo!

Report by Keith Altham, NME, December 1966

ERIC BURDON, who is so devoted to the birds in London's St. James's Park, would love it here on the twelfth floor of the Berlin ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis Played On Church Steps!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, December 1966

HERR SPENCER DAVIS is a top pop person in Germany, firstly because the young people like the group's earthy, exciting sound, and secondly they like ...

The Who: Who's For A Merry Xmas!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, December 1966

WHO'S FOR a merry Christmas, then – if we are to judge by their seasonal bounce up into the NME Top Twenty this week with ...

The Kinks: Future Of The Kinks

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, December 1966

BUSY DOING "nothing much" just prior to Christmas was Kink Mick Avory (an occupational hazard with this group at present) at his home in West ...

Donovan: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1967

At new Wimbledon home DONOVAN talks about shape of things to come ...

Jimi Hendrix: New To The Charts: Wild Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1967

THE MAN for whom the words "Wild One" were invented has hit us! Jimi Hendrix, 22, from Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., courtesy of ex-Animal Chas Chandler ...

The Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons (Decca)

Review by Keith Altham, NME, January 1967

The STONES' LATEST ALBUM, reviewed track-by-track by Keith Altham with special comments by Mick Jagger ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: Chaos For Scott

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1967

SCOTT ENGEL, the man likely to be more miserable than most in 1967, was in the highest spirits when I found him at his apartment ...

The Troggs: Trogg-Maker Reveals Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1967

LARRY – "Lawrence" to his friends – Page is the one-man organisation behind the phenomenal success of the Troggs. Lawrence is the group's business manager; ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Scorns Critics

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1967

THOSE naughty Rolling Stones – the ones who write wicked things like 'Let's Spend The Night Together' – wouldn't go on the nice man's roundabout ...

Cream Cut Loose

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1967

THIS IS THE Cream interview which got loose in London – ran wild over their publicists' office – finally plunging from the depths of Mao ...

Madeline Bell, The Four Tops, The Merseys: The Four Tops, The Merseys, Madeline Bell, Remo Four: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, NME, February 1967

FOUR TOPS HAD US ALL ON OUR FEET reports Alan Smith ...

The Rolling Stones: Our Fans Have Moved On With Us

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1967

LET US consider that unique phenomenon – the Rolling Stones' public image! ...

The Hollies: Elvis Inspired Hollies Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1967

INFLUENCES behind the latest Hollies hit, 'On A Carousel' include Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and "Doddy". At least these were some of the inspirations which ...

The Monkees' Front Man

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1967

DAVY JONES – the little Monkee with a big heart – arrived via Nassau last week wearing a battered black top hat, purchased from a ...

The Monkees: Monkee Davy Talks About The Beatles

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1967

"GEORGEP AULJOHNRINGO," our very own pop monster, has now grown to that exalted position where it is a kind of sacred cow whom none may ...

Donovan: All Is Friendly

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1967

WHENEVER returning from interviewing Donovan these days I feel that I've been the subject of a Sunday School treat. He surrounds himself with such nice ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers: Walker Brothers/Cat Stevens/Engelbert Humperdinck/The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Finsbury Park Astoria

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, April 1967

WE WERE WELL and truly blitzed with "mini-happenings" on the Walker Brothers’ tour opening night, at Finsbury Park Astoria last Friday, when Jimi Hendrix literally ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix IS Out Of This World

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1967

EVEN HIS EX-ANIMAL MANAGER NEEDS A SPLIT PERSONALITY! ...

Jimi Hendrix: Question Time with Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1967

THE REAL JIMI HENDRIX is now beginning to emerge from behind that skilfully placed publicity screen of early days when success was too fragile to ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers: Why The Walker Brothers Split Up

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1967

"I WANT to make it clear that it was not solely my decision to break up the Walker Brothers, but for the first time in ...

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (Track)

Review by Keith Altham, NME, May 1967

Track-by-Track on Jimi Hendrix debut album ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: No Beards for Dave Dee & Co!

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1967

ROLLING Stone Brian Jones once described himself as "a straight Ernie." And the same might be said of Dave Dee. An "Ernie," I was assured ...

The Hollies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1967

TONY HICKS is the young Hollie (21) who has just move into a neat new little mews house of Knightsbridge. ...

Procol Harum: I Knew Procol Would Be A Success

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1967

says KEITH REID the man who created the group – to ALAN SMITH ...

The Mamas and The Papas, Scott McKenzie: The Mamas and The Papas: Mamas And Papas Have A Feud On Their Hands

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1967

"SOMEONE has just shot our gardener – I can't speak to you just now. Come up tomorrow," invited a harassed John Phillips, of the Mamas ...

Scott Walker: Scott Keeps One Step Ahead

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1967

AND SO the moving singer, having moved — moves on. Scott Walker is still one jump ahead of the fans in his pursuit of privacy. ...

Scott McKenzie: I'm No Professional Flower Child

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1967

"I AM NOT A professional flower child," stressed Scott McKenzie over the transatlantic phone wire. "I'd rather carry a flower than a gun. But I ...

Dave Davies: Kink Dave Embarrassed by 'Clown' Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1967

WITH THE solo success of 'Death Of A Clown' times are a changing for Dave Davies. He is both delighted and nervous over the success ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Glad Loses Pip!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, August 1967

IT WAS ENOUGH to give Gladys Knight the pip, the tough struggle this attractive Tamla singer had in getting a hit in Britain. For a ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Interviews with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1967

THE NEW MUSICAL Express versus Michael Philip Jagger – Friday, August 4,1967 in his managers' chambers of high appeal – New Oxford Street, London, – ...

The Rolling Stones: 'We Love You'

Review by Keith Altham, NME, August 1967

MICK JAGGER gave me the preview of the new Stones single, 'We Love You'/'Dandelion' last Friday in manager Andrew Oldham's office and looked enquiringly across ...

Alan Price: 'Jack' a Now or Never Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1967

"IT WAS really a question of now or never," was how Alan Price referred to his composition 'The House That Jack Built', over lunch in ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix Admits Lamp Is A Bit Smoky

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1967

TIME TO TUCK the tiny tots up and put them safely abed with a nice Monkees' record! Why? Because "the electric bogeyman" is back in ...

Traffic: Uncontrollable Traffic

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1967

KEITH ALTHAM pins down a highly elusive group... ...

Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Starting To Mellow

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1967

THE TIMES THEY have a-changed, as Bob Dylan predicted – and with them – the Rolling Stones. There was a time when one approached a ...

The Righteous Brothers: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by June Harris, NME, September 1967

AS YET ANOTHER of the many examples of how extensive is rock 'n' roll's acceptance by the adult world, the Righteous Brothers are currently packing ...

Herman's Hermits, The Who: The Who, Herman's Hermits: Anaheim Convention, Anaheim CA

Live Review by June Harris, NME, September 1967

Who steal the show from Hermans Hermits ...

Scott Walker Hides Away In A Gloom-World

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1967

BIG LOUIE is the first person you meet when calling at the secluded terrace house, off London's Regent's Park — the latest home of Scott ...

The Animals: Question Time With....Eric Burdon

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1967

IT SHOULD, OF course, be Eric Burdon and the "anything but the Animals," because this new group has about as much connection with the original ...

Traffic's British Stage Debut Was Well Worth Waiting For

Report by Keith Altham, NME, September 1967

TRAFFIC HAVE been a long time getting it all together but last Sunday's debut at the London Saville proved that it has been well worth ...

Traffic's Dave Mason — Pop Face Of 1967

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1967

REMEMBER the teenage idol – all liquid eyes, milk teeth, Cupid's bow and simply oozing with the wonder ingredient, sex appeal? Eyes right and you ...

The Move Don't Care About Top Billing

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1967

THANK goodness for Carl Wayne of the Move! It is a long time since I have found anyone new to the scene so pleasant, co-operative ...

The Small Faces: Travel is A Nightmare

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1967

THE SMALL FACES – most often through no fault of their own – find great difficulty in getting from place to place, i.e. interviews, photographic ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Big Mamas And Papas Mystery

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1967

NOW YOU see them – now you don't! The Mamas and Papas have cancelled their projected concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 30. ...

The Herd Take Over As Screamers' New Idols

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1967

MY CONTENDER as the man "most likely to get ripped to pieces by hysterical females" in 1967 is Peter Frampton, the seventeen-year-old vocal-guitarist with the ...

The Who: Who Ready To Hit You With New Ideas

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1967

AFTER six weeks with "the last Schmaltz" it is good to find the Who back in the charts with a new single, 'I Can See ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

THERE is something of the smoking volcano about Ray Davies. Six foot of suppressed quietly spoken, quietly smiling and quietly watching! It is what some ...

Sandie Shaw: Her Anatomical Assets

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

PROVING quite conclusively that she has legs right up to her shoulders, Sandie Shaw wearing her self-designed string mini dress (or was it a vest?) ...

Bonzo Dog Band, Cream: Taking the Saville By Storm: Cream

Review by Nick Logan, NME, November 1967

THE soaring, singing guitar, the elegant artistry of Eric Clapton... a tortured Jack Bruce jerking out the blues like a puppet stitched by machine ...

Aretha Franklin: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, NME, November 1967

ARETHA IS great — Aretha is sensational! Aretha is the finest girl blues singer in this country, bar one, and she proved it beyond any ...

The Herd, Traffic, The Who: Traffic, The Who, The Herd: Danger: Who At Work!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

THE WHO-TRAFFIC-Herd-Tremeloe tour, while proving to be a sell-out attraction, has caused a certain amount of anxiety among those people whose job it is to ...

The Troggs: Love Saves Troggs

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

HERE COMES the pop phoenix again! Arising from what so many cynics thought were their own ashes, the Troggs now have their sixth smash hit ...

Sandie Shaw

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

I WENT several rounds with Eve Taylor and Sandie Shaw over dinner last Friday, where among other things we discussed her performance at last week's ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love (Track)

Review by Keith Altham, NME, November 1967

UFO COULD BE JIMI! ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request

Review by Keith Altham, NME, December 1967

KINDLY RAISE YOUR hands in the air. Empty your mind on to the desk and your brains into the ash-tray. Now let us see what ...

Traffic: Mr Fantasy

Review by Keith Altham, NME, December 1967

TRAFFIC IN the City may have come to a stand-still due to the recent rail dispute, but Traffic in the charts is still moving full ...

Traffic: Dave Quits?

Interview by Richard Green, NME, December 1967

THE BIRTH of the Traffic was this year after months of planning and searching and getting themselves together.  ...

Sonny & Cher: Sonny and Cher: We're In Love, That's The Secret Of Success

Memoir by Keith Altham, NME, 1968

IT WAS ON July 31, 1965, that a stocky little man dressed after the fashion of an Eskimo bounced across the reception hall in London ...

The Rolling Stones: The Banned Stones Cover

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, 1968

It is ‘We’ against ‘Them-and They’ time again in the Rolling Stones’ life, as they run head-on into another fracas with the ‘oldies’. This time ...

Traffic: Traffic Without Dave

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1968

TRAFFIC is now on the move again but as a trio. So it was that I scaled the eight flights to drummer Jim Capaldi's Earl's ...

Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1968

ROLLING STONE CHARLIE WATTS TAKES OVER MANSION OF FIRST ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY! ...

Plastic Penny: Put Scratch On Record

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1968

A PLASTIC penny for your thoughts then, or to be more precise, tuppence-worth in the shape of vocalist Brian Keith and organist Paul Raymond who ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Shatter Old Image

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1968

THAT'S my body you're laughing at!" said Ronnie Lane indignantly, having removed his shirt to reveal a torso which could have given Charles Atlas a ...

The Supremes: Supremes Live It Up In London

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, January 1968

THE SUPREMES didn't sleep for two days at the weekend, then they flew from the warmth of Cannes to the chill of London, after which ...

The Foundations: Alan Smith Finds Foundations An Unusual 'Bunch'

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, February 1968

THE BEATLES had it. So did Gerry "Engelbert Humperdinck" Dorsey, the Four Tops and Tom Jones. I'm talking about faith — an artist's faith in ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Sink Australia

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1968

THE ABOVE head-line was sarcastically suggested by Ronnie Lane, who declared after the group's recent trip down under –"they would even have accused us of ...

Otis Redding: Otis New Hit His Greatest Tribute

Comment by Alan Smith, NME, March 1968

DURING HIS all-too-brief lifetime, Otis Redding was respected by the world of music — and virtually ignored in his own home town of Macon, Georgia. ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Meet Elvis

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1968

THE BEACH Boys meet Elvis! Beach Boys tour with London Philharmonic Orchestra? Bruce Johnston sings Lennon and McCartney! Beach Boys to do rock 'n' roll ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee: Dave Dee Whips Up Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1968

ALL this "Marquis de Sade" and "Kiss of the Whip" bit is somewhat wasted on Dave Dee! He's about as kinky as a pint of ...

The Small Faces: At Home With Face Steve...What An Experience!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1968

TO VISIT the Thameside abode of Small Face Steve Marriott is something of an experience — to put it mildly! Come with me and you'll ...

Bobby Goldsboro: Before 'Honey' I Had Almost Given Up Hope, Says Bobby Goldsboro

Interview by Richard Green, NME, May 1968

HIT AFTER HIT has been written by Bobby Goldsboro, but for other people as far as Britain is concerned. His own songs have taken him ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Thought ‘Sunday’ Too Much Of A Joke

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1968

ONCE more unto the magic cave – better described as Andrew Oldham’s emporium from whence all things Immediate happen – and the office where I ...

The Monkees, Michael Nesmith: The Monkees: Here is the most amazing article EVER-WRITTEN about a MONKEE

Report by Ann Moses, NME, May 1968

Mike Nesmith wanted me to expose how rude he is reveals Ann Moses in this NMExclusive from Hollywood ...

Otis Redding: A Sad Reminder Of The Great Otis: Otis Redding: Dock Of The Bay

Review by Alan Smith, NME, May 1968

ALMOST EVERY TRACK of Otis Redding's new Dock Of The Bay album is a constant and sad reminder of the sheer soul — there is, ...

Honeybus Not A One Hit Wonder

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1968

ONE-HIT-WONDER groups have been coming and going ever since pop music began but one group likely to stay the pace are the four Londoners called ...

The Small Faces: Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake

Review by Keith Altham, NME, June 1968

The Small Faces new album Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (Immediate), apart from being encased in the first circular sleeve I have ever seen, is a ...

Aretha Franklin: Houseproud Aretha Loves To Get Home

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1968

"SIDDOWN," said the Queen of Soul. So I saddown — on a plush settee in a room at the Dorchester — and Lady Aretha excused ...

The Equals: Equals Stunned By No. 3 Hit

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1968

EVEN THE Equals can't believe an old half-forgotten track like 'Baby Come Back' could have boosted them from nowhere right up into the big money-earning ...

The Herd, Scott Walker: Scott Walker, The Herd: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, June 1968

GREAT SCOTT! That's my immediate reaction after seeing and hearing Scott Walker break through the scream barrier last Friday evening at the Brighton Dome. The ...

Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart: Standing Ovation For Jeff Beck

Report by June Harris, NME, June 1968

THE GREATEST thing happened in New York last Friday. On his first performance in this country, Jeff Beck became a star. Even in his Yardbird ...

Dusty Springfield: Dusty Says 'I Want To Hit Back'

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1968

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD would, I was informed, like to "hit back!" Now this did not sound like the fun-loving lass I knew of old. A skilfully ...

The Monkees: Question Time With Monkee Davy

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1968

BEFORE Davy Jones completed his famous disappearing trick and returned to America, I joined the hordes of reporters and photographers waiting to see "Mighty-Monkee" at ...

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris: Richard Harris Talks About Jim Webb

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1968

On transatlantic phone to NME's Keith Altham ...

Tiny Tim: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, July 1968

TINY TIM IS BIG ENJOYMENT says ANN MOSES from Hollywood ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Nine Hits In A Row

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1968

WHEN I arrived at the Lime Grove TV studios it was to find that Tich, Mick, Beaky, Dozy and Dave Dee (how about that for ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: We're Getting Better Ideas

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1968

HAVING nipped smartly into the No. 1 best selling album slot with Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces are now deservedly considered big wheels ...

Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Brings Manager's New Club Roof Down!

Report by Keith Altham, NME, July 1968

JIMI HENDRIX literally brought the roof down on the opening night at his manager's club, Sergeant Peppers in Majorca by the simple expedient of ramming ...

Tommy James & the Shondells: Tommy James & The Shondells: The Chart Toppers Phone NME From New York

Interview by Richard Green, NME, July 1968

TOMMY JAMES and the Shondells are going into the studios this week to record some new Beatle songs and one of them may be their ...

Arthur Brown, Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, John Mayall, Marmalade, The Nice, Spencer Davis Group, Tim Rose, Traffic, Tyrannosaurus Rex: NME Reporters Cover the Weekend's Major Event — the Eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, NME, August 1968

STARS, SUNSHINE and a SHAMBLES ...

The Animals, Blue Cheer, Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher: Jefferson Airplane et al: Newport Pop Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, August 1968

NEWPORT FESTIVAL FAILURE ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Buries Underground And Has Fun!

Profile and Interview by June Harris, NME, August 1968

YOU'LL JUST love Sly and the Family Stone when you see them next month. They're what I call a fun group, who get a kick ...

The Kinks: The One-up Kink: Raymond Douglas Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1968

RAYMOND DOUGLAS DAVIES, as he now insists on being referred to, is one who excels in the unexpected and the slightly bizarre. He is probably ...

The Doors, Jefferson Airplane: The Doors/Jefferson Airplane: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Derek Grant, NME, September 1968

THE RUMOURS were flying. Doors drummer John Densmore was missing. The groups were arguing as to who would go on first. There was some speculation ...

Traffic Lights a Big Success

Report by Richard Green, NME, September 1968

Observe four old young men known just as Traffic/Suffer their tedious setting the stage/Then hark to their magical music and live it/And when the fuzz ...

Amen Corner: Amen Andy Is New Teen Idol

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1968

JUST as everyone was beginning to think that the day of the teenage idol was over, another young 'god' has come quietly and modestly upon ...

The Herd: After Big Split Herd Out Of Exile

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1968

YOU MAY NOT have seen much of the Herd recently since their self-imposed retreat following a dispute with managers Howard and Blaikley, but I have ...

Joe Cocker: John And Paul Send Their Thanks To Joe

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1968

"WITH A Little Help From Our Friends" Lennon and McCartney, 23-year-old Sheffield born, Joe Cocker makes a welcome appearance in our charts this week with ...

Joe Cocker: Hit Single Was Just A Fluke

Interview by Richard Green, NME, November 1968

New LP is much more important he tells RICHARD GREEN ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (The White Album)

Review by Alan Smith, NME, November 1968

BEATLES CHART HISTORY BY GETTING DOUBLE LP IN. ...

The Beatles: Paul Recalls Inspirations Of LP

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, November 1968

PAUL McCARTNEY has been talking about The Beatles' new double-album and he is understandably and humanly chuffed at the cover versions of his songs. He ...

Love Sculpture: Amen's Andy Tipped Love Sculpture

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, NME, December 1968

AMEN CORNER'S Andy Fairweather-Low has recently been bending my ear about a Welsh trio called Love Sculpture who, he felt sure, were going to be ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash: Splitting Holly Graham Forms Group That Isn't

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, December 1968

TO THE MOSCOW Road, London W.2., where Mr. Graham Nash had news and views and also the company of Mr. David Crosby and Mr. Stephen ...

Eric Clapton, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, NME, December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Film Graduation For Simon, Garfunkel

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, 1969

"THE Graduate, the film which features ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ has given Simon and Garfunkel the kind of status in America that the Beatles have now," their ...

Scott Walker: Scott His Own Worst Enemy

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, 1969

SCOTT WALKER is a super talent who will probably never become a Super-Star because he will defeat himself or maybe more simply he will deliberately ...

Otis Redding: Bound To Be A Big Hit: Otis Redding: The Dock Of The Bay (Atco)

Review by Richard Green, NME, June 1969

IT'S ALMOST a waste of time to review an Otis Redding album: everybody already knows how great he was. ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger Talks To NME About The New Stone, The Ex Stone, And Two Albums

Report and Interview by Richard Green, NME, June 1969

"WE'D KNOWN for a few months that Brian wasn't keen; he wasn't enjoying himself and it got to the stage where we had to sit ...

Sam & Dave: Sam and Dave: Double Trouble (Atlantic)

Review by Richard Green, NME, June 1969

ANYONE who's ever seen Sam and Dave on stage will appreciate just how hard the dynamic duo work. ...

The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker: Newport '69 Pop Festival: Rock Festival Fiasco

Report by Ann Moses, NME, July 1969

NOW THAT the Newport '69 Pop Festival (called that to borrow a little of the fame from the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, but actually ...

Blodwyn Pig, The Nice, Ten Years After: The Nice, Blodwyn Pig, Ten Years After: Bath Festival, Somerset

Live Review by Richard Green, NME, July 1969

RICHARD GREEN says ROCKING NICE HIT ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boy Mike Would Love To Convert You

Interview by Richard Green, NME, July 1969

Richard Green Tries A Spot Of Meditation ...

Desmond Dekker: Sweetened Ska Beat Could Sweep The Country Claims Desmond Dekker's Producer

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1969

ARE DESMOND Dekker's 'Israelites' No. 1 and his latest release 'It Mek' only flashes in the proverbial pan, man... or could a hybrid mix of ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Sighs Her Way To Charts!

Interview by Richard Green, NME, August 1969

IT'S ALL VERY well for people to scream and shout that the BBC won't play their records enough, thus giving them no chance of becoming ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Bonzo Dog Band, Fat Mattress, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, The Nice, The Who: Bob Dylan et al: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Richard Green, NME, September 1969

200,000 roar approval including John, George, Ringo and wives! But Dylan didn't quite sink Isle of Wight, reports Richard Green ...

The Temptations: Can You Put A Name To The Temptations?

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, NME, September 1969

I'VE ALWAYS had the feeling that although the Temptations have enjoyed good record sales in this country, they've never quite made it as people with ...

Elvis Presley: International Hotel, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, September 1969

SECOND LOOK AT ELVIS ...

Johnny Cash: Country Boy

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, NME, September 1969

Hard life of the legendary folk star ...

The Move

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, Fall 1969

THE MOVE are a sometimes thing. In the past three years the group have given us precisely one album and seven singles which can hardly ...

Tony Joe White: Tony Joe, Elvis, and Polk Salad Annie

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1970

TONY JOE WHITE was one of the first of the new school of Southern singer/songwriters – along with Jerry Reed, Joe South, Leon Russell, Dough ...

Elvis Presley: International Showroom, Las Vegas

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, February 1970

KING ELVIS RULES VEGAS AGAIN. New songs and old in his act after his first night including 'Proud Mary', 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes', ...

Bob and Marcia: 'Why Marry? Our Way's Okay' says Bob Smiling While Marcia Frowns

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, March 1970

Reggae stars in London ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty: An 80 Buck Bummer Made Us Start Learning

Interview by Ann Moses, NME, March 1970

"THEY SAY that true love travels on a gravel road... that one cannot understand joy without having felt sorrow... that one does not know sweet ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty (continued): I Gave Up Note-making a Year Ago

Interview by Ann Moses, NME, March 1970

The second part of Ann Moses' long rap with John Fogerty, lead singing star of Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes the form of a frank Ask-In ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, May 1970

COCKER SURVIVES AND TRIUMPHS ...

The Beatles: Let It Be (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, NME, May 1970

NEW LP SHOWS THEY COULDN'T CARE LESSHave Beatles sold out? asks NME's Alan Smith ...

Glen Campbell – Former Beach Boy and Elvis Guitarist!

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, June 1970

IT MAY NOT be generally known that Glen Campbell is a former member of the Beach Boys... that he was once a brilliant session guitarist ...

Diana Ross Doesn't Miss Supremes

Interview by Richard Green, NME, July 1970

DIANA ROSS is a supremely confident person. She has progressed from being a member of just another Tamla Motown group called the Supremes, to making ...

Blues Image, John Sebastian, Leon Russell, The Who: The Who, John B. Sebastian, the Blues Image, Leon Russell: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, July 1970

WHO HEAT UP SUMMER ...

Nancy Sinatra, The Osmonds: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, August 1970

FRANK SINATRA played host to 500 members of the Press to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Caesar's Palace and his daughter Nancy's opening. ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Can Do All The Tamla Jobs —

Interview by Ann Moses, NME, September 1970

– but still finds time for his golf! ...

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, NME, December 1970

Loads of talent, and yet... ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: No Payment For My Elvis Songs Says Crudup

Interview by James Johnson, NME, February 1971

SIXTY-FIVE year old blues-man Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, whose songs 'That's Alright Mama' and 'My Baby Left Me' were hits for Elvis Presley back in ...

The Equals: 'Black Skins' Could Be Equals' Biggest In The States

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, February 1971

LEADER-SONGWRITER Eddie Grant lives and breathes the Equals, whose fat, pumping 'Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys' single is at No. 19 in this week's NME ...

The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr: The Beatles: It's Open Warfare

Report by Alan Smith, NME, March 1971

Why Beatles ended in a sordid mudbath.It isn't coincidence that these solo singles have just been released, says Alan Smith ...

Ray Stevens: 'Bridget The Midget' Man Says Religious Lyrics Will Be Next Big Thing

Interview by James Johnson, NME, March 1971

People are getting sick to death of the 'put-the-world-to-rights songs' ...

Dave and Ansell Collins: 'Double Barrel' — An Attempt To Create a Different Sound Say Dave and Ansell

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, May 1971

NME's Alan Smith endeavours to interview this week's chart toppers ...

Paul McCartney: Paul And Linda McCartney: Ram (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, NME, May 1971

Alan Smith assesses the McCartney Ram album and sums up with... PAUL, WHAT A MESS YOU'VE MADE OF IT! ...

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5: Jacksons Give Teenyblacks Hope

Report by Alan Smith, NME, May 1971

FROM THIS SIDE of the Atlantic it may seem somewhat difficult to appreciate the Jackson-mania — and there is no other word for it — ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Doing The Rounds For Publicity

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, July 1971

He knows it, I know it – the next Lennon album is the greatest says Alan Smith ...

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono: At Home With The Lennons, Part 2

Interview by Alan Smith, NME, August 1971

In which
 John burns down the Beatles 'cause he loves 'em ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon: War Was Too Soft For Me!

Interview by Ann Moses, NME, August 1971

ERIC BURDON ANSWERS QUESTIONS FOR ANN MOSES IN HOLLYWOOD ...

The Jackson 5: In New York It's Jackson Power: Jackson 5: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by uncredited writer, NME, August 1971

THE Jackson Five, school
 exams behind them, are now on tour in America, storming their way round and playing to packed audiences. ...

Rory Gallagher: The Influences Behind His Unique Guitar Playing

Interview by Richard Green, NME, August 1971

HARDLY a day goes by without someone or other phoning the NME and saying: "I've got the next Hendrix" or "My band's gonna blow your ...

The Who: Music Hall, Boston

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, NME, August 1971

THE WHO, in America after a year's absence, are creating a bigger sensation than ever. Statistics don't lie. They completely sold out two New York ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, NME, September 1971

JOHN SINGS LONG TRACK ABOUT PAUL ...

Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra: Lee Hazlewood: We Only Record For The Fun Of It

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1971

THREE YEARS ago, Lee Hazlewood tired of writing and producing Nancy Sinatra – split to Stockholme to carry on his interest in film work – ...

Sandy Denny: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1971

PERHAPS I was expecting too much from Sandy Denny, or maybe I wanted too much, but I'm afraid her concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall ...

Shirley Bassey: State Of The World Means 'Kids' Can Now Relate To Me Says Shirley Bassey

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1971

UNEXPECTED, but marvellous – and Shirley Bassey puts down her latest recording success, 'For All We Know' down to a change of style, which she ...

The Groundhogs: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1971

OUT Of the many gigs I've seen Groundhogs play, their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday was easily one of the best. Perhaps ...

Traffic: The Gaumont, Worcester

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1971

TRAFFIC: THEY NEVER PLAY THE SAME TWICETour review by TONY STEWART ...

Al Green, The Bill Black Combo: Al Green: Now Green Smashes The Big Memphis Monopoly

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, October 1971

MEMPHIS HAS long been accepted as capital city of rock 'n' soul, but to the casual fan this means just Elvis on the rock side ...

Carole King: How Carole King Became Queen...

Profile by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1971

IN MANY ways, and for many reasons, it took Carole King a long time to record her first album, Writer, in 1970. As a writer ...

Pentangle: The Five Sides of Pentangle

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1971

PENTANGLE'S RISE in popularity has been unobtrusive but definite. They play a unique and compelling blend of styles spanning the world of jazz, blues, country, ...

Velvet Underground: Lowdown on the Underground

Profile and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1971

Tony Stewart reports on the 'mysterious' Velvet Underground – a super-hip cult based on four reluctant 'intellectuals' ...

Johnny Guitar Watson, Larry Williams: Larry Williams and Johnny Guitar Watson: The Two Who Weren't 'Revived'

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, November 1971

DESCRIBING Larry Williams as a "great unknown" might raise a few eyebrows for he had a hit with 'Bony Moronie', a rock 'n' roll classic, ...

Richie Havens: A State Of Mind (Verve)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, November 1971

DON'T CONFUSE this with the soon-to-be-released Havens album, The Great Blind Degree. ...

B.B. King: 'I Owe My Popularity To The Beatles. They Started The People Towards Really Listening...'

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, November 1971

GUITARIST-SINGER B. B. King, at 45 the toast of many young musicians, arrives at London Airport next Friday (19) to appear in London and Bristol ...

Quintessence: Peace... Love... And Success Without Sell-Out

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, November 1971

FOR QUINTESSENCE, 1971 must go down as one of the most successful years in their history – they have been going through a period of ...

Status Quo: Bubblegum Has Stuck To Status Quo, And It's A Stain They Need Ridding Of

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, December 1971

IMAGES FOR bands are acquired, changed, but seldom forgotten – and such is the case with Status Quo. Underrated yet very talented, over a period ...

Al Green: You're Never Alone With Al

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1971

THERE WAS no chance of Al Green getting tired of being alone when Decca Records welcomed him to Britain with a turkey and Christmas pud ...

B.B. King, Freddie King: B.B. King and Freddie King: Kings Of The Blues

Interview by Richard Green, NME, December 1971

Two bluesmen who have become living legends talk about their careers and the state of the blues today. And B.B. King and Freddie King both ...

Al Green: Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1971

DESPITE the counter-attraction of the Buddy Rich big-band downstairs there was a packed house for Al Green "Upstairs" at London's Ronnie Scott's including many big ...

Little Richard: King Of Rock 'n' Roll/Various Artists: This Is How It All Began

Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1971

PERHAPS IT'S just that I'm a bit too fussy, but basically I don't like going to see live gigs of the artists I admire. Too ...

Ann Peebles: Will Princess Ann Be Queen

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, 1972

ON THE distaff side, soul music has produced a long run of superb girl singers and these soul sisters have found it far easier to ...

Big Mama Thornton: The Hound Dog Howler Who Inspired Janis

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1972

IN THE DEEPEST depths of Transatlantic's Marylebone High Street (London) headquarters there's a wire cage which looks like Death Row in your favourite neighbourhood prison. ...

Bloodstone: The Bloodstone Sound Spectrum

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1972

THERE'S BEEN a growing flood of black American artists to these shores over the past few years, and more and more of them have decided ...

Fela Kuti, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker and Fela Ransome-Kuti: Ginger Baker Backs This Fela's Afro-Rock

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1972

WITH AIRFORCE, Ginger Baker succeeded in providing the rudiments of the Afro-beat. Consciously he wanted to go back to the roots of highly percussive music, ...

Sandy Denny Breaks Her Silence

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1972

After playing a Greta Garbo role for three months, the leading lady of British folk comes out of her shell to talk to Tony Stewart ...

Traffic: The Grech Traffic Report

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1972

A RECENT trip to America proved to be a traumatic period for Traffic. ...

Stevie Wonder: Audiences Will Accept New Things From Me, Says Stevie Wonder

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1972

MUSICAL BARRIERS are tumbling down – that's the reckoning of Stevie Wonder, currently on another 20-date European tour. "Audiences used to have a pre-conception of ...

Dave Mason Gives New Meaning To That Old Cliché 'Doing My Own Thing'

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1972

DAVE MASON arrived at Heathrow Airport last Wednesday about a quarter of an hour earlier than planned, and even if the TWA chick hadn't tipped ...

Jefferson Airplane, Papa John Creach: Papa John Creach: Papa John Makes It With Rock

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1972

THE ONE-TIME phenomenon of young white rock musicians playing on records by old black blues musicians has become a commonplace thing. ...

Stevie Wonder: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, NME, January 1972

STEVIE WONDER is the first artist to make Motown work for him rather than vice-versa. He has full control over his music and has acquired ...

Bloodstone, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield, Bloodstone: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1972

WITH THE Curtis Mayfield/Bloodstone show, the Rainbow Theatre proved conclusively that the Albert Hall has lost its place as the capital city of bad acoustics. ...

David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA Victor)

Review by Danny Holloway, NME, January 1972

Bowie at his brilliant best ...

David Bowie: 'I'm Not Ashamed Of Wearing Dresses...But Unfortunately It's Detracted From The Fact That I'm Also A Songwriter'

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, January 1972

ON THE day I was to meet David Bowie at his home in Beckenham, Kent, I really didn't know what to expect. I had heard ...

Pink Floyd: Electric Chaos, But Just Great

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1972

Tony Stewart at the debut of Pink Floyd's new masterpiece. ...

Can Can... And They Will

Interview by James Johnson, NME, February 1972

OF ALL the heavy German bands Can are perhaps the most interesting and could prove the most influential. Next month they tour Britain and, judging ...

Captain Beefheart: The Spotlight Kid (Reprise)

Review by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1972

THE CAPTAIN is back with this latest album of Space Blues and poetry in motion. ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa On Rock, Porn And Blues

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1972

HE LOOKS a bit like an identi-kit picture of our own most infamous anarchist Guy Fawkes, this much-vaunted, often-maligned rock guitarist who more than anyone ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Hendrix Said I'd Be Big, But I Don't Give A **** As Long As I Can Boogie

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

Hawkwind: The Truth About Hawkwind

Interview by James Johnson, NME, February 1972

LIKE THEM or not, you must admit that Hawkwind are honest. Guitarist Dave Brock is not loath to admit that most of the band's musicians ...

Billy Preston, Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Slade: Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Billy Preston, Slade: Locarno Ballroom, Coventry

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1972

ONE OF THE MOST ADVENTUROUS BILLS EVER ...

Chuck Berry: Berry Magic

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1972

RON WOOD would have swept the floor of Pye's No. 2 studio as he boogied round during the Chuck Berry super-session during Saturday. He saw ...

The Archies, Carole King, The Monkees: Don Kirshner: I Discovered Carole King

Interview by James Johnson, NME, February 1972

THEY MOST often call Don Kirshner the King of Bubble-gum. But he's not worrying. Sitting high in his suite at the Dorchester he has the ...

Frank Zappa on Death, Rock Writers, Money

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1972

ZAPPA IS NOT renowned for his appreciation of rock writers and their work, and he makes his point quite forcibly on the subject. ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: A Weird Kid With No Friends

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

Pink Floyd (part 1): 'Things Just Somehow Happen To Us — We Don't Plan'

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1972

SIX YEARS ago an evening with Pink Floyd resembled a riot, with bottles, glasses and verbal abuse being hurled in their direction. ...

Stevie Wonder, Bags Of Chips And Clapton

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, February 1972

NME calls in at all-night recording session ...

Pink Floyd (part 2): Simple But Not Banal

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1972

LAST WEEK, NICK Mason talked at length about the evolution of Pink Floyd up to the Atom Heart Mother stage. The policy of the band ...

MC5: The MC5 on Shock Rock

Interview by James Johnson, NME, February 1972

OF ALL THE groups who have dabbled in politics over the last few years, the MC5 seem to have gained the reputation as one of ...

Tommy Hunt: A Black Tom Jones

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1972

TOMMY HUNT is a name you'll be hearing a lot of if the best laid plans of the entertainment business don't go astray. More than ...

Isaac Hayes: The Aloof Mystique of Isaac Hayes

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1972

...but he's part of the people in his gold-plated Rolls Royce ...

The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson: Schmaltz or Genius?

Comment by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1972

In his day perhaps they thought Mozart was a hype ...

America, Judee Sill: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by James Johnson, NME, March 1972

America — simply so successful ...

Harry Nilsson: Come Out, Harry, The Time Is Right

Report by Keith Altham, NME, March 1972

NILSSON filled Trident studios with old people to help record 'I'd Rather Be Dead' for his album. The song is a "lively, up-tempo number about ...

Joe Cocker: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Lenny Kaye, NME, March 1972

Cocker On Stage – A Big Let-Down. A Disillusioned Lenny Kaye Reports New York Opening ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1972

AS A PRELUDE to the good captain, a ballerina dressed in white, with a crown to match, did her stuff, followed by a belly dancer ...

Captain Beefheart: A Trip Into The Mind Of The Spotlight Kid

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1972

RECENTLY MOVED FROM his desert domain in Lancaster to the remote forests of oceanside Eureka in Northern California, The Captain, at a comfortable 31, is ...

Colin Blunstone: For Sale: A Singer

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1972

Despite his talent, there was a suspicion of hype in the air, writes Keith Altham ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy and Band, Coping Cheerfully

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1972

FROM THE outside the Denny residence in Fulham looks a place of tranquility. Inside, though, a different story prevails. As Watson the huge Airedale lumbers ...

Deep Purple: Victims Of Their Own Fame

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1972

DEEP PURPLE'S new album Machine Head comes to you courtesy of the Rolling Stones' redoubtable studio manager Ian Stewart who saved their famous mobile recording ...

Judee Sill

Interview by James Johnson, NME, April 1972

ACCORDING to Judee Sill: "Out of the mud grows a lotus". In other words something beautiful comes from something unpleasant. The phrase applies well to ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Dead Come Alive

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1972

IT'S TAKEN a long time for the Dead to get themselves back over here. They probably made it more by good luck than good judgment. ...

Carla Thomas, The Temptations: The Temptations, Carla Thomas: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, April 1972

IF ELVIS himself had stepped onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon on Friday he could hardly have created more excitement than the Temptations stirred up with ...

Dr. John From Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1972

DR. JOHN'S contributions to pop music have been highly original and creative. Even if he claims that all the credit is due to the music ...

Jimmy Savile: Puppet of Pop?

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

KEITH ALTHAM probes the laughing facade of Britain's most famous face. Couldn't his influence be put to better use? ...

Jimmy Savile: Puppet of Pop? (part 2)

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

PERHAPS IT IS a pity if this feature, which is largely Savile talking under stress gives the impression I dislike the man. I do not. ...

Stone The Crows: Les Harvey — A Rock Tragedy

Obituary by Roger St. Pierre, NME, May 1972

LIFE AS a rock star isn't all glamour. It's a hard, gruelling existence which too often can end in tragedy. ...

Wilson Pickett On African Soul

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, May 1972

WILSON PICKETT is back — as big and brash as ever, and if his press reception this past week at WEA Records (nee Kinney) is ...

Joe Cocker: The Joe Cocker Ritual Sacrifice

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

WE APOLOGISE for the slight reduction in Cocker-power but it now looks as though normal service has been resumed following the one year strike (respite) ...

Dr. John: Dr John: The Mind And Music Of A Delta Voodoo Rocker

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

ACCORDING to Dr. John almost everything started in New Orleans, from rock and rail to rhythm and blues to himself. ...

The Osmonds: They're Enough To Make You Scream…

Report by Keith Altham, NME, May 1972

LAST FRIDAY at High Noon it was 'teen time' at London's Churchill Hotel, where those Beetle-haired Monkee-faced and indecently wholesome Osmond Brothers (You have probably ...

Johnny Winter

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1972

THE BEST NEWS of last week was that Johnny Winter, after a year in medical exile, was once again alive and functioning, and due to ...

Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

I SAW the first night of the Dead's four concerts at the London Lyceum last Thursday. where they were ever so good for ever so ...

The Beach Boys: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

I AM, it should be emphasised, a Beach Boys freak from way back, to 'Wendy' and 'Surfin' U.S.A.', through Pet Sounds to Surfs Up, and ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move: Move Over For The ELO

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

THE FIRST love in Roy Wood's life is obviously his new 10-piece mini-orchestra, the ELO, but meanwhile the Move are apparently still alive and very ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 1

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

THE BEACH BOYS are the most successful and oldest working rock and roll band on the road today and this is a crucial year in ...

Lou Reed: A Voice From The Underground

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1972

ONCE HE wore black, tinselled clothes and was a human screen for movies. He sang and wrote about evil characters; sometimes happier ones. But always ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 2

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

THE FINAL part of Keith Altham's interview with Beach Boy Mike Love. Last week Love talked about the group's involvement with transcendental meditation. Now he ...

The Rolling Stones: The Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Danny Holloway, NME, June 1972

WEEKS PRIOR to their Los Angeles date, the entire population in L.A. was struck by Stones fever. Tickets went quick and 350,000 people had to ...

The Staple Singers: Soft Sounds That Burn Deep

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, June 1972

JAMAICAN SINGERS have yet to follow up their undoubted success in Britain with a similar impact in the States but neverthelless reggae is making a ...

Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson: Richard Thompson: The Session Great That Nobody Knows

Interview by Tony Norman, NME, June 1972

THE TERM "GUITAR hero" is used with increasing regularity. Pete Townshend's splintering aggressive antics have won him the tag; Alvin "up and down the fretboard ...

American Spring: Mrs Brian Wilson

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

MARILYN WILSON and her sister Diana Rovell, are American Spring, and their first album is very much a family affair, because her famous husband Brian ...

Cliff Richard: The Peter Pan of Pop

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1972

POOR OLD Cliff is still a bit too good to be true for most people – the Peter Pan of pop, and a Christian to ...

"Mama" Cass Elliot, The Mamas and The Papas: Mama Cass: Why 'Unprofessional' Mamas, Papas Had To Break Up

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, June 1972

IN TOWN TO RECORD HURRICANE'S HIT, AND KNOCKED AND ROBBED IN A LONDON STORE, MAMA CASS TALKS TO FRED DELLAR ...

The Chi-Lites: The Windy City Sound

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, June 1972

IF ANY outfit holds serious aspirations to usurping the Temptation's crown as the world's leading soul group then it must surely be Chicago's Chi-Lites who ...

Led Zeppelin: The Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Danny Holloway, NME, July 1972

LED ZEPPELIN appeared in concert at the Los Angeles Forum on Sunday night without a support act. It was definitely for the better as far ...

Smith, Perkins & Smith, The Sutherland Brothers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1972

ONE HELL OF a band called Smith, Perkins and Smith, played the Marquee last week. Now, they're not your ordinary run of the mill band. ...

Brewer's Droop, Brinsley Schwarz, J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band, Brinsley Schwarz, Brewer's Droop: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1972

WHEN THE J. Geils Band team up with Brinsley Schwarz and Brewer's Droop for a night's rockanroll, you can be sure that you're going to ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: The Concert for Bangla Desh (Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox)

Film/DVD Review by John Pidgeon, NME, July 1972

A SPECIAL PREVIEW BY JOHN PIDGEON ...

Alexis Korner: Kornering The Market

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1972

ALEXIS KORNER has been for so long at the heart of rhythm and blues in Britain, and touched off so many groups who have gone ...

George Harrison et al: The Concert For Bangla Desh

Film/DVD Review by John Pidgeon, NME, July 1972

THE CONCERT for Bangla Desh, an Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox release, produced by George Harrison and Allen Klein and directed by Saul Swimmer, opens at the Rialto, ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson: Motown And Mafia, And Why He's Quitting The Miracles

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, July 1972

SMOKEY ROBINSON is a hell of a lot more than just a giant of soul or Motown. For more than a decade, his original and ...

Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come (dir. Perry Henzell)

Film/DVD Review by John Pidgeon, NME, July 1972

"The oppressors are trying to keep me downMakin' me feel like a clown" ...

David Bowie: David at the Dorchester: Bowie on Ziggy and other matters

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1972

THREE CHANGES of dress and a kiss from Lou Reed. The waiters were horrified. ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Gnidrolog, Lou Reed: Lou Reed, Brinsley Schwartz, Gnidrolog: King's Cross Cinema, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1972

THIS WAS one of the few gigs I can remember where all the acts deserved a full-length review to themselves. The teaming of Reed, Gnidrolog ...

Rod Stewart, T. Rex: Rod Stewart: Never A Dull Moment/T. Rex: The Slider

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1972

TEENAGE TEARDROPS... Or, would you buy a used riff from these men? ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: An Initiation Into Iggy Pop

Profile by Nick Kent, NME, July 1972

For those who think Bowie a trifle lame... ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: On Life and Love

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, August 1972

IT WAS easy to see that the sands of time had shaken this poor boy pretty hard. Twenty-seven-year-old Arthur Lee strolled into A&M's Hollywood offices ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Free: ELP Plus Tull in Dirty Raincoats, and How Free May Drop the Name

Report by Keith Altham, NME, August 1972

WATCHING EMERSON, LAKE and Palmer play a concert with Free in the middle of a raging typhoon in Tokyo with Carl Palmer performing an incredible ...

Bill Withers, Superstar

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1972

WITHIN a year of its composer Bill Withers taking it high up the American chart, 'Ain't No Sunshine' has become firmly established as a soul ...

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland and the South California Community Choir): Amazing Grace (Atlantic)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1972

Aretha at her greatest ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan: On Love, Hate and the Press

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, August 1972

MARC BOLAN may not be one step ahead of the shoe-shine, but he has certainly been slandered, libelled, heard words you've never heard in the ...

Van Morrison: Where Is The Restless Lion Now?

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, August 1972

I'M AFRAID that the Van Morrison you know, may not be quite the same person as the one I envisage. ...

Sam Cooke: Who Remembers Him Now? Sam Cooke

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1972

"NOT 'ALF Sam Cooke's been an influence on me," Rod Stewart was saying in his NME interview last week, adding that the inclusion of 'Twisting ...

Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace (Atlantic)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1972

THOUGH IT HAS received wide critical accalim Aretha Franklin's latest album, the double set Amazing Grace, is far and away the least commercially orientated she ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1972

GOING TO THE Rainbow these days is definitely an outing, an excursion, something of a treat. Unfamiliarity breeds respect, and though the cheerful hippies who ...

Bo Diddley: Hey! Bo Diddley: The Man Whose Sexuality Was Too Much For America

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1972

Diddley Freak Charles Shaar Murray, in the presence of the main man... ...

Cecil Womack, Mary Wells: Mary Wells And Her Guy Still Making Hits

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1972

IT WAS PAST five in the afternoon but Mary Wells was still fast asleep, recovering from the rigours of her whistle stop British tour and ...

Bill Withers: Morale Music For The People In The Ghetto

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1972

A TELEPHONE CABLE that runs off the edge of Britain, down under the Atlantic, and up again into the heart of North America to St. ...

Frank Zappa: Fearless Frank Tells What He'll Lay On You At The Oval Concert

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, September 1972

IT'S THE Frank Zappa show ... starring Larry The Dwarf with his guests Suzy Creamcheese, Ruben Sano, and Willie The Pimp. ...

Lindisfarne: Suffering from a Surfeit of Kindness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1972

IF IT WERE ever possible to kill a group with kindness then Lindisfarne might be the first victims of their own success. Their new album ...

Yes: Close To The Edge (Atlantic)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1972

Meaningless magnificence from Yes? ...

Leo Sayer: Who's like Dylan, Cocker, Rodgers And Rod? Leo Sayer

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1972

LEO SAYER is Patches — Patches is Leo Sayer — described by his mentor as "the Huckleberry Finn of Rock", but fortunately he is good ...

Roxy Music: The kind of example we wish to set our parents?

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1972

THE CHAMPAGNE was flowing freely when I interviewed Phil Manzanera, guitaring personality of Roxy Music, in freefall at twenty thousand feet over the English Channel ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard: Keep On Rockin': Interview with film director D. A. Pennebaker

Report and Interview by John Pidgeon, NME, September 1972

KEEP ON ROCKIN' is in town, and so is the rock film revolutionary who created this celluloid spectacle of Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Steeleye Span: Great Caledonian Express Festival, Grangemouth, Scotland

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1972

Mr. Beck we salute you ...

Brinsley Schwarz, The Flamin' Groovies, Stackridge: Brinsley Schwarz, Stackridge, the Flamin' Groovies: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1972

FIRST THE facts: Greasy Truckers are basically two people who wish to be known as Melvin and Fanny Hotrock (We all have our problems, I ...

Hawkwind

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1972

HAWKWIND ARE ONE of the very few "Underground" bands to make the big time almost entirely on their own terms, without any real concessions to ...

Hawkwind, The Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things: Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things: Windsor Free Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1972

THE SIGNS were there once again at what was in effect just another one-day festival that a bummer was to be had by one and ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1972

PUTTING MARC Bolan into perspective is no easy matter because he refuses to fit into any recognisable category. On the surface it could seem that ...

Steeleye Span: Below The Salt (Chrysalis)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1972

THERE'S A very select coterie of bands who give off an aura of total peace. Listening to their performance gives you a sense of security ...

Allen Toussaint, Jerry Butler: Jerry Butler and Allen Toussaint: The Spice Of Life

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, October 1972

IT'S NOT so long since soul albums were merely collections of singles, plus a few make-weight tracks. ...

Johnny Cash: Hard Cash To Cleanse Your Soul

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, October 1972

IT'S 7.30 P.M. at the backstage entrance of the Albert Hall and strange things are happening. It's Wednesday, the second of Johnny Cash's performances at ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1972

JUST WHEN IT seemed that all the excitement, glamour and sparkle were going out of rock – along with the anger, vulgarity and vitality which ...

Roxy Music: Ferry Interesting Roxy

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1972

Bryan Ferry stunning in gold trimmed black pyjamas and matching shades, greeted me from where he reclined, half-submerged beneath a heap of scented fanmail, on ...

Family: Back Home

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1972

JUST BEFORE THEY left for their current U.S. tour, NME took the three founder members of Family on a nostalgia-tinged trip back to their Leicester ...

Santana: Caravanserai (CBS)

Review by Keith Altham, NME, October 1972

I'M STILL TRYING to unscrew my head after listening to Santana's new album, Caravanserai (CBS). One side features sheer technical brilliance. The other side, wow... ...

Black Sabbath: Satan, The Bomb And Geezer's Dreams

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1972

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY looking for flames ...

Jeff Beck: Beck Looks Back (part 1)

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, October 1972

Page and Zeppelin, Stewart, the old band and the new... ...

Jeff Beck: Beck Looks Back (part 2)

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1972

Beck, Page and bad vibes ...

The Stylistics: Stylistics: Who Has The Talent?

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, November 1972

IN THIS technological age it's sometimes said producers and arrangers are more important than artists. ...

Hawkwind: Cosmic Calypso And Sonic Surprise

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1972

UNLESS YOU'RE DEAF, dumb and blind, or alternatively haven't been keeping up with the music press, you will know that Hawkwind embark this week upon ...

Liberace: Magic Moments In Showbiz Schmaltzville

Report by Nick Kent, NME, November 1972

Mean teen NICK KENT (along with Abe and Ruby from Wisconsin and Tom and Ethel from Phoenix) meets LIBERACE ...

Joe Cocker: They Put Me In The Same Cell As A Bank Robber And A Murder Suspect

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1972

IT SEEMS that life is still intent on batting Joe Cocker about the head with all the subtlety of a navvy driving a tin-tack into ...

Roxy Music: All This and Eno Too… How Can They Fail?

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1972

T.S. ELIOT, MUSING upon a takeaway Chinese meal once asked: "is true art dead?", while over at the pinball machine Little Richard picked his nose ...

Claire Hammill

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, November 1972

DRIVING OUT of London in his sparkling red Citroen, bound for Manor Studios, Oxfordshire, John McCoy talked about his girl Claire Hamill in a manner ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: NME's Festivals Fight Was Excellent, But Some Rock Critics Ego-trippers, Says Zep Man

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, November 1972

IT SEEMS THAT, despite a few "huns in the sun", that good old heavier-than-air machine Led Zeppelin is still flying high. And with their first ...

Amon Düül, Tasavallan Presidentti: Amon Düül II, Tasavallan Presidentti: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1972

A CULTURAL ANECDOTE: It's early 1967 and The Soft Machine are having a little trouble getting it together — particularly Mike Ratledge. Finally, Daevid Allen ...

Carly Simon: No Secrets (Elektra)

Review by Robin Katz, NME, December 1972

CARLY SIMON possesses a great cross between charisma and class. She looks just like Mick Jagger; but never photographs the same way twice. She changes ...

Amon Düül, Can, Faust, Kraftwerk, Nektar: Krautrock: Germany Calling

Overview by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1972

TIME WAS WHEN a sudden loud crash around West Germany was probably just an other F-One-Eleven. These days it's more likely to be the local ...

Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding: The Allman Brothers: A Rock Tragedy

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1972

WHEN BERRY Oakley died two hours after crashing his motorcycle on November 11, another chapter was added to the succession of tragedy which seems to ...

The Jackson 5: The Jackson Five: Five Pranksters Puppets

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1972

TAUNTS THAT the Jackson Five are nothing more than carefully manipulated puppets just aren't borne out by the facts. Five minutes in the company of ...

Amon Düül, Ash Ra Tempel, Can, Guru Guru, Kraftwerk, Neu!, Tangerine Dream: Krautrock: Germany Calling #2

Overview by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1972

BOMB BLASTS AND THE BEAT: PART TWO OF IAN MACDONALD'S DEFINITIVE SURVEY OF GERMAN ROCK ...

Lou Reed: Transformer (RCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1972

LOU REED WITH COLOURED GIRL DAVID BOWIE... ...

Amon Düül, Faust, Popol Vuh: Krautrock: Germany Calling #3

Overview by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1972

From Amon Düül to Faust's new sound-world ...

Led Zeppelin (part 1): A Whole Lotta Rock 'N Roll

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, December 1972

IT'S WAY past the midnight hour and the room at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, is starting to look a trifle the worse for wear since ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones In The Sun (part 1)

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, December 1972

All-night rock; drug rumours; new album. Danny Holloway reports. ...

Led Zeppelin (part 2): Hail Hail Rock 'N Roll

Report by Nick Kent, NME, December 1972

Nick Kent on the Zeppelin on-stage spectacular ...

Merry Clayton: The Triumphant Acid Queen

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1972

MERRY CLAYTON is the girl who stopped the show at the London Rainbow performance of Pete Townshend's rock opera Tommy earlier this month. Even the ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones In The Sun (part 2)

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, December 1972

JAMAICA IS a country of convenience – which means nobody's going to put themselves out for you, unless it's convenient for them. ...

Kevin Coyne: New London Theatre, Drury Lane

Live Review by Miles, NME, 1973

Without doubt one of the most powerful presentations I’ve ever attended. When it was over Kevin was drained, his band was drained, the audience was ...

King Crimson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, 1973

IT'S A ROCK concert evening and the stalls are filling to the accompaniment of music played over the public address system. A review-functionary takes his ...

David Bowie & The Spiders from Mars: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

ZIGGY PULLS THE SQUEALERS ...

J. Geils Band: Live — Full House (Atlantic)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

THERE COMES a time in each man's life when he needs to have his brain tissues reduced to absolute smouldering wreckage. ...

Joni Mitchell: A Tender Dignity

Guide by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

ONE DAY, many years ago, Al Kooper went home with a blonde Canadian chick who used to hang out with the Blues Project. In the ...

Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood, Traffic: Steve Winwood: Winwood (U.A. Import).

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1973

WHAT A strange world it is. A couple of years ago this same double set was released in America, and swiftly withdrawn following objections – ...

Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend: Eric Clapton & Pete Townshend: Go Get 'Em Eric

Interview by Bill Phillips, NME, January 1973

BILL PHILLIPS previews the CLAPTON comeback concert – and talks to PETE TOWNSHEND ...

Focus: Hardrock, Manchester

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1973

ALTHOUGH OUR entry into the European Economic Community is being saluted with umpteen art forms and rock concerts in the capital, perhaps the greatest – ...

Poco: A Good Feelin' To Know (Epic).

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1973

I KNOW a lot of city-boy cynic rock writers like to put down this band, pointing out how lightweight they are and how they come ...

Traffic: Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1973

COME ON NOW, put away the hammer and nails and the coffin; save them for a much lesser band than Traffic. Agreed, over the last ...

Blue Mink: Out of Preaching Bag

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, January 1973

UNTIL THE advent of Blue Mink and hits like the current 'Stay With Me' and 'Melting Pot' — which established them a couple of years ...

Chuck Berry: Green's Playhouse, Glasgow

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1973

TONY STEWART REPORTS FROM GLASGOW OH THE FIRST BERRY CONCERT ...

Nina Simone: Emergency Ward (SF 8304)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1973

LOGGING A BIG pop hit sometimes does more harm than good to artists who previously had a rather specialist appeal. ...

Prince Buster: Reggae Part 1: Jamaica

Report by Danny Holloway, NME, January 1973

WHENEVER I've gone home to America in the past couple of years, the question I'm always asked is "What's happening in England?" And okay, I ...

The Faces, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: The Scarecrow Harlequin

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

STRANGE AS it may seem, there was a time when Rod Stewart used to hide behind Jeff Beck's amplifiers and only come out front if ...

Roxy Music: The Man Who Put Sequins into Middle Eights

Interview by Nick Kent, Ian MacDonald, Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

The BRYAN FERRY interview, in which the Roxy mastermind meets IAN MacDONALD, CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY and NICK KENT ...

Silverhead

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1973

IF YOU TAKE a certain measure of pride in staying fully in touch with the Music Press (where trends bend and fashions flourish), the question ...

J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band: Hard Drivin' Sweet Soundin' Rock and Roll

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1973

TAKE A LOOK at the cover of the first J. Geils Band album on Atlantic. The sleeve itself simply contains two plain, no-nonsense black-and-white photographs ...

Yoko Ono: Approximately Infinite Universe (Apple)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1973

IN AS MUCH AS the Lennons have spent four years trying to turn self-dramatisation into an art-form, the criticism of indulgence so often aimed at ...

Billy Paul: Nostalgic Chart Topper For Paul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1973

Keep a check on Billy Paul. Before long, he's going to top the British chart, repeating his two million selling number-one in America with the ...

Elton John: Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player (DJM)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

WELL, WHADAYA know – another fine Elton John album. Despite sneers, calumny and general foulness, the former Reg just keeps on writin', playin', singin' and ...

Family

Discography by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1973

ONE OF THE best of a large number of good British bands to emerge in 1967, Family were for about 18 months the most exciting ...

David Bowie: Goodbye Ziggy And a big hello to Aladdin Sane

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1973

Two days in the life of David Bowie - A rare interview and a preview of his new album... ...

Joe Cocker

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1973

SO WHAT'S this? Joe Cocker talking to the Press? Can it be Sheffield's own recluse-superstar, the man who returned from the Godforsaken land of Rock'n'Roll ...

Greyhound: Reggae Part 2: Reggae in Britain

Report by Danny Holloway, NME, January 1973

WHEN LABOUR IN England was becoming hard to come by during the 1950s, enticing proclamations were urgently sent to the West Indies. "Your Mother Country ...

Elvis Presley, Scotty Moore: Scotty Moore: The Man Who Launched A Thousand Licks

Interview by Norman Jopling, NME, January 1973

PEOPLE AROUND at the time Elvis first made it claim that guitarist Scotty Moore was the musician most responsible for "The Elvis Presley Sound". Moore ...

The Beach Boys: Holland (Warner)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1973

DESPITE MY better judgment, I temporarily dropped my rock n' roll-cynic persona, used when confronting 90 per cent of what is going down in music ...

Traffic: Waiting For Traffic

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1973

ONE ONLY HAS to mention the name Traffic these days and somebody'll grunt, groan and lower their eyes, dismissing the subject. Undeniably, the group have ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: A Flight of Fantasy: Eno

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

ENO'S PLAYBOY bachelor flat in mystical Maida Vale possesses a decor that is God's own gift to a journalist caught for a good opening paragraph. ...

Elton John: They Laughed When He Played The Piano

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

FOR MANY MOONS it has been ever-so-chic to take pokes at Elton John. To admit to a considerable admiration for the man and his work ...

Isaac Hayes: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

ISAAC HAYES, they tell me, is the leading light of the new black life-style. Black Moses, yet. ...

Roberta Flack: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, February 1973

MAJESTIC, CERTAINLY, with a voice as clear as crystal – but I'm afraid to say that Miss Roberta Flack, in concert, is something of a ...

Roy Harper: The Original Hippie

Report by Jonh Ingham, NME, February 1973

"I'LL COME back and see you, but I'm not getting smashed. I'm 24 and feeling it.""That's all right Robert, neither am I. We'll stand in ...

The Kinks: Drama On The Village Green

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1973

IN A SMALL tearoom in BBC's Shepherd's Bush Theatre, Ray Davies sits resting between rehearsals for an In Concert TV show which will eventually hit ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

WERE LOTS TO be drawn for the identity of the world's most crazed rock guitarist, you better believe the result would contain the name of ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Rock 'n' Roll Vandals

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

"HEY," SAID Jeff Beck a trifle slyly, tilling his head to one side and allowing a patently nasty leer to edge its way across his ...

Derek & The Dominos: In Concert (RSO)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

QUESTION NUMBER One: how do you follow up a masterpiece? ...

Doug Sahm: Doug Sahm and Band (Atlantic)

Review by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1973

DESPITE WHAT some people may say to the contrary, the most significant thing about it is NOT the fact that Bob Dylan crops up for ...

Isaac Hayes: The Man They Call Moses

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, February 1973

IMAGES DON'T come much heavier than that surrounding Isaac Hayes. But take away the dark shades, the heavy chains, the robes, the immense mink coats, ...

Sweet: The Sweet Soft Underbelly of Rock

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

FUNNY how moods change – there we all were...the Sweet and myself...in the bar, having a few drinks, sharing a joke or two y'know, getting ...

Uriah Heep: The Heep Bombard Frankfurt

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1973

SATURDAY IN FRANKFURT, Western Germany, and Hans and Monika have pooled their Deutsche Marks to go and see Uriah Heep in concert. It's been a ...

Bette Midler: Just A Working Class Girl Living Out Her Fantasies

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

BETTE MIDLER, the Divine Miss Bette Midler, is a star. Ahmet Ertegun, man of wealth and taste, and head of Atlantic Records, believes it; Aaron ...

Chuck Berry: Go Chuck Baby Go

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, NME, February 1973

CHUCK BERRY. To a fan, the name sparks off a warm smile. After that depending on how old he or she is, the first song ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show: Sloppy Seconds (CBS)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

NOW DON'T get me wrong. I ain't no weenybop, but I have to admit that I really dig this Dr. Hook album here. Hell, I ...

David Bowie: Lookin' Back, David Bowie: Sinister Odyssey Through a Treacherous Landscape

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

RIGHT NOW David Bowie's albums are the subject of more close and obsessive study than anybody else's since the days when hippies all over the ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds Of Fire (CBS)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, February 1973

THE INNER Mounting Flame was a very extreme record: extremely fast, extremely dazzling, extremely lyrical, extremely passionate. If you go along with Robert Fripp's "Head ...

Stevie Wonder: The New Wonder Ingredient

Interview by Tony Norman, NME, February 1973

BLACK AND PROUD, MUSIC FROM THE SOUL ...

Elton John: The Fightin' Side of Elton John

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, February 1973

ELTON JOHN SITS cornered on his sumptuous settee, talking about the comic strip character he portrays. And as if to emphasise the image, he's wearing ...

Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies (Warner)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

YOU'VE GOT to hand it to Alice Cooper and the boys – they know just when to pump out another album for the kids to ...

Back Door: Just Who Do Back Door Think They Are?

Profile and Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, February 1973

ONE OF the peripheral pleasures of a thriving music scene is being able to tell your friends about this great unknown group you've just discovered. ...

Chuck Berry part 2: How Many Comebacks?

Interview by Charlie Gillett, NME, February 1973

AS WE TALKED, Berry looked over a copy of Golden Decade Vol. 2 and ran his eye down the sleeve discography, commenting on some of ...

David Bowie: Gay Guerillas & Private Movies

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

ALRIGHT, so you're a rock singer out of Beckenham, Kent called David Bowie and you're hotter than a stolen atom bomb packed with pictures of ...

Focus, Jan Akkerman: Jan Akkerman: A Poor Relation Comes Good

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1973

IN A SMALL OFFICE at the Manchester Hardrock, reeking of stale beer and dirty ashtrays, Jan Akkerman is struggling to light a cigarette. Outside, where ...

King Crimson: Marquee, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, February 1973

THE MARQUEE MAY be an ace gig as far as groups are concerned but, for audiences, it can be most uncomfortable – particularly when the ...

Led Zeppelin: The Zeppelin Road Test

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1973

"ROBERT PLANT QUITS showbusiness and joins National Dairies. There's a good headline for you. Print that as a news item in your paper, O.K.?" ...

David Bowie: Lookin' Back Part 2, in which Murray looks at Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

AFTER MAN Who Sold The World came Hunky Dory (RCASF 8244), with its Garbo cover-pose and its extraordinary range of mood and sound. The hard ...

Eric Clapton, The Who: Pete Townshend part1: The True Saga Of Clapton's Rainbow Gig

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1973

IF YOU TURN up at the famous Track office in Soho's historic Old Compton Street, you're sure of a big surprise – there's a glitzy ...

Rita Coolidge: The Lady's Not For Sale (A&M)

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, February 1973

ONE OF the bright young kids in the NME office played 10 seconds of each cut on side one, heard not a sound, and chucked ...

Slade: Superyob

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1973

HE COMES ON stage with Slade like an over-decorated, perambulating Christmas tree – smothered in silver-stars, gold and glitter from head to toe – but ...

Traffic In The States

Report by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1973

WHEN FOUR people have given rock one of its biggest facelifts, it's natural they should never be far apart. So in the same way that ...

Billy Paul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1973

IT'S EASY TO detect a strong jazz influence in Billy Paul's vocal on 'Me And Mrs. Jones'. The reason is simple enough. Paul, now 35, ...

Faust: The Sound of the Eighties

Comment by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

A LOW buzzing sound, at first almost subliminal, emanates from a position somewhere between the twin stereo speakers. It wavers, hesitantly, from side to side ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Better Days (Bearsville); Original Soundtrack: Steelyard Blues (Warner Brothers)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

IT'S BEEN nearly 18 months since we heard anything new from Paul Butterfield. In 1971 he released Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' which was, ...

The Who: Pete Townshend part 2: If The Who Split We'd Really Have To Own Up

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

PETER TOWNSHEND is an amiable sort of dude. He sits in Track Records' office, with booze and dog to hand, and talks about anything that ...

The Birds, The Faces, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood: The Complete Works of Ronnie Wood

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1973

REMEMBER A BAND called the Birds? Nope friend, I do not mean the Byrds, Bobby Dylan's old honchos from Los Angeles, nor am I alluding ...

Traffic: Dear Mr Fantasy

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1973

THE FIRST ENCORE at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, started with Jim Capaldi up front, his face pressed hard against a microphone to ring out ...

Clyde McPhatter: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic)

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

WELL, IS SINGING coming back or not? The signs are, maybe yes. Billy Paul, for instance, and the Chi-Lites, Stylistics, and Detroit Emeralds. ...

Cornell Dupree: The Boss Guitar of Cornell Dupree

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1973

CORNELL DUPREE's name will mean nothing to the general public, but those who scan LP sleeve credits will recognise him as one of America's busiest ...

James Brown: He Ain't Slowing Down

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1973

SOUL BROTHER Number One leaned back in his chair, adjusted his robe, and expounded: "Back in 1969 King Records didn't want to know. They said ...

James Brown: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

SOUL BROTHER Number One's in town, and the James Brown Revue's gettin' down and gittin' it on at the Rainbow. Bop through to the stalls ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: London Sessions (Mercury).

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

IN SOME ways, it hardly matters what this record sounds like. It's the idea that counts. If everything works out more or less to plan, ...

King Crimson: Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Island).

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

A NICE RECORD of pleasant, middle-of-the-road music which should prove a great favourite with everybody's mum and dad this Easter. Bill Bruford's whistling has improved ...

Steeleye Span Versus The Time Warp

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

SOUND TECHNIQUES studios in Chelsea is not exactly the most luxurious of settings for musical activity. Boards, speakers and tape reels are scattered fairly haphazardly ...

The Eagles: Takin' It Easy

Profile and Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, March 1973

IN A COMFORTABLE Chelsea flat, Texan Glenn Frey is looking a bit depressed as he sits surrounded by a pile of the latest rock albums ...

The Incredible String Band #1: Eight Years On

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

THE INCREDIBLE String Band, in various forms, have been playing for eight years and have recorded 13 albums, including two doubles and solo sets by ...

The Osmonds: Ever Thought Of Stringing Jimmy Up On Stage?

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

HAVE YOU heard? Donny Osmond's in town – along with big brother Alan – and the secret weeny bopper jungle telegraph knows where he's going ...

Thin Lizzy: And Now A Drop Of The Real Hard Stuff

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1973

THIN LIZZY would like it known that while they're delighted with ther hit single 'Whisky In The Jar' it shouldn't be confused with the 100 ...

David Bowie: The Revolution Is Here

Essay by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

IN THE NINE months since he broke through to mass recognition, David Bowie has had more written about him than most rock artists will in ...

Deep Purple: Who Do Purple Think They Are?

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1973

IN CONTEXT, WE'RE AS VALID AS ANYTHING BY BEETHOVEN. ...

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon (Harvest).

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1973

SINCE THEIR performance of this work at the Brighton Dome last year, when, due to technical hitches, the piece fell apart half way through, the ...

The Coasters: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic).

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

HOW CRUEL fate is. At the very moment that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are proving themselves to be perfectly tuned in to 1973, with ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: The Funny Side of Dr Hook

Profile and Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, March 1973

DR. HOOK were unexpectedly thrust to popularity via their international hit 'Sylvia's Mother' last summer. The strange thing is, people were buying the song and ...

The Incredible String Band #2: Scientology and the Incredibles

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

MacDONALD: Was there any consistent philosophical or spiritual attitude behind the group's work during the Elektra period, or were you just tossing in anything you ...

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Licks, Cold Steel and Truckers Favorites (Paramount)

Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, March 1973

IT WAS like driving through an infinite oven, the sun dancing in cool water-mirages across the four-lane asphalt. Wayne wiped the sweat from his brow. ...

Dr. John: Dr John: In The Right Place

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, March 1973

Out of the swamp, into the chart? ...

Claire Hamill, King Crimson: King Crimson/Claire Hammill: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

ON SUNDAY night, at that big weird place in Finsbury Park, Messrs. Derek Moss, Bart Brassert, Don Wilton and Rodney Frock most certainly did not ...

Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

THERE ARE A large number of people in the music business who would be delighted to hear that Roxy Music had blown it. Their sudden ...

The Beach Boys #1: The Perfect Wave

Discography by Jonh Ingham, NME, March 1973

"I love to make records that my friends like to hear." – BRIAN WILSON ...

The Pretty Things: Still As Strong As Bo Diddley's Guitar Arm

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, March 1973

FEEL THE svelte red leather. Take in the expensive walnut dashboard surrounding the precision instruments; the speedo flicking between 70 and 80. Experience the full ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

THE BECK, BOGERT and Appice album is completed and virtually upon us, and it leads us to two inescapable conclusions. The first is simple: man ...

Elton John: Sundown, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1973

I WAS counting the number of fainting chicks pulled up out of the audience. After the 38th, I gave up. ...

Little Feat: Dixie Chicken (Warner Bros.)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1973

SINCE SAILIN' Shoes, the group's last album, asthmatic Pachuco bass-player Roy Estrada, formerly of The Mothers, has departed to join Captain Beefheart under the pseudonym ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Oo La La

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, March 1973

I AM DEATH. Huddled in my anorak. Alone and palely loitering in the stalls of the empty Rainbow Theatre. I am miserable with cold in ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Shaw Theatre, London

Live Review by John Pidgeon, NME, March 1973

IRONICALLY the Sutherland Brothers' first 'major'' London gig since teaming up with Quiver was opened by an acoustic duo, as if to remind the audience ...

The Beach Boys #2: The Exiles Return

Discography by Jonh Ingham, NME, March 1973

THE SECOND and concluding part of Jonh Ingham's retrospective look at the Beach Boys covers the '66 to '73 period. ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Best Of… (Vanguard)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

BUFFY SAINTE-Marie is one of the special ones. She's one of the few performers guaranteed to move me to tears, and side two of She ...

Detroit Emeralds: Smooth-Cut Emeralds

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, NME, April 1973

"I DON'T THINK we're what people expect us to be," James Mitchell of the Detroit Emeralds explained after receiving a lukewarm reaction from a music ...

Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmaltzson

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1973

STUDIO ONE at De Lane Lea studios in Wembley is a massive room; big enough to hold close to a 50-piece orchestra. Most of the ...

Procol Harum: So Who Loves Procol Harum?

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1973

WHO LOVES Procol Harum? Not England, it seems. Apart from a tough faction of loyal devotees, this isle has said cheerio boys. ...

Spirit: California Saga

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1973

ATTENTION PLEASE. For the next few weeks, Britain will have the chance of witnessing 'live' one of rock's most creative and significant guitarists. ...

The Faces: Ooh La La (Warner Bros.)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

FIRST THERE'S this rolling piano lick, then in comes Ronnie Wood's guitar. Nice tough chording, anchored down with a bent note descending to the root ...

Black Sabbath: To Knock OR Not To Knock The Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, April 1973

WHEN IT COMES to obvious targets for critical assassinations, then Black Sabbath are sitting ducks – very loud, very basic, very brash. And now at ...

Captain Beefheart: The Beef Of The Matter

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1973

DON VAN VLIET and his orchestra are here for their third British tour. The current line-up of The Magic Band features Zoot Horn Rollo (first ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

Bye-bye, Ziggy. It was nice seeing you, and I hope you'll keep in touch. Hello, Aladdin Sane, make yourself at home. David Bowie's new album ...

Diana Ross: Rapping with Lady D

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

THE DISTINGUISHED-looking old gentlemen in the red braided uniform accepts my coat with an expression of mild distaste and ushers me into the Pine Room ...

Roger Daltrey, The Who: Roger Daltrey: Who Does What In The Who

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1973

WHAT'S HAPPENED to the Who? Pete SHOULD be writing and recording for the Who. John Entwistle SHOULD be concentrating on the Who's future, but he's ...

Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues (Chrysalis)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

IT WOULD be considerably more than a pity if Steeleye Span, that most English of bands, have to become superstars in the States before really ...

David Bowie in the USA

Report by Nick Kent, NME, April 1973

THE MAN from the customs – a surly-looking Negro – eyed me suspiciously for a full ten minutes, and checked and rechecked my baggage and ...

Roxy Music: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1973

GROUPS TOURING Britain are expected to put on that little bit extra for their London dates on the simple score of the probable presence of ...

Steeleye Span A Wooing Wend

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

BACKSTAGE at Bristol, and everything is panic and turmoil. Steeleye Span's support act hasn't arrived half-an-hour before show-time. Jo Lustig, Steeleye manager, is standing with ...

Steve Miller: Miller's Hard Grind

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1973

STEVE MILLER'S concerts at London's Rainbow theatre last year were two of the most pleasant gigs of 1972. Since he'd never played here before, Miller ...

Traffic: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1973

DEAR MR. FANTASY played us some tunes, something that made us all happy. No, it was more than that. All of us at the London ...

Fanny: Mother's Pride

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

BY NOW, most people know that Fanny are one of the best rock bands currently functioning. Their albums, particularly Charity Ball (their second, but the ...

Fats Domino: The Fat Man

Profile by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1973

IF YOU asked someone who, apart from Elvis, has contributed the most to rock and roll, he'd probably say Chuck Berry, Little Richard or Jerry ...

Lou Reed: The Sinatra Of The 70's

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, April 1973

LOU REED SURE is a card. The day before this interview was supposed to take place, an associate of mine phoned up the Reed management ...

Roberta Flack And All That Jazz

Interview by Danny Holloway, NME, April 1973

DANNY HOLLOWAY talks, in New York, to the lady who made the big transition from jazz to mass acclaim. ...

Roxy Music: The Roots

Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, April 1973

"I'D BEEN nursing the idea for Roxy since my last band," says Bryan Ferry, "since 1964-65. Obviously, when I stopped with the other band I ...

Roxy Music: Ultra Pulp Images On The Video-Cassette Of Your Mind

Profile and Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, April 1973

THE FIRST COSMIC rock law of the seventies is this: "Everybody is a star". To which the answer is: "So what?". Roxy Music, undeniably, have ...

T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: T. Rex: Where Now, Elemental Child?

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1973

ONCE UPON A time there was Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the days immediately following flower-power, rockanroll music was getting very sweaty around the edges. What with ...

Dory Previn: Madness, Fear and the Demons Inside

Interview by James Johnson, NME, May 1973

AT THE END of the Dory Previn concert at Carnegie Hall, a couple of New Yorkers are standing near the exit, one whispering to the ...

Cream, Jack Bruce: Jack Bruce

Profile by Ian MacDonald, NME, May 1973

CREATOR OF one of rock's two most distinctive bass styles (the other being Paul McCartney's), Jack Bruce has, during the course of a long and ...

New York Dolls, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: New York: The Dark Side Of Town

Report by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

THE GRAFFITI IN the toilets at Max's Kansas City is abysmal. It's the only word that comes to mind – there's not one subversive scrawl, ...

Doug Sahm, Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Paul Butterfield's Better Days, Doug Sahm: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

HERE'S A TEASER for you to masticate the ole' brain molecules on: pretend you're a big record corporation and you've got these two acts, one ...

Speedy Keen: Speedy Words and Speedy Keen

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1973

JOHN 'SPEEDY' KEEN is the rock and roll war-horse who wrote 'Something In The Air' for Thunderclap Newman. He's recovered from that – scarred of ...

Tempest: Sound Of The Tempest

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1973

JON HISEMAN is sitting in a Viennese coffeehouse on a bright Sunday morning, and talking about the four-piece rock band he formed earlier this year. ...

Uriah Heep: Live (Bronze)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1973

IT BECAME Friday night in Birmingham on a Friday morning in London – when I listened to this live Heep set. ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Seine

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1973

ANGIE BOWIE is a gas. She really is. She's sitting between Cherry Vanilla and an ice-bucket at a table in the colossally elegant main dining ...

Focus: Focus And The American Hell

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1973

MIDNIGHT was our cue to quit the Swiss restaurant and return, like five Cinderellas, to our hotels. It wasn't a case of trembling at the ...

Paul Simon: There Goes Rhymin' Simon (CBS)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1973

LISTENING TO an album twice through the No. 1 studio sound system at CBS is not the best way to hear a new set. Nor ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Fresh (Epic)

Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, May 1973

SLY IS an interesting enigma. Top soul dj-turned-musician, he singlehandedly influenced the course of soul music with a sound that owed more to acid than ...

The Beach Boys: California Dreamin'

Report by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

IT WAS ALL a California Vision come to life. Pure and simple. Speeding down from the Hollywood Hills, leaving behind all the emaciated refugees on ...

Alice Cooper: Alice, Nixon and Batman at LA Party

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, May 1973

ALICE COOPER was introduced by a fake President of the United States at a reception at the Coconut Grove to mark the group's appearance at ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Distress

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

"AND WHEN he arrived they screamed and they cried, and they rushed, and gushed forth and beat their feverish feminine fists into..." FORGET IT! This ...

Hatfield And The North: New Band on the Old Road…

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, May 1973

PIP PYLE, Phil Miller, Dave Stewart, and Richard Sinclair have been on the road a few years between them. ...

Hawkwind: Space Ritual Alive At Liverpool Stadium And Brixton Sundown (United Artists)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

WELL, THESE COSMIC tacos ain't about to make you wet yourself, but it's still a fact that, contained on these four sides, are the very ...

Roy Buchanan: The Guitarist's Guitarists' Guitarist

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1973

THE WORD is out and the message is self-explanatory. Buchanan, they say; Roy Buchanan, they mean. And if you've missed this paean that's currently ringing ...

David Bowie: Images 1966-1967

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, May 1973

"I'M AGELESS," said David Bowie in a recent interview – and these 21 tracks from the very earliest days of his career point up the ...

David Bowie: Total Sensory Overload

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1973

Following the controversial London Earls Court gig, Charles Shaar Murray and photographer Joe Stevens check out Bowie on tour – and find a riot goin' ...

Flo & Eddie: Flo and Eddie: Flo & Eddie

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1973

MR. HOWARD KAYLAN and Mr. Mark Volman are a somewhat literal-minded pair. When they originally left the protectve aegis of Frank Zappa to strike out ...

Jeff Beck The Dare-Devil

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1973

WHEN HE'S playing nice, you couldn't possibly hope to hear more creative or more exciting rock guitar playing than that of Jeff Beck. He was ...

Judge Dread: Working Class Hero And The Robin Hood Of Reggae

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, May 1973

NICK KENT SPECIAL interview (snigger, snigger) with the man who's rude (snigger) but heaven forbid – not crude ...

Steeleye Span: So Who ARE These Limeys Playing Folk Music?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1973

IT TAKES approximately 11 hours to fly from London to Los Angeles. You get off the 'plane, and the heat fills your lungs like a ...

The Eagles: Desperado (Asylum)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1973

IT IS ARGUABLE that the test of a fine example of any genre is to consider the extent to which it transcends its category. Our ...

Eric Burdon: Back On Stage… The Charlton Heston of Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1973

Eric Burdon has been absent from the rock scene — but never gone. He’s made more comebacks than Jesus... and now he’s making another. And ...

Fanny

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

LEON WANTED US TO LIVE IN HIS HOUSE...WE WEREN'T INTERESTED NEEDLESS TO SAY ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: A Day With Miss Knight

Interview by James Johnson, NME, June 1973

IF GLADYS Knight took time off to reminisce there's no doubt she could come up with a few interesting tales about the record business. Simply ...

Jefferson Airplane: 30 Seconds Over Winterland

Review by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

THERE'S REALLY nothing quite as dead as the recent past – for further proof just dig out those old Jefferson Airplane albums currently collecting dust ...

Slade in the USA

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, June 1973

Will Slade break America or will America break Slade – that was the question being resolved by the Noddy Holder Experience as they ...

Suzi Quatro: This Is Suzi Quatro. She's Heavy

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1973

ON THE HORIZON of Charles Street, London, or more precisely in the RAK Record Company offices, is a Star. Her name is Suzi Quatro. Five ...

Lou Reed: A Walk On The Wild Side Of Lou Reed

Comment by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

"I HAVE ALWAYS thought it would be kinda fun to introduce people to characters they maybe hadn't met before, or hadn't wanted to meet, y'know. ...

Roxy Music: Last Tango In Amsterdam

Report by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

BEING A ROCK writer isn't so bad. Quite often you get to go down to a nice hotel, get a few drinks, maybe even a ...

Silverhead Training For The Heavyweight Stakes

Report by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

THE SIGN on the marquee outside the Continental Hyatt House on Sunset Blvd., L.A., read: "Welcome Silverhead." Well, not quite: the 'a' was missing after ...

David Bowie: The Bowie Experiment

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

THIS IS ONE OF those restaurants where quiet good taste just screams its presence. You just know that they have pheasant under glass, and that ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Fleetwood Mac of Today

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, June 1973

FLEETWOOD MAC have been through a lot of changes since the club days. What began as a straight blues band has progressed into new musical ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan: Gaumont, Ipswich and Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1973

Big G and the Scream Machine ...

John Entwistle: Rigor Mortis and the Happy Funeral

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1973

THE ROOM is deathly silent, apart from the occasional rumble of a stomach going by. We are gathered together on this day for a belated ...

Johnny Nash: My Merry Go Round (CBS)

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, June 1973

LISTENING TO this record the first time through is as frustrating as trying to see a beautiful woman through a steamed-up window. But the third ...

Led Zeppelin: Zeppin' Out

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

"I DON'T EVEN like Led Zeppelin," the girl in the black velvet jacket and hotpants said petulantly as she bummed a cigarette off an acquaintance ...

The Jackson 5: J5 Kick Harder Than Ever: Jackson Five: Skywriter (Tamla-Motown)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

BOISTEROUS young Charles Shaar Murray wrote a more-than-adequate appraisal of this fine album before it was released and I can only restate his enthusiasm for ...

Jefferson Airplane: Just An Exercise At Being Repulsive?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

"WE ARE all outlaws in the eyes of America," sang Grace Slick from the stage at Woodstock. God, it must be fun to be a ...

Junior Campbell, Marmalade: Junior Campbell: Hallelujah Campbell

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, June 1973

JUNIOR CAMPBELL is one artist with a hit single who you won't find on stage. After 10 years with Marmalade, he's content to take things ...

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant — And That Below-The-Belt Surge

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

A HOT AND sticky Friday afternoon in L.A. Nine stories over Sunset Boulevard, Robert Plant takes Roy Harper's Lifemask off the stereo in his hotel ...

Medicine Head: The Unknown Celebrities

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1973

AT A DELIGHTFUL pub in Twickenham on Saturday eve, Medicine Head's Peter Hope-Evans sat drinking a glass of Lowenbrau. The perpetual grin across his face ...

Suzi Quatro

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1973

"KING EDWARDS are a really heavy smoke," the publicist is saying, "but Manikins and things like that are all right". The advice is aimed at ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star

Review by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

BOY, IS THIS a great record. I love it and that's saying a lot seeing as I don't seem to like that much of anything ...

Alice Cooper: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1973

LET'S ASSUME, just for the purpose of arguement, that you're a sensitive soul filled with love for your fellow humans, and that you really get ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport And The Mysterious Lady

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1973

"FOTHERINGPORT CONFUSION", states Trevor Lucas with a wry smile. That's his pet description of the present Fairport Convention. After all, the band comprises part of ...

Allen Toussaint, Producing the New Orleans Feel

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, July 1973

QUESTION: What could Alvin Lee, Frankie Miller, Mac 'Dr. John' Rebennack, Robbie Robertson and Lee Dorsey possibly have in common? Answer: Allen Toussaint. ...

Brinsley Schwarz: Beware of the Rock Machine: Brinsley Schwarz

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, July 1973

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ are playing nice clean rock 'n' roll these days – but they're wary of getting caught up in that rock 'n' roll machine. ...

David Bowie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1973

THERE ARE crowds of kids outside the hall, waiting for Stardust to limousine into view. And for them this is all three times as real, ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Dr Hook: Sylvia's Mother Meets Durty Cindy Lou…

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1973

WE ALL KNOW the famous American rock venues, don't we? We've all heard of the Forum in L.A., the Academy of Music and Madison Square ...

Family: Fighting For Respect

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1973

SEEMS LIKE only yesterday that Family returned from America, wheezing and coughing about the sheer enjoyment of their tour. And quite a number of Family ...

John Martyn: The Stormbringer Comes Into The Sun

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1973

"Love me with your head and heart.Love me from the place it starts;Love me from your head and heart.Love me like a child." ...

War: The Battle Against 'Unlove'

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, July 1973

THIS IS the story of war declared but not yet unilaterally. Approximately two years ago, when the American 'jazz-rock-blues-soul' band appeared in the U.K. with ...

10cc: 10cc

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1973

SINCE THE Beatles re-created the album market with Sergeant Pepper we've become used to the idea that the best of rock'n'roll is invariably found in ...

Edgar Winter: Just A Friendly Texan

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, July 1973

STEVE PAUL'S in a good mood right now. He's just been informed that West Side Story is playing somewhere in London and already he can ...

Brian Eno: Eno: Of Launderettes And Lizard Girls

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, July 1973

...and things that go bump in Ladbroke Grove. Nick Kent stakes out Eno's closet ...

Horslips: Well You See, There Was These Five Irishmen...

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1973

TONY STEWART reports the long, involved story of Horslips    ...

Joe Simon: Country Joe

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, July 1973

SOUL MAN Joe Simon has scored a long run of American hits — with country songs. And now his 'Step By Step' currently climbing the ...

The Pointer Sisters: The Pointer Sisters

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1973

ANITA, RUTH, JUNE and Bonnie Pointer come to us with the fervent recommendations of seemingly everybody in America. But with the best will in the ...

Albert Hammond: Moroccan Strip Clubs To All American Boy

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1973

DESPITE THAT rich, drawling brogue and songs like 'It Never Rains In Southern California', Albert Hammond is no American. As it happens, he was born ...

David Bowie: Bowie-ing Out at The Chateau

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1973

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY WITH THE MAIN MAN IN FRANCE. WORK ON NEW PROJECTS, REPORTS MURRAY, IS GOING AHEAD DELICIOUSLY IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT ...

Greenslade and the Trumpet Maniac

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, August 1973

THE WAYS bands are born vary immensely. Like, the idea may be only two hours old when Phantom Balloon hits the stage, but other outfits ...

King Crimson: Latest Shade of Crimson

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1973

SOME REPORTS from America suggested that King Crimson's recent tour had bombed completely. Others maintained that everything had gone according to plot and that audience ...

Smokey Robinson: Miracles And Meditation

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1973

IT'S JUST on a year since Smokey Robinson split from the Miracles to spend more time as an executive of the Motown Corporation. Now, he ...

Genesis: The Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Andrew Tyler, NME, August 1973

IT'S A LITTLE dishonest using the same strokes to hammer Genesis as are periodically used against Yes. But there you go. Such is the nature ...

10cc: Ying Tong Iddle I Po

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1973

CAN YOU AFFORD TO LAUGH – AND MISS OUT ON 10CC? ...

David Bowie: Tight Rope Walker At The Circus

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1973

THE CHATEAU D'HEROUVILLE is probably the only recording studio in the world boasting a resident chef who does Charlie Chaplin impressions at suppertime. Trouble is, ...

Status Quo: Enjoying A New Status

Report by Tony Stewart, NME, August 1973

TONY STEWART GOES SWISS WITH STATUS QUO, WHO ARE BIG BUSINESS THERE ...

The Who: Bang A Gong The Who Get It On

Report by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1973

THE MAN across the road didn't really understand why Keith Moon was standing in the pouring rain, beating on a Paiste gong outside the Who's ...

Alice Cooper: School Days

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

...

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Bob Ezrin: The Square And The Faggots

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

"DETACHMENT. Yes, that's it exactly. We were both talking about that. Lou said last night: 'This album is an exercise in detachment and apathy'. I ...

Stackridge: Lummy Days Are Over, Stackridge Move On…

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1973

ONCE BILLED as the Almost Greatest Show On Earth, those remarkable young men from the West Country known collectively as Stackridge are currently at work ...

Nazareth: So You Wanna Stay A Rock 'N' Roll Star?

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, August 1973

DAN McCAFFERTY has no pretensions. As he sits chain smoking in his manager's flat – a mere Rolls Royce-throw away from London's Hyde Park Corner ...

Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

NOW THIS is a little more like it. Of course, it would be ludicrous to expect a sudden reconciliation with the original classic Byrds feel ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers: Brothers And Sisters

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

IT MUST have been just at the point where the Grateful Dead has started to tarnish their once peeless charisma as the magic band that ...

Tony Joe White: Home Made Ice Cream

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1973

I'VE HAD a healthy respect for the work of Tony Joe White for quite some time now, and it is because of the excellence of ...

Commander Cody: Country Casanova

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

I'VE GOT to admit I was thrown when I first saw the cover of this album. The dude in the cowboy shirt leaning next to ...

Frank Zappa: God Mother

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1973

"ZAPPA'S IN TOWN," they said. "Wanna go along and talk to him?" Oh sure, sez I, always glad to have a chat with Frank. So ...

Genesis: The Man Behind The Mask

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1973

THE MUSIC world rarely awakens before noon, but I met Peter Gabriel at the unlikely hour of 9.30 a.m. Genesis, having finished their Selling England ...

Hot Chocolate: Chocolate Brown

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1973

THERE IS absolutely no getting away from the fact that it was an excessively hot and sticky afternoon. Sweaterama incarnate. Clothing stuck unpleasantly to the ...

Medicine Head

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, August 1973

SO YOU'RE a dues-paying rock 'n' roll star with a couple of weeks to kill and you decide to flit off to Ahmadnagar and hang ...

Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls: New York Dolls/Mott The Hoople: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Michael Gross, NME, August 1973

THE EVENING SIMPLY reeked of promise. Mott the Hoople, the Anglo glamour band of the moment, billed with New York's very own Dolls. ...

New York Dolls: The Guys In The Dolls

Report by Michael Gross, NME, August 1973

THE BACK room of Max's Kansas City is generally bathed in a pink glow of lighting effects. Depending on how much liquor you've consumed, it ...

Genesis: No Exodus Yet for Genesis

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1973

"OBVIOUSLY we're out of the public's attention – but we come back that much stronger; some bands seem afraid to take time off; they feel ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp: Head, Heart and Hips

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1973

ROBERT FRIPP doesn't give many interviews – which is silly because he's a shrewd, witty, and engrossing man who, when he's not sitting on a ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: The New York Dolls (Mercury Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

THE NEW YORK Dolls are trash, they play rock 'n' roll like sluts and they've just released a record that can proudly stand beside Iggy ...

Dobie Gray: Drift Away

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1973

I COULDN'T find the name 'Dobie Gray' in any of the rock encyclopaedias. Presumably after 'The In Crowd' he became one of those half-forgotten names ...

Babe Ruth: Oh Babe

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, September 1973

BARBARA CHARONE TAKES THE HIGH ROAD WITH BABE RUTH. ALL THE WAY TO WICK, CAITHNESS – A MERE CABER-TOSS FROM JOHN O' GROATS. AND DISCOVERS ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Days Of Rest

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1973

Forget witchcraft, forget heavy metal – Tony Iommi is laying back in his luxury pad, listening to the Carpenters and Sinatra ...

Frank Zappa: Penguins in Bondage and Other Perversions

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1973

WHERE WERE WE? Oh yeah, Frank Zappa. Anyway, ol' Frank is sitting in his hotel room above Kensington, discoursing on this and that and demonstrating ...

Jaki Whitren: The I Don't Want To Be A Star Star

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1973

NOT THE USUAL pub or press office for interviewing this newcomer. Oh no. For Jaki Whitren — CBS have put their money where their faith ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Kilburn and the High Roads: Hardened Criminals Plan Big Break-Out

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, September 1973

AT LEAST, THAT'S THE WAY THEY LOOK. BUT THEY'RE GOING TO BE BIG: NICK KENT ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS WITH KILBURN AND THE HIGH ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp: The Sexual Athlete

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1973

ROBERT FRIPP paused in a virtuoso display of cross-picking on Francisco Tarrega's 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra', the interlude music he'd chosen between the two parts ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: Session Star: Jimmy Page

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, September 1973

JIMMY PAGE is as wary of discussing his formidable past as he is talking to the press in the first place. ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: Party Fun From an Old Poseur

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1973

AT NOON PRECISELY, on a colourless day, I pressed the bell-push of Bryan Ferry's chic Earl's Court flat. Fifteen minutes later I was still ringing. ...

Howard Tate, Lou Courtney: Howard Tate and Lou Courtney: The Blues and Dance Men

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1973

TWO ARTISTS of widely different appeal, Howard Tate and Lou Courtney both deserve inclusion in this series because although only modestly successful even in the ...

The Rolling Stones: Goat's Head Soup

Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1973

FIRST COMES the riff. It's like 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' 'cept it's slowed down so it sounds like it's being played on horse tranquilliser. Ominous and ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1973

THIS INTERVIEW had the most ordinary of beginnings. David Byron and Uriah Heep's Press Miss and myself left the other four members of the band ...

Candi Staton: Foxy Lady Of Soul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1973

RIGHT FROM the days when Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox and later the ladies Holliday, Vaughan, Fitzgerald and Washington ruled the blues/jazz roost there ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana: Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin: A Pair Of White Pants Will Never Let You Down

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, September 1973

THIS PIECE might easily be subtitled "How to operate with ice-cool expediency without ruffling your cosmique mantle." But that would definitely be rushing things. ...

Alan Price: That Lucky Old Price

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, September 1973

THERE'S still much of the flat cap rocker about Alan Price. At his best he's a kind of cross between Randy Newman and Jackie Charlton ...

Billy Preston: God Planned It Good

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1973

AFTER YEARS spent as a session man for an astonishing roster of star names the Beatles, the Stones, Barbra Steisand, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam ...

Jethro Tull: The House That Jethro Built

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1973

IT NOW SEEMS rather incongruous to think back on Jethro Tull as veterans of the Great 1968 Blues Boom, right out of the same scene ...

Slade

Report by Keith Altham, NME, September 1973

Keith Altham gets a sneak preview at the next original Slade Album ...

The Carpenters: Summer Sweethearts

Overview by Nick Kent, NME, September 1973

If it's muzak you're looking for, look no further... ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones-On-The Road Special

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, September 1973

THE LADY behind the amps, staring hazily at Billy Preston and his band performing on stage, looked elegantly damaged. Half of her face was covered ...

Yoko Ono

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, September 1973

IF ALL THE world were a movie set, the Japanese artist could have married her rock star and lived happily ever after in the East ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: The Axeman Cometh

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1973

IT JUST GOES to show that things ain't always what they seem. Bopping down Savile Row in the general direction of Apple Studios (ah, Apple! ...

Deep Purple: Purple, Introducing The…Err…Unknown Mr. Coverdale

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1973

PURPLE RECORDS took the press down to Clearwell Castle on the Welsh-English border last week to meet their new singer boy. The name of this ...

Focus: At The Rainbow (Polydor)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, September 1973

LIVE ALBUMS basically attempt to recreate a concert atmosphere with favoured musical pieces by the band in question and sycophantic noises from the audience. ...

Genesis: Selling England By the Pound (Charisma)

Review by Barbara Charone, NME, September 1973

GENESIS FANS unite, stand proud and be counted; get ready to say 'I told you so' to all those people who have been doubting your ...

Judy Collins: In Through The Other Door

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1973

TRANSATLANTIC phone calls can be a precarious undertaking at the best of times. But on this grey Wednesday afternoon, as successive international operators tried vainly ...

Slade: Sladest (Polydor)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1973

THE FIRST TIME I saw Slade I thought they were dreadful. It was that memorable night at the Lanchester Arts Festival when Chuck Berry cut ...

The Righteous Brothers: Two By Two (MGM)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1973

INCREDIBLE, They may not have been black, they may not even have been soul music (though to my mind they were), but nobody could deny ...

Mick Taylor, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Dead Goats And Other Delicacies

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, September 1973

THE CURRENT European tour has again given us all the opportunity to dogmatically state that the Rolling Stones are indeed the greatest rock 'n' roll ...

Brenda Lee: Mmmmm…Sweet Nuthin's

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, October 1973

WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, Monday: "To make the most of the things you were born with...Think Big." ...

Fairport Convention: Nine (Island)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1973

I'VE BEEN trying for some time not to like a Fairport Convention album. After the endless catalogue of disaster and misfortune, it seemed vaguely unnatural ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan: I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1973

ANYONE WHO IS a regular reader of this paper will be aware that in the past I've criticised Gilbert O'Sullivan quite strongly, and yet I've ...

Gram Parsons: The Superstar Who Didn't Quite Make It

Obituary by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

GRAM PARSONS somehow never quite got to be the nationally-touted superstar he deserved to be, which is possibly as much his own fault as anyone ...

John Denver: Farewell Andromeda (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

Y'KNOW IT'S somehow comforting to know we've got a guy like John Denver to kick around. ...

Lou Reed: Berlin (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

JUST WHEN you think your ex-idol has slumped into a pitiful display of gross terminal self-parody, Lou Reed comes back and hits you with something ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Sutherland Brothers & Quiver: Sutherlands, Shakin' 'Em With the Rock Liberace

Report and Interview by John Pidgeon, NME, October 1973

John Pidgeon reports as, ever so slightly, America begins to quiver... ...

Suzi Quatro : You Don't Have To Be A Dyke…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1973

I FIRST ran into Suzi Quatro late last year. She was a nice, bouncy little American chick who played bass, wrote songs, was forming a ...

Roger Daltrey, The Who: The Who: Triumph And A Threat

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1973

IT HAPPENED TO THE BEATLES, BUT IT WON'T AFFECT THE WHO. AND ROGER DALTREY NOW PREPARES TO DO THREE YEARS HARD LABOUR ...

Bruce Springsteen: Was Bob Dylan the Previous Bruce Springsteen?

Interview by Steve Turner, NME, October 1973

"RANDY NEWMAN is great but he’s not touched. Joni Mitchell is great but she’s not touched. Bruce is touched... he’s a genius!" Manager Mike Appel ...

Brian Eno: Happiness Is A Warm Jet

Report by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

...BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE LATEST RECORDED WORK OF MR. BRIAN ENO, LATE OF ROXY MUSIC, AND FEATURING BLANK FRANK, FRIEND OF THE MASSIVE MASSIMO ...

David Cassidy: Real Cool Cassidy

Report by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

I ALWAYS FIGURED secretly that David Cassidy was a cool guy. ...

Faust: Faust IV (Virgin)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1973

FAUST IV is the chronological successor of So Far (The Faust Tapes being from the period of the transparent album) and, as such, represents the ...

Genesis: Peter Gabriel Talks

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, October 1973

THE MUSIC world rarely awakens before noon, but I met Peter Gabriel at the unlikely hour of 9.30 a.m. Genesis, having finished their 'Selling England ...

Lindisfarne: How Wee Wee Music Went Down The Drain

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1973

LAST WEEK I heard the new Lindisfarne album, provisionally titled Don't Rip It...I'll Take It By The Yard with sleeve complete and scheduled for release ...

Neil Young: Time Fades Away (Warner-Reprise)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

NEIL YOUNG didn't really have too much to say after the days with the Buffalo Springfield. ...

The Kinks: Ray Davies: Doggie Tricks And Bizness Licks

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, October 1973

THIS IS THE TRUE STORY of a street dog and his best friend – an incorrigible pair who get to see each other only on ...

Rory Gallagher: Full Blooded Gallagher

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1973

DURING A RECENT trip to America I was able to watch Rory Gallagher work at that musical pit of iniquity known as 'The Whisky A ...

Status Quo: Hello (Vertigo)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1973

I GUESS I ought to be grateful to Status Quo. If I hadn't heard this album, I wouldn't have thought of writing the "Heavy Metal" ...

Suzi Quatro: Quatro Lib

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1973

"WE GOT a great new single comin' out," says Suzi Quatro from the depths of a rather predatory-looking brown armchair in Mickie Most's office at ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Golden Spoonful (Polydor Twosome)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1973

JOHN SEBASTIAN was the best P.R. man that hippies ever had. ...

The Persuasions: Big Legs 'n' Bad Asses

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, October 1973

WE'RE BACKSTAGE at Birmingham's Odeon, logjammed into a feeble grey van – a constable and sergeant at the controls – and now we're going to ...

Traffic: On The Road (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1973

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW ...

David Bowie: Pin-Ups

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1973

THE GOLDEN AGE Of Rock is almost universally assumed to have been in full swing between about 1954 and 1959, following which, according to every ...

Don McLean: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1973

AFTER RECEIVING one of the warmest receptions that it's possible for a sepulchral Albert Hall audience to give there can be no doubt about either ...

Garnet Mimms: The Mysterious Fade-Out Of Garnet Mimms

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, NME, October 1973

JIMMY HELMS has a fair rendering of 'I'll Take Good Care Of You' competing in the chart stakes right now, but soul freaks who can ...

Judy Collins: Easy Times Come Hard

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1973

JUDY COLLINS TALKS TO BOB WOFFINDEN ON MUSIC, FILMS, PEACE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT ...

McGuinness Flint: McGuinness Is Still Good For You

Profile and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1973

McGUINNESS FLINT should now be regarded as an emerging new band – and an exceptionally good one at that. But instead they're being cautiously measured ...

The Moody Blues: Moody Blues: Saints Or Sinners?

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1973

SO THE Moody Blues have just finished then cathedral-rock tour of Europe and Britain – their first British dates for over a year. As usual ...

David Bowie, The Troggs: David Bowie: Zigs and Troggs and Backless Nuns

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1973

IT DOESN'T MATTER who's playing. The Marquee's always a drag on Saturday nights. It's hot, crowded, uncomfortable, and noisy, and it poses a severe visibility ...

Don McLean: Playin' Favourites

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1973

AN ALBUM of other people's songs from someone who's written a few celebrated ones of his own? Yes, this is Don McLean laying bare his ...

Stephen Stills: Behind The Malicious Rumours

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, October 1973

EVER SINCE he wrote 'For What It's Worth' Stephen Stills has had his share of criticism. And oddly enough it's often been more personal than ...

The Rolling Stones: Up Against The Wall and Other Seedy Tales

Report by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

WEST BERLIN has to be the absolute lowest, scuzziest dive sprawled out within the bounding perimeters of Western Capitalist Society. ...

The Who: Four-Way Pete

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1973

TOWNSHEND'S Quadrophenia is a rather daunting proposition. Another Who double-album rock opera? About a kid called Jimmy? With a massive booklet of grainy monochrome tableaux ...

The Groundhogs: Tony McPhee: Who Will Save McPhee

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1973

What makes a respected guitarist ditch his axe for the complete Rick Wakeman multi-keyboards trip?Tony (T.S.) McPhee tells Tony (T.J.) Stewart... ...

Faust: Sturm und Drang

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, November 1973

Faust: The Guildhall, Plymouth ...

Al Stewart: Of Simon, Seers And Ages Past

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, November 1973

IF YOU'RE in New York at the end of the seventies, don't drink any water – because it's liable to be poisoned. ...

Don McLean: One Of Mammy's Boys

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1973

DON McLEAN on the traumas of 'instant' success and the virtues of Al Jolson's act...not to mention, of course the incredible Perry Como and Bing ...

Ellie Greenwich: Leaders of the Pack

Interview by Roy Carr, Andrew Tyler, NME, November 1973

Ten years ago the American pop scene was dominated by two opposing song factories — KIRSHNER'S Krazy Kids and the Behemoths of the BRILL BUILDING. ...

Faust: We're Just Trying To Be Here Now

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, November 1973

Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London ...

Neil Young: The Naked Cowboy Fresh Out Of Beans

Essay by Andrew Tyler, NME, November 1973

EXPERIMENTS IN college dormitories with electrodes, erectoids and heat-meters show that the most consequential moment of a stripper's act is just prior to the panties ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Who's Jimmy?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1973

IN THE SECOND LEG OF THE TOWNSHEND-MURRAY TALKABOUT, PETE TELLS ALL...AND MORE. ...

The Osmonds: The View From Seat T39

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1973

He thought it would be good clean fun… Safe family entertainment. He was wrong. Now Charles Shaar Murray reveals the full horror of the night ...

America, Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Steve Miller: West Coast Rock: Get Your Wooden Noses 'Ere

Review by Nick Kent, NME, November 1973

Grateful Dead: In the Wake of the Flood (Grateful Dead records, Import) New Riders Of The Purple Sage: The Adventures of Panama Red (CBS, Import)America: ...

Roxy Music: Stranded (Island)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, November 1973

IN A WAY, Roxy Music's original ambiguous stance – the Chinese Box thing that was probably their most enticing quality – always fought against their ...

Slade's Better Class Of Kidz

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, November 1973

THIS TIME around, Slade are making a dent in the American market. Armed with a new record company and determined to knock 'em dead, the ...

Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, 1974

A FINE RECORD. And that sentence goes first because the fact that a band as perfectly poised as Steely Dan can reach their third album ...

Fleetwood Mac: New Singer and A New Sound

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1974

NEW FLEETWOOD MAC singer Dave Walker says his move to the group from Savoy Brown has given him a feeling of liberation. He claims it ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: 'Ladies And Gentlemen, This Is What A Rock'n'roll Band Is All About'

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1974

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the importance of ritual.Most rock bands have a certain schtick that's always part of the show, something the audience knows that it's gonna ...

Alice Cooper: Muscle Of Love

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1974

WOWEE, that Alice Cooper is certainly a funny fellow an no mistake. ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan & The Band: Night of the Zimmerman

Report by Barbara Charone, NME, January 1974

CHICAGO, ILLINIOS – land of Lincoln, booming metropolis of the Mid-West, heart of Middle America. Not as sophisticated as New York, nor as small as ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1974

"I TELL ya, mate, just wait till Bryan Ferry gets onstage – 'is face is goin' to look like a fuckin' cancered lung". ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard: The Man Who Twisted Himself

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1974

COVER VERSIONS have long been the bane of the rhythm and blues field of music. During the 'Fifties, the major record companies kept their ears ...

John Lennon: Please, Your Majesty, Can Our John Have A Free Pardon?

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, January 1974

Heavy breathing over the phone as ANDREW TYLER gets the lowdown from LENNON in L.A. Genius is police harassment, says the Walrus ...

Mott The Hoople: Memoirs of a Street Punk

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1974

IAN HUNTER knows a thing or two about being a rock 'n' roll star. ...

Ringo Starr, Wings: Paul McCartney: Band On The Run/Ringo Starr: Ringo

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1974

RINGO STARR is a wonderful person. His new album proves it. ...

The Faces: Rod Stewart & The Faces: Live Coast To Coast/Overture And Beginners (Mercury)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1974

LADIES AND gentlemen, a study in disintegration.When the Faces began their current incarnation, their boozy looseness helped to add some riotous vibes to a tight, ...

Santana: Welcome

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1974

SANTANA WERE always a good group, even though debs and deadheads liked them and played 'Soul Sacrifice' endlessly at boring Friday night Strand-ups. ...

The Band: Moondog Matinee

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, January 1974

WHATEVER REASON you might tender to explain the artistic atrophy that has overtaken Dylan, it's beginning to seem as though his old cronies, The Band, ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys On Tour (Warner Bros. Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1974

WELL NOW, there are live albums and there are live albums. ...

Cockney Rebel: The Human Menagerie (EMI)

Review by Roy Carr, NME, January 1974

JUDGING FROM the mass of press coverage that Cockney Rebel are currently grabbing for themselves, it would appear that their verbose frontman Steve Harley is ...

Elton John

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1974

THERE WAS a curious smell in the Belle Vue Hall, Manchester. ...

Golden Earring: New Wax From Earring

Profile and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1974

"WE'RE JUST AVERAGE REALLY", SAYS GEORGE KOOYMANS, GUITARIST WITH GOLDEN EARRING. TONY STEWART LENDS AN EAR TO A TOUCH OF DUTCH ...

Jobriath: Jobriath (Elektra)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1974

YOU WILL soon be told that this cat is going to be the big breeze in 1974. Receive this piece of information with sceptical, though ...

Little Milton

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1974

SOUL MUSIC and the blues have boundaries which are largely indefinable — a factor which has allowed many artists to straddle the two. ...

New York Dolls: Dead End Kids On The Champs-Elysées

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1974

"NOW JOHN LENNON... y'know, that song 'Gimme The Truth'?" The Dolls' David Johansen's cracked Brooklyn drawl appears from the side of his mouth while a ...

Queen: Queen (EMI)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1974

MAKES YOU SICK how desperate some folks are getting when it comes down to basic rock 'n' roll hype. ...

Bonnie Raitt: Takin' My Time

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1974

THE COVER of this album has real style. Bonnie Raitt is photographed in one of those cavernous early-twentieth century railway stations, slumped in a large ...

Brian Eno: Everything You'd Rather Not Know About Eno

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, NME, February 1974

IT WAS WITH a certain apprehensive curiosity that I first noticed the brown lace-up shoes. He displayed a normalcy that I just couldn't trust. After ...

Gladys Knight: Imagination

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1974

COME TO THINK about it, I always did rate Gladys Knight very highly. ‘Take Me In Your Arms and Love Me’ especially was one of ...

Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, February 1974

EVEN THOUGH it's so bloody cold, everyone wants to know what happens to John Osborne's loathsome soldier hero in the end. ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Bros. Band: Dead Or Alive?

Essay by Nick Kent, NME, February 1974

IS IT ENOUGH TO LOVE YOUR MOTHERS, HATE FAGGOTS AND RIDE A MOTOR CYCLE? WELL, PLAYING A LITTLE MUSIC OCCASIONALLY HELPS, SAYS NICK KENT, WITH ...

The Isley Brothers: 3+3 (Epic)

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1974

BLACK MUSIC is currently well entrenched in the process of mixing recent rock forms into the standard sound of soul, a process in which the ...

Bob Dylan: Planet Waves

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1974

Planet Waves has so far been received with resounding critical acclaim. Robin Denselow in The Guardian describes it as "an album that ranks with Blonde ...

Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott: Joni Mitchell and Tom Scott: Lost Innocence with a Rock and Roll Band

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, February 1974

JONI MITCHELL, no longer an innocent folkie, has turned her back on the garden for rockier pastures. Yep the times certainly are changing. ...

Man: This Is The Man Band. In 6 Years They've Had Six Lineups. It Looks Like This One May Do It

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1974

TRANSLATED FROM THE HERO'S TONGUE BY CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY, WHO'S ABOUT AS WELSH AS A NICE JEWISH BOY CAN GET THESE DAYS... ...

Bob Dylan: Remember Those Fabulous Sixties? An NME Consumer's Guide to Bob Dylan

Guide by Mick Farren, NME, February 1974

Enigma, prophet, fink or sell-out? MICK FARREN looks back over Dylan’s recorded career at a time when argument over the artistic worth — or lack ...

10cc: Have You Seen A More Boring Picture Of A More Bored Looking Bunch Of Creeps?

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1974

WOW, HEAVY STUFF, MAN. BUT LOL CREME, THE SMALL ONE, SAID IT. NICK KENT, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS NEITHER BORED NOR BORING — IN ...

Bob Dylan: An NME Consumer's Guide to Bob Dylan, Part 2

Guide by Mick Farren, NME, February 1974

CONTINUED FROM PART 1 ...

Can: Ve Give Ze Orders Here

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1974

NICK KENT slinks unobtrusively into the back-room for something a little stronger ...

Deep Purple: Burn

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1974

NEW LINE-UP time, folks. As all you well-informed young people will have been aware for nigh on a full season, Ian Gillan has left to ...

The Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1974

SHED A TEAR or, if you will, a small sympathetic whimper, for The Edgar Broughton Band. ...

Linda Ronstadt: Ronstadt Country

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, February 1974

TIME WAS when being a country music fan was difficult going. You could secretly dig people like Dolly Parton or Charlie Rich but it wasn't ...

The Carpenters

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, February 1974

PEOPLE ARE always saying that the real modern age miracle is how you can fly London to Furt-frank and stand a penny on a table, ...

Al Green: Call Me 
(London), Livin' For
You (London)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1974

THESE TWO ALBUMS have been released here in the last three months, in uncomfortably close succession, mainly because Decca procrastinated over issuing Call Me by which time Livin' ...

Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (Reprise import)

Review by Chrissie Hynde, NME, February 1974

WHEN YOU'RE sitting in a trailer at 2 a.m. somewhere out in 'Last Stopsville', and there's just you, one more hit of apple wine, the ...

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon

Essay by Ian MacDonald, NME, February 1974

IF YOU'D played this to an average record-company executive at the beginning of '73 and told him it would become the year's best-selling rock LP ...

Roger McGuinn: Spacemen in my garden

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, February 1974

ROGER McGUINN has been around a long time. Way before the Byrds, he was with the Chad Mitchell trio – superstars of the Peter, Paul ...

Steely Dan: Walking Slow, Drinking Alone, And Moving Swiftly Through The Night…

Profile and Interview by Wayne Robins, NME, February 1974

WERE SITTING drinking Campari in the Angry Squire in Seventh Avenue on a dull sweltry Sunday night, watching the sippers and swallowers drift through a ...

Greenslade: Olé… Greenslade Rock The Spanish Inquisition

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1974

ADMIRAL BLANCO'S assassination could have caused a big clamp-down in Spain. But luckily for the developing life-style based on British rock, the Espana government don't ...

Black Oak Arkansas, Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult/Black Oak Arkansas

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1974

THIRD TIME down 52nd and 6th, and this guy from The Process is still trying to accost you with his pamphlets and spectre-of-doom rap. ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (EMI)

Review by Andrew Tyler, NME, March 1974

I WAS HOPING the spangled dwarf was going to pull off something approaching musical competence just so as I could do my small bit to ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star and Todd

Essay by Andrew Tyler, NME, March 1974

SHOO AWAY, Todd, and stop filling my head with this blue vinyl trash because it turns my head to glass and I'll never see light ...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1974

CHILLI WILLI and the Red Hot Peppers are gonna save your soul. They're the only band in the country specialising in funky country, an area ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool The Brand Leader In Funky Stuff

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1974

KOOL AND the Gang are just about the biggest thing on the Southern (of England that is) soul scene at the monent, and they're even ...

Magma: Walthamstow, London

Live Review by Chrissie Hynde, NME, March 1974

Music to build empires ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny And Mutation (Columbia Import)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1974

WELL, HERE it is then: volume two of Sandy Perlman's boys' collective voyage in the S.S. "Cosmic Greaser Speed-freak" towards strange new worlds of murk ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills: CSN&Y: Euphoric Acoustic Good Guys Hit The Dylan Trail

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, March 1974

"WELCOME AMERICAN Dairymen" read the hotel display-board and beneath it, in smaller letters, "Welcome Stephen Stills Group". Upstairs overlooking Chicago in just another hotel room, ...

Genesis Is The Start Of Something?

Report by Barbara Charone, NME, March 1974

ARRIVING AT THE seedy looking Capitol Theatre, New Jersey's lower middle-class palace of rock, you could tell something good was going on inside. With even ...

Gladys Knight: Anthology

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, March 1974

Seven years in the shadow of Diana Ross ...

Hatfield And The North: Hatfield And The North

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1974

TO BE BLUNT, Hatfield And The North have missed the boat. What they're doing on this record, admirable as it may be in itself, is ...

Elton John, Marc Bolan, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Slade, Sweet: Fashion: The Politics of Flash

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, April 1974

NICK KENT traces the Rise and Fall of The Satin Jacket...and generally walks it like he talks it into the land of 'Rock Chic.' ...

Hawkwind: Trippin’ USA

Report by Mick Farren, NME, April 1974

The Hawkwind 1999 party rolls across the plains of America, dealing in cosmic vibes and - more important in the eyes of the Chicago denim ...

Country Gazette, David Wiffen, The Dillards, The Kentucky Colonels, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Dillards/Country Gazette/David Wiffen/Kentucky Colonels Albums

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1974

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (United Artists)Dillards: Tribute To The American Duck (United Artists)Country Gazette: Don't Give Up Your ...

Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett: The Cracked Ballad of Syd Barrett

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, April 1974

The summer of '67 went up like a psychedelic mushroom-cloud – and some of the fall-out's still coming down. Brian Jones was casually snuffed out, ...

David Bowie: The Scruffy Little Failure who became David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, NME, April 1974

Ken Pitt, Bowie's former manager and the only man In the world who's lived with both Bowie and James Dean, reflects on the days before ...

Eddie Cochran: He Shouldn't have Used The Car 'Cos He'd Been Workin' Late

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, April 1974

But he did – and, fourteen years ago this Easter, EDDIE COCHRAN died of multiple injuries when a tyre blew out. MICK FARREN traces the ...

Graham Nash: Return of the Manchester Mind Wrestler

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, April 1974

CONSIDERING the wastage rate in the higher echelons of rock 'n' roll, it's not difficult to accept as the norm a situation in which an ...

MC5: Kramer Climbs Back From MC5 Wreckage

Report by Mick Farren, NME, April 1974

NEW BAND AND A NEW IMAGE: Mick Farren in Detroit ...

Grateful Dead: Lookin' Back: The Grateful Dead

Retrospective by Nick Kent, NME, April 1974

Whatever happened to the Cosmic Dream? Part 45 (13th Hexagram) ...

Ten Years After: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1974

TEN YEARS AFTER just don't cut the bread. I find it hard to recall just when I heard a more boring, bored and listless performance. ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon (Mercury)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1974

Sloppy seconds ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: 1969 Live

Review by Chrissie Hynde, NME, April 1974

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT. I'm alone and all I don't wanna do is keep leafing through this copy of Vogue I got in my mits - ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That...

Report and Interview by James Johnson, NME, April 1974

… requires 40 tons of equipment, 18 humper/loaders, seven personal roadies, six sound crew, five trucker/drivers, four spot manipulators, three heavy musicians two outside coordinators and (we guess) a man to make the ...

Au Bonheur des Dames, The Frenchies, Jim Morrison, Magma, Nico: Last Drongo In Paris

Report by Nick Kent, NME, May 1974

FRANCOIS MITTERAND… GUY CHABAN DELMAS… GISCARD D'ESTAING… YOU WILL BE AS RELIEVED AS US TO LEARN THAT NONE OF THESE TURGID FRENCH DEMAGOGUES APPEAR IN ...

The Groundhogs: Groundhogs: Groundhogs Best 1969-1972

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1974

FATHER, I HAVE sinned. Though the words may echo through my remaining days on this doomed planet, though I be haunted through eternity by these ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Anytime, Anyplace

Review by Charlie Gillett, NME, May 1974

Chance discovery yields delightful work ...

Sparks: Kimono My House

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, May 1974

ONE WAY or another, 1974's turning out to be quite a year for rock 'n' roll. ...

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Monty Python: Hi There, Tiger!

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, May 1974

THE DUNBLANE HYDRO bestrides a cemented hillock just five miles across freeway and dale. ...

New Riders of the Purple Sage: Home Home On The Road

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1974

IT WAS Greil Marcus who founded what has since become known as the "What-is-this shit?" school of rock criticism. ...

Sparks: Nouveau Riche Sweet Young Brats Strike Sparks

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, May 1974

TALK ABOUT BEING short changed! The way I heard it, these Sparks whizz-kids take great pride in escorting the press cognoscenti to the finest hostelries ...

The Beatles: Silly Charlie and the Not-So-Red-Hot Pepper

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1974

Will Ringo get the mums? Can George hold the mystics? Who was the Walrus? Is Charles Shaar Murray a loony? Only the last question need ...

Graham Bond: The Death Of Graham Bond

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1974

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS before his death two weeks ago, Graham Bond phoned the NME offices. He sounded purposeful, optimistic, enthusiastic, and full of energy. ...

The Rock'n'Roll Way of Death

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, June 1974

Death has always been big business as a perverse form of entertainment. In the 18th Century, public hangings had similar pulling power to Emerson Lake ...

Black Oak Arkansas, Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath/Black Oak Arkansas: Black Power

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1974

IF JIM DANDY'S PANTS were any tighter they'd have hair growing out of them.Fringed suede jacket, fringed suede boots, and those white satin pants. Now, ...

Cockney Rebel: The Psychomodo

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1974

ONE THING you gotta admit about Steve Harley, and that is that he does the funniest interviews since Marc Bolan. He even opens up Cocky ...

David Cassidy: Terminal Fandom

Report and Interview by Chrissie Hynde, NME, June 1974

IN "FREE" ADULTS, mass frustration breeds war. In "free" teenagers, mass frustration breeds rock phenomena. ...

J.J. Cale: JJ Cale: Okie

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1974

YEAH, KING of the Laid-Back and all that bananas, but it goes a little deeper than that – cos, even though he probably spends more ...

Randy Newman: Enter the Cynic

Live Review by Steve Turner, NME, June 1974

Randy Newman: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London ...

Tim Buckley: How a Hippie Hero became a sultry Sex Object...

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, NME, June 1974

...and had a simply devastating effect on the glands of a certain Chrissie Hynd [sic]. ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1974

"IT GETS ON my tit when people start talking when I'm listening to music, so when I'm at 'ome I always turn the sound right ...

Elton John: Caribou

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1974

Take a holiday, Elton. Take two. ...

Randy Newman: Aw, forget it. Just ask me my favourite colour…

Profile by Steve Turner, NME, June 1974

Randy Newman says he’s not an over-indulgent cynic. He also says he’s sick of folks asking him silly questions. After all, Dylan’s said he likes ...

Richard and Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson: Richard and Linda Thompson: Life without Fairport

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, June 1974

RICHARD THOMPSON wrote 'Meet On The Ledge', in case you'd forgotten. On that basis alone the man would be due a certain portion of immortality. ...

San Francisco: Who needs music when we've got the Zebra?

Report by Mick Farren, NME, June 1974

IT WAS A bad times for San Francisco. It was spring, but whereas in most places this is greeted with some joy – with snows ...

Stomu Yamashta: Stomu Yamash'ta: He Say "Not Really"

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1974

A VERY CURIOUS thing happened to me about 15 months ago. There I was, coming on home about two o'clock one Saturday morning feeling a ...

Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight: Gladys Knight: Claudine (Original Soundtrack)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, June 1974

IT MUST have seemed a good idea. Amalgamating the talents of Buddah stablemates Gladys Knight and Curtis Mayfield for the sound-track of Claudine. ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids

Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1974

THERE WAS a time, way back in the middle of the sixties, when the British mod-Motown bands were all growing their hair and going psychedelic, ...

Rock on TV: Old Grey Whistle Test

Report by Mick Farren, NME, June 1974

Meanwhile, in a small, cramped studio, dedicated men wrestle desperately with obsolete equipment in a noble attempt to produce meaningful rock TV for 800 quid ...

The Butts Band, The Kinks: The Kinks; The Butts Band: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1974

GIVE THE Kinks album a review and you bear the responsibility for Ray Davies' crying for the next three days, I'm told. ...

10cc: Viability Of New Marketing Techniques Illustrated

Interview by Steve Turner, NME, June 1974

What's this? A band with no image. They'll never shift the vinyl, insists STEVE TURNER firmly. But 10cc prove that there's more to the art ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan: Before The Flood

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1974

AN APPOSITE QUOTE from Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (the town preacher talking): "Oh Lord, can we truly accomplish this great task – or are we ...

Boz Scaggs: Slow Dancer

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, June 1974

WHY DO people make albums? There are probably three reasons: ...

Leonard Cohen: Depressing? Who? Me?

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, NME, June 1974

Nervous? Tense? So’s Leonard Cohen. In fact, he’s so miserable he’s even given up suicide. Steve Turner attempts to pin down the Beautiful Loser himself, ...

Dr. Feelgood: Doctor Feelgood: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1974

IT'S NOT often that the jaded, booze-soaked crowd that throng Dingwalls dancehall bring an almost unknown band back for three encores. ...

Tangerine Dream: Exclusiv interview mit Tangerine Dream

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, June 1974

They were in Oxfordshire, mixing it at the Manor and sunbathing with scantily clad ladies in the presence of fully clad FRED DELLAR, who here ...

Laura Nyro: The Five-Year, Five-Album Span Of High-Pressure Creativity

Overview by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1974

"Nights in New York street angels running down steps into the echoes of the train station to sing..." ...

Budgie: Rapping with a Burke from Budgie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1974

...is extremely difficult, seeing as he's not the slightest bit interested that The Album has made the charts. In fact, he couldn't care less. What's ...

Andy Mackay: In Search Of Marcel Proust

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, NME, July 1974

IN TERMS of the rock machine they were chronologically burned out from the start. Who but a pack of literary looneys could have survived falling ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe: Axe Victim

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1974

IT'S GREAT to be right in there on the first still-to-be-perfected artistic utterance of A Truly Great Group To Be. That old warm self-congratulatory glow ...

Elton John: The Short Hello

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1974

OL' COCONUT Bonce is back. Elton Schmelton himself in the too, too solid flesh, still opening up interview sessions by walking into the room at ...

Hawkwind: Dorkwind in Dutchland

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1974

JUST OVER a year ago I went up to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to get my first ever taste of Hawkwind live. ...

Kiki Dee: Kooky Over Kiki

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, July 1974

ALL THE New York City rockers had come down to the Bottom Line to check out Rocket Records' latest entry, Kiki Dee. Elton John and ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Wet Willie: Drippin' Wet/The Marshall Tucker Band: The Marshall Tucker Band

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1974

EVER SINCE the Allman Brothers came howling out of Macon, Gorgia, and Texas graciously gave Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin to the world, Southern rock ...

The Supremes: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1974

I NEVER COULD understand why so many Rock Critics (sic) couldn't stomach The Supremes. ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd Rundgren: Thank God for Todd

Live Review by Michael Gross, NME, July 1974

Todd Rundgren: Central Park, NYC ...

Gong: Mysticism Before Noon

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, July 1974

FRED DELLAR. Nothing strange about that name is there? It's sort of, well, homely, Comforting. And he lives in Badger's Walk, too. A far cry ...

Johnny Cash: Ragged Old Flag

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1974

I'VE ALWAYS HAD me suspicions about Johnny Cash. ...

Rick Derringer

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1974

Take one midget, add a small guitar, wind him up and hear him talk ...

Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1974

COUNTING MATCHING Mole's first album, this is Robert Wyatt's third solo record. It echoes his previous ventures in being a strong statement of mood, but ...

Robert Wyatt: Join The Professionals, Form A Rock Band…

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1974

YEAH, WELL – Robert Wyatt (fact) drummed with Soft Machine, led Matching Mole, and fell from a fourth-storey window in Maida Vale early last year, ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: A Stadium Fulla People An' Neil Young's Dog An' No Fist Fights

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1974

TIME DOES indeed fade away. Four years and lots of solo albums later, 52,000 fans are sitting in the Milwaukee baseball stadium on a Sunday ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: 1974 was Last Year’s Thing

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1974

...so what about the Sound of ‘75, man? Could it even be BE-BOP DELUXE, already? (We knock ‘em down and then we build ‘em up ...

Grateful Dead: The Exhumation of The Dead

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, August 1974

They've been slagged, slated, abused, and misused – most often in these very pages. But Hell hath no Fury like a Dead fan scorned, and ...

The Kinks: Preservation Act 2

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1974

THE MAIN OBSTACLE between a rock song-writer and Major Form (as ye olde musickologists have it) is Objectivity. ...

Gryphon: Medieval Knight Jousts At Rock Press Knaves

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, August 1974

RAY HARRYHAUSEN, as anyone who's seen The Golden Voyage of Sinbad will attest, knows all about strange creatures. So if he says that a Gryphon ...

Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1974

Birth-pangs of the acid monster ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1974

Pain-wracked Glasgow octogenarian fights tooth decay, endorses anarchy ...

Jimmy Buffett: Living And Dying In 3/4 Time

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, August 1974

JIMMY BUFFETT will never be a rock'n'roll star. ...

The Fugs: Lookin' Back at The Fugs

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, August 1974

... a word of thanks to the guys who made all this decadence, vulgarity and debauchery possible. ...

Neil Young: On The Beach

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1974

RIGHT NOW NEIL YOUNG is in kind of an invidious position. On The Beach is his equivalent of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album in terms ...

Eric Clapton, Yvonne Elliman: Yvonne Elliman

Interview by Barbara Charone, NME, August 1974

How come a lady who'd never played rock music in her life has recently been doing so with RSO record star Eric Clapton? ...

Harper's Bizarre: The Best Of Harpers Bizarre

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1974

THE TRADITION of the American pop/soft-rock interpretative/performing outfit, apparent now in the Pointer Sisters and Three Dog Night, goes back into the '60s (and ultimately ...

Harry Nilsson: Pussy Cats

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1974

Rock verite — the Beatrix Potter way ...

Henry Cow: Gerroff An' Milk It

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1974

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY wanted to call it 'How I listened to HENRY COW – and lived' ...

Robert Palmer: Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1974

I ALWAYS felt more than a little sorry for Robert Palmer when he was in Vinegar Joe. ...

Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1974

Alice's absurd achievements ...

Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: So Far

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

Gormlessly groping ...

Hawkwind: In The Hall Of The Mountain Grill

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

DON'T TELL anybody, but yours adoring thinks that he's finally got this bunch sussed. ...

Jimmy Cliff: Skanking In Exile

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1974

I'VE BEEN living in Stoke Newington for about six months. The area's one of the most cosmopolitan in North-East London, with an immigrant population that ...

John Mayall: Empty Rooms/The Turning Point

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1974

WHAT WE HAVE here is a shrewd exercise in marketing. Two deleted albums reissued as one double package for the apparently reasonable price of £2.99. ...

Lorraine Ellison: Lorraine Ellison

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1974

THE STORY so far: in 1966 Lorraine Ellison made one vast contribution to popular mythology with 'Stay With Me, Baby', unquestionably a classic (maybe this ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn: A Man's Gotta Do...What A Man's Gotta Do

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1974

NIK COHN seemed to have it pretty well summed up in his Byrds caption for Rock Dreams: "The Byrds weren't so much a band as ...

Billy Preston: The Busiest Soul In Showbusiness

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1974

THANKS TO his prodigious session-work, as well as his own tours, Billy Preston is one of the most frequent American soul visitors to our isle; ...

Can: Limited Edition

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1974

Can in Curio City ...

Robert Wyatt: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

EVEN THOUGH the gig was due to start at 8.30, Drury Lane had started to clog up with earnest-looking hippies nearly two hours before the ...

Roxy Music: Discovery Of Amazing Corporate Hippie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1974

EDDIE JOBSON is quite a cute little cookie. ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots and the Maytals: In The Dark

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1974

This, Toots, was made for dork-ing ...

Grateful Dead - How the hell do ya play them five-hour sets without slinkin' off for a leak?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

Yes, it's an interesting one isn't it? I mean, five hours...that's a long time, and well...camels are different of course, so really it must be ...

Jefferson Airplane: Don't Just Do Something, Stand There…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

UP GOES the window and out comes the head. ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: The Everything Man

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1974

SUBTLE ONE, that title. See, in the centre of the sleeve there's a picture of the dude who is presumably Jimmy Castor wearing a standard ...

Carole King, Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen: New Skin For The Old Ceremony; Carole King: Wrap Around Joy

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1974

THE LATEST saga in the Great American Singer/Songwriter Conspiracy, Jewish Division, in which Cohen and King are chief protagonists. ...

Scott Walker: Walker Scott We Had It All

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, September 1974

WE HAD IT ALL is the country album Walker's been planning for sometime. And it's country the Walker way, sophisticated and on velvet. Del Newman ...

Fairport Convention: A Society For The Preservation Of Fairport Convention Will No Longer Be Necessary

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1974

Sickness and diseases may bring you down, and FAIRPORT CONVENTION have had more than their share, but they always come back for more. BOB WOFFINDEN ...

Johnny Bristol: Hangin' Out with the Other JB

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, September 1974

PRODUCER/SONGWRITERS turned artists are an increasingly common feature of the soul scene. ...

Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance (RCA Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1974

"Life is such monotony/Without a good lobotomy" – Roy Harper ...

Neil Diamond: Gold Diamond Vol. 2

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1974

ALTHOUGH IT'LL never get to the situation where the ramifications of his use of Room 109 are being discussed, the time is probably just about ...

Neil Merryweather: Space Rangers

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

THIS GUY'S got to be kidding. ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Vanilla Fudge: Vanilla Fudge: From Pizza to Fudge

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1974

SO WHAT did happen to Beck, Bogert and Appice?Well, the mean moody and magnificent one is being mean, moody and magnificent in various studios and ...

Frank Zappa: Roxy And Elsewhere

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

CAPSULE REVIEW for the Busy Reader: if you like Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation better than any of Uncle Frank's other efforts, then ooze into your ...

Frank Zappa: Relax, Frank. We Ain't No Liggers. A Few Of Us Just Came To Join In…

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

WHY IS Stephen Stills not smiling? To be more precise, why are those noble, rugged features sporting an expression roughly equivalent to that of a ...

John Lennon: Walls And Bridges

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

IT'S A FINE, warm day here in London, Johnny. What's the weather like in New York? ...

Kiki Dee: The Life Story Of A Hot Girl

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1974

I'LL SHOOT you a few names. Dusty Springfield – okay on that one? Susan Maughan – yeah? Then how about The Caravelles? Louise Cordet? Ethna ...

King Crimson: Red

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1974

THE PREVIOUS two albums by this final King Crimson lineup have never been as hysterically self-conscious in their obvious adventurousness as the first four studio ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Anthology/Junior Walker & The All Stars: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1974

MARTHA AND The Vandellas never really made the grade. ...

Randy Newman: Good Old Boys

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1974

"A VINDICATION of the South?" Hey Randy – y'all gon' lay A CONCEPT ALBUM on us? Yeeee-haw! ...

Robert Fripp: Something Is Stirring Down At Wimbourne

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1974

IT'S NOTHING to do with egos, you know, this final dissolving of King Crimson. No, there's something of a much grander design — somewhat rather ...

Steeleye Span: Hark The Village Wait

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1974

IN THE BEGINNING there was Ashley Hutchings, he of steadfast purpose, leaving Fairport to form a group dedicated to the preservation of English folk-song in ...

Johnny Bristol: Hang On In There, Baby

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1974

HEY, THIS cat's a whole lot better than Barry White. ...

Maggie Bell, The Pretty Things: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

OKAY, FIRST things first. When Maggie Bell's done a few more gigs (and maybe even a couple more rehearsals) with her new band, then there's ...

Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1974

Fairbanks triumph at ersatz Nuremburg rallies ...

Steeleye Span

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

"ON OUR first American tour," says Ricardo Kemprini, famed Italian bass player, "the agents put us on the bill with everybody and his dog, right? ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: The Impossible Dream

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

ALEX HARVEY has just released the first rock and roll comic book. ...

Utopia: Todd Rundgren's Utopia

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1974

OF THE presumably few people who ignored the charges of self-indulgence and pretentiousness generally levelled at Rundgren's last effort (the double-album Todd) and, despite everything, ...

Black Oak Arkansas: Hot And Nasty

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

ACTUALLY Atlantic are taking a hell of a chance with this album. In case you haven't yet glommed the cover in your local, it's a ...

Elvis Presley: There Is No Truth In the Rumour that Elvis Is Losing His Marbles

Report by Mick Farren, NME, October 1974

ELVIS AARON PRESLEY, one time truck driver and supreme rock-and-roll superstar, has been taking some pains of late to allay a host of false rumours ...

LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters: LaBelle: Nightbirds (Epic, Import); The Pointer Sisters: Live At The Opera House (Blue Thumb)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1974

AN IRRATIONAL prejudice: Given a choice between the sound of New York and the sound of New Orleans, I'd always go for the former. If ...

Pete Atkin: Secret Drinker

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

IT MUST BE something of a bringdown for Pete Atkin that so much of the critical interest in his albums is focused on his collaborator, ...

Buddy Holly: Legend

Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1974

IF YOU WANTED to be crass you could say that the main features that made Buddy Holly a legend were that, first, he was the ...

David Bowie: David Live

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

IS THERE life on Uranus? Dunno. Things were pretty quiet last time I looked. On the other hand, Tony Defries' little redhead has a new ...

Gong: Look! There's A Pothead Pixie Arriving

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1974

THERE'S A lot of musicians around that are going to be kissing Mike Oldfield's dirty underpants. The success of Tubular Bells has almost certainly uncovered ...

Robert Wyatt: I Played Robert Wyatt At 78rpm And Saw God

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1974

THERE'S SOMETHING extra special about green suede boots. A certain devil-may-care attitude, a touch of fearless dandyism combined with a sense of the earthy and ...

Ivor Cutler: Dandruff (Virgin)

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1974

I REMEMBER the time when you got seven tracks on each side of an album. Over the years, the quantity has been steadily decreasing and, ...

Keith Christmas: Brighter Day

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1974

DON'T WORRY. This is not as that first peek at the multi-stellar sleeve credits may have suggested, the Greg Lake contribution to the Arts for ...

Sparks: Propaganda

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, October 1974

PEOPLE WHOSE tastes are rooted in the Blues did not, apparently, find what Ron Mael was doing with rock on Kimono My House either interesting ...

Supertramp: Crime Of The Century (A&M)

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, October 1974

OWN UP – you'd written Supertramp off, hadn't you? ...

The Commodores: Machine Gun

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, October 1974

THE COMMODORES, a sextet who compare roughly with Kool And The Gang and the Ohio Players, appeal to me in a limited way. ...

The Meters: Funk From The Crescent City

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, October 1974

THERE'S ALWAYS been something unique about New Orleans music, whether it's the jazz of Louis Armstong, the boogie-woogie blues of Champion Jack Dupree, the lopping ...

Bobby Bland: Dreamer

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, November 1974

ONE DAY last week I tuned into Noel Edmunds and I heard it – and fell back into bed. ...

Can: They Have Ways Of Making You Listen…

Profile by Ian MacDonald, NME, November 1974

ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER 1969 the phone rang in Irmin Schmidt's Cologne home. Schmidt got out of bed to answer it and found himself talking ...

Jeff Beck: Music And Cars And Sex…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1974

A DIGESTIVE BISCUIT is poised, somewhat uneasily, a few inches away from Jeff Beck's, celebrated nasty leer. ...

Sparks

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1974

THINGS COULDN'T really have got off to a worse start for Sparks. First their coach broke down in Barnsley – of all places – which ...

Barry White - Can't Get Enough

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, November 1974

THE TITLE TRACK has just left the British and American top thirty. The album itself is resting at No. 1 on the US album charts ...

David Bowie: Mr. Bowie Has Left The Theatre

Report by Mick Farren, NME, November 1974

NEW YORK'S Radio City Music Hall, with its elaborate art deco Thirties interior, must be the ideal place to present a David Bowie show. Unfortunately ...

Hatfield And The North: Hatfield & The North

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1974

IN A LAND and a business where quickfire hype and quickfire playing are adjudged almost twin brothers, Hatfield And The North are very much on ...

Frank Zappa: How To Write, Sub, And Lay Out A Frank Zappa 'Lookin' Back', part 1

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1974

"LEMME TELL YOU SOMETHING. You've got our recordings, you've seen us work a few times, you interviewed me three or four times, you've read a ...

Maria Muldaur: Waitress In A Donut Shop

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1974

MARIA MULDAUR'S got class – no argument about it. It may have been a long, hard climb, but she is now receiving the attention she ...

Tangerine Dream: Is This The End Of Rock As We Know It?

Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1974

EVER HEARD of a group who would rather not be visible to their audience and let the music work on its own? Seems peculiar even ...

Al Green: Explores Your Mind

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1974

CAN AL GREEN recover his credibility and save the world after all?, is the theme of today's programme. ...

Hall & Oates: War Babies

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1974

DARYL HALL and John Oates are acquiring something of a cult following in this country. ...

Frank Zappa: How To Sub And Lay Out A Frank Zappa Lookin' Back Part 2

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1974

"PERHAPS THE most unique aspect of the Mother's work is the conceptual continuity of the group's output macrostructure. ...

B.B. King, Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash: The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me (CBS); B.B. King: Friends (ABC)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1974

IN WHICH two culture heroes find themselves well and truly on the artistic skids. ...

Ringo Starr: Goodnight Vienna

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1974

ONE GOOD album deserves another, they say — but that's as maybe. What we have here is John Lennon's maxim of "never change a winning ...

The Pretty Things: Silk Torpedo

Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, November 1974

IT GIVES you faith to know that through all the impermanency and transience of this beast we call rock, The Pretty Things soldier on. ...

Elton John: Ms. Streisand & The Pants of John

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, NME, November 1974

LOS ANGELES. – It was a busy week for Elton John: a couple of hours in the DJ chair at KMET radio, a tennis game ...

Fanny: Unnnghhh! Grunt, Slurp…

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, November 1974

LETS BE SEXIST for a coupla paragraphs. ...

Hawkwind: The Regular 'Wind Miracle

Report by Mick Farren, NME, November 1974

NEW YORK just doesn't seem to be the place for Hawkwind. ...

Frank Zappa: How To Complete The Subbing And Layout Of A Very Long Frank Zappa Lookin' Back, Part 3

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1974

THE ALBUM and movie of 200 Motels erupted late in 1971. Both received near-unanimous critical meat-axe jobs and both were ignominious commercial failures. United Artists, ...

Jefferson Starship: Dragonfly

Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, November 1974

HONESTLY, HAVING even to think about Jeff Airplane/ Starship/whatever these days is getting to be a bore. ...

John Sebastian: Speak Up Ya Creep!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1974

THERE ARE certainly more than one or two among us who suspect that John B. Sebastian has long since gone right over the top; that ...

The Delfonics: Developments In The Delfonic Dilemma

Profile and Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, November 1974

MENTION THE Philly sound, and people will start thinking about The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Intruders or The Three Degrees. ...

Brian Eno: ANNOUNCEMENT: Texans like steak, oil-wells, large hats and Eno…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1974

WELL, I SUPPOSE we should start as we intend to continue. So come along, Eno, how does it feel to be just regarded as Good ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, December 1974

BACK IN JUNE I made one of my regular midnight creeps to Dingwalls in Camden Town with the main purpose of getting drunk. ...

Love: Reel to Real

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

A LOT OF people are going to be highly disappointed with this album, Lee's first with the new but not improved Love. Not that he ...

Moby Grape: Great Grape

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

COINCIDING with their decision to reform comes this compilation of Moby Grape, not a greatest of hits but a personal faves number allotted to Bill ...

Steeleye Span: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1974

IT WAS not one of Steeleye's better gigs – perhaps the Rainbow doesn't suit them. ...

The Beach Boys: Hello Bruce, this is Bruce, Bruce

Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, December 1974

GIVE BRUCE Johnston credit; he isn't put off his chosen path easily. ...

Barry White

Profile by Bob Fisher, NME, December 1974

Some things turn me on...like the way you might say a word or the way you wear your hair and have a certain smile on ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Steve Turner, NME, December 1974

THURSDAY NIGHT marked the final gig in the third of Eric Clapton's post-hibernation tours and in conjunction with the Wednesday night concert, the first time ...

MC5, The Stooges: MC5/Stooges: Panic in Detroit

Report by Mick Farren, NME, December 1974

THOSE FUN lovers from the motor city, the Stooges and the MC5, are winding up for another rampage. Of course, we've heard tales like this ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Wizzard: The Move: California Man; Electric Light Orchestra: Showdown; Wizzard: See My Baby Jive

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1974

IN WHICH it begins to look disturbingly like influences are dangerous toys indeed. ...

Bryan Ferry

Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

BRYAN FERRY is worried. To be more exact, he's apprehensive. Well, wouldn't you be with the eyes of the rock world watching your every move ...

George Harrison: Dark Horse

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1974

THERE'S NOTHING more disappointing than finding one's teenage heroes crumbling ineluctably into middle-aged mediocrity. Hari Georgeson (as he often refers to himself) is on a ...

Gong: You See A Lot Of Frenchmen With Berets... But Not Too Many With Fried Eggs On Their Heads

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1974

GONG'S HOTEL in the Avenue de Wagram in Paris is directly opposite the Salle Wagram where they are due to gig tonight. It should take ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wally: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Wally: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1974

CLOSE ONE, you know. I mean, after Lynyrd Skynyrd had played their first few numbers it was decided that this might have to be a ...

Otis Redding: A Legend During His Lifetime, Or Only After His Death

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1974

The former, argues ROGER ST. PIERRE, in this appreciation of OTIS REDDING, who died seven years ago this month – the Boss Man soul music ...

Rick Wakeman: Beers of the World

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1974

"ON OUR rider for the tour of America – for the seven of us – we had twelve six-packs of Budweiser, two bottles of tequila, ...

Sparks

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

CONTRARY to popular belief, Santa Claus – alias Saint Nicholas – is alive and well and living in Amsterdam. ...

Johnnie Allan: The Promised Land …… And How To Get There: Oval Records

Report by Charlie Gillett, NME, December 1974

Inside looking out; CHARLIE GILLETT, who has started his own record label, Oval Records, reports from the other side of the fence on the processes ...

Alvin Lee: Alvin Thrills the U.S. Army Freaks

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, December 1974

ALVIN LEE is a deceptive character. He's never really worked at making his presence felt in the way Rod Stewart or Elton John have done, ...

Bryan Ferry: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

THE ALBERT HALL is teeming, brim-full with the beautiful awaiting the first solo airing of his master's voice in the Capital. ...

Edwin Starr: The Thespian Anglophile And The Motown Machine

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, December 1974

EDWIN STARR has a rather special place in the British soul scene, since none of America's top soul acts can match his record of some ...

Fumble, Rock Bottom: King's Road Theatre, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

ON SUNDAY, at the ratty end of Chelsea, the King's Road Theatre opened its doors for a double bill of rock'n'roll; pretty disastrous it was ...

Gary Glitter: Ballroom Dancing With The Big G

Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

GARY GLITTER is sensibly ensconced in a very old fashioned smart hotel where the only thing liable to disturb his peace-of mind is a nutty ...

Dr. Feelgood, Hawkwind: Hawkwind and Dr Feelgood On Tour

Report by Mick Farren, NME, December 1974

THE START OF a tour is never really any great cause for rejoicing. It's the end of a tour that is usually all fun and ...

Santana: Latin Limbo Dancing Over Hot Coals

Retrospective by Max Bell, NME, December 1974

OF ALL the really big American bands perhaps Santana remain the most enigmatic, the least publicised – yet, ironically, enduring the test of time and ...

Alan Stivell, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span: Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Alan Stivell: The New Face Of Ethnic Music

Overview by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1974

Are Steeleye Span last year's thing? Is Alan Stivell just a Celtic showman? And where is Richard Thompson now that Bob Woffinden needs him most ...

Buddy Holly: Never Mind The Lubbocks, Here’s Buddy Holly & The Crickets : 20 Greatest Hits

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1975

THE ROCK and roll of the ‘50s produced three incomparable all-rounders equally adept and influential as signers, composers and guitarists. ...

New Soul Compilation Albums

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, January 1975

Black is busting out all over ...

Brian Protheroe: Pinball

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

IF YOU LIKED the instant, stylised commercialism of 'Pinball', with its dilettante finger poppin'; then the album of that name might be just up your ...

Bryn Haworth: Let The Days Go By

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

SO UNASSUMING IS Bryn Haworth's Let The Days Go By that I was initially tempted to dismiss it as just another singer/songwriter effort, but having ...

Donovan: Portrait Of The Artist As A Desert Rat

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

– a small, furry, herbivorous animal, which possesses the happy knack of elusiveness. Just like DONOVAN, in fact, who's so elusive that even CHRIS SALEWICZ ...

Gladys Knight: I Feel a Song

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, January 1975

RELUCTANTLY, ONE MUST admit that Aretha Franklin has now lost her crown as America's top female singer to Miss Knight. Gladys and her Pips have ...

Mott The Hoople: Ian Hunter: 'I Have Nothing To Say'

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

THERE IS a certain poetic irony in the fact that Saturday Gigs and Mott The Hoople Live turned out to be Mott's farewell recordings anyway, despite the addition of ...

Cher, LaBelle: LaBelle: It Happened In Hollywood

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

IT HAPPENED in Hollywood.To be precise it happened on The Cher Show. ...

Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

DUNNO ABOUT YOU, but from where I'm sitting it seems as though you can't go on saying that someone has potential for too long unless ...

Scafell Pike: Lord's Rake

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, January 1975

SCAFELL PIKE ARE a four-piece, three guitars and piano, who confine themselves to British traditional song and seem to specialise in sea shanties. Given that, ...

The Delfonics: Alive And Kicking

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, January 1975

THE REAL SOUND of Philadelphia belongs to the Delfonics, who started not only the Philly sound but almost the whole black vocal-group syndrome back in ...

The Doors: Strange Days

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

WAS THIS ALBUM WEIRD? You bet yer snakeskin mitts it was. ...

The Faces: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

"YES, MY PEOPLE, you make me strong," sighed the Golden Catarrh with a de rigeur flexing of the neck muscles as The Faces knocked into ...

The Faces: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

"YES, MY PEOPLE, you make me strong," sighed the Golden Catarrh with a de rigeur flexing of the neck muscles as the Faces knocked into ...

The Righteous Brothers - Give it to the People

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

ANOTHER ILLUSION SHATTERED. ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army, John Mayall: Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker Gurvitz Army and John Mayall: The Latest Edition

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

I CANNOT THINK of any legal way in which the Baker-Gurvitz Army can be prevented from Becoming Huge, so maybe there's something to Adrian Ben ...

Blaxtravaganza: Soul Train

Report by Mick Farren, NME, January 1975

That’s SOUL TRAIN, a TV showcase not only for the cream of US soul acts, but for the stuff-struttingest most fashion conscious kids on the ...

Gloria Gaynor's 'Goodbye'

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1975

POSTING HER way to a real left-field hit is Gloria Gaynor with 'Never Can Say Goodbye' which sounds like a revived 45 but isn't. ...

Jan & Dean: Jan and Dean: You Don't Come Back from Dead Man's Curve

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, January 1975

Mick Farren talks to Dean Torrence ...

Joni Mitchell

Essay by Nick Kent, NME, January 1975

Question: what well-known biped possesses an upper-register vocalic system, is pleasant to look upon, and is almost universally misunderstood and/or patronised? Answer: any Rock 'n ...

Kiki Dee: I've Got Music in Me

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, January 1975

THIS ALBUM RIDES out with a crescendo of powerful, robust rock, as the band and Kiki pull out all the stops. The song in question, ...

Mike Oldfield and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Tubular Bells

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

AS IT ALREADY appears that every other person in Great Britain possesses a copy of this much-venerated work, I doubt if it's necessary to explain ...

Osibisa: Osibrock

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

IT'S JUST ANOTHER of the great Woodstock fallacies. Let's face it, aside from the Who, Havens, and lovable John B. Sebastian it was those nice ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It'll Shine When It Shines

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1975

THINGS ARE STIRRING in Jefferson City, Missouri. It'll Shine When It Shines is The Ozark Mountain Daredevils' second album and mighty fine it is too. ...

Soul (Style): Baggy Trousers Will Not Be Admitted

Report by Bob Fisher, NME, January 1975

THE STYLISTIC rivalry between soul fans in the North and South of England has been well publicised. But what magazine odes to regional soul tend ...

Wally

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

A CURIOUS ONE indeed is Wally's first album. You know, I listened to it the appropriate five or six times and each play only highlighted ...

Dave Cartwright: And Now, Half An Hour Of Masochism

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, January 1975

BY THE TIME this article gets into print, Dave Cartwright will have bitten his fingers down to the knuckle or gone prematurely grey. He worries, ...

Donovan: 7-Tease

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

NOW THE FACTS are these: 7-Tease is a concept album; 7-Tease is a massive made-in-Nashville production; 7-Tease is also The Album Of The Stage Show. ...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Dr. Feelgood, Kokomo: Dr. Feelgood, Kokomo, Chilli Willi: Eat Your Heart Out, Arthur Howes

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1975

Which is a slick way of saying The Package Tour She Lives She Breathes She Is Reborn. You remember the Package Tour, eh kids? It ...

Eric Burdon Band: Sun Secrets

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

THE ONLY THING wrong with Sun Secrets is that Eric Burdon should have made it six years ago. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk - All the Girls in the World Beware

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

...I GOT TAR on my teeth but I don't care/I got dark brown stains in my underwear... ...

Kinky Friedman: Kinky Friedman

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

ONE LEARNS FROM the customary reliable sources-from-which-one-learns things that Kinky Friedman's original ideas for the title of this album included "Come Back Little Kinky" and ...

Lady June: Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy

Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, January 1975

FILE THIS ONE under Everybody Is A Star. ...

P.F.M.: Cook

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, January 1975

HERE'S A NICE fresh pizza, straight from our favourite Italian baking firm, manufactured live and steaming at gigs in Toronto and New York, last August. ...

Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Snow

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, January 1975

HMMM...NOT BAD. Quite a jazz lady actually – mind you she's got her sights on that kind of bluesy, folksy, nostalgia-filled hinterland that's proved so ...

Richie Havens: Mixed Bag II

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

ONE DAY WHEN it was raining, I swore a great and terrible oath. ...

Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks (CBS)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1975

Fate on the Skates ...being an exclusive peekaboo into the head of R. ZIMMERMAN via his latest LP of pop songs. Consultant Psychiatrist: NICK KENT ...

Dr. Feelgood: Down By The Jetty (United Artists)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1975

BOYS, BOYS now what did I tell you about being "too 
ethnic"? ...

Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like A Wheel (Capitol)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1975

LINDA RONSTADT is a remarkable Country Rock singer who sells plenty of records, with Capitol reportedly shifting 150,000 copies of this new one in the ...

Little Beaver: Beaver's Blues

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, January 1975

STUDENTS OF the currently emergent Miami Sound will have noticed the proliferation of album credits, both as writer and musician, for one Willie Hale. ...

Roy Wood, Wizzard: Roy Wood: Yeah Roy, But What Do You Sound Like?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1975

THERE WAS the time that Roy Wood shoved his jeans in the washing machine and ended up with one very wet, very tattered and very ...

Soft Machine, The Wilde Flowers: Soft Machine, part 1

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1975

CLASS OF '61 at the Simon Langton School, Canterbury – an exclusive, private establishment for the sons of local artists and intellectuals. Very free, emphatically ...

Suzi Quatro: For Your Information, She Happens To Be A Lady

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

"ALISTAIR...CAN YOU go through your solo again and count exactly how many bars you need for it?" ...

Three Dog Night: Greatest Hits

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1975

IT WOULD BE an amusing little taskenheimer indeed for some rock-oriented socio-anthropologist to work out exactly why Three Dog Night were at one time The ...

Syl Johnson: Barbarella's, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1975

MOST OF the soul artists who do the one-nighter round of the UK and USAF bases have some kind of hit going for them, or ...

Bob Pegg: The Strains Of The Life Of A Non-Superstar

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, February 1975

IN 1972 Bob and Carol Pegg parted company and their band, Mr. Fox, one of the most individual folk-rock outfits, terminated its existence. ...

Bruce Springsteen - The brilliant, the awful and the bumfluff shuffle

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IS an excellent rhythm guitarist, which just about compensates for the fact that he grows a terrible beard. ...

Doobie Brothers: In Defence Of The Doobie Brothers…

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1975

IT IS, PRIMARILY, totally incorrect and irrelevant to give the Doobies an out-of-hand dismissal simply because their role as bill-toppers over Little Feat at the ...

John Holt: Reggae In The Moonlight

Review by Roger St. Pierre, NME, February 1975

ETHNIC REGGAE'S TRADITIONAL image has been of rough raw-edged sounds, but Jamaica has always had just as strong a strain of ultra-smooth ballad-styled sounds. ...

Little Milton

Profile by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1975

"LIFE BEGINS AT forty," they say, so 1975 maybe the year in which Little Milton finally breaks out of the Chitlin circuit – that long ...

The Ohio Players: Ohio Players: Fiery, Freaky and Funky

Profile by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1975

CURRENTLY THE HOTTEST item on Billboard's album chart is The Ohio Players Fire (Mercury). Phonogram must have burnt their fingers in the rush get it ...

Soft Machine, part 2: The End of an Ear at the Proms

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, NME, February 1975

IN LAST week's issue, Part One recounted the history of the Softs from their schooldays to the break-up of the group following the recording of ...

Steeleye Span: Commoner's Crown

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1975

STEELEYE SPAN ALWAYS deliver on time. Commoner's Crown is the fourth offering from the Mk. III line-up in a little over three years, and they've ...

Thin Lizzy: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, February 1975

IT WAS WITH thunderous welcome that the dynamic Thin Lizzy returned to London last Saturday, winning many new fans and "wowing" old ones in a ...

Bo Diddley - Bo's a Lumberjack!

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

THE WHOLE THING about Bo Diddley was that he was by far the weirdest and craziest musician ever to come out of either blues or ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1975

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE Don Covay made with this album was in making 'It's Better To Have' track one, side one. ...

Elvis Presley: The Promised Land

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

IT HAS ALWAYS been accepted as an article of faith by ladies and gentlemen in the critical profession that Elvis Presley is not dead. ...

John Cale: Cale and Eno Horror Story…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

CO-STARRING ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL CHOIR ...

Nick Drake: Requiem For A Solitary Man

Obituary by Nick Kent, NME, February 1975

ON OCTOBER 25th, 1974, at approximately six in the morning Nick Drake, a 26-yearold singer/songwriter, died from an overdose of Typtasol, an antidepressant, in the ...

Mike Heron, Nico: Nico/Mike Heron: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1975

NICO DOES RATHER have an ability to polarize her audiences, you know. ...

Mike Oldfield: Tom Newman: The Man Who Taped the Tubular Bells

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, February 1975

WHEN IT COMES to tape, who better to talk to than the guy who did the 2,000 over-dubs on Tubular Bells, engineer Tom Newman? ...

Albert King: I Wanna Get Funky

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

I WANNA GET Funky is the best album I've heard all year. ...

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias: Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, February 1975

The very serious business of trying to be funny: An assessment of ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS by MICK FARREN ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult: That's Right, Another Bunch Of Neo-Fascist Heavies

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

"We're pain, we're steel, we're a plot of knives...we're obsessed with the technology of matter...our symbol is a swastika substitute..." ...

Ducks Deluxe: Man in the Moon, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, February 1975

THE DUCKS ARE one of the few '70s bands that have the power to redefine rock and make it a vibrant life force once more, ...

Essra Mohawk: Essra Mohawk

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

AHA! ESSRA Mohawk, formerly plain ol' Sandy Hurvitz. You may remember her as the original Uncle Meat in F. Zappa's late sixties circus until she ...

Gene Vincent: Po' White Punk from the Pool Hall

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, February 1975

MICK FARREN traces the career of GENE VINCENT, the Rock 'n' Roll star who didn't sell out his audience or his origins. ...

Leiber and Stoller: Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller: By Royal Appointment

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, February 1975

THE SCENE IS the Dorchester Hotel, one of the last vestiges of Britain's Imperial splendour and we've just been refused admission to the restaurant for ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sneeky Pete Kleinow

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

SNEEKY PETE KLEINOW looks like you'd expect a veteran pedal-steel player to look. Green shirt with an elaborate marijuana-leaf motif emblazoned there-on, neatly pressed, white ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Grease; Alive Forever! (More Grease)

Review by Jonh Ingham, NME, February 1975

SOME OF YOU may remember The Flamin' Groovies. ...

Alice Cooper: The Man Who Ate Alice Cooper

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

Yes, once again CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY, Regius Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, Trash Aesthetics, and Hohner Super Vamper, leaps forth with a mouthful of scintillating verbosity ...

Elton John: The Life And Times Of Elton John, part 1

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

Part one: how the sand kicked in his face turned to gold-dust after all ...

Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

ETHYL'S FRIGID AS an eskimo pie, she's cool in bed/she oughta be, 'cuz Ethyl's dead... ...

Bobby Womack: I Can Understand It

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1975

CALLED IN America Greatest Hits, this album simply illustrates the unsatisfactory position that Bobby Womack finds himself in in England. Hitless. ...

Dionne Warwick: Best Of

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1975

ONLY ONE OBJECTION to this album, so let's put it right up front. ...

Kokomo: Kokomo

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, February 1975

THE AVERAGE WHITES broke the ice with their second album and Kokomo will be the first of the beneficiaries. ...

The Chi-Lites

Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, February 1975

IT'S A SOMEWHAT perplexed Chi-Lites who recently embarked on their second and most extensive UK tour of Clubs and Cabaret. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Today Central Poly – Tomorrow The World?

Report by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

"I'VE ONLY GOT the five shirts, so I just take 'em off and leave them to dry. It's no good washing them too much, they ...

The Raspberries - Starting Over

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

I DON'T KNOW why but it always seems odd when American groups try to sound English, although the reverse is quite acceptable. ...

Tom Rush - Ladies Love Outlaws

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1975

IN THE PAST Tom Rush has been hailed as a great interpreter, someone who can lift a number by nuance and feeling. His latest album ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions: Big Sixteen

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, March 1975

IT'S PLEASING to see Anchor pushing out this classic compilation, as it's been unavailable for several years. It was originally issued on the old HMV ...

10cc: The Original Soundtrack

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

AIN'T NO GETTING round it: 10cc make brilliant records. ...

Betty Wright: Do Me Wright

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1975

BETTY WRIGHT IS, as they say, a lot more than just a pretty face. She's also got a voice that's stacked with burning southern soul, ...

Claire Hamill: Stage Door Johnnies (Anchor)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, March 1975

CLAIRE HAMILL'S AGED 24 if you take notice of the inaccurate bumf from Anchor Records, but considerably younger than that – about 20 – if ...

Elton John, part 2: They Laughed When I Stood Up To Play The Piano

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

NME: Earlier, you said that when you first met Taupin his lyrics were somewhat influenced by the Flower Power fad. It was a period when ...

Chuck Berry: Rancid and Smutty (Apologists Only)

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1975

Chuck Berry: Lewisham Odeon, London ...

The Kids Are Not Necessarily Alright

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, March 1975

Or how the '70s has seen a limp-wristed sell-out of the ideals of the 60s. MICK FARREN discusses the way the Uncle Toms of Teendom ...

Tim Buckley: Greeetings From L.A.

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

WAY BACK in the dim and distant, old Tim had to sing for his supper, along with the likes of Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne, ...

Tim Buckley: Greetings From LA

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

WAY BACK IN the dim and distant, old Tim had to sing for his supper, along with the likes of Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne, ...

Chuck Berry: Chuck Has Been Leaving The Stage For 20 Years

Report by Bob Woffinden, NME, March 1975

They weren't complaining – they were awestruck ...

Elton John part 3: Maybe It's Because I'm A Socialist…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

TELL US, El, what is Rock all about? Having a bloody good time. When I was a kid and went to see those Larry Parnes-Billy ...

Jack The Lad

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, March 1975

"STEELEYE ARE A jumped-up lot – we've had a standing challenge with them for six months now and they've never taken it up." ...

Kiki Dee at Drury Lane

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, March 1975

THIS WAS THE one that mattered for the Kiki Dee Band, and they made sure it counted. ...

LaBelle: Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

"THE RE-VO-LU-SHUN...will not be televaaaaaazed," declaims Patti LaBelle, staring into the audience from the stage of the Congressgebouwe in the Hague. ...

Milk 'n' Cookies: Mlk'n'Cookies: Sweetness & Light With Milk & Cookies

Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

IF I TOLD you that the latest band to ride the grapevine from New York to London, Milk'n'Cookies, are three guys from the affluent suburban ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Do You Wanna Be A Star?

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, March 1975

IT WAS ONE of those large Edwardian houses in London's Hampstead, just off the main road. Like most of the others, it had been converted ...

Tavares: Hard Core Poetry

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, March 1975

LOVE THAT title, Hard Core Poetry. Unfortunately the album does not move me as much. ...

10cc: The Punk And I or Two Jews Blues

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

...In which two nice young men of Hebraic extraction (LOL CRÈME and CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY) engage in heated debate about 10 c.c.'s collective attitude. Or ...

David Bowie : Young Americans

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1975

WHERE have all poppa's heroes gone? Living in New York, every one. A hard city by reputation, but presumably it has its compensations for someone ...

Franco Battiato: Clic

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

READING THE CREDITS and titles to Franco Battiato's Clic you'd be forgiven for thinking that here was just the latest example of technoflash absurdia masquerading ...

Genesis: Gabriel's Cosmic Juice

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

"I believe in getting art out of the galleries and onto the streets. Status Quo are so cultural, so Wagner..." ...

LaBelle: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, March 1975

THE PROVERBIAL BREATH of fresh air. ...

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #1: Hey Man, You With A Gwoop?

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1975

Speech impediments are the thing in Los Angeles this year. There are quite a lot of naked men jumping out of bushes – whereas more ...

The Moments, Shirley & Co.: Shirley & Co. and The Moments: The Carpenters Are My Real Faves

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, March 1975

Al Goodman, A & R man for All Platinum label. So what are you doing on the Soul page with Shirley & Co., Al? ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1975

FIRST OF ALL let me tell you about the art work that John Berg has concocted for the Blue Oyster Cult's most extreme venture to ...

God is Alive and Well and Living Off Rock'n'Roll...

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, March 1975

Unfurling his roadmaps for the soul, MICK FARREN, Bachelor of Divinity of this parish, slumps grimly over his flea-ridden Olivetti to bang out the sandwich-luncher's ...

Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

IAN? IAN? ...

Jonathan King: A Rose in a Fisted Glove

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1975

WHEN JONATHAN KING first manifested his presence upon this already sufficiently troubled planet he was able to masquerade as a genuinely provocative presence, mainly because ...

The Chieftains: How to record 4 albums in 18 years, and still sell out the Albert Hall

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, March 1975

"HE'S LIKE ONE of the little folk – a lovely, lively leprachaun, with an enormous musical talent and sense of humour to match." ...

King Crimson, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep: Ex-Crimson Bass Man Seduced

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1975

JOHN WETTON JOINS HUMBLE WEALTHY HEEP ...

Wally at Fareham

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1975

PETE SAGE'S FUR-TRIMMED cap and hunched stance give him something of the aura of a demented Moroccan camel trader as he relaxes into the flow ...

The Mighty Clouds of Joy: Hey You, Get Onto The Mighty Clouds Of Joy…

Comment by Bob Fisher, NME, March 1975

...and discover the undiluted gospel fervour and emotional commitment you thought black music had lost. ...

Ronnie Lane: Seedy Lad Discusses Tent Collapse

Interview by Jonh Ingham, NME, March 1975

SOMEWHERE IN the hinterlands of this once-proud isle, in a medieval pub which has beams wallpapered with matchbooks proclaiming the existence of "Joe's Cafe", Ronnie ...

James Brown: Reality and Breakin' Bread

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, April 1975

A WORD OF advice. Never attempt to review James Brown product whilst the records are actually playing. It's impossible either to write or type when ...

Johnny Mathis - The Heart of a Woman

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

JOHNNY BRISTOL'S RISING reputation as an ace producer hasn't, as far as I can see, resulted in any really solid product to back up the ...

Lou Reed at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

THERE'S AN ILLUMINATED sign outside the Hammersmith Odeon that says: "It's all too much. Lou Reed in Concert." Wry humour or someone taking a subtle ...

Bob Dylan, The Who: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #2: The Day I Shook Bob Dylan's Hand And Other Weird Tales

Report by Nick Kent, NME, April 1975

ALSO INCLUDES: The Dog That Ate The Dog That Ate Los Angeles ...

Rick Wakeman: The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1975

The Cadbury capers, part 1: the management requests you leave your brain at the door ...

Steely Dan: Katy Lied

Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1975

THIS ALBUM worries me.It worries me because so much of the music here is so blatantly lacklustre compared with the exhiliratingly high standards already set ...

Swamp Dogg

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, April 1975

"WHERE ELSE BUT in America could a person own a Rolls-Royce, an Eldorado Mark IV, a Mercedes limousine, an estate in Long Island, an apartment ...

Tangerine Dream: Rubycon and Alpha Centauri

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1975

IF I'VE ASSESSED the vibe correctly, it would seem that the appropriate critical response to Tangerine Dream is to dismiss Edgar Froose, Chris Franke and ...

Tom Paxton

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, April 1975

"WHAT DO YOU think of the new album then?" ...

Charlie Rich - The Silver Fox

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1975

IN WHICH CHARLIE Rich, understandably exhausted after a twenty year struggle to Make It, manages to record one side of an album and then runs ...

Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Hunter Ronson at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1975

SHUCKS. TO THINK it's well over a year now since I last saw Ian Hunter and the whole Hoople caboodle in this very same theatre ...

Iron Butterfly - Scorching Beauty

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

SEEMS LIKE 1968 all over again, doesn't it? ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #3: What did Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack and Mick Jagger sing...

Report by Nick Kent, NME, April 1975

...in a tune-up room on the last night of the Faces' 1975 LA gigs? Why, the closing aria in D from 'il Cavalleria Rusticana', of ...

Ringo Starr: Everyone One Of Us Has All We Need…

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, April 1975

SOMETIMES your friendly neighbourhood interviewer is allowed to conduct his interview in a small room with only the interviewee and a tape, recorder for company. ...

Rock and Western Films: My baby useta love western movies...

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, April 1975

OVER CHRISTMAS THE BBC showed The Magnificent Seven – and gave us a very forcible reminder of how great an effect western movies have had ...

Tangerine Dream: 1983 — A Synthesiser I Will Be

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1975

Do TANGERINE DREAM, wizzkids of organic electronic rock, play their instruments?Or do the instruments play them? ...

The Dictators - The Dictators Go Girl Crazy

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

PSSST. WANNA BUY a dirty record? ...

Upp: Upp

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

THE VERY Famous Tony Williams once included on one of his albums a track entitled 'Some Hip Drum Shit'. ...

The Winkies: Winkies - Winkies

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1975

AND SO, AS if to pinpoint that they'd stuck a ring through the collective nose of every other pub rocker when it came to osmosing ...

The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, David Crosby: David Crosby

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

IT STARTED with trademark objects, really. When The Byrds got their hit with 'Mr Tambourine Man', Jim McGuinn established himself as the one with those ...

Loudon Wainwright III - Unrequited

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

THE WORST THING that ever happened to Loudon Wainwright III was being branded The New Dylan, kiss of death to any self-respecting artist who hopes ...

Phil Manzanera: Head hunting in darkest Acton

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

YOU'VE GOT TO be quick to catch a Manzanera. No sooner has it left America than it's off to sunny Hawaii to sojourn, returning home ...

Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Sister Sledge, The Spinners: Sister Sledge; Jimmy Castor; Ben E. King; The Spinners: Return of the Soul Package

Report and Interview by Bob Fisher, Roger St. Pierre, NME, April 1975

From the great lost soul label of Atlantic it came, writhing with synchronized funk, its many black heads chanting and wailing. Nothing like it had ...

Steve Harley at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

INSIDE THE HALL you could tell it would be one of those nights. Row upon row of bowler-hatted disciples clutched onto their Harley scarves in ...

Al Green: Eaten Something Funny Al?

Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, April 1975

"L.O.V.E. SPELLS LOVE," says Al Green on his current NME chart rider of the same name, while according to Jimmy Witherspoon's current US hit, it's ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1975

IF ALLEN TOUSSAINT ever wants to make the great album he's obviously capable of, he'd be best advised to first take a year's sabbatical from ...

Anne Murray: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, April 1975

THE DIFFICULTY OF categorising Anne Murray as a singer – is she pop, country, soul or strictly MOR? – was probably the main reason for ...

Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes (CBS)

Review by Mick Farren, NME, April 1975

THE STORY goes that Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the fastest gun of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, distraught at the death of his beloved Lizzy Siddons, had a ...

The Edgar Broughton Band, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd: British Psychedelia: More Zits Than Hitz…

Guide by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

It's dream-time in Compilationsville once again, amigos. This week CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY does his worst to induce EMI into issuing Volume Two in his discocartography ...

Frank Zappa:

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, April 1975

Mothers albums nestle amongst the legal papers. A stereo system has been set up in front of The judge. The scene is Law Court Seven. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk at Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

LORD, LORD, WHY hast thou forsaken me? ...

J. J. Barnes: The Groovesville Masters

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, April 1975

DESPITE A couple of very successful tours of the Midlands and the North, JJ seems dogged by bad luck. ...

Jet (UK): Jet: Jet

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1975

AT LAST the 1972 show! ...

Judy Collins - Judith

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, April 1975

JUDY COLLINS HAS recently completed a movie about a female symphony conductor. ...

Kansas - Kansas

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

KANSAS ARE THE latest group to hoist the Dixie flag, though thankfully they don't seem anxious to broadcast the fact that "the South is gonna ...

Pete Atkin and Clive James: Pete Atkin And Clive James: From Little Atkins Great Oak Trees Grow

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, April 1975

A fearsome encounter between two of the foremost minds of a Generation...uh...two of the most cerebral Rock Critics afloat...um, two of the most Accomplished Raconteurs...the ...

Syl Johnson: A Whole Lot Of Whiplashes And Scars…

Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, April 1975

NOT MANY artists hot on the US Soul charts have had the apprenticeship of Syl Johnson. ...

The Pink Fairies: Looking Back

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, April 1975

A thrilling tale of Ladbroke Grove, loose aggregations, hanging out, and falling about – recounted in loving detail by an actual participant in those glorious ...

Sweet: The Sweet: No Longer Unfashionable

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

ROCK SNOBBERY. THAT'S what it is. A prevailing attitude that anything commercially successful in terms of the charts must therefore be top-twenty hype, not suitable ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey - Thou shalt have no other punk before me…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1975

AND NOW, ALEX Harvey, your starter for ten. What is rock and roll? ...

Arthur Brown - Dance

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1975

LET'S GET ONE thing straight right up front. ...

Bees Make Honey: The Kensington, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, NME, May 1975

BACK AT THE Kensington, the pub they first opened up to rock music, Bees Make Honey gave a storming set as usual. ...

Billy Joel - Piano Man

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

THE GRAPEVINE WHISPERS Billy Joel is going to be a superstar. ...

Chairmen Of The Board: Chairmen of the Board

Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, May 1975

IT WAS THE Chairmen of the Board's umpteenth tour of the UK, but this time round, the venues were a little classier, with week long ...

Emmylou Harris: Pieces of the Sky

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, May 1975

THIS IS AN album that has been quite eagerly anticipated, mainly because of the reputation Emmylou Harris built for herself with her participation as co-vocalist ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: The Mighty Pop vs. the Hand of Blight

Special Feature by Nick Kent, NME, May 1975

Never before told! The story of a brilliant monster called IGGY POP, whose life and countless near-demises have provided Rock with one of its most ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin' Fancy

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1975

WELL, IT LOOKS as though they're here to stay. ...

Man

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, May 1975

DEKE AND I are talking hurriedly about limited omniscience when it occurs to me that this is a very melancholy Man indeed. ...

Mickey Jupp: The Lost Legends of Southend Rock

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

Down where the fag-end of London slopes into the sea, there lies the forgotten land of Southend, home of the whelk stall and source of ...

Smokey Robinson: Quiet Storm

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, May 1975

HOW MUCH SUGAR do you take? ...

Steeleye Span at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, May 1975

THIS WAS STEELEYE'S loudest gig, a fact which may or may not indicate the shape of things to come. ...

The Amboy Dukes - Journeys and Migrations

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

THIS MOST RECENT collection of The American Amboy Dukes, taken from the first three albums, is strictly one for masochistic archivists. Amusement value only. If ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Champion Jack Dupree, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker: Various Blues Albums

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1975

If you're a living blues master, are you better off dead? ...

Arthur Lee - Interview

Interview by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

TEN YEARS AGO Love made their first album for Elektra, and it's available for next to nothing as a cut-out now. Times change but Arthur ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive: Bachman-Turner Overdrive - And this isn't all they do

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1975

"WHEN I'M TRYING to do a solo, I'll try and play what Jeff Beck would play, or I'll try and play what Eric Clapton would ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire

Profile by Bob Fisher, NME, May 1975

LIKE EVERY OTHER sub genre of soul seems to do, the current blockbuster – jazz-funk, bump-funk, party street-dance, or whatever you care to tag it ...

Geno Washington

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, May 1975

THE WHO, THE Small Faces, Spencer Davies and their ilk were the bands that got written up in the history books, but the true stars ...

John Cale: Slow Dazzle

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

THE FIRST TRACK on John Cale's Slow Dazzle is so excellent that I played it eight times before I could bring myself to continue. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band in Edinburgh

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1975

THOUGH IT'S UNDOUBTEDLY a contradiction in terms, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band are both slicker and rougher than they used to be. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1975

Slicker and rougher ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, May 1975

'SUPERNATURAL Thing Pt. 1' marks the first occasion on which Ben E. King has hit the American Top twenty since 'Don't Play That Song' in ...

Barry White: Villa Park, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, NME, May 1975

THERE'S BEEN some controversy about the prices on Barry White's English gigs – £5 was the top price at Birmingham. ...

Bill Monroe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, NME, May 1975

BILL MONROE IS the main-man of bluegrass music, a veteran innovator whose recording career spans 40 years. ...

Don McLean at The Albert Hall

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, May 1975

WHY SHOULD DON McLean have chosen to open his Albert Hall-concert – and with it his first British tour for eighteen months – with his ...

Love: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1975

COVENT GARDEN HAD its second major rock venue re-opened last Thursday for a series of regular concerts by bands not big enough to warrant an ...

Yes: Chris Squire - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1975

I'M HUNTING THROUGH the cartridges in the glove compartment of Chris Squire's '63 Rolls Royce as we head out of Liverpool towards the M62 and ...

Patti Smith, Television: Down In The Scuzz With The Heavy Cult Figures

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1975

C.B.G.B. is a toilet. An impossibly scuzzy little club buried somewhere in the sections of the Village that the cab-drivers don't like to drive through. ...

Henry Cow: In Praise of Learning

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1975

IT HAS been said that rock has lost its vision. It has also been suggested that the current drought of spectacular things to behold in ...

John Cipollina, Man, Quicksilver Messenger Service: John Cipollina

Interview by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

JOHN CIPOLLINA, he's the real thing. Smallish, wiry, hair tied back, nicotine stains up to his elbow and the confident loquaciousness of a man who ...

Sailor - No sex please we're Russo-Nordic

Profile by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

TWO HAIRDRESSERS, a parachutist and a tortured poet; a band called Sailor, dressed in nautical gear, including a Ruskie prince and a member of the ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and Friends

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

IN THE GRAND old tradition of milking every last drop from The Beach Boys' catalogue comes this double coupling of the '67-'68 albums Wild Honey ...

The Exciters - Dark Clouds Over the Black Country

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, June 1975

INTERNAL DISSENSION IS the bane of any cult, and though the Northern Sounds soul movement might seem healthy from the outside, in reality it's torn ...

Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1975

There is no mention of brown rice on this page. Persian rugs and health food in general? Well, OK...yeah, but not in any harmful quantity. ...

Bettye Swann, Candi Staton: Candi Staton and Bettye Swann: Broken Hearts, Do Right Women

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, June 1975

EVERY TIME I hear Bettye Swann's pained 'Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me' I'm so moved I want to go and punch that ...

Curtis Mayfield: America Today

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1975

THREE YEARS AGO, Curtis Mayfield was one of the golden boys of New Wave soul, having broken with marketing formats (The Impressions) and joined the ...

Eddie Cochran: The Very Best of Eddie Cochran (15th Anniversary Album)

Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1975

I SUPPOSE WITH Showaddywaddy up in the singles chart with 'Three Steps to Heaven', and the 17-year-old version of 'C'mon Everybody' once again bubbling under ...

Billy Swan, Eddy Mitchell, The Jordanaires: Eddy Mitchell/Billy Swan/The Jordanaires: Olympia, Paris

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, June 1975

Vegas on 8 cheeseburgers a day...or a bitch-in with Nashville's men of steel in Gay Paree. Which would you prefer? ...

Georgie Fame: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1975

WHILE APPRECIATING THAT what George Fame and his occasional Blue Flames are delivering is white rhythm'n'blues and not soul, it's perhaps unfortunate that he chose ...

Loudon Wainwright III - at Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

YOU MIGHT HAVE noticed that Loudon Wainwright III has been in Great Britain recently, completing the second lap of his tour; you might have noticed ...

Pavlov's Dog: Pampered Menial

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

UNLESS PAVLOV'S DOG prove to be a figment of Sandy Pearlman's crazed imagination, then their debut album must make them great white hopes for the ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey's Backatcha

Profile and Interview by Bob Fisher, NME, June 1975

MOTOWN announced the retirement of William "Smokey" Robinson in January 1972. ...

Al Kooper - Al's Big Deal and Unclaimed Freight: An Al Kooper Anthology

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1975

AL KOOPER IS good at lots of things. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 1

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, June 1975

THE INCIDENT MUST HAVE occured a little over a year ago. Paul McCartney, complete with the inevitable Linda, had just flown into Los Angeles – ...

Cher, Tammy Wynette: Cher: Stars/Cher's Greatest Hits; Tammy Wynette: The Best Of Tammy Wynette

Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1975

IN MANY WAYS Cher and Tammy Wynette make up the two facets of the Cosmopolitan philosophy, that candy coated version of feminism that seems to ...

Gay and Terry Woods: Backwoods

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, June 1975

AFTER BEING INITIATORS in the early development of English folk/rock – a period which culminated in their helping to form the Steeleye Span's first cup-winning ...

Johnny Cash - John R. Cash

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1975

IN WHICH JOHNNY Cash meets up, quite casual-like, with the '70s and discovers that even though they don't really have a whole lot in common, ...

Todd Rundgren: Initiation

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1975

"I WAS BORN to fly higher, born to stand where I'm standing now/Basking in the light of the neon fire/As it burns my useless body ...

Neil Young: Tonight's the Night: Play It Loud and Stay in the Other Room!

Interview by Bud Scoppa, NME, June 1975

NEIL YOUNG isn't out to win any popularity contest. Just as he reached the top of the heap three years ago with the huge-selling Harvest, ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 2

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, June 1975

PET SOUNDS was about to be released when Derek Taylor was taken on The Beach Boys' pay-roll. 750 dollars for dealing with the group's publicity. ...

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, June 1975

THIS ALBUM REPRESENTS Joan Baez's volte-face; after the years of diatribe and tireless dissemination of political views by every available channel, her records included, she's ...

Pete Seeger: Together In Concert

Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1975

PETE SEEGER HAS just about every credential it's possible for a folk singer to have without actually being dead. ...

Stax - The Stax Story - Volumes I & II

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, June 1975

SINCE THE 32 tracks collected here were cut after the 1968 Stax/Atlantic split it would be unwise to take the over-all title of this two-record ...

The Beach Boys, The Eagles: The Beach Boys and The Eagles at Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1975

"HI, WE'RE THE Eagles from Los Angeles." Well that was a fact as predictable as the set those five gentleman dished up, a kind of ...

The Rolling Stones - Made in the Shade and Metamorphosis

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1975

ECONOMICS: When a famous big-time rock and roll band reaches that particular special point in its year when it's time to pack the clean socks ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: In and Out of The Box

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, June 1975

INTROSPECTION. THAT'S WHY your face is on the floor and you're listening... doo dee dum doo. The French are good at it. French rock crowds ...

Elvin Bishop: Juke Joint Jump

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, July 1975

ELVIN BISHOP'S place in the scheme of post-Beatles US Rock has been pretty much undervalued over the years. This is probably owing to his uncanny ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 3

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, July 1975

EARLY MARCH 1975: The clapper-board reads "The Last Beach Movie – The Brian Wilson Story" Take 96, and our camera zooms in on the exterior ...

Larry Coryell: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

YOU COULD tell it was Jazz night at Dingwalls. ...

Little Richard: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1975

THE DEBUT DATE of Little Richard's UK tour at the half empty Lewisham Odeon was little short of a disaster. Possibly the person least to ...

Dionne Warwick: Worries of the Warwick sisters

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, NME, July 1975

WE'RE A LONG way on from 1964 and 'Walk On By' but, despite the profusion of instantly forgetable records Dionne Warwick has turned out since ...

Captain Beefheart - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1975

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (AKA Don Van Vliet) moves in sufficiently mysterious ways for me to believe that Zoot Horn Rollo (aka Bill Harkleroad) may just possibly ...

Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

THE FIRST WORD of this review is "deteriorate." It means to Lose Your Magic. ...

10cc, Man, Steeleye Span: Man, Steeleye Span and 10cc at Cardiff Castle

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

DEKE LEONARD IS getting incoherent. ...

Moonrider: Moonrider

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1975

MENTION THE name Keith West to anyone and odds on they'll say "Teenage Opera" and not much else. ...

Ronnie Wood - Now Look

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

MY H.A.L. PRINT-OUT on Ron Wood sez that his guitar-playing veers from the sublime to the ridiculous (i.e., his playing on Rod Stewart's solo albums ...

Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan: Skunk Hunting In W1

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1975

THERE'S A delicately detailed brass rubbing of Burlington House above the bed-head in room 420 at the Inn On The Park. Some rock musicians would've ...

The Righteous Brothers - Sons of Mrs. Righteous

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1975

IT REALLY DOES seem that the greater part of the Righteous Brothers was their uncle Phil Spector. ...

Todd Rundgren: Man, Myth Or Rabbit?

Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

THE BOY FROM Upper Darby is pressed into the corner of a Blake's Hotel settee. He looks so much like a very glum rabbit that ...

Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

TOYS IN THE Attic, is Aerosmith's third record. No one here knows that much about Aerosmith, except that they're a straight-ahead Eastern seaboard band with ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

"HEY, MON... WHAT are all these whites doin' here? They not here last time the Wailers play..." ...

Bobby Womack - I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, July 1975

FROM 1964, FOLLOWING the death of his mentor Sam Cooke, to 1969, when he finally began to record under his own name, Bobby Womack was ...

Decameron: On The Eve Of A New Album

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, July 1975

DECAMERON lyricist and front-man Dave Bell is articulate but quietly spoken. ...

John Lennon's battle with the US Immigration Department

Report by Andrew Tyler, NME, July 1975

JOHN LENNON, IN his battle of wits with the US Immigration Department, is looking less like the stoical pre-doomed crazy of old, and more like ...

Lenny Bruce: The Law, Language And Lenny Bruce (Phil Spector International)

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1975

ABOUT EIGHTEEN MONTHS or so before Lenny Bruce died, he formed a loosely defined business relationship and a close friendship with Phil Sector. On the ...

Wings: Paul McCartney: …No Not Really In A Way Actually As It Happens…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1975

VENUS AND MARS ARE LATE. The sandwiches don't care, though. Even though they're the same day's vintage – fresh, soft white bread-triangles housing excerpts from ...

Press Receptions

Overview by Steve Turner, NME, July 1975

NME raises its bleary-eyed head to peer at the wacky world of Press receptions. Or how to get some not-so-cheap publicity. ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Tour Of The Americas 1975

Report by Mick Farren, NME, July 1975

The Usherettes at the Los Angeles Forum all wear short Roman tunics, and calf-length, white mid-sixties style boots. The outfit gives them the looks of ...

Tom Scott: Tom Scott In LA

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1975

NAT HENTOFF really should know better. Having, in the past, written liner-notes for the very best (Davis, Trane) he now finds himself eulogising the "scope ...

Wilson Pickett - Join Me and Let's Be Free

Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1975

FIRST OF ALL you have to picture the scene. There he stands, up to his elbows in stagnant water, a faraway look in his eyes, ...

David Bowie: Watch Out Mate! Hitler’s On His Way Back

Interview by Anthony O'Grady, NME, August 1975

"WE THINK WE'VE got an audience," says the spokesperson in the Bowie suite. "We're pretty sure the operator will be listening in." ...

Armageddon: Armageddon

Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1975

THE NAME GIVES it away, really. ...

David Bowie: Did We Use Him? Did We Abuse Him?

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

Well, he's acting like we did, so maybe there's something in it. Two recent and much-maligned Bowie albums are herein re-evaluated for your reading pleasure... ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1975

THERE'S NOTHING NEW about black anger. It's run through the whole of black music from the blues onwards, finding perhaps its most forthright expression (in ...

The Commodores, Hamilton Bohannon, James Brown: James Brown: Sex Machine Today, Hamilton Bohannon: Insides Out, The Commodores: Caught in the Act

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, August 1975

"WHITE ROCK", OBSERVED CSM last week in his Wailers review, "lays its beat on you; the Wailers' music allows you to find your own rhythm ...

Larry Parnes

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, NME, August 1975

"Marty Wilde was managed by Larry Parnes – 'They don't call me Parnes, shillings and pence for nothing' – who entered rock as Tommy Steele's ...

Maria Muldaur: The Effect Is Underwhelming

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

Maria Muldaur: Ronnie Scott's, London ...

Speedy Keen - Interview

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

"BASICALLY, YOU'RE TALKING about a lorry driver who was thrust into it because he had a number one for seven weeks." ...

Steve Hillage: On The Banks Of A Fish Dinner

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1975

"The fish really get off on it man...it's their whole trip"... New angle on Gong's STEVE HILLAGE – the world's leading exponent of Fish Rock. ...

The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Junior Walker & The Allstars, The Supremes: Tamla albums round-up

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1975

FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS. The Supremes' new LP is a winner. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Acid Hurt My Brain

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1975

WHEN, TOWARDS the tail-end of 1969, the Flamin' Groovies' first Epic single 'Rockin' Pneumonia' crashed the American Hot 100 at No. 27 (with a bullet), ...

The Kursaal Flyers - Chocs Away

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

THE KURSAAL FLYERS' entry into the Wonderful World Of Wax is neat, tidy, restrained, unobtrusive, and extremely well-behaved, more like a third album than a ...

Be-Bop Deluxe at Aylesbury

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

THE FIRST THING that hits you when you see Be-Bop Deluxe in their current incarnation (or, for that matter, listen to said incarnation's Futurama album ...

Camel, Michael Chapman: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1975

KUH-RAAAACKKK!!!! ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: 'I Useta Strong It…'

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1975

'But we're much tighter now.' ...

Ben E. King - The Ben E. King Story

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1975

ATLANTIC, YOU'RE NOT fooling anyone. ...

James Brown - Live at the Apollo Vol.1

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1975

EVERY SO OFTEN an album comes along that is more than just another good, bad, or indifferent release from the artist concerned. ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker

Interview by Cliff White, NME, August 1975

CONSIDERING THAT THEY'D only checked in at 4 a.m. that morning – that they hadn't been notified of our appointment for an interview – and ...

Procol Harum: The London Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1975

One senses that Gary Brooker could well fancy his chances with Joan Bakewell. ...

The 101'ers: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, August 1975

THE CELLAR OF Islington's Hope and Anchor is hardly the place to keep cool, calm and collected on one of the hottest nights of the ...

The Kinks: The Kinks Live at Kelvin Hall

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

IT'S AMAZING. BY now, Pye must've incorporated virtually every track The Kinks ever cut into one or other of their multifarious compilation albums, and in ...

Caravan, Climax Blues Band, Ike & Tina Turner, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine: Ike and Tina Turner, Caravan, John McLaughlin et al: Startruckin' 75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1975

WHERE THE HELL is Lou Reed?Good question, if a trifle academic, but eminently suited for whiling away times in the coach by discussing. ...

Major Harris: My Way

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1975

WANDERING HOMEWARD WITH this album tucked under my arm I was unexpectedly accosted by three ripe young ladies who seemed to want to get to ...

Max Merritt: It's Almost Like Art…

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, NME, August 1975

IT'S GOOD to be sitting in a pub courtyard with the pleasingly craggy Max Merritt. ...

Stevie Wonder - Blind, Gifted and Loaded

Report by Bob Woffinden, NME, August 1975

THERE HAS BEEN an official silence about Stevie Wonder's plans since he publicly announced in March last year that he was to retire in 1976 ...

The Brecker Brothers: Everythin's All White

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, NME, August 1975

...

Andy Pratt: Nobody Knows My Name

Profile by Vivien Goldman, NME, August 1975

HAVE your albums been deleted? Do they even refuse to take them at second-hand shops? Are you even now living off the dole, wondering where ...

Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins: Johnny Cash: Riding the Rails and Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads

Review by Mick Farren, NME, August 1975

OKAY, SO HERE are two special double album packages from CBS that feature two of the world's greatest exponents of country and western melodrama. ...

Leo Kottke

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, August 1975

LEO KOTTKE'S come a long way from St. Louis – now he's got more stories to tell than British Rail has stale rolls... ...

Roger McGuinn - Roger McGuinn and Band

Review by Mick Farren, NME, August 1975

IT'S BEEN A fair old while since anyone pointed the finger at Roger McGuinn and accused him of pumping out high energy rock and roll. ...

Roger McGuinn: Urban Spaceman Metamorphoses Into Plumber

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, August 1975

ROGER McGUINN’S return to the Los Angeles Troubadour could be described as something of a minor triumph. With Steve Love, Richard Bowden, Greg Attaway and ...

The Isley Brothers: Churnin' of Fraternal Funk

Retrospective by Cliff White, NME, August 1975

From mock gospel to hypnotic energy, via an engagement with Jimi Hendrix and a 16-year track record that few groups can emulate; CLIFF WHITE charts ...

The Selling Of Reading Festival

Report by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1975

THE SUN was westering in a haze of towering cumulus, fire-orange against midnight black, filling the still air with speckled light, as we came over ...

Wild In The Streets

Report by Mick Farren, NME, August 1975

MICK FARREN visits the Notting Hill Carnival ...

Windsor/Watchfield Festival: The Smallest Story Ever Told

Report by Andrew Tyler, NME, August 1975

Meanwhile...out west on Windsor's High Chaparral, a wandering hippie couple in search of the Ultimate Alternative Festival are waylaid by a pack of journalists hungering ...

Duane Eddy: Bailey's, Leicester

Live Review by Bob Fisher, NME, September 1975

YET ANOTHER rock 'n' roll legend is stalking the stages of the club circuit and on July 14 he trod the stage of Bailey's, Leicester. ...

The Fatback Band: Yum Yum

Review by Bob Fisher, NME, September 1975

"MY NAME is Yum Yum, Gimme some!" ...

Andy Fairweather Lowe, Starry-Eyed And Laughing: Andy Fairweather Lowe, G. T Moore and Starry-Eyed and Laughing at the Roundhouse

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

AS SUNDAYS GO, this promised a real party. Wake up for Charlie Gillett's Honky Tonk on BBC Radio London and then down to the Roundhouse ...

Daevid Allen

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1975

DAEVID ALLEN GOT out of it this year. Out of the VAT-race, to be more precise – and let's keep the double-entendres under control, eh? ...

Joe Simon - Get Down

Review by Cliff White, NME, September 1975

LEAPING ONTO THE dance floor of American's all-pervasive disco, Simon recovered from a slump in popularity by intoning "Get down, get down" about fifty-nine times ...

Kraftwerk: The Final Solution To The Music Problem?

Interview by Lester Bangs, NME, September 1975

In the beginning there was feedback: the machines speaking on their own, answering their supposed masters with shrieks of misalliance. In the music of KRAFTWERK we ...

The Chi-Lites, The Moments: The Chi-Lites: Half a Love and The Moments: Sharp

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1975

IF IT WERE ONLY for All Platinum's second certifiable classic – The Moments' 'Dolly My Love' – this group's new album would need to be ...

Dennis Brown: Various Artists: Live At The Turntable Club/Reggae Hit The Town/20 Tighten-Ups/20 Reggae Disco Hits

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, September 1975

"DENNIS BROWN," announces Trojan manager Webster Shrowder From the sleeve of the man's album, "is one of my favourite artists, who I put in the ...

Wigwam: In Finland They Get Drunk

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1975

When the sun won't set and you can't get to sleep, what do you do?In Norway they play the violin.In Sweden they kill themselves. ...

Buddy Holly: The Rocker Next Door with the Mail-Order Axe

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, September 1975

IN A frame of reference where you might think of Elvis Presley as an idol and Little Richard as a hero. Buddy Holly has to ...

Dave Mason and Streetwalkers at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

SOME NEED WIRES and some need strings, but Dave Mason don't use none of those things. Instead he hitched himself onto the back of his ...

Frank Sinatra: The Reprise Years

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, September 1975

YEARS IS JUST one enormous sampler really – a fifty-track, four album, boxed set containing cuts from nearly every album Sinatra's made for Reprise since ...

Howard Werth And The Moonbeams: King Brilliant

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

AUDIENCE WERE ALWAYS a band which threatened massive stardom. That they never made the final breakthrough wasn't for want of trying. They made four excellent ...

Jive Bombers: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

THERE'S ALWAYS A good time to be had at the 100 Club. ...

Johnny Nash: Tears On My Pillow

Review by Cliff White, NME, September 1975

ANYONE WHO CAN cheerfully sing "be careful how you hold her, please don't even scold her, she's my cream puff" either deserves a hefty kick ...

Natalie Cole: Meet Nat Queen Cole

Profile by Bob Fisher, NME, September 1975

WITH 1975 almost certain to establish itself as a most uneventful year for soul, it's refreshing to come across a 45 by a newish singer ...

Orchestral Soul: So When Was the Last Time You Saw a Black Cello Player?

Overview by Cliff White, NME, September 1975

SOUL: the emotional part of man's nature, or the seat of the feelings or sentiments.SOULFUL: of, or expressive of, deep feeling or emotion. ...

Supercharge: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

SUPERCHARGE CERTAINLY HAVE something to celebrate. They've just signed a five year record contract, and are probably hoping to be very rich one of these ...

The Chi-Lites at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, September 1975

AFTER AN HOUR or so of the kind of entertainment that tempts freeloading reviewers to demand their non-existent money back, any halfway-decent act is a ...

The Supremes at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, NME, September 1975

NEXT TIME YOU have the opportunity, check out Motown's Anthology of Diana Ross and the Supremes' Greatest Hits. Unless you're an avid fan whose every ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: Delivered From The Jaws Of Death

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1975

...We proudly present the intrepid ALEX HARVEY, fresh from being restrained from swimming in the shark tank and currently engaged in entertaining the young people ...

Bob Seger - Beautiful Loser

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

THE LATEST IN a long line of good albums from the largely ignored Bob Seger sees him returning to Muscle Shoals, scene of the Back ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: I Can Almost Materialize... If I Think Real Hard…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

...be still for I bring peace, love, and a new Santana line-up. ...

Disco-Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes, Susan Cadogan: Leicester

Live Review by Bob Fisher, NME, September 1975

APART FROM the flash of inspiration provided by the Birmingham band Muscles, the evening ranked as one of the most musically boring I have ever ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind, Fire, Dry Ice and Conviction

Interview by Cliff White, NME, September 1975

MAURICE WHITE, of the above qualifications, talks to CLIFF WHITE (no relation) about the New Thing in soul music. ...

Jimi Hendrix

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1975

On the fifth anniversary of his death (Sept. 18, 1970) a personal view of the Titan Axeman ...

LaBelle: Labelle: Phoenix

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1975

FOR ALL PRACTICAL purposes, Phoenix is Labelle's third album. Forget anything prior to Pressure Cookin': those albums were by some other people and are of ...

Max Merritt And The Meteors: White Hart, Willesden

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

A FEW YEARS ago, when I was employed in a South London certain department store, I worked with a couple of globetrotting New Zealanders who ...

Robert Calvert

Interview by Vivien Goldman, NME, September 1975

"ANYONE WHO KNOWS my work" said Bob Calvert earnestly, "would realise that however bad they might think it is, it's all intentional." ...

The Rolling Stones: Robert Greenfield: A Journey through America with the Rolling Stones

Book Review by Mick Farren, NME, September 1975

I FEAR THIS book may be the one that could finally O.D. the reader on rock writing, particularly that flat, conscientious, detailed, post-Truman Capote style ...

Earth Wind and Fire, Santana: Santana and Earth Wind and Fire at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

ONE OF THE ironic features of Columbia's prestigious double billing, Earth Wind And Fire/Santana is that in America right now the kudos for star spot ...

The Ohio Players - Honey

Review by Cliff White, NME, September 1975

EARLIER THIS YEAR Ralph 'Pee Wee' Middlebrook, trumpeter with The Players, admitted in an interview "now we've made it after all that scuffling I suppose ...

David Bedford

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

"THE THING ABOUT concept albums is that they're never done successfully except mine of course," So speaks modest avant garde composer David Bedford, Virgin luminary ...

Felix Cavaliere: Destiny

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

BACK IN 1965 there was this group called the Young Rascals who, along with Vanilla Fudge and the Lovin' Spoonful, formed the big "New York ...

Fungus: Vlaardingen, Holland

Live Review by Fred Dellar, NME, September 1975

ONSTAGE ARE FUNGUS, five beards in search, of folk-rock fame... and they're singing in Dutch. ...

George Jones, Wanda Jackson: George Jones and Wanda Jackson at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

THE FOYER OF the Hammersmith Odeon was like Middle America gone London town, except the folks were mostly British and there wasn't a stetson to ...

Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

DEPENDING ON WHERE you part your hair, the Grateful Dead are either the finest rock'n'roll band in the world bar none... or else they are ...

Howard Werth And The Moonbeams: Howard Werth

Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1975

"SEE, THE 'THE' is actually a joke, an abbreviation of the first word. It's not really 'King Brilliant' it's '...King Brilliant' that we ever got ...

John Cipollina, Man: Man and John Cipollina: Maximum Darkness

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

WHEN JOHN Cipollina's visit to England was announced earlier this year I made a conscious effort not to check him out. ...

Starry-Eyed And Laughing: Starry-Eyed and Laughing - Thought Talk

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

WHILE AMERICAN COUNTRY Rock bands seem to spring up from everywhere, there has yet to be one from these shores who really convince. ...

The Doors (part 1): The Hunting of the Lizard King

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, September 1975

Visionary? Poet? Revolutionary? Or was he simply a narcissist with a drink problem? Either way he created a considerable legend. In the first of a ...

Tyla Gang - Peckham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1975

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT Sean Tyla, late of Ducks Deluxe, is one of the finest and most distinctive rhythm players in town. ...

Shirley Goodman, Sylvia Robinson: All Platinum Records: My Wife, The President…

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1975

IT'S NICE AND cool and dark in the back room of the bar, and you can sit in your booth and nurse a beer and ...

Johnny Cash: The Gospel According to J.C.

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1975

IF I'D never heard of Johnny Cash and someone came up and described him to me, I can't think of any other entertainer, short of ...

Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1975

INSTANT OPINION: BLOOD On The Tracks apart, Still Crazy is the best album you're likely to hear all year. ...

The Doors (part 2): Incident in Miami

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, October 1975

...and JIM MORRISON'S FINAL DECAY. Fame may have made him crazier but the money hardly affected him – all it meant was he could buy ...

The Doors Consumers' Guide, Part 1

Discography by Max Bell, NME, October 1975

"There are things that are known and things that are unknown; in between are the doors." ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, October 1975

THIS WEEK THE Kursaal Flyers waved a fond farewell to the London pubs with two rip-roaring nights at the Newlands in Peckham, and now the ...

Victor Jara

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, October 1975

VICTOR JARA sang songs for the people of Chile. In 1973, in the Santiago boxing stadium, a soldier cut off Jara's fingers before six thousand ...

Al Green: Al Green Is Love

Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1975

REMEMBER WHEN YOU were young, listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes by torchlight? ...

Black Sabbath - Sabotage

Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1975

I THINK IT was Lester Bangs who put forward the proposition that people who went to Black Sabbath concerts derived their pleasure from ingesting massive ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Sprucing Of The Springbean

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Man, Myth or Monster? CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY reports from Houston, Texas ...

Esther Phillips: Laissez-Faire in Bouffant Hair

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, October 1975

ESTHER PHILLIPS doesn't get too knocked out when she scores with a hit single. ...

Sparks: Indiscreet

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, October 1975

OKAY, SO YOU'VE heard it all before: ...

The Crickets: Back In Style

Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1975

BUDDY HOLLY SO overshadowed The Crickets that one tends to forget that they went on to produce some very creditable work on their own after ...

The Doors Consumers' Guide, Part 2

Guide by Max Bell, NME, October 1975

"This is the strangest life I've ever known" ...

The Road To Wigan Casino

Report by Vivien Goldman, NME, October 1975

Up T’NORTH, they don’t like London journalists snooping about. Still, this was a special occasion at the shrine of the " Northern Soul Scene." So ...

Bert Jansch: 'Bert Jansch? Not Still Going, Is He?'

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, October 1975

Certainly he is, still alive and well and producing records; rumours of his retirement have been exaggerated. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Crash Landing

Review by Miles, NME, October 1975

THE SLEEVE of this album, unhelpfully enough, doesn't give the history of these tracks, which are taken from the 500 plus hours of 16-track tape ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Watford Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1975

THE HONEYMOON MAY have ended for the Baker-Gurvitz Army at the end of their first British tour in the early Spring. ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1975

Heavy metal fatigue ...

Elton John: Rock Of The Westies

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1975

FACT: ELTON JOHN is one of the nicest people ever to touch ground while walking. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: I See The Bloodbath That Was Hamburg

Report by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1975

When a band start slashing each other's wrists before gigs you know they're confident. TONY STEWART applies the tourniquet to LYNYRD SKYNYRD on the eve ...

Roxy Music: Wembley, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1975

IT BEGINS LATE, of course. ...

Dr. Feelgood: The Slaughterhouse 4: Dr Feelgood and Mr Freud (Cert X)

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1975

MICK FARREN in the Abattoir with The Greatest Local Band In The World ...

Ginger Baker: “People Thought We Were Only Good For One Album. But We Made Another. So There”

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1975

Yes, success is getting a little nearer ever year for the BAKER GURVITZ ARMY! Report by CHRIS SALEWIZ ...

Al Jarreau: We Got By (Reprise)

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1975

HERE WE have a black singer/songwriter who's into heavy introspective lyrics which he puts across in a distinctly original manner. We'll get to his singing ...

Brewer and Shipley: Welcome to Riddle Bridge

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

MIKE BREWER AND Tom Shipley are just plain lads at heart, from Oklahoma and Ohio. ...

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, November 1975

THIS ONE'LL SORT out the liggers. ...

Camel: Bath University

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

SO WHAT ABOUT The Snow Goose at the Royal Albert Hall, then? ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY: Graham Nash & David Crosby

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, NME, November 1975

It’s hard to pin down the seventies. We're already half-way through and still there’s no significant characteristic about which we’ll be able to reminisce in ...

Freddie King: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

A NIGHT TO remember. "It's Blues time, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Freddie King." ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1975

WELL, TO BE quite frank I thought they were fairly dreadful. ...

John Lennon: Shaved Fish

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

SHAVED FISH is all of John Lennon's post-Beatle singles scooped up and dumped onto one album, spiced up with a few relevant album tracks and ...

The Outlaws - The Outlaws

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1975

CLIVE DAVIS COULD sell Chesty Morgan a subscription to Mark Eden. Consider previous adventures of his with Copperhead and the Rowan Brothers, two acts who ...

Betty Davis: Nasty Gal

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

THIS IS IT funk y'allThis is it right hereThis is it do ya hear me girlsAnd well they can't do it forya no nastier than ...

Cliff Richard: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1975

A GIANT TUPPERWARE party. ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart: Bongo Fury

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1975

THE STORY SO far. ...

Blondie, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, The Shirts, Talking Heads, Television, Tuff Darts: New York: The Sound Of '75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

"BEAT ON the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat..." ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: The Car Over The Lake Album

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

FOR A BUNCH of guys who are supposed to be averse to leaving their country ranch in Missouri for the hustle of the cities, the ...

The Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, The Searchers: The Sound Of '64

Retrospective by Steve Turner, NME, November 1975

WHEN 'GLAD All Over', the third single by The Dave Clark Five, hit number one in Britain in January of 1964 it offered the media ...

Bob Dylan: Plymouth Memorial Hall, Mass. USA

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

BOB DYLAN'S ROLLING Thunder Revue hit the Plymouth Memorial Hall at 8.20 p.m. on Tuesday November 4.That's Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, by the way, and it ...

Bruce Springsteen

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, November 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN says he just writes down his impressions of stuff whereas here in Hollywood, Calif., there are people in from New York who believe ...

Dr. Feelgood: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

DEFINITELY a weird one. ...

J. Geils Band: Hot Line

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1975

THERE WAS a time, I guess it must have been a couple of years ago now, when the J. Geils band were being hailed as ...

Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning and For Real

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

AND THE GHOST walks once more. ...

John Cale: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1975

EUROPE'S MOST DECADENT capital: inflatable paramours dangling like trussed chickens in the windows of the sex shops, hookers in their shop windows, the smack centre ...

The 101'ers, Kilburn & The High Roads, Mickey Jupp: Pub Rock Proms: For Those Who Like Their Rock Hot And Sweaty…

Report by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

IT'S SATURDAY night, a good ten minutes after closing time. Down at the Hope and Anchor in Islington landlord Fred Granger is going quietly berserk, ...

Spud

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, November 1975

FRESHERS' WEEK IS a great time to visit Dublin's Trinity College. ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolled Gold

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1975

DECCA RECORDS, even though their past form on the subject of Rolling Stones albums is not immaculate, have now produced what is undoubtedly the definitive ...

Captain Beefheart: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

DON'T BELIEVE WHAT your mother tells you kids, there really is a Legion of Super Heroes. ...

Emmylou Harris: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1975

THE OTHER ROLLING thunder revue stole into town last week. ...

Bo Diddley, James Booker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Screamin' Jay Hawkins: European Blues and R&B Festival

Report by Cliff White, NME, November 1975

TEN YEARS AGO Britain was set to become the R&B capital of the world. Between 1962 and '67 we were visited by so many legendary ...

Gong: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, November 1975

THE HALL was packed. It was the kind of audience that likes to jostle like mad for the first half of the set, blast a ...

Patti Smith: Horses

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1975

FIRST ALBUMS THIS good are pretty damn few and far between. ...

Rory Gallagher: Against The Grain

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

DO YOU realise that Against The Grain is Rory Gallagher's seventh album since he split Taste? ...

Sassafras: Top Rank, Cardiff

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

WHEN SASSAFRAS FIND the right single, they are going to be huge. ...

Dr. John: Cut Me While I'm Hot and Hollywood Be Thy Name

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, November 1975

"DOCTOR JOHN THE Night Tripper, he's the King of New Orrlins". ...

Frank Sinatra: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1975

ENFORCED AUDIENCE IDENTIFICATION – that's what this "black tie" demand on the ticket is. Imagine reading "gauche gaucho" on Roxy tickets or "sequined jockstrap" on ...

Johnny Cash: Look At Them Beans

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1975

I FEAR JOHNNY Cash has turned his back on progress once again. ...

Nosmo King: Northern White Soul: Nosmo King

Interview by Cliff White, NME, November 1975

A TALK WITH Steve King... er no... Nosmo Jameson... er... oh, Nosmo King, that's it. A talk with Nosmo King.* ...

Roxy Music

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1975

There is no truth in the rumour...that there is any truth in the rumour. So, alright you guys, what's to look so glum about? ...

Tangerine Dream

Interview by Miles, NME, November 1975

YOU WON'T GET all sweaty or break a leg while listening to Tangerine Dream, but you will not be unmoved. You see, they haf vays ...

The Temptations: House Party

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1975

IT'S COMFORTING TO have a few acts that you can rely on to keep supplying the goods, and The Temps certainly do deliver. ...

Back Street Crawler: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, December 1975

SOME UGLY MOMENTS here. ...

Elvis Presley: Pictures Of Elvis

Review by Mick Farren, NME, December 1975

THERE CAN BE little doubt that the Elvis Presley Sun collection was a compilation of some of his finest work. ...

Eric Gale et al: Negril

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1975

IF EVERYONE HAD a pair of disco turntables as well as a telly, this record might sell a million. ...

Little Feat

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1975

ONCE UPON a time in the early '60s when everybody suddenly started getting paranoid about advertising men, and half the people you met were convinced ...

The Band: Northern Lights — Southern Cross

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1975

I'M UP AGAINST a deadline on this one, having to hurry – which is bad enough without having to respond fairly to a group operating ...

The Pretty Things: Greatest Hits 1964-1967

Review by Mick Farren, NME, December 1975

FOR A SHORT time, around the London clubs and art school dances, back in 1964, it seemed as though the Pretty Things might just unseat ...

The Staple Singers: Let's Do It Again

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1975

IF MAYFIELD'S lyrics are anything to go by, this film must be whole lots of scenes of funky loving in which they do it again ...

Yvonne Fair: Ths Story of Y: Yvonne Fair

Interview by Cliff White, NME, December 1975

That's "Y" for "Yvonne." YVONNE FAIR that is, Soul Veterenne and Dominatrix. Cringin' CLIFF WHITE listens to some old sounds, discovers a new kick and ...

Weather Report: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1975

TO MYSTERIOSO OR not to mysterioso – that was the question facing Weather Report last Thursday at nine p.m. ...

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1975

HERE COMES ONE of the strongest reggae albums of this year, lately available only on import in specialist shops and now rushed out in Britain ...

Climax Blues Band: Stamp Album

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1975

I'M SICK AND tired of bloody good bands. ...

Pavlov's Dog: Walking The Dog

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1975

WANT TO HEAR a shaggy dog story? O.K. Once upon a time there was a completely unknown band who were so exciting that ABC Records ...

The Miracles: City Of Angels

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1975

WHAT A LETDOWN. ...

Roogalator: A More Satisfying Musical Climax With... ROOGALATOR

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, December 1975

NICK KENT feels the hot breath of London's hottest new band brush his ear, and appraises the fine and diverse arts of Roogalation. ...

Cat Stevens: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1975

THE HEROIC singer-songwriter begins solo: a white-shirted, dark-trousered speck of religious experience at the end of the cattle barn. The Laura Ashley winsome-ness of 'Moon ...

Chris Farlowe: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, December 1975

HE'S REALLY ONLY back on the road to squeeze every last drop of success from his reactivated hit 'Out Of Time'. That's what you're expecting ...

Paul Simon: Palladium, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1975

LAST TIME PAUL Simon toured in Summer '73, he used a South American group, Urubamba, and an American gospel quartet, the Jessy Dixon Singers (Jessy ...

Santana: Lotus

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1975

OVER ONE HUNDRED Santana fans coughed up the full twenty pounds for this triple live album when it first appeared on import. ...

Steeleye Span: Making Sense Of Original Sin...

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1975

IN BRITAIN we voted to stay in. In Eire and Denmark they voted to go in. In Norway the public answered the call to European ...

Bob Dylan: DYLAN does his first radio interview in eight years, and still manages to say nothing

Report by Miles, NME, December 1975

THE NEWS OF A RADIO interview with Bob Dylan, who rarely does such, caused Dylanologists, fans and degenerates to take up their trannies recently to ...

Fungus: Dutch Folk Go Dutch

Profile by Fred Dellar, NME, December 1975

THERE WAS A time when the Dutch folk scene just mirror-imaged that of Britain. For every traddie rendering 'Lord Randall' or 'Twa Corbies' at Loughborough ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Harold Melvin: Wake Up Everybody

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1975

WHEN IS A group not a group? ...

James Brown: Everybody's Doin' The Hustle/Dead On The Double Bump (U.K. Polydor)/Hot (U.S. Polydor)

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1975

J.B. reforms the Famous Flames, says hello to '57 ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Hope & Anchor, Islington, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, December 1975

AMONG CERTAIN CIRCLES, Ian Dury has gained a reputation as one of rock'n'roll's losers. ...

Linda Lewis: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, December 1975

IT WAS A cold foggy night and there was a brass monkey sheltering in my hallway as I went in search of a Hansom to ...

Meet The Hit Makers Of '75

Overview by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1975

We kid you not.What else happened?Remarkably little actually. ...

Mr. Big: Mr Big: A Yob In A Support Band Is Something To Be

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1975

BIRMINGHAM – DICKEN IS your archetypal hardcase punk. Shortish. Face slightly disrupted from the original mould. Oxford accent. ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: The Faces Dossier: An Everday Saga Of Mick&Rod&Keef&Ron&Mac

Report by Max Bell, NME, December 1975

MARCH, 1973. ...

Emmylou Harris: Emmylou's Four Star Hotel

Review by Barbara Charone, NME, January 1976

THE ELITE HOTEL is a swell place. It's best to travel there by car on a hot, sunny day with the windows rolled down, a ...

Brian Eno's Discreet Music

Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

EXPERIMENTAL AND AVANT-GARDE music, by its very nature, exists mainly in the fringe area of private pressings, such as the Musica or George Avakian productions ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart: BLLLAAAaaaaahhhhh

Memoir by Miles, NME, January 1976

Actually, it didn't work. However, something that did work was the re-uniting of THE CAPTAIN and FRANK ZAPPA a few months ago for a tour ...

Ringo Starr: Blast From Your Past

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, January 1976

THE REASONS WHY Ringo has chosen this moment to release a Greatest Hits album are perhaps two-fold: ...

The Rumour: Rumour: Newlands Tavern, Peckham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, January 1976

ARE THE Rumour really Pub-Rock's first Supergroup? Some people would tell you so, and they would have their reasons. ...

The Strawbs: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

AFTER AN ABSURDLY dramatic entry, this much loved male sextet took their places with a white suited Dave Cousins in the limelight. ...

Van Dyke Parks: Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

VAN DYKE PARKS is one of those people who are usually regarded as either genius or idiot. ...

Cat Stevens: A Cat Stevens Spiritual Tours Vacation

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, January 1976

RONALD BIGGS, the last of the Great Train Robbers still not in captivity, was finally run to ground by the Daily Express in a Rio ...

Bob Dylan: Desire (CBS)

Review by Mick Farren, NME, January 1976

THE RECORD came into the office round about lunchtime. At approximately three forty-five, I went into the review room, turned on the stereo and put ...

David Bowie: Station To Station

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1976

"A sixty thousand word novel is one image corrected fifty-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine times"– Samuel R. Delaney ...

Todd Rundgren - Another Live

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1976

POOR OLD TODD'S taken a lot of stick of late, not least in this paper, for adhering to his mystical mind games in the face ...

Hawkwind: Lock, Edmonton

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, January 1976

IT'S ALL A far cry from Alfred Jarry. ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1976

IT'S DIFFICULT, YOU know, keeping up with all the fickle shifts in credibility and acceptability. ...

Ronnie Lane: Can Rock Survive The Holocaust?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1976

RONNIE LANE'S up in town today. Been up from the farm in Monmouthshire for about a week now. ...

The Kinks: Schoolboys In Disgrace

Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

I LIKE THE KINKS a lot, but have to say that this album is a pretty uninspired collection of product. ...

Howlin' Wolf: ...Howlin’ for The Wolf

Retrospective by Cliff White, NME, January 1976

"I was just a country boy, glad to get some sounds on wax" ...

Alan Price: Performing Price

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, January 1976

SINCE HE split with The Animals and the Rock 'n' Roll mainstream to home in on the craftsmanship of Randy Newman, Price's career has seen ...

Bobby Bare: Hard Time Hungrys

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, January 1976

In which BOBBY BARE, country singer of the '60's re-emerges with a bunch of Shel Silverstein songs and a socialism as potent as Keir Hardie's; ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe McDonald: Paradise With An Ocean View

Review by Mick Farren, NME, January 1976

Gimme a W, gimme an H, gimme an A, gimme an L... ...

Decameron: Greenwich Borough Hall, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

THE GREENWICH BOROUGH Hall is on Peyton Place, and inside Decameron, have a problem. ...

Ace, Graham Parker: Graham Parker: Southampton University, Southamption

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, January 1976

YOU CAN PICTURE the scene – it's the same one that goes down on the first night of every major college tour; equipment trouble, late ...

Ian A. Anderson: The Curse of the Lone Grinner

Profile and Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, January 1976

IF YOU bought a copy of a 1969 Island sampler called You Can All Join In, you'll probably remember the cover shot, which depicted most ...

Lou Reed

Interview by Lenny Kaye, NME, January 1976

HIS HAIR IS short, coloured black and closely cropped, though not unnaturally so. He wears a red T-shirt and his body, which has fluctuated from ...

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1976

ARGUABLY, THERE IS no more exciting rock artist to listen to than one whose time has come; one whose art (not to mention attitude, appearance, ...

Elvis Presley: Okay, Kids... Which Twin is the Real Elvis?

Report by Mick Farren, NME, January 1976

"I'm gonna go infiltrate the International ELVIS PRESLEY Fan Club Convention", said MICK FARREN. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Brunel University, London

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, January 1976

THE ONLY REASON I KNOW for the Kursaal Flyers not to be as popular as sliced bread is that their first album was so badly ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: It's My Party and I'll Pose If I Want To

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1976

THE GLAMOUR Twins were simply passing through, pausing at London Heathrow en route to Paris from Los Angeles. Still the newshounds contrived to be close ...

Kraftwerk: Exceller-8, Radio-Activity

Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

EXCELLER 8 IS a 'best of album taken from the three Vertigo albums that Kraftwerk have released in this country and it's a good selection ...

Osibisa: Welcome Home

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, January 1976

Too many holiday brochures getting you down – let some real sun into your home... ...

Ron Geesin: Cockpit Theatre, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

DRESSED IN RED shorts and jersey with white sneakers, Ron Geesin looks like a combination of Elton John and Alexander Solzhenitsyn but has the crazed ...

The Fania All Stars: Live

Live Review by Miles, NME, January 1976

A TERRIBLE HANGOVER and a record comes under the front door. I pluck up the courage to put it on (the cover has such loud ...

Sweet: The Sweet: Top of the Pops

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1976

OH, YOU know, it gets so very confusing. What with the fickleness of all these rock writers and the constant need to come across with ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Arty Smarty Or Just The Guitar Hero Next Door?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1976

THE SAME sign as Hendrix: Sagittarius. Into Hank Marvin, Duane Eddy, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and BB King. And Jimi Hendrix. ...

Boxer: College Of Food Technology, Weybridge

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, February 1976

BOXER'S WARM-up gig, one of a few, prior to their major tour which starts shortly…and the hall was about a third of the size which ...

Carole King: Thoroughbred

Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

I DON'T UNDERSTAND it. Carole has gone back to recording demo discs again. ...

Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, February 1976

Commander Cody: Good timin' in the Ozone zone ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Gratitude

Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1976

PROOF AT LAST that EWF deserve all the acclaim that's been heaped on them in the last couple of years. ...

Henry Cow: London School of Economics, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

SOMEHOW HENRY Cow all seem slightly amused to be on stage. This is one of the many communications going on between them, but mostly they ...

Joan Baez: From Every Stage

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1976

LAST AUTUMN, IN a move that marked a complete departure from previous practice, Joan Baez went out on the road in the States with a ...

Junior Byles: From the Dread Depths of Despair

Report by Penny Reel, NME, February 1976

JUNIOR BYLES emerged as the supreme talent of the year, if not of the decade. His moving 'Bur O Boy' was without peer. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kursaal Flyers: Surely This Band Is Too Young To Die?

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, NME, February 1976

PAUL SHUTTLEWORTH'S Secret Ambition is to become a member of Equity, the Actors' Union. "Trouble is though," he told me, "You can't just pay your ...

10cc: The 10cc Fine Art Collection

Interview by Andrew Tyler, NME, February 1976

In which the Fab Four pick their Fabbest Fourteen to illustrate the ascent of sweetness, light, and the Technological Aesthetic to the neanderthal world of ...

The Blackbyrds: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1976

BETCHA DIDN'T know there's such a thing as Black-byrdomania. Neither did I until this concert, when a quietly slumbering stalls suddenly became a heaving sea ...

Gladys Knight: The Best Of…, A Little Knight Music, Gladys Knight And The Pips

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1976

DON'T BE MISLED – The Best Of... actually refers to the best of Gladys and the 'Pips' Buddah output, but such is the strength of ...

Julie Tippetts: Sunset Glow

Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

IN 1970 Julie Driscoll married Keith Tippett, the modern composer, and entered the mysterious other world of contemporary music. ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Solid Silver

Review by Max Bell, NME, February 1976

YOU MAY REMEMBER Quicksilver Messenger Service as one of the most enigmatic West Coast bands from the acid-soaked sixties, and not just because they never ...

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, February 1976

RONEE BLAKLEY was the star of Robert Altman's Nashville, if you remember, the film that was universally condemned by the inhabitants of Music City U.S.A. ...

The Fania All Stars: The Fania All-Stars: It's Skinny [OLÉ] It's Dangerous [OLÉ OLÉ] And It Drinks Cheap Spanish Wine...

Overview by Miles, NME, February 1976

With a rose clenched between his teeth, the man they call EL MILES infiltrates the heady, exotic world of the Strand Lyceum, where trousers are ...

The Isley Brothers: Twist And Shout, Super Hits

Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1976

SOME RECORDINGS CRY out to be reissued. In fact they never should have been deleted in the first place. Others should never even have been ...

The Salsoul Orchestra: The Salsoul Orchestra (Epic)

Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

I ASKED Paul Atkinson, who decides these things at CBS, why he was releasing this album here. ...

Clancy: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, February 1976

FOR A BAND which has been going for something like two-and-a-half years, which has survived the pub circuit and come out the other side, and ...

Gong, Steve Hillage: Gong: Demise Of Teapot Heralds New Obscure Era

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1976

We proudly present GONG Now, in which assorted Gauls and other Foreigners explain (sort of) certain radical changes and new concepts which may extend the ...

James Last: Last of the MORicans

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1976

Forget that Kaspar Hauser. JAMES LAST – or "Hansi" if you prefer – is the real Enigma of modern Germany. TONY STEWART investigates. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, February 1976

WE ALL KNOW about Lynyrd Skynyrd. As barroom brawlers go, they don't come quite as gross as these six Southern redneck bruisers wired on Coors, ...

Speedy Keen: Y'Know Wot I Mean?

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1976

ONE IF THE many things of which any court of law would instantaneously acquit Speedy Keen (along with singing in a thunderous bass voice and ...

Toots & The Maytals: The Man Who Would Be God

Interview by Penny Reel, NME, February 1976

JAH TOOTS: "...tracks on my new album? Well, there's 'Reggae Got Soul' – that's the title track, you know – 'Never Go Down', 'Dog War', ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots Hibbert: The Man Who Would Be God

Profile and Interview by Penny Reel, NME, February 1976

Rasta revelations courtesy of FREDERICK "TOOTS" HIBBERT of Toots and The Maytals, who'd rather incarnate here and now than talk about old times with PENNY ...

10cc: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1976

THE MUSIC IS exactly as you'd expect it really. More or less. ...

Ann Peebles: Tellin' It

Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1976

IN 1968 IN Memphis, Tennessee, Willie Mitchell succeeded to the board of an ailing record company called Hi. ...

Kokomo, The Kursaal Flyers: Kokomo/Kursaal Flyers: Guildford

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, February 1976

A VERY strange billing, Kokomo as support to the Kursaal Flyers. Now that seems to say something about relative popularity and the length of time ...

Maria Muldaur: Sweet Harmony (Warner Brothers)

Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

"BECAUSE OF the eclectic nature of her thing Maria goes through a lot of different styles – that's her thing, that's what she does, that's ...

National Health: LSE, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, February 1976

I LIKE GOING to concerts at L.S.E. because the audiences there are such fanatics. Such was the case with National Health, the audience being exceedingly ...

Sex, Drugs And Violence In Rock: The Sexual Language Of Rock Part 1

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1976

"Eddie please write me one line,Tell me your love is only mine,Please Eddie, don't make me wait so long,You left me last September,To return to ...

David Bowie: Spiders from Mars

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1976

"We've still got the Bowie costumes. We can wear those.""Yeah, Dave was really into duffle coats for a hour and a half in them days." ...

T. Rex: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, February 1976

BORN TO BOOGIE, or born to Waltz? The story of an ageing teendream with the cheek to book himself into London's Lyceum Ballroom, without a ...

Climax Blues Band

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1976

Big in the States. Still trying to breakthrough on the home turf. CHRIS SALEWICZ chews on a 'cheese and tomato' ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, March 1976

FIRST DUKE DUKE and the Dukes, now Eddie and the Hot Rods – Kursaal Flyers' manager Paul Conroy knows how to pick support bands. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: And now, for a fascinating and demanding dialogue...

Interview by Cliff White, NME, March 1976

Learn more about yourself and about the problem facing our society today in this week's... GIL SCOTT-HERON LECTURE ...

Gong: Shamal

Review by Miles, NME, March 1976

THE LINEUP CHANGES have been so substantial and the musical direction has altered so drastically since their last album (You), that Gong might have changed ...

Julie Tippetts, Isaac Guillory: Kings College, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, March 1976

"I'M NERVOUS." ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Warner Brothers)

Review by Miles, NME, March 1976

"THERE’S A song of Kate McGarrigle’s, which Maria Muldaur sang on her first LP, called ‘Work Song’, which is about all the old songs that ...

Sex, Drugs And Violence In Rock: The Sexual Language Of Rock Part 2

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1976

"I'm gonna pick you up nowAnd carry you away,So you'd better pack up now, baby,Packin' up today,Here I come, just a big bad man,When I ...

The Everly Brothers: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us

Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1976

IN A QUIET sort of way, 1975 saw an Everly Brothers revival of sorts. Warner Brothers released their magnificent Walk Right Back With The Everlys, ...

King Crimson: A Small Mobile Intelligent Independent Double Album???

Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1976

King Crimson: A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson (Island) ...

Bill Wyman: Stone Alone

Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1976

WELL, HERE HE comes again. Bill Wyman, on face value the least likely Stone to strike out on his own account and yet, apparently, the ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, March 1976

POLE-AXED BY SKIN-CRAWLING hot and cold flushes, with a head full of demented panel-beaters, the last thing I wanted to do was travel 50 miles ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1976

AT THE Empire Pool, Deep Purple rule. The roaring audience of ten thousand or so press their hands to their heads as their ears get ...

Jess Roden: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, March 1976

DRESSED IN the remains of a particularly dapper three-piece suit and with straight hair stretching to his collar and no further, British country-soulster Jess Roden ...

Laura Nyro: Smile

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1976

LAURA NYRO: fringed red velvet shawl over a lamp, candlelight, one line of cocaine on a mirror, a half-empty glass of red wine on the ...

Steve Gibbons Band, The Who: Who, Gibbons Face the Hog Butcher Vibe

Report by Mick Farren, NME, March 1976

The Who/Steve Gibbons Band: Pavillion de Paris ...

Bobby Womack: BLAM! Bobby Womack Calls The Shots

Interview by Cliff White, NME, March 1976

CLIFF WHITE hits the floor and runs the tape as the soul veteran pulls the trigger. ...

Bobby Womack: Safety Zone

Review by Cliff White, NME, March 1976

IF YOU WANT to do Bobby Womack a favour, you'll ignore this album. ...

Horslips: Guildford

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, March 1976

HORSLIPS ARE CURRENTLY between record companies, apparently by their own choice, but unlike thespians, who rest, the group are doing a series of gigs in ...

Kevin Coyne: Coyne, The Unfrozen Currency

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1976

KEVIN COYNE kicks and stamps his feet outside the Atlantic Hotel in Aarhus, Western Denmark, as we waits for a taxi to take us to ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Richard Hell, Television: New York: Plug in to the Nerve-ends of the Naked City

Report by Nick Kent, NME, March 1976

In downtown Manhattan the rock 'n' roll war rages on as potential crown princes of Punkdom battle for recognition.. NICK KENT interprets the action ...

The Twinkle Brothers: Rasta Pon Top

Review by Penny Reel, NME, March 1976

EVER SINCE ITALIAN propagandists began spreading false rumours concerning the demise of the Emperor, Negus Ras Tafari, Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Conquering Lion ...

The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds Featuring Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds Featuring Jeff Beck

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1976

STRANGELY ENOUGH, the thing that hits you first about these albums is not so much the excellence of the two gentlemen named in the titles ...

Bonnie Raitt

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

AT FIRST SIGHT, Bonnie Raitt isn't the world's most startling human being. In fact, she seems pretty damn ordinary. Quiet; medium height; plain; unkempt red ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Sweet America

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1976

IT TOOK ME a while to figure out where Buffy Sainte-Marie was at with Soldier Blue. ...

Camel: Guildhall, Portsmouth

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, April 1976

IT'S MY IMPRESSION that Camel are becoming a band to reckon with. ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Tasty, Urban Tension Classics…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

MAX BELL says, "Kids, you gonna drive me to drinkin'. If you can't get next to HOT ROD thinkin'" ...

Man: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1976

THE KID was good. I have to hand it to him: he was good. ...

Al Jarreau: Jarreau Gig At La Coupole Goes Molto Bene

Report and Interview by Cliff White, NME, April 1976

"THERE'S NO reason for my deserving this interview any more than the man out there pouring drinks, except that I try to say something through ...

Boxer: The Nude, The Boxing Glove And The Wooden Box

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1976

...a slightly misleading headline heralding an informative article on BOXER which does in fact refer to nudes, boxing gloves and wooden boxes. ...

Fats Domino: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, April 1976

WHAT CAN I do? What can I say? How exactly can I prostrate myself? I guess there's no excuse for a rock critic who goes ...

Kevin Ayers - Revived 35

Interview by Miles, NME, April 1976

Headline contributed by the Mediterranean boatman lui-meme. Actually he was born in 1944. Fascinating, isn’t it? ...

Led Zeppelin: Presence

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1976

M'lawds, ladies 'n' gennelmen, presenting the new album by... ...

Man: The Welsh Connection

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1976

IRRATIONAL SCHMIR-RATIONAL; it still don't seem right to see a Man album without a United Artists logo on the label. ...

Mike Dorane: The Lone Arranger

Interview by Cliff White, NME, April 1976

"Say, stranger...who's that masked man who just wrote those songs, played all the instruments, sang all the harmonies, mixed the tracks in his home studio ...

Roy Wood: The Roy Wood Story

Review by Mick Farren, NME, April 1976

"WHEN YOU'RE NUMBER two, you try harder." ...

The Bothy Band: Guinness Brigade in Nescafé experiment

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, April 1976

FOR SOME considerable time now, a new "underground" music situation has been developing. Not one concerned with any aspect of rock, but rather one that's ...

Global Village Trucking Company: Global Village Trucking Company (Caroline)

Review by John Tobler, NME, April 1976

THIS IS not so much an album, more an epitaph; the GVTC disbanded during last summer, largely due, I suspect, to the fact that they ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Her Man, His Woman

Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1976

RECORDED AND FIRST released as the Get It, Get It L.P. on the L.A. Cenco label circa 1965, this album was snapped up by Capitol ...

John Denver: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1976

WILL JOHN SWOOP down to the stage on the back of a pantomime Golden Eagle? Will his teeth be clean in time for the new ...

Pavlov's Dog: At The Sound Of The Bell

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

Condition your reflexes the Pavlov way! ...

The Moody Blues

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, NME, April 1976

It all seemed as though it should have had some connection with what I was there for. ...

Third World: Third World (Island import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1976

THIRD WORLD were the support act at Bob Marley and The Wailers' Lyceum concerts last summer, where they provided the kind of pleasant surprise that's ...

ABBA: Abba: Oompah?

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, April 1976

What’s squeaky-clean, exquisitely produced, Scandinavian and goes OOMPAH? The answer to the riddle is ABBA ...and here’s MICK FARREN to ask it. ...

Tammy Wynette: Boots, Brandy, Boots, Bouffants + Buffy

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, April 1976

THERE WERE more Stetson hats than you could shake a stick at in Wembley last weekend. ...

Brook Benton: This Is Brook Benton

Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1976

THIS MONTH'S MIND-BLOWER: The Benton basement tapes surface after 18 years in the can and turn out to be a bag of fun for all ...

Johnnie Taylor: Eargasm

Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1976

THAT THIS ALBUM has already been such an overwhelming success in America must surely be due to US Columbia's marketing techniques rather than the music, ...

Kevin Coyne: Heartburn

Review by John Tobler, NME, April 1976

THIS IS KEVIN COYNE'S seventh album in as many years, and I find it the most satisfying record he's made since the second (and final) ...

Kiss: Destroyer

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1976

IF EVER A GROUP have made it huge in America by carefully manipulated saturation in terms of records, concerts and promotion then Kiss are that ...

Magna Carta: Funky Folk Deliver Body Blow To Public Transport

Profile and Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, April 1976

IT WAS late, pretty late. And it was in an era where public transport seems loathe to operate when darkness falls. ...

Osibisa: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, April 1976

ONLY CRITICAL SNOBBERY could deny Osibisa the distinction of having played one of the finest sets I have seen this side of Christmas. On this ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Black And Blue

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1976

"THE ROLLING STONES are a really good band, but, like, I consider them like a boys' band because they don't play mens music. They don't ...

Brook Benton, The Stylistics, The Three Degrees: Stylistics: 'Chitlins In A Basket' Special

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1976

Stylistics/Brook Benton/Three Degrees: The Palladium, London ...

Dr. Alimantado: The Curious Case of Dr. Alimantado

Profile by Penny Reel, NME, April 1976

"Ere Jah Man!""Ites!""Whadda word Babylon mean, dread?" ...

The Kursaal Flyers: The Great Artiste

Review by John Tobler, NME, April 1976

I'VE BEEN PLAYING this album to the exclusion of all else over the last couple of weeks: it comes as something of a shock to ...

Aztec Two Step: Second Step

Review by John Tobler, NME, May 1976

A MEANINGFUL title. Three years ago, the duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman made a very good album for Elektra, which received critical acclaim ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1976

ARE YOU quite sure that you're definitely not joining Genesis full-time? ...

Kevin Coyne: New Theatre, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, May 1976

WITHOUT DOUBT ONE of the most powerful presentations I've ever attended. When it was over Kevin was drained, his band was drained, the audience was ...

Louis Jordan: The Best Of Louis Jordan/Choo Choo Ch'Boogie

Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1976

SUFFERING FROM HEAVY metal fatigue? Bunions on your disco feet? Are you too pooped to pop, too puked with punk rock, rasta'd rigid by reggae ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Never Argue With A Pregnant Indian: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1976

CARL PERKINS looks glazed. Teeth, eyes, toupee, rhinestoned double-knit denim-look casuals: all veneered with the same hospital-tile finish as the off-white Tele-caster that Perkins is ...

Rick Wakeman: Art with a Capital F***

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1976

RICK WAKEMAN on the aesthetic of bodily functions, as applied to rock concerts. "We'll have none of that thank you, we're English." ...

Gladys Knight & the Pips: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1976

HORACE SILVER to Brain Case, NME, May 1st 1976. "I'd prefer just reports on concerts rather than a critique." Quite right too, Horace. O.K. then. ...

Gladys Knight: Things happen when you're a disciple of Buddah...

Interview by Cliff White, NME, May 1976

... but it helps if you're GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE PIPS. Here's how things are going, as told to CLIFF WHITE. ...

Johnny Walker: The Rock Assassination Takes Place On Tuesday Between 11 .30 And Four

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1976

JOHNNY WALKER has seen a lot of bloodshed, and a poor disc jockey can only take so much... To cut a long story out, he's ...

Marvin Gaye: I Want You

Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1976

A COUPLE of weeks ago our very own Mr. Murray suffered a bitter anti-climax after waiting nigh on two years to hear the latest ...

Steely Dan: The Royal Scam

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

DEFINITION: SCAM – THE scenario for a confidence trick. The lowdown on same. The stage preparatory to the heist or sting. ...

Jimmy Buffett, Steve Goodman: Steve Goodman: Jessie's Jig And Other Favourites; Jimmy Buffett: Havana Daydreamin'

Review by John Tobler, NME, May 1976

JIMMY BUFFETT and Steve Goodman seem to have a lot more in common than the fact that their names have the same number of letters. ...

The Rolling Stones: Too Rolled To Stone

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1976

THE NICE THING about the law of gravity is that it applies to everybody. ...

David Bowie: The Man Who Fell Into Sinatra's Suit

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

IT'S HALF PAST five on Sunday afternoon and I still don't know how to start this thing. Only David Bowie could return like the Prodigal, ...

Ian Hunter: An American Alien Boy

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1976

THERE EXISTS A subtle difference between a tax exile and an expatriate. ...

Jesse Winchester: Learn To Love It

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

THIS IS BOTH Jesse Winchester's third album and his third good album. ...

Nils Lofgren: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1976

I SAW LOFGREN'S gig at the same theatre at the end of last year. It was duff. His band didn't gell and the sound was ...

Pink Floyd: Games For May

Retrospective by Miles, NME, May 1976

TEN YEARS AGO THE PINK FLOYD were a semi formed idea in the mind of one SYD BARRETT. Nine years ago they were the darlings ...

The Ramones: Ramones (Sire — Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1976

A WEEK back, if you'd asked me nicely, I'd have dogmatically opined that Ramones – SASD 7520 – was absolutely the most grievous hot rock ...

Caravan: Blind Dog at St. Dunstan’s (BTM/Arista)

Review by Miles, NME, May 1976

WHEN THE members of Caravan pulled down their trousers, bent over, and revealed the name of their last album spelt out on their white English ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: Well, Bless-uh Muh Soul, What's-uh Wrong With Me?

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, May 1976

WHEN AN artist hasn't produced anything of note for something like 14 years, the world begins to judge him on just about anything but his ...

Kiss: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1976

THE LADY on the door was most persuasive. "Would you take a Kiss mask? Please...go on have a couple, we're trying to get rid of ...

Lee Garrett: Born A Loser

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, NME, May 1976

Meet the man who put dues-paying into the big league: LEE GARRETT. Born blind into a poor family and a drifter by his teens, Garrett ...

Patti Smith: At Last, The Lower Manhattan Show

Report and Interview by Miles, NME, May 1976

Miles sees the Patti Smith Group at the Roundhouse, London ...

Steve Miller

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, NME, May 1976

"I WASN'T disturbed by having a hit – I was exhausted! Before The Joker became successful we'd done 220 concerts in the previous year. Then ...

Chuck Berry, 49, Denies Knowledge of the Previous 48

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, May 1976

Chuck (Crazy Legs) Berry, top ten contender for the title "King of rock and roll", has been referred to as the greatest black folk poet ...

Mighty Diamonds: Right Time

Review by Penny Reel, NME, May 1976

THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS emerged in the wake of the resurgence of interest in Burning Spear – "I and I, son of the Most High – ...

The Bellamy Brothers: Let Your Love Flow

Review by John Tobler, NME, May 1976

YOU MUST have heard the single which gives this its title, and there's little doubt that the Bellamy Brothers are a distinctly classy addition to ...

The Rolling Stones: The Rock 'N' Roll Circus Hits Town

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1976

THE ROLLING STONES first night at Earl's Court, back in the ol' U.K. NICK KENT was there. Need we say more? ...

Todd Rundgren: Faithful (Bearsville)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1976

I NEVER REALLY gave up hope on Todd Rundgren. Even when the maestro was seemingly irreconcilably immersed in expounding his slant on poe-faced spiritualist dogma, ...

David Bowie: Changesonebowie

Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1976

I GUESS that one of the main functions of any greatest hits album is to explain to anyone who isn't a hard core fan exactly ...

Jesse Winchester

Profile and Interview by John Tobler, NME, June 1976

CERTAIN QUALITIES seem to be needed for a musician to become a hero to the man in the street who buys a lot of records ...

The Meters: The Battle of New Orleans Re-visited...

Retrospective and Interview by Cliff White, NME, June 1976

It's a battle ART NEVILLE of THE METERS is still fighting. He's happy about being on the Stones tour – but angry at never having ...

Tom Waits: Would you say this man was attempting to convey an impression of sordid Bohemianism?

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, June 1976

I CAME IN on the southbound flyer, then hoofed it halfway across town to see Tom. From a nearby window drifted the sound of Billie ...

Millie Jackson: Free And In Love

Review by Cliff White, NME, June 1976

OOWEE, LORD HAVE mercy. This girl just turns me to jelly every time she opens her mouth. ...

Steve Goodman: Words We Can Dance To

Review by John Tobler, NME, June 1976

AFTER A three year gap since his two Buddah albums, this is Steve Goodman's second LP in less than a year, which presumably means that ...

Tom Waits: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Fred Dellar, NME, June 1976

HE TAKES the stage with what he describes as his don't care-a-shit shuffle. Very apt ...

Steve Winwood, Stomu Yamashta: Winwood & Yamashta: GO GO GO

Interview by Miles, NME, June 1976

MILES, our resident Grand Master of cosmic funk, unscrews the inscrutable and accompanies STEVIE WINWOOD and STOMU YAMASHTA into the infinite as they discuss, rehearse ...

Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1976

THIS BOY certainly eats up producers. ...

Genesis: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, June 1976

IF YOU take the trouble to embroider "Genesis" in fancy letters on the back of your pressed denim jacket, or if you are prepared to ...

Roger McGuinn: Cardiff Rose

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1976

ABOUT EIGHT OR nine months ago I was preposterously drunk in the Bottom Line club in New York watching the Roger McGuinn Band. ...

Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent

Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1976

ONCE UPON A TIME the idea of liking Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes was considered remarkably unhip. Poor old Ted and his boys were ...

Michael Chapman: The Body In The Lake and Other Stories

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1976

SO THERE we were sitting in the studio drinking wine and talking rock and roll talk when Rick Kemp shouldered in, slammed the door and ...

The Titanic Sails at Dawn

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, June 1976

AS YOU CAN all quite well-imagine, the letters that get themselves printed in Gasbag (or Dogbag or Ratbag or Scumbag or whatever jiveass name we've ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1976

RIOTS LAST NIGHT they said, marauding hordes of smart, mean kids swarming around getting illegal all over the place with property and the concession stands ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1976

THERE WERE EXACTLY four things wrong with the final show by the Wailers at Hammersmith last Friday. ...

Little Feat, The Outlaws: Little Feat/The Outlaws: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, June 1976

THE OUTLAWS ARE really pretty much your standard ranch stash. Three lead guitars primed to shit-kicking yee-ha, mighty purty 'n' all but lame beneath the ...

Michael Chapman: Savage Amusement (Decca)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1976

ABOUT THE only thing that Michael Chapman has in common with Laura Nyro, apart from vast merit, is that a lot of people find the ...

Michael Chapman: Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1976

IT'S TERRIBLE HOW people sometimes get the wrong idea, it really is. ...

Tangerine Dream: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, June 1976

T-DREAM HAVE BEEN described as everything from 'the most advanced development of progressive rock' to 'electronic muzak'. The band generates controversy probably because people are ...

Aerosmith: Rocks

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

AEROSMITH HAVE GOT the whole situation psyched. ...

Spirit: America: The Titanic Might Be Sinking, But There Are Plenty Of Lifeboats Left

Essay by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

BACK IN this very spot, Mick Farren pulled out his critical cudgels and delivered a sorely needed attack on the current state of rock'n'roll. ...

J. Geils Band: J Geils Band: Blow Your Face Out (Atlantic)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

FOR A BAND who've been as ludicrously misrepresented by their critics as the incomparable J. Geils Brew, Blow Your Face Out must be the best ...

Kevin Ayers: Yes, it's make it or break it time again...

Report and Interview by Miles, NME, July 1976

This week: well known pataphysician KEVIN AYERS — Fortune teller: MILES ...

Mr. Big: Mr Big: Oh No…Not Another Geezer With Hooter Problems!

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1976

THERE'S A bleedin' ennui OD here in the audience tonight. Not that they're into being-super-blase or super-arrogant. It's just that this is the hottest day ...

Bootsy Collins, Parliament: The Amazing Disco-Man from Planet X

Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1976

PARLIAMENT: Mothership Connection (Casablanca)BOOTSY'S RUBBER BAND: Stretchin' Out (Warners) ...

The Beach Boys: 15 Big Ones (Reprise)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

WHAT THE little deuce coupe is goin' on round here? ...

The Outlaws: Southernly Last Summer...

Interview by Miles, NME, July 1976

I'M SITTING in a dressing room at Celtic Park football ground. In the distance the Glasgow crowd is rootin' for Alex Harvey, but as the ...

Soft Machine: The Soft Machine: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, July 1976

IT WAS a surprise to see so many people in the heat and the gloom of the Hamersmith Palais to see Soft Machine, because in ...

The Ohio Players, War: War & The Ohio Players: Say It Loud, I'm Black an' My Bank Manager's Proud

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, NME, July 1976

WAR and THE OHIO PLAYERS fall into a similar category –- two flash, young(ish) outfits with artistic and financial freedom and an interesting line in ...

Alan Parsons: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, July 1976

A bearded, disembodied head appeared in the darkness. My blood ran cold. It was PARSONS I saw... ...

Eric Burdon As Savage Messiah

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1976

ERIC BURDON'S notorious reputation as an abusive boozed-up Geordie ruffian might only have been part of rock's mythology, but at the moment it appears to ...

The Flamin' Groovies, The Ramones, The Stranglers: Flamin' Groovies/The Ramones/The Stranglers: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

MAYBE IT WAS no accident that the hottest, steamiest, dirtiest night of the year was reserved for July 4. It's not every day that we ...

Joe Cocker: Stingray (A&M)

Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1976

SPEAKING AS someone who knows little more about Joe Cocker than he does about me, I am perhaps not the most fitting person in the ...

Shades

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, July 1976

WHEN ALL AROUND YOU is brown, burnt, pink or peeling and you're tired of squinting in the glare it's time to consider... ...

Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band: Live Bullet

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1976

I GUESS YOU could say that Bob Seger and Ted Nugent are the last of the Michigan cowboys. ...

The Crusaders: Crusaders: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

THE HELL WITH it, let's be dogmatic and lay down a truth that was already manifest before their historic visit. When it comes to pumping ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Flamin’ Groovies: It Ain't Much Fun Bein' In The Import Bins' Blues

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

SOMETIMES DEJA VU gets to choke you up. After ten years of trying to prove themselves the Flamin' Groovies must be wondering just what the ...

James Taylor: In My Pocket

Review by Miles, NME, July 1976

MOST OF US drift into comfortable mediocrity; in the end it's hard to avoid, particularly if your career had dumped wads and wads of money ...

Jefferson Starship: Spitfire

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1976

IT WAS FUNNY, though, wasn't it? ...

The Ramones: 'Waitin' for World War III' Blues

Interview by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

JOEY RAMONE is wandering around the empty Roundhouse, looking vacant and clutching a brand new camera under his arm like a teddy bear substitute. A ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: SAHB Stories

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1976

ROUND ABOUT THE third revamp of Captain Marvel (that's Marvel's Captain Marvel, not the other one), they changed his billing from The Sensational Captain Marvel ...

Wings: The Forum, Los Angeles

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1976

CURIOUS BUSINESS, this intercontinental jet travel. High altitude transportation appears to have a spectacularly adverse effect on Britrockers' vocal chords. Old Jagger, now: there are ...

The Crusaders: After a Quarter of a Century, Yes, It’s Overnight Success

Interview by Cliff White, NME, July 1976

Yup, it's taken a little time. Uhhuh, that's right – 25 years of bein' hot stuff. But for THE CRUSADERS worldwide acceptance does at last ...

Back Street Crawler: Leaving Coffins Outside Dressingrooms is Sick

Interview by Miles, NME, July 1976

Just one of the problems Back Street Crawler have had to contend with since the death of Paul Kossoff. Terry Slesser explains. ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Steal Your Face

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

SURPRISE, SURPRISE. THE new Dead album is coming in for the most monumental panning. Seems that for the past four years (at least) they've been ...

The Runaways: And I Wonder…I Wah Wah Wah Wah Wonder…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1976

THE CORRAL lies maybe midway down Topanga Canyon, between Ventura Freeway and Malibu Beach. Maybe it's just the Romantic in me but visually – and ...

The Meters, The Wild Tchoupitoulas: The Wild Tchoupitoulas: The Wild Tchoupitoulas (Island)/ The Meters: The Best Of ... (Reprise)

Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1976

WILD TCHOUPITOULAS extend an invitation to all those who've ever loved New Orleans music... ...

Twiggy: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Fred Dellar, NME, July 1976

I GUESS they popped the champers at Phonogram after this glitzy shindig at the Home of Fest. For hadn't Mike Harding, had 'em clutching at ...

Automatic Man

Profile and Interview by Miles, NME, July 1976

Something with Integrity has descended among us (from California as it happens). It's AUTOMATIC MAN. It landed in the Marquee. MILES was there ...

Deep Purple: Why The Purpling Had To Stop

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1976

In which TONY STEWART listens patiently while IAN PAICE and DAVID COVERDALE explain (within the limits of decent reticence and Not Ratting On Mates)... ...

Fleetwood Mac

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1976

THE YELLOW CAB has taken me just over half the distance down to 6565 Sunset Boulevard before I notice the driver look in his rearview ...

John Prine: Regent's Park, London

Live Review by John Tobler, NME, July 1976

IT MUST have been a terrible choice between seeing John Prine (and perhaps Steve Goodman?) at Regent's Park, and checking out the first British gig ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, July 1976

And yet more folksiness as Kate & Anna McGarrigle BLITZ OVER LONDON ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate And Anna McGarrigle: Kiss Me Till My Mouth Gets Numb

Interview by Miles, NME, July 1976

The harrowing tale of two sisters who narrowly missed getting typecast as nuns when their real thing is foolin’ around in bathrooms... Seriously though, we ...

Kenneth Anger: My Boyfriend Left Me For Charlie Manson!

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, July 1976

Hi! I'm KENNETH ANGER. Marianne Faithfull plays a demon in my new movie. This is a picture of me when I was three and a ...

Spirit: Farther Along

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1976

How Kapt. Kopter kept coming back California, a bona fide genius guitar hero. Who says so? Max Bell says so. ...

Status Quo: Cardiff Castle

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1976

ALTHOUGH I IMAGINE it could be a disaster area if it rained, Cardiff Castle on a fine day is an ideal spot for a one ...

Don Covay: Travelin' In Heavy Traffic

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1976

AN APPRAISAL OF THE VIRTUES OF MR. DON COVAY ...

Luther Allison: Luther Dusts His Broom

Report by Cliff White, NME, August 1976

HOW MANY OF YOU KNOW that Motown had a blues man on their books? Yeah that's right, blues. Amazing, is it not? Luther Allison's his ...

Sam Cooke: Twistin' The Night Away

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1976

BETWEEN 1960 and 1963 more Twist albums hit the market than the total spinoff products from Elvis, The Beatles and Jaws. ...

Boz Scaggs: Central Park, New York

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1976

STROLLING THROUGH New York's Central Park on a hot and sultry Friday afternoon was pretty much like reliving a David Peel song. The paths and ...

Blue Oyster Cult

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1976

Nectar of strychnine! Seminal psychedelic trip-wire rock'n'roll! Geometric chaos! Neo-nuclear Pearl Harbour precision! Flash-pod explosion! Blood-on-snow controlled fury! Boot-heeling dangerous! ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe MacDonald: The Essential Country Joe McDonald

Review by John Tobler, NME, August 1976

ALTHOUGH THERE have been three compilations of his work with the Fish, this is the first collection covering Country Joe's seven solo albums. ...

Bootsy Collins, Funkadelic, Parliament: It's a PARLIAFUNKADELIC-BOOTSYMENT THANG!!

Interview by Cliff White, NME, August 1976

"THERE'S a lot of chocolate cities around. We got Newark, we got Gary, somebody told me we got L.A. And we're working on Atlanta. But ...

Linda Ronstadt: Hasten Down The Wind (Asylum)

Review by Miles, NME, August 1976

LINDA RONSTADT has taken a tip from Carly Simon and taken off her bra for an album sleeve – not that she ever did wear ...

Stax: Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)...

Report by Cliff White, NME, August 1976

CLIFF WHITE charts the fall of Stax Records ...

The Real Thing

Interview by Cliff White, NME, September 1976

THE REAL THING seems to be an apt name for a trio who are determined to succeed on their own merits and not as a ...

Bobby Womack: B.W. Goes C&W (United Artists)

Review by Cliff White, NME, September 1976

RECORDED BEFORE Safety Zone last year, this is the set that Bobby had intended to call Black In The Saddle. UA wouldn't release it at ...

Arthur Brown: Live at Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

THE LAST time I saw Arthur Brown work he perpetrated one of the most numblingly embarrassing performances I can recall, one that still festers in ...

Burning Spear: Man In The Hills

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

NEXT TO THE current crop of wild-eyed wired-op weird-asses coming out of JA these days, Burning Spear sound almost conservative. ...

Can: Unlimited Edition

Review by Miles, NME, September 1976

CAPITOL RADIO are blitzing Can's top-40 commercial rock number 'I Want More' right now; it is typical that the band would choose to issue it ...

Diga Rhythm Band: Diga

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1976

AFTER MY initial listening to this album I was going to take the easy way out, fob off with a few jokes about the Raga ...

Dr. Feelgood: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

REAL CASE of dejaja vuvu it was, the night the Feelgoods played the Hope. To readers outside London the Hope and Anchor may just be ...

Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep: John Wetton: I Have Nothing To Hide Shock

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1976

John Wetton reflects on past problems with Uriah Heep – and on his future plans which, among other things, involve working with Ferry. ...

Mighty Diamonds, U Roy: Mighty Diamonds/U Roy/Delroy Washington: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, September 1976

The Lyceum rockers wore dreadlocks, the Aldwych wouldn't do the Strand; the rude bwoys were on a ballroom blitz; and PENNY REEL reports on a ...

The Equals: Born Ya!

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

Support your local Spades!! ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks: Screen On The Green, Islington, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

Our Islington correspondent mingles with the Sex Pistols' portable audience looking for Johnny Rotten's toof. It's incisive stuff… ...

Kevin Ayers, Soft Machine: Kevin Ayers/Soft Machine: Edinburgh Playhouse

Live Review by Miles, NME, September 1976

AN INTERESTING booking, Kevin Ayers – one of the founding members of Soft Machine – playing on the same bill as their present, 14th, line-up ...

Jefferson Starship: Skate Board Grounds the Starship

Report by Mick Farren, NME, September 1976

I WAS WOKEN up by the phone. I had some trouble working out where I was. It took a few seconds to realise that I ...

The Band: ...Mounties, Maple Syrup: The Band at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, September 1976

RUMOURS HAD BEEN circulating (the way rumours always do) for some months. They claimed that there was some kind of rift between The Band and ...

Bob Dylan: Hard Rain

Review by Mick Farren, NME, September 1976

AS SOME OF you regulars out there have probably long suspected, I have a certain difficulty in being strictly objective about the work of Bob ...

Dr. Feelgood, The George Hatcher Band: Dr Feelgood: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, September 1976

HERE IN Sheffield there's a local aphorism along the lines of "Tha' works 'ard, so bloody well play hard". It fits. Most of the concerts ...

J.J. Cale: Troubadour

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1976

THERE ARE only a few things you need to know about J.J. Cale. ...

Rick Derringer: This Man Is Aiming To Kill

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1976

Excuse the pun – it's Rick Derringer, of course, knockin' 'em down with hardnose rock'n'roll. ...

The Band: The Best Of The Band

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1976

ANYTHING THAT allows The Band to maintain their self-imposed torpor should be actively discouraged, and it is with this sentiment in mind that I proposed ...

The Bay City Rollers: The View From Seat A6

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

"Then one day I found a perfect plan,I shake my ass and sing in a rock and roll band,From now on there'll be no compromisin'Rock ...

Don Harrison Band: The Don Harrison Band

Interview by John Tobler, NME, September 1976

HERE'S A question that's been puzzling me: just how did the Don Harrison Band, who are rather less than a familiar name, get on the ...

Ben E. King: Camden Lock

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1976

MY LAST VISIT to the quaint, cobbled pavements of Camden Lock was to see Eddie Floyd knocking on wood in standard mid-60s soul routine. Ben ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Blues-type Situation With Relative Roots: Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

Interview by Cliff White, NME, October 1976

"I'M SO excited man, I don't know, Jesus Christ, everything is really so grand, the company seems to be so together and I think I'm ...

Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Licks, Cold Steel And Truckers' Favourites

Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1976

We've Got A Live One Here ...

Dorothy Moore, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Dorothy Moore, Jimmy James & Vagabonds, Wild Honey: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1976

IT'S 1 A.M. and I've just about survived a ludicrous Sunday, beginning at some ungodly hour I never knew existed and exercising patience I never ...

June Tabor: Sensuous Librarian Reveals All

Interview by Fred Dellar, NME, October 1976

SUDDENLY MY HEART STARTED TO POUND. ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool And The Gang: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1976

DO YOU ever feel out of touch? Secure in the calm of your own head while all about you are losing theirs. It's a disquieting ...

Kris Kristofferson: Surreal Thing

Review by John Tobler, NME, October 1976

THERE APPEARS to be a ridiculously large number of "established" artists making records which, were they by an unfamiliar name, would not only sell zero ...

Marvin Gaye: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Cliff White, Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1976

WELL, IT finally happened. After much speculation, confusion and gnashing of teeth, the rehirsuted one arrived in Britain for the first time in 12 years, ...

The Buzzcocks, Eater: Holdsworth Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1976

YOU CAN count on Manchester to be 48 months behind apparent national trends. Like, reggae is largely frowned upon: crunching hard rock bands employing predictable ...

The Gladiators: Trenchtown Mix Up

Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1976

RED HOT IN BABYLON OR MAUVE IN THE GROVE ...

The Meters: Trick Bag

Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1976

DAY ONE: can't get past the third track. Before reaching it, 4.08 mins of 'Disco Is The Thing Today' revealed a commercial, characterless leap onto ...

The Runaways: From Jailbait to Jes' Plain Bait

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1976

Q: How do you persuade five young LA Teen Queens to clean up their act?A: Put 'em in a group and make 'em famous ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, October 1976

AT £2.50 a ticket I was expecting to hear the words, particularly from a group whose lyrics are so important, but the thousand or so ...

Natalie Cole, Tavares: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1976

NATALIE COLE is an MOR sophisticated lady, right? An exceptional singer in the mould of Aretha Franklin who's chosen to, or been persuaded to, don ...

Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, October 1976

RUMOURS THAT the New Musical Express has deliberately pursued a course of hostility towards Stevie Wonder are, of course, utterly without foundation; but (even at ...

Marvin Gaye: The Marvin Gaye Interview: Earthly Fights and Mystic Flights

Interview by Cliff White, NME, October 1976

"HOW ARE you? I must say you have the patience of Job." ...

Waylon Jennings: Are You Ready For The Country

Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1976

Waylon breaks thru' Nashville's blanket defense ...

Barclay James Harvest: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, October 1976

BARCLAYS BANK ON CORN HARVEST ...

Hawkwind: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, October 1976

TIGER OPENED to a leaden audience who failed to be moved even by big Nicky Moore, twisting and turning through the vocals like a giant ...

Kraftwerk, National Health: Krautwerk: This is what your fathers fought to save you from...

Live Review by Miles, NME, October 1976

Kraftwerk, National Health: The Roundhouse, London ...

Lone Star, Mott The Hoople: Mott, Lone Star: Salford University, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1976

…and here's what they fought to save you for: MOTT ...

The Dictators: The Handsomest Man In Rock And Roll

Interview by Max Bell, NME, October 1976

You may have been ready for Patti 'n' the Pistols 'n' the Ramones, but are you as ready as MAX BELL for The DICTATORS and... ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Teenage Head

Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1976

I MUST confess that when I was first confronted with the Flamin' Groovies, I was not impressed. ...

Aerosmith: Gonna Have Me A Real Wild Time…I'm Going To Harrods

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1976

BRAD WHITFORD wears a grey roll-neck sweater and faded jeans. He looks slightly insecure up there on the stage of the Liverpool Empire. Tom Hamilton ...

Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne: I Got Sensitive Didn't I

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1976

BLACK SABBATH'S Ozzie Osbourne has changed his personality since we last met. He is no longer vulgar and ingenuous. Instead, he is composed and carefully ...

Patti Smith: Radio Ethiopia

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1976

NOW HERE'S what you do for openers. You get someone to blindfold you, put boxing gloves on your hands, tie a maddened rhino to your ...

Patti Smith: Welcome To The Monkey House

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1976

"IT'S LIKE...I'm not ever gonna be a hundred per cent cool, y'know...I mean, for you to like even try to be a hundred per cent ...

Albert King: Truckload Of Lovin'

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1976

HOT DAMN! Way it looks to this white boy, Albert King just has to be to the blues what John Wayne is to cowboy movies, ...

Gary Wright, Peter Frampton: Peter Frampton: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1976

Rock genius...or just another biodegradable pretty boy? C. SALEWICZ sinks his nashers in P. FRAMPTON's persona and finds it... ALL SMILE AND NO TEETH! ...

Spirit: If You Value Your Life, On No Account Read This Headline

Interview by Max Bell, NME, October 1976

...because if you do you'll have to read the feature which is about RANDY CALIFORNIA of SPIRIT. He's a very far-out person. He says so. ...

Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band: Night Moves (Capitol)

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

WHEN YOU'VE just made one of the year's classic live albums, following it can be a bit of a problem. ...

Max Romeo & the Upsetters: War In A Babylon

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

I WAS a soft-porn-skankin' rude boy in a mohair suit until I discovered RASTAFARI!!!! ...

Sun Records reissues: Rock’n’Roll – first dinosaur still extant

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1976

CLIFF WHITE examines a major re-packaging of Sam Philips' Sun catalogue. ...

The Doctors of Madness: The Doctors Of Madness: Live in Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1976

THE DOCTORS of Madness have shot disjointed from dissident Velvet Underground empty emotions and heavy-eyed exasperation, the Bowie of Diamond Dogs admission that conventional revolution ...

Vangelis: The Moans And The Stares, An Ouzo And Thee

Profile and Interview by Miles, NME, November 1976

I THOUGHT I was in for a real treat. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley and the Wailers: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

THERE WERE EXACTLY FOUR things wrong with the final show by the Wailers at the Hammersmith last Friday. ...

Boz Scaggs: Bar-Room Brawls Are Out Man — I've Gotten Sophisticated

Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1976

Yes, this is one for the, err, cognoscenti. It's BOZ SCAGGS man – but coming on strong like Bryan Ferry's wardrobe. Admirer MAX BELL talks ...

David Essex: Manchester Palace, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1976

CLEAN ROCK from the super slick, sadly lackadaisical David Essex Band at the plush Manchester Palace is a harmless way to waste a few hollow ...

Graham Parker: Believe Everything You Hear

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1976

IT'S LUCKY for Graham Parker that he's come along at a time when the Jack Nicholson Academy of professional Beautiful Losers is providing the most ...

Dr. Feelgood: It's only Rock 'n' Roll ...But it's crowded

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

MICK FARREN bares armpits and gets sweaty (and drunk) with DOCTOR FEELGOOD ...

Jonathan Richman: Town Hall, New York City

Live Review by Lester Bangs, NME, November 1976

THE FUNDAMENTAL things apply, as time goes by. Like Sister Ray, for instance. It had only been out for a couple of years when Jonathan ...

Lynn Anderson, Ronnie Prophet, Steve Young: Nashville

Report by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

An Englishman's adventures in the city of the rhinestone kings. Mick Farren was that Englishman. ...

Ringo Starr: Rotogravure

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1976

RY COODER isn't the only person using a Mariachi band at the moment. ...

Steeleye Span: The Universalisation Of Steeleye Span

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1976

SALLY JEAN IS DARK, demure and very attractive. Though well-dressed, well-spoken and well-meaning, she is alas also well dull. For over two hours now she ...

ABBA: Abba: Arrival

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1976

How they made a billion while still in their twentiesWITH THE POP MUSIC OF TODAY ...

Captain Beefheart: Beefheart Discovers “World's Greatest Band” Sensation

Interview by Miles, NME, November 1976

I CALLED Captain Beefheart the other day. His huge voice came booming down the phone even though I'd probably woken him up. ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: The Roaring Silence

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1976

I WAS IN New York when they last asked me to write a thing on Led Zeppelin. An American magazine, it was, with strict deadlines ...

Johnny Guitar Watson: Newcastle Polytechnic

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1976

AFTER THIRTY interviews in two days Johnny Watson's throat was as raw as fresh beefsteak. So for the first two gigs of his European tour ...

Man: Bristol

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, November 1976

THERE ARE several possible ways to review this gig. ...

Nashville - Part Two

Report by Mick Farren, NME, November 1976

In which Mick Farren doesn't talk to Chet Atkins, visits Opryland, views the tourist spots from the OAP's bus and, (quiver, quiver....), converses with Dolly ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Band on the Wall, Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1976

MANCHESTER MADMEN ...

Brian Eno, David Bowie: Eno: "Zing!" Go the Strings of My Art...

Interview by Miles, NME, November 1976

...as Thin and Serious People gather to make music. The luscious but committed BRIAN ENO has been in recording with the skinny and deranged ...

George Harrison: Thirty-three & 1/3

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1976

WHEN I tell you that the first line of the song with the most memorable hook on the album is. "I was so young when ...

Jim Croce: Photographs And Memories

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1976

JIM CROCE was a witty, adroit songwriter with a dual penchant for sharp, good-humoured barroom-jive badman songs and love songs which ranged from the genuinely ...

Joan Baez: Gulf Winds

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, November 1976

THESE ARE heady days for Joan Baez. ...

John Otway: Live in Dunstable

Live Review by Miles, NME, November 1976

IT WAS a delight to witness those old school chums John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett play Dunstable on Thursday night. ...

Malcolm McLaren, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Meet The Colonel Tom Parker of the Blank Generation

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1976

MEET MALCOLM McLAREN. He runs a shop called "SEX". He manages a group called THE SEX PISTOLS. He sincerely believes that he and his band ...

Robert Palmer: How To Get Rid Of The Nude In Your Bedroom

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, November 1976

ROBERT PALMER, who's Big In America, finds his musical progress rather cluttered with scantily clad femininity. TONY STEWART murmurs disapprovingly. ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sha Na Na: Sha Na Na: Madison Square Garden Rock & Roll Spectacular, New York City

Live Review by Steve Turner, NME, November 1976

THERE ARE some memories we have which are straightforward memories, but then there are other memories which are more like memories of memories and we're ...

Cherry Vanilla, Mink DeVille, Pere Ubu, The Shirts, Suicide, Tuff Darts, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Various Artists: Live At CBGB's/Max's Kansas City 1976

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1976

YOU KNOW what these albums remind me of: The This Is Mersey Beat collections that Oriole put out after the first wave of Liverpool bands had gotten ...

Fabulous Poodles: UMIST, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1976

PURE, UNDISGUISED entertainment from a crackerjack fun quartet of sly, sleazy, 'appy crups who played like the Beatles never happened — a major reason why ...

Frank Zappa: Any Resemblance is Purely Conceptual

Report and Interview by Miles, NME, December 1976

MILES SCOOPS THE POOP ON UNCLE FRANK ...

Jess Roden Band: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, December 1976

RIDE ON RODEN: MILES finds the JRB in fine form ...

Leo Sayer: Endless Flight

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1976

ALTHOUGH A lot of recorded music is impersonal (not necessarily a bad thing, it's quite possible to enjoy a record for its own sake without ...

The Alpha Band: The Alpha Band

Review by Mick Farren, NME, December 1976

THERE MUST be something about playing with Bob Dylan that turns musicians a bit...well, shall we call it strange. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Sarfend, Sarfend, It's A Hell Of A Town…

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1976

The smell of coins and oil and penny arcades; of fish 'n' chips; of salt and wave against pebble and promenade; of wide boys and ...

City Boy: Top Rank, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, December 1976

ON ONE level, this gig (the second of City Boy's current tour) could be whiled away by playing "spot the influence" – 10cc, Roxy, the ...

Frank Zappa: Zoot Allures

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1976

THIS ALBUM is neither Bizarre nor DiscReet, but that's neither here nor there. ...

Tangerine Dream: Palais Des Sports, Paris

Live Review by Miles, NME, December 1976

T-DREAM had no support and so they started cold, but soon as the lights dimmed the Palais Des Sports audience roared and cheered and lit ...

The Clash: Eighteen Flight Rock...

Interview by Miles, NME, December 1976

...AND THE SOUND OF THE WESTWAY ...

Can: Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, December 1976

IN ONE OF the most glorious cases of mismatching ever seen on a British stage, Can are preceded tonight by an agonisingly kitsch comedy jug-band ...

Queen: A Day At The Races

Review by Nick Kent, NME, December 1976

THE OFFICE outside has been a-buzzing of late with the latest report concerning the whole punk conspiracy – the to-ings, and fro-ings, of the Sex ...

Santana: God Flows from Every Mouth

Interview by Miles, NME, December 1976

AND THAT DON'T MEAN GOBBIN' ON PEOPLE, WARNS SANTANA ...

Split Enz: Live in Brighton

Live Review by Miles, NME, December 1976

A TRIP to the sea end of Wardour Street is always fine by me, so Tuesday found me on the Chrysalis bus to Brighton to ...

Thin Lizzy: How the Laid-Back Californian met the Drunken Scot and the Heavy Black Irishman…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1976

IF LEW GRADE ever gets round to planning a rock 'n' roll soap opera he could fill the first fifty-two weeks (at least) with The ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: After The Sand Box

Report by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1976

The zany, madcap world of Brian Wilson, episode 98 ...

Ike & Tina Turner, Phil Spector: Ike and Tina Turner

Profile by Bob Woffinden, NME, December 1976

THAT THE Tina Turner-Phil Spector combination should have produced one isolated tour-de-force 45 was perhaps not surprising; after all, Tina more than anyone else was ...

Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1976

WARREN ZEVON hits the stage an hour and five minutes late. This is not without significance. ...

Bob Dylan: Journey To The Centre Of The Psyche: Blonde On Blonde

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, December 1976

IT'S AN almost impossible opening sentence. ...

The Clash, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols, The Clash, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1976

THREE DANCE bands playing the Electric Circus for the second time in ten days. They're back because the Circus is one of the very few ...

The Rolling Stones: Aftermath

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1976

AFTERMATH CATCHES the Rolling Stones in transit: somewhere in between pissing on garage walls and the mass dope busts, after their first long spell on ...

Jimmy Page: Anger Rising: Jimmy Page and Kenneth's Lucifer

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, 1977

LED ZEPPELIN guitarist and leader Jimmy Page has been fired as composer for the soundtrack of the film Lucifer Rising by its director, Kenneth Anger. ...

The Stranglers

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, 1977

Beneath this middle class suburban casual wear lurk a bunch of REALLY NICE GUYS. So why are they banned from Top Of The Pops? ...

Tower of Power: Tower Of Power: Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

THIS IS essentially transitional meat from Oakland, Soul City's finest. ...

James Brown: Git Down! Git Down! Git Down!

Interview by Cliff White, NME, January 1977

Is Britain ready for the return of the Godfather of Soul? On the eve of JAMES BROWN'S fourth visit to the UK, Cliff White reveals ...

Average White Band: The Average White Band: Person To Person

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1977

WELCOME BACK the musically credible and eminently excellent Average White Band with this defiant poke in the ear for all those people who seven months ...

Ace: It's An Ace Life In The Low-Key Whacky World Of Los Angeles

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1977

SEVEN OF US leave the Ace ranch in Hidden Valley and go late night cruisin' in drummer Fran Byrne's '69 Pontiac. Fran heads for ex-Chilli ...

Elvin Bishop: Hometown Boy Makes Good

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

YES INDEED I do believe we've got ourselves a good one here. Elvin Bishop has resisted the slightly formulaic limpness of Struttin' My Stuff ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, January 1977

THERE IS AN unwritten guarantee with every ticket for a Gladys Knight & The Pips concert. A guarantee of aural, visual and emotional satisfaction. I've ...

Kiss: Rock And Roll Over (Casablanca Import)

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

The Red Carpet, but no Heat Treatment ...

Starz: Starz

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1977

PREDICTABLE BOYS from the Rock Steady stable with Jack Douglas production. ...

Suzi Quatro: Aggrophobia (RAK)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1977

FOUR AND A HALF YEARS since Suzi Quatro scored jackpot and replay with 'Can The Can', and it's only now that she's made an album ...

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias: Not Only The Whole Story Of Rock But A Killer Whale Too…

Report and Interview by Miles, NME, January 1977

"DA HIPPY Church" is what my Dutch cab driver calls it. As regular readers will know, The Paradiso is a converted church in the centre ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, January 1977

YOU'RE JUST a little girl with grey eyes and you never leave your room. ...

David Bowie: Low

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1977

AND YOU'RE profile to profile with The Man Who Fell To Bits. Against an incandescent orange background, the cover of David Bowie's new album reprises ...

Babe Ruth: Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, January 1977

TYPICAL OF A Sheffield gig is the way in which the dancing section of the audience settles down crosslegged in front of the stage to ...

Christine Perfect/McVie, Paris: Christine McVie: The Legendary Christine Perfect Album (Sire Import); Paris: Big Towne, 2061 (Capitol)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, January 1977

SUCCESS BREEDS success, states a music biz maxim, and under the altruistic banner of Services To The Public, any record company which has old or ...

Joan Armatrading: If Only They Knew She Had The Power...

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1977

If you've got a taste for terror, take NICK KENT to interview JOAN ARMATRADING... ...

The Runaways: Queens Of Noise

Review by Mick Farren, NME, January 1977

THE MAIN thing that's wrong with this album can be summed up in two words. They are Kim Fowley. Yes that's right. Fowley appears to ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: Teen Rebel Scores £250 From Dad

Profile by Paul Morley, NME, February 1977

This feature bears the New Wave Seal of Quality ...

Elvis Presley: In Search of the Real Elvis

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, February 1977

Otherwise known as an interview with FELTON JARVIS (Felton who???) ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Elektra/Asylum)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1977

CUT THE crap, junior, he sez and put the hyperbole on ice. ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Funkadelic: Hardcore Jollies/Parliament: The Clones Of Funkenstein

Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1977

In the last 12 months no less than eight albums have escaped from this mind-bending menagerie and yet only one (Parliament's Mothership Connection on Casablanca) ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Dancer With Bruised Knees (Warner Bros.)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1977

THE DIFFICULTIES of following an album not simply outstanding but universally acclaimed as such are only too apparent. Even a demonstrably first-class work could not ...

Bobby Womack, Jerry Butler: Soul Survivors

Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1977

Bobby Womack: Home Is Where The Heart Is (CBS)Jerry Butler: Suite For The Single Girl (Motown) ...

Bandit: Bandit (Arista)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1977

THE MIGHTY John Alcock, the producer who brought Thin Lizzy their success, performs here the most masterly musical illusions, which assist Bandit to deliver an ...

Procol Harum Triumph Over Worms

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1977

That seems to be the gist of it. Like, if you're attacked by worms, here's some good news from a bunch of lads who've suffered ...

The Shadows

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, February 1977

Hank B. Marvin, Bruce Welch and Mick Farren chew the cud... ...

Frank Zappa: Torture Mama & Open Brain

Live Review by Miles, NME, February 1977

Frank Zappa: Hammersmith Odeon, London MILES gets his time organised ...

Frank Zappa: O.K. Frank, Let It Roll…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1977

IS THE CONCEPTUAL CONTINUITY of your output macrostructure still operative? "Yes," nods Frank Zappa solemnly. ...

The Darts, Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis/The Darts: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, March 1977

"WANKER" "RUBBISH", "R o c k 'n' ROLLL!!!!!" screamed the frustrated bopper just behind my right eardrum. He wasn't the only one. A distinct rumble ...

Johnny Cash: The Last Gunfighter Ballad

Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1977

THE PICTURE on the cover shows Cash, head and shoulders, in a beat-up cowboy hat that looks like the one he wore in the movie ...

Iggy Pop: Iggy Said It, Iggy Had The Power, Iggy Had The Disease

Comment by Nick Kent, NME, March 1977

THINKING BACK, IT WAS almost a year ago to this very day when I last ran into Iggy. An assignment had got me holed up ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1977

WE'VE HEARD a great deal lately about how Ted Nugent abjures drugs and alcohol. Perhaps that's his mistake. The occasional soul searching high might have ...

Graham Parker, The Rumour: The Rumour: 'I Believe In Graham Parker'

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1977

As The Rumour plan their own group LP, guitarist MARTIN BELMONT reaffirms his faith in Big G and the solidarity of the Parker/Rumour operation ...

Grateful Dead: Wake Of The Flood/From the Mars Hotel

Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1977

THE GRATEFUL DEAD have always been a band whose work formed into waves and troughs. Wake Of The Flood is unfortunately one of the low ...

James Booker: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, March 1977

SOME FOLKS need two tons of equipment, the LSO, and a bunch of chorus girls or a performing elephant to justify their reputation. James Carroll ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Son Of Magical Pouting Panache

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1977

Yep, Here we go again. But this time it promises to be different. BOLAN MARC TWO makes his come-back on tour with The Damned, and ...

Spirit: Future Games — A Magical Kahauna Dream (Mercury Import)

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1977

THE RETURN of Tab, Hunk and Dr. Sardonicus — more outrageously smooth than ever before. A new Spirit album is not only becoming a frequent ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Slits, The Subway Sect: The Clash/Buzzcocks/Subway Sect/The Slits: Harlesden Colosseum, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1977

NICK KENT comes out of hiding to offer himself as a 'punk' sacrifice to the ritualistic 'beat' of THE CLASH, THE BUZZCOCKS, THE SUBWAY SECT ...

The Damned

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, March 1977

THE KID IN THE PUB doesn't believe I'm me. "You a roadie?" "I'm a writer." "Yeah?" He's already dubious. "Who do you write for then?" ...

Jan Hammer, Jeff Beck, Mike Bloomfield: Jeff Beck/The Jan Hammer Group: Live; Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues, Play 'Em As You Please

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1977

BECK IN Ongoing Fusion Situation (he blows it). Bloomfield Simply Plays The Blues (he makes it). ...

Pink Floyd: Eyeless In The Galaxy

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, March 1977

Depressed? Anxious? Hung-up, man? Don't just sit there, bozo – get out and make money out of it! FREEWHEELIN' FARREN winds up out on the ...

Roger McGuinn: Bottom Line, New York City

Live Review by Miles, NME, March 1977

A FLURRY of movement on a darkened stage then a sudden hit of déjà vu – that voice and the song and the long jangling ...

The Band: Islands (Capitol)

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, March 1977

IT IS no accident that The Band have been the most bearded outfit in the rock business. They entered the public arena, when at all, ...

Richard Hell, Television, Tom Verlaine: Tom Verlaine: How Pleasant (?) To Know Mr Verlaine

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1977

OPINION: Tom Verlaine is a great songwriter, the next seminal rock charismatic, a genius.OPINION: Tom Verlaine is an egomaniac, a back-stabber, a thankless paranoid. ...

Asleep at the Wheel

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, April 1977

CAN AN ELEVEN-PIECE WESTERN SWING BAND EVER FIND WEALTH AND PROSPERITY IN THE WORLD OF ROCK'N'ROLL? ...

Dave Edmunds: Get It (Swan Song)

Review by Mick Farren, NME, April 1977

FOR SOME TIME NOW, Dave Edmunds has been nearly legendary. He started as the minor league guitar king of Love Sculpture's 'Sabre Dance' fame, then ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: The Truth Behind The Break-up…

Report by Mick Farren, NME, April 1977

AS REPORTED in the news pages Dr. Feelgood have come apart at the seams, with Wilko Johnson going one way and the rest of the ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Dancer With Bruises

Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, April 1977

THERE ARE three sisters altogether. Jane, the eldest, who sometimes plays organ on her sisters' records, lives a happily married life in California, and the ...

Mumps: Max's Kansas City, New York

Live Review by Miles, NME, April 1977

...meanwhile MILES catches THE MUMPS New York style – and enjoys it ...

Ronnie Spector: Hi There, Big Boy! Wanna "Interview" Me?

Interview by Cliff White, NME, April 1977

Mmm-mm. Eighty-eight pounds of compact yumminess on parade for all you heavy guys out there. CLIFF WHITE, hot from New York, on delectable RONNIE SPECTOR's ...

Roy Harper: The Malady Lingers On

Report by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1977

Not since Uncle Lou's days as The Zombie From Beyond The Grave has a rock show held such a morbid fascination. ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys Love You (Warner-Reprise)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1977

A Psychology Today Special in which NICK KENT diagnoses a steady recovery for the Wilson muse. ...

The Stranglers: Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1977

These young chaps have an album out soon. It would be strange if they didn't ...

Blondie: Max's Kansas City and The Palladium, NYC

Live Review by Miles, NME, April 1977

MAX'S KANSAS CITY has become a tourist rip-off joint – $5 admission and no way to see anything unless you booked a table. ...

Roy Harper: What Now For Roy Harper?

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1977

IT'S UNLIKELY that Roy Harper would be admitted to a health and happiness club. Because of his seemingly chronic illness he is facing a real ...

Talking Heads: This Is A Minimalist Headline

Interview by Miles, NME, April 1977

...for MILES' neo-structuralist look at New York hotshots Talking Heads ...

The Clash: Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, April 1977

A ROW OF PARKED Vivas, Consuls and Zephyrs indicated that the ICA had an audience a little different to the usual. It was "A Night ...

Cherry Vanilla, The Jam, The Stranglers: The Stranglers/The Jam/Cherry Vanilla: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1977

THE JAM WERE scarcely halfway through their set at half past six when the geezer at the door of the Roundhouse told the 300-plus still ...

Van Morrison: A Period Of Transition (Warner Bros)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1977

A MOST DISTRESSING set of circumstances is what we have here. ...

Atlanta Rhythm Section: Baby You Can't Drive My Car

Interview by Cliff White, NME, April 1977

THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION don't really get on well enough to travel in the same vehicle. There's a personality clash between the sober, introspective section ...

Fats Domino: Diamonds and Mr Domino

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, April 1977

"I went on a two-week trial to Las Vegas... and stayed there for seventeen years" ...

John McLaughlin & Shakti: The Bottom Line, NYC

Live Review by Miles, NME, April 1977

"McLAUGHLIN LOOKS GOOD with long hair," said Nancy. ...

Muddy Waters: The Blues Had A Baby… And They Called It Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1977

"THE KIND OF BLUES I play there's no money in it. You makes a good livin' when you gets established like I did, but you ...

Supertramp: Even In The Quietest Moments (A&M)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1977

SUPERBLAND ...

The Dead Boys: UK in the USA '77

Live Review by Miles, NME, April 1977

The Dead Boys: CBGBs, NYC ...

Deniece Williams: Don't Mess with the Celestial Hitman...

Interview by Cliff White, NME, May 1977

DENIECE WILLIAMS, whose amazing rise to fame began when she was removed from a nursing college to work with Stevie Wonder and tour with the ...

Eric Clapton, Ronnie Lane: Eric Clapton: Clapton God Again

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1977

Eric Clapton/Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Irma Thomas: Live

Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1977

RECORDED at the 1976 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, from which a live double-album of various acts was recently reviewed by Roy Carr, this ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Nuggets

Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1977

NOT CONTENT with unearthing far more previously unissued recordings from the Sun vaults than those that were released during the label's prime time, and recycling ...

Slade: Ar The Kidz Owt've Site Shock Probe

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1977

BANDS DON'T readily admit to being yesterday's heroes...so Slade, not long ago one of Britain's most celebrated bands, will only acknowledge that they've been through ...

The Chi-Lites: Theatre Royal, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1977

THE HOUSE LIGHTS dimmed and the musicians took their places. There was a buzz of activity on the darkened stage for a minute or so ...

The Jackson 5: The Jacksons, Wild Cherry: Convention Arena, Fort Worth, Texas

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1977

A LABEL CHANGE and a substitution of brothers doesn't seem to have harmed the famous five some's charisma any. Michael's still up front and he, ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Asleep At the Wheel: The Wheel (Capitol)

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1977

I'D BEEN beginning to think there wasn't that much happening on the live front until I saw Asleep At The Wheel at Hammersmith last week. ...

Joe Tex: Bumps 'n' bruises in Fayette, Mississippi: On tour with Joe Tex

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, NME, May 1977

THE SUN burns out of a clear blue sky like in all the best travel brochures; the air is warm and moist and heavy with ...

Chuck Berry: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1977

THERE'S NO BETTER indication of the pervasive and thorough influence of Chuck Berry than the fact that he could go almost anywhere and the chances ...

Delbert McClinton: Love Rustler

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1977

IN THE grand tradition of Elvis and Tony Joe White this is white, southern r'n'b. ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Sneakin' Suspicion (United Artists)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1977

Is there a doctor in the house? CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY thinks the FEELGOODS might just need one… ...

Elton John: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1977

THE SOCIAL division between rock star and audience is usually more obvious than it was at the Rainbow last Monday night. ...

Ian Hunter: What A Hunter He Turned Out To Be

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1977

ONE THING YOU GOTTA HAND to Ian Hunter: the old bastard knows how to make an entrance. ...

Tom Waits: Sound Circus, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1977

APTLY ENOUGH, since he lives in hotels for ten months of every year, Tom Waits was born in the back of a taxi. His description ...

David Peel, John Lennon: Beatle Freak: Lennon Talks

Report by Miles, NME, May 1977

DAVID PEEL and the Apple Band have released an album dedicated to that all-American cause of re-uniting The Beatles. ...

Denny Laine, Wings: Denny Laine: Holly Days

Review by Mick Farren, NME, May 1977

THERE ARE some people who can do it, and there are others who can't. It's as simple as that. ...

Dr. Feelgood: Exeter University, Exeter

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1977

NO FLASH hyperbole, no frills on this one, reet, because, contrary to more than one sneaking suspicion, this new-fangled Feelgoods practice is in fine fettle ...

Elliott Murphy: Just A Story From America (CBS)

Review by Andy Gill, NME, May 1977

A FEW years ago, Rolling Stone printed a sizeable review of the first albums by Elliott Murphy and Bruce Springsteen, assessing them as contenders for ...

David Byron, Ian Gillan: Ian Gillan: Clear Air Turbulence (Island); Rough Diamond: Rough Diamond (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1977

WHAT KIND of future can Heavy Metal orphans really look forward to once they fall from grace? ...

John Mayall: Falkshaus, Zurich

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, May 1977

AS A TALENT scout John Mayall is a shrewd, calculating operator with few equals. Now with 26 albums to his credit and almost as many ...

Little Feat: Time Loves A Hero (Warners)

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1977

MIGHT AS WELL jump in at the deep end and ask you to indulge in some consumer advice research. ...

Mink DeVille: Mink DeVille

Review by Mick Farren, NME, May 1977

THE WORD from over there was that Mink De Ville were probably the tightest and best musically organised outfit in the whole of the C.B.G.B.'s ...

The Ramones: Notes on Minimalism (or Learning To Live With The Ramones)

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, May 1977

THERE'S BEEN A LOT of loose talk, and it has got to stop. Ever since The Ramones blundered into the blinding spotlight of international rock ...

Split Enz: Sheffield University, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, May 1977

THE IDEA that a rock band from New Zealand should possess any merit whatsoever strikes many as ludicrously funny; the idea that such an antipodean ...

Talking Heads: Rock Garden, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, May 1977

AS FAR AS I'm concerned, this last week has been a monumental one for live rock. ...

Grateful Dead: My Night With The Dead

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, May 1977

IT'S LIKE GOING back home."Acid!""Acid, black beauties!""Acid!""You got any pot to sell?""No, man, all I got is acid and black beauties."What else could it be ...

Herbie Hancock: V.S.O.P.

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1977

WHEN THIS was recorded in June 1976 as part of the Newport jazz festival, it came from an evening grandly titled a 'retrospective of the ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Now You See Him. Now You Don't.

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

The goods on the Feelgoods: did Wilko fall or was he pushed? ...

Elliott Murphy: Bottom Line, NY

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, June 1977

I WAS HALFWAY through my cheeseburger when Elliott Murphy hit stage. He was greeted by the kind of applause that is reserved for unknowns who ...

Millie Jackson, Minnie Riperton: Feminism Is, Uh, Like Skinning Cats...

Interview by Cliff White, NME, June 1977

...or something like that, so it says here, in this double-date interview with Mss MINNIE RIPPERTON and MILLIE JACKSON ...

George Duke: From Me To You

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

AFTER MORE than six years and eight albums with Frank Zappa (which must be something of a record), after five solo albums for the small ...

MC5: Kick Out The Jams (Elektra)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1977

‘BROTHERS AND sisters...the time has come for each and every one of you to decide whether you are going to be the problem or whether ...

New York: Suddenly It's A Hell Of A Town Again…

Report by Mick Farren, NME, June 1977

And why? Because folks have got nothing to lose. Because it's happening, it's exciting, life is fun again and people aren't ashamed to have a ...

The Sex Pistols: Rotten Is Mum's Boy Shock

Report by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1977

NO MATTER how much criticism a young boy incites by his allegedly outrageous behaviour there's always somebody who will lovingly stand by him. His mum. ...

Tony Joe White: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, June 1977

IT'S MIDNIGHT, and I'm still dazed from a bolt out of the blue which hit me some time around 1.15 this afternoon. Completely unexpectedly, Tony ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Jahve, Mon

Comment by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

We know where we're going,We know where we're fromWe're from Babylon Bob Marley – 'Exodus' ...

Dickey Betts: Movin' On Out Of The Macon Mess

Report by Mick Farren, NME, June 1977

I GUESS it's fair to say that Dickey Betts was the one member of The Allman Brothers to come out of the convoluted saga of ...

Neil Young: American Stars'n'Bars (Reprise)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

Neil: bad judgment...or just a bad liver? ...

Rush: The Rush Phenomenon

Report by Paul Morley, Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

This band has fans. Lots of them. They sold out the Free Trade Hall and surprised even the promoter. PAUL MORLEY asks why, PAUL RAMBALI ...

Al Jarreau: Look To The Rainbow — Live

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

OF THE twelve songs here, four are from his first two albums, two are throwaway versions of show-tunes and the remaining six are new material. ...

The Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, Joy Division, Penetration: Buzzcocks, Penetration, John Cooper Clarke, Warsaw: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1977

THERE IS undoubtedly a great deal of refining and cleaning to be done on Buzzcocks' material before the album they can so definitely record comes ...

Queen: Freddie Mercury: Is This Man a Prat?

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1977

FREDDIE MERCURY has always liked to dance the Millionaire's Waltz. There's a story about him, dating back to his days as an impoverished student, which ...

Greg Kihn, The Rubinoos: Greg Kihn: Again; The Rubinoos: The Rubinoos (Beserkley)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

JOHNNY RAMONE recently pointed out that, if they had come out now instead of the mid-60’s, 'You Really Got Me' and 'Doo Wah Diddy' wouldn’t ...

Ian Hunter: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1977

Mutton dressed as lamb ...

Taj Mahal: Music Fuh Ya (Musica Para Tu) (Warner Brothers); A Taj Mahal Anthology Vol. 1 (CBS import)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1977

Taj Me In The Morning ...

The Heavy Metal Kids, Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1977

Rainbow rub out ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones: The Ramones: So The New Wave Have Scruples Too

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

JOHNNY RAMONE is quite definitely pissed off. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: The Meat Of The Matter

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1977

A discussion of the respective virtues of sheep's brains, raw mince, or monkey's brains sucked through a straw. Plus a bit about ALEX HARVEY. ...

Aretha Franklin: Sweet Passion

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

WHAT to do with Aretha Franklin? The question must echo around Atlantic's New York offices whenever it's time for her to make another record. ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash: CSN (Atlantic)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

PREDICTABLY IT'S a creeping disease on this waterfront. After all everyone knew that Crosby, Stills and Nash would have to get back together sooner or ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Anthology

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

IF MARTHA and the Vandellas had never made another record 'Dancing In The Street' would still have assured them of a hallowed place in pop ...

Tony Joe White: Still Going Strong - Polk Salad Annie: It (and She)

Interview by Cliff White, NME, June 1977

THERE'S AN intangible something about Tony Joe White that puts me in mind of Elvis; but whoever he looks like, he is disgustingly handsome. ...

Talking Heads: Are These Guys Trying To Give Rock A Bad Name?

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, June 1977

TALKING HEADS: it's a term they use up in the high-rise skyscrapers that house all the cogs in the corporate machinery cranking out network television ...

The Commodores: Zoom

Review by Cliff White, NME, June 1977

THIS ALBUM has caused me I more brain damage than my love life and if I didn't think it was worth the hassle I'd have ...

The Police: The Table, The Police: Music Machine, Camden, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1977

A BAND THAT calls itself The Table must, at the very least, lack sound commercial principles — and will hopefully have something novel to offer. ...

Bob Dylan: For Dylanologists Only (Otherwise v Boring)

Interview by Miles, NME, July 1977

LAST YEAR Thrills (NME's news pages – RBP Ed) ran a transcript of Bob Dylan's first interview. It was done by Billy James of Columbia ...

999, The Saints: The Saints, 999: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1977

THERE IS A TEMPTATION to regard The Saints as comic. This stems from a number of idiosyncratic things about them, not least of which is ...

Bad Company: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, July 1977

HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE 15,000 DISGUISED PUNKS ...

Laura Nyro: Season Of Lights (Live)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1977

THERE'S something about Laura Nyro that inspires devotion in her followers. ...

Alternative TV: Life after punk?

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1977

Alternative TV: The Roxy, London FROM A MOVEMENT to a fashion. Johnny Rotten said in a recent interview that "the whole idea of our band ...

Michael Jackson: Show You The Way to the Infirmary

Interview by Cliff White, NME, July 1977

MICHAEL JACKSON proves you don't have to be a punk to get the benefits of the health service. ...

The Isley Brothers: Go For Your Guns (Epic)

Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1977

"YOU GET some writers saying, 'Why don't you do something like you did before?' They think they really want it but at the same time ...

X-Ray Spex: Plastic table cloths in the UK '77

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1977

X-Ray Spex: Man In The Moon, Chelsea ...

The Rolling Stones: Advance Warning of New Meisterworks Department

Report by Miles, NME, July 1977

Stones: Got Duff Chord Changes If You Want THE ROLLING STONES — even Bill and Charlie — have all been in New York this ...

Detective: Detective

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1977

WHEN MICHAEL Des Barres was sojourning in London, going through the motions of Silverhead and other assorted, third division glitzkid antics, I always got the ...

Johnny Nash: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1977

FOR HIS first appearance on a British theatre stage (I think he once toured the USAF bases) in over 20 years of recording, Johnny Nash ...

Kiss: Pinocchio Reversed

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, July 1977

From human beings to cardboard cut-outs. Kiss defy orthopaedic surgery... ...

Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann, Tangerine Dream: The 120 Decibel Dream - Warning: This Page is Heavy

Interview by Miles, NME, July 1977

TANGERINE DREAM have released an album — Stratosfear — written a movie score for Friedkin, completed a successful American tour and two members have released ...

Frankie Miller: The Everything's-Coming-Up-Roses-For-Frankie Miller Headline

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, July 1977

ONLY SOMEONE as talented as Frankie Miller could have afforded to be so profligate with his gifts. He's a survivor, sure, but it's been a ...

Woody Guthrie: Growin’ Fat on the Grapes of Wrath

Retrospective by Mick Farren, NME, July 1977

LAST YEAR they tried it with Leadbelly, the year before it was Lenny Bruce, this year they're doing it with Woody Guthrie. It seems like, ...

Pink Floyd: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Miles, NME, July 1977

THE FLOYD sure picked a fine week to appear in New York. Not only was it the eve of July 4th, but also it was ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Mamas and the Papas: The Best Of The Mamas and The Papas

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1977

REMEMBER THOSE fabulous '60s? The protest marches? The draft card burnings? All those wandering boot heels? You had to swat the little bastards before they ...

Mink DeVille: Willie the Mink: Street Elite, Just Cruisin’ on the Neat Beat

Live Review by Miles, NME, July 1977

Mink DeVille: Bottom Line, NYC ...

Average White Band, Ben E. King: Ben E. King/Average White Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1977

THIS ISN'T an original thought but it bears repeating: Ben E. King is an excellent singer, and highly individual with it – unmistakeable in a ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Island Records, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, July 1977

THE KING ARRIVES ALIVE ...

Generation X, The Lurkers: Generation X/The Lurkers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1977

YOU KNOW THAT immense sense of relief that hits you when you get through the one album in every twenty or so that you might ...

Grateful Dead: Terrapin Station (Arista)

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1977

Dead Still Riding The Rods of the Celestial Train ...

Little Richard: Is This the Start of A WOPBOPALOOBOPALOPBAM BOOM?

Report and Interview by Cliff White, NME, July 1977

(Or... will the real Little Richard please stand up) ...

Kiss: Love Gun

Review by Mick Farren, NME, July 1977

"Hey, Gene.""What, Peter?""What are we doing in one of Farren's record reviews?" ...

The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Howard Devoto: Manchester: They Mean It Maaanchester

Overview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1977

MANCHESTER as a Rock and Roll town just didn't use to exist. It fed dutifully off London, and there were frequent visits from groups to ...

Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Rockpile: The Rockpile Tapes

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, July 1977

DAVE EDMUNDS HAS had his definitive quote on Nick Lowe's talents down pat for a long while now. "There are loads of guys around in ...

Big Star: Big Star Burns Real Slow

Overview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

For almost ten years now, Alex Chilton has resolutely resisted successive attempts by the rock press to deify him. ...

The Beach Boys: CBS Convention: Beach Boys Party

Report by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

BEACH BOYS PARTY FOR CHOSEN 1,600 ...

James Taylor: J. T. (CBS)

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, August 1977

BACK IN 71, it seemed that the Sweet Baby was every body's favourite. He'd already had a massive hit with 'Fire And Rain', while a ...

Patti Smith: Roll Over, Rimbaud (tell Marc Bolan the news)

Live Review by Miles, NME, August 1977

Patti Smith: The Village Gate, NYC ...

Squeeze: The Albany, Deptford

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1977

THE ALBANY is one of those places – and there aren't many – that can get packed to the rafters, sweaty and messy, and still ...

The Beach Boys: The Brothers

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

A long-running family saga continues: California fnurgs dump on U.K. public... ...

The Sex Pistols: The Social Rehabilitation of the Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1977

THE PROSPEROUS CYBORGS at the next table in the backroom of this expensive Stockholm eating-place are sloshing down their coffee as fast as they possibly ...

The Vibrators: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1977

THE TWO-FINGER salute put in a surprise appearance at The Vibrators' gig on Sunday. Whether the dozen pairs of arms frantically waving V signs were ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Wayne County: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, August 1977

UPSTAIRS IN THE tiny Electric Circus dressing room Wayne County fussily fumbles and fidgets; he's got to look just right. He's wearing a crisp fawn ...

Bootsy Collins: Space Bass Reveals Plans for Planetary Domination

Report by Cliff White, NME, August 1977

Bootsy's Rubber Band, Funkadelic: On video, from... Houston, Texas ...

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers: Rock 'n' roll with The Modern Lovers (Beserkley)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1977

A FRIEND of mine who has seen The Modern Lovers reckons they're the best band he's seen in about ten years, since The Who in ...

Mink DeVille: Just Another Tough'n'Tender Street Poet Outta New Yawk

Interview by Miles, NME, August 1977

Now Spanish music plays in my hallway And the wind blows through my door And my mind is out on the corner And my eyes ...

Ry Cooder & The Chicken Skin Revue: Show Time (Warner Bros.)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, August 1977

Cooder tat no Coup d'etat (geddit?) ...

Steely Dan

Retrospective by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

While the poor people sleep-in with the shade on the light While the poor people sleepin' all the stars come out at night – 'Show ...

Betty Wright, KC & the Sunshine Band, Latimore: The Miami Transfer: Florida Soul

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1977

AFTER SEVERAL year's of British release through President Records, earlier this year Henry Stone's Miami-based TK conglomerate switched outlets to RCA who have ...

Ultravox Brave Evil Rumours

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1977

THE THING about Ultravox is that they're ultra-confident — and cynical observers haven't failed to point out that confidence comes easy when it's backed by ...

Eric Clapton: The Bullring, Ibiza

Live Review by Mick Farren, NME, August 1977

IBIZA IS A VERY LONG way from the high pressure world of first division rock and roll. From the ancient Spanish women shrouded in all-concealing ...

Supertramp

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, August 1977

Whaaat? we hear you gasp. Supertramp? Guess you thought the punks had it all sewn up, huh? Well, you ain't heard nothin' yet. The war ...

MC5, Wayne Kramer: Wayne Kramer: Broke, Busted, Disgusted, Agents Can't Be Trusted

Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

Former MC5 guitarist WAYNE KRAMER live from Lexington Penitentiary, talks to MAX BELL about times past and time passing ...

Elvis Costello

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, August 1977

IT'S BEEN a rough old week for Elvis Costello. Last weekend he was right up there in the play lists with his 'Red Shoes' single ...

Elvis Presley is Dead

Obituary by Mick Farren, NME, August 1977

IT WAS ONE OF THE worst storms to hit London since God knows when. The thunder rolled, lightning flashed and the rain hammered into the ...

Iggy Pop: Lust For Life (RCA)

Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

GOG AND MAGOG?! No, Dog And Maindog. A Pure Pop Person Pleads Sanity. MAX BELL Was At The Hearings. ...

Johnny Winter, Nils Lofgren: Nils Lofgren, Johnny Winter: University of Texas, Dallas

Live Review by Miles, NME, August 1977

THE UNIVERSITY of Texas auditorium was packed and standing with 3,300 big people. Some were seven foot tall, wearing Stetson hats, cowboy boots and chewing ...

Ted Nugent: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1977

WHY AMERICA is anxious to develop the Proton Beam Weapon, when they already have Megadecibel in the shape of Ted Nugent, is a question perhaps ...

The Meters: New Directions

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1977

SINCE THIS album was recorded it's reported that The Meters have succumbed to the clash of personalities and aspirations that's dogged their career for several ...

The Only Ones: I Have Seen The Future Of…etc. pt 52

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1977

"FLARED TROUSERS...FLARED TROUSERS...", the audience at the Marquee taunt brightly. On stage The Only Ones are sticking together the kind of set that makes most ...

Ultravox: Patchy Enough, But Powerful

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, NME, September 1977

ULTRAVOX HAVE come in for their share of criticism since Island Records launched them with a bang eight months ago and amidst the flashing lights ...

Diana Ross, The Supremes: Diana Ross and the Supremes: 20 Golden Greats

Review by Mick Farren, NME, September 1977

IF THEY weren't the highest form, they sure as hell were the most refined. The three-piece girl vocal group is almost a dying art. Only ...

John Cale: Fan Fare for the Uncommon Man

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, September 1977

AARON COPELAND DIDN'T know what he was letting the world in for when he sent John Cale a letter authorising the young Welshman's scholarship at ...

Thin Lizzy: A Peep Into The Soul Of Phil Lynott

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1977

A black Irishman – the son of a Brazilian seaman; a Roman Catholic of uncatholic lifestyle; a bass playing poet in a rock 'n' roll ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dr Feelgood: Be Seeing You

Review by Mick Farren, NME, September 1977

MAYBE IT'S FREUDIAN. The Feelgoods have picked up on a motif from The Prisoner for the title of this album and, in some ways, they're ...

The Jam: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1977

THE NEW WAVE scene is arguably more interesting now than ever, as the big five or six bands are being forced to consolidate their first ...

Nona Hendryx, Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel/Nona Hendryx: Live in Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, September 1977

NONA HENDRYX possesses all the lumps and bumps, (in abundance), in all the right places, and flaunts her curvacity in a performance which promises sexuality ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny: If You Can't Take The Heat

Interview by Cliff White, NME, September 1977

A BRIEF NATTER over a can of beer in a tent that's tripling as a refreshment bar, dressing room and rehearsal area is not the ...

The Rolling Stones: Love You Live (Rolling Stones Records)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1977

JUST UNDER a minute into the first side – there's been the usual audience mayhem, a snippet of exotic percussion, cannons firing, about four bars ...

Jonathan Richman Melts An Old Cynic's Heart

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1977

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Sham 69 Shake Down 77

Report by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1977

AFTER A WEEK of cloud-sealed gloom the sun shone down on London on Friday pushing the lunchtime temperature to 63 degrees. The vibes seemed auspicious ...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel: The Re-Genesis Of Peter Gabriel

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1977

For someone who once accepted the Noble Order Of The Pension Book, this chap is rather lively. TONY STEWART saw him knocking out audiences at ...

Dire Straits: Hope & Anchor, Islington

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1977

NOT AN obvious little band, this. ...

Dwight Twilley Band: Twilley Don't Mind (Shelter)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1977

ALL THE OMENS seem up there in the ascendant for Dwight Twilley. All the rock critics love him to death and even the most austere ...

Magazine: This Man Is Not A Minor Writer!

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1977

For a start he's dispensed with words! ...

Richard Hell, Talking Heads: Talking Heads: Talking Heads '77; Richard Hell & The Voidoids: Blank Generation

Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1977

LAST MONTH the more alert London habituee got the chance to compare England's new wave inner-workings with those of its fore-runner over in New York ...

Wilko Johnson: Wilko Not Buried Yet

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1977

WITH DOCTOR Feelgood moving into the charts and just embarked on a headlining nationwide tour, one question still hangs around the street corner waiting to ...

Dr. Feelgood: Wilko Not Buried Yet...

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1977

WITH DOCTOR FEELGOOD moving into the charts and just embarked on a headlining nationwide tour, one question still hangs around the street corner waiting to ...

Brothers Johnson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1977

AS BONES OF contention go, there is currently none more fat and juicy than the one being wrestled between the main pack of legit music ...

Deniece Williams / Lenny Williams: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1977

REGULAR PATRONS of theatre gigs in Britain have become so wary, not to say weary, of suffering rent-a-stooge warm-up acts that many now don't bother ...

Elvis Presley: Junk, junk food junk prose (pulpitations for all)

Book Review by Mick Farren, NME, October 1977

Red West, Sonny West, Dave Hebler, as told to Steve Dunleavy: Elvis – What Happened? ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger Hits Out At Everything In Sight!

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, October 1977

IF ONLY IT HADN'T all been so damnedly, unrelentingly...uh...amicable. ...

Weather Report: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1977

JOE ZAWINUL's mob are the one band I would never expect to let me down – and although Weather Report didn't quite do that, they ...

Aerosmith: Quest For The Man In Glitter Wellies

Report by Nick Kent, NME, October 1977

AEROSMITH get stuck in European mud. And NICK KENT, picking his way carefully around the problem, concludes that the U.S. giants may be bogged down ...

Bob Seger: Palace Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, October 1977

THAT IT should have taken Bob Seger so long to receive his just reward is in itself one of the more disgraceful cases of rock ...

Graham Parker, The Rumour: Graham Parker: Shades Of The Pink Parker

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1977

NINE WAYS TO AVOID THE HEAT TREATMENT ...

Leo Sayer: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, NME, October 1977

THE VERY idea of Leo Sayer trotting about the hallowed stage of the Palladium is enough to have him executed by any gang of rock ...

801: Phil Manzanera / 801: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1977

THERE IS something to be said for the notion that Phil Manzanera's music, as such, doesn't exist. Listening to it is like watching a chameleon ...

Santana: Moonflower

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1977

YOU HAVE to hand it to him. Carlos Santana may only know a handful of licks, but at least they're attractive — like the moment ...

Sleaze: The '70s

Overview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1977

THE MUTANTS, the dwarfs and the all night girls (that's right, the ones who still brag about escapades out on the D train, despite the ...

The Tubes: What is Our Role in the Universe?

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, October 1977

These young people are pondering the question that has perturbed all the great philosophers since time immemorial and beyond: WHAT'S the barbed wire doing over ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Spectres

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1977

SINCE 1971 this band has been one of the few HM perpetrators worth listening to. Since 1974's Secret Treaties it has been only one. If ...

Iggy Pop, The Ramones: Iggy Pop: Cobo Arena, Detroit

Live Review by Lester Bangs, NME, November 1977

Iggy suffers metallic KO, Ramones rule OK? ...

The Jam: This Is The Modern World

Review by Mick Farren, NME, November 1977

SO THIS is the modern world. I'm glad they told me. For an instant I'd thought I'd been transported back to 1965. Flashback on flashback ...

Dave Edmunds, Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Nick Lowe: The Stiff Tour: Stiffs Drugs And Rock 'N' Roll

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1977

"SEX AND drugs and rock and roll...sex and drugs and rock and roll...sex and drugs and rock and roll..." Hot damn, m'man, Leicester University is ...

Bob Seger: The Michigan Marvel

Interview by Andy Gill, NME, November 1977

ON THE covers of several of Bob Seger's albums there's this curious production credit to "Punch". ...

David Bowie: Who Was That (Un)masked Man?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1977

CHRIST, HOW LONG has it been? Four years, man, and I set up the tape machine – Bowie attempting to balance the microphone on top ...

Burning Spear: Dry and Heavy in the Ozone: Burning Spear at the Rainbow

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1977

IN THAT it (a) got me truly into reggae, and (b) has continued to stand as a symbol of the truth and beauty that all ...

Gong: Magik Brother, Mystic Sister; Gong Est Mort — Vive Gong!

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, November 1977

TWO CHAPTERS in the life of Daevid Allen, space dingo and nomad of nonsense. ...

Joan Armatrading: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1977

AS ANY regular user of London's Underground rail network can testify, not all of the strolling troubadours who jostled for recognition in the balmy '60s ...

Tyla Gang: Sean Tyla: Beserkley Badass Braggadoccio

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1977

ISN'T THIS A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS? ...

Sham 69: Don't Follow Leaders

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1977

JIMMY PURSEY bursts upon you. He is a natural. A natural natural. Distortion in the media can colour reputations wrongly, especially the reputation of fulsome ...

Smokey Robinson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1977

BILL-TOPPERS usually command a bigger stage area and more musicians than opening acts, but on this occasion the position was reversed for Viola Wills with ...

Ben Sidran: The Doctor Is In (Arista)

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, November 1977

IN SOME ways Sidran is an anachronism. Though he's got something of a rock pedigree after paying his dues as side man with Steve Miller, ...

Weather Report: Boing

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1977

DOWNSTAIRS AT Newcastle's City Hall, Josef Zawinul has just made a very astute point. "All the originators are always great," he repeats, looking inquisitively close ...

LaBelle: Chameleons Rising

Interview by Cliff White, NME, November 1977

Nona Hendryx and Patti Labelle unveil their new aspirations ...

The Darts: Darts: Darts (Magnet)

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1977

THEY PROBABLY won't thank me for saying so, but there's no getting around the fact that there are marked – if only coincidental – similarities ...

Levon Helm: Levon Helm and the RCO All Stars (ABC)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1977

LEVON HELM was the kid who went north in the late 50s with a rockabilly singer called Ronnie Hawkins, whose talents were dime-a dozen in ...

Little Richard: Little Richard Now (Creole)

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1977

AT IRREGULAR intervals throughout the 20 years since he cut about a dozen of the greatest rock'n'roll records ever made, Little Richard has re-re-recorded the ...

Rod Stewart: The Latest Rod Stewart Album

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, November 1977

TONY STEWART makes the Atlantic Crossing to queue up for a Night On The Town down Millionaire's Row (oops, sorry, Gasoline Alley) with ol' Smiler ...

The Hollywood Binliner: L.A. Punk

Report by Mick Farren, NME, November 1977

THERE ARE 70 PUNKS IN L.A. – HERE'S MOST OF 'EM... ...

The Motors: The Motors Show

Profile by Nick Kent, NME, November 1977

STUCK FOR a suitable opening gambit? You could start with the name, I guess. ...

The Tubes: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1977

THE TUBES recorded their two debut London gigs for a live album. This was indicative of either supreme confidence or supreme folly – ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: Eno Part 1: Before and After Science — Accidents Will Happen

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, November 1977

Thinking about music with BRIAN ENO. Some monologues recorded and compiled by IAN MacDONALD. ...

Richard Hell, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Siouxsie & The Banshees: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1977

THERE IS something about the Music Machine in Camden Town that severely dulls one's capacity for enjoyment of an evening of live rock. ...

Brian Eno, David Bowie: Eno Part 2: Another False World — How to Make A Modern Record

Interview by Ian MacDonald, NME, December 1977

Thinking about music with BRIAN ENO. Some more monologues recorded and compiled by IAN MacDONALD. ...

Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne: Ozzy Osbourne: Beyond Black Sabbath

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, December 1977

IN THE PAST Ozzy Osbourne has often over-dramatised the state of both his mental and physical health, but as he now relates his reasons for ...

The Commodores: Live (Motown)

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1977

So this is Christmas: The Voice of Young Amerika! ...

Wilko Johnson: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, December 1977

THERE WAS something almost malevolently horrible about the atmosphere in Dingwall's when Wilko Johnson's band debuted there last Thursday. ...

Generation X: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, December 1977

THE FIRST TIME I encountered Generation X (or at least their lead singer/figurehead Billy Idol) it left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. ...

Nina Simone, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1977

YOU CAN'T keep tabs on everybody all the time. It wasn't until this concert was announced that I realised there hasn't been much heard from, ...

Bob Dylan: Renaldo Zimmerman and the Cubist Movie

Report by Miles, NME, December 1977

WHEN THE ROLLING THUNDER Revue ended two years ago, Bob Dylan took the 400 hours of film footage that had been shot during the tour ...

Stevie Wonder: Anthology

Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1977

ON AUGUST 5th, 1975, Stevie Wonder signed an historic contract with Motown. Apart from the little matter of a $13 million guarantee, the deal reputedly ...

The Modern Lovers: Modern Lovers Live (Beserkley)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1977

JONATHAN RICHMAN reminds me irresistibly of Fotherington-Thomas in the old Nigel Molesworth books: forever skipping about burbling "Hello sun, hello trees, hello sky." ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: The Sid Vicious Guide To London Hotels

Report by Nick Kent, NME, December 1977

IT WAS AT THE A&M Sex Pistols press conference, convened early this year, that newly appointed group bassist Sid Vicious gave his brusque views on ...

Burning Spear: Winston Rodney is Burning Spear

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1977

Is The Man In The Hills, is The Sound Of The Present Age ...

The Dictators: Dictators Debunk New York Chic

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, December 1977

SO WHY IS DICK Manitoba nicknamed Handsome? ...

Greg Kihn: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, December 1977

BY WAY of introduction, says Greg Kihn, short, smiling, bopping, "We're from Berkeley; that means we don't give a shit about nothing". ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Here Comes The Wrath Of Sid!

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, December 1977

IT WAS the last day in November when the whole ugly mess finally exploded. Sid Vicious, the bass player of The Sex Pistols, had once ...

Rick Danko: Rick Danko (Arista)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, December 1977

IT'S ODD that the least prodigious songwriters in The Band should be the quickest to deliver solo goods. First Levon Helm and now, hot on ...

Thin Lizzy: Gobi Gobi Hey!

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1977

AN ANECDOTE: hopeful young Irish band up in London for the first time. Their bass player – Philip Lynott by name – is exploring the ...

Johnny Winter: Dis Man am de Saviour of de Blues. An’ Dis am no Joke...

Interview by Miles, NME, December 1977

Live from Fort Worth, Texas: JOHNNY WINTER talks to Miles ...because it seems like the world's whitest blues player is really getting it together after ...

John Martyn: This Man Is A Walking, Playing Bag of His Own

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1977

"ACTUALLY," ADMITS John Martyn, as he gives in to one of the great groundswells of spluttering, infectious laughter that carry along his speech, "I see ...

The Ramones, The Rezillos: Market Hall, Carlisle

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1977

THE WORD used all day was surreal. ...

J. Geils Band: Sanctuary

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1978

"TAKE OUTCHA false teeth, mama...I wanna sssssssssuck on your gums!" ...

Ray Charles: Renaissance (London)

Review by Mick Brown, NME, 1978

TO SEE a Ray Charles album on the London label is to experience a flash of nostalgia. For in his greatest hour – the mid-1950s ...

Dr. Alimantado: Doctor Alimantado Meets His Duppy Uptown

Interview by Penny Reel, NME, January 1978

A DIAGNOSIS OF NEAR-DEATH ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Bridges

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

DID THEY really get what they wanted? They being black Americans. Gil Scott-Heron doesn't think so. He thinks that what they got came only on ...

Joan Baez: Joanie returns as Bobby: Joan Baez at the Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, January 1978

JOANIE BROUGHT the audience right up on stage with her at the Odeon – two rows of them, mostly her guests, sitting rather self-consciously behind ...

Pere Ubu: Weird City Robomen

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

THEY SAY ENVIRONMENT determines character, and when it comes to American music, they're probably right. ...

The Damned: The Torments of The Damned

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1978

(a somewhat sobering cautionary tale of our time)Charles Shaar Murray asks, is that a light at the end of the tunnel – or another oncoming ...

Black Slate: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, January 1978

HAVE THE Black Slate group been taking their cue from Glitterbest Promotions? ...

Boz Scaggs: Portrait of The Image as a Reality

Interview by Max Bell, NME, January 1978

The elusive BOZ SCAGGS picks up the phone in deepest America and suavely refutes all allegations of artifice. 'My image is no pose man – ...

Keith Hudson: A Better Brand Of Dub

Review by Penny Reel, NME, January 1978

YOU MAY recall reading, a couple of years ago, an NME recommendation of Keith Hudson's Pick A Dub LP, on the now sadly defunct Atra ...

Parliament: Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

Clinton's Clones Hit Ass & Funny Bone ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: A World Domination By 1984 Special

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, January 1978

This is Siouxsie and the Banshees/They are patient/They will win/In the end. ...

Dwight Twilley: The Dwight Twilley Band: Just Another Bunch Of Hairdressers' Dummies Out Of Hicksville, USA

Profile and Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

(AND YES, THEY DO WANT TO BE TEEN IDOLS...) ...

The Last Poets, Merger: The Last Poets/Merger: Acklam Hall, Notting Hill, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

CHANCES OF seeing The Last Poets I would have thought were only marginally better than those of seeing The Beatles. ...

The Last Poets: Wake Up Limeys, The Last Poets Are Among You

Profile and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, January 1978

"Wheat's characteristics and nature make it wheat. It differs from barley because of its nature. Wheat perpetuates its own characteristics just as the white race ...

Clover: Love On The Wire

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1978

TRY AS I might I never could nestle up to Clover's last album (their English debut). There were several ingredients missing, elements that jarred on ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Don't Look Down

Review by Max Bell, NME, January 1978

Second Cut is the Lowest ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

NINTEEN seventy-seven happened pretty fast. ...

Split Enz: College Of Art, Maidstone

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1978

'THE DAMBUSTERS March' (at double speed, natch) fades away as Split Enz vocalist Neil Finn ("Actually, we're New Zealanders not Australians") plunges through the murky ...

The Who: Quadrophenia

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1978

The Department of Cryptic Headlines presents a retrospective view of THE WHO's Quadrophenia, noting that Mr Pete Townshend's Mod vision is as valid now as ...

Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band: Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1978

AND WELCOME back the Bosstown Sound! That's Boston USA, spelled B-O-S-S-T-O-W-N, home of the J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, The Modern Lovers (sort of) and now…Willie ...

Allen Toussaint: Toussaint

Review by Andy Gill, NME, January 1978

SO NOW the whole Toussaint catalogue is available again, enabling listeners of taste to trace for themselves the development of the New Orleans man's approach, ...

Frank Zappa: Stern Words in Knightsbridge

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1978

…when cynical ol’ Uncle Frank knocks punk, record companies and U.S. presidents, and reveals the CIA plot to spike San Francisco… ...

Iggy Pop and James Williamson: Kill City (Radar Records)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, January 1978

WELL, IT'S finally out and yup, disregarding the shoddy cover, it's a great album. ...

Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters: I'm Ready

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1978

"If you're watching me and Johnny Winter, the show is MEANT to be in black and white." ...

Dire Straits, Talking Heads: Talking Heads, Dire Straits: Sheffield University, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, January 1978

How 77 moves smoothly into '78 ...

The Equators: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, January 1978

DURING RECENT months we have been witness to increasing media interest in the indigenous UK reggae scene, especially as focussed upon Matumbi, Black Slate, Steel ...

The Osmonds: The Osmonds' Greatest Hits

Review by Mick Farren, NME, January 1978

I HAVE this theory that they're a totally separate (and probably hostile) species. They breed and multiply in hidden canyons of the American South West. ...

The Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious: An Evening with Sid and Nancy – The Odd Couple Behind Closed Doors.

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1978

SWAYING CRAZILY, Sid Vicious clambers up off the bed. He manages the three or four steps to where, obeying live-in-lover Nancy's instructions, he removes the ...

Frank Zappa: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1978

"FRANK ZAPPA is the leader and musical director of the Mothers Of Invention. His performances in person with the group are rare. His personality means ...

Hirth Martinez: Big Bright Street

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

APART FROM its notoriety for encouraging idle hedonism, California also seems to breed an unusually high percentage of oddballs. ...

Lonnie Donegan: Will The Circle Really Be Unbroken?

Interview by Mick Farren, NME, February 1978

LONNIE DONEGAN'S life seemed to have completed such a perfect full circle that it could almost prove even the dumbest hippy's half-assed theories of a ...

Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

EXCESS AND incongruity seem to be the key factors at work here. An abundance of diverse stylistic elements piledriven and packed high into what must ...

Millie Jackson: Odeons Birmingham And Hammersmth

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1978

Millie's preoccupations, said The Guardian, are sex, sex and more sex; can't argue with that. ...

Talking Heads: The Heads Case

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

An investigation of the theory behind TALKING HEAD music. ...

Adam & The Ants: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1978

Termites devour part of New Wave ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: All 'n All

Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1978

CBS HAVE A problem. To be sure, it's the sort of ticklish little teaser that most record companies would be glad to scratch, but a ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1978

What do all these bands have in common? ANSWER: They're all EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS, slidin' on the moment and trying not to fall off. ...

Millie Jackson: Another Day, Another Dollar

Report and Interview by Cliff White, NME, February 1978

A COLLEAGUE FROM another paper and I were swopping reactions about Millie Jackson. He'd interviewed her in London; I'd caught up with her a couple ...

Tapper Zukie: Man Ah Warrior

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

FAITH, HOPE AND HIP ...

Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

"Anybody wants to get mellow better turn around and get the fuck outa here." ...

XTC: Sheffield Polytechnic, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, February 1978

IT WAS pointed out, some while ago, that a large number of punk outfits preface their name with the definite article, as compared with the ...

999: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1978

999 ARE A heavy-pop quartet signed favourably to United Artists. They are, in effect, on the verge of some kind of breakthrough. A likeable bunch ...

Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

IF IT'S DEAD, IT'S SIX FEAT UNDER ...

Tina Turner: If This Is Vegas, Give Me More

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, February 1978

JANUARY, Millie Jackson; February, Tina Turner; soon to come, Gladys Knight...gee whizz, can it all be too much for this white boy? No, no, no; ...

Be-Bop Deluxe, John Cooper Clarke: Be-Bop Deluxe and John Cooper Clarke: Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, February 1978

The Dangers Of Being Likeably Listenable ...

Big In Japan: From Little Idiots Big Idiots Do Grow

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, February 1978

"BIG IN JAPAN...BIG IN JAPAN...BIG IN JAPAN..." ...

The Clash: Cult Figure Cuts Clash To Suit American Dream Machine

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

SANDY PEARLMAN IS A BRISK and lively talker. He can probably offer an animated dissertation of any number of irregular topics, ranging from advancements in ...

Dillinger: Central London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, February 1978

ON THIS opening night of his first full-length tour of the UK college circuit, Lester Bullocks better-known as Dillinger maintained an impressive, large and volubly ...

Karla Bonoff, Kate Bush: Kate Bush: The Kick Inside; Karla Bonhoff: Karla Bonhoff

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, February 1978

THOUGH ON the surface just another member of the incestuous West Coast singing/songwriting sisterhood, Karla Bonoff is different in one crucial respect — she isn't ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Magazine: Howard Devoto's Enigma Variations

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1978

HOWARD DEVOTO gives good face. Unlined and triangular, topped with a vast expanse of forehead; the kind that popular folklore maintains is the unmistakeable dead-giveaway ...

Nick Lowe: Jesus Of Cool

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1978

THERE'S NO-ONE lower than Nick, it's been said, and here's the booty to bear that out. ...

The Adverts: Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1978

ONCE UPON a time, the fastest way of revealing yourself as an Old Fart Who Didn't Understand The New Wave was to allege – in ...

The Rezillos

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, February 1978

They came out of the mists of Hibernia... They were wild, weird, and whacky...They were the first Rock-A-Hula Beat Combo to hit Scotland since 1961...They ...

Blue Oyster Cult: The Cult Occult And The Disco Nightmare

Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1978

ALLEN LANIER sits down for a pleasant chat about bikers, Burt Bacharach and band ideology. ...

Bryan Ferry: The Prisoner

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1978

The 1978 edition BRYAN FERRY ‘These Four Wall of my Prison I Have Come to Love.'Byron said that. ...

Hilly Kristal (CBGBs)

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1978

"CBGB & OMFUG" is what it says over the door of Hilly Kristal's rock and roll dive down on New York's Bowery. That's the club ...

Patti Smith: Easter

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1978

I'M AN AMERICAN ARTIST , I HAVE NO GUILT, I TRUST MY GUITAR ...

Rush: Is Everybody Feelin' all RIGHT? (Geddit...?)

Interview by Miles, NME, March 1978

The gist of this being that H.M. tourist RUSH are all RIGHT-er than most, as MILES discovers ...

The Subway Sect: Bernard Rhodes Great Unknowns Payola Special

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, March 1978

SUBWAY SECT have been together in some form or another since the semi-legendary 100 Club punk festival in September 1976. The line-up on that date ...

The Buzzcocks, The Slits: Buzzcocks, The Slits: Thames Polytechnic,Woolwich, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1978

Buzzcocks turn pro ...

Elvis Costello: This Year's Model (Radar Records)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1978

THERE'S ONLY one real problem facing the reviewer assessing this, our El's second album, but if it's tricky enough to deal with then at least ...

Bryn Haworth, Gallagher & Lyle: Gallagher & Lyle, Bryn Haworth: City Hall, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, March 1978

We used… to believe… in rock'n'roll ...

Jacob Miller, Tapper Zukie: Jamaica: Peace Conference In A Western Kingston

Report by Penny Reel, NME, March 1978

ON JANUARY 10 of this year, Samuel Dreckett — JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) Councillor for the Western Kingston district of Tivoli Gardens — entered the ...

Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1978

WRECKLESS UBU: Waiting For The End ...

Roy Brown: New London Theatre

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, March 1978

HALFWAY through, this chaotic gig had all the makings of one of the Great Disasters Of Our Time. ...

The Only Ones

Profile by Nick Kent, NME, March 1978

IT WAS AN EVENT of no great consequence. In a swoop on EMI's press department back in spring 1974, intent only on plundering as much ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Palladium, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, March 1978

How the old wave is coming to terms with post-"77 existence. Meeting the challenge of '78: Alex Harvey hired an orchestra, a pipe and drum band, ...

Wreckless Eric: Wreckless Eric

Review by Andy Gill, NME, March 1978

IT'S RATHER appropriate that you can buy a hideous dung coloured version of Wreckless Eric's first album. Like the person who reminds you that the ...

Wreckless Eric: Sheffield Polytechnic

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, March 1978

A YOUNG lady appears on the stage and proceeds to shout something about today being her birthday, saxist John Glyn accompanying her (less than diplomatic) ...

Bethnal: Sheffileld Polytechnic

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, March 1978

More of a ripple than a wave? ...

Devo: Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1978

SUDDENLY.....Devo! ...

Elvis Costello: Holocaust In Microcosm

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1978

"HEY ELVIIIIIS!!!" There's this blonde gumdrop down the front, see, shaking it down in that demure stoned way that hippie girls seem to favour, and ...

Devo: Hi! We're DEVO and We've come to get your toilet ready for the 1980's

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1978

THE TRUTH ABOUT DE-EVOLUTION AND OTHER PLANETARY MODES. ...

Nick Lowe

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1978

EVERYONE GETS that glazed marzipan look in make-up. Maybe it's some weird chemical that they put in the booze in the Artists' Bar at Television ...

John Lydon, The Sex Pistols: The Poolside Pronouncements Of Johnny 'No-Tan' Rotten

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1978

JOHN ROTTEN likes dressing up. Seeing him stuck away under a parasol by the side of the Olympic-sized pool of the Kingston Sheraton at eleven ...

The Soft Boys/The Brakes: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1978

Why it's safer to lack discipline than imagination ...

The Bee Gees, John Travolta: Saturday Night Fever (X)

Film/DVD Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1978

Directed by John Badham. Starring John Travolta (CIC) ...

Joe Ely: Honky Tonk Masquerade

Review by Fred Dellar, NME, March 1978

'T FOR Texas, T for Tennessee' sang Jimmie Rodgers back in '28, cementing the blues alongside country music, thus helping himself to a million-seller. ...

Whirlwind: Blowing Up A Storm

Review by Cliff White, NME, March 1978

IN THEIR infinite wisdom, Chiswick first pressed five-sixths of this rocking package on a 10-inch album. ...

Generation X: Generation X

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, April 1978

ON PAPER Generation X have their credentials for being The Now Sensation all present and correct. They've had them for a long time too. ...

Joe Sample: Rainbow Seeker (ABC Import)

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

SEARCH AND DEPLOY ...

Leroy Smart: Ballistic Affair

Review by Penny Reel, NME, April 1978

The Love Story Of Leroy Smart ...

Patti Smith: A Woman's Place…

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1978

ARTHUR RIMBAUD, the late 19th Century French poet who dreamt of 'recreating life through his words' and whose work helped inspire poetic Symbolism, Dadaism and ...

Devo, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, Pere Ubu, Tin Huey, The Waitresses: The American Midwest: Akron and Cleveland

Overview by Paul Rambali, NME, April 1978

Exploring alternative hives of industry in Akron, City of Rubber, and Cleveland, City of Steel. ...

Cheap Trick

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

Meet Tricky Ricky and the Denim Deliverers. Ricky Neilson and CHEAP TRICK, to be more precise, who're currently wowing the Heavy Metal Hordes and MAX ...

Cheap Trick, Johnny Moped, The Stukas: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, April 1978

ON SUNDAY night at the Roundhouse, Cheap Trick showed how it should be done. ...

Frank Zappa: Live In New York

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, April 1978

Not Funny But Frankly ...

Generation X: Generation Rock & Roll Soul

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, April 1978

MIDNIGHT IN THE basement console room at Advision Studios, London W1. As Generation X bassist Tony James avidly demands of producer Martin Rushent that he ...

The Bush Fire That Ate Bogville, Arizona

Overview by Paul Rambali, NME, April 1978

Oh-no-not-another-fanzine-survey (goes West) ...

Dead Fingers Talk, Fabulous Poodles: Fabulous Poodles, Dead Fingers Talk: Charing Cross Road Astoria, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1978

FIRST OF all: a public service announcement: the Charing Cross Road Astoria is one terrible gig. ...

Graham Parker: Gram Parker: The Parkerilla

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1978

YEAH, WE know: just what the world needs is another double live album, right? ...

Professor Longhair: Ronnie Scotts, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1978

I HAVE immense admiration for Professor Longhair ...

Tavares: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1978

ANGELA IS a slim, pretty, 16-year-old blonde with the kind of Camay complexion and wide-eyed innocent appeal that drives randy old journalists into that wretched ...

Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey: The Meat And The Motion

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

Allen Toussaint: Motion (Warner Brothers Import)Lee Dorsey: Night People (ABC) ...

Brian Auger, Julie Tippetts: Brian Auger and Julie Tippetts: Encore

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1978

AS REUNION albums go, this is considerably better than The Byrds' album, Booker T and the MGs', The Small Faces' or The Animals', but that's ...

Graham Parker: The On-Going Story Of Little Men In Glasses

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, April 1978

Graham Parker, in this instance — who reflects on the vagaries of the rock power struggle while socking it to 'em in Ireland. When you're ...

The Real Kids, Scruffs, Shoes: Real Kids: The Real Kids/Shoes: Black Vinyl Shoes/The Scruffs: Wanna Meet The Scruffs?

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

THERE IS nothing especially new about this power pop hullaballoo, y'know. As a sub-genre it has existed in a succession of shapes and guises for ...

The Only Ones, Television: Television, The Only Ones: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1978

LAST YEAR, Television arrived in Britain under a shower of gilded prose and hyperbole claiming that they were the hottest thing since the invention of ...

The Band: The Last Waltz (Warner Brothers)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1978

The second feeding of the 5000... And lo, the leftovers filled six sides of vinyl. And the people marveled. ...

Todd Rundgren: Hermit of Mink Hollow (Bearsville)

Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1978

AND JUST when we all thought that Todd Rundgren had finally disappeared into the darkest recesses of his cosmological inner sanctum he comes back at ...

Motorhead: Various Artists: Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chriswick Chartbusters Vol. 2) (Chiswick)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1978

NO MORE GOOD GUYS ...

Bootsy Collins, Raydio: Bootsy's Rubber Band, Raydio: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, April 1978

SELF-STYLED Player Of The Year, Bootsy Collins is hip to the dynamics of Showtime. As his music is a fantastic flight from bases built by ...

Kraftwerk: The Man Machine (Capitol)

Review by Andy Gill, NME, April 1978

IT IS RATHER unfortunate that Kraftwerk's current popularity is based, to a large extent, on the chic appeal of David Bowie's favour. True, such favour ...

Kraftwerk: Terminal Weirdness à Paris

Report by Andy Gill, NME, April 1978

(Airport terminal, that is. Meanwhile somewhere up in some posey skyscraper, KRAFTWERK are boring everyone stiff...) ...

Climax Blues Band: Shine On

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1978

THE ONE thing more annoying than a duff album, by a duff band is a duff album by a good band. ...

Jerry Garcia Band: Cats Under The Stars

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1978

UNCLE JEROME'S fourth foray into the solo light gets some of that old Dead sound back to base. Just in time I guess. ...

The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band, X-Ray Spex: Rock Against Racism Carnival: Victoria Park, Hackney, London

Report by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1978

AS HE STOOD at the top of Whitehall at 10.35 last Sunday morning gazing impassively towards Nelson's Column, the optimism of Commander Walker of Scotland ...

Aswad: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, May 1978

ALL ROADS LEAD to the 100 Club in London's West End every Thursday night, where – "in tune to Silver Camel Sound" – the weekly ...

Horslips: Heard The One About Irish Band And The Green Beer?

Report by Andy Gill, NME, May 1978

No? Read on then, bro'. This is a story of amazing weirdness. You obviously haven't heard about the green underwear either. Or the green Chicago ...

The Gladiators, Reggae Regular: Rafters, Manchester

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, May 1978

OF LATE, I and I have been nursing a nagging ambivalence towards reggae. ...

The Tubes: New Theatre, Oxford

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1978

I DIDN'T see this exotic troupe last time around but I do recall one particularly purple review of them; words to the effect: "Would you ...

Wire: Limit Club, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, May 1978

TO USE an alimentary analogy, punk can be seen as a kind of musical laxative, clearing away all that stodgy stuff that was blocking the ...

X-Ray Spex: Poly Styrene Is Still Strictly Roots

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1978

SUNDAY NIGHT in Croydon, and Poly Styrene's voice is shot. Flu goes for the throat like a cornered rat: when the victim's a singer, the ...

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Stranger In Town

Review by Andy Gill, NME, May 1978

Meanwhile BACK IN '78 ...

David Bowie: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1978

IT WOULD make a great parlour game were some enterprising company to formalize rules. A game this writer has been known to play over the ...

Meat Loaf: New Hope for the Heavier Man

Interview by Cliff White, NME, May 1978

CLIFF WHITE, who thought he had a weight problem, suddenly feels emaciated. Thanks to Slender? No way. Thanks to MEAT LOAF. Say it loud, I’m ...

Tangerine Dream's Grey Days

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1978

EDGAR FROESE reflects on days of hope and dissipation, and wonders why the photographer's hiding behind a pillar. ...

The Cimarons: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, May 1978

FIVE LIVE Cimarons is generally cognate with an agreeable evening's entertainment, such as this duly proved. ...

The Darts: Gaumont Cinema, Southampton

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, May 1978

CLIFF WHITE CRIPPLES THE STARS! (No. 3 in an exciting, if tasteless, new series) ...

UK: UK

Review by Ian Penman, NME, May 1978

Less Pop, Less Style ...

Adam & The Ants, X-Ray Spex: X-Ray Spex, Adam & The Ants, The Automatics: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, May 1978

AS MS. POLY'S strychnine air-raid voice shreds the encore and all present, the audience front-line snaps. ...

Camel: A Live Record

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1978

Why (Not) A Camel? ...

Cheap Trick: Heaven Tonight

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, May 1978

Heaven On The Cheap ...

Junior Murvin, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Tapper Zukie: Jamaica: The Young Lion Roars, part 1

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, May 1978

"WELCOME TO REMA," reads the spray-can graffiti down by 7th Street in Trenchtown. "Peace, Love And Unity". Over on the other side of the Calamite ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Rafters, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1978

ABOUT BEFORE 12.15...I don't want to talk about it. ...

Brass Construction, Rokotto: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, June 1978

...CLIFF WHITE sounds his Funky horn about what he sees as a lack of critical perspective... ...

Culture, Peter Tosh: Jamaica: The Young Lion Roars – The JA Connexion Part 2

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, June 1978

SURROUNDED on three sides by a raw, harshly primal terrain that combines austere Bronte-evoking moorland with a dense near-Northern Californian verdancy, the Jamaican Tourist Board ...

Styx: Top Rank, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, June 1978

STYX, AS you'll doubtless be aware if you're familiar with the curious musical predilections of our American cousins, are a disgustingly successful five-piece band of ...

Wilko Johnson — To Hell And Back Via The M1 Caff

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1978

THE MARQUEE'S jammed up jelly tight; foot on foot, elbow in kidney, spilled drinks and apologies – or not, as the case may be – ...

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1978

So where you been, Bruce? ...

Rockpile, Willie "Loco" Alexander: Nick Lowe's Rockpile, Willie Alexander: The Bottom Line, New York NY

Live Review by Ira Robbins, NME, June 1978

THE HEAVY rain outside did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the audience inside. With a majority of those in attendance being press and record ...

Styx

Interview by Andy Gill, NME, June 1978

BY DAY, DENNIS DE YOUNG WAS A REGULAR GUY WITH A PONCEY NAME, LACQUERED HAIR, AND A PENCHANT FOR GAUDY FAKE ANTIQUE FURNITURE... BUT BY ...

The Cramps: Psychobilly and Other Musical Diseases

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1978

I SEARCHED HIGH and I searched low. I scuffled around garbage cans, looked under cars and peered in doorways. ...

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1978

THESE LAST two or three years, the Stones haven't really been that important to rock and roll. ...

Jefferson Starship: Grace Slick's Superstarship

Report and Interview by Miles, NME, June 1978

Planet minders turn platinum miners ...

Heatwave: West Runton Pavilion, Norfolk

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, June 1978

Waiting for the Getdown gestalt ...

Suicide Is Not The Answer

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1978

Form a band instead and drive others to it. PAUL RAMBALI Checks Out The Odd Couple From The Big Apple ...

The Band: Ten Years of Stage Fright: The Life And Times Of Robbie Robertson & The Band

Retrospective and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, June 1978

ALTHOUGH AT the time individuals may tell you different, it's no big deal for a band to break up. It happens almost every week and, ...

Alternative TV: The Image Has Cracked

Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1978

MARK PERRY has been a confused person and, through that, confusing. ...

Bob Dylan: The View From Seat BB59

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1978

THE FIRST NIGHT it rained, and it seemed that the atmosphere would be nostalgic to the last: all of us in our massed thousands gathered ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy: Developments in the Popcorn Industry

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1978

...a.k.a. A Visit To The funk Factory a.k.a. A Meeting With A Black Man In Daft Glasses a.k.a. PAUL RAMBALI talks to superfunkster BOOTSY COLLINS ...

Iggy Pop: Pure Pop……For Iggy People

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, June 1978

Iggy Pop: Music Machine, London ...

Rush: The Rush Archives

Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1978

Power, Pomp, Purity, Pretention, Popularity... The RUSH Problem ...

Alternative TV: The World At Once…Dateline: Stonehenge

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

I FOUND myself re-reading Colin Wilsons' prodigal slice of philosophical mythmaking The Outsider the other week. During the time I spent submerging myself gleefully into ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, July 1978

BETWEEN I AND I, a writer's relationship with his reader is a balance of equal power: the former dictates terms, but only at the latter's ...

Bootsy Collins: Bootsy's Rubber Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1978

A MESSAGE from the Mothership: "If you ain't gonna get it on, take your dead ass home." Some did...some of those dead asses...they couldn't cope ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Ain't Nuthin' But The Blues Band

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1978

LOOKED AT MY watch and it was almost one, and George Thorogood And The Destroyers are just sloping on stage for their third set of ...

Slaughter and the Dogs: Do It Dog Style

Review by Ian Penman, NME, July 1978

UNFORTUNATELY, A posthumous debut album. Quite something, not even the anti-Christ (Sex Pistols) managed to pull that off. But it is a rather sad, inevitably ...

The Undertones: Queen's University, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1978

ON A NIGHT when one of the world's top bands, Ireland's favourite sons Thin Lizzy, were packing them in at the Ulster Hall, it was ...

Boney M: By The Rivers (well…sands, beaches, coves, quays and bays) Of Babbacombe

Report by Penny Reel, NME, July 1978

TORBAY OR NOT Torbay – that is the question! I am standing at the barrier of Platform 2, Paddington, one chilly Saturday morning expressing Brandoesque ...

Laura Nyro: Nested

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1978

THERE IS a particular type of songstress who feels the need, once a year, to commit her emotional diaries to vinyl. The purpose and merits ...

Spirit: Spirit Live

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

Goodbye To Rock And All That (For Another Year At Least) ...

Black Slate: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, July 1978

THE ACCOMPLISHED Black Slate roadshow has reached just about the limit of its capabilities without coursing a drastic change of direction. ...

Can: Out Of Reach

Review by Ian Penman, NME, July 1978

Reach Out, We'll Be There (Ha, Ha – Fooled You) ...

The Beatles: The Beatles: The Authorised Biography, Hunter Davies

Book Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, July 1978

FIRST PUBLISHED in 1968, Hunter Davies' official biography of The Beatles had just been reissued, for the most part in its entire, original form. ...

Big Star: The Big Star Story, Take 4

Retrospective by Max Bell, NME, July 1978

THE BIG STAR story seems to have taken up a considerable part of my writing life. This is the fourth time in three years that ...

The Cars: The Cars

Review by Max Bell, NME, July 1978

I'M NOT at all sure about this band. Their roots place them in the Boston, Massachusetts region which, not being New York or LA, guarantees ...

The Clash: Clash On Tour

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1978

IT'S AS IF THE Clash's 'Police And Thieves' stage backdrop has suddenly transmogrified into moving 3-D. ...

The Prefects, The Subway Sect: The Prefects, Subway Sect: A Tale Of Two Bands

Profile by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

TWO GROUPS, both of whom have to some extent followed their instincts. Prefects have always been aware of the area they were aiming for; Subway ...

The Pop Group, This Heat: The Pop Group/This Heat: Collegiate Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, July 1978

TWO SEEMINGLY unconventional, superficially 'bleak', jagged modern-music outfits. Both engineer music suggesting radical departure, still somehow quaint. ...

Annette Peacock: X-Dreams

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

WITH HER first album for six years, Annette Peacock softens the fabric. Glancing curiously and greedily at the rhythms and advantages at the tip of ...

Etta James: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, July 1978

THEY PROBABLY don't realise it but The Who once dedicated an album to Etta James. Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy it was called, and by ...

Jilted John

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

MANCHESTER, 1977: the picture of a period stutters erratically to a docile completion. The picture is inconclusive, blotchy, but considering circumstances the best possible. ...

The Buzzcocks: Rock Against Racism's Carnival Of The North: Chaos & Concern

Report by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

THE ANTI-NAZI LEAGUE and Rock Against Racism were formed specifically as a reaction against racism. ...

Talking Heads: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1978

MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT ...

The Ramones: Ramones Go Gold?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1978

TOMMY RAMONE don't wanna be a pinhead no more (that's assuming you thought he was a pinhead in the first place – in which case ...

The Rezillos: Can't Stand The Rezillos

Review by Paul Morley, NME, July 1978

FINALLY, AFTER telling wrangles, we have Can't Stand The Rezillos, 13 quick cuts lustily shot through with cheap culture combinations. Tanners, annuals, Stan Lee, beatpunk ...

The Shirts: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, July 1978

DO NOT BE fooled by New York New Wave. New York Punk is mainly the product of the small, highly incestuous Soho arts scene. Jimmy ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Banshees Make The Breakthrough: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, July 1978

IF PUNKS ARE currently being brushed off by "official sources" as a speedily-becoming-extinct species, why then is it damn near impossible to find a comfortable ...

Stiff Little Fingers: The Harp Bar, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, July 1978

THE HARP Bar is packed for the return of Ulster's most popular and notorious modern rock band, Stiff Little Fingers. ...

Culture: Support the New Ministry of Culture

Interview by Penny Reel, NME, July 1978

Better Living Through Roots Reggae! Harder Than The Rest! ...

The Human League, Vice Versa: The Human League/Vice Versa: The Now Society, Sheffield University, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, July 1978

THE NOW Society, a university-based organisation, has been putting on gigs featuring local, predominantly experimental bands (such are the local mores) for some time now; ...

Boney M: Nightflight To Venus

Review by Penny Reel, NME, August 1978

IN THE words of the legend inscribed on t-shirts won by WEA pinheads at the time of the Hansaettes' second album, Love For Sale – ...

Buddy Guy, Junior Wells: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells: Why Are These Guys Grinning?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1978

...They've been 'between contracts' since 1969, there's hardly any such thing as a black audience for their music and on their recent visit to London ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, August 1978

CABARET VOLTAIRE performances, if I can make a sweeping generalisation, are always interesting but never satisfying. Interesting because they're prepared to probe, often at the ...

Independents Day Revisited

Report by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1978

Last September, in our extraordinarily collectable NME Collectors Issue, we looked at the seemingly unstoppable explosion of independent record labels. Times change, though. Rebels become ...

Magazine: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, August 1978

MAGAZINE, MYTHS AND MIRAGES ...

Raydio: Raydio & A Moon In June Reality

Interview by Cliff White, NME, August 1978

RAY PARKER Jr., creator and main man in Raydio, the American sextet who recently toured with Bootsy and are just scoring their second British hit ...

Sham 69: Pursey's Down The Dogtrack

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, August 1978

Sham 69's leader blows his wages, ponders his role, and has a few larfs. DANNY BAKER goes to see an old mate about a dog. ...

Smiley Lewis: I Hear You Knocking

Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1978

WHEN FATS Domino first bounced out of the bayou with his bronze voice, gold rings, pumping piano and infectious grin, half a pace behind him ...

The Adverts: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Miles, NME, August 1978

Gobba Gobba On Gaye ...

The Clash, Suicide: The Music Machine, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1978

TIME HAS come today. Third of four Music Machine gigs and – surprise! – the ritual bottling of Suicide appears to have been omitted for ...

The Hollies: 20 Golden Greats

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1978

OVER THE years, The Hollies' records have tended to fall into one of three categories: the bright, snappy early '60s pop put together from the ...

The Band: The Last Waltz: Time Gentlemen Please

Film/DVD Review by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1978

The Last Waltz (United Artists)Directed by Martin ScorseseStarring The Band, Bob Dylan etc. etc. ...

Asleep at the Wheel: Collision Course (Capital)

Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1978

STRANGE TO relate but not everything that emerges in the new release racks this week will bear the mark of androids in overalls. And disco ...

Gregory Isaacs: Presenting Mr Isaacs

Review by Penny Reel, NME, August 1978

PRIOR TO the glorious advent of soulful lover Pat Kelly in more recent weeks, lean, laconic crooner Gregory Isaacs was recognised as possibly the most ...

The Only Ones: The Bristol Community Free Festival, Ashton Court, Bristol

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, August 1978

ANOTHER BOY, ANOTHER BLOODY GUITAR HERO ...

Carlene Carter, Elizabeth Barraclough: Elizabeth Barraclough: Elizabeth Barraclough; Carlene Carter: Carlene Carter

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1978

BUFFY SAINTE MARIE used to have this song called 'I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again', but you won't find Elizabeth Barraclough or Carlene Carter ...

Roy Brown: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, August 1978

AT ABOUT 3 pm the Sunday before last, one American rhythm 'n' blues pioneer and six British beer 'n' peanut-circuit musicians got together for the ...

The Residents, Snakefinger: Snakefinger: Meet the Latest New Wave Cult Figure

Profile by Paul Rambali, NME, August 1978

YOU’VE SEEN the ads. You've been enticed, or not by the quirky graphics. Perhaps you've even bought the record, itself as quirky and improbable as ...

Etta James: Soul Punk Etta: Superstardom the Hard Way on a Dollar a Day

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, NME, August 1978

"THANKSGIVING DAY in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven't become a superstar yet. It ...

The Fall

Report and Interview by Ian Penman, NME, August 1978

REEL-TO-REEL life: patt-ur stagg-urs on... In bu-tween the s-o-n-g-s... ...

The Only Ones: Peter Perrett Picked A Peck Of Pickled Peppers

Interview by Max Bell, NME, August 1978

LAST MONTH, Peter Perrett won himself a Concorde ticket to Brazil. The loot for the trip came not from playing rhythm guitar but poker. ...

The Who: Who: Who Are You

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1978

Say Goodbye To Angry Songs For Kids Say Hello To Angry Songs For Grown-Ups ...

Kiss: Is This Man A Prat?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, August 1978

TWENTY-EIGHT year-old Gene Simmons of New York City, New York, is sitting in his hotel-room near Marble Arch. It's four o'clock on a humid Friday ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Bansheed! What's In An Image?

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, August 1978

JOHN MCKAY, the Banshees' guitarist, has a pale, ashen look constantly playing about his features and talks in measured, serious tones. ...

The Charts and the 12-inch Limited Edition Single

Comment by Bob Woffinden, NME, August 1978

NME's LAST chart-hyping piece concluded with a statement to the effect that the twin threat of both exposure in the press and the greater number ...

The Human League, The Rezillos: The Rezillos, The Human League: Music Machine, Camden, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1978

REZILLOS CAN'T STAND THE AUDIENCE And that goes for all you liggers in the bar, too ...

Blondie And The Beast

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

DEBBIE HARRY: a few more brisk calculations in the dry equation, and she will be a star. A household name. An object. An illusion. Well ...

Dave Edmunds: Trax On Wax

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, September 1978

EVERYBODY'S FAVOURITE cult – and an even bigger cult than Nick Lowe, his erstwhile companion in the reversible Rockpile – is the little Welsh rock'n'roller, ...

The Commodores: Motown's Black Beatles

Profile by Cliff White, NME, September 1978

HOW'S about it, Expressways Moosik? We're broadcastin' at ya from the command module, Commodore Steamship, Commodore Country, sitting right down town, Tuskogee, Alabama, modulatin', right ...

Ultravox: Vee Hav Vays Of Makink You Experiment

Report and Interview by Miles, NME, September 1978

Unfortunately, this piece is not about Germans. It's about ULTRAVOX. However, it does take place in Germany. Will that do? ...

Cabaret Voltaire: Sheffield – This Week's Leeds

Profile and Interview by Andy Gill, NME, September 1978

UNTIL LAST YEAR, Sheffield was undoubtedly the most musically inactive city in Britain. For a city with over half a million people, the paucity of ...

Joy Division: Band On The Wall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

THOSE FAMILIAR with this young quartet. mainly through their excitable appearance on the "Short Circuit" pretty package, and to a lesser extent with their self ...

The Stranglers

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1978

"BUT WHY," asks the New York groupie journalist, "do The Stranglers make such inflammatory remarks about Americans? I really don't understand it," she concludes, glancing ...

Ultravox: Systems Of Romance

Review by Ian Penman, NME, September 1978

The Further Decline And Fall Of The Western World ...

Mac Curtis, Matchbox: St. Helier Arms, Carshalton

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, September 1978

TIME HAS seldom dealt lightly with '50s rock'n'rollers. Be they the white country-based variety or the black R 'n 'B guys, the majority of survivors ...

Patti Smith: Breaking The Shackles Of Original Sin

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, September 1978

The White Niggah, Biblical Obsession, and The Mutant Army witnessed at Cardiff – where discussions encompass the sexiness of Prince Charles and the pressures of ...

The Fall: Marquee, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

I AM A commentator in a Consumers' Guide. This week I guide you towards entertainers The Fall, as I always have done. ...

Wire: But Obviously It Isn't

Interview by Andy Gill, NME, September 1978

"Well it's alright just listenCan't wait for 78God those r.p.m.Can't wait for themDon't just watchHours happenGet in there kidAnd snap them."– Wire, 'It's So Obvious' ...

Yes: Tormato

Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

YES, YES, YES — BUT SO WHAT? ...

Annette Peacock: A Rock & Role Alternative

Interview by Ian Penman, NME, September 1978

"I THINK what happened was, after I left New York all the anger and the toughness and the hostility seemed to dissipate – and in ...

Chas and Dave: Chas And Dave: What We Want Is Rockney

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, NME, September 1978

...an ethnic feature which eschews 'plastic fantastic kharzis', refers frequently to 'geezers', and acknowledges virtue by repeated use of the colloquialism 'bleedin' great'. Subject: CHAS ...

Dave Edmunds: Never Say Dai

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1978

Mister DAVE 'Are You Sure Chuck Played It Thaat Way?' EDMUNDS, the celebrated Welsh lickologist, persevered and learned those classic solos note for note. So ...

Larry Carlton: Larry Carlton

Review by Max Bell, NME, September 1978

LARRY CARLTON, super side-man should need no introduction. The weeping, fluid style that Carlton rings from his 335 has become a definitive sound on albums ...

Rachel Sweet

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, September 1978

THAT AKRON ALBUM took its listeners by surprise. Simultaneously old, new and current, it was fashioned – like any good adventure playground – from whatever ...

10cc: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

"YOU CAN touch the magic tonight," claimed guitarist Eric Stewart. ...

Annie Nightingale Joins The Old Grey Whistle Test

Profile and Interview by Bob Woffinden, NME, September 1978

WHY THE BBC MAKES YOUNG WOMEN CARRY OUT THIS HIDEOUS ANCIENT RITUAL ...

Frank Zappa: Studio Tan

Review by Ian Penman, NME, September 1978

STUDIO TAN drops into the industry's autumn orgy unheralded. ...

Linda Ronstadt: Living In The USA (Asylum)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1978

LINDA RONSTADT – oh my God, she's so hunky. Those long, bronzed legs, that Ms Piggy face, those capable fingers – is it any wonder ...

Mick Farren: Is There Life After Dingwalls?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, September 1978

DESPITE THE SILK shawl wrapped about its neck to prevent its head falling off, there is a dignity, a pride, even a sense of all ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead's First Annual Pyramid Prank

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, September 1978

"There were no sets. Sometimes we'd get up and play for ten minutes and all freak out and split. We'd just do it however it ...

The Pop Group

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, September 1978

PARDON ME if I've misunderstood, but amongst all those pretty speeches and petty let-downs didn't somebody once ask for 'new music night and day'? And ...

Wazmo Nariz

Profile and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, September 1978

How to almost drown your way to a name and fame ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Some Enchanted Evening

Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

NOW THAT Blue Oyster Cult have a patented studio style of their own, neatly quashing any lingering doubts that they had softened up in the ...

Dr. Alimantado: Dr Alimantado: Best Dressed Chicken In Town

Review by Penny Reel, NME, October 1978

INTRODUCING THE august surgeon of ital nourishment on a ten track album of selected singles dating from 1973-6. ...

Mickey Jupp: Micky Jupp: Juppanese

Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

MICKEY JUPP has always been nearly famous, and even then it's been by default. ...

Rose Royce, Stargard: Odeon, Birmingham

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1978

IT SURE WUZ A GREAT PAAAARTY... ...

The Clash: Problems with The Roxy

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, October 1978

I'D CALLED Mick Jones last Friday night The parsimonious Bernie Rhodes – who, though a replacement manager has yet to be found (and it is ...

The Crusaders: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, October 1978

ON STAGE, as on record, The Crusaders an elusive synthesis of assorted musical elements which, although generally bonded in a cohesive sound that is unmistakably ...

999: Separates

Review by Ian Penman, NME, October 1978

AND YES, this unfortunately is where it separates. 999's second album – always a fateful thing – and the illusory packaging hides a regression. ...

Brian Eno: Music For Films

Review by Ian Penman, NME, October 1978

"I'M NOT really interested in the quality of the film, what they furnish is an excuse to do some music...they're areas where I can experiment ...

The Buzzcocks: Buzzcocks: The Lust Train Stops Here

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1978

LOVE… Ain't that something to be proud of? Isn't it a bitch? Don't the waves crash, the trumpets roar and the planet split? Doesn't the ...

John McLaughlin & The One Truth Band: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, October 1978

THIS WAS A celebration of John McLaughlin's 25th anniversary as a guitar player — an event similarly rnarked by the recent Electric Guitarist album, which ...

Keith Hudson: A Dread Tale

Report by Penny Reel, NME, October 1978

ONE NIGHT I AM standing outside the Jamaican pattie shop in Portobello Road partaking of the same when a car pulls up on the street ...

Neil Young: Comes A Time

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1978

NELLIE YOUNG COMES A CROPPER ...

Penetration: Moving Targets (Virgin)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

THIS YEAR A LINE formed. At one end Penetration, and from there through Joy Division, The Mekons, The Slits, The Fall, The Passage, The Pop ...

Sid Vicious: Max's Kansas City, NYC

Live Review by Ira Robbins, NME, October 1978

ON AN unusually busy New York rock night, the attraction of an ex-Pistol was apparently sufficient to pack Max's out for a couple of sets ...

Skip James: I'm So Glad

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1978

SKIP JAMES scares me. ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Music Machine, Camden Town, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

OCTOBER SEES the inevitable recognition of two of the greatest rock'n'roll performers of all time — Bette Midler and Wayne County who, even before Wayne ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

IF ONLY B.B.King had let his fingers, and not his likeable but oversized ego, do the talking then I would have enjoyed his return to ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich: Dingwalls, Camden

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1978

HIPSTER PANTS held up with two-inch-wide white belts, op-art shirts with bloody great monstrous collars that hang down to armpit level and then button down ...

pragVEC: Another Strange, New And Enticing Pop Group

Profile and Interview by Ian Penman, NME, October 1978

A NEW extended play record to enthuse about. A new band to sell to you. Their name is pragVEC; the four tracks they've recorded are ...

R. D. Laing: Vinyl Head Shrinker Tells Of Life Before Death…

Interview by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

R. D. LAING – psychologist, psychiatrist, author, lecturer, institutional therapist and now rock star? ...

Red Krayola: Red Crayola: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, October 1978

AN EARLY psychedelic legend came to roost unexpectedly last weekend in the none-too-appropriate environs of the Hope and Anchor. ...

Rose Royce: Socio/Political Conscience? Waal, Ah'm Rilly Into Chutney

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, October 1978

"SO HOWS about up at number two, we have the one and only Rose Royce with 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore'...goodness gracious yes..." ...

Dr. Feelgood: The Bad...

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, October 1978

Dr Feelgood: Sheffield City Hall ...

The Buzzcocks: Top Rank, Shefield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, October 1978

Who, exactly, is gobbing on whom? ...

The Clash: Queens University, Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, October 1978

THE LAST time The Clash tried to play The Ulster Hall a combination of big business insurance moguls and local bureaucratic bullshit caused the gig ...

Cabaret Voltaire, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Nico, The Pop Group: The Pop Group/Nico/Linton Kwesi Johnson/Cabaret Voltaire: An Appraisal Of 'Next Year's Thing'

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

The Pop Group/Nico/Linton Kwesi Johnson/Cabaret Voltaire: Electric Ballroom, London ...

Barclay James Harvest: XII

Review by Ian Penman, NME, October 1978

POOP GO the wizened wastrels! The starry, clammy curtain rises once again, and here they are, still waiting. ...

Leo Sayer: London

Live Review by Danny Baker, NME, October 1978

A NIGHT distinguished for me by the worst support set I've ever heard and the most tuchus-licking tolerant audience ever assembled in one Vaudeville room. ...

Jona Lewie, Lene Lovich, Mickey Jupp, Rachel Sweet, Wreckless Eric: Stiff Records: Be A Killer Or Be A Real Stiff…

Report by Max Bell, NME, October 1978

W. C. FIELDS would have hated the "Be Stiff" tour. A sixteen year child star who toured with Mickey Rooney? A performing punk dwarf called ...

The Jam: All Mod Cons

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, October 1978

THIRD ALBUMS generally mean that it's shut-up-or-get-cut-up time: when an act's original momentum has drained away and they've got to cover the distance from a ...

The Lurkers: Strange Daze In Sheffield (Or Maybe Halifax)

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, October 1978

SOMEONE MUST have been spreading lies about me, for without doing anything wrong I was told to write a feature about The Lurkers. The Man ...

Weather Report

Interview by Ian Penman, NME, October 1978

THIS YEAR'S Weather Report is twice as nice as last year's. And doubly dodgy. ...

Scritti Politti: Reflections On In(ter)dependence: Scritti Politti

Interview by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

MEET SCRITTI Politti: three or four young musicians (one is a floating member), and equally important, a large circle of close friends who provide help, ...

Captain Beefheart: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

OUR FRIEND makes its long overdue appearance, a record of fragments that has a bewildered Beefheart crawling out of the messes of '74/'75 and trying ...

The Undertones: Crash Course in Corruption with The Undertones

Report and Interview by Gavin Martin, NME, November 1978

Their record's bubbling under......so why aren't they bubbling over? ...

Sham 69: That's Life

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

JIMMY PURSEY'S Ulysses – a day in the life of 'a working class kid'. A shrug of the shoulders. ...

Status Quo: If You Can't Stand The Heat

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

WHAT IS beyond Status Quo, I often wonder? What is beyond tracks with titles such as 'I'm Givin' Up Worryin'', 'Gonna Teach You To Love ...

Steel Pulse: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

THE RAINBOW Theatre seemed a poor venue for Steel Pulse's Big London Gig, but reconsidering during this performance, it was probably second choice only to ...

The Clash: Black'n White Drop Outasite

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

The Clash: Roxy Theatre, Harlesden ...

Bethnal: Crash Landing In N17

Report and Interview by Penny Reel, NME, November 1978

BETHNAL, who by virtue of their multi-national background can't help accumulating 'political' overtones in these Rock Against Racism days, talk to PENNY REEL about the ...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Move It On Over

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1978

THE BOTTLENECK that ate Delaware returns to your hearts and turntables: no steps forward, no steps back. Move it On Over is this or any ...

Edwin Starr, Isaac Hayes: Isaac Hayes And Edwin Starr: Live In Manchester

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1978

Two men with but one single thought: Which way is up? ...

Judas Priest: Killing Machine

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1978

"YOU ARE not in touch with the modern world, sucker," hissed the obnoxious little voice in my ear. 'Today's kids don't give a flying one ...

Patti Smith: Babel

Book Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

WHAT HAS rock and roll got to do with poetry? What is a poetess doing with rock and roll? What am I doing reading and ...

Penetration

Report and Interview by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

"Every night before I go to sleep/Find a ticket, win a lottery/Scoop the pearls up from the sea/Cash them in and..." ...

The Residents: Residents Leave Home

Report and Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1978

Those of you who follow the regular propaganda turns of those San Mateo obscurantists, The Residents, will have noticed of late certain odd developments in ...

Roy Brown: Cheapest Price In Town

Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1978

ALTHOUGH AT 53 going on 25, Roy Brown is relatively young for an R&B star who first recorded just after the war, there's no getting ...

Santana: Inner Secrets

Review by Max Bell, NME, November 1978

HOLY KRISHNA! His beneficence returns to the fold of lesser mortals for the annual Santana lesson, that quest whose purpose is boundless, ineffable. Wondrous Santana, ...

Santana: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

A THREE-NIGHT sell out for sluggish pop group Santana is apparently natural and predictable but seems entirely ludicrous. They function, they churn, they exist – ...

Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

A MAJOR new work by Steve Reich, a 42-year-old composer and performer from New York. Music For 18 Musicians was conceived in May 1974 and ...

The Residents: Not Available

Review by Andy Gill, NME, November 1978

MORE SO than anything else they've done, when Not Available's weirdness wears off, its "merry tunes" become an indelible stain on one's day-to-day existence. After ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley & The Wailers: Babylon By Bus

Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

ALL THE points are easily made. You have your join-the-dots special Christmas present package. Bob Marley and The Wailers skank in and out the Western ...

Funkadelic, George Clinton: Funkadelic: The Noble Art of Rhythm'n'Biz

Profile and Interview by Cliff White, NME, November 1978

WARNER Brothers' New York Office on East 54th is only two blocks across and three up from the Taft Hotel on West 51st; close enough ...

Duane Eddy, Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis, Duane Eddy: Live in Margate

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, November 1978

WHEN A promoter carts a journalist and photographer off to the opening night of a European tour he obviously wants to get a suitably rave ...

John Martyn: London School of Economics, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

YOU DON'T need me at all – you know what happened, what will happen. ...

Julie Covington: Julie Covington

Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

MOVING BACK from stage to a studio, Ms Covington neatly avoids the cliches offered by the potentially drear and damaging Solo Album. ...

Oregon: Out Of The Woods

Review by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

IT'S GOOD to hear that Oregon's music remains pure and fresh despite the possible clumsy patronage of a large label. Using a number of combinations ...

Pere Ubu: Unique Ideas Lead To Prison

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1978

WE'S home, Huck!" The large, bulky frame squashed into the seat next to me delivers his quote from Mark Twain's fables of a more naive ...

The Cimarons, Sham 69: Sham 69 & The Cimarons: The West Country Invasion Starts Here

Report and Interview by Penny Reel, NME, November 1978

IT WOULD appear that someone's got it in for Jimmy Pursey and Sham 69. You see they're planting stories in the press to the effect ...

Third World: Now That We've Found A Hit

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1978

BY JAMAICAN STANDARDS, Third World are pretty unique. Going against the run of the studio-dominated JA music scene, founder members guitarist Stephen "Cat" Coore and ...

X-Ray Spex: X-Ray-Spex: Germ Free Adolescents

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, November 1978

SMASH THE barriers and the truth shall make you free (as long as stocks last, anyway): barriers between humans and objects, between the natural (sic) ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Mike Oldfield: Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Love Beach; Mike Oldfield: Incantations

Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

JEAN-PAUL Sartre took mescaline once, to prove to himself that he wasn't necessarily the institution people thought he was, and as a result became convinced ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Meet The Killer

Interview by Cliff White, NME, November 1978

Women, liquor, the devil and me – JERRY LEE tells CLIFF WHITE a torrid tale ...

Pure Hell: Just Another Bunch Of Middle Class Kids With Silly Names And Spiky Haircuts: Pure Hell

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1978

"H-E-E-EYY..." Pure Hell drummer Spider Blaze tousles his Rita Hayworth red crop and slaps his right palm down on mine, giving me one of those ...

Kate Bush: Lionheart

Review by Ian Penman, NME, November 1978

Grrrrnrrhhhh!!! Repressed reviewer laments a bird and her bush ...

Lou Reed: Live – Take No Prisoners (Arista Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, November 1978

AH, LOU, we meet again. How long it's been. Ah, of course, don't tell me – Rock 'n' Roll Heart, wasn't it? A right piece ...

Flying Lizards: Penseur in Patchy Light: David Cunningham…

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, November 1978

is either a 3-time loser looking for a way out, OR......An entrepreneurial polymath looking for a way in. ...

Philip Rambow: Whatever Happened To Philip Rambow?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, November 1978

Whatever happened to Philip Rambow? A year ago it finally seemed that his time was imminent. ...

Robert A. Johnson: Got Mah Ego Workin'

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, November 1978

When the Buffalo of Immodesty stomps the tender talent-plant 'neath its cloven heel, the result, as Confucius noted, is "rampant megabullshit, and I don't mean ...

Third World: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, November 1978

IT IS surely not coincidental that now Island seem to have relegated Bob Marley and company to the status of lampoonery with joke titled albums ...

Tom Waits: Blue Valentine

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, November 1978

Waits and measures ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Calm And Confusion

Interview by Paul Morley, Ian Penman, NME, December 1978

WERE YOU a wimp at school?I wouldn't say I was a wimp. I think I did get bullied. ...

James Brown: OOOP! YAAA! UNNGH!

Live Review by Cliff White, NME, December 1978

(That's right, this is a James Brown review.)James Brown: Odeon, Hammersmith ...

The Boyfriends: Totley College, Sheffield

Live Review by Andy Gill, NME, December 1978

TOTLEY TEACHERS Training College stuck out on the edge of Derbyshire gives The Boyfriends' gig there the atmosphere of a village hop, and it suits ...

The Cars: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE CARS took the stage to a backing tape of revving engines, the principal mode of presentation for this Boston-based five piece. The house was ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Shakedown Street

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, December 1978

Sorry to interrupt your reverie, Jerome. But then, this far along, not much could. ...

Aerosmith: Live! Bootleg

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE INEVITABLE live double from Aerosmith rolls inexorably into the American "Christmas like a fat Thanksgiving turkey". ...

Devo: Spud Wars

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, NME, December 1978

They came from Outer Akron...Their purpose – Conquest.Their methods – Unpleasant.This was...Spud Wars ...

Olivia Newton John: Olivia Newton-John: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN'S last night of an eight-week trundle through Japan, Australia and Europe was pretty poor. ...

The Shirts: Shirts Appeal – Loosen Your Choler

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE SHIRTS from Brooklyn reckon they've been mistreated. Right from the moment their name went on CBGB's lavatory wall. They are angry. But not beaten ...

The Subway Sect: War Poet of The Modern World

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

Old conceptions justifiedTradition stays in tuneYou make guitars talk informationThat tells you what to doThe lines that hit meAgain and againAfraid to take a strollOff ...

Todd Rundgren: Back To The Bars

Review by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

THE ONE obstacle between Todd Rundgren and a successful live album comes at the stage when he has to rely on other musicians. ...

Boomtown Rats: Today: Top Of The Pops, Tomorrow: The World

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

The Day After: Top Of The Pops Again ...

Hawkwind, Robert Calvert: Hawklords: Leisure-Wear Of The Timelords

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, NME, December 1978

Actually, BOB CALVERT'S mystic dressing gown is not what this feature's about: what we have here is an appraisal of the new Hawkind, sorry, HAWKLORDS ...

The Brides of Funkenstein, Parliament: The Brides of Funkenstein: Funk Or Walk; Parliament: Motor Booty Affair

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1978

IF ROCK stars had the kind of union that insisted on overtime bans and frowned on over-productivity, George Clinton would undoubtedly be the subject of ...

Gruppo Sportivo: Back to 78

Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

DIPPING LUSTFULLY and deep into your public pocket, the simulated and soiled Gruppo Sportivo transparently dart from nursery rhyme tinsel to uncivilised sexual slang with ...

Ian Dury: New Challenge For Esperanto

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, December 1978

JUST OUT of Holland, about ten miles from the Dutch/Belgian border, the coach pulls into the Flemish equivalent of a Motorway Chef. There's four hours ...

Muddy Waters: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1978

FAST TALK/hard bargain: as Mr Muddy Waters was spending a few days of his 64th year in Great Britain in the faintly congruous role of ...

The Brides of Funkenstein, Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament/Funkadelic/Parlet/Brides Of Funkenstein: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian Penman, NME, December 1978

THE "MOTHERSHIP" arrives. Everybody gets on out of it and has a "party". And I dance. And slump. And dance and slump. ...

Public Image Ltd

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, December 1978

JOHN LYDON lives in the upper maisonette of the end terrace of a row of sturdily built Victorian houses on the Fulham/Chelsea border. He picked ...

Singles in 1978: The Ones That Got Away

Overview by Paul Rambali, NME, December 1978

1978 was a classic year for singles. But most of the best were released on small labels with little chance of airplay, erratic distribution, and ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, December 1978

"Have a competition in the NME. In less than a hundred words, what do they get out of Siouxsie and the Banshees?" (Siouxsie Sioux) ...

The Doors: The Morrison Legacy

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, December 1978

JIM MORRISON'S body may lie a-moulderin' in his grave but his soul goes marching on. ...

Elvis Costello, John Cooper Clarke, Richard Hell: Elvis Costello, Richard Hell, John Cooper Clarke: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1979

Are you ready for the fiiinal soluuuuuuuuuuuuuushun (oh yeah)? ...

Elvis Costello: Elvis' Armed Forces

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1979

ELVIS COSTELLO is Superman's fantasy of what Clark Kent should have been. He is Buddy Holly reincarnated as an axe-murderer. He is a nasty Woody ...

Frank Zappa, Richard and Linda Thompson: Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage ; Richard and Linda Thompson: Sunnyvista

Review by Ian Penman, NME, 1979

ROCK AND ROLL survives on an illusion of dynamism built upon critical inertia, upon endlessly repeated truths such as the oft-heard oppositions of 'old/new wave' ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Live at The Rainbow, London

Review by Chris Bohn, NME, 1979

SO LET'S suspend time and disbelief for a moment and stare through the haze at the West Coast's longest running institution called The Grateful Dead. ...

Elvis Costello And The Attractions: with Richard Hell and the Voidoids

Live Review by Paul Rambali, NME, January 1979

WELCOME TO to the working week, seven nights of Elvis Costello at London's Dominion Theatre, virtually opposite the location of the Elvis musical.Will the real ...

Elvis Costello: Armed Forces

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1979

IN The Devil Finds Work, James Baldwin opined that white people's hatred of blacks is based on terror, while black people's hatred of whites is ...

Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear (Tamla Motown)

Review by Ian Penman, NME, January 1979

IF THE LANGUAGE is clearly familiar, the filling clear, the concept perhaps a little cloying then at least, at length, the soul is back to ...

Linton Kwesi Johnson, Public Image Ltd: Public Image Limited; Linton Kwesi Johnson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Penny Reel, NME, January 1979

ON THE FIRST day of Christmas bondage bretheren and neon siteren children of the Rainbow – pace Aswad – left their parents' turkey tables en ...

The Clash: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, NME, January 1979

LIKE THE few other rock bands that occasionally verge on genius – such at The Rolling Stones and the original Roxy Music – The Clash ...

Gang of Four, The Jam: The Jam, Gang of Four: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, January 1979

DOZING AT the back of the lower layer of the multi-tiered Music Machine I couldn't help wondering what it is to be charming, chillingly nostalgic ...

Generation X: All The Young Dudes

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1979

GLEAN WHAT you will from the shapes of things that came to pass during 1978, but one commodity that was rejected with an almighty vengeance ...

Marvin Gaye: Stand Up For Your Rights, My Brothers: Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear

Report and Interview by Cliff White, NME, January 1979

Till double albums us do part ... MARVIN GAYE battles the dark forces of feminism, unionism, bankruptcy and posterity. ...

The Runaways: And Now…The Runaways (Mercury)

Review by Ian Penman, NME, January 1979

THE TERMS are at once familiar and bizarre, charged with meaning and strangely vacuous: 'street,' 'action,' 'hungry and hot,' 'rock 'n' roll,' 'teenage,' 'weekend,' 'queen.' ...

Chic: Up Chic Creek

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, January 1979

THERE WERE so many good singles last year that when it came to deciding what I thought were the best 45s to show out, I ...

Elvis Costello: Elvis Army Is Here To Stay

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, January 1979

CHAPERONED in the back of a hire car, taking in the sights, partaking in entertaining chit-chat about the industry with fellow passengers, I shouldn't feel ...

Rock Mortality: They Gave Their Souls For Rock 'n Roll

Essay by Mick Farren, NME, January 1979

THE WRITER can eventually put down his pen, close the book and turn on the TV. The actor can take off his makeup and go ...

The Pointer Sisters: Pointers To The Future

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, January 1979

NOSTALGIA, so the old song hath it, ain't what it used ta be. ...

Joe Jackson: Look Sharp!

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1979

JOE JACKSON is a contender: he's fast, tough and he doesn't mess around. At a time when the orthodox powers-that-be in the rock business are ...

Kevin Coyne: Music Of A Different Coyne

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, February 1979

And my message to the people Is don't tie me to the steeple Don't put me with the stocks and in your market square. ...

McGuinn, Clark & Hillman: McGuinn, Clark and Hillman: McGuinn, Clark & Hillman

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1979

IF WATCHING someone you once admired attempting to be inspired is the most pathetic sight imaginable, as some bloke maintained in last week's ish, then ...

Joe Jackson: Crisp. In A Huge In America Sort Of Way

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, February 1979

THE HANDS spell nerves: balled into fists and rammed into the pockets of the pinstripe jacket. The elbows jerk and the knees twitch, the face ...

Sham 69: I Quit

Report by Kris Needs, NME, February 1979

ON WEDNESDAY, January 31, Sham 69 played their last ever gig. ...

Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material (Rough Trade)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, February 1979

I WAS HARDLY expecting it but...even more so than Never Mind The Bollocks – which turned out to be comedy – much more so than ...

Cheap Trick: Live At The Budokan (Epic)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1979

GIVE THE Nips their due – when they latch on, they latch on fast, and in teeming multitudes, to boot. ...

Simple Minds: Strangers In A Strange Land

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, February 1979

SIMPLE MINDS were fidgety as they sat around the kitchen table, some of them exhaling long streams of cigarette smoke while the others rattle boiled ...

Village People: The Annals Of Disco

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, February 1979

DANNY BAKER tests the dancefloor action 1979 from uptown Manhattan to downtown Rotherhithe, interviews THE VILLAGE PEOPLE people, lays on a historical overview of Disco, ...

The Pretenders: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1979

THE NEWS is already out all over town about this bunch; and while one can only reiterate all the raves (so far usurped principally by ...

Doll By Doll: How To Change The World In Ten Easy Stages

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, February 1979

"For a long time now I have felt the Void but have refused to hurl myself into the Void.I have been as cowardly as everything ...

The Stranglers: Live —X Certificate (United Artists)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, February 1979

THE OFFICIAL line on this enterprise is that it represents, in the words of one J.J. Burnel, "The end of an era…a compilation of the ...

Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti (CBS)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1979

THE MODERN-day composer refuses to die and, sadly, so too does Frank Zappa. ...

Graham Parker: Journey To The Centre Of Your Spine

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1979

A CONCRETE BARN with a stage at one end: cables, cases, dust. A hyper-active dog in the grip of irresistible sexual forces is scooting around ...

John Cooper Clarke, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Merger, The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd: Public Image Ltd., The Pop Group, Merger, Linton Kwesi Johnson , John Cooper Clarke: Kings Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

RACE TODAY magazine/organisation, acknowledging the central importance of Manchester in the struggle of black people, launched their northern campaign with a fund raising "Creation For ...

The Inmates: City Rhythms and Jailhouse Blues

Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

BILL HURLEY, lead singer with The Inmates, was definitely built for the job. Bill Hurley clocks in six foot solid from the ground, a hard ...

The Mekons: The Group Who Fell To Earth

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1979

THE MEKONS step down from the space ship of idealism and come face to face with Rock Reality. Can they and the cult of British ...

Velvet Underground: 1969 Velvet Underground Live (Mercury)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

THE VELVETS, specifically Lou Reed – maybe even this 'invisible' live double – say more about rock'n'roll, its implications and complications, than anyone else. ...

Bad Company: Desolation Angels (Swansong)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1979

EVER TRIED shooting ducks in a barrel? It's almost as easy as doing the old aesthetic pistol-whip on Bad Company. It's so damned easy trashing ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

WOW!!! SHEER excellence!!! You weren't there? You are square!!! (you thought it was the other way round? You still living to those snobby chic guidelines? ...

Graham Parker and The Rumour: Live in Belfast

Live Review by Gavin Martin, NME, March 1979

GRAHAM PARKER hasn't changed much – the small guy with the high forehead sporting an Oxfam jacket, T-shirt, drainpipes and tinted specs – but his ...

Roxy Music: Manifesto (Polydor)

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

EXACTLY SEVEN years ago — March 1972 — something stirred in the basement at Command Studios. ...

The Tubes: Remote Control (A&M)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, March 1979

YOU DIDN'T know Todd Rundgren had a new album out, did you? He has. ...

Tom Robinson Band: TRB Two

Review by Paul Morley, NME, March 1979

THIS IS the diligently prepared and acutely-self conscious follow-up to that shaky first collection which naturally ended everyone's excited and premature self-congratulation over a singularly ...

Van Morrison: When Irish Eyes are Scowling

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1979

'If you want me to sit here and talk about my emotions you've got to be out of your MIND!' ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: A Day Out At The Gun Court

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1979

SET IN maybe half an acre of ground, 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6 is a sprawling, wood-fronted, two-storey detached house, its flaking cream paint seeming ...

Chrome: Half Machine Lip Moves

Review by Andy Gill, NME, March 1979

THE TITLE OF Chrome's second album Alien Soundtracks perfectly describes one level on which their music can be taken: the evocation of a fantasy world ...

Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1979

WHEN YOU play this album for perhaps the tenth time, when you return to 'You Can't Be Too Strong' and listen to that one song ...

Graham Parker: Squeezing Out Sparks

Review by Tony Stewart, NME, March 1979

WHEN YOU PLAY this album for perhaps the tenth time, when you return to 'You Can't Be Too Strong' and listen to that one song ...

Sparks: No. 1 In Heaven (Virgin)

Review by Ian Penman, NME, March 1979

COME OUT, come out wherever you are! It safe now! Those critics'll love yez all again! ...

The Jam: Dies' Ist Der Modernische Welt

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, March 1979

AND IN THE beginning there was darkness. Then, it has been written, the Mood formed the Pistols, Clash, Damned, Stranglers, Vibrators and the Jam and ...

The Only Ones: Something Slithery This Way Comes

Report and Interview by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

THE DRESSING room at Hurrah's is buzzing with electricity – reason being that inside this converted New York discotheque it's damn near as cold as ...

The Pretenders: Let's Pretend…

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1979

"ISN'T IT incredible, my dears, what some people will do when they get a hit? I'm appalled to hear that journalist-for-a-day Chrissie Hynde, lead singer ...

Toto: Toto (CBS)

Review by Max Bell, NME, March 1979

WILL THESE people never learn? In the time-honoured Hollywood tradition of foisting ambitious super-sessioners upon that large portion of the American public bereft of a ...

Iggy Pop: Dr Iggy and Mr Pop

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1979

"I am totally into corruption." ...

Tom Robinson Band: Across Our Grey And Troubled Land

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1979

HERE HE COMES now just-a-walkin' down the street. From street-level upwards: white plimsolls, faded levis, fawn sweater with the collar-points of a white shirt peeking ...

Magazine: Second-Hand Daylight

Review by Nick Kent, NME, March 1979

"Whatever your feelings about Howard Devoto are, they're no doubt strong" – the opening salvo of the last feature penned on the subject in these ...

The Fall, Gang of Four, The Human League, Stiff Little Fingers: The Mekons/The Fall/Human League/Gang Of Four/Stiff Little Fingers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, March 1979

AND THE STARS look very different today... For all practical rock purposes, we may as well own up that we are now living in the ...

Jean-Jacques Burnel: J.J. Burnel: Euroman Cometh (United Artists)

Review by Andy Gill, NME, April 1979

IT WAS THE 19th Century Italian poet Leopardi who put it best: "Great truths are discovered only by a faculty of reason in a condition ...

Lowell George: Thanks I'll Eat It Here (Warner Brothers)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, April 1979

THE REAL name of this album is 'Thank You! I'll Eat It Here!' which was the original name of Little Feat's Sailin' Shoes and applied, ...

Graham Parker And The Rumour: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHILE NO ONE was looking, Graham Parker has nimbly and single-mindedly stepped through his inner tangles and finally balanced purpose with expression and also brought ...

Lou Reed: I Love It When You Talk Dirty

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHY DOES SUCH A MAN LIVE? ...

The Buzzcocks, Magazine: Howard Devoto: The Compleat Fatalist

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, April 1979

LATE THURSDAY afternoon. I am angry, very angry, for reasons that form too personal a tale but revolve around a head-on collision with hysterical illogicality. ...

Iggy Pop: New Values (Arista)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHAT WE have here is James Osterberg in control. What we have here is the cunning Osterberg using the sensual Iggy, isolating personal standards and ...

Kate Bush: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1979

TWO MEMORIES: recalled first are the days when rock and roll was swamped with failed classical pianists and violinists who knew that they could make ...

Lou Reed: The Bells (Arista)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1979

AH, THE BELLS, the bells…somehow I don't think this is what Victor Hugo had in mind all those years ago. However, what Slick Vic had ...

Robert Fripp: Exposure (Polydor)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, April 1979

A LESSON IN priorities might have been as apt a title. For this, the first record bearing his own name, the idiosyncratic Mr. Fripp has ...

The Pop Group: Y

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, April 1979

THE POP GROUP. An enigmatic name. Not so much ironic as is often claimed, more plain cheeky. ...

10,000 Maniacs, Popol Vuh: Popol Vuh: Nosferatu

Review by Max Bell, NME, May 1979

POPOL VUH'S extended title for this soundtrack to Werner Herzog's remake of Nosferatu is 'On The Way To A Little Way'. That says a lot ...

Ted Nugent: The Nugent Interview

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

IT'S APPROACHING midnight, and in an empty, echoey dressing room, so bright it seems to have no ceiling, deep in the lifeless body of an ...

The Soft Boys: A Can Of Bees (Two Crabs)

Review by Ian Penman, NME, May 1979

TAKE THE "mystery" out of rock'n'roll and you're left with an evaluation of current rock'n'roll that relies upon the recognition of traditional principles or objects. ...

The Undertones: The Undertones (Sire)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

"So you think you're so clever/you're never in doubt". ...

Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: Things Your Mother Never Told You (Safari)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

THRASHING SUSPICIONS against all considered expectations, this is a mobile and intimidating masterpiece. ...

The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys (Fiction)

Review by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

AAAH! MORE alert and anguished young men chalking up more sanctioned and sanctimonious marks. Do not applaud them. ...

Donna Summer: Bad Girls (Casablanca)

Review by Danny Baker, NME, May 1979

I'M SITTING here, the music is actionably loud, the bass is hitting right into the back of my neck, squarebashing on the spot, and – ...

J. Geils Band: Return Of The Hard-Drivin' Man

Interview by Max Bell, NME, May 1979

"I'm a creature of the night. I don't wake up till it gets dark. D'ja wanna drink?" PETER WOLF of the J. GEILS BAND is ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Roxy Music: Still Raining Still Posing

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, May 1979

SEVEN YEARS. Is it really that long a time? That short a time? Yes, it is indeed, and the fact that Roxy Music have actually ...

The Cure: A Demonstration Of Household Appliances

Interview by Nick Kent, NME, May 1979

THE OFFICES of Fiction Records are located a stone's throw from Willesden High Street — a handy five-minutes stroll from the tube station — sequestered ...

New Barbarians: A Tale Of Two Rock 'n' Roll Addicts

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, May 1979

AWWWWWW MAMA! I wanna tell ya 'bout Texas radio and the big beat. ...

The Undertones: The Reluctant Debutantes

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, May 1979

"When the group first started I suppose it's like a phase, y'know, ye want to be a fireman or ye want to be a policeman. ...

Ian Dury And The Blockheads: Ludwigshafen, Dusseldorf, Germany

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

IMAGINE THE tattiest curtain material, maybe the type your gran's got covering an old sofa; a couple of awful patterns flung together to make a ...

Nick Lowe: Labour Of Lust

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1979

PERSONS FAMILIAR with Nick Lowe in his recent incarnation as cynical-old-Basher, the man who'll steal any lick that isn't nailed down, disguise himself as anything ...

Patti Smith: The Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, NME, June 1979

SITTING ALONE on the side of the stage, Patti Smith intones a rap that mixes passages of 'Wave', her latest failed-mystic monologue, with protestations of ...

Ian Dury: The Ian Dury Interview

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

"Beetroot juice and prune juice help the regular of the bowels...""If somebody's looking at me with rapture all over their face I want to throw ...

Elvis Costello: Murder on the Liverpool Express

Report by Nick Kent, NME, June 1979

SO THERE I was at Euston station, seated comforably in the 1st class compartment waiting for the Inter City to speed me to my destination ...

Gary Numan: Looking Through Gary Newman's Eyes

Interview by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

THE LIST went something like: 2.00pm – Jackie, 2.30pm – My Guy, 3.15pm – Patches, 4.00pm – Record Mirror, 4.45pm – Smash Hits, 5.30pm – ...

Nils Lofgren: Nils (A&M)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1979

COME ON, let's talk about girls. Let's talk about Lofgren, the bruised heart. ...

Rickie Lee Jones

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, NME, June 1979

About the crassest tag anyone has tried to hang on Rickie Lee Jones is that she’s "the female Tom Waits". It is also the kind ...

The B-52s: Hot Pants Cold Sweat And A Brand New Beehive Hair Do

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1979

"Y'AHL WANT gumbo?" Kate Pierson peers around the kitchen door, tea-cloth slung across a sunburnt shoulder. Her deep southern accent tells us ahl that her ...

The Who: The Kids Are Alright (Polydor)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1979

"The whole thing about rock and roll dynamism, in many ways, is the fact that if it does slow down, if it does start to ...

Public Image Ltd: The Private Life Of Public Image

Interview by Danny Baker, NME, June 1979

WHAT TIME IS it? It feels like five in the morning but it must be a lot later. Ugh, Jesus, I must be inside my ...

McFadden and Whitehead: The Rise and Rise of McFadden, Whitehead and Ward (Anita)

Report and Interview by Danny Baker, NME, June 1979

EVEN THE Johnny Pearson Orchestra on Top Of The Pops couldn't ruin a song as strong as 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'. ...

The Cramps: Tales Of American Gothick

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, June 1979

THE TITLE OF the film escapes me, but the scene itself has remained indelibly stained on my brainplate for all of nine years. A strange ...

Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones: Brian Jones: 28, February 1944 — 3 July, 1969

Retrospective by Nick Kent, NME, June 1979

Ten Years after his death, a re-appraisal of the life and times of the Rolling Stone who was crushed by success ...

Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (Reprise)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, June 1979

GOD KNOWS, you're at liberty to draw your own conclusions as to why Rust Never Sleeps is the masterpiece it so obviously is, but the ...

Nick Lowe, Rockpile: Nick Lowe: Whatever Gets You Through The Daze

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, June 1979

I'VE LOST track of time, but Lew Lewis and Reformer are on stage at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion blowing base boogie that the Hemel Hempstead audience ...

The B-52s: The B-52s (Island)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, June 1979

ANYONE WITH even half an ear cocked to the dialogue that surrounds the music must have heard by now that they're living in some sort ...

The Clash: Yes It's Strummer In The City

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, June 1979

HOT TOWN! Strummer in the city: walks into the Kings Road pub that serves as his temporary local while he's staying in Fulham dead on ...

The Pop Group: Idealists in Distress

Interview by Max Bell, NME, June 1979

They are young. They are talented. They are committed. They are now without a record company. 'So what seems to be the problem, boys?' asks ...

Lowell George: Hard Rock Cafe, New York NY

Live Review by Richard Grabel, NME, July 1979

LOWELL GEORGE didn't so much leave Little Feat as fade out of it, gradually reducing his writing for the group and his participation in the ...

Wire: Reluctant Rock Stars: A Nation In Crisis

Interview by Paul Rambali, NME, July 1979

PAUL RAMBALI looks at the young people the Social Services have failed. The kids who must face the ever-present threat of Fame, the horror of ...

The Cars: Candy-O (Elektra)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, July 1979

THE CARS, Jesuit rock critics harangue, are the new wave at its most specious, manufactured and thus calculated to appease those ultra-reactionary brutes ruling the ...

Van Halen: Glory Or Rupture

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, July 1979

GIVE THE Yanks their due: when it comes down to being straight-ahead 'dunced out' almost beyond the realms of the hyper-crass, they take the old ...

Devo: In the Terminal Zone

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, July 1979

IT'S OUT of the blue and into the black. A place is left somewhere behind where the f