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Zoo World

Zoo World was a bi-weekly music magazine published between 1972 and 1975 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and nationally circulated in the USA.

Jo Jo Gunne, Savoy Brown: Jo Jo Gunne and Savoy Brown in Concert

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, 1972

MAYBE THE auditorium's marquee had the right idea by posting "Rock Concert" for all the world to see while supplying absolutely no details whatsoever – ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, June 1972

2013 NOTE: When Machine Head shipped in '72 it was just another album, the latest release by an up-and-coming heavy metal band, stuck in the ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobie Brothers: Toulouse Street

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, September 1972

THERE IS SOMETHING strangely deceptive about the Doobie Brothers. First of all, their name conjures up images of Maynard G. Krebs, the ultimate beatnik and ...

Python Lee Jackson, Rod Stewart: Python Lee Jackson: In A Broken Dream (GNP-Crescendo)

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, October 1972

THERE'S OBVIOUSLY more of a story behind Python Lee Jackson than GNP Crescendo would care to tell, probably because they're just as caught up in ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan's Optimistic Overlook

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

"A NICE THING happened in New Jersey," related Marc Bolan with a gleam in his eye. He pauses momentarily and the small group of press ...

Black Sabbath: Volume 4

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

IT REALLY freaks me out when somebody tries to tell me Vol 4 is the best thing Black Sabbath ever did. ...

Harvey Mandel: Fluctuating Intensity

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

HARVEY MANDEL is a conversationalist of flucuatingly intensities. Sometimes he's right with you, sometimes he's way ahead, and other times he spaces out and you ...

Deep Purple: So Dreadfully Hot Here In The Colonies

Report by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1972

"WHERE'S THE booze?" ...

King Crimson: Larks' Tongues in Aspic

Review by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, 1973

ONE THING YOU gotta say about Robert Fripp, the auteur behind King Crimson, is that he's ambitious. After perfecting his mellotron-dominated "Death of the Universe" ...

Bryan Ferry

Interview by Michael Gross, Zoo World, January 1973

LONDON – The red bus was drifting past Marble Arch, turning towards Knightsbridge. I was leafing through the notes I'd taken that afternoon, and came ...

Van Morrison: Hard Nose The Highway (Warner Bros.)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, January 1973

I KEEP HAVING this dream – wish fulfillment, for the Freudians out in Zoo World – where the mailman rings the bell, and tells me ...

John Entwistle, Pete Townshend: Peter Townshend: Who Came First; John Entwistle: Whistle Rhymes

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

PERHAPS THE farthest-reaching cultural upheaval of our era is the formation of subcultures on every plane of society as an escape from the total immensity ...

Ten Years After: Alvin Lee & Company

Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

ONE OF THE most eagerly awaited albums lately was Alvin Lee & Company. "That's old material that was recorded a long time ago," Alvin stated ...

Trapeze Swings Past

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

GLENN HUGHES, bass player and vocalist, and drummer David Hollan – two thirds of Trapeze – sat side by side on a double bed in ...

Hall & Oates: Nutritious Music: Daryl Hall & John Oates

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

DARYL HALL, one half of Whole Oats, decided that Philadelphia can lay claim to one of the most innocuous music scenes in the entire country. ...

Savoy Brown: Lion's Share

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1973

TALK ABOUT a programmed response: why is it that every time you pick up a new Savoy Brown album, the first thing you do is ...

Derek & The Dominos: Derek and the Dominos: In Concert

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, March 1973

OFFHAND I'D venture to say there won't be many people disappointed with the new Derek and the Dominos. Perhaps the worst feature of the whole ...

Delbert & Glen: 1972 American Success Story

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, April 1973

IT'S GONNA BE mighty hard to write anything on Delbert & Glen without coming off like variation 39 of the classic American success story – ...

Captain Beefheart: Low Yo Yo-Ing It In Blunderland

Review and Interview by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, May 1973

I don't want to kill my china pig/No I don't/A man's gotta live/A man's gotta eat/A man's gotta have shoes/To walk out on the street..." ...

Foghat: Scrabble Named Group

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, May 1973

2013 NOTE: A big Savoy Brown fan back in the day, much as I loved the group's transformation which produced Street Corner Talking I was ...

Brownsville Station: The Right Track

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, June 1973

IF YES HAVE nightmares, they're probably about Brownsville Station. ...

Bob Seger: Live at the Highway 5 Screen (Air-Conditioned) Drive-In Movie Theater

Report by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, July 1973

WHEN YOU really stop to, think about it, a drive-in theatre is the perfect place to see Bob Seger. After all, he is the hallowed ...

Curtis Mayfield: Back To The World (Curtom)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, July 1973

WITH ALL courtesy to the self-proclaimed Black Caesar, Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was the musical equivalent to Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather. Both were nearly as ...

Peter Frampton: Frampton's Camel

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, July 1973

PETER FRAMPTON has had a difficult time getting his personal recognition – everytime a band he's in gets popular, he splits. But now he's put ...

Sharks: First Water

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, August 1973

FROM THE START, I knew this band was for me. My love of Free and their lack of delivery on Heartbreaker made me sure that ...

Stories: A Stories With A Happy Ending

Profile by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, August 1973

FROM THE beginning, Stories were a rather unique band unlike any other. The 'known' member of the group, Michael Brown, had been a leading exponent ...

New York Dolls: In Defense of the Dolls: New York Dolls

Comment by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, August 1973

OUTRAGEOUS? Ridiculous? Unnecessary? These are typical reactions to the New York Dolls, the hottest group to hit the Big Apple since The Blues Project. Their ...

Humble Pie: Mooshi Mooshi Humble Pie Rock Me In Osaka

Report by Steven Rosen, Zoo World, August 1973

TOKYO – Tokyo Airport lay hidden beneath gray layers of rain as the specially-chartered "Pie In The Sky" aircraft landed after hours of delays, near-missed ...

Greenslade: Greenslade

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, September 1973

"WHAT IS A GREENSLADE?" asked records editor Arthur Levy when I first volunteered to review this new album, and this is a question with true ...

Herman's Hermits: So What's Wrong With Herman's Hermits?

Retrospective and Interview by Harold Bronson, Zoo World, September 1973

CRINKLED NOSES and pained "ooohs" accompany ninety-five percent of the responses I receive when I tell people I like Herman's Hermits. But how can I ...

Queen, Sweet: Sweet: The Sweet (Bell); Queen: Queen (Elektra)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, October 1973

(FANFARE) HERE they are (blast of fuzzbox trumpets) the NEW (cannon-fire) ENGLISH (fireworks explode to form a Union Jack) HEAVIES! ...

Hawkwind

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, October 1973

THERE SEEMS to be a general reawakening to the 1967 Summer of Love recently. All of England is agog over Star Trek reruns while 600,000 ...

New York Dolls: New York Dolls (Mercury)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, October 1973

THERE DOESN'T seem to be any argument about what the Dolls look like, since even for '73 they're a bit scary: glitter mutants escaped from ...

Nicky Hopkins

Interview by Harold Bronson, Zoo World, October 1973

ALTHOUGH NICKY Hopkins' bouts with more than casual illness are no secret, the British pianist has one of the more prolific careers as a session ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show: Belly Up (Columbia)

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1973

WILL SUCCESS spoil Dr. Hook? Or will Dr. Hook spoil success? Such is the saga of the madcap Medicine Show – a study in reverse ...

Keef Hartley: Lancashire Hustler (Deram)

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, December 1973

THE BRITISH Blues Process is an ongoing phenomenon with its share of well publicized superstars, but for every Ten Years After and Savoy Brown are ...

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids

Profile and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1973

YOU MIGHT FIND this hard to believe, but if it wasn't for a fifth of whiskey Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids probably wouldn't be ...

Johnny Winter: Still Alive And Well

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, Spring 1973

BY NOW EVERYONE must know the reason it took Johnny Winter such a long time to get around to recording this album was not simply ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Attempted Moustache (Columbia)

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, January 1974

MOST PEOPLE seem to think Loudon Wainwright III is some kind of a folksinger, about halfway between Bob Dylan and Martin Mull in the general ...

Todd Rundgren: The Thinking Man's Todd Rundgren

Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, January 1974

TODD RUNDGREN, whose name conjures visions of teenager-grown-up, multicolored hair, GeeGee awards from 16 magazine, production for younameit/you'vegotit, and self-made man extraordinaire, is a realistic ...

Blackfoot Sue

Report and Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, January 1974

LONDON – Blackfoot Sue have nothing but kind words for their fellow Birmingham Buddies who've gone on to bigger and better things. ...

Country Music: There's Glitter in Them Thar Hills

Comment by Nick Tosches, Zoo World, January 1974

THE CONCERT hall darkens. The band's rhinestone-studded, sequined. custom-tailored Harvey Krantz suits glimmer in the dim like so many jars of snared fireflies. Morphemes of ...

The J.B.'s, Kool and the Gang: The J.B.'s: Doing It To Death (People); Kool & The Gang: Wild And Peaceful (D-lite)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, January 1974

IF THERE'S two movie theatres in your town, and one is showing some foreign art movie like Elvira Madigan or The Heartbreak Kid and the ...

Alvin Lee and Mylon Lefevre: They'd Rather Do It Themselves

Interview by Harold Bronson, Zoo World, February 1974

LOS ANGELES – Alvin Lee, hyperactive on-stage, doesn't race around the familiar public relations office bumping into desks and chairs with incessantly twitching fingers. Ten ...

Electric Light Orchestra: On The Third Day (United Artists)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, February 1974

AM I EVER proud of Jeff Lynne, a Birmingham Boy who has lived down a past that he's not particularly proud of and put out ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who: Randy Bachman: Guess Who's Back Pages

Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, February 1974

UNDERSTANDABLY, Bachman-Turner Overdrive is the first band ever to challenge the Guess Who's sovereign supremacy on their own Canadian turf, because, more than any other ...

The Stooges: The Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, February 1974

N.Y. – Certainly not Kiss, a local band who remind of Black Sabbath, not Teenage Lust despite the scanty garb of the Lustettes, not even ...

Big Star: Radio City (Ardent)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, February 1974

ONLY JANUARY, and already the Album of the Year is upon us. Big Star's Radio City is most assuredly the finest American record since Bob ...

The Faces: Live — Coast To Coast (Mercury)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, March 1974

MIND YOU, it's not that I dislike Rod Stewart, for I think he sings very well despite the fact that it sounds like some hostess ...

Canned Heat: One More River To Cross

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, March 1974

CANNED HEAT is one of those groups who hang on by the skin of their teeth, jumping over a spate of mediocre albums from success ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd (Bearsville)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, March 1974

WHEN TODD Rundgren stopped being in rock bands (circa his second solo-ish album, The Ballad of Todd Rundgren) his musical leanings toward that which was ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSN&Y Reunion

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Zoo World, March 1974

CHICAGO – "Welcome American Dairymen" reads the hotel lobby marquee and beneath it in smaller letters, "Welcome Stephen Stills Group." Upstairs overlooking the city in ...

Johnny Winter: Saints And Sinners

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, March 1974

YOU'D THINK that anyone who's paid as many dues as Johnny Winter would just wanna sit back and collect residuals, now wouldn't you? Not Johnny, ...

Silverhead: 16 And Savaged (MCA)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, March 1974

FRESH FROM a cameo appearance in To Sir With Love comes Michael Des Barres, lead singer and some-people-think-he's-a-star of Silverhead, who looked a lot better ...

Badfinger: Ass (Apple); For Love Or Money (Warner Bros.)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, April 1974

BADFINGER SEEMED, at one time, to be the hope of the future for those who relished the past efforts of The Beatles. ...

Tom T. Hall: For The People In The Last Hard Town (Mercury)

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, April 1974

TOM T. HALL is unquestionably one of the finest country music songwriters ever to pick up a pen or belt down a double shot of ...

Lou Reed: Rock N Roll Animal (RCA)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, April 1974

IT'S JUST like Lou Reed to follow the worst album by a major artist in 1973 (Berlin), with what might be his best album since ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Interview by Barbara Charone, Zoo World, April 1974

LYNYRD SKYNYRD are an alcohol band. Steeped in southern blooze, they create that perfect sleazy barroom atmosphere both in concert and on record. ...

Foghat: Road-tested In America

Profile and Interview by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, May 1974

FOGHAT DELIVERS hard English rock 'n roll with an American accent, and as such they aren't fully appreciated in their native England, where the only ...

Jerry Butler: Power Of Love (Mercury)

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, May 1974

JERRY BUTLER is unquestionably the King of Chicago-style cool R&B (the name Ice Man didn't come for nothing – at a time when Pickett epitomized ...

The Move: First Move

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, May 1974

NOBEL PRIZE Winner Konrad Lorenz, in his book Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins, alludes to modern man's downfall stemming from several factors: Genetic Decay, Overpopulation, ...

Humble Pie: Smokin'

Review by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, June 1974

IF DETERMINATION has anything whatsoever to do with success, Humble Pie is destined to become one of the major groups of the decade. Since their ...

Mott The Hoople: The Hoople (Columbia)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, June 1974

MOTT THE Hoople, as a concept band, never worked so well in terms of pure commerciality as they do on The Hoople. ...

Johnny Rivers: Road (Atlantic)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, July 1974

THE PROBLEM with being an Interpretive talent (as opposed to a one-man writer-singer show) is that you're ultimately dependent on the material you select to ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed (Mercury)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, July 1974

THE GREATEST thing about Lou Reed is that, until recently, his lyrical vocabulary was the perfect compliment to his music. His capacity in both depts. ...

Queen: Queen II (Elektra)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, July 1974

ABOVE ALL else, Queen excels. They excel at playing highly visceral rock 'n roll, they excel at bringing mythological elements into their music and appeal, ...

Status Quo: Hello (A&M)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, July 1974

FOR THOSE of you out there who are still wondering who Status Quo are, they are a rather heavy British band who, in the late ...

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps: The Bop That Just Won't Stop

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, August 1974

FOR THE MOST PART, the continuing "rock 'n roll revival" phenomenon we've been witnessing these past 5 years is a pretty shabby affair. What with ...

New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon (Mercury)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, August 1974

TOO MUCH Too Soon is a great album by an increasingly more mature band whose only limitation seems to be their dubious association with a ...

Waylon Jennings: Maybe They Don't Even Know I'm There

Interview by Nick Tosches, Zoo World, August 1974

LOOKING MORE like an Exxon station grease monkey on his lunch break than the Pontifex Maximus of Nashville's Telecaster outlaws, Waylon Jennings sits there washing ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive: BTO II (Mercury)

Review by John Swenson, Zoo World, August 1974

BACHMAN TURNER Overdrive emerged as one of the best new groups of 1973, and their debut album was the best work to come out of ...

ABBA: Waterloo (Atlantic)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, September 1974

MOST EUROPEANS would, quite rightly, give their balls to suck Slurpees at a 7-11 or grow up absurd on Yankee turf, but they don't get ...

The Raspberries: Starting Over (Capitol)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, September 1974

MAYBE YOU had 'em pegged wrong, in the matching mod suits, Eric Carmen mincing like the late Paul McC with an Ohio accent. But hey, ...

Brian Eno, John Cale, Kevin Ayers, Nico: Kevin Ayers/John Cale/Eno/Nico: June 1, 1974 (Island)

Review by Ira Robbins, Zoo World, October 1974

LIVE ALBUMS have become an abundant nuisance which bands seem to feel an obligation to produce every few years, often with no redeeming content. The ...

The Righteous Brothers: Give It To The People (Haven)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, October 1974

THEY DID it in Las Vegas and they sure do it here. Recombine their talents, hop into the saddle with strong material and take hold ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive: The Band That Laughs Last…

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, October 1974

THE BACHMAN-Turner Overdrive had just arrived backstage at the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium when the door to their dressing room burst open and seven extremely ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids: Heavy Metal Kids

Review by Ira Robbins, Zoo World, October 1974

THERE ARE LOADS of ways for a rock band to make themselves interesting. All that is required is either a brilliant songwriter, a unique vocalist, ...

Little Feat: Feats Don't Fail Me Now (Warner Bros.)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, October 1974

HERE THEY come again, those six hazy L.A. razor boys with the penchant for wry lyrics and poppin' their thang in public. Still intact, still ...

The Beach Boys: Helping People Find That Perfect Wave

Report and Interview by Michael Gross, Zoo World, October 1974

MIKE LOVE, a Beach Boy, sits under a tent backstage at Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey. The tent breeds flies like Northern Jersey breeds bad ...

Edgar Winter: The Edgar Winter Group

Profile and Interview by David Rensin, Zoo World, October 1974

EDGAR WINTER tried to relax with little success, his normally impassive face showing signs of serious discomfort as he attempted to fit his six-foot frame ...

Barry White: Can't Get Enough (20th Century)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, November 1974

YOU KNOW, I've heard people say that too much of anything isn't good for you. But I don't know about that, 'cause the fact is, ...

Frijid Pink: All Pink Inside (Fantasy)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, November 1974

WHAT DO you do if you're a certified and stamped One Hit Wonder? It depends. You can only play out your hit for so long; ...

Cockney Rebel: The Psychomodo (Capitol)

Review by Ira Robbins, Zoo World, November 1974

WITH A LOT more guts than sense, Steve Harley dissolved Cockney Rebel in late July, causing their second album, The Psychomodo, to fall like a ...

Hawkwind: Hall Of The Mountain Grill (United Artists)

Review by Ira Robbins, Zoo World, December 1974

FOR THEIR first four albums, public approval of Hawkwind was in direct proportion to how seriously one considered the music. The question of quality or ...

Jefferson Starship: Slow Orbiting

Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, December 1974

THE JEFFERSON Starship didn't hit Texas in a blaze of glory, they infiltrated it, with what had to be the most leisurely national tour by ...

The Turtles: The Turtles (Happy Together Again) (Sire)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Zoo World, December 1974

ITEM: THE Turtles' It Ain't Me Babe album cover was one of the first to recognize and promptly display rock 'n roll fatty tissue, at ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd Rundgren: Utopia

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, December 1974

A LOT OF Todd Rundgren fans may not like this album, sad to say, for the Todd of Something/Anything is as visible as dust in ...

Traffic: On The Road (Island)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, December 1974

TIME TO open Tiven's rock dictionary and search for a few very basic definitions: ...

Tucky Buzzard: Tucky Buzzard (Passport)

Review by Jon Tiven, Zoo World, June 1975

TUCKY BUZZARD is a band most assuredly on the upward climb, still grabbing out in several directions, bringing together a variety of approaches on their ...

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