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Gene Sculatti

Gene Sculatti

Gene wrote the first article in a national magazine on the San Francisco scene (Crawdaddy, 1966). He has subsequently written for Creem, Mojo, the Los Angeles Times and numerous other publications. He served as Editor of Radio & Records (1974) and Editorial Director for Warner Bros. Records, where he oversaw the label’s ad copywriting and the publications Circular and Waxpaper (1975-81). Between 1991 and 2003, he was Director of Special Issues at Billboard and, from 2005 to 2006, Managing Editor of Ice magazine.

Gene is the author of The Catalog of Cool, Too Cool, San Franciscan Nights: The Psychedelic Music Trip and The 100 Best-Selling Albums of the ’60s . From 1982 to 1987, he co-hosted "The Cool & the Crazy" radio program on KCRW-FM. He has written liner notes for more than 100 albums, is a frequent contributor to the site www.SonicBoomers.com, and, as DJ "Vic Tripp," he hosts the weekly radio show Atomic Cocktail at www.Luxuriamusic.com.

 

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The 5th Dimension: Up, Up and Away/Magic Garden

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Records, 2006

IT'S NO SECRET that time has a way of erasing details and leaving our memories with only the broadest contours of our shared experience. Most ...

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 ...

Ace: An Ace Album

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, June 1975

Ace: Five-A-Side (Anchor) ...

Herb Alpert: Fandango

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Shout! Factory Records, 2012

IN 1975, at the age of 32, Mick Jagger famously uttered one of the more regrettable, bite-yourself-in-the-behind remarks in modern pop history. "I'd rather be ...

America: Homecoming

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, February 1973

Come on. You didn't think ‘Horse With No Name’ and ‘Ventura Highway’ would get these guys voted into the pantheon of CSN&Y Springalopoco second-liners where ...

Paul Anka: Best of Paul Anka

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino Records, 1986

No 'bout a doubt it, Mr. A has shaken a lot of action. He cut his first hit, a nifty nine-million seller, at fifteen, wrote ...

Burt Bacharach: At This Time: Burt Bacharach

Report and Interview by Gene Sculatti, ICE, November 2005

AFTER 40-PLUS YEARS, one of America's greatest songwriters finally has something to say. Which is not to suggest that songs like 'Close to You' or ...

The Bay City Rollers: Bay City Rollers

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, December 1975

THE ARCHIES WERE the most radical rock 'n' roll group of the last seven years. And it's about time everybody owned up to their considerable ...

The Beach Boys: Smiley Smile and Friends

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Reprise Records, 1974

Oddly enough, while thumbing through my record collection for these two albums, so that I might fashion a more perfect set of introductory notes, I ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and 20/20

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Reprise Records, 1974

Somewhere right now someone is listening to the Beach Boys for the very first time. And somewhere else, someone is playing a Beach Boys record ...

The Beach Boys: A California Saga

Essay by Gene Sculatti, Greg Shaw, Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1973

The Revival of Coastal Consciousness featuring The Beach Boys, Dean Torrance, California, American Spring ...

The Beach Boys: At The Anaheim Convention Center, California

Live Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, January 1974

WHERE ELSE could the Beach Boys preface a performance of 'Surfer Girl' with, "on our way down here tonight, we passed within two blocks of ...

The Beach Boys: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Orange County

Live Review by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, June 2012

"THERE'S SOMETHING RIDICULOUS about a 70-year-old man going out there and singing 'Fun, Fun, Fun.'" So said my wife last week when I told her ...

The Beach Boys: Villains and Heroes: In Defense of the Beach Boys

Essay by Gene Sculatti, Jazz & Pop, September 1968

BRIAN WILSON AND COMPANY are currently at the center of an intense contemporary rock controversy, involving the academic "rock as art" critic-intellectuals, the AM-tuned teenies, ...

The Beach Boys, The Byrds: Gary Usher

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2002

Gary Usher In Conversation With Gene Sculatti January 1971 ...

The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean: Surfin' USA

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Let It Rock, August 1973

THOUGH it’s hard to believe, there actually was a time when youth simply signified non-adult status. Adults and youth each held to their own preferences, ...

The Belmonts, Dion: Dion & the Belmonts: Reunion; The Belmonts: Cigars, Acapella, Candy; Dion's Greatest Hits

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, June 1973

YEARS AGO, Mad ran a feature on "What Kind of Parents Will Today's Teenagers Make?" It depicted a pair of graying, pot-bellied rockers in leathers, ...

Justin Bieber: Overcovering Pop: Are We There Yet?

Comment by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, June 2012

WHAT have we wrought, us guys and gals who write about pop music? ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Santana, Steve Miller: Frisco, Where Art Thou: Reassessing the Musical Legacy of the '60s Psychedelic Capital

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, September 2010

LAST SATURDAY, paging through an article on Robert Plant in the September issue of MOJO, I learned that, upon their initial meeting in a Dublin ...

Mike Bloomfield, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Rolling Stones: Born in Chicago: Butterfield, Bloomfield & the Sixties' Young Turks

Comment by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, April 2013

IS IT JUST ME? Or has anyone else who's seen the PBS special Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones Live found the whole affair cringe-worthy ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Agents Of Fortune (Island)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, September 1976

It’s back-to-the-roots for the Oysters this time; the roots being the band’s late-’60s incarnation as the Stalk-Forrest Group. Which is to say, Agents Of Fortune ...

Brownsville Station: Yeah!

Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, October 1973

I DON'T KNOW if there's any correlation between Brownsville Station's oddly misplaced power chords on parts of their new album and the band's misreading of ...

Tony Bruno: Beguiled By Bruno – My Great-Lost-Album Trip

Retrospective and Interview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 1998

IT'S LONELY out here.Apart from the people who recorded it, I've never met anyone who's ever really known about this unusual album, first released 30 ...

Lindsey Buckingham: Law And Order (Elektra)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, February 1982

ONE WAY TO assess the relative merits of any time frame is the measurable presence of oddballs. And, hey, it's no secret that oddball content ...

Jerry Butler: The Ice Man Cometh/Ice On Ice

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collectors Choice Music, November 2006

As well as being two classic albums of '60s pop-soul, The Ice Man Cometh and Ice on Ice comprise a tale of two cities – ...

Jorge Calderón: City Music

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Records, 2010

AS A SONGWRITER, singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Jorge Calderon has amassed a list of credits that would easily qualify him for a master's degree in ...

Captain Beefheart: The Dust Blows Forward, 'N The Dust Blows Back: Remembering Beefheart

Memoir by Gene Sculatti, recordmecca.com, December 2010

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE for me to think what the world would be without Captain Beefheart's music in it. Amidst the bad news, the good is that ...

The Carpenters: Now And Then

Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, July 1973

YOU CAN'T DEPEND on anybody these days. Once you make your mind up about some group or other, they change their act or audience response ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Mardi Gras (Fantasy)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, May 1972

CREEDENCE AGAIN. Their sixth or seventh LP, the first minus Tom Fogerty on rhythm, the first with Stu Cook and Doug Clifford contributing songs and ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty: John Fogerty: The Long Road Home

Interview by Gene Sculatti, ICE, October 2005

IT'S NOT HARD TO UNDERSTAND how a popular artist might tire of singing the words to his biggest hits after decades of doing so. Year ...

The Damned: The Damned

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, April 1981

THE GOOD NEWS is that England's surviving punk pioneers have released their most accessible album to date. Songs like ‘Dr. Jekyll’ and ‘Wait For The ...

Bobby Darin, Bobby Vee: Was 1960 Really The Worst Pop Year Ever?

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, March 2010

KIDS TODAY. And the music they listen to! As I write, Billboard's (U.S.) Top 10 features three songs with the F-word in their title, one ...

Neil Diamond: Hot August Night (MCA)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, March 1973

YEAH, IT IS pretty dismal. Yeah, there's a dearth of R&R and a wealth of vacuous pap for the most part. Yep, old ND has ...

Dick Dale: Checkered Flag (Sundazed)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sundazed, 2007

I'M A SUCKER for this stuff, there was no way that, as a California teenager in 1963, I wasn't going to buy a copy of ...

The Dictators: Manifest Destiny

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, August 1977

IT WOULDN'T BE hard. One could assemble a tidy list of contemporary Major Acts whose initial fate it was to be cast as "critics' favorites": ...

Dion: Bronx Blues — The Columbia Recordings (1962-1963)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sony/Columbia Records, 1991

"Rock 'n' roll started as rebellious music. It had an attitude, and in that attitude was a lot of stuff: anger, frustration, joy, and that ...

Dion: Lovers Who Wander

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, EMI/Right Stuff, 1993

"I've got my J-200 there with me. That's the big Gibson, like the kind the Everly Brothers had custom-made for them. So beautiful. The case ...

Dion: Runaround Sue

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, EMI/Right Stuff, 1993

One of the few good things left in the current morass of ‘oldies’ radio is the element of surprise. In a world where the same ...

Dion: The Wanderer Walks with the Blues

Interview by Gene Sculatti, ICE, Winter 2005

IT'S A SHAME that, these days, a singer this good needs a qualifier. Until the arrival of Celine, there was only one Dion — Dion ...

The Drifters: I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing (Collectors' Choice Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collectors' Choice Music, August 2007

IF THE MID-'60s "Brill Building era" – when teams like Goffin-King, Bacharach-David and Mann-Weil wrote like what seemed two-thirds of the hits in Top 40 ...

Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters: Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, August 2007

"I fell in love with the man's voice. I toured with the group and watched Clyde and listened; finally I got a chance to join ...

Bob Dylan: Next Dylans

Overview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2000

The All-Time Top 10 'Next Dylans': Monkee, Punkers, Bubblegum King: They Wished That For Just One Time They Could Stand Inside His Shoes ...

Eggs Over Easy: Good 'N' Cheap (A & M)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, January 1973

SOMETIMES IT GETS downright hard to remain cynical. Witness this latest destined-for-obscurity near-masterpiece (produced by Link Wray) from three former Berkeley folkies who pulled out ...

Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids: Flash Cadillac: Sons of the Beaches

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, January 1976

What lame-o group is finally going to win the distinction of recording The Last ‘Fifties’ Song of the Seventies? Just when I thought the sub-genre ...

John Fogerty: John Fogerty

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, December 1975

IT'S BEEN TEN or twelve years since the East Bay Golliwogs traipsed onto some crepe-strewn highschool gym floor and set up, almost a decade since ...

Foreigner: 4

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1981

This is what? These guys’ second or third LP since Mick Jones publicly declared F’gner ain’t dinosaurs and that they were really starting to get, ...

The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli: The Four Seasons: 25th Anniversary

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino Records, 1987

"... He turned on his record player, dressed up in his sharpest clothes, and practiced dancing as if as long as Kookie Byrnes or Cousin ...

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; ...

David Gates: Never Let Her Go

Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, March 1975

IF THERE'S A SINGLE behavioral pattern which has emerged over the last four years of pop music, it's the reinstatement of the song, not the ...

Lesley Gore: Anthology

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino Records, 1986

Hey, come on in. Glad you could make it. Gonna be a great party (take your coat?) Lesley'll be here in a minute. She's over ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: San Francisco Bay Rock

Guide by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, 1966

The San Francisco rock scene is a complex one. It is a plentiful jumble of hard rock, folk-rock, blues-rock, bubble-gum, and adult bands that have ...

The Guess Who

Profile and Interview by Gene Sculatti, Creem, February 1975

"I'll kill your kid sister,I'll murder your dadI'll rip the lashes off your eyes,I'll slaughter all your cattle,And I'll burn your cropsIf you're dancin' with ...

The Guess Who: Power in the Music

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1975

RIGHT OFF THE BAT, the one thing you can say for Power in the Music is that it is everything last year's predecessor Flavours wasn't, ...

The Guess Who: The Best of The Guess Who, Vol. II

Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, March 1974

HE PLAYS PIANO as well as Nicky Hopkins Jerry Lee, When he sang 'Running Bear' he sounded like a cross between the late great Jimboy ...

Harper's Bizarre: Harpers Bizarre: Feelin’ Groovy

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Warner Bros. Records, 1997

"The object of A&R is to give people what they want to have, not what you think they might like to hear." Thus spoke a ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sony/Epic Records, 1991

As with most successful artists, Screamin' Jay Hawkins career hung on lots of ifs... It might not have happened at all if his first manager ...

Hello People: The Hello People: Fusion (Real Gone Music, 2013)

Review by Gene Sculatti, (Real Gone Music), 2013

IN THE HEYDAY of '60s and '70s pop, humanity's diversity was on display everywhere. There were People's Choice, Rupert's People, Ceylib People, just plain People, ...

Deon Jackson: Love Makes the World Go Round

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice, 2006

IF YOU HAVE TO BE remembered as a one-hit wonder, it helps if the hit was a wonderful one, a unique-sounding record from what was ...

Joe Jackson: Beat Crazy

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, February 1981

IS JOE JACKSON as tired of goofing on wacky 50's graphics as I am? Apparently not, because Beat Crazy sports the squarest, most cliched cover ...

Jan & Dean

Report by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, September 1974

"You know they're either out surfin' or they've got a party goin'..." ...

Elton John: Jump Up! (Geffen)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, August 1982

REMEMBER THE 70's? Not much of a decade, you say. Yeah, well. Fella here used to be a mover and a shaker back in the ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural and Benny And Us

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Records, 2009

BY NOW IT'S A TRUISM that F. Scott Fitzgerald got it wrong when he said, "There are no second acts in American lives." Sure, lots ...

Ben E. King: That Voice

Profile and Interview by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, May 1975

EXTRAORDINARY OR just plain down to earth great, there's something about the name Ben E. King and his powerful voice that conjures up one hell ...

Little Feat: Sailin' Shoes (Warner Brothers 2600)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, July 1972

THERE WAS A time, a few months back, when I worried whether or not I'd ever behold the coming of a second Little Feat album. ...

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 ...

Frankie Lymon: Rock 'N' Roll

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, July 2008

"I WAS 12 years old when I first heard Frankie Lymon singing 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love' on my grandmother's radio," wrote Ronnie Spector ...

Lonnie Mack: The Hills of Indiana

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, December 1971

"FOR BEST results, this record should be played more than once." Maybe Elektra should've included that tip in the liner notes. ...

Madonna: The Immaculate Collection

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sire Records, 1990

"The Coolest Queen of White Heat"... "An outrageous blend of Little Orphan Annie, Margaret Thatcher and Mae West"... "Narcissistic, brazen, comic... the Goddess of the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Wailers: The Wailers: Catch A Fire

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, May 1973

AFTER ALL THESE veers, a new Wailers' LP! But wait, Catch A Fire doesn't have anything to do with those soggy Seattle-ites who rocked hot ...

The Marshall Tucker Band: Marshall Tucker Band: Where We All Belong (Capricorn)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, April 1975

DID RANDY NEWMAN have the mystic Tucks in mind when he went and dedicated that album to Good Old Boys? Maybe so. ...

The Marshall Tucker Band: A New Life

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, June 1974

I used to have a band like this one once. Yeah. Five guys trying to work into that storm 'n' lull Grateful Dead groove. Organ, ...

Terry Melcher: Terry Melcher

Review by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, April 1974

I SUPPOSE YOU could call Terry Melcher's long awaited solo debut an extension of California rock and the "West Coast Sound." After all, he was ...

John Mellencamp: John Cougar: No wonder he's feeling so up

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, August 1982

Who is John Cougar and why are people saying these things about him? Critics are calling him a shameless Mick Jagger mimic and the Rich ...

Mink DeVille: Cabretta

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, August 1977

ALONG WITH THE New Wave, there seems to be a related roots discovery phenomenon taking place: the full scale re-examination of mid-'60s pop R&B that ...

Mink DeVille: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice Music, May 2008

PEOPLE TALK. When they talk about the music of Willy DeVille, they say things like "DeVille's talents transcend all trends. He fuses blues, rock and ...

Moby Grape: Moby Grape

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sundazed Music Inc., July 2007

"There was a definite shock value in hearing the Grape open up with a sound that you did not so much hear as feel in ...

Van Morrison: Magic Time: Van the Man's New Lucky 13

Review and Interview by Gene Sculatti, ICE, May 2005

THE ARTIST who famously proclaimed It's Too Late to Stop Now means what he says. In 1974, when Van Morrison used the phrase for the ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa: The Freak-Out List (Chrome Dreams)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, Ugly Things, 2010

YOU GOTTA HAND it to the folks at Chrome Dreams. Recognizing a good thing, they've come up with yet another "unauthorized" Zappa title (their fifth, ...

Neil Sedaka: The Definitive Collection (Razor & Tie)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Razor & Tie, 2007

IT'S ALMOST LIKE A scene from a movie, one of those Fifties cinematic cash-ins about crazy music and hopped-up teens. At a high-school talent show, ...

The Orlons: Wah Watusi and South Street

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Collector's Choice, 2010

IF THEY'RE LUCKY, most decades get a handle–not right at birth, but usually by the time they grow up a little and let us know ...

Paley Brothers: The Paley Brothers: The Complete Recordings

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Music, 2013

"PEOPLE looked at us and said, 'What are you guys?'" says Jonathan Paley. ...

Van Dyke Parks: Discover America

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1972

WHATEVER BECAME of Ars Nova, the United States of America. Neon Philharmonic or the Fifty Foot Hose? Less than five years ago, "art-rock" projects like ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Quicksilver

Profile by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, April 1972

The once-famous logo, "May the Baby Jesus Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Mind," has been supplanted by an outsized plastic marquee proclaiming ‘Summer of ...

The Ramones: Ramones

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, August 1976

"I don't wanna walk around with youI don't wanna walk around with youI don't wanna walk around with youSo why you wanna walk around with ...

The Rascals: The Definitive Rascals

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino, February 2007

"THE FIRST ALBUM wasn't us," Felix Cavaliere confided to Hit Parader magazine in 1968. "It was our interpretation of other people's music. 'Good Lovin'' was ...

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, ...

Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers: Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers

Review by Gene Sculatti, Crawdaddy!, October 1976

WHAT WE HAVE here, as every pop observer knows, is a four-piece band led by a highly eccentric singer-songwriter full of inspiration and highly visible ...

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 ...

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 ...

Johnny Rivers: The Folks Dancin' There Were All Shook Up

Profile by Gene Sculatti, Phonograph Record, October 1972

IF THE SEVENTIES are starting out, as they appear to be, making good on the debts incurred against all the various minorities over the years, ...

Ruben and the Jets: Ruben & The Jets: For Real! (Mercury)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Music World, June 1973

AS DEBUTS GO, this is a competently performed, surely inoffensive first try, but it's not the oldies revamp its title implies. The problem is, it's ...

Sam & Dave

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino Records Anthology, April 2006

Brooks & Dunn? Outkast? Big & Rich? Where are the duos of today? Sure, there are duet performances, and tons of hits by so-and-so ...

Sanford-Townsend Band: The Sanford-Townsend Band: Smoke From A Distant Fire

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Records, 2012

IT'S A FUNNY THING about brass rings. Sometimes they come round and we pass on them, forever locked out of a future that might've been. ...

P. F. Sloan: P.F. Sloan

Profile and Interview by Gene Sculatti, USA Today, August 2006

"THE EASTERN WORLD, it is explodin'/ Violence flarin,' bullets loadin'." Some things never change. ...

The Sonics: Boom

Review by Gene Sculatti, Fusion, November 1971

  She's got long black hairAnd a big black carI know what you're thinkin'But you won't get far!She's gonna make you itch'Cause she's a witch! ...

Sonny & Cher: The Two Of Us

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, November 1972

"Like Sonny Bono will never know what happened when it's all over. He'll never know why it happened, because he didn't know what happened to ...

Sopwith Camel: The Sopwith Camel

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Arkadia, November 2005

TIMING, AS THEY SAY, is everything. The adage is just as applicable to the realms of commerce and marketing as it is to creative inspiration. ...

Ringo Starr: Blast From Your Past (Capitol)

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, March 1976

IT'S HARD TO figure our just what constitutes the biggest detriment to a healthy music scene these days; the dearth of flesh & blood artists ...

Swamp Dogg: Have You Heard This Story??

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, June 1975

IN ONE SENSE Jerry ‘Swamp Dogg’ Williams suffers from the same ailment which all but debilitated acts like Slade or Roxy or (until recently) Randy ...

The Troggs: The Troggs

Review by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1975

I DON'T KNOW about anybody else, but this is one I've been waiting for ever since I caught Reg Presley, 20 pounds overweight and stuffed ...

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 ...

The Tymes: So Much In Love (Real Gone Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Music, 2011

IT SEEMS only appropriate that this noteworthy debut be discussed in the context of several other "firsts" associated with the Tymes. This package represents the ...

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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

Mason Williams: The Mason Williams Phonograph Record

Review by Gene Sculatti, Rolling Stone, September 1968

THE RECORDING DEBUT of Mason Williams is an intriguing affair. The Mason Williams Phonograph Record was released many months ago but only recently has it ...

Larry Williams: That Larry Williams (Real Gone Music)

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Real Gone Music, 2013

IT'S NOT JUST because he has such a common name. A quick Google search turns up a Larry Williams who's "an American author and commodity ...

Brian Wilson: Gettin' in Over My Head

Report by Gene Sculatti, ICE, June 2004

WITH A RESILIENCE REMINISCENT of that battery-powered bunny or California's governor in his biggest pre-politics role, Brian Wilson is back – again. Fresh on the ...

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Beauty In Two Dimensions: It's A Spongebob Christmas!

Review by Gene Sculatti, Rock's Backpages, November 2012

I'M A FOOL FOR Christmas records. Good ones, that is: Spector's list-topper, sure, and the Beach Boys' album that starts with 'Little St. Nick' and ...

MOR's Adventures in the Lands of Pop and Rock

Overview by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2005

STAN CORNYN'S liner notes to Buddy's in a Brand New Bag, middle-of-the-road singer Buddy Greco's 1967 LP, tell it all: "Now the hip Mr. Greco ...

‘Home Runs, No Bunts’ — Solar Power On The Rise

Interview by Gene Sculatti, Los Angeles Times, December 1981

Does the Stones' latest album fail to start you up? Has your affair cooled with the New Romantics? You say you didn't grow up to ...

Fillmore: The Last Days (Rhino Entertainment)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, SonicBoomers.com, April 2009

IT WENT OUT with a whimper, not a bang. Bill Graham's July 1971 decision to close Fillmore West surely didn't pass unnoticed, but the shuttering ...

Everybody Needs Somebody To Hate: A History Of L.A. Punk Rock

Overview by Gene Sculatti, Creem, October 1981

"For God's sake, is that all you people in L.A. want to hear: aggressive lyrics and a raging guitar?!"– Chris Stein ...

Mojo Navigator: Memories of Mojo

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2000

SAN FRANCISCO, 1966. This was a long time ago. The Grateful Dead swung hard, fast and scary, and Peter Albin's demented LSD-preacher stalked stages as ...

Rockin' on the Outskirts: S.F. Rock Beyond the Ballrooms

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Rhino, October 2006

Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets box (Rhino) ...

The Autumn Records Story

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Edsel Records, 1986

It was no Sun Records. It wasn't Philles or Dimension, or Cameo-Parkway or even Big Top. But Autumn Records surely qualifies as one of America's ...

Various Artists: THE T.A.M.I. Show (Shout Factory)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, Ugly Things, 2009

FIRST OFF, any regular reader of this publication whose home doesn't house a copy of this DVD–man, where are you at? Filmed before a Santa ...

Who Killed Rock 'n' Roll?

Comment by Gene Sculatti, LCD, November 1999

Who's the perp?Somebody must've done this. ...

Yesterday Once More: Digging the Fifties Revival in the 1970s

Retrospective by Gene Sculatti, Scram, 2006

ANY GOOD STUDENT of pop-music history knows what happened in the 1970s: The broken bricks from the aesthetic street-fights of the '60s were scooped up ...

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