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Jerry Gilbert

Jerry Gilbert

Jerry Gilbert worked as a staff writer on Melody Maker in 1969 (specialising in folk and blues) before joining the founding team of Sounds (1970-74) where he was deputy editor. He later wrote regularly for media as diverse as Zigzag, Midweek and the Daily Mirror, later starting the first dance trade magazine Disco International in 1976 and LIVE! in 1991. Today he operates mostly in the leisure hospitality and entertainment technology trade sectors, writing monthly columns for both Night and Theme magazines.

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Atomic Rooster: More Respect For The Rock Organ

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

VINCENT CRANE, ambitious leader of Atomic Rooster, firmly believes that the full potential of the organ has yet to be exploited within a rock concept. ...

The Band: Stage Fright (Capitol)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

WHEN YOU hear the term country/rock, you immediately think of Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm, collectively The Band. For ...

Barclay James Harvest: Waiting ForThe Cherry Harvest

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, August 1973

A COUPLE of years ago I chanced to review an album by a band which transformed a flirting relationship into something of a commitment. The ...

Barclay James Harvest: Who Reaped Barclay James’ harvest?

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1975

After seven years with a sizeable reputation and a loyal following, Barclay James Harvest still haven’t made any money. ...

Canned Heat

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, July 1972

THE drive out to Topanga Canyon from Hollywood along Sunset is quite a heady experience in itself and when Bob "The Bear" Hite is there ...

Harry Chapin: I've Been Around The World Long Enough To Realise That It's Not All Down To Dollars And Cents

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

AN AMERICAN-style interview generally means a rap over the breakfast table and it was under such circumstances that I met Harry Chapin at the Westbury ...

Eric Clapton, Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf: Wolf Gathers His Flock In London

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

WHEN THE early 1960s gave birth to the R&B boom in Britain, it was artists like Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters ...

Clover: Forty Niner (Liberty)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1971

IF CLOVER'S first album on Liberty was good, then this follow up is fantastic. The material is a rich variety of country music which brings ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: The Angel, Godalming

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, February 1970

ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP finally made it to the Angel, Godalming, on Sunday, where he was due to appear on the opening night of his ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy Brings Out The Tears

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1973

"SANDY DENNY really draws ‘em out", exclaimed Al Stewart, surveying the sea of well-known faces who had assemble at the Howff to see Britain’s number ...

Sandy Denny in the Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

Sandy Denny and Trevor Lucas were at their Fulham flat watching the test match when I arrived to tape the talk-in. England’s terrible plight was ...

Rick Derringer: All American: Rick Derringer

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

RICK ZEHRINGER, one time leader of the McCoys, is now better known as Rick Derringer, the All American Boy. Through his work with Johnny and ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobies’ Little Gem

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1972

LAST YEAR, when the Doobie Brothers made their recording debut with Warner Brothers, there was little reaction either at the time of the release of ...

Nick Drake: Bryter Layter

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

I GET THE FEELING that only a Joe Boyd-Paul Harris alliance could have produced such a superb album as this. And once again a great ...

Nick Drake: Pink Moon

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

ISLAND APPEARED to have forgotten about Nick Drake until he ambled into the offices one day and presented them with this album. No one knew ...

Nick Drake: Something else for Nick? An interview with Nick Drake

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1971

NICK DRAKE IS A SHY, INTROVERTED folk singer who is not usually known to speak unless it is absolutely necessary. But Nick is not the ...

Duffy Power: Duffy Power (GSF GS502)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1973

IF THIS is the album I think it is, it's been kicking around for an awful long time. It's still contemporary Duffy, though — not ...

Family: In the Talk-In: Charlie Whitney

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1971

FAMILY GUITARIST Charlie Whitney had just returned to his Notting Hill home after a stint in the north of England. ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: After The Burritos

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Let It Rock, October 1972

BY THE TIME rhythm guitarist Gram Parsons left the Byrds shortly after the release of their monumental Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album, country-rock had become ...

Elton John, Fotheringay: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1970

PUTTING ELTON John second billing to Fotheringay at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday night was a taste of mistaken booking if ever there was ...

Poco, Richie Furay: Poco: Interview with Richie Furay

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, February 1972

RICHIE FURAY has been one of the guardian angels of rock music over the past five years, coming to the fore in 1969 when he ...

Rory Gallagher: Travelling Full Circle

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

RORY GALLAGHER admitted this week, that his new year European tour had been a tremendous morale booster.... reinforcing old favourites like 'Laundromat' and 'Sinner Boy' ...

Gallagher & Lyle

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1973

THEY SAY that Scotsmen never return home once they've arrived in London, but in the case of Bernie Gallagher and Graham Lyle, they find their ...

Gallagher & Lyle: Give The Boys A Break

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1972

Well, Blackheath Wanderers Sports Club wasn’t quite the venue I had in mind for obtaining the first signs of a sun tan this summer, but ...

Genesis Doing The Foxtrot

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1972

PETER GABRIEL – slightly eccentric or acute schizophrenic? He cycles to Island Studios to begin a day's work on the new Genesis album, and unpacks ...

Genesis: Foxtrot (Charisma)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1972

"HAVE YOU GOT a copy of the new album yet?", Mike Rutherford inquired meekly as Genesis prepared to go onstage at the Marquee last week. ...

Genesis: Peter Gabriel

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

WERE YOU and Tony Banks the prime instigators of the original Genesis back at Charterhouse School? ...

The Groundhogs: Mac’s Home Cooking: The Groundhogs

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1973

DO-IT-YOURSELF man Tony McPhee stands among the debris of a still-unfinished studio at his home in Haverhill, Suffolk. ...

The Groundhogs: Tony McPhee At The Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

A FRESHLY cropped Tony McPhee arrived at United Artists offices at some ridiculous hour in the morning, borne out by the fact that Mac was ...

The Groundhogs: Tony McPhee: Prisoner In His Own Castle?

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1975

Jerry Gilbert looks at Tony McPhee’s decision to split the Groundhogs. ...

Hawkwind: When It Comes To Mind-Blowing, Hawkwind Are Really Into It

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

HAWKWIND MAY not be the world's most affluent group, or the world's most successful group, but they are certainly one of the most mind-blowing. ...

Homesick James: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

A LARGE and somewhat over enthusiastic audience saw Homesick James with Grizelda at the 100 Club on Tuesday last week, and spurred the delighted old ...

Homesick James: Homesick Finds a Home From Home

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

HOMESICK JAMES is a likeable faintly extrovert character whose first British visit seems to have made a mockery of his nickname. For homesickness seemed to ...

Son House (part 1): Living King of the Delta

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

IT WAS the final day of 
Eddie "Son" House's 
final sortie away from 
America. Outside, the
 rain was pouring
 down; inside the car 
sat Son, ...

Son House (part 2): Robert Johnson Overshadowed Son and the Whole Delta

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

SINCE 1966 Son House had only recorded once, a very poor performance for Roots which had failed to capture any of the emotion and lyricism ...

Alan Hull: Pipedream (Charisma)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Let It Rock, July 1973

THERE WAS NO justification for prolonging the life of Lindisfarne Mark One while it suppressed the primal scream of Alan Hull. ...

Alan Hull, Lindisfarne: The Lindisfarne Saga

Retrospective by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, July 1975

THREE YEARS AGO it seemed like the end of an era. ...

Gerry Rafferty, The Humblebums, Stealers Wheel: The Gerry Rafferty Interview

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, December 1975

GERRY RAFFERTY rarely comes up in interviews, seldom works on the road and is in London even less often. And yet when it comes to ...

Elton John: Starship Trouper

Report by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

THE DAY Starship One landed in Hollywood it effused a trace of the old redolence and affaced just a little of the Hollywood myth. The ...

Robert Johnson: Unravelling the Legend of Robert Johnson

Retrospective by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1971

JERRY GILBERT looks at Robert Johnson, greatest of the Delta bluesmen ...

Leo Kottke: The ZigZag Interview: Leo Kottke

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, January 1976

I'VE ALWAYS dreaded starting so called in depth interviews with 'Go back to your earliest recollections etc and in the case of Leo Kottke I ...

Lindisfarne: Alan Hull

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

LINDISFARNE'S MERCURIAL rise to fame in the past year has done little to alter the outlook of their chief songwriter, James Alan Hull. Hully remains ...

Lindisfarne: Alan Hull: Playing In The Band

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1973

ALAN HULL, who has led Lindisfarne a stormy path across the other side of the world, is back in Barnet – the Mecca of the ...

Lindisfarne: A Special Report

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1972

"FIVE CRATES OF Brown ale and a crate of Guinness please." Twelve quid across the bar to a landlord shaking his head in disbelief, and ...

Lindisfarne: It's Tyne Time

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, December 1971

"No, we'll never work as hard as this again. It's killing the magic. And it's not doing us much good either" - Si Cowe, guitarist, ...

Loggins & Messina: Kenny Loggins (With Jim Messina Sittin' In) Talkin' 'Bout…

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, January 1974

WHERE BETTER to interview Kenny Loggins and Jimmy Messina that in the crowded restaurant of a good old Holiday Inn, with piped music from the ...

Loggins & Messina: They’re Havin’ A Good Time: Loggins & Messina

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, Spring 1972

THE KENNY Loggins/Jim Messina band is the best thing to emerge from LA in years. Their recent Stateside tour with Delaney & Bonnie took audiences ...

Loggins & Messina, Poco: Loggins & Messina: Mother Lode; Poco: Cantamos

Review by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, January 1975

INITIALLY THE main difference between these two progeny of the Buffalo Springfield is one of sophistication. While Poco strive desperately to recapture past glories, Loggins ...

Taj Mahal: The Real Thing (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, July 1971

FOR SOME reason it all seems to have gone wrong for Taj Mahal. ...

Taj Mahal: Taj: Thinking The Blues

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

TAJ MAHAL was dressed in full regalia when we arrived at his hotel room in Manhattan, and the room revealed signs that he and his ...

Man: The Twelfth Man

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1975

HEADLEY GRANGE is an unimposing place, rambling, but not overly large and possessing none of the characteristics that make for a manor, stately home, or ...

Mark-Almond: Mark/Almond

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1972

JON MARK sits outside his local in Wimbledon, quietly supping a pint. The sun is hot and bar strangely quiet in the unusual absence of ...

John and Beverley Martyn, John Martyn: Is John Martyn Still A Folk Singer Or Not?

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, February 1970

THIS IS A TOTALLY irrelevant question, and one which I'm glad I didn't bother to ask. For in this age of musical categories, John draws ...

Ian Matthews

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1971

BACK FROM a promotional tour of the States, Ian Matthews sat in a West End Wimpy Bar pondering his next move. He knows precisely what ...

James Taylor, Matthews' Southern Comfort: Palladium, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

THE CLUMSY, gangling, instantly lovable James Taylor conquered the London Palladium and made his eventual return to England a triumphant one on Sunday. ...

Mississippi Fred McDowell: Church House, Farnham

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, March 1969

"I'M NOT a rock and roll singer. The only way you make me rock is by putting me in a rockin' chair. But if you ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Sisters In Song

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1976

UNTIL DEMAND forced them to issue that classic Maria Muldaur album two years ago Warner Bros. had always shown a marked reluctance to promote its ...

Don McLean: Eye On The Future, Ear In The Past: Don McLean

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

DON McLEAN took a deep breath and launched into a long qualification of his next album — how one cycle was complete and how his ...

Ralph McTell: You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here (Famous)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1971

RALPH'S FANS have had a long wait for the release of his fourth album – but the wait has been well worthwhile for this is ...

Mighty Baby: A Jug Of Love (Blue Hori­zon)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1971

MIGHTY BABY have been around for an awful long time, and owing to contractual problems which have re­stricted their recording activities, they have very little ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni Still Feels The Pull Of The Country

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, January 1970

CANADIAN FOLK singer Joni Mitchell this week denied rumours that she would be retiring after her Royal Festival Hall concert on January 17th. ...

Randy Newman: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1972

NEWMAN GIVING HIS ALL ...

Shuggie Otis: Here Comes Shuggie Otis (CBS)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, May 1970

IF SHUGGIE Otis is this good midway through his teens, what's he going to mature into? ...

Pentangle: The End

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1973

1973’s NEW BROOM struck its first death blow last week when the on-off rumors of Pentangle’s long-pending split seemed finally to be confirmed. ...

John Renbourn, Pentangle: Pentangle/John Renbourn

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 1971

DECEMBER, ASIDE from its obvious festive revelries, has also been notable for the temporary withdrawal of the Pentangle. In the meekest possible way they have ...

Poco: Head Over Heels

Review by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, August 1975

ZIGZAG HAS FALLEN into the habit of reviewing Poco albums with trepidation. With each new Poco release Andy Childs, an old Poco buff himself, passes ...

Poco: Keep On Trying

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1975

THE SUDDEN relaunch of Poco has kicked up some pretty weird conversations and ironies. For few former Poco buffs are willing to believe that Head ...

Poco: One Of The Great Mysteries Of Rock

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

Five years and six albums after they formed Poco remain one of the great mysteries of rock and roll – a band who have lurked ...

Poco's Rebirth

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

POCO’S TIM Schmitt and Paul Cotton were asked whether Richie Furay would have the band to play on the same bill as Loggins & Messina, ...

Poco: The World Still Hasn’t Caught Up With Poco

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, September 1974

WHEN GEORGE GRAHAM, THE quiet member of Poco, opined that a hit single would really get Poco away as far back as the Summer of ...

Renaissance: A New Life for Renaissance

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1974

IT’S FOUR years since the first Renaissance album came out. It was a memorable week as I recall Island issuing that and Fairport Convention’s Liege ...

Biff Rose: The Half Live Adventures Of Biff Rose

Retrospective by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, January 1975

"My use of words is just some antics..." A chronoligical analysis of Biff Rose's albums ...

The Rowan Brothers: The Rowans

Review by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, February 1976

THE ROWAN BROS. have variously been described as the greatest thing since the Beatles (J. Garcia in Rolling Stone) and Clive Davis's Biggest Mistake. A ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star (Bearsville)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1973

A MAZE. A truly amazing album. That might well have been the subtitle of this latest excursion into the land of magic from henna-haired hero ...

John Sebastian

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, December 1974

THE ACTIVITIES OF John B. Sebastian post-Woodstock haven't so much been a mystery as mystifying. ...

Paul Simon

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1973

There Goes Rhymin’ Simon is the title of Paul Simon’s new solo album, and last week he was in New York to talk about the ...

Bruce Springsteen

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1974

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN was confined to the boardwalk life on New Jersey. He lived over a drug store "in all the craziness of downtown", prayed for ...

Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run (Columbia import)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1975

THE VISIONARIES and rock and roll prophets who predicted that this album would be the making of Bruce Springsteen may have noted that while their ...

Bruce Springsteen: It's Hard to be a Saint in the City

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, August 1974

ALL DRESSED UP AND NO PLACE TO GO ...

Steeleye Span

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1973

SINCE THE formation of the first traditional, electric folk supergroup, to lump together every possible stigmatic cliché that was attached to them, Steeleye Span have ...

Steeleye Span: Maddy Prior in the Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1973

WITHIN THE precincts of Warwick Castle a BBC Outside Broadcast team were attempting to film the second Steeleye TV show in their peregrinations around famous ...

Steeleye Span: The Folk Who Plugged In

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, December 1975

NOW WE are six was a title conveniently borrowed from A. A. Milne to acknowledge that in 1973 Steeleye Span had finally decided to add ...

Steeleye Span: The Steeleye Span Talk-In

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1973

STEELEYE HAVE JUST added a drummer for the first time since the band formed. Can you explain how this came about? ...

Cat Stevens: The Patterns Of A Chocolate Man

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, March 1974

With an almost regimental sense of routine, Cat Stevens is back in England rehearsing for his first tour in eighteen months. ...

Al Stewart: The Poetic Man Tells Of His Love

Report by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1972

THE FACT that the rock public generally seem to be adamant in their appraisal of Al Stewart is a definite sign for the good; for ...

The Strawbs: Jacks Out For The Strawbs

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, August 1973

THE BEST, and possibly only, way of breaking in a new band is to retreat into the country, converge on the local inn and set ...

The Strawbs: Ten Years Of The Strawbs – Part Two 1970-1975

Retrospective and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, October 1975

THE STRAWBS were the first band to really find commercial success from within a folk environment. Dave Cousins was always clever in his adaptations of ...

The Strawbs: Ten Years of the Strawbs: From Donegan to Dali in Five Easy Stages

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, September 1975

THROUGH A ten-year period that has seen them frequently under-rated, and a time when they probably least deserved it the subject of mass adulation, the ...

The Strawbs' Dave Cousins

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, January 1972

Can you talk, first of all, about the early days of the Strawbs, how you came together and so on. ...

The Strawbs: An interview with Dave Cousins

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, April 1974

DAVE COUSINS is one of the few musicians whom one can interview repeatedly and always come back with a fresh slant or a new revelation. ...

The Strawbs: Ripe Strawbs

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1973

THE STRAWBS are at last beginning to mature into the kind of band that does justice to the eminence of the musicians involved. "Come down ...

James Taylor: Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon (Warner Reprise)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, May 1971

GOOD OLD predictable James has done it again. He offers not the slightest hint of surprise on his new album, and as expected he has ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Richard & Linda Thompson: Hokey Pokey

Review by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, September 1975

THE SINGULAR most remarkable aspect of this album is its manifestation of Richard Thompson's capacity to absorb. And if that sounds a long winded way ...

Loudon Wainwright III

Profile and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, February 1976

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT'S biggest paradox is his insistence that his values and lifestyle are no different from any man in the street: but his eccentricities are ...

Muddy Waters: The Man Who Urbanised The Blues

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

TOP CHICAGO bluesman Muddy Waters, still crippled from a car crash nine months ago, will be wearing a smile when he returns to England in ...

Aj Webber: Straight From The Heart

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, September 1973

AJ WEBBER is neither to be confused with dustbin Dylanologist A.J. Webberman nor with British bumpkin Adge Cutler, although like the Adge she comes from ...

Bill Withers: Live At Carnegie Hall (A&M)

Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, June 1973

FIRST TIME I saw Bill Withers live he was appearing at the huge Louisiana State Fair in Baton Rouge to a matter of about 20,000 ...

Bill Withers: Making Music Till He Drops

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, November 1972

THE QUEST for that intangible magic with which so few of us are blessed, can often entail a very long journey indeed. And whilst Bill ...

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