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Joe McEwen

Joe McEwen

Also known as "Mr C", Joe McEwen wrote widely on soul music for Rolling Stone, The Real Paper and other publications before becoming an A&R man at Warner-Reprise in the '80s. He compiled the legendary Lost Soul albums for Epic and is thanked profusely in Peter Guralnick's Sweet Soul Music.

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The Bee Gees: Bee Gees: Children of the World

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, November 1976

FROM MUSHY pop ballads through late-Sixties psychedelia and low-key rock, the Bee Gees have demonstrated a chameleonlike ability to adapt to disparate pop trends. These ...

Betty Davis: Nasty Gal

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1975

ON HER FIRST two albums, Betty Davis staked out a peculiar brand of kinky, tongue-in-cheek funk that garnered her a cult following in Philadelphia and ...

Earth Wind and Fire: All 'n All

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1978

AT THEIR WORST, Earth, Wind and Fire indulge in some of the most pretentious excesses in current black music. As on past Earth, Wind and ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Spirit

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1976

The songs of Earth, Wind and Fire combine pure urban fantasy with the type of facile brotherhood messages that also crop up in the music ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind & Fire: Spirit

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1976

THE SONGS OF Earth, Wind and Fire combine pure urban fantasy with the type of facile brotherhood messages that also crop up in the music ...

The Emotions: Flowers

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, September 1976

SALVAGED FROM THE debris of the Stax bankruptcy, the Emotions have reemerged with one of the year's most refreshing soul albums. Producer Maurice White, who ...

Aretha Franklin: Almighty Fire

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, June 1978

THERE'S A SONG on Almighty Fire that has little to do with the rest of this Curtis Mayfield-produced album. 'I'm Your Speed' ends side two ...

Funkadelic: Tales of Kidd Funkadelic

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1976

WHAT YOU SEE ON Funkadelic album covers is what the band is about: "THE SABER-TOOTH, SLIPPERY TONGUED & MOST NASTIC MAU-MAU BOOTYBUSTERS OF NOXIOUS NEEGROW ...

Funkadelic, Parliament: Parliament-Funkadelic: Mothership Connection

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, March 1976

WITH THE "Parliafunkadelicment thang", leader George Clinton has succeeded in creating two distinct identities for one band—the mystical voodoo of the Funkadelics and the stabbing, ...

Marvin Gaye: Live at the London Palladium

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, June 1977

ALONG WITH Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye must be considered one of the most reticent pop performers. This is his second live album in three years, ...

Al Green: Have a Good Time

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1977

IF HIS RECORDS ARE ANY indication, Al Green is a troubled, no, haunted man. ...

The Isley Brothers: Two Generations Of Innovation

Report and Interview by Joe McEwen, Phonograph Record, June 1976

A SHORT HOP across the George Washington Bridge, Teaneck, New Jersey is a crowded suburban community, dominated by upwardly mobile black families. In the past ...

Etta James: Deep in the Night

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, June 1978

ONCE, WHEN I WAS FOURTEEN, I bought a copy of "My Dearest Darling" by Etta James, a record I'd heard as an oldie on a ...

Gwen McCrae, KC & the Sunshine Band, Latimore: KC and the Sunshine Band: Part 3/Gwen McCrae: Something So Right/Latimore: It Ain't Where You Been

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, February 1977

IT WAS THE STUFF from which legends are carved: an office, a studio no larger than a motel room crammed with organs, pianos and a ...

The Manhattans: There’s No Good In Goodbye; It Feels So Good

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, May 1978

IN A FIELD ONCE glutted with heavyweights, lightweights and pretenders, the Manhattans stand almost alone, a throwback to an era when an orange sharkskin suit, ...

Curtis Mayfield: The Anthology 1961-1977

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, February 1993

CURTIS MAYFIELD and the Impressions: The Anthology, a two-CD, forty-song set, is a remarkable document. Lovingly assembled by Chicago-soul authority Robert Pruter, this collection connects ...

The Meters: The Meters: Paul's Mall, Boston

Live Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, November 1976

THE METERS may well be the finest performing American band. Without resorting to such modern pop trappings as smoke bombs and gyrating pianos, the Meters ...

O'Jays: Message in the Music

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1976

NOW THAT the Staples are unabashed sex merchants, the O'Jays are pop's foremost message mongerers. But the O'Jays don't write or produce their albums, so ...

Ann Peebles: Tellin' It

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1976

ONCE A CONSISTENT R&B hit-maker, Ann Peebles's output has seen a precipitous drop in both the vitality of her music and the sales of her ...

Diana Ross: Baby It's Me

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1977

DIANA ROSS' gifts aren't easy to capture on record. In fact, it's been a decade since anybody has done it consistently. She's campy and prone ...

David Ruffin: Who I Am

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, January 1976

THIS IS AN encouraging album. After a celebrated re-signing with Motown last year, the ponderous Norman Whitfield-produced Me 'n Rock 'n Roll Are Here to ...

Rod Stewart: Foot Loose and Fancy Free

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, December 1977

THERE'S SOMETHING to be said for the New Wave rebellion against (to borrow a phrase from the not-so-young-himself Willy De Ville) "old meat". Even if ...

Joe Tex: The Soul Of An Underdog

Profile and Interview by Joe McEwen, Boston Phoenix, The, May 1977

THE SHOW was held at South Philadelphia's Spectrum, still a brand-new facility in 1969, but it could well have been the fare at North Philly's ...

Allen Toussaint: Introspective Funk

Retrospective and Interview by Joe McEwen, Real Paper, The, October 1974

PRODUCER ALLEN TOUSSAINT hunches forward over the expansive 16-track control board and stares impassively through the glass at two singers in the orange studio beyond. ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker and the All-Stars: Hot Shot

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, March 1976

HOT SHOT is the first Junior Walker album in three years, which is surprising in light of the current reign of disco/dance music, Walker’s natural ...

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