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Richard Cromelin

Richard Cromelin

As a writer and editor, Cromelin has covered the pop music world since the early 1970s, primarily on the staff of the Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years. As a freelancer, he wrote for a range of music publications, including Rolling Stone, Creem, Circus, Phonograph Record, New Musical Express, et al., reporting to such editors as Dave Marsh, Lester Bangs and Jon Landau. Produced biographies and other promotional materials for record labels, including Beach Boys and Van Morrison histories for Warner Bros Records, liner notes for a Move album on United Artists and radio ads for artists on Warner Bros. and A&M Records.

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

Review and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, December 1974

Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno & the Soporifics: The Inmates Have Taken Over ...

The Band’s All-Star Farewell Banquet

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Waxpaper, 1978

"FOR THE FILM, first of all, you have to do a thing which is called pre-dubbing, which is where you take your 24 tracks and ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson, part 1

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, July 1976

The Beach Boys' main man climbs out of the sandbox and explains how he got off the Endless Bummer. ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson, part 2

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, August 1976

Pet Sounds & The California Consciousness ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: Surf's Up!

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, October 1976

Brian Wilson Comes Back From Lunch ...

Blondie: At Last, The Sound Of 1970!

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, April 1977

WHAT BETTER way to introduce Blondie's bombshell Deborah Harry as she takes the stage at the Whisky in Hollywood than to use one of the ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Let's Make Up and Be Friendly

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, September 1972

Pity.For a brief span of time that segment of the population who dwell happily in out-of-the-way corners of human consciousness had their ideal musical spokesmen ...

David Bowie: Station to Station

Review and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Circus, March 1976

DAVID BOWIE, never one to maintain continuity in his work or in his life, has become more elusive than ever in the past year. ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, July 1972

UPON THE RELEASE of David Bowie's most thematically ambitious, musically coherent album to date, the record in which he unites the major strengths of his ...

David Bowie: The Darling of the Avant Garde

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, January 1972

IS THIS FRAIL-LOOKING young Englishman with the delicate, birdlike features, arresting Capricorn eyes and page boy waves of sandy blonde hair indeed destined to become ...

David Bowie: Time For Another Ch-ch-change

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, October 1974

LOS ANGELES – David Bowie hadn't slept for 36 hours. He'd just gone through his rigorous show at the Universal Amphitheater for the fourth night ...

Jackson Browne: in concert at McCabe's

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1973

AT ONE POINT in his show, Jackson Browne told his audience in the packed but uncramped performance room of McCabe's Guitar Shop that he much ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: Snapshots Of A Shy Coxcomb

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, June 1975

In which Bryan Ferry reveals that genius may not be pain, but interviews are something else again… ...

J.J. Cale Rolls On

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, February 2009

ESCONDIDO — J.J. Cale is enjoying his lunch in a corner booth at Olive Garden, cloaked in the anonymity he's taken pains to cultivate throughout ...

The Carpenters: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1973

IT'S 1973 ALREADY, and still we're trying to figure out who the Big Star of this young decade will be. Many opt for David Bowie, ...

The Clash, Joe Strummer: Strummer on Man, God, Law – and the Clash

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, January 1988

HAS JOE STRUMMER lost his ambition and drive? It was strange last month to see one of rock's all-time most involving performers serving simply as ...

Joe Cocker: Roxy Theatre, L.A.

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, August 1974

IT MUST BE TOUGH to always be coming back instead of going ahead. Joe Cocker is always coming back, like flowers you'd forgotten had been ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen (A&M Film))

Film/DVD/TV Review by Richard Cromelin, Creem, June 1971

Something Like a Rock'n'Roll Tour ...

Alice Cooper

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, October 1976

"OH YEAH, I'm getting restless. I want to play again," said Alice Cooper, deepening his tan with the smog-filtered sunrays that slanted into the patio ...

Elvis Costello: Classics and Newer Tunes, a Full-Circle Mix by Elvis Costello

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 2002

Elvis Costello: UCLA Ackerman Grand Ballroom, Los Angeles ...

Electric Light Orchestra: A New World Record

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1976

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT Orchestra was conceived and dedicated toward the fulfillment of a specific musical blueprint, but it's become clear – mainly from the live ...

Electric Light Orchestra: Roll Over Chuck Berry and Tell Beethoven the News

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, December 1974

SAN FRANCISCO – Jeff Lynne nods toward the sliding glass door, through which can be seen an in-progress high-rise which looms uncomfortably close to his ...

Brian Eno: Eno

Press Release by Richard Cromelin, Island Records, 1974

There isOne artNo moreNo lessTo doAll thingsWith art-Lessness– Piet Hein ...

Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry: Bryan Ferry: Another Time, Another Place; Eno: Here Come The Warm Jets

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, August 1974

AS EXPECTED, Eno's first solo album is a sonically innovative and adventurous thing, boldly experimental in its employment of phasing, drones, repetition, shifting of layers, ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: Eno Music: The Roxy Rebellion

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1974

"The reason I was attracted to the band in the first place was the contradiction of having someone like Eno and someone like Bryan in ...

The Faces: Hollywood Bowl, CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1972

DOES THE FACT that Faces were able to elicit a thunderous response from their Hollywood Bowl audience with what was definitely a sub-par performance say ...

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan: Donald Fagen: Return of the Nightfly

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, November 1991

Steely Dan co-creator Donald Fagen resurfaces after nearly a decade of silence, with new works and a new outlook on life. ...

Fairport Convention: Angel Delight

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, September 1971

Angel Delight is a happy event, for it sharpens and solidifies the tentative steps the Fairport Convention took in Full House, their first post-Sandy Denny ...

Fairport Convention: Babbacombe Lee

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, April 1972

"JOHN LEE, the jury has found you guilty of willful murder, and the sentence of the court upon you is that you be taken from ...

Family: Bandstand (United Artists)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Music World, December 1972

PERSONNEL CHANGES have had much to do with the evolution of Family, and, as nice as the two early Reprise albums (Music in a Doll's ...

Flo & Eddie Post-Turtles: So Snappy Together

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, January 1976

ON THE ROAD IN INDIANA – "Shit," laments Howard Kaylan (Eddie), whose long silver hair and gray beard give him the appearance of a lecherous ...

Flo & Eddie: Illegal, Immoral & Fattening

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1975

IN THE SPIRIT of fair play which should be utmost in our minds this Bicentennial year, PRM sent invitations to a wide spectrum of rock ...

Flo & Eddie: The Roxy, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, May 1975

PERHAPS THE MOST absolutely heart-rending of the many touching moments provided by Flo & Eddie during their show at the Roxy came early in the ...

Peter Frampton: Leader Of The Pack

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, June 1976

'Show Me The Way' pleads PETER FRAMPTON but he sure knows where he's going now. RICHARD CROMELIN reports. ...

Peter Frampton: Saved by the Power of Love

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, August 1975

LOS ANGELES – Peter Frampton's fine-boned, clear-eyed and unlined face gives little hint of the eight years which have elapsed since the singer/guitarist, now 25, ...

Genesis: Nursery Cryme

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, October 1972

THE COUNTRYSIDE COTTAGE in which (it says here) Genesis regrouped their creative energies must have had a lot of strange stuff coming out of the ...

Genesis: Short on Hair, Long on Gimmicks

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, March 1974

LOS ANGELES – Peter Gabriel's five o'clock shadow tints not only cheeks and chin but the shaved patch of flesh which cuts up from the ...

Golden Earring: Cowtown Ballroom, Kansas City, Mo.

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, August 1974

IF THE BODY of their set hadn't already convinced you that Golden Earring was just fine and at least lots of fun, the encore left ...

Golden Earring: Light Metal

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, August 1974

LOS ANGELES – If Golden Earring, the perseverant Dutch quartet, turns out to be as good as the Ray Milland/Marlene Dietrich WWII film whose title ...

Tom T. Hall: In Search of a Song

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, January 1972

FACT IS, In Search of a Song doesn't quite match the quality of any of Hall's three previous Mercury albums. Meaning only that a couple ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Automatic

Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, November 1989

THE BROTHERS REID have made an art form of abrasiveness: a first album that dragged you through thickets of distortion to reach the sweetness at ...

Jobriath: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1974

JERRY BRANDT isn't noted for doing things in a small way, but Jobriath, his latest project, might prove to be merely mildly successful. ...

Elton John: Ms. Streisand & The Pants of John

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, New Musical Express, 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 ...

Elton John: The Elton John Career

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1973

AMERICA IS BEGINNING to recover now. The damage has been assessed, the injured have been treated, and the jangled buzzing has started to fade from ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC and Sunshine Band

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1976

"I'd just put out the George McCrae album, and I kept hearing one of my tunes come busting through the wall up there." H.W. Casey ...

The Lemonheads' Evan Dando

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, July 1992

WHEN EVAN Dando came to L. A. to record the latest album with his two partners in the sort of Boston-based band, the Lemonheads, the ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: An Herbal Meditation with Bob Marley

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, September 1975

LOS ANGELES – This Bible is not the arcane, apocryphal version you might expect to find in the possession of these mysterious Rastas, but a ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott the Hoople: Brain Capers

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1972

IN THEIR FOURTH bid to make a lasting impression on the fickle folk who buy America's records, the usually-underrated, intriguingly-monickered Mott the Hoople have opted ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott the Hoople: Rock on Broadway

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, June 1974

NEW YORK — The hall had long since emptied. The only light on the stage was cast by a bare light bulb atop a scrawny ...

The Movies (US): The Movies: The Movies

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, August 1976

THE MOVIES' debut release is a rather spotty, nondescript affair, more likely due to prematurity than to sheer lack of talent. The album reflects the ...

Nektar: Germany's Nektar: They See the Light

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, November 1974

ST. LOUIS – The light show, thinks Mick Brockett, is something that was prematurely abandoned by the rock world, and though he's reluctant to talk ...

Nektar: Down To Earth

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, February 1975

NEKTAR'S SMOOTH move from cosmic progressivism (though it was more genuinely rocky than that of past practitioners of the style) to a more straightforward rock ...

Randy Newman: The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA.

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, July 1972

THIS GUY GAVE me a ride once, back when I was going to UCLA. He was pretty laconic, but under my expert employment of hitchhiker's ...

The Persuasions: Streetcorner Music

Profile by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1972

THE MUSIC-BUYING public (which has something – how much or how little is a matter of opinion – to do with determining the trends) can ...

Billy Preston: The Troubadour, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, January 1972

IT'S NOT EASY to be uncompromisingly religious in a den of drugs, drink and iniquity like the Troubadour, but Billy Preston has both the Power ...

Procol Harum and The Amateur Ork

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, August 1972

LOS ANGELES – "Well, we're only in our first year here at the magicians' college," Dave Ball, Procol Harum guitarist, advised the gentleman who has ...

Procol Harum: Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, June 1972

If you're put off by pretensions of grandiosity in music, if all you want to do is get funky and boogie around, you've probably never ...

Procol Harum: It's Only Realism

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, February 1972

IN THE THICK AIR air of the early evening, Los Angeles wrings itself out after one of its record-breaking August heat wave days. Coldwater Canyon ...

Suzi Quatro In America

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, August 1974

SUZI QUATRO was thrown out of kindergarten, she never had a birthday party, and she used to steal money from a coin box in the ...

Suzi Quatro: Quatro

Review by Richard Cromelin, Creem, December 1974

THERE JUST MIGHT be something to what a British popster said recently – that Suzi is third-priority on the Chinn-Chapman song-machine, so Sweet get the ...

Tom Rapp: Beautiful Lies You Could Live In

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, February 1972

IT'S PAINFULLY OBVIOUS that Tom Rapp has some serious obstacles littering his path to musical/ poetic fulfillment. ...

Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1974

LINES. A LINE here, a line there. Sometimes it seems that the best songwriters are the ones who are sure to pop up with a ...

The Rowan Brothers: Rowan Brothers: Somewhat Glam And Slightly Teenage

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, March 1973

"THE BROTHERLY Loverlies" – kind of catchy, isn't it? That's what one of the teen mags called the Rowan Brothers when it tossed them to ...

Leo Sayer: The Little Clown

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, May 1974

LOS ANGELES – The rain that was falling relentlessly on the tropical fantasyland that surrounds the Beverly Hills Hotel was giving Leo Sayer "a nasty ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: It Pays To Hang Tough

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, January 1975

"MAYBE I'M GETTING old," says Alex Harvey, sounding a bit puzzled. "It may be that simple." It's a bit of a laugh, after listening to ...

Silverhead: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, April 1973

IF YOU HAVEN'T seen them, you might feel like cramming Silverhead into the flash-in-the-pan bin. Their albums haven't been monumentally impressive, and their publicity veers ...

Slade: Santa Monica Civic, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Music World, June 1973

SLADE, WHOM many anticipated to be an important new breath of life in the rock world, was slain by its own device here at the ...

Earl Slick: The Earl Slick Band: Razor Sharp

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1976

THE EARL SLICK Band's second album stops just when it gets going. Its ninth and final cut, ‘Games’, is what one hoped would happen when ...

Soundgarden: Fertile Ground: Soundgarden

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, August 1991

MIXING ENGINEER Ron St. Germain stands at a tape machine in a Tarzana studio, twisting the reels by hand until he creates the perfect space ...

Sparks: Indiscreet

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1975

INDISCREET, THANKS to a production approach which digs a wide gulf between it and previous Sparks albums, could well win over some new fans for ...

Sparks: Instant Darlings

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, January 1975

LOS ANGELES – It was several months ago in London that the disc jockey on Capitol Radio, BBC's commercial rival, was revealing the results of ...

Spirit: The Whisky, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, April 1972

THERE'S NOT MUCH Spirit left. That doesn't refer only to the departure of Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes and the retirement of Randy California. The ...

Ringo Starr: Secrets Of The Stars

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Creem, October 1976

"I DO PLAY THE DRUMS!" claims ex-Fab Four ex-mop top in an Exclusive Interview with ace CREEM reporter Richard Cromelin. ...

Steely Dan: Don and Walt

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Sounds, June 1976

  I have never met NapoleonBut I plan to find the time...Cause he looks so fine upon that hillThey tell me he was lonely, he's lonely ...

Steely Dan: Excerpts from a Teenage Opera

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, June 1977

EVEN IN THE DAYS when Steely Dan was a finite rock band of relatively normal constitution, leaders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen insisted that it ...

Donna Summer: Love On The Road

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, March 1976

BEVERLY HILLS – The question was: how do you take a recording-studio orgasm on the road? "I'm sort of eager to find out myself," Donna ...

Sylvester and the Hot Band: Bazaar (Blue Thumb)

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, December 1973

WHEN SYLVESTER'S first album came out, his supporters' only defense was to say, "Well, he's a great live act." Now, in his second one, he's ...

Sylvester: Stardom as Lifestyle

Profile by Richard Cromelin, Music World, April 1973

Of course, there's nothing more ancient or honorable than the old shamanistic transvestite that we see running up and down Greenwich Avenue. There's something very ...

Them: Them.…Featuring Van Morrison

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, October 1972

JOHN BALDRY tells of the time in L.A. that he answered his phone. "Lester Bangs here," said the caller, to which Long John replied, "He ...

Throbbing Gristle Makes L.A. Debut

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 1981

Throbbing Gristle: Veteran's Auditorium, Culver City, CA ...

Robin Trower's Unbroken Barricade: 'I'm Still in the Shadow of Jimi Hendrix'

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, April 1975

PORTLAND – Robin Trower finally emerges from the dressing room, which has remained locked for an ominously long time, and forces a smile. ...

The Tubes: Young And Rich

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, May 1976

ON HUNKY DORY and Crisis, What Crisis?, producer Ken Scott proved himself a master of soft-core avant-garde rock. Resourceful, imaginative, tasteful, able to clean and ...

The Tubes: Tubes: The Roxy, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, July 1975

A WARNING TO PARENTS: HERE COME THE VILE, THE HORRIFYING, THE AMAZING, THE FABULOUS TUBES ...

Tom Verlaine: Viper Room, Los Angeles

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, May 1996

LIKE ITS SPIRITUAL forbearer, the Velvet Underground, the New York band Television was vastly more influential than the brevity and low commercial showing of its ...

Tom Waits Does New York Shuffle

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, January 1980

IF NEIL SIMON can relocate from New York to Los Angeles, it's only fair that one of our local fixtures should return the favour. Tom ...

Tom Waits: Small Change

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, October 1976

CHARACTERS, REAL honest-to-goodness characters, are hard to come by these days, so right off the bat Tom Waits, with his wino outfits and broken-soul slouch, ...

Tom Waits: A Cluttered Harmony

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, September 2004

THE LITTLE AMSTERDAM sits incongruously in the rolling expanse of Sonoma County farmland, a low white building adorned with a Dutch windmill - a "fake" ...

Tom Waits: Personality Without Pretension

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, March 1976

THERE'S NO PLACE like Tom Waits' home. There's no home, at any rate, quite like Tom Waits' place. The Silver Lake court cottage looks like ...

Roger Waters

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 1992

YOU CAN TELL a lot about your view of Roger Waters by your reaction to those terms. As the creative force of Pink Floyd from ...

The Who Tour: Random Flashes Of Brilliance

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, December 1975

The Who: The Summit, Houston Tx. ...

Wishbone Ash: Argus

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, August 1972

OF THE SCADS of similarities between Wishbone Ash and Yes, the most trivial and accidental (and so most interesting) is the fact that both groups ...

Yes: Close To The Edge

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, September 1972

WITH Close to the Edge, their fifth album, Yes have formed a coherent musical language from the elements that have been kicked around by progressive ...

Yes: Fragile

Review by Richard Cromelin, Rolling Stone, March 1972

THE SURE AND STEADY pace at which Yes has progressed through their four albums seems to suit them just fine, and in Fragile the fruit ...

List of genre pieces

Rock and Roll Revival: Richard Nader's Lament

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, November 1972

UNLESS YOU'VE actually heard it, you just can't appreciate how strange phonetically and otherwise, it sounds to hear a nasal 'Mr. Didduly. Telephone for Mr. ...

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