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New Musical Express

 New Musical Express, or NME,  is a British weekly music journalism publication, published since March 1952. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 90s, changing from newsprint in 1998. An online edition, nme.com, was launched in 1996. In 2000 it absorbed its principal competitor, Melody Maker.

5,816 articles

Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, The Shadows: Tony Meehan: Why I Left The Shadows

Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 13 October 1961

I AM A FIRM believer in following the policy which maintains that, since life is so short, it is most important that one should do ...

Sandy Nelson: Life-lines of Sandy Nelson

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 26 January 1962

Real name: Sander L. Nelson. ...

Ella Fitzgerald, Eartha Kitt: Alan Smith Welcomes — Ella and Eartha

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 February 1962

WELCOME BACK, Ella! Yes, the world's "First Lady of Jazz," Ella Fitzgerald, will also be in this country at the weekend, commencing her tour with ...

Rolf Harris: Rolf-Of-Every-Trade

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 21 February 1962

ROLF HARRIS, the man who currently makes with 'Sun Arise' one of the most interesting noises in the hit parade, was tired. He had been ...

Chubby Checker, Joey Dee & the Starliters: As Twist Hits the Chart Top Chubby Checker and Joey Dee Reveal How They Started To Do It — And Why!

Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 23 February 1962

C'MON EVERYBODY, let's do the twist! Did I hear someone say they don't know how to do it? That's ridiculous. Anyone can do it, I ...

Shirley Bassey: Can Shirley Bassey Make It Three Show Hits In A Row?

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 23 February 1962

NO DOUBT about it, show tunes seem to have hit written all over them for Shirley Bassey! Her latest is 'Tonight', now in its second ...

George Martin: The A&R Manager Behind The Comedy Successes Forecasts...

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 March 1962

...Cribbins, Drake, Sellers, Milligan, Bentine Have Bright Disc Futures ...

Pat Boone: Why I Became A Beatnik

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 March 1962

PAT BOONE fans who saw last week's NME pictures of him at the Royal Film show won't see him looking so clean-cut in his latest ...

Doris Day: Doris Looks Younger Every Day

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 March 1962

REMEMBER THOSE not so far off days when the charts were aglow with Doris Day numbers like 'Sentimental Journey', 'Que Sera' and 'Secret Love'? They ...

The Four Freshmen, Matt Monro, Jeri Southern, Danny Williams: The Four Freshmen, Jeri Southern, Matt Monro: Gaumont State, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 23 March 1962

PLENTY OF TALENT IN THIS SHOW ...

Nina & Frederik: Gaumont, Watford

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 April 1962

New programme from Nina and Frederik ...

Cliff Richard, Helen Shapiro, The Shadows: First It Was Mrs. Kenny Ball, Now Norrie Paramor's Wife Picks A Hit For Her Hubby

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 April 1962

PUZZLING, isn't it, that no one has thought of an award for the wives of hit parade stars — to be presented when they inspire ...

Ketty Lester: New to the Charts: Ketty Lester Sang 'As Herself' To Notch Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 April 1962

A SUDDEN decision to sing "in my own style" has brought instant success for chart newcomer Ketty Lester, whose 'Love Letters' stands at No. 27. ...

Johnny Burnette, Adam Faith, The Ted Heath Band, Brenda Lee, John Leyton, Bob Miller & the Millermen, Cliff Richard, The Springfields, Bert Weedon, Danny Williams: Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, Brenda Lee, John Leyton: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 20 April 1962

At the NME's sensational Poll Winners' concert — CLIFF, SHADOWS, HELEN, BILLY, ADAM GIVE THRILL OF LIFETIME ...

Rick Nelson: Ricky Nelson: Now Ricky's Name Change Is Official!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 April 1962

'YOUNG WORLD' is probably the last disc by Ricky Nelson you'll see in the NME Charts – but don't panic. At 21 Ricky has no ...

Lonnie Donegan: Palace Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 4 May 1962

RIP-ROARING DONEGAN! ...

Cliff Richard, Eden Kane, The Shadows: Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Eden Kane: Our Friends The Stars Charity Concert, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 11 May 1962

NEW SHADOW MAKES LONDON DEBUT ...

Winifred Atwell: Win Gets In Trim For Hit!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 May 1962

WINIFRED ATWELL is determined to bounce right back into the hit parade with her first disc for Pye, 'Game Of Chance'. ...

Anthony Newley: I'm Worried About My Discs: I Still Need Hits admits Tony Newley

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 July 1962

ANTHONY NEWLEY smoothed out a crease in the trousers of his tuxedo suit, sipped from a large mug of Shepperton film studio tea and looked ...

John Leyton Phones Alan Smith From Munich To Say: Filming In Germany Is Dangerous

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 July 1962

(But It Could Make Me A Star In America) ...

Frank Ifield, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Helen Shapiro, Norman Wisdom: Ed Sullivan Says Cliff Right To Avoid Oxford Accent

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 August 1962

THE NEWS that Cliff Richard is being sought for American TV's world-famous Ed Sullivan Show this autumn couldn't be more appropriate than it is right ...

Connie Francis: Connie Will Rock For Britain!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 August 1962

THERE'LL BE no more weepie-weepie songs from Connie Francis once her current hit 'Vacation' leaves the charts... for Connie is to record special future releases ...

Frank Ifield: It Was All The Better For That Ifield Smile!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 August 1962

Recording manager NORRIE PARAMOR reveals a secret behind the No. 1 hit ...

Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk: Acker Bilk; Kenny Ball: Alan Smith Goes Sailing With Two Of Britain's Top Disc Stars

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 August 1962

Acker's Happy With His Vocal Success ...

Ray Charles: Mother Taught Ray Charles To Cope With Blindness

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 31 August 1962

THOUGH HE has been blind since the age of six, one of Ray Charles' biggest hates is to be treated as a blind person. It ...

Anthony Newley: On the eve of his great U.S. adventure — Tony Newley says 'I Don't Want To Stay Too Long'

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 14 September 1962

ANTHONY NEWLEY had every reason to look a little worried as he boarded a Philadelphia-bound airliner at London Airport on Sunday morning. And no wonder. ...

Bobby Vinton Replies To Ronnie Carroll

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 21 September 1962

...and reveals a secret to ALAN SMITH ...

Lonnie Donegan: Lonnie takes 'Dustman' to U.S.

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 September 1962

I MANAGED to catch Lonnie Donegan — but only just! — before he left this country for his third visit to America on Sunday. ...

The Springfields Think U.S. 'Stunning'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 September 1962

SAID TOM Springfield (of the Springfields): "You've no idea how stunned we were when 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles' got into the U.S. Hot 100. ...

Nat King Cole, George Shearing: George Shearing is very happy about Nat Cole's hit

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 5 October 1962

WHEN 'Ramblin' Rose' leapt high into the NME Charts last week, nobody was happier than George Shearing, in London for the start of his tour. ...

Sam Cooke: Sam Ploughed Money Into Act

Profile by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 5 October 1962

SAM COOKE is currently one of America's hottest disc properties. Since he scored his first hit with 'You Send Me', Sam has had a pretty ...

Elvis Presley: Dates With Elvis

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 October 1962

Presley's Follow That Dream co-star ANNE HELM talks to Alan Smith ...

Joe Brown Joins Elite!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 October 1962

He talks to Alan Smith about having two albums in the charts ...

Pat Boone: Royal Welcome Awaits Boone

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 October 1962

ONE top American star you can't accuse of neglecting his British fans is Pat Boone, who'll be flying into London next week for his third ...

B. Bumble & The Stingers: Cavern Club, Liverpool

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 October 1962

Thumper Bumble ...

The Beatles: Newcomers To The Charts: Liverpool's Beatles Wrote Their Own Hit

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 October 1962

MAKING THEIR NME Chart debut with 'Love Me Do' this week are the Beatles, a vocal-instrumental group who hail from Liverpool, the birthplace of such ...

Acker Bilk Picks 'Desert Island Discs' — And Talks About Others He Wanted

Report and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 16 November 1962

MR. ACKER BILK found himself on a desert island this week — recording his part as a castaway on the BBC's long-running Desert Island Discs ...

Acker Bilk, Beryl Bryden, The Temperance Seven: Acker Bilk, Beryl Bryden: Hammersmith Gaumont, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 16 November 1962

ROCK INSTRUMENTS INVADE TRAD ...

Adam Faith: Alan Smith Learns About Adam Faith's Far East Joy And Agony

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 November 1962

TIRED BUT tanned, Adam Faith flew into Britain on Sunday after his first tour of Australia and New Zealand — and then went straight back ...

The Everly Brothers, Phil Everly: Phil Everly says Thanks

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 November 1962

PALE AND drawn after his four week tour of Britain without brother Don, Phil Everly slumped into a deep armchair in his dressing room at ...

Frank Ifield: With Yodelling Becoming Ever More Popular — Frank Ifield Gives Some Tips On How To Do It

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 November 1962

WE WERE sitting in Frank Ifield's dressing room at Liverpool Empire on Sunday — the last night of his triumphant tour with the Phil Everly ...

Dave Brubeck, Ronnie Scott: Near-in Brubeck

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 30 November 1962

IT WAS a new Dave Brubeck on tour in Britain this time. ...

Patsy Cline Overcame Grave Car Crash Injuries

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 7 December 1962

PERSONAL tragedy is nothing to Patsy Cline, who sings of 'Heartaches' on her first big hit disc in Britain. Her fast-rising career was interrupted last ...

Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline: Grand Ole Opry Show: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 December 1962

C-and-W invades the New York concert world ...

The Crystals, Phil Spector: The Crystals: New to the Charts — Six Girls With Two Names!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 December 1962

SO VAST is the American disc scene that quite often an artist or group can get high into the charts without anybody here knowing much ...

Mel Tormé: Now Mel Gets With The Beat!

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 4 January 1963

HALF-WAY through 1961 Melvin Howard Tormé was moaning that "there were no songs being written that were worth singing. ...

Duke Ellington, Odetta: Ian Dove Gives a Big NME Welcome to Ellington and Odetta

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 11 January 1963

COME SLUMP or boom, war or peace, fad or fashion, Duke Ellington has gone on leading a big band. For 37 years, to be precise! ...

Johnny and The Hurricanes: Gaumont State Ballroom, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 18 January 1963

HURRICANES IMPRESS ...

The Limeliters: Alan Smith invites you to meet The Limeliters

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 January 1963

INTO THE Limelight this week come... the Limeliters. This lively American folk trio arrive today (Friday) for their first-ever visit to Britain. ...

The Four Seasons: Old Movie Has Inspired Four Seasons' Latest Hit

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 25 January 1963

'BIG GIRLS don't cry' — current hit for vocal group the Four Seasons — owes it all to film stars John Wayne and Joan Crawford! ...

Brian Hyland: Welcome Brian Hyland

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 January 1963

THE BLOND, blue-eyed singer who emerged as Bobby Vee's biggest rival in 1962, Brian Hyland will come slap-bang into a controversy when he arrives for ...

The Rooftop Singers: *New to the Charts* — Rooftop Singers Start Moving Here

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 1 February 1963

'WALK RIGHT IN', by the Rooftop " Singers — the disc that starts off like a folky guitar instrumental and then turns into a vocal ...

Little Eva: Alan Smith Says 'Welcome, Little Eva'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 February 1963

THE GIRL who put a new twist into the twist – Little Eva – arrives in London today (Friday) for her first tour of Britain. ...

Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk: Bilk Courts 'Twins': Ball Sticks to Band

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 1 February 1963

Ian Dove talks to two trad giants and finds different outlooks ...

The Bachelors: Astor Club, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 February 1963

Debut At Astor ...

The Beatles: You've Pleased-Pleased Us Say The Beatles

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 February 1963

THINGS ARE beginning to move for the Beatles, the r-and-b styled British group which crashed back into the NME Chart this week at No. 17. ...

Tommy Steele, The Tornados: Alan Smith On Film Sets With The Tornados and Tommy Steele

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 8 February 1963

A HAUNTING theme-tune echoed across the stage of a dingy London theatre on Tuesday morning, as film cameras turned on that "Globetrotting" hit group, the ...

Erik Darling, The Rooftop Singers: 'Walk Right In': The Man

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 15 February 1963

ERIK DARLING, musical director and organiser of the Rooftop Singers — "We're a folk music group," he insists — has a hit on his hands ...

Billy Fury, The Tornados: NMExclusive: Billy Fury by the Tornados

Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 22 February 1963

IT IS NOW almost fifteen months to the day that our group — itself only about six months old — played an audition to Billy ...

Ella Fitzgerald: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 1 March 1963

Ella Throws 'Loop De Loop' Away ...

Judy Garland: Judy Cried At Herself

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 March 1963

"BRITAIN IS A home from home to me," said Judy Garland recently. "I remember my career was at a low ebb back in 1950 and ...

The Beatles: Beatles Almost Threw 'Please Please Me' Away

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 8 March 1963

THE BEATLES opened a copy of the NME and gazed proudly at the Charts when 'Please Please Me' hit the top recently. It was a ...

Patsy Cline Killed In Air Crash

Report by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 8 March 1963

A TRAGIC air accident again struck a cruel blow at the pop music world this week. Four years after Buddy Holly's death, country-and-western star Patsy ...

The Bachelors: The Bachelor Boys Are Happy!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 8 March 1963

THE HAPPY Bachelors, celebrate their ninth week in the NME Chart today (Friday), standing at lucky No. 13 with their hit disc 'Charmaine'. ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: New to the Charts: Gerry, Pacemakers from Beatle-land!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 March 1963

CRASHING into the NME Chart this week comes another beat name from Beatle-land, Liverpool's Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry is featured vocalist on 'How Do ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Gerry And The Pacemakers Reveal Their Success Secret: 'We Let Go!'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 5 April 1963

"UND JETZT," said Gerry (of the Pacemakers), "ein wünsche für..." The rest of his announcement was drowned by a burst of good-natured jeering from the ...

Hank Locklin on Newcomers' TV Show!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 April 1963

ONE OF America's biggest country-and-western stars, Hank Locklin, is arriving in London today (Friday) for his first visit to this country. Regrettably, most of his ...

Roy Orbison: Janet Martin Describes to Ian Dove Roy Orbison's Home-Life

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 12 April 1963

ROY ORBISON may live just outside Nashville, Tennessee — in Hendersonville, to be exact — and he may record his hit discs in the celebrated ...

Kenny Ball, The Kingston Trio: Kenny Ball talks about the Kingston Trio

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 12 April 1963

JAZZMAN KENNY Ball is happy about appearing with America's top folk group, the Kingston Trio... a group he saw on his recent American tour. ...

Ruby & the Romantics: New to the Charts: Ruby, Romantics Make It At Last!

Profile by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 12 April 1963

'OUR DAY Will Come' couldn't be a more appropriate disc title for Ruby and the Romantics, who enter the NME Chart this week. Their record ...

The Chiffons: New to the Charts: Tokens aid Chiffons

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 19 April 1963

'HE'S SO FINE', the disc by the Chiffons — a coloured, all-girl group with a Shirelles-type sound — looks set to confirm the prophecy of ...

The Beatles: Throat Sweets Keep Us Going Say Beatles!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 April 1963

A NEVER-ENDING supply of throat sweets is one of the secrets behind the continued success of the Beatles, who come crashing into the NME Chart ...

Skeeter Davis: Alan Smith Conducts a Transatlantic Question-Time with Skeeter Davis

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 April 1963

A MODEST, charming person who's far from being as sad as she sounds on her first British hit, 'The End Of The World'! — that's ...

The Beatles, The Brook Brothers, Cliff Richard, Joe Brown, Mike Berry, The Shadows, The Tornados: Cliff Richard, The Beatles, The Tornados, Joe Brown et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 April 1963

MIKE BERRY burst into the second half to the throbbing beat of 'La Bamba'. Close on its heels came his current release 'My Little Baby' ...

Gerry Mulligan: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 26 April 1963

Melodic Mulligan ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Beaty Welcome for Jerry Lee Lewis

Report by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 3 May 1963

JERRY LEE LEWIS looks like getting a wild welcome when he arrives to start his British tour at Birmingham Town Hall on May 6. At ...

The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer: Billy J. Kramer Adds To Liverpool Chart Invasion!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 May 1963

FIRST THE BEATLES, then Gerry and the Pacemakers. Now a new Liverpool name, Billy J. Kramer, looks set to take the NME Chart by storm ...

Billie Davis, Duffy Power, Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, John Leyton, Mike Berry, Mike Sarne: John Leyton, Mike Sarne, Jet Harris & Tony Meehan et al: Essoldo, Brighton

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 3 May 1963

LEYTON PACKAGE FEATURES NEW MIKE SARNE ...

The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Jet Harris & Tony Meehan, The Shadows, The Tornados: Top Acts Explain The Beat-Boom

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 3 May 1963

IAN DOVE quizzes SHADOWS, TORNADOS, BEATLES, JET & TONY, and GERRY & PACEMAKERS ...

Andy Williams Explains Why He Didn't Do A Palladium TV

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 May 1963

ANDY WILLIAMS settled back into a deep armchair at London's Dorchester Hotel. "I couldn't appear on Sunday Night At The Palladium," he said, "because of ...

Eddie Cochran: Fans Prove Label Wrong About Cochran

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 May 1963

EDDIE COCHRAN'S chart entry 'My Way' is only one of several previously unissued discs the U.S. star left behind after his death in April, 1960. ...

Heinz, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent: Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Heinz: Town Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 10 May 1963

Two 'houses' shouted 'We want Jerry'! ...

The Beatles: From You To Us Inspired 'From Me To You'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 May 1963

according to THE BEATLES who told Alan Smith ...

Ray Charles: Welcome to Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 10 May 1963

THE GENIUS... Messiah... Prophet... High Priest. Big words, and strange words to apply to a singer! But all have been used with religious fervour describing ...

Billy J. Kramer: Singing Was Forced On To Me!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 May 1963

BILLY J. KRAMER sat back in his manager's London office and looked thoughtful as the bubbles settled on top of his cup of hot tea. ...

Ray Charles: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 17 May 1963

Too hard a job for Ray Charles? ...

Ray Charles: "I Don't Know What Is The Real Me," Admits Ray Charles

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 24 May 1963

"CARY GRANT, the film star. You know, he's a friend of mine and he used to tell me to come to England. He told me ...

Bobby Rydell's British Recording Hits The Bull's Eye!

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 24 May 1963

BOBBY RYDELL came from America in March to appear on Sunday Night At The London Palladium. While here he said: "Just lately I haven't been ...

Paul & Paula: Paul and Paula Make a Frank Statement About Marriage

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 24 May 1963

PAUL AND PAULA, the "Young Lovers" who sing simple songs of love and tenderness to each and project the same kind of image, received poor ...

Freddie & The Dreamers: The Hilarious Account Of How Freddie 'Floated' From Milk To Hit

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 7 June 1963

MR. FREDERICK GARRATTY has it all worked out exactly when he became just plain Freddie, a full-time professional entertainer with a backing group called the ...

Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly: Buddy Holly Scores Fourth 'Bo' Hit!

Report by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 14 June 1963

ONCE AGAIN, 'Bo Diddley' is a hit — the fourth time it has been in the pop music charts, this time steered there by the ...

Lesley Gore: Parties Are Lucky For Lesley

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 14 June 1963

MAKING HER chart bow this week with 'It's My Party', attractive Lesley Gore actually owes her disc success to the occasion she sang a song ...

Jim Reeves: Long-lasting Jim Reeves Takes Things Very Calmly

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 21 June 1963

JIM REEVES comes from Texas, has that celebrated lazy Texan drawl and a relaxed attitude towards singing and his audience. Everything appears to be taken ...

The Everly Brothers: Phil And Don Everly Put Up A Fight

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 21 June 1963

NOBODY could say the fortunes of the Everly Brothers have been at their highest just lately, but the boys are determined to put up a ...

The Isley Brothers: Beatles Make Isleys' Hit

Report by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 28 June 1963

THREE brothers, O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald — the surname is Isley — have to be very thankful to Liverpool's Beatles. For if the Beatles weren't ...

Connie Francis Returns to Sing for our Queen

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 June 1963

CONNIE FRANCIS must hold some kind of record for the number of times she's visited Britain in the past few years! She'll be adding another ...

Lesley Gore: The Singing Rebel

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 June 1963

IT'S THE BEATLES' favourite disc of the moment and it's sung by a 17-year-old American girl who had a genteel upbringing in the sedate neighbourhood ...

Sophie Tucker: The Talk Of The Town, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 28 June 1963

Same Old Sophie ...

The Swinging Blue Jeans: Blue Jeans Swing into Chart

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 5 July 1963

THE SWINGING Blue Jeans have been swinging for a long time. Back in 1957, when they were first formed, the line-up was typical of those ...

Gerry & The Pacemakers: Just Say 'Didn'I' To Get The Pacemakers Laughing

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 5 July 1963

GERRY AND the Pacemakers staggered into their dressing-room, glistening with perspiration as each fell into a chair and sipped an ice-cold drink. "Like it?" grinned ...

Nat King Cole: Welcome Back to Nat 'King' Cole

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 5 July 1963

INCREDIBLE — but in December, 1940, in a Hollywood recording studio, Nat "King" Cole made the first of many hit discs, 'Sweet Lorraine'. It is ...

Billy Fury: My Top Ten by Billy Fury

Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 12 July 1963

'DESTINY' by Johnnie Ray. — Before the days of rock 'n' roll, I was a great Johnnie Ray fan, following his career and records closely. ...

The Searchers: Searchers Paid £40 To Make LP

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 July 1963

THE SEARCHERS might not be in the NME Top Ten this week – making an amazing jump from No. 24 to No. 5! – if ...

Bobby Rydell: Experiment Worked After Two Years Says Bobby Rydell

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 July 1963

BOBBY RYDELL is head over heels at the success of his British-made disc 'Forget Him' — his first record to hit the NME Chart since 'Sway' almost ...

Mickie Most: Newcomer to the Charts: Mickie Most Goes Right Back...

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 19 July 1963

MICKIE MOST may be a newcomer to the NME Top 30 with 'Mr. Porter', but he's had one of the longest careers in beat music ...

The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, The Tremeloes: The 'Twist And Shout' Battle Hots Up! (And How The NME Helped)

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 July 1963

THERE'S A long and fascinating story behind the big come-back success of 'Twist And Shout' (now with three versions in the best-sellers) — and it's ...

The Dakotas, Billy J. Kramer: Billy J. Kramer Talks About the Dakotas

Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 9 August 1963

BILLY J. KRAMER stood in the wings at Southend Odeon at the weekend, clicking his fingers to the rhythm of the Dakotas. A spotlight penetrated ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: Close-Up on Paul McCartney, a Beatle

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 August 1963

I WENT roof-climbing with the Beatles – up a rickety wooden ladder, over drainpipes, and past the huge chimney-pots of London's plush Washington Hotel. The ...

The Caravelles: Two Smart Girls

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 9 August 1963

THE CARAVELLES sound "like so many Peggy Lees all singing at once," said one entranced listener when he heard their debut disc 'You Don't Have ...

Gene Pitney, The Supremes: Gene Pitney's 72 Days With The Supremes

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 2 October 1964

GENE PITNEY recently took a bus journey with the Supremes. They shared front seat views — FOR 72 DAYS AND OVER 30,000 MILES. Gene, who ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Newcomers to the Charts: Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers

Profile and Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 2 October 1964

FOR CLIFF Bennett it's seventh record lucky! Cliff has finally made it with 'One Way Love' at No. 29 in the NME Chart. ...

The Hollies: Through? Not The Hollies!

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 2 October 1964

LOTS OF PEOPLE said that the Hollies were through because they were taking too long issuing another record. So the Manchester group agreed "We're Through" ...

The Beatles: What We Bought At Harrods

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 December 1964

CHRISTMAS COMES but once a year... and when it comes it brings special problems for the Beatles. Those four famous faces can't just nip into ...

Cilla Black: Cilla Is Knocked Out By New Disc!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 January 1965

KEITH ALTHAM meets a sun-tanned singing star and discovers... ...

The Animals: Animals In America

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 February 1965

ERIC BURDON v. Cassius Clay might sound like an unlikely title bout but Eric informs me that it was almost reality when the Animals were ...

The Seekers: Seekers Are Goon Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 February 1965

"HELLO Folks!" That Spike Milligan salutation would seem highly appropriate to open an article about Australian folk singers, The Seekers, who attribute a great deal ...

The Hollies: Hollies Get Into No 1 Hit Mood

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 7 February 1965

"IT'S GREAT to be Number One – you can't get much lower than that!" shouted Graham Nash, as the Hollies invaded the NME offices on ...

Gene Pitney: Flashback for Gene Pitney to The Most Ridiculous Session Ever

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 5 March 1965

WORD WENT around very quickly about the "most ridiculous recording session ever." Accountants blanched as they put the cost in their account books. Heads of ...

The Rolling Stones: Startling Stones Discovery!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 March 1965

I DISCOVERED the secret of the Stones act last weekend at the Edmonton Regal. It is — THEY DON'T HAVE ONE! ...

Dave Berry, Goldie & The Gingerbreads, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Dave Berry, Goldie & The Gingerbreads, The Checkmates: Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 March 1965

FOUR NEW TUNES IN THE ACT ...

Tom Jones

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 March 1965

STRAIGHT from his long run up the North Pier, Worthing, Tom Jones arrived bleary-eyed and bewhiskered in his dressing room at Ready, Steady, Go! to ...

The Contours, Earl Van Dyke, Kim Weston, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: A Warning To The Tamla-Motown Visitors From Their Biggest Fan!

Interview by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 19 March 1965

BRITAIN'S Mr. Tamla-Motown — he's Dave Godin, organiser of the Tamla-Motown Appreciation Society — was walking around warning the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the ...

Marianne Faithfull

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 19 March 1965

MARIANNE FAITHTULL frightens me to death. She is cool, confident, clever and highly successful. The kind of beauty you meet at a party, regulate yourself ...

Sandie Shaw: Unsure Sandie

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 19 March 1965

BACK from a hectic five-day promotional tour of France I found Sandie Shaw and composer Chris ('Long Live Love') Andrews seated at a piano in ...

Adam Faith, Sandie Shaw: Sandie Shaw and Adam Faith

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 April 1965

ADAM GOT the Rolls out and with Sandie Shaw and I in the back we drove along Tooting Bec Broadway searching for a fish and ...

The Kinks' Peter Quaife

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 April 1965

THERE IS a touch of the "Paul McCartneys" about Peter Quaife of the Kinks. Like Paul he plays bass, and like Paul he is the ...

Unit 4+2

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 April 1965

MY NEW disc will be issued in mid-April! I'm being backed by Buster Meikle, Humble Garwood, Pigmy Halliday, Lem Lubin, Count Moules and Sweat Moeller. ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Never Does What A Pop Star Should

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 April 1965

SHE HAS a pert, child-like face which darts out at you from a cascade of fine, fair hair. The face seems to be concentrated into ...

Dave Berry: Surfing, What's That?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 April 1965

"SURFER" DAVE BERRY, as his publicist Andy "Wipeout" Wickham is now pleased to title him, phoned me from his home in Manchester. Needless to say, ...

The Animals, The Bachelors, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Donovan, Dusty Springfield, Freddie & The Dreamers, Georgie Fame, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Rockin' Berries, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers, Sounds Incorporated, Them, Tom Jones, Twinkle, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones et al: NME Poll Winners' Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 April 1965

IT WAS THE GREATEST POP SHOW ON EARTH ...

The Kinks: Kinks' Ray Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 April 1965

RAY DAVIES is the King Kink. He composed all their hits and although there is no official leader in the group, Ray is the driving ...

Donovan: I'll Quit After Two More Years

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 April 1965

GIPSY DAVE sat in Donovan's dressing room playing a strange instrument – a leg off a Queen Anne chair strung with one guitar string. ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon, Animal Trainer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 April 1965

CLAD in a black track suit, zippered to the neck, and still wearing his carpet slippers, the chunky figure of Eric Burdon lay writhing on ...

Françoise Hardy: One Girl Music Organisation!

Profile by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 April 1965

AT TWENTY-ONE, Francoise Hardy is undoubtedly the most attractive musical organisation in the world. She is her own accompanist, agent, manager and composer. For that ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Are Poles Apart

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 April 1965

BEFORE THEIR trip to Japan and the Far East I lunched with Peter Asher and his sparring partner Gordon Waller, and a more unlikely combination ...

Manfred Mann

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 May 1965

MANFRED MANN (not to be confused with the group) is often cynical, outspoken and sometimes frank to the point of being rude. He is also ...

Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Meets Dylan And Baez

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 May 1965

THE COLOURFUL combination of Bob Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, Joan Baez, John Mayall and "a nice fat man called Albert" (Dylan's manager) met to dispose of ...

Them

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 May 1965

I CAN'T say that it came as a surprise to find that – after three cancelled appointments with Them – they were not at the ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Push Elvis, Everlys

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 June 1965

SQUATTING in my waste-paper basket, crunching a wafer biscuit and gulping a carton of cow juice, last Friday evening, sat the finest unpaid publicity man ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Don't Like Own Hits

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 June 1965

IN THE middle of a field in Windsor sat Yardbirds' vocalist Keith Relf dressed as an Elizabethan page with plumed hat and a huge silk ...

Françoise Hardy: Françoise Sweeps In

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 June 1965

FRANCOISE HARDY swept into London's Savoy Hotel in a red jacket, boots and bell-bottom trousers. It had been quite a day for the French star ...

The Kinks: Kinks Back To Abnormal

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 June 1965

FOLLOWING Dave Davies' recent cymbolic headache and the Kinks withdrawal from their tour, there's been wild speculation about their future. I met them last Friday ...

The Walker Brothers: American Walkers Love Wild Wild Fans

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 June 1965

THERE are fifteen mirrors in one bedroom; a cavalry sword on the wall; a marble bust of nobody in particular on the mantelpiece; an enormous ...

Elvis Presley: More Old Songs: Tickle Me

Film/DVD/TV Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 June 1965

Tickle Me isn't the GREATEST film Elvis has ever made, but it isn't the worst, either. ...

Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones: Stones and Manfreds: Jones Boys Talk About Chart-Making EPs

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 June 1965

FOR THE first time two EPs have crashed into the NME Chart simultaneously. They are the Rolling Stones' 'Got Live If You Want It' and the Manfreds' ...

The Who Use Force To Get The Sound They Want!!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 June 1965

HE SAT TENSED against a hard-backed chair, dressed in a Carnaby Street blue jacket and with a blond, Mod hairstyle that showed dark at the ...

Donovan Gambles On Anti-war Song About Vietnam

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 2 July 1965

DONOVAN doesn't wear his faded denim cap any more. But this isn't the only change in the life of the young curly-headed folk singer whose ...

The Hollies: Hollies Get Into No. 1

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 July 1965

...and tell Keith Altham about it ...

Bob Dylan, Dana Gillespie: Bob Dylan's Not A Singer At All — Says His Friend Dana

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 July 1965

"HE'S NOT really a singer at all. He just writes poems and sings them because he thinks a narrative would bore people. Donovan's voice is ...

The Everly Brothers: Everlys Thrilled Over British Tour

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 9 July 1965

"WE'RE looking so much forward to going back to Britain," exclaimed Don Everly on the phone from Decorah, Iowa, to my office in California. "We're ...

Joan Baez — Big Surprise

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 July 1965

HOW MANY people thought that Joan Baez would be seen back in the NME Chart again, once 'We Shall Overcome' had faded into the distance? Not many, ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Question Time

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 July 1965

THE YARDBIRDS were in no mood for pulling punches when I called on them in their dressing room at the Ready, Steady, Go studios in ...

Adam Faith, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Val Doonican: Eve Taylor: Queen Bee Of Show Business

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 July 1965

EVELYN TAYLOR – affectionately, respectfully, jealously and irreverently known as the "Queen Bee of Show Business" – has a loud voice, grey hair and the ...

Donovan: Hollywood Not So Hot — say Donovan and Baez!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 July 1965

"I WASN'T exactly knocked out with it, man," said Donovan, having "done" Hollywood and in the process of "doing" a large plateful of ravioli in ...

P.J. Proby: I'm Still The Greatest

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 July 1965

LOOKING rather like a refugee from a Biblical nightmare, P.J. Proby – with beard and shoulder-length hair – loped down the corridor from Top Of ...

The Pretty Things: Scotland's Really Wild Report Pretty Things

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 July 1965

APART FROM being banned from swimming pools, finding their dressing-room in the middle of the girls' cloakroom, and being pulled off stage with alarming regularity, ...

Dusty Springfield: Tired Dusty Raves Over Next Single

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 July 1965

IT WAS 2.30 in the afternoon and Dusty Springfield was still sound asleep when I rang her at her London home. There was a slight ...

The Ivy League: Ivy League Are Inspired By Life

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 July 1965

"MIDNIGHT... neon signs bursting into life and winking out... theatres with names in fire... Sammy Davis in Golden Boy... your first time walking down Broadway... the ...

Manfred Mann: Manfred plays the "Baiting" Game

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 July 1965

...AND VENTS HIS SARCASM ON REPORTER KEITH ALTHAM ...

The Dave Clark Five: Dave Clark is Plane Unlucky

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

DAVE CLARK arrived back in Britain on Tuesday from America six hours late. His original plane had to return to Kennedy Airport with a damaged ...

The Animals: John Steel — The Forgotten Animal

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

JOHN STEEL is a very rare Animal. Seldom seen with the pack (Messrs. Rowberry, Chandler, Burdon and Valentine) and seldom heard. He remains the background ...

Jonathan King: New to the Charts: Jonathan King No. 19

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

THE TWENTY-one-year-old verbal machine-gun, by name Jonathan King, who entered the NME Chart at No. 19 with 'Everyone's Gone To The Moon' sat down in ...

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs: Sam The Sham Has Sung In Opera!

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

Special from Tracy Thomas in Hollywood ...

Joan Baez, Dana Gillespie, Paul Simon: Two Views on Baez, by Paul Simon and Dana Gillespie

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

A SMALL, dark, intense man from Greenwich Village (home of his folkship, Bob Dylan) came to my office last week and talked about Joan Baez. ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Lash Out

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 30 July 1965

THE YARDBIRDS are bristling with hurt anger this week — at Thank Your Lucky Stars Summer Spin; at their manager, and at a pop promoter who ...

Tom Jones: From Tom Jones In New York: New release is STUPID!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 August 1965

JONES THE Pop sounded dull and unhappy when I rang him at the Gorham Hotel in New York this week. He thinks it's "damn stupid" ...

Georgie Fame : Will I be Flop of the Year?

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 August 1965

THE BLUE Flames had gone home, and Georgie Fame stood in the middle of a recording studio, reaching up to the mike and belting out ...

Marianne Faithfull: Baby Halts Marianne's Plans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 6 August 1965

"BABIES are taking over," Marianne Faithfull informed me. "My little 'third party' is going to prevent me going to the U.S. or Mexico as I ...

The Beatles: John Lennon Slams The Critics

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 August 1965

JOHN LENNON shouted for food, then turned to me in the vast, near-deserted auditorium of Blackpool's ABC theatre. In two hours he and the rest ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Have Got Their Own Troubles

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 6 August 1965

'YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROUBLES' and the Fortunes have certainly got their own as I found out when I spoke to them recently. "Our greatest problem ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones Hit Back

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 6 August 1965

I WENT to see the big, bad Rolling Stones during their first-ever performance at the London Palladium last Sunday. ...

Joan Baez, Donovan: It's School-Marm Joan Baez Now!

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 August 1965

JOAN BAEZ has turned school-marm. In a Californian town she has started an unusual "School For Non-Violence", where children turn up to sit in silence. ...

Sonny & Cher: Sonny Became Singer Giving Cher Courage

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 August 1965

"I NEVER intended to be a singer," confessed Sonny, when I found him squatting on the stairs in the corridors of a BBC Theatre in ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon Turns Author

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 August 1965

STAND by for Eric Burdon, author. I've just been going over some of the roughs that Eric is preparing for his first book (publisher wanted). ...

The Animals, The Beatles, Steampacket: Wild Richmond Festival — and Meeting Two Unexpected Guests

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 August 1965

FROM A STEEL tower out in the middle of Richmond Athletic Ground the anxious voice of an American cameraman crackled through a walkie-talkie set held ...

Elkie Brooks, The Byrds, Donovan, Kenny Lynch: The Byrds, Donovan, Kenny Lynch et al: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 August 1965

Byrds' Weak Stage Act ...

The Righteous Brothers: Brothers Riding High!

Report and Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 20 August 1965

"BILL and Bob are thrilled about their New York stay," Karen Medley, wife of Righteous Brother Bill Medley, revealed to me in a telephone conversation. ...

The McCoys: New to the Charts: The McCoys on New Label

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 August 1965

IT'S IMMEDIATE success for the Andrew Oldham-Tony Calder "Immediate" disc label — and a first NME Chart entry for the American group the McCoys! The label's debut ...

Sonny & Cher Take Over Three Chart Spots! Including the Top!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 August 1965

Keith Altham spent four days with them to write this revealing article ...

The Walker Brothers: Walkers Make It Sound Easy — But It's Not!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 August 1965

TORN, TATTERED, but triumphant — the Walker Brothers have got the big hit they needed with their second record, 'Make It Easy On Yourself'. Hysterical ...

Brenda Lee: Brenda Really Means Those Sad Love Songs

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 September 1965

MARRIAGE CAN be a dodgy business when you're a pop star — as I found when a sad-voiced Brenda Lee phoned me from Nashville, Tennessee. ...

Horst Jankowski: Janie Marden Talks About Her Friend Horst Jankowski

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 September 1965

LOOK AT his picture and if you didn't know he was in the charts right now you might visualise Horst Jankowski as a bank clerk ...

The Rolling Stones: Now They're World-Wide Stones

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 September 1965

THE NEWS OF the big Stones shake-up broke in the Ready, Steady, Go! canteen last Friday evening as Bill Wyman and I sat chatting about ...

The Dave Clark Five: Question time with DAVE CLARK

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 September 1965

Conducted by ALAN SMITH ...

The Animals, Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones: Stones Take Over!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 September 1965

ON THE TV monitor was Andrew Oldham, clad in bobcat waistcoat, miming to Cher's voice singing "I don't care if your hair's too long" and ...

Cher: All I Really Wanna Do (Liberty)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 September 1965

CHER'S LP — Track-by-track ...

Manfred Mann: Paul Jones says — No Smut In Latest Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 September 1965

"SUGGESTlVE," "Blatant" and "Embarrassingly obvious" are just some of the harsh words being levelled at Manfred Mann's new hit 'If You Gotta Go, Go Now'. ...

The McCoys: McCoys Are America's Wildest Group

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 September 1965

...says ALAN SMITH ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Tour: WILD! that's the scene for the next four weeks, says MICK JAGGER

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 September 1965

IN THE SPACE of four weeks 100,000 people will sit, and stand, and scream. More than 90,000 ice-creams and hysteria-cooling drinks will be sold. Hot, ...

Barry McGuire... Protests About Protests

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 1 October 1965

"I LEFT to be myself. I felt there were better things to be said. If I can't have fun then I'm not real, and if ...

James Brown: 95 Per Cent of Credit

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 1 October 1965

IT COULD have been James Brown, professional boxer or baseball player. Instead he chose to enter the world of entertainment and became a giant, playing ...

Wilson Pickett — Stones, Tom Jones Fan!

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 1 October 1965

"I WAS SITTING on the front porch picking at my guitar and singing. This neighbour boy came up and asked me to play some more. ...

Dusty Springfield: Sunday Paper Scared off Dusty's Man

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 15 October 1965

THE DELECTABLE Miss Dusty Springfield was in candid mood when I spoke to her this week — about wigs, her nose . . . and ...

Andy Williams: Delighted Andy Williams Says Proudly Now I'm a British Pop Star!

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 22 October 1965

NMExclusive interview in Hollywood byTRACY THOMAS ...

The Yardbirds: Our Emotional Experiences in Sound! — by the Yardbirds

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 October 1965

IT COULD be the flop of the year — or it could be the biggest thing in package shows since the invention of the electric ...

Sonny & Cher Get Even

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 October 1965

SONNY struck back last week! When I phoned him at his home in Los Angeles recently, I got him out of bed at five o'clock ...

The Walker Brothers: The Scott Walker Interview

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 October 1965

HIS MOTHER CALLS him "the madman." His manager, agent and publicist call him all kind of things when he disappears for days without telling anyone ...

The Fortunes: Fortunes Admit It: They Use Session Boys!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 29 October 1965

THE FORTUNES go on record as the first group I have met who have had the honesty to admit they use session musicians on their ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Hit Back

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 29 October 1965

TEATIME with the Rolling Stones in the Ready, Steady, Go! canteen proved most entertaining. David Jacobs was the conversational target to start with. Keith Richard ...

Peter and Gordon: Peter & Gordon Kill Split Rumours

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 November 1965

IF PETER and Gordon look just a little untidy when they appear on your TV screens in the Lennon-McCartney Spectacular at Christmas, you can put ...

The Animals: Animals Want to Wax a 'New Tracks' EP

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 November 1965

I PICKED up Eric Burdon at the BBC Maida Vale studios at 11 last Friday morning. ...

The Who: Smashing Time Costs WHO Fortune!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 November 1965

ANYONE WHO has ever seen a demolition gang smashing down a building will know what it's like when the Who get up steam. Their music ...

Len Barry, The Dovells, Bobby Vee: NMExclusive Interview with Len Barry

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 19 November 1965

...who talks about the disc nobody thought would make it! ...

The Toys: 'Toy June Is So Cute You'll Bite Her' says Toys' Manager!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 November 1965

LONDON-NEW YORK INTERVIEW by ALAN SMITH ...

Cliff Richard: Cliff Never Has To Worry About Material For His Next Single Or LP — He's Got Plenty In The Can

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 December 1965

"CHUTCHY-FACE." That would have been comedian Bernie Winters' name for Cliff Richard only a few months ago, when Cliff was a chubby-cheeked character who could ...

Tony Bennett Has Yo-Yo Hit

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 December 1965

PROBABLY the oddest chart story of the year lies behind 'I Left My Heart In San Francisco' — the silky, sophisticated Tony Bennett disc which ...

The Beatles: ALAN SMITH goes on tour with THE BEATLES!

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 December 1965

LIKE SOMETHING from the world of James Bond and international intrigue, a sleek Austin Princess with black tinted windows headed out of London in the ...

Spencer Davis Group: New to the Charts: Spencer Davis Group Makes Stones Happy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 December 1965

THE GROUP that every other group — from the Stones to the Animals — wanted to have a hit, that's the Spencer Davis Group, and ...

Sandie Shaw: Sandie's Set To Act!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 December 1965

"'ELLO, IS THAT you? This is me. I've been trying to get through to you for over 20 minutes. What are you — a god ...

The Beatles, The Moody Blues: Odeon, Glasgow

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 December 1965

Beatles terrific... and rest of bill ...

The Who: Who Admit They're Feuding

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 December 1965

WHAT'S WRONG with the Who? Rumours that all is not well with the group have been circulating in show business circles for some weeks. ...

George Harrison, The Hollies: Hollies' Graham Nash Blasts back at George

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 December 1965

GEORGE HARRISON is probably the friendliest and most easy-going member of the Beatles. But something he said in the NME last week has brought him ...

The Beatles: London Turns On The Beatlemania

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 December 1965

Another tour special by ALAN SMITH ...

The Walker Brothers: Thrown Out!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 December 1965

WALKER BROTHERS GET FLAT SMELLING 'FUNKY' THEN THEY'RE THROWN OUT! ...

The Kinks: New Sounding Kinks

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 December 1965

WHEN I SAW Kink Ray Davies last week he was wearing a blue suit, white ankle socks and a weak smile. He was playing a ...

The Animals, Cilla Black, Herman's Hermits, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Who: On Christmas Eve... RSG Goes Out of its Mind!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 December 1965

Reports KEITH ALTHAM who previews the show ...

The Beatles: What They Bought At Harrods

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 December 1965

CHRISTMAS comes but once a year... and when it comes it brings special problems for the Beatles. Those four famous faces can't just nip into ...

Cilla Black: Little Red Riding Hood, Wimbledon Theatre, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 31 December 1965

Cilla a most vital 'Red Riding Hood' ...

Spencer Davis Group: 'Keep Running' was Originally the Flip Reveals Spencer Davis

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 31 December 1965

APPARENTLY BATH was flooded on Monday morning and, following this momentous news, Spencer Davis decided he had time at last to come to the NME offices for ...

The Four Seasons: Seasons Hate Miming

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 31 December 1965

ANN MOSES talks with BOB GAUDIO ...

Otis Redding: Tracy Thomas discovers Stones Knock Otis Out!

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 31 December 1965

THEY call James Brown, "Mr. Dynamite," Roy Head is known as "Mr. Rubber Legs." But the title "Mr. Soul" belongs exclusively to Otis Redding, one ...

The Walker Brothers: We're Sure Glad We Came Here, Say Walker Brothers

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1966

THEY ARRIVED in Britain in February, 1965, because they felt that to achieve success in Britain was more important than doing so in the States. ...

Roger Miller: Coppers on Bikes Got Roger Miller Swinging!

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 7 January 1966

"England swings like a pendulum do. 
Bobbies on bicycles, two by two. 
Westminster Abbey, the Tower, Big Ben; 
The rosy-red cheeks of the little children."
(Part ...

Gary Walker (Leeds), The Walker Brothers: Gary Walker

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 January 1966

"EVERYONE IN the Business will hate it," Gary declared. "And especially the good singers. It should sell about two million copies — at which point ...

The Kinks: Kinks Go For Spider Sound

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 January 1966

THE MYSTERIOUS Spider Korner who plays "seven" string guitar and "roams the world", is the musical influence behind the Kinks' next single, Dave Davies revealed ...

Fontella Bass: British Trip Caused Heartaches For Fontella

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 January 1966

AS A RESULT of her recent British visit I found that sensitive "soul" Fontella Bass suffering from a big back-ache and a little heartache just ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: Wedding Belles: George Pities Paul

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 28 January 1966

"I PITY Paul," said George Harrison, with a wry grin, "'cos now he's the only Beatle left, you lot will hound him all over the ...

Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis: He's Deep, Very Deep

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 February 1966

SPENCER David Nelson (his father was a paratrooper!) Davis soared in my estimation last Friday when he sent the Rolling Stones' chauffeur-driven Austin Princess to ...

Nancy Sinatra: AWFUL For A Boy, JOKE For A Girl — That's The Argument Nancy Sinatra Used To Wax 'Boots' Hit

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 11 February 1966

HER BOOTS may have been made for walkin'! But Nancy Sinatra's 'Boots' also jumped, ran and scrambled up the pop charts in both America and ...

The Rolling Stones : Neurotic Bird Song

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 February 1966

AN INTERVIEW with the Rolling Stones is something to go to with mixed feelings. The prospect of being confined in a small office off Baker ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group: Steve Winwood — Modest Wonder Boy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 February 1966

SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Steve Winwood "the boy wonder" in the Spencer Davis group (lead vocals, guitar, piano, vibes and drums) is a modest – but "colourful" character! ...

The Walker Brothers: Walkers' Great Bodyguard!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 February 1966

IN STRODE the most enormous pair of grey jeans in the World and stood next to Scott Walker (a mere six foot) making him look ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Fame Just Grew and Grew!

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 18 February 1966

THE FIVE Californian Beach Boys – Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine – began their music career with little intention of ...

Spencer Davis Group: Muff Winwood: Shy Guy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 February 1966

BASS guitarist Muff (in memory of "Muffin The Mule") Winwood is the Spencer who hides in the toilet when the photographers are about! ...

The Animals: Animals Took Liberty With Prison Song

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 February 1966

"WE TOOK A terrible liberty with 'Inside Looking Out'," admits Eric Burdon. "It's the first number we've recorded without a tune. It originates from a ...

Jonathan King, The Mindbenders, Sandie Shaw: The Mindbenders: Danger From Clippy!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 February 1966

AS I APPROACHED the Mindbenders' dressing room down in the vaults of the BBC-TV Centre, a young lady hurtled out of an adjacent ladies' room ...

James Brown: Two Sides of James Brown

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 4 March 1966

JAMES BROWN. Such a plain name – they call him Mr. Dynamite. They are one person. But there are two faces to the entertainer. Thousands ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boy Brian Solo — Has Stand-In With Group!

Report and Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 11 March 1966

IMAGINE THE Stones planning their next British tour, knowing that Mick was going to stay in London and write songs! Or what if Spencer Davis ...

The Animals, Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Eric Burdon & Scott Engel: Scott Smarts After Burdon's JBJ Slamming

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 March 1966

AN INTENSE person, who is over sensitive to criticism of his work, I found Scott Engel (Walker) more than a little irked by Eric Burdon's ...

The Yardbirds: Yardbirds Split!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 March 1966

THE YARDBIRDS ARE to split – but only on disc! In the group's dressing room at Ready, Steady Go last Friday I spoke with manager ...

The Kinks: Kinks Don't Mind 'Formby Quartet' Tag

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 March 1966

IN A LARGE WHITE house in East Finchley with an orange door (which he says is "red"), in a room with orange walls and an ...

The Who: Who Are Going Around In 'Circles'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 March 1966

FOLLOW this closely – this is the saga of the group that is running around in "Circles" – who else but the Who? ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Have Reached Peak At Home

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 March 1966

BRIAN JONES returned last week from his Australian-American exploits with innumerable albums by Ravi Shankar (an Indian citarist) and wearing his full-length Kangaroo coat. He ...

The Walker Brothers: Great To Be Alone At No. 1

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 March 1966

"IT'S GOOD to have it all to ourselves at the No. 1 spot this week," said Scott Engel when I spoke to him on Tuesday. ...

The Rolling Stones: In Paris with the Rolling Stones

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 April 1966

Keith Altham finds there's never a dull moment! ...

The Rolling Stones: Olympia, Paris

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 April 1966

IN PARIS Keith Altham (flying as Keith Richard!) reports BILL STOPS BOMB EXPLOSION! ...

Simon & Garfunkel: New to the Charts: Enter the intellectual S & G!

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 8 April 1966

"LIFE IS like a game. Everyone keeps trying to find out how to win. If you stopped trying to discover this, life would be nothing." ...

The Rolling Stones: Aftermath (Decca)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 April 1966

NMExclusive track by track review of STONES NEW LP ...

The Who, The Yardbirds: With Who And 'Birds At Paris Allez-Oop!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 April 1966

READY, Steady, Allez-oops, from the Locomotive in Paris last Friday, was largely held together by the efforts of the Who and the Yardbirds, who were ...

Spencer Davis Group: 'Somebody' Makes No. 1 — But Too Quickly For Spence!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 15 April 1966

THAT WELL-known chart topper and expectant father ("If it's a bloke I'm going to call him Gregory") and man about Potters Bar – Spencer Davis, ...

The Walker Brothers: Walker Hostility On The Wane

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 15 April 1966

BEING misunderstood is a full-time occupation for Scott Engel. As the Walker Brothers' reputation soars, so Scott manages to over-exercise his incredible talent for putting ...

Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel: Paul Simon: Now They All Want Paul Simon Songs!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 April 1966

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT influence in popular music today, since the emergence of that well-known Lennon-McCartney firm, seems to be the mini-sized music-maker Paul Simon, who ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Nice, Abnormal Spoonful!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 April 1966

JOHN SEBASTIAN, twenty-one-year-old composer and singer of the Lovin' Spoonful's latest hit 'Daydream', which is currently No. 4 in America, arrived at the group's Pye ...

Manfred Mann: NME Chart Proves Manfreds Wrong

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 29 April 1966

DOWN AMONG the devil worshippers at the BBC Top Of The Pops studio last Thursday afternoon was Paul Jones, that disturbing combination of schoolboy charm ...

The Beatles, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Crispian St. Peters, Alan Price, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Shadows, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds: All About The World's Greatest Pop Show: 1966 NME Concert Mightiest Ever!

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 May 1966

THOUSANDS upon thousands of fans converging on the massive Wembley Empire Pool for the biggest pop show in the world on Sunday... the staggering, the ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Dave Dee Laughs, Too — All Way To The Bank!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 May 1966

DAVE DEE, DOZY, Beaky, Mick and Tich are a gift to mediocre comedians who fall about making "unpunny" remarks like: "Oh, yes, 'Wavy Lee, Drunken, ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's Press Reception

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 May 1966

HAIR BRISTLING about like a Fijian suffering from a severe electrical shock, wearing a blue suede jacket and white striped trousers, Bob Dylan meandered into ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick And Tich: Focus on BEAKY and DOZY

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1966

BEAKY (real name John Dymond) is the gaunt-faced rhythm guitarist with the group whose sinister looks contradict his "matey" nature. He has a fund of ...

Percy Sledge: Blues Singer's Gamble Paid Off

Profile by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1966

TIME WAS when the biggest stars of show business had names like "Rock Stone" or "Lex Treason" — strong, rugged names that helped to give ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: I'm A Raver, Not A Singer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1966

THE SMALL ("ah! – aren't they cute?") Faces are doing BIG things on the pop scene. Their third big hit, self-penned and called 'Hey Girl', ...

The Animals: Animalisms (Decca) ****

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1966

ERIC RAVES ON "ANIMALS" NEW LP ...

The Beach Boys: Complex and Intricate

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1966

"THE BEACH Boys' ambassador in tennis shoes," as their publicist Derek Taylor so aptly describes new group member Bruce Johnston, surfed into the Waldorf Hotel ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Focus on MICK…and TICH

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 May 1966

MICK began his musical career banging about on biscuit tins, inspired by Bill Haley records like 'See You Later Alligator'. "I just listened to the ...

Roy C: NMExclusive: ALAN SMITH has a Transatlantic Interview With ROY C

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 May 1966

'Shotgun' ended dire poverty ...

The Rolling Stones: Stoned Again! That was the fate of Keith Altham when he interviewed Mick Jagger & Keith Richard

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 May 1966

Mick Will Be Ernie In New Film ...

The Troggs: Troggs Politeness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 June 1966

THE TROGGS, who have a monster hit with 'Wild Thing', are still new and enthusiastic enough to be excited by the glamour and attention injected ...

The Animals: Could 'Don't Bring Me Down' Be Last Animals' Disc?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 June 1966

Out of chaos came their 'best technical' recording, but Keith Altham gets a feeling – quite unofficial – that it might be, but hopes it ...

The Beatles, George Martin: The Beatles: Ringo Played Cards As Others Sang 'Paperback'!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 June 1966

...reveals GEORGE MARTIN, the Beatles' recording manager, in an interview with Alan Smith. ...

The Kinks: Kinks Keep To Humour On Discs

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 June 1966

WHAT with the new tattooed Kink; Ray Davies sniffing aesthetically into a brown paper bag; Bongo drums, metronomes, flute pumps and golf balls being bandied ...

The Beatles: My Broken Tooth — by Paul McCartney

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 June 1966

I HAVE interviewed Paul McCartney travelling in a car at speed. Battling up a crowded flight of stairs. In a smoky billiards room. On the ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Mama and the Papas: The Morning after the Beatles' Night Before

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1966

THE FIRST THING you discover about the Mamas and Papas is that they are not – although Papa John is married to Mama Michelle. The ...

Jonathan King, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: Scott Walker Hits Out Again

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 July 1966

FRANK SINATRA is back in the pop pillory, but the big surprise is that chucking the rotten eggs is not Mick "Paint Him Black" Jagger, ...

The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Chad & Jeremy, The Lovin' Spoonful, Percy Sledge: The Beach Boys, Lovin' Spoonful, Percy Sledge, The Byrds, Chad & Jeremy: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 1 July 1966

SOUND MARS SPECTACULAR ...

The Troggs: From Nowhere The Troggs (Fontana)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 July 1966

Troggs' first LP — Track-by-track review by Keith Altham  ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian Style

Film/DVD/TV Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 8 July 1966

Presley's usual (Hawaiian) style ...

Percy Sledge: EXHAUSTED! — That's The Price Percy Sledge Is Paying

Profile and Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 8 July 1966

Special from Tracy Thomas in Hollywood ...

The Kinks: Kinks Calm Over No. 1 News

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 July 1966

RAY DAVIES lifted the plastic lid covering his salad and viewed the mayonnaise disgustedly. "Oh, no – I hate ketchup!" he sighed and probed disdainfully ...

Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds: Why I Left and Why I Joined

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 July 1966

"I'M A BIT TOO old at twenty-three for all those screaming kids leaping about. I don't really think I'll be missed in the group – ...

Elvis Presley: Paradise Hawaiian StyleNME Readers Reply

Readers' Letters by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 15 July 1966

B. UYDER, Sheffield: Why should Alan Smith (NME last week) have to apologise to Elvis fans for saying what he thinks of his new film ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Too Many Releases 'Kill' Simon And Garfunkel 'Rock' Single

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 15 July 1966

IN AUGUST, 1965, an album titled The Paul Simon Song Book was released by CBS featuring the composition 'I Am A Rock'. In September a ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tina Turner Peels Potatoes as She Raves Over 'River Deep'

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 15 July 1966

"I WAS knocked out by 'River Deep' the first time I heard it," exclaimed Tina Turner, peeling potatoes over the sink of her Los Angeles ...

The Troggs: Troggs Have A Lot To Go Wild About

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 15 July 1966

REG PRESLEY and his band "barn" into the NME Chart this week with the highest entry — 'A Girl Like You' (No. 19) composed by ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis, Usually Surrounded By Girls, Is Now Encircled By Controversy

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 July 1966

SOME Of Elvis' staunchest British fans want to boil me in oil again. Another suggests I lower myself into a spin-dryer and turn it on. ...

James Brown Shined Shoes Here!

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 22 July 1966

"SHINE, MISTER?" a tiny shoeshine boy called after a passing businessman, who dismissed him with a shake of his head. The young Negro sighed and ...

James Brown: Brown Excitement

Report and Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 22 July 1966

THERE WAS excitement both inside and outside of the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sunday, when the James Brown Show played to an audience of ...

The Beatles: John Lennon: 'A Subconscious Urge To Get Above People'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Phones From America

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 July 1966

LAST FRIDAY Mick Jagger, the suppressed Stone, rang me at home from Missouri, where the group is in the middle of their U.S. tour. ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tracy Thomas, in Hollywood, visits the Exciting Turner Family

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 22 July 1966

THE TINY stage is packed; ten musicians in sleek, blue suits; the three young, pretty Ikettes in pop-art dresses; Ike Turner in more casual, but ...

The Beatles: Paul McCartney: 'I Get Caught Out In Street In Underwear!'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 29 July 1966

Beatle Dreams by Alan Smith ...

The Troggs: Troggs Went Wild Over Fan Slur

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 29 July 1966

THE TROGGS are "wild things" this week and the man responsible for raising the wrath of the West Country group is singer-journalist-composer-student and good all-round ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: ? Time with Beach Boy Brian Wilson

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 5 August 1966

THE Beach Boys — in demand for appearances all over the world — used to be one of the most difficult groups to track down. ...

Alan Price: 'Lili' Is A Fun Tune

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 August 1966

HAVING proved that it takes a worried man to sing a worried song with 'I Put A Spell On You', Alan Price has accomplished a ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Oldham: Talented, Insulting, Outrageous

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 August 1966

ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham is on the move and as usual with this ubiquitous personality ("The Beach Boys' new single is not dedicated ...

The Rolling Stones: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 5 August 1966

Stones a hit at Bowl ...

Cream, Georgie Fame, The Who: The Who, Cream et al: National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 5 August 1966

Who 'wreck' festival ...

Paul and Barry Ryan: Ryans Feel Established

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 August 1966

I ARRIVED nearly an hour late at Harold Davison's Regent Street office for my interview with Paul and Barry Ryan due to freak monsoon weather ...

The Troggs: Double-Top Troggs In America And Britain!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 August 1966

LAST WEEK the Troggs were in the enviable position of being No. 1 in England with 'With A Girl Like You' and No. 1 in ...

The Beatles, George Martin: George Martin: Make Them Top Here!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 August 1966

NMExclusive: 'Submarine' recording hilarious recalls A&R manager GEORGE MARTIN to Alan Smith ...

Manfred Mann: New Mann d'Abo Hungry For Success

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 19 August 1966

IN SPITE OF certain visual evidence to the contrary — the differences between the new "Mann," Michael d'Abo (Cambridge University "sent down") and the old ...

The Temptations: The Trip, Los Angeles, CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 19 August 1966

Temptations go well at Los Angeles' Trip club ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett: Paul McCartney Produced Hit Disc For Happy Cliff Bennett

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 26 August 1966

CLIFF BENNETT, that well-known Cockney about Uxbridge, has made a welcome return to the NME Chart, courtesy of Lennon and McCartney's 'Got To Get You ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Flashback For Lovin' Spoonful — To Days When They Were Just Kids

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 26 August 1966

Special from ANN MOSES in Hollywood ...

The Four Tops: Four Tops Kept Trying and Won!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 August 1966

"IF AT FIRST you don't succeed, try, try again." A tired old saying, but it gets new life this week as the Four Tops climb ...

The Beatles: Shea Stadium, Queens, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 26 August 1966

THE BEATLES THRILL 45,000 AT SHEA'S ...

The Walker Brothers: Portrait (Philips)

Review and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 26 August 1966

The Brothers produce a super Portrait album ...

The Beatles: Beatle Bravery Worth More Than Money

Interview by June Harris, New Musical Express, 2 September 1966

A FEW days after the tornado, we're still recovering from the Beatles visit! The concert is over, and so is the tour. The amount the ...

Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, Sonny & Cher: Sonny & Cher, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Astoria, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 September 1966

Communication means everything for Sonny & Cher ...

The Beatles: Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle WA; Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles CA; Candlestick Park, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 2 September 1966

Meanwhile, back in California... ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker Makes Fans Sit Up

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 September 1966

IT DIDN'T mean a thing in Britain ...but a record called 'Shotgun' was the one that blasted Junior Walker and the All-Stars to hit parade ...

Sonny & Cher: They're Pop's Most Lovable Couple

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 September 1966

IT'S THAT 'Little Man' again and bouncing back into the NME Chart this week at No. 18 comes popdom's most lovable couple, Mr. and Mrs. ...

The Small Faces: Steve Marriott: Everyone's 'Luv' And 'Mate'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 September 1966

SHOULD Steve Marriott ever chance to meet royalty it would be safe to assume that within five minutes he would be calling them "luv" and ...

The Troggs: The Astonishing Troggs Do It Again!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 September 1966

THOSE astonishing Troggs have done it again! At the little Olympic studios, concealed in a small mews off Baker Street, during an incredible session Larry ...

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers: Cliff Bennett

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 September 1966

AS CLIFF Bennett and the Rebel Rousers rocket their way up the NME Charts courtesy of Lennon and McCartney we questioned the leader about his ...

Lee Dorsey: Panel-Beating Gave Him Rhythm

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 September 1966

LEE DORSEY is a small, flyweight ex-boxer who always looks as if he doesn't know where his next dime is coming from. ...

The Small Faces: Small Face Kenny Keeps Quiet

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 September 1966

KENNY JONES is the lost Face. Like a great many group drummers he has been placed in the background and prefers to remain there. ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Mystery Man 'Plonk' Lane

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 September 1966

RONNIE PLONK LANE, bass guitarist and grand old man of the Small Faces at the age of 20, is the group's "Mysteryman." "Mystery" is Plonk's ...

Jim Reeves: Jim's First Number One

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 23 September 1966

From Tennessee Mrs. Mary Reeves says thanks for Jim's first number one ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Reveal Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 September 1966

LAST THURSDAY I went to see "Molly Richard" and "Sarah Jagger" – names Keith and Mick have been called since their famous photograph advertising the ...

The Small Faces: Mac's Flu Is Permanent!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 September 1966

"MAC"-FACE (Ian McLagan) says he was born in "Houns-low-on-mud" on May 12, 1946. of an Irish mother and a Scottish father, and he and his ...

The Walker Brothers: A Clever Singer Never Loses His Voice

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 September 1966

THE WALKER-Troggs-Dave Dee popathalon (33 dates must make it a marathon tour) starts running at East Ham Granada tomorrow (Saturday), so last Monday I taxied ...

The Who: Drummer Moon On Zither, Double-Track Tuba, On Who LP

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 7 October 1966

IN AN Italian restaurant off London's Soho last Thursday, which boasts on the menu, "hilarious waiters and spaghetti alla vongole on Sunday" there was baby ...

Sonny & Cher

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 October 1966

ACTION stations for Sonny and Cher. In a transatlantic phone call from his home in Encino, Sonny told me that their first film, Good Times, ...

The Rolling Stones: New Pop Generation's Revolution Is At Hand

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 October 1966

IN FLANAGAN'S bar off Kensington High Street, Keith Richard, Brian Jones and I were being watched – by two bartenders in Edwardian dress and grey ...

The Four Tops: NME Chart News Woke Up The Four Tops In Record Time!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 21 October 1966

THE PHONE rang eleven times in Room 3055 at New York's Hilton Hotel before Lawrence Payton roused himself from his slumbers and dragged it towards ...

The Rolling Stones: Come Into Brian Jones' New Hideaway!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 October 1966

A ROLLING STONE in his own environment is a revelation. Brian's new home incorporates his liking for the dramatic with his taste for the antique. ...

The Troggs: Troggs: Trogg-Men Ridicule Song Ban

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 October 1966

FOLLOWING AUNTIE BBC's policy of giving The Troggs' new single, 'I Can't Control Myself' the cold shoulder with only restricted airplay, that land "down under" ...

Cream Are The Very End!

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 October 1966

"THE First is last and the last is first but the first, the second and the last are the Cream," so reads the perplexing handout ...

Graham Nash, The Hollies: Hollie Graham Nash Finds His Face!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 October 1966

THE HOLLY WHO has found his face is Graham Nash. For too long the Hollies have been written about as "the faceless wonders of pop" ...

The Animals, Chris Farlowe, Geno Washington, Georgie Fame, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Animals, Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Geno Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 October 1966

Eric Burdon Beats The Hecklers! Geno An Earthquake ! ...

The Troggs: Chris The Charmer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 October 1966

THE TROGGS' lead guitarist, Chris Britton looks at women because he likes them — smiles at strangers as though he had known them all his ...

Chris Farlowe, Mick Jagger: Chris Farlowe: The Art Of Chris Farlowe

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1966

TRACK BY TRACK OF THE ALBUM ...

Cliff Richard: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 4 November 1966

ON HIS LATEST TOUR CLIFF CHANGES DYLAN'S WORDS ...

Chris Farlowe, Mick Jagger: Jagger Talks About Farlowe LP

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1966

MICK JAGGER'S latest line in telephone impersonations misfired last week when he rang to talk to me about the Chris Farlowe LP he has just ...

The Animals: Burdon's New Animals Not Set Yet

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1966

SPEAKING this week to Eric Burdon, that well-known "Freak-about-town" (since "Freak-out" music is having a considerable influence on our Animal), he revealed to me that ...

The Troggs: Soft-hearted Reg Presley

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1966

REGINALD MAURICE BALL is a soft-hearted ex-bricklayer born in Andover on June 12, 1943, who reads the Daily Mirror, is particularly sensitive to anything which ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Sensational Visit

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 November 1966

MY FIRST MISTAKE was trying to escape from London airport on Sunday morning, through approximately a thousand fans, with drummer Dennis Wilson, whom I later ...

Spencer Davis Group: Feuding Spencer Davis Group

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 November 1966

LAST Thursday at Shepherd's Bush Top Of The Pops studio there was the strange case of the group who did not appear to be talking ...

The Beach Boys, Lulu: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 November 1966

SCREAMERS SILENCED! ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Crazy Last Night!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 November 1966

AMONG those getting in each others' way in the Beach Boys' dressing room at Hammersmith Odeon on Monday night were publicist Derek Taylor (minus moustache), ...

The Beach Boys: Meanwhile... What's BRIAN Doing Back at Base?

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 18 November 1966

WHILE THE Beach Boys are rocking Europe, BB-mastermind Brian Wilson, has not been resting on his and their laurels! ...

The Troggs: He's Got A Grip On Their Money

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 November 1966

THERE IS the air of a surprised cocker spaniel about Trogg drummer Ronnie Bond who uses his hands to communicate what his conversation lacks. He ...

The Hollies: For Certain Because (Parlophone)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 26 November 1966

HOLLIES MIX MOODS ON LP ...

The Easybeats: Easybeats Didn't Copy The Beatles

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 December 1966

THE EASYBEATS are new and young — all teenagers — and so are vital in a slightly sagging pop scene that was given a shot ...

The Animals: Eric Burdon Meets New Lennon And Harrison

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 December 1966

EVERYONE is talking about the new Animals. But few have spared a thought for the new Eric Burdon with "bluesynite," the wonder ingredient which enables ...

The Kinks: Kinks Have Problems

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 December 1966

CONSIDER, if you will, the disturbing fact that Ray Davies wants to be Walt Disney; Dave Davies is turning into a saxophonist; Pete Quaife is ...

The Troggs: Troggs Caged In Berlin Zoo!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 December 1966

ERIC BURDON, who is so devoted to the birds in London's St. James's Park, would love it here on the twelfth floor of the Berlin ...

Jimmy Ruffin: Profile in Words (by Alan Smith) and Picture (by Barry Peake) of JIMMY RUFFIN, Former Rootes Car Worker

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 December 1966

JIMMY RUFFIN is a tall, sad-looking figure, who looks as if he's speaking from experience when he asks: 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?'. He doesn't ...

Spencer Davis Group: The Spencer Davis Group: Spencer Davis Played On Church Steps!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 December 1966

HERR SPENCER DAVIS is a top pop person in Germany, firstly because the young people like the group's earthy, exciting sound, and secondly they like ...

The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson: The Beach Boys: Danger Spice Of Dennis' Life

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 24 December 1966

A Beach Boy a Day by Tracy Thomas ...

The Who: Who's For A Merry Xmas!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 December 1966

WHO'S FOR a merry Christmas, then – if we are to judge by their seasonal bounce up into the NME Top Twenty this week with ...

Paul and Barry Ryan, Dusty Springfield: Dusty Springfield, Paul and Barry Ryan: Merry King Cole, Empire, Liverpool

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 31 December 1966

Dusty wakes 'em ...

The Kinks: Future Of The Kinks

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 31 December 1966

BUSY DOING "nothing much" just prior to Christmas was Kink Mick Avory (an occupational hazard with this group at present) at his home in West ...

Donovan: All Things Bright and Beautiful

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 January 1967

At new Wimbledon home DONOVAN talks about shape of things to come ...

Jimi Hendrix: New To The Charts: Wild Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 January 1967

THE MAN for whom the words "Wild One" were invented has hit us! Jimi Hendrix, 22, from Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., courtesy of ex-Animal Chas Chandler ...

The Rolling Stones: Between The Buttons (Decca)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 January 1967

The STONES' LATEST ALBUM, reviewed track-by-track by Keith Altham with special comments by Mick Jagger ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: Scott Walker: Chaos For Scott

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 January 1967

SCOTT ENGEL, the man likely to be more miserable than most in 1967, was in the highest spirits when I found him at his apartment ...

The Troggs: Trogg-Maker Reveals Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 January 1967

LARRY – "Lawrence" to his friends – Page is the one-man organisation behind the phenomenal success of the Troggs. Lawrence is the group's business manager; ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Beach Boy a Day: Brian — Loved or Loathed Genius

Profile by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 28 January 1967

IF YOU should ever meet Brian Wilson, you would either take to him or despise him immediately. His continual drive for a new "kick" would ...

The Rolling Stones: Jagger Scorns Critics

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 January 1967

THOSE naughty Rolling Stones – the ones who write wicked things like 'Let's Spend The Night Together' – wouldn't go on the nice man's roundabout ...

Cream Cut Loose

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 February 1967

THIS IS THE Cream interview which got loose in London – ran wild over their publicists' office – finally plunging from the depths of Mao ...

Madeline Bell, The Four Tops, The Merseys: The Four Tops, The Merseys, Madeline Bell, Remo Four: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 4 February 1967

FOUR TOPS HAD US ALL ON OUR FEET reports Alan Smith ...

The Rolling Stones: Our Fans Have Moved On With Us

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 February 1967

LET US consider that unique phenomenon – the Rolling Stones' public image! ...

Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye: Marvin and Kim: Swingin' Twosome!

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 11 February 1967

SIX FEET high, aged 27, songwriter, athlete, ballad singer and rock 'n' roller — this is Marvin Gaye. Attractive, intelligent, married to a producer and ...

The Troggs: Trogglodynamite (Page One)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 February 1967

Keith Altham tracks down an undiluted pop album ...

Elvis Presley: A Word Picture Of Elvis

Interview by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 18 February 1967

His girl friend lives with his granny in here ► says next-door neighbour ...

The Monkees, Michael Nesmith: I Was Hungry, Ugly, Skinny, Poor! By MIKE NESMITH

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 18 February 1967

IT'S VERY hard for me to write about my life, since I can't remember farther back than two years! I don't think there's much of ...

Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers: Johnny Rivers Knows the Sporty Elvis

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 February 1967

THE MAN called "the best handled myth in the world" is once more back in the NME Top Twenty with 'Indescribably Blue' — Elvis Aaron ...

Jim Reeves: Mary Reeves Tells Alan Smith About Jim's Greatest Tribute

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 February 1967

"THE MOST loyal people in the whole world" — those were the warm words with which Mary, widow of the late Jim Reeves, described British ...

Gene Pitney, Sounds Incorporated, The Troggs: Gene Pitney, The Troggs: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 February 1967

Gene Captures Audience Despite Sitdown! Says Keith Altham ...

The Hollies: Elvis Inspired Hollies Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 February 1967

INFLUENCES behind the latest Hollies hit, 'On A Carousel' include Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and "Doddy". At least these were some of the inspirations which ...

The Monkees' Front Man

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 February 1967

DAVY JONES – the little Monkee with a big heart – arrived via Nassau last week wearing a battered black top hat, purchased from a ...

The Animals, The New Vaudeville Band: Burdon Animals Toast of the Town

Report and Interview by June Harris, New Musical Express, 26 February 1967

THIS WEEK was chat time with the new Animals, following their absolutely sensational, shattering opening night at Hunter College, New York City. It was also ...

Lester Flatt, Hearts & Flowers, Earl Scruggs: Flatt & Scruggs, Hearts & Flowers: Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 26 February 1967

Down in the dumps ...

Tom Jones: One Hit A Year Will Suit Me says Tom Jones

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 February 1967

"'ANG ON a minute," cried Tom Jones briskly, "telephone call." He and his skintight houndstooth trousers fought a valiant battle for survival as he bounded ...

Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Doors, Hugh Masekela, Peter, Paul & Mary: Peter, Paul & Mary, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield: Valley Music Centre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 4 March 1967

P, P & M protest ...

The Monkees: Monkee Davy Talks About The Beatles

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 March 1967

"GEORGEP AULJOHNRINGO," our very own pop monster, has now grown to that exalted position where it is a kind of sacred cow whom none may ...

Donovan: All Is Friendly

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 March 1967

WHENEVER returning from interviewing Donovan these days I feel that I've been the subject of a Sunday School treat. He surrounds himself with such nice ...

John's Children: First Of The Anti-Lust Groups

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 March 1967

JOHN'S CHILDREN, who make their chart debut this week with their own composition 'Just What You Want' (Columbia) are described by their manager Simon Napier ...

The Hollies: We're As Psychedelic as a Pint o' Beer wi' t' Lads!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 March 1967

I HAVE NEWS for Hollies fans who think the whole group has suddenly become all psychedelic and way out of sight, baby! It hasn't. The ...

The Four Tops, The Temptations: Tamla Keeps Hits Rolling

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 March 1967

Wives taught us to dance — FOUR TOPS ...

The Royal Guardsmen: School-Going Guardsmen Still Sparetime Hitsters

Interview by June Harris, New Musical Express, 25 March 1967

SNOOPY HAS turned out to be worth a cool three million discs for the Royal Guardsmen, but as far as the group's concerned, they're now ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers: Walker Brothers/Cat Stevens/Engelbert Humperdinck/The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Finsbury Park Astoria

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 April 1967

WE WERE WELL and truly blitzed with "mini-happenings" on the Walker Brothers’ tour opening night, at Finsbury Park Astoria last Friday, when Jimi Hendrix literally ...

Otis Redding: A Talk With Otis Redding

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 15 April 1967

BIG OTIS REDDING tugged a comb through his wiry hair, wiped a trickling bead of perspiration from his glistening face, and sat edgily on a ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix IS Out Of This World

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 15 April 1967

EVEN HIS EX-ANIMAL MANAGER NEEDS A SPLIT PERSONALITY! ...

Eddie Floyd: When's 'Wood' Gonna Lay Down and Die?

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 April 1967

ROLY-POLY Eddie Floyd beamed a big banana-sized grin. "Man," he said, "When am I gonna get a chance to get another record in the charts? ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Laurence Payton, The Quiet One

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 May 1967

LAURENCE the Top has a homely round face, honest, open eyes, and a liking for big shirts with big collars. He sits with his dark ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis' Wedding Secrets

Report by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

IT WAS 9.40 am on the morning of May 1 that Elvis Presley, the highest salaried male movie star in the world married Priscilla Ann ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: How I Got Out Of The Ghetto by Renaldo Benson

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

TOP RENALDO is the most instantly likeable man I ever met. Happiness was made for Renaldo. It sparkles out of his honest eyes. It gleams ...

Helen Shapiro: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

HELEN SHAPIRO ON BEACH BILL ...

P.P. Arnold, The Nice: New to the Charts: Top Team Gives P.P. Her Debut

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

P.P. ARNOLD, from Los Angeles, makes her NME Chart debut this week with 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' (Immediate), aided and abetted by a talented team ...

Jimi Hendrix: Question Time with Jimi Hendrix

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

THE REAL JIMI HENDRIX is now beginning to emerge from behind that skilfully placed publicity screen of early days when success was too fragile to ...

The Beach Boys, Cream, The Dubliners, Georgie Fame, Paul Jones, Lulu, The Move, Alan Price, Cliff Richard, The Small Faces, Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield, Cat Stevens, The Tremeloes, The Troggs, Geno Washington, Steve Winwood: The Beach Boys, Small Faces, Dusty Springfield et al: NME Poll Winners Concert, Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

POLL SHOW THRILLS ALL THE WAY ...

Scott Walker, The Walker Brothers: The Walker Brothers: Why The Walker Brothers Split Up

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 May 1967

"I WANT to make it clear that it was not solely my decision to break up the Walker Brothers, but for the first time in ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Easy-Going Abdul Fakir

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 20 May 1967

TOP ABDUL is the one the others call Duke — why, he doesn't quite know. Maybe it's his air of royal dignity. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (Track)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1967

Track-by-Track on Jimi Hendrix debut album ...

Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sets The Record Straight About Frank

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 20 May 1967

"I had to drag dad bodily into the studios to record 'Stupid'." ...

The Four Tops: Four Top A Week: Levi The Leader

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 May 1967

MUSTACHIOED LEVI Stubbs is the undoubted leader of the Four Tops — the man in front, the quiet man of influence, and a singer with ...

Procol Harum: Procol Crash In At No. 11!

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 May 1967

WATCH OUT for Procol Harum. This British group with that beautiful, beautiful record called 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' is going to be one of ...

The Monkees: Monkees' Headquarters

Review by June Harris, Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 27 May 1967

MONKEES' NEW LP TRACK-BY-TRACKFrom June Harris & Tracy Thomas in America ...

Mel Tormé: Talk of the Town, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 June 1967

CRISP, CRACKLING, sharp, superb, swinging, casual, brilliant, completely at ease, masterly, humorous, likeable — I could run out of superlatives for Mel Tormé, who opened ...

Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back (dir. D.A. Pennebaker)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 17 June 1967

BOB DYLAN'S first and only movie (so far) called Don't Look Back is currently being screened at an "underground" theatre in San Francisco, where it ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: No Beards for Dave Dee & Co!

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 June 1967

ROLLING Stone Brian Jones once described himself as "a straight Ernie." And the same might be said of Dave Dee. An "Ernie," I was assured ...

The Hollies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 June 1967

TONY HICKS is the young Hollie (21) who has just move into a neat new little mews house of Knightsbridge. ...

The Animals, The Association, Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Blues Project, Booker T & The MGs, Buffalo Springfield, Electric Flag, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and The Papas, Lou Rawls, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who: Keith Altham Planes West to Cover America's Monterey Pop Festival and Cables This Day-By-Day Report

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1967

WE DROVE to London Airport in Animal manager Mike Jeffery's Rolls-Royce while he dictated a few last minute instructions to assistant Tony Garland — "Ring ...

The Monkees, Ike & Tina Turner: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 24 June 1967

WELCOME MONKEES! And here is a preview of what you may see at Wembley... ...

Jimi Hendrix, The Mamas and The Papas, The Who: Mamas & The Papas, The Who, Jimi Hendrix et al: Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 1 July 1967

Who, Jimi win high praise ...

Procol Harum: I Knew Procol Would Be A Success

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 July 1967

says KEITH REID the man who created the group – to ALAN SMITH ...

The Mamas and The Papas, Scott McKenzie: The Mamas and The Papas: Mamas And Papas Have A Feud On Their Hands

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 July 1967

"SOMEONE has just shot our gardener – I can't speak to you just now. Come up tomorrow," invited a harassed John Phillips, of the Mamas ...

Scott Walker: Scott Keeps One Step Ahead

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 July 1967

AND SO THE moving singer, having moved — moves on. Scott Walker is still one jump ahead of the fans in his pursuit of privacy. ...

Scott McKenzie: I'm No Professional Flower Child

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 August 1967

"I AM NOT A professional flower child," stressed Scott McKenzie over the transatlantic phone wire. "I'd rather carry a flower than a gun. But I ...

The Monkees: Bob Rafelson: Man Behind The Monkees

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 August 1967

Why I picked THESE four ...

Dave Davies: Kink Dave Embarrassed by 'Clown' Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 August 1967

WITH THE solo success of 'Death Of A Clown' times are a changing for Dave Davies. He is both delighted and nervous over the success ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: Glad Loses Pip!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 August 1967

IT WAS ENOUGH to give Gladys Knight the pip, the tough struggle this attractive Tamla singer had in getting a hit in Britain. For a ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Interviews with Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 August 1967

THE NEW MUSICAL Express versus Michael Philip Jagger – Friday, August 4,1967 in his managers' chambers of high appeal – New Oxford Street, London, – ...

The Rolling Stones: 'We Love You'

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 August 1967

MICK JAGGER gave me the preview of the new Stones single, 'We Love You'/'Dandelion' last Friday in manager Andrew Oldham's office and looked enquiringly across ...

John Lennon: How I Won The War (Dir. Richard Lester, United Artists)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 August 1967

HOW DID JOHN LENNON WIN STAR BILLING? asks ALAN SMITH ...

Alan Price: 'Jack' a Now or Never Hit

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 19 August 1967

"IT WAS really a question of now or never," was how Alan Price referred to his composition 'The House That Jack Built', over lunch in ...

The Doors, Jefferson Airplane: Jeffersons, Doors are Tops

Profile by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 2 September 1967

LET ME TELL you about the two groups which are currently the most popular in America: the Doors and Jefferson Airplane. Both have been playing ...

Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix Admits Lamp Is A Bit Smoky

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 September 1967

TIME TO TUCK the tiny tots up and put them safely abed with a nice Monkees' record! Why? Because "the electric bogeyman" is back in ...

Traffic: Uncontrollable Traffic

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 September 1967

KEITH ALTHAM pins down a highly elusive group... ...

Marianne Faithfull, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Starting To Mellow

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 September 1967

THE TIMES THEY have a-changed, as Bob Dylan predicted – and with them – the Rolling Stones. There was a time when one approached a ...

The Righteous Brothers: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 23 September 1967

AS YET ANOTHER of the many examples of how extensive is rock 'n' roll's acceptance by the adult world, the Righteous Brothers are currently packing ...

Herman's Hermits, The Who: The Who, Herman's Hermits: Anaheim Convention, Anaheim CA

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 23 September 1967

Who steal the show from Hermans Hermits ...

Scott Walker Hides Away In A Gloom-World

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 September 1967

BIG LOUIE is the first person you meet when calling at the secluded terrace house, off London's Regent's Park — the latest home of Scott ...

The Animals: Question Time With....Eric Burdon

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 September 1967

IT SHOULD, OF course, be Eric Burdon and the "anything but the Animals," because this new group has about as much connection with the original ...

Traffic's British Stage Debut Was Well Worth Waiting For

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 September 1967

TRAFFIC HAVE been a long time getting it all together but last Sunday's debut at the London Saville proved that it has been well worth ...

Traffic's Dave Mason — Pop Face Of 1967

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 7 October 1967

REMEMBER the teenage idol – all liquid eyes, milk teeth, Cupid's bow and simply oozing with the wonder ingredient, sex appeal? Eyes right and you ...

The Move Don't Care About Top Billing

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 October 1967

THANK goodness for Carl Wayne of the Move! It is a long time since I have found anyone new to the scene so pleasant, co-operative ...

The Small Faces: Travel is A Nightmare

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 October 1967

THE SMALL FACES – most often through no fault of their own – find great difficulty in getting from place to place, i.e. interviews, photographic ...

The Mamas and The Papas: The Big Mamas And Papas Mystery

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 October 1967

NOW YOU see them – now you don't! The Mamas and Papas have cancelled their projected concert at the Royal Albert Hall on October 30. ...

The Herd Take Over As Screamers' New Idols

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 October 1967

MY CONTENDER as the man "most likely to get ripped to pieces by hysterical females" in 1967 is Peter Frampton, the seventeen-year-old vocal-guitarist with the ...

The Who: Who Ready To Hit You With New Ideas

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 28 October 1967

AFTER six weeks with "the last Schmaltz" it is good to find the Who back in the charts with a new single, 'I Can See ...

The Kinks, Ray Davies: Ray Davies

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1967

THERE is something of the smoking volcano about Ray Davies. Six foot of suppressed quietly spoken, quietly smiling and quietly watching! It is what some ...

Sandie Shaw: Her Anatomical Assets

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 November 1967

PROVING quite conclusively that she has legs right up to her shoulders, Sandie Shaw wearing her self-designed string mini dress (or was it a vest?) ...

Bonzo Dog Band, Cream: Taking the Saville By Storm: Cream

Review by Nick Logan, New Musical Express, 4 November 1967

THE soaring, singing guitar, the elegant artistry of Eric Clapton... a tortured Jack Bruce jerking out the blues like a puppet stitched by machine ...

Aretha Franklin: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 11 November 1967

ARETHA IS great — Aretha is sensational! Aretha is the finest girl blues singer in this country, bar one, and she proved it beyond any ...

The Herd, Traffic, The Who: Traffic, The Who, The Herd: Danger: Who At Work!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 November 1967

THE WHO-TRAFFIC-Herd-Tremeloe tour, while proving to be a sell-out attraction, has caused a certain amount of anxiety among those people whose job it is to ...

The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes: The Supremes: Psychedelic Tamla!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 November 1967

Brian Holland, one of Motown's famous composing team, speaks to Alan Smith, and tells about PSYCHEDELIC TAMLA! ...

The Troggs: Love Saves Troggs

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 November 1967

HERE COMES the pop phoenix again! Arising from what so many cynics thought were their own ashes, the Troggs now have their sixth smash hit ...

Sandie Shaw

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 November 1967

I WENT several rounds with Eve Taylor and Sandie Shaw over dinner last Friday, where among other things we discussed her performance at last week's ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love (Track)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 November 1967

UFO COULD BE JIMI! ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 December 1967

KINDLY RAISE YOUR hands in the air. Empty your mind on to the desk and your brains into the ash-tray. Now let us see what ...

Traffic: Mr Fantasy

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 December 1967

TRAFFIC IN the City may have come to a stand-still due to the recent rail dispute, but Traffic in the charts is still moving full ...

Traffic: Dave Quits?

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 17 December 1967

THE BIRTH of the Traffic was this year after months of planning and searching and getting themselves together.  ...

The Beach Boys: 1968 Will See Better Things From The Beach Boys

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 December 1967

DESPITE THE fact that the Beach Boys new single, 'Wild Honey' is having a sticky time in the charts, the group is still able to ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey (Capitol)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 December 1967

THE BEACH Boys new album, Wild Honey (Capitol), to be released in late January, is the antidote for all those who were confused and a ...

The Rolling Stones: The Banned Stones Cover

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1968

It is ‘We’ against ‘Them-and They’ time again in the Rolling Stones’ life, as they run head-on into another fracas with the ‘oldies’. This time ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces star Steve Marriott Declares 'Tin Soldier' The Real Us

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 6 January 1968

ONCE MORE unto Andrew Oldham's inner sanctum off Oxford Street to interview his group — the Small Faces — and discuss the fate of 'Tin ...

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The Troubadour, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tracy Thomas, New Musical Express, 6 January 1968

Butterfield come-back ...

Traffic: Traffic Without Dave

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 January 1968

TRAFFIC is now on the move again but as a trio. So it was that I scaled the eight flights to drummer Jim Capaldi's Earl's ...

Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (Columbia)

Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 20 January 1968

DYLAN'S NEW LP IS GIGANTIC WINNER ...

Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (Columbia)

Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 20 January 1968

DYLAN'S NEW LP IS GIGANTIC WINNER ...

The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts: The Rolling Stone Charlie Watts Takes Over Mansion of First Archbishop of Canterbury!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 January 1968

A ROLLING STONE, having rolled, has come to rest in a magnificent, centuries old manor house, just outside Lewes in Sussex, which was reputedly used ...

Plastic Penny: Put Scratch On Record

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 January 1968

A PLASTIC penny for your thoughts then, or to be more precise, tuppence-worth in the shape of vocalist Brian Keith and organist Paul Raymond who ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Shatter Old Image

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 January 1968

THAT'S my body you're laughing at!" said Ronnie Lane indignantly, having removed his shirt to reveal a torso which could have given Charles Atlas a ...

The Supremes: Supremes Live It Up In London

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 January 1968

THE SUPREMES didn't sleep for two days at the weekend, then they flew from the warmth of Cannes to the chill of London, after which ...

The Supremes: Talk of the Town, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 27 January 1968

A WHO'S WHO of British show business made up most of the audience (note I didn't say sat in the audience; half of 'em were ...

The Moody Blues: Moody Blues Deserve Much Greater Success

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 February 1968

AT A TIME when the charts do not testify to any great composing originality — except for Lennon-McCartney — there is one disc staggering about ...

The Supremes: Supremes Heart Chat!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 February 1968

YOU COULD see it: the Supremes were overwhelmed. They sat there in the room and hit back with answers as best they could. Reporters and ...

Alan Price: Fought Back

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 February 1968

THERE ARE few people in pop who deserve as much respect as that truculent Geordie with the big baby face, who speaks through his nose ...

The Foundations: Alan Smith Finds Foundations An Unusual 'Bunch'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 February 1968

THE BEATLES had it. So did Gerry "Engelbert Humperdinck" Dorsey, the Four Tops and Tom Jones. I'm talking about faith — an artist's faith in ...

Mike D'Abo, Manfred Mann: Manfred Mann's Mike d'Abo

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 February 1968

MICHAEL D'ABO is anxiously searching for Michael d'Abo. At his London home he and I looked everywhere for him with the assistance of a beautiful ...

The Bee Gees: Anaheim Convention Centre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 10 February 1968

BEE GEES TRIUMPH ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Sink Australia

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 February 1968

THE ABOVE head-line was sarcastically suggested by Ronnie Lane, who declared after the group's recent trip down under –"they would even have accused us of ...

The Scaffold: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 February 1968

THANK U SCAFFOLD ...

Tom Jones: Copacabana, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 24 February 1968

Tom Jones took my advice! ...

Blue Cheer

Profile by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 2 March 1968

IMITATORS and/or carbon copies of top groups seldom make it big in the business of pop. But a probable exception may be Blue Cheer, who ...

Cream: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 2 March 1968

THE CREAM met great success here. when they played before 300 people a night at the Whisky-a-Go-Go last year. This trip they got equal acclaim ...

Otis Redding: Otis New Hit His Greatest Tribute

Comment by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 2 March 1968

DURING HIS all-too-brief lifetime, Otis Redding was respected by the world of music — and virtually ignored in his own home town of Macon, Georgia. ...

The Foundations: Foundation Clem Reveals Popland's 'Black Spots'

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 9 March 1968

MENTION SCOTLAND to Clem Curtis and he grimaces. Mention Ireland and you get an "Oh man" reply, with an anguished expression. But mention Amsterdam and ...

Jeff Beck: What Do The Fans Want From Me? Pleads Jeff Beck

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 9 March 1968

TO THOSE who remember the raving old days at the Richmond Crawdaddy with "geezers" hanging from the rafters in ecstasy whenever Eric "Slowhand" Clapton did ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Are On The Rampage Once More

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 March 1968

NME's Keith Altham finds to his cost! ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boys Meet Elvis

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 March 1968

THE BEACH Boys meet Elvis! Beach Boys tour with London Philharmonic Orchestra? Bruce Johnston sings Lennon and McCartney! Beach Boys to do rock 'n' roll ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Dave Dee: Dave Dee Whips Up Fans

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 March 1968

ALL this "Marquis de Sade" and "Kiss of the Whip" bit is somewhat wasted on Dave Dee! He's about as kinky as a pint of ...

The Bee Gees, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Foundations, Grapefruit: Big Night For The Bee Gees: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, 6 April 1968

Concert review by Keith Altham ...

Esther and Abi Ofarim: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 April 1968

MEMORABLE NIGHT FROM ESTHER & ABI ...

Arthur Conley, Otis Redding: Conley Cuts Tribute to Otis

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 April 1968

A RECORD tracing the deep bond of friendship and artistic respect between Otis Redding and himself has been waxed by Otis' "Soul Protégé" Arthur Conley. ...

Reparata & the Delrons: Sets of Three

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 13 April 1968

'Captain' hit big surprise for Reparata ...

The Small Faces: At Home With Face Steve...What An Experience!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 April 1968

TO VISIT the Thameside abode of Small Face Steve Marriott is something of an experience — to put it mildly! Come with me and you'll ...

Bobby Goldsboro: Before 'Honey' I Had Almost Given Up Hope, Says Bobby Goldsboro

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 4 May 1968

HIT AFTER HIT has been written by Bobby Goldsboro, but for other people as far as Britain is concerned. His own songs have taken him ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces Thought ‘Sunday’ Too Much Of A Joke

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 4 May 1968

ONCE more unto the magic cave – better described as Andrew Oldham’s emporium from whence all things Immediate happen – and the office where I ...

The Monkees, Michael Nesmith: The Monkees: Here is the most amazing article EVER-WRITTEN about a MONKEE

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 4 May 1968

Mike Nesmith wanted me to expose how rude he is reveals Ann Moses in this NMExclusive from Hollywood. ...

Otis Redding: A Sad Reminder Of The Great Otis: Otis Redding: Dock Of The Bay

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 11 May 1968

ALMOST EVERY TRACK of Otis Redding's new Dock Of The Bay album is a constant and sad reminder of the sheer soul — there is, ...

Honeybus Not A One Hit Wonder

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 11 May 1968

ONE-HIT-WONDER groups have been coming and going ever since pop music began but one group likely to stay the pace are the four Londoners called ...

The Small Faces: Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, June 1968

The Small Faces new album Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (Immediate), apart from being encased in the first circular sleeve I have ever seen, is a ...

The Animals, Zoot Money: Eric Burdon & The Animals with Zoot Money: The Revolution, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 June 1968

POWERFUL ERIC ...

The Rolling Stones: The Stones In-Session

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 June 1968

OUTSIDE THE recording studio there were two little teeny-boppers from a by-gone age, sheltering from the rain in a shop doorway in the hope of ...

Aretha Franklin: Houseproud Aretha Loves To Get Home

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 June 1968

"SIDDOWN," said the Queen of Soul. So I saddown — on a plush settee in a room at the Dorchester — and Lady Aretha excused ...

The Equals: Rehearsal track gives the Equals hit

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 16 June 1968

I HAVE NEWS for groups and singers who consider it's always necessary to do about 50 "takes" before they get their records to the right ...

The Equals: Equals Stunned By No. 3 Hit

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 29 June 1968

EVEN THE Equals can't believe an old half-forgotten track like 'Baby Come Back' could have boosted them from nowhere right up into the big money-earning ...

The Herd, Scott Walker: Scott Walker, The Herd: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 29 June 1968

GREAT SCOTT! That's my immediate reaction after seeing and hearing Scott Walker break through the scream barrier last Friday evening at the Brighton Dome. The ...

Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart: Standing Ovation For Jeff Beck

Report by June Harris, New Musical Express, 29 June 1968

THE GREATEST thing happened in New York last Friday. On his first performance in this country, Jeff Beck became a star. Even in his Yardbird ...

Dusty Springfield: Dusty Says 'I Want To Hit Back'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 6 July 1968

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD would, I was informed, like to "hit back!" Now this did not sound like the fun-loving lass I knew of old. A skilfully ...

Gene Pitney: Variety Club, Batley

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 6 July 1968

VERSATILE PITNEY ...

Pentangle: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 6 July 1968

Pentangle's big debut ...

The Monkees: Question Time With Monkee Davy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 6 July 1968

BEFORE Davy Jones completed his famous disappearing trick and returned to America, I joined the hordes of reporters and photographers waiting to see "Mighty-Monkee" at ...

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris: Richard Harris Talks About Jim Webb

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 July 1968

On transatlantic phone to NME's Keith Altham ...

Tiny Tim: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 13 July 1968

TINY TIM IS BIG ENJOYMENT says ANN MOSES from Hollywood ...

Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Nine Hits In A Row

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 July 1968

WHEN I arrived at the Lime Grove TV studios it was to find that Tich, Mick, Beaky, Dozy and Dave Dee (how about that for ...

Elvis Presley: In TV-Film Show With Elvis!

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 20 July 1968

On steps five feet from him ...

Jimmy Webb, Richard Harris: Richard Harris: A Tramp Shining (Dunhill)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 July 1968

RICHARD HARRIS-JIM WEBB LP MUST BE BEST SELLER ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: We're Getting Better Ideas

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 July 1968

HAVING nipped smartly into the No. 1 best selling album slot with Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, the Small Faces are now deservedly considered big wheels ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Clubs Give Sly And Family First Hit

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 27 July 1968

ANOTHER example of discotheques and clubs turning a little-known group into a hit outfit comes in the shape of Sly and the Family Stone who ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis Takes Off Tiny Tim And Richard Harris

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 27 July 1968

The continuing story of ELVIS and ANN MOSES (Editor of Tiger Beat) ...

Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Brings Manager's New Club Roof Down!

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 July 1968

JIMI HENDRIX literally brought the roof down on the opening night at his manager's club, Sergeant Peppers in Majorca by the simple expedient of ramming ...

Tommy James & the Shondells: Tommy James & The Shondells: The Chart Toppers Phone NME From New York

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 27 July 1968

TOMMY JAMES and the Shondells are going into the studios this week to record some new Beatle songs and one of them may be their ...

Herb Alpert: My 'Guy' Called For No Great Vocal Pipes!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 August 1968

Says Herb Alpert to Alan Smith ...

O.C. Smith: Tired But Amiable O.C

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 3 August 1968

THE COLOUR problem in America is, of course, far worse than it is here. Pop music, however, has alleviated some of the tension, according to ...

Richard Green Takes You Out To An In-Party! At The Revolution In London

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 3 August 1968

GO DOWN TO the Revolution, we thought. Take a photographer and get some pictures of the star names. And what a night we picked! It ...

The Small Faces: Faces Shatter Country Calm

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 August 1968

...in their Bucks hideaway invaded by Keith Altham ...

Roy Orbison: Talk Of The Town, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 August 1968

Orbison needs do no more than sing ...

The Beatles: "Beatles' Loose Habit Of Recording"

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 August 1968

Paul McCartney in a no-punches pulled interview with NME's Alan Smith ...

Arthur Brown, Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, John Mayall, Marmalade, The Nice, Spencer Davis Group, Tim Rose, Traffic, Tyrannosaurus Rex: NME Reporters Cover the Weekend's Major Event — the Eighth National Jazz and Blues Festival

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, 17 August 1968

STARS, SUNSHINE and a SHAMBLES ...

The Animals, Blue Cheer, Jefferson Airplane, Sonny & Cher: Jefferson Airplane et al: Newport Pop Festival, Orange County Fairgrounds CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 17 August 1968

NEWPORT FESTIVAL FAILURE ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Buries Underground And Has Fun!

Profile and Interview by June Harris, New Musical Express, 24 August 1968

YOU'LL JUST love Sly and the Family Stone when you see them next month. They're what I call a fun group, who get a kick ...

The Kinks: The One-up Kink: Raymond Douglas Davies

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 31 August 1968

RAYMOND DOUGLAS DAVIES, as he now insists on being referred to, is one who excels in the unexpected and the slightly bizarre. He is probably ...

The Animals, Tommy James & the Shondells, The Rascals: The Rascals, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Tommy James and the Shondells: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 31 August 1968

RASCALS ARE FINEST! ...

The Doors, Jefferson Airplane: The Doors/Jefferson Airplane: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Derek Grant, New Musical Express, September 1968

THE RUMOURS were flying. Doors drummer John Densmore was missing. The groups were arguing as to who would go on first. There was some speculation ...

Traffic Lights a Big Success

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 7 September 1968

Observe four old young men known just as Traffic/Suffer their tedious setting the stage/Then hark to their magical music and live it/And when the fuzz ...

Amen Corner: Amen Andy Is New Teen Idol

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 September 1968

JUST as everyone was beginning to think that the day of the teenage idol was over, another young 'god' has come quietly and modestly upon ...

Canned Heat: Revolution, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 14 September 1968

"IT'S A LOW-down... dirty shame," sang big Bob Hite, lead singer with Canned Heat, when the American blues group in the NME Chart with 'On ...

The Rolling Stones: The Banned Stones' LP Cover...

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 September 1968

Mick Jagger protests against 'Dylan offensive' charge ...

Traffic: Traffic (Island)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 September 1968

GREAT TRAFFIC LP ...

The Rolling Stones: Our Live Shows More Subversive Than 'Street Fightin' Man'! admits Keith Richard

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 September 1968

Part two of the Jagger-fights-on story. ...

The Kinks: The Village Green Preservation Society (Pye)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 September 1968

KINKS REMINISCING ON THE VILLAGE GREEN ...

Fat Mattress, Jimi Hendrix: In the name of pop music NME's RICHARD GREEN suffers a... NOEL REDDING EXPERIENCE

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 5 October 1968

IT IS VERY unlikely that the Editor will send me to Biafra to cover the war for the NME or that I shall be asked ...

The Herd: After Big Split Herd Out Of Exile

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 October 1968

YOU MAY NOT have seen much of the Herd recently since their self-imposed retreat following a dispute with managers Howard and Blaikley, but I have ...

Aretha Franklin: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 12 October 1968

ARETHA FRANKLIN, the first lady of soul, appeared at Philharmonic Hall last weekend and was the guest of honour at a huge dinner party thrown ...

Joe Cocker: John And Paul Send Their Thanks To Joe

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 October 1968

"WITH A Little Help From Our Friends" Lennon and McCartney, 23-year-old Sheffield born, Joe Cocker makes a welcome appearance in our charts this week with ...

Jose Feliciano: Jose Makes Old Very Avantgarde

Profile and Interview by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 12 October 1968

IF, AS THE cynics say, there is nothing new in the world, then the mark of the truly creative performer is one who can make ...

Joe Cocker: I'm Not A Pop Pin-Up... I'm Gruesome

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 26 October 1968

NME's Keith Altham quizzes a happy JOE COCKER who this week leaps to No 6. ...

Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: I Miss Mick's Bath Scene

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 9 November 1968

...moans KEITH ALTHAM but catches up with Jagger later ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 November 1968

BEATLES DOUBLE-LP IN FULL The Brilliant, the Bad and the Ugly — Track-by-Track review of 30 songs ...

Bonzo Dog Band, Joe Cocker, Tiny Tim: Tiny Tim, Joe Cocker, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 November 1968

TINY'S BIG HIT ...

Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (Dir. Don Pennebaker)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 16 November 1968

Evil genius? Volatile? Merciless? Hydra headed Monster? Film shows other side of Bob Dylan ...

The Rolling Stones: One Plus One (Dir. Jean Luc Godard)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 November 1968

COMING NOT-too-shortly, I hope (the official London premiere is at the National Film Theatre on November 25) — the Rolling Stones in One Plus One ...

Aphrodite's Child: Greek Chartsters

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 23 November 1968

'RAIN AND TEARS' is one of those songs with a prickle at the nape of the neck moving to a shiver down the spine, and ...

The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (Decca)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 23 November 1968

I KEEP changing my mind about Beggars Banquet which is the Rolling Stones new album in the sleeve which has now been passed fit for ...

Jeannie C. Riley: A Wild Jeannie

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 30 November 1968

PARAGON PUBLICITY use a Rolls and a chauffeur to get me to Jeannie C. Riley ("it belonged to the Beatles," says the man proudly, "but ...

Joe Cocker: Hit Single Was Just A Fluke

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 November 1968

New LP is much more important he tells RICHARD GREEN ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (The White Album)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 30 November 1968

BEATLES CHART HISTORY BY GETTING DOUBLE LP IN. ...

The Beatles: Paul Recalls Inspirations Of LP

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 30 November 1968

PAUL McCARTNEY has been talking about The Beatles' new double-album and he is understandably and humanly chuffed at the cover versions of his songs. He ...

Love Sculpture: Amen's Andy Tipped Love Sculpture

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 7 December 1968

AMEN CORNER'S Andy Fairweather-Low has recently been bending my ear about a Welsh trio called Love Sculpture who, he felt sure, were going to be ...

The Beach Boys, Barry Ryan: Palladium, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 7 December 1968

Beach Boys' magic ...

Crosby Stills and Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash: Splitting Holly Graham Forms Group That Isn't

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 14 December 1968

TO THE MOSCOW Road, London W.2., where Mr. Graham Nash had news and views and also the company of Mr. David Crosby and Mr. Stephen ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis (NBC Television Special)

Film/DVD/TV Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 14 December 1968

Elvis television triumph ...

Eric Clapton, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Rolling Stones: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 December 1968

THE ROLLING STONES put in some overtime last Wednesday when they spent 17 hours working on their telethon production of The Rock and Roll Circus ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Film Graduation For Simon, Garfunkel

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1969

"THE Graduate, the film which features ‘Mrs. Robinson,’ has given Simon and Garfunkel the kind of status in America that the Beatles have now," their ...

Scott Walker: Scott His Own Worst Enemy

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1969

SCOTT WALKER is a super talent who will probably never become a Super-Star because he will defeat himself or maybe more simply he will deliberately ...

Hair: Not a Show for the Sqeamish — for Audience or the Cast!

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 1 February 1969

WHATEVER the Lord Chamberlain may have thought about Hair, its message and content, the cast agree on one thing — it is not a shocking ...

Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield: Jerry Wexler: 'Team Work Is Secret Of Atlantic's Soul Success'

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 February 1969

Label chief JERRY WEXLER talking to Alan Smith ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline

Review by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 19 April 1969

DYLAN HAS CHANGED again. His latest album, Nashville Skyline, the 14-month-later follow-up to John Wesley Harding, presents the folk-rock star in a completely new guise. ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: Beatles Music Straightforward On Next Album: An Interview with John Lennon

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 3 May 1969

"IF I COULD ONLY get the time to myself right now, instead of all this Monopoly and financial business with Northern Songs, I think I ...

Otis Redding: Bound To Be A Big Hit: Otis Redding: The Dock Of The Bay (Atco)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 7 June 1969

IT'S ALMOST a waste of time to review an Otis Redding album: everybody already knows how great he was. ...

The Beatles, John Lennon: John Lennon: Ringo's Right, We Can't Tour Again

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 7 June 1969

JOHN LENNON, over here in Canada with his wife Yoko, revealed for the first time that there had been considerable disagreement between him and Paul ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Revelation: Revolution '69 (Kama Sutra)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 7 June 1969

MY, HOW THE Spoonful have changed since the days of John Sebastian and the lunatical Zalman Yanovsky. ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger Talks To NME About The New Stone, The Ex Stone, And Two Albums

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 June 1969

"WE'D KNOWN for a few months that Brian wasn't keen; he wasn't enjoying himself and it got to the stage where we had to sit ...

Sam & Dave: Sam and Dave: Double Trouble (Atlantic)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 June 1969

ANYONE who's ever seen Sam and Dave on stage will appreciate just how hard the dynamic duo work. ...

The Edwin Hawkins Singers, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker: Newport '69 Pop Festival: Rock Festival Fiasco

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 5 July 1969

NOW THAT the Newport '69 Pop Festival (called that to borrow a little of the fame from the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, but actually ...

Blodwyn Pig, The Nice, Ten Years After: The Nice, Blodwyn Pig, Ten Years After: Bath Festival, Somerset

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 5 July 1969

RICHARD GREEN says ROCKING NICE HIT ...

Billy Preston: Billy's a Natural

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 12 July 1969

IF EVER there was a "natural" for the charts, Billy Preston's 'That's The Way God Planned It' — which enters this week at No. 19 ...

The Beach Boys: Beach Boy Mike Would Love To Convert You

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 26 July 1969

Richard Green Tries A Spot Of Meditation ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Creedence Perkins Fans

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 26 July 1969

CREEDENCE Clearwater Revival are at the top of America's pop group list. They are No. 12 this week in the NME charts with 'Proud Mary', ...

Desmond Dekker: Sweetened Ska Beat Could Sweep The Country Claims Desmond Dekker's Producer

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 26 July 1969

ARE DESMOND Dekker's 'Israelites' No. 1 and his latest release 'It Mek' only flashes in the proverbial pan, man... or could a hybrid mix of ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg: Jane Sighs Her Way To Charts!

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 23 August 1969

IT'S ALL VERY well for people to scream and shout that the BBC won't play their records enough, thus giving them no chance of becoming ...

The Band, Bob Dylan, Bonzo Dog Band, Fat Mattress, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, The Nice, The Who: Bob Dylan et al: Isle of Wight Festival

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 6 September 1969

200,000 roar approval including John, George, Ringo and wives! But Dylan didn't quite sink Isle of Wight, reports Richard Green ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: Deep Breathing: Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg (Fontana)

Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 6 September 1969

THE DEEP-BREATHING GIRL, Jane Birkin, gets the boys breathless with her panting contributions to the lovely tune and deep-voiced singing of Serge Gainsbourg in 'Je ...

The Temptations: Can You Put A Name To The Temptations?

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 13 September 1969

I'VE ALWAYS had the feeling that although the Temptations have enjoyed good record sales in this country, they've never quite made it as people with ...

Cher: 3614 Jackson Highway (Atco mono and stereo 228 026; 37s 6d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 13 September 1969

WITH THREE Bob Dylan songs, one by Steve Stills and another by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper, Cher has a pretty good mixture — and ...

Elvis Presley: International Hotel, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 13 September 1969

SECOND LOOK AT ELVIS ...

Johnny Cash: Country Boy

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 20 September 1969

Hard life of the legendary folk star ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road Album Track-By-Track

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 20 September 1969

A YOUNG lady wrote to Radio One's Scene and Heard at the weekend, her heart full of hate, her pen dipped in vitriol, and her ...

Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg: At Home with Sounds of Love star Jane

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 27 September 1969

IT'S ALL VERY well to have a public image of a fun-loving, "anything goes" girl about town, but in private life things can be very ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash Fantastically Together

Report by June Harris, New Musical Express, 27 September 1969

CROSBY, Stills, Nash and Young arrived in New York last week for performances at the Fillmore East. Needless to say, all four shows resulted in ...

The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder: Motowners have Racial Problems

Report by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 27 September 1969

SINCE SO many Motown artists are currently in the British charts, I thought I might pass on some things about them that have been circulating ...

The Nice: Nice: Good Music & Showmanship Is Their Formula For Success

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 27 September 1969

MUSICAL COMPETENCE and showmanship rarely go hand-in-hand. At least, if they do, one often takes precedence over the other and the overall effect is one ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by June Harris, New Musical Express, 4 October 1969

THE START of this week's column should be called the continuing story of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. I know that from the English point ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: Sings The Country Music Hall Of Fame Hits Vol. 1 and 2 (Mercury)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 11 October 1969

Jerry Lee's good examples ...

The Kinks: Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (Pye mono and stereo NPL 1837; 37s 5d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 11 October 1969

KINKS WITH POP OPERA ...

Radha Krishna Temple, London: Are You Getting Krishna's Message?

Report and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 October 1969

...wonders ALAN SMITH ...

The Four Tops, Diana Ross, The Supremes: Four Tops Hoping For British Tour, Diana Splits Next Year

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 October 1969

ALAN SMITH reports the latest views from DETROIT, A CITY PACKED WITH NATURAL MOTOWN TALENT. ...

Harry Nilsson: Nilsson — The Complete Opposite of a Pop Star

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 25 October 1969

NICE GUY Nilsson remains — as ever — a nice guy... And in a pop world which occasionally tends to suffer a little too much ...

The Beatles, George Harrison: Beatle Single — By George!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 November 1969

1969 WILL END up being George Harrison's year. He's waited a long time for real recognition, has George, but his composition 'Something' is released as ...

Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Harry J All Stars, The Pioneers: Three New Entries Give Reggae (all on Trojan) Strong Hold on the Chart

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 1 November 1969

JUST HOW firm a hold reggae is taking on the charts is demonstrated this week by the arrival in the NME Top Thirty of three ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie Sees Very Clearly

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 November 1969

IN A WORLD of darkness, sound has obviously become almost Stevie Wonder's chief guide and consolation... so I was hardly surprised to hear this week ...

The Rolling Stones: Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 22 November 1969

Stones terrific ...

Mighty Baby: Mighty Baby (Head stereo playable mono. HDLS 6002. 39s. lid.)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 29 November 1969

MIGHTY BABY comprises five young men who have been playing in various groups for a number of years and who have now combined to produce ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (Decca mono and stereo SKL/LK 5025; 37s 6d, Released December 5)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 29 November 1969

GREAT STONES ALBUM! Declares RICHARD GREEN ...

The Move

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, Fall 1969

THE MOVE are a sometimes thing. In the past three years the group have given us precisely one album and seven singles which can hardly ...

Tony Joe White: Tony Joe, Elvis, and Polk Salad Annie

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1970

TONY JOE WHITE was one of the first of the new school of Southern singer/songwriters – along with Jerry Reed, Joe South, Leon Russell, Dough ...

James Burton, Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley's Lead Guitarist, James Burton, Talks About Working With King

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 3 January 1970

Special QUESTION-TIME conducted by ANN MOSES IN HOLLYWOOD ...

David Ackles: Subway To The Country (Elektra stereo EKS 74060; 39s 11d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 17 January 1970

DAVID ACKLES seems to have a preoccupation with gloom, doom and disaster when writing songs, but it usually turns out that numbers written in that ...

Badfinger: New to the Charts: Badfinger Make Apple Feel Rosy

Profile by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 January 1970

IT'S BIG smiles and happy heads at Apple this week, where the once much-maligned label now has a further chart name — BADFINGER — to ...

The Supremes, The Temptations: Super Star Diana Right To Quit Supremes Say Temptations

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 January 1970

ONLY THE absence of 'flu-bound Eddie Kendricks took the edge off the Temptations' arrival in Britain at the weekend, but the rest of them were ...

The Bar-Kays: Soul Finger (Atco stereo 228 030; 37s 6d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 17 January 1970

THE INFLUENCE that Booker T. and the MG's have had on this five-piece outfit is obvious, but the Bar-Kays haven't quite got it together in ...

The Nice: RICHARD GREEN spends a hectic weekend with NICE In Paris

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 31 January 1970

WHAT DO you have to do to have 'Granada' sung in your left ear by three Spaniards at 5.30 on a Sunday morning and a ...

Top Of The Pops: Are These The Two Most Frighteningly Powerful Men In Pop?

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 7 February 1970

PROBABLY ONLY one in a thousand teenagers have the vaguest ideas who Mel Cornish and Stanley Dorfmann are, but in the pop record business they ...

Elvis Presley: International Showroom, Las Vegas

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 7 February 1970

KING ELVIS RULES VEGAS AGAIN. New songs and old in his act after his first night including 'Proud Mary', 'Walk A Mile In My Shoes', ...

The Temptations: Temps Aren't Puppets of Motown

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 7 February 1970

ARE SOME of Tamla Motown's artists "Monkees of Soul"... professional acts who seem so puppet-like and programmed that they hardly come across as real people? ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 10 February 1970

SUPER CONCERT! ...

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires: Byron Lee is Jamaican Idol

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 February 1970

RELATIVELY unknown in this country, except to West Indians, Byron Lee is one of Jamaica's biggest attractions. In fact, he is to the Jamaicans what ...

Lee Marvin Now Top 20 'Star'!

Profile by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 February 1970

IT'S ALL very well to go round saying pigs can't fly, but who can honestly say that they expected to see Lee Marvin in the ...

The 5th Dimension: Love Keeps Us 5th Dimensions Together says Marilyn

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 14 February 1970

AT A PERIOD when groups come and go and musical moods change quickly, the lasting power and dependable good vibration sounds of the 5th Dimensions ...

The Nice: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 February 1970

NICE VERSATILITY IS LIMITLESS ...

Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash — The Man, His World, His Music (Dir. Robert Elfstrom, Verité Production)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 February 1970

DON'T MISS THIS JOHNNY CASH FILM advises RICHARD GREEN ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Mid-Rock Man Hawkins Found John & Yoko Silent Guests

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 28 February 1970

JOHN LENNON spent several days as a guest at Ronnie Hawkins' secluded country house in Canada prior to, during and following the peace concert. Yoko ...

Syd Barrett: Syd Speaks Out — At Last!

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 March 1970

IT WOULDN'T BE as far-fetched as it sounds to say that what Bo Diddley was to the rock and roll scene, Pink Floyd were to ...

Bob and Marcia: 'Why Marry? Our Way's Okay' says Bob Smiling While Marcia Frowns

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 21 March 1970

Reggae stars in London ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: An 80 Buck Bummer Made Us Start Learning

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 21 March 1970

ANN MOSES INTERVIEWS JOHN FOGERTYlead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty: An 80 Buck Bummer Made Us Start Learning

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 21 March 1970

"THEY SAY that true love travels on a gravel road... that one cannot understand joy without having felt sorrow... that one does not know sweet ...

Renaissance: They Want You To Listen

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 March 1970

FOR PURELY personal reasons I think the nicest thing about Renaissance is Jane Relf, but as as a music journalist I must own up and ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty (continued): I Gave Up Note-making a Year Ago

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 28 March 1970

The second part of Ann Moses' long rap with John Fogerty, lead singing star of Creedence Clearwater Revival, takes the form of a frank Ask-In ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty Interview (Continued)

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 28 March 1970

BY ANN MOSESEditor of Tiger BeatFROM HOLLYWOOD ...

Taste: Trio Gives Taste More Challenge

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 28 March 1970

TASTE ARE just starting to become a very hot property in England and on the Continent, already having conquered the Irish fans. All the trappings ...

Arthur Brown: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 4 April 1970

ARTHUR BROWN MAD AS EVER! ...

Black Sabbath Have Nothing To Do With Spooks! says Lead Guitar Tony

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 4 April 1970

A NUMBER of pop groups seem to have decided that it's the in-thing these days to meddle in black magic and present their version of ...

Bob and Marcia Take Plenty Preparation Time

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 4 April 1970

DON'T BELIEVE all that stuff about black artists just jumping up on a stage and doing their thing without a moment of preparation. It happens... ...

Woodstock (Dir. Michael Wadleigh, Warner Bros.)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 11 April 1970

WOODSTOCK FILM IS WORTHWHILE ...

Dionne Warwick: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 18 April 1970

DIONNE DAZZLES ...

The Flock, It's a Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal, Santana, Steamhammer, Johnny Winter: Johnny Winter, Flock, Steamhammer, Santana, It's A Beautiful Day, Taj Mahal: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 25 April 1970

ROCKERS TAKE OVER FOR A NIGHT ...

Pentangle: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 25 April 1970

ENCHANTING PENTANGLE ...

Blodwyn Pig: Blodwyn's Mixed Audiences Means They Sometimes Get Mobbed

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 2 May 1970

AND THEY LIKE IT, ADMITS JACK LANCASTER ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 2 May 1970

COCKER SURVIVES AND TRIUMPHS ...

Simon & Garfunkel: Simon and Garfunkel's Amazing Reaction to London Concert

Comment by Miranda Ward, New Musical Express, 2 May 1970

AUDIENCE HYSTERIA DISMAYED THEM ...

The Beatles: Let It Be (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 9 May 1970

NEW LP SHOWS THEY COULDN'T CARE LESSHave Beatles sold out? asks NME's Alan Smith ...

The Who: Live At Leeds (Track stereo 2406 001; 42s 6d).

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 16 May 1970

BRILLIANT WHO ...

The Beatles: Let It Be (Dir. Michael Lindsay-Hogg, United Artists)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 23 May 1970

Unusual, fascinating Beatles documentary ...

Woodstock (Dir. Michael Wadleigh, Warner Bros.)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 23 May 1970

WOODSTOCK — BEST FILM EVER MADE ABOUT POP ...

Buck Owens And His Buckaroos: Tall Dark Stranger (Capitol stereo E-ST 212; 39s 11d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970

BUCK OWENS is regarded very highly by country-and –western people, performers and customers alike, and his albums sell consistently well. Unfortunately, he has never had ...

Amen Corner, Fair Weather: Fair Weather: Andy Pleads, Don't Scream At Me Any More

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970

WHEN DOZENS of emotional young girls screamed and hysterically rushed the stage in a vague attempt to grab hold of Andy Fairweather Low, the singer ...

Christine Perfect/McVie: For Christine, Hard Work Hasn't Made Perfect

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970

HARD WORK is not always rewarded, as Christine Perfect is unfortunately finding out. Since leaving Chicken Shack to spend more time with her husband, Fleetwood ...

Ginger Baker, Black Sabbath, Colosseum, Family, Jose Feliciano, Grateful Dead, Screaming Lord Sutch, Traffic, Tony Joe White: Grateful Dead, Traffic, Black Sabbath, Jose Feliciano et al: Hollywood Music Festival, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970

PEACEFUL FESTIVAL OF GOOD MUSIC ...

The Nice: Five Bridges (Charisma, stereo CAS 1014; 39s 11d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970

End of Nice ...

Various Artists: Woodstock (Atlantic, stereo 2663001; 150s)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 May 1970

Monster albums from Woodstock ...

Glen Campbell – Former Beach Boy and Elvis Guitarist!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 June 1970

IT MAY NOT be generally known that Glen Campbell is a former member of the Beach Boys... that he was once a brilliant session guitarist ...

Audience, Van Der Graaf Generator: Van Der Graaf Generator, Audience: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 6 June 1970

CONCERT SUCCESS OF TWO GROUPS ...

Diana Ross Doesn't Miss Supremes

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 4 July 1970

DIANA ROSS is a supremely confident person. She has progressed from being a member of just another Tamla Motown group called the Supremes, to making ...

Blues Image, John Sebastian, Leon Russell, The Who: The Who, John B. Sebastian, the Blues Image, Leon Russell: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 4 July 1970

WHO HEAT UP SUMMER ...

Humble Pie: NME Crashes in on Stevie...

Review and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 18 July 1970

...to do a track-by track on Humble Pie latest album ...

Tony Joe White: Tony Joe Declares — Ah'm Aginst Unhealthy Things!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 August 1970

LISTENING TO Tony Joe White speak is like taking an excursion deep into the man's boots via the steamy swamps of his native Louisiana, where ...

Traffic Rarin' To Grow

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 1 August 1970

WHATEVER analytical terms are used by people in attempting to define Traffic's music, however many superlatives are attached to the group and among the hundreds ...

Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die (Island stereo ILPS 9116; 39s 11d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 1 August 1970

THE FIRST Traffic album for far too long consists of a mere six tracks. This is not a bad thing though because each one is ...

Jeff Beck: Strange Scene at Tamla

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 8 August 1970

...reports Mickie Most ...

Nicky Thomas Digs Our Tom

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 8 August 1970

NICKY THOMAS came to town the other day, all happy and rarin' to reggae. He smiled a lot and laughed a lot and sat in ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey and Miracles Used To Record Two Songs in Three Hours

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 15 August 1970

BOB DYLAN once referred to Smokey Robinson as "America's greatest living poet," a statement which is not quite so bizarre as it might at first ...

Nancy Sinatra, The Osmonds: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas NV

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 22 August 1970

FRANK SINATRA played host to 500 members of the Press to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Caesar's Palace and his daughter Nancy's opening. ...

Elvis Presley: One More Time with Feeling! Elvis Presley: Showroom Internationale, Las Vegas

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 22 August 1970

ANN MOSES GOES TO THE LATEST PRESLEY FIRST NIGHT, THIS TIME FILMED FOR THE WORLD TO SEE, AND REPORTS ...

Deep Purple: Rock Album Solved Deep Purple Rift

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 22 August 1970

RECORDING AN album of rock did Deep Purple a lot more good than most people realize. It solved a lot of personal problems that arose ...

Blodwyn Pig: Why Mick Decided He Had To Jilt Blodwyn

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 22 August 1970

THE VARIOUS antics of Mick Abrahams ceased to amaze me months ago. The lad is a natural comedian with a wide range of goonish voices ...

Bread Aim to be One of the World's Top Five Groups

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 29 August 1970

DAVID GATES FLIES IN AND CHATS TO RICHARD GREEN ...

Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (stereo A&M SP 6002; 59s. 11d.)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 5 September 1970

Fantastic, fiery Cocker ...

Canned Heat: Alan Kept Balance

Obituary by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 12 September 1970

THE DEATH of Alan Wilson at the weekend left more than a musical gap in the line-up of Canned Heat. Up against the earthiness and ...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Can Do All The Tamla Jobs —

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 12 September 1970

– but still finds time for his golf! ...

The Mothers Of Invention: The Mothers of Invention: Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 12 September 1970

IF YOU'RE A Frank Zappa fan eagerly awaiting the album with the new line-up, don't be fooled into thinking that Weasels Ripped My Flesh is ...

Dusty Springfield: Dusty, Singer At Crossroads

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 19 September 1970

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD is the latest recruit to the British pop business's newest in-thing, conveyor belt interviews, and I therefore joined a queue of fellow-journalists the ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon & War: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 19 September 1970

BURDON AND WAR: BEST LIVE BAND WE'VE EVER SEEN ...

Black Sabbath Win Struggle Against Black Magic Tag

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 26 September 1970

BY RICHARD GREEN WHO ALSO REVIEWS PARANOID LP ...

Jimi Hendrix: Goodbye, Jimi

Obituary by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 26 September 1970

A tribute by Richard Green, who once worked with him ...

Charles Aznavour: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 3 October 1970

BROODING AZNAVOUR ...

The Carpenters: Right Song Saved The Carpenters

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 3 October 1970

TODAY THE Carpenters are soaring from requests to make in-person concerts and television appearances, and record fans are buying their discs like crazy! ...

Bob Dylan: New Morning (CBS)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 24 October 1970

DYLAN'S NEW LP NOT UP TO EXPECTATIONS — but it's still good! ...

James Brown — Outrageous Extrovert

Profile and Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 October 1970

PERHAPS ONLY the outrageous James Brown could get away with a single like 'Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine', which stands at ...

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5 Still Do Chores At Home

Profile and Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 7 November 1970

OUTSIDE THEIR back window, the lights from the steel mill flashed as the molten metal poured into the waiting moulds, while the incinerators belched out ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake And Palmer (Island stereo ILPS 9132, 39s 11d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 November 1970

ANYONE WHO still thinks that Emerson Lake and Palmer are a cheap imitation of the Nice should give this album a spin and be proven ...

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 5 December 1970

Loads of talent, and yet... ...

Eric Burdon, War: Burdon Led The Wildest War Party In Paris

Report and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 23 January 1971

FOR ONCE, the fashion writers have got it right — women's shorts are catching on, in Paris at least. And while the birds are gettin' ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 23 January 1971

AMERICA'S Grand Funk Railroad were virtually unknown in Britain until a few weeks ago and let's hope they revert to this former state. It was ...

Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon: Johnny Johnson Likes To Feel Lively And Gay When He's On Stage

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 23 January 1971

THE ULTIMATE experience for Johnny Johnson right now would be to appear in cabaret at the Talk of the Town. He's an unashamed seeker of ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon & War: The Black-Man's Burdon (Liberty stereo LDS 84003/4. 69s)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 30 January 1971

Burdon whips up a storm ...

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas: Finsbury Park Astoria, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 30 January 1971

THE MAGIC Motown formula, an amalgam of glamour, professionalism and good, driving music brought excitement to dark and dreary Finsbury Park last week when the ...

Free: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 13 February 1971

A HUNDRED or so enegetic dancers had surrounded the stage by the end of Free's concert at Croydon's Fairfield Hall on Saturday but I don't ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie: British Audiences Prevented Me From Giving Up Singing

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 13 February 1971

"IN THE PAST I've occasionally thought about giving up singing," said Stevie Wonder. "But what happened at Hammersmith last week was something I'll never forget. ...

War: Big Apple, Brighton

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 13 February 1971

OVER THREE hundred fans queued for their money back at Brighton's mammoth Big Apple on Saturday night when promoter Brian Mason announced that War would ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: No Payment For My Elvis Songs Says Crudup

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 20 February 1971

SIXTY-FIVE year old blues-man Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, whose songs 'That's Alright Mama' and 'My Baby Left Me' were hits for Elvis Presley back in ...

The Equals: 'Black Skins' Could Be Equals' Biggest In The States

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 20 February 1971

LEADER-SONGWRITER Eddie Grant lives and breathes the Equals, whose fat, pumping 'Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys' single is at No. 19 in this week's NME ...

The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr: The Beatles: It's Open Warfare

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 6 March 1971

Why Beatles ended in a sordid mudbath.It isn't coincidence that these solo singles have just been released, says Alan Smith ...

James Brown the Cassius Clay of Music

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 20 March 1971

JAMES BROWN — broad and stocky — America's Soul Brother Supreme, with a warm smile etched deep into his granite face — perhaps the very ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 20 March 1971

"I WANNA know... do I you feel alllllrrriiiigggght?" "Yeaaaaahhhh," roared the audience in reply. "Did yaa bring your sex machine with you?" The affirmative cry ...

Lynn Anderson: Pssst! Don't tell the British that Lynn sings Country!

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 20 March 1971

SUCH IS THE stigma attached to country music by a large number of people in Britain that before Lynn Anderson left America she was warned ...

Ray Stevens: 'Bridget The Midget' Man Says Religious Lyrics Will Be Next Big Thing

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 20 March 1971

People are getting sick to death of the 'put-the-world-to-rights songs' ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Cry Of Love (Track stereo 2408 101 £2.40)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 27 March 1971

Not the best Hendrix ...

Osibisa: Meet the Band: Osibisa

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 27 March 1971

AS AUDIENCES get cooler — almost listening to music has now become a kind of intellectual exercise — it is good to see a group ...

Olivia Newton John, Toomorrow: Olivia Newton John: Olivia Emerges from Shambles of Toomorrow

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 27 March 1971

"EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! James Bond man launches new supergroup! Toomorrow tipped for the top!" Remember all that carry-on a few months ago ...

The Groundhogs: After Stones, Back To The Grind

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 27 March 1971

AFTER THE excitement and ballyhoo of the Rolling Stones tour the Groundhogs, the supporting group, now have to go back to playing the draughty halls ...

Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown owns up... The Lady Is A Nympho!

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 April 1971

"NO MESSIN' about," chuckled Errol Brown, that shiny-domed Hot Chocolateer who co-wrote 'You Could've Been A Lady' — "it's a song all about a nymphomaniac." ...

Eggs Over Easy: Meet the Band: Eggs Over Easy

Profile and Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 10 April 1971

WHEN AN invitation to a cultural evening at the American Embassy dropped on my desk my first thought was that someone was playing a merry ...

Dave and Ansell Collins: 'Double Barrel' — An Attempt To Create a Different Sound Say Dave and Ansell

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 1 May 1971

NME's Alan Smith endeavours to interview this week's chart toppers ...

The Byrds: ? — Time with the Byrds

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 8 May 1971

conducted by Richard Green ...

Deep Purple: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 8 May 1971

THIS COULD easily be a review consisting entirely of superlatives, but it wouldn't be so easy to understand unless you were actually at the Roundhouse ...

Family, Sam Apple Pie: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 8 May 1971

ON A GOOD night at the Roundhouse there is always a nice, free and easy atmosphere in the air. It was like that on Saturday ...

Black Sabbath: Following Recent Sensational London Concert Black Sabbath Admit...

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 8 May 1971

...U.S. tour got us together we're into some nice things now ...

Rita Coolidge: Scene Needs Male Groupies

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 8 May 1971

YOU'VE SEEN her with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, you've seen her with Eric Clapton. You probably think you saw her with Joe Cocker, too, ...

Chicago: 3000 To Be Turned Away But Chicago Defend London Concert Cancellation

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 May 1971

"UNDERGROUND IS now Overground," said Chicago's Terry Kath... "and Overground is commercial." We were on a transatlantic phone line at the weekend and he was ...

Paul McCartney: Paul And Linda McCartney: Ram (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 22 May 1971

Alan Smith assesses the McCartney Ram album and sums up with... PAUL, WHAT A MESS YOU'VE MADE OF IT! ...

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5: Jacksons Give Teenyblacks Hope

Report by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 29 May 1971

FROM THIS SIDE of the Atlantic it may seem somewhat difficult to appreciate the Jackson-mania — and there is no other word for it — ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Emerson, Lake And Palmer: Tarkus (Island I LPS 9155; £2.15)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 12 June 1971

'ELP OUR EARDRUMS ...

Free: Live (Island ILPS 9160. £2.15)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 12 June 1971

Free's last album — their finest ever? ...

Tami Lynn Hit Cost £5 A Copy

Report and Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 12 June 1971

In true Mickey Spillane style, Roy Carr investigates the case of the six-year-old hit. ...

John Kongos: Point Blank Refusal To Cash-In On Hit

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 19 June 1971

YOU'RE NOT going to find John Kongos suddenly rushing around the country on a quickly arranged, nationwide tour just because his single 'He's Gonna Step ...

Deep Purple: Iceland Gives Deep Purple (and our Richard Green) a Hot Reception!

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 26 June 1971

There may be snow on peaks but there's fire down below! ...

The Beatles, Hurricane Smith: Beatles Were Awful... They Talked Their Way Into A Recording Contract

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 10 July 1971

...says their former soundman NORMAN 'HURRICANE' SMITH to ALAN SMITH Former Beatles' sound engineer Norman "Hurricane" Smith talking about the world-dominating group with whom he worked ...

Bread: Manna (Elektra EKX 74086; £2.15).

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 10 July 1971

BREAD AN OPEN QUESTION ...

The Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton Band (Harvest SHVL 791; £2.40)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 10 July 1971

Lighter Broughton ...

Fillmore Exit Music

Report by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

IT'S ALL OVER now. The Fillmore East closed its doors at approximately 5.0 a.m. recently — after a strenuous and occasionally sentimental night of action. ...

Grand Funk Railroad, Humble Pie: Grand Funk Railroad, Humbler Pie: Shea Stadium, Queens NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

Beatles Still Hold Record ...

Jo Mama, Carole King, James Taylor: James Taylor, Carole King, Jo Mama: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

FROM THE outset you just can't but help having a warm affinity for James Taylor. Seemingly all arms, legs and baggy trousers, Taylor shyly lopes ...

The Doors, Jim Morrison: Jim Morrison, Dec. 1943-July 1971

Obituary by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

AMERICA DIDN'T have a Jagger. It did have Jim Morrison... the first major American male sex symbol since James Dean. ...

The Four Tops, The Supremes: Supremes and Tops aren't Puppets of Motown

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

NME's Alan Smith on the phone to Supreme Jean Terrell in Los Angeles. ...

Humble Pie: America Makes a Cookin' Pie, Britain the Humble Crumble

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 24 July 1971

STEVE MARRIOTT in U.S. talks to RICHARD GREEN ...

The James Gang: James Gang Ride On Their Own

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 24 July 1971

IT WAS through the auspices of Pete Townshend that the James Gang toured Britain with the Who last year. They made some impact, but suffered ...

The Doors: L.A. Woman (Elektra EKS.75011; £2.15)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 24 July 1971

CONTROVERSIAL DOORS ...

Medicine Head: The Warmth And Magic That Make The Medicine Go Down

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 24 July 1971

"WE ARE NOT," said Medicine Head's John Fiddler, caught betwixt a meal of rich dark chunks of bread and butter and mellow yellow hunks of ...

The Doors, Jim Morrison: Why Manager Kept Silent About Jim Morrison's Sudden Death

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 24 July 1971

Ann Moses in Hollywood ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Doing The Rounds For Publicity

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 31 July 1971

He knows it, I know it – the next Lennon album is the greatest says Alan Smith ...

The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter (Dir: Albert and David Maysles, Cinema V)

Film/DVD/TV Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 31 July 1971

STONES' FILM TERROR ...

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Plastic Ono Band: At Home With The Lennons, Part 2

Interview by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 7 August 1971

In which
 John burns down the Beatles 'cause he loves 'em ...

Eric Burdon, War: Eric Burdon: War Was Too Soft For Me!

Interview by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 7 August 1971

ERIC BURDON ANSWERS QUESTIONS FOR ANN MOSES IN HOLLYWOOD ...

Badfinger, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar et al: Concert for Bangla Desh, Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 7 August 1971

GEORGE CREATES GREATEST ROCK SPECTACLE OF DECADE ...

Medicine Head, Status Quo: Lyceum, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 7 August 1971

THE RIGHT MEDICINE ...

Black Sabbath: Master Of Reality (Vertigo 6360 050; £2.30)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 14 August 1971

BLACK SABBATH were rightly pleased when, at their Royal Albert Hall concert a few months ago, they were presented with a gold disc for sales ...

David Bowie: The Space Oddity Comes Down To Earth

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 14 August 1971

AT ONE TIME singer/songwriter David Bowie used to write songs because, "I truly believed we songwriters were going to change the face of the world." ...

The Jackson 5: In New York It's Jackson Power: Jackson 5: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 14 August 1971

THE Jackson Five, school
 exams behind them, are now on tour in America, storming their way round and playing to packed audiences. ...

Rory Gallagher: The Influences Behind His Unique Guitar Playing

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 August 1971

HARDLY a day goes by without someone or other phoning the NME and saying: "I've got the next Hendrix" or "My band's gonna blow your ...

The Who: Music Hall, Boston

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 21 August 1971

THE WHO, in America after a year's absence, are creating a bigger sensation than ever. Statistics don't lie. They completely sold out two New York ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty: I've always wanted to be a rock 'n' roll star

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 11 September 1971

IF THERE has been one solitary factor which has completely dominated John Fogerty's lifestyle, it has been his insatiable desire to be a successful rock ...

John Lennon: Imagine (Apple)

Review by Alan Smith, New Musical Express, 11 September 1971

JOHN SINGS LONG TRACK ABOUT PAUL ...

Miles Davis: A Tribute to Jack Johnson (CBS 70089; £2.19)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 11 September 1971

FOR WELL over two decades of music, trumpeter Miles Davis has remained as one of the few unchallenged innovators and to this day he still ...

Deep Purple: Guildhall, Portsmouth

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

LITTLE DID the capacity crowd at Portsmouth Guildhall on Monday night know just how new Deep Purple's opening number 'Highway Star' really was. On the ...

Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra: Lee Hazlewood: We Only Record For The Fun Of It

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

THREE YEARS ago, Lee Hazlewood tired of writing and producing Nancy Sinatra – split to Stockholme to carry on his interest in film work – ...

Sandy Denny: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

PERHAPS I was expecting too much from Sandy Denny, or maybe I wanted too much, but I'm afraid her concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall ...

Shirley Bassey: State Of The World Means 'Kids' Can Now Relate To Me Says Shirley Bassey

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

UNEXPECTED, but marvellous – and Shirley Bassey puts down her latest recording success, 'For All We Know' down to a change of style, which she ...

Terry Reid: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

OH, WHAT a good 'un Terry Reid has become. I hadn't seen him for something over a year until his Queen Elizabeth Hall concert last ...

The Groundhogs: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 September 1971

OUT Of the many gigs I've seen Groundhogs play, their concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday was easily one of the best. Perhaps ...

Johnny Cash: Cash Conference

Report by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 25 September 1971

Sun Records have Cash, Presley, Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins tapes locked in vault ...

The Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, The Statler Brothers: Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, the Carter Family, the Statler Brothers: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 25 September 1971

THE LEGEND that has grown up around Johnny Cash got its first in-person airing in Britain for three years at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on ...

The Bay City Rollers: New to the Charts: Bay City Rollers from Scotland

Profile by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 25 September 1971

NEXT IN the line of Scottish groups to make it South of the Border, called the Bay City Rollers, this week enter the NME charts at No. ...

Traffic: The Gaumont, Worcester

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 25 September 1971

TRAFFIC: THEY NEVER PLAY THE SAME TWICETour review by TONY STEWART ...

Cat Stevens: Coliseum, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 2 October 1971

LOOKING UNUSUALLY relaxed, perhaps with more confidence than he has previously had, Cat Stevens took the stage at the Coliseum on Sunday, with the house ...

The Carpenters, Labi Siffre: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 2 October 1971

MUSICALLY THE Carpenters are a very pleasing group and the selection of numbers they played at their Royal Albert Hall concert on Friday were well ...

Stoneground: Good Time Stoneground

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 9 October 1971

AS PART OF the travelling Great Medicine Ball Caravan, Stoneground hit this country last year, and now they are back, but on their own, and ...

Al Green, The Bill Black Combo: Al Green: Now Green Smashes The Big Memphis Monopoly

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 16 October 1971

MEMPHIS HAS long been accepted as capital city of rock 'n' soul, but to the casual fan this means just Elvis on the rock side ...

Stone The Crows: Teenage Licks (Polydor Super 2425 071 E2.15)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 16 October 1971

FROM THE first track on this third album from Stone The Crows it is obvious where their roots lie, in good time rock and R&B; ...

John Sebastian, The Who: The Who: Surrey University, Guildford

Live Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 16 October 1971

OO'S GOT THE most exciting stage act in the world, then? The 'Oo, that's 'oo. And 'ow do I know? 'Cause I know all about ...

Carole King: How Carole King Became Queen...

Profile by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 23 October 1971

IN MANY ways, and for many reasons, it took Carole King a long time to record her first album, Writer, in 1970. As a writer ...

Pentangle: The Five Sides of Pentangle

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 23 October 1971

PENTANGLE'S RISE in popularity has been unobtrusive but definite. They play a unique and compelling blend of styles spanning the world of jazz, blues, country, ...

Judy Collins: "Music Reminds Us That We're Human Beings"

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 30 October 1971

LIKE A CHILD Judy Collins posed for photographers at a special reception held for her this week to welcome her back to Britain for the ...

The Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground: Lowdown on the Underground

Profile and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 30 October 1971

Tony Stewart reports on the 'mysterious' Velvet Underground – a super-hip cult based on four reluctant 'intellectuals' ...

Johnny Guitar Watson, Larry Williams: Larry Williams and Johnny Guitar Watson: The Two Who Weren't 'Revived'

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 3 November 1971

DESCRIBING Larry Williams as a "great unknown" might raise a few eyebrows for he had a hit with 'Bony Moronie', a rock 'n' roll classic, ...

Richie Havens: A State Of Mind (Verve)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 6 November 1971

DON'T CONFUSE this with the soon-to-be-released Havens album, The Great Blind Degree. ...

The Beach Boys: Surf's Up

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 6 November 1971

COULD THE BEACH BOYS actually be doing a Moody Blues? The whole theme of this is: the world might be in a pretty dismal state ...

B.B. King: 'I Owe My Popularity To The Beatles. They Started The People Towards Really Listening...'

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 13 November 1971

GUITARIST-SINGER B. B. King, at 45 the toast of many young musicians, arrives at London Airport next Friday (19) to appear in London and Bristol ...

Quintessence: Peace... Love... And Success Without Sell-Out

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 20 November 1971

FOR QUINTESSENCE, 1971 must go down as one of the most successful years in their history – they have been going through a period of ...

Status Quo: Bubblegum Has Stuck To Status Quo, And It's A Stain They Need Ridding Of

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 4 December 1971

IMAGES FOR bands are acquired, changed, but seldom forgotten – and such is the case with Status Quo. Underrated yet very talented, over a period ...

The Faces: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 4 December 1971

FANTASTIC FACES DRIVE NEW YORK WILD! ...

Al Green: You're Never Alone With Al

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 11 December 1971

THERE WAS no chance of Al Green getting tired of being alone when Decca Records welcomed him to Britain with a turkey and Christmas pud ...

B.B. King, Freddie King: B.B. King and Freddie King: Kings Of The Blues

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 11 December 1971

Two bluesmen who have become living legends talk about their careers and the state of the blues today. And B.B. King and Freddie King both ...

The Bill Black Combo, Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Ann Peebles, Bill Withers, O.V. Wright: Willie Mitchell: Sounds like it's Memphis

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 11 December 1971

IF ANY one man personifies the solid beat of Memphis soul then surely it's Willie Mitchell. Not only has he turned out 14 hit albums ...

Al Green: Upstairs at Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 18 December 1971

DESPITE the counter-attraction of the Buddy Rich big-band downstairs there was a packed house for Al Green "Upstairs" at London's Ronnie Scott's including many big ...

Stray: Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 December 1971

ANY LONDON gig for Stray is a gas, I was informed. So just to see how good the band are in other venues, I visited ...

Little Richard: King Of Rock 'n' Roll/Various Artists: This Is How It All Began

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 25 December 1971

PERHAPS IT'S just that I'm a bit too fussy, but basically I don't like going to see live gigs of the artists I admire. Too ...

Ann Peebles: Will Princess Ann Be Queen

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1972

ON THE distaff side, soul music has produced a long run of superb girl singers and these soul sisters have found it far easier to ...

Big Mama Thornton: The Hound Dog Howler Who Inspired Janis

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1 January 1972

IN THE DEEPEST depths of Transatlantic's Marylebone High Street (London) headquarters there's a wire cage which looks like Death Row in your favourite neighbourhood prison. ...

Rufus Thomas: Rufus and The Funky Penguin

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1 January 1972

RUFUS THOMAS was half-way through a busy tour the last time we met. This time round I caught up with him just two days before ...

Bloodstone: The Bloodstone Sound Spectrum

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

THERE'S BEEN a growing flood of black American artists to these shores over the past few years, and more and more of them have decided ...

Fela Kuti, Ginger Baker: Ginger Baker and Fela Ransome-Kuti: Ginger Baker Backs This Fela's Afro-Rock

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

WITH AIRFORCE, Ginger Baker succeeded in providing the rudiments of the Afro-beat. Consciously he wanted to go back to the roots of highly percussive music, ...

Sandy Denny Breaks Her Silence

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

After playing a Greta Garbo role for three months, the leading lady of British folk comes out of her shell to talk to Tony Stewart ...

Traffic: The Grech Traffic Report

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 January 1972

A RECENT trip to America proved to be a traumatic period for Traffic. ...

America: If We'd Spent Years Playing Clubs, Our Music Could Hardly Be Fresh

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 22 January 1972

AMERICA talk to James Johnson ...

Stevie Wonder: Audiences Will Accept New Things From Me, Says Stevie Wonder

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 22 January 1972

MUSICAL BARRIERS are tumbling down – that's the reckoning of Stevie Wonder, currently on another 20-date European tour. "Audiences used to have a pre-conception of ...

Dave Mason Gives New Meaning To That Old Cliché 'Doing My Own Thing'

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 22 January 1972

DAVE MASON arrived at Heathrow Airport last Wednesday about a quarter of an hour earlier than planned, and even if the TWA chick hadn't tipped ...

Jefferson Airplane, Papa John Creach: Papa John Creach: Papa John Makes It With Rock

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 22 January 1972

THE ONE-TIME phenomenon of young white rock musicians playing on records by old black blues musicians has become a commonplace thing. ...

Stevie Wonder: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 22 January 1972

STEVIE WONDER is the first artist to make Motown work for him rather than vice-versa. He has full control over his music and has acquired ...

T. Rex: Gliderdrome, Boston, Lincs.

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 22 January 1972

REXMANIA At the Boston Gliderdrome on Saturday, T. Rex turned the musical dock back to the early sixties. In scenes of hysteria and confusion unparalleled since ...

Bloodstone, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield, Bloodstone: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 29 January 1972

WITH THE Curtis Mayfield/Bloodstone show, the Rainbow Theatre proved conclusively that the Albert Hall has lost its place as the capital city of bad acoustics. ...

David Bowie: "I'm Not Ashamed Of Wearing Dresses... But Unfortunately It's Detracted From The Fact That I'm Also A Songwriter"

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 29 January 1972

ON THE DAY I was to meet David Bowie at his home in Beckenham, Kent, I really didn't know what to expect. I had heard ...

David Bowie: Hunky Dory (RCA Victor)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 29 January 1972

Bowie at his brilliant best ...

Donnie Elbert: The Mystery Of The Vanishing Chart Star

Report by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 29 January 1972

Wanted: DONNIE ELBERT to contact numerous, and despairing record company executives ...

Pink Floyd: Electric Chaos, But Just Great

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 29 January 1972

Tony Stewart at the debut of Pink Floyd's new masterpiece. ...

America: "Stale" America Need A New Act — And They May Extend Their Line-Up

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

IMPERIAL COLLEGE, London, was America's last gig before their current tour of the States. Backstage it was more than a little chaotic, with the dressing ...

Can Can... And They Will

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

OF ALL the heavy German bands Can are perhaps the most interesting and could prove the most influential. Next month they tour Britain and, judging ...

Captain Beefheart: The Spotlight Kid (Reprise)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

THE CAPTAIN is back with this latest album of Space Blues and poetry in motion. ...

Frank Zappa: Zappa On Rock, Porn And Blues

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

HE LOOKS a bit like an identi-kit picture of our own most infamous anarchist Guy Fawkes, this much-vaunted, often-maligned rock guitarist who more than anyone ...

Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia: A Rare Interview

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

Roy Carr in New York: the problems of making the Dead NOT happen ...

Jan & Dean, Carole King, The Mamas and The Papas, Scott McKenzie, Johnny Rivers: Lou Adler: A Music Giant

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

LOU ADLER is a music giant behind the scenes. He started his career writing songs with Herb Alpert, but the partnership split up because Alpert ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Hendrix Said I'd Be Big, But I Don't Give A **** As Long As I Can Boogie

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

The Chi-Lites: Roy Carr in Harlem sees the Chi-Lites

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

IT HAS TAKEN the Chi-Lites ten years to become an overnight success. A decade of dues playing on the Chitlin' circuit which helped justify their ...

Hawkwind: The Truth About Hawkwind

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

LIKE THEM or not, you must admit that Hawkwind are honest. Guitarist Dave Brock is not loath to admit that most of the band's musicians ...

Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Billy Preston, Slade, The Roy Young Band: Chuck Berry, Pink Floyd, Slade, Billy Preston, Roy Young Band: Lanchester Arts Festival, Locarno, Coventry

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972

ONE OF THE MOST ADVENTUROUS BILLS EVER ...

Chuck Berry: Berry Magic

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972

RON WOOD would have swept the floor of Pye's No. 2 studio as he boogied round during the Chuck Berry super-session during Saturday. He saw ...

The Archies, Carole King, The Monkees: Don Kirshner: I Discovered Carole King

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972

THEY MOST often call Don Kirshner the King of Bubble-gum. But he's not worrying. Sitting high in his suite at the Dorchester he has the ...

Frank Zappa on Death, Rock Writers, Money

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972

ZAPPA IS NOT renowned for his appreciation of rock writers and their work, and he makes his point quite forcibly on the subject. ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: A Weird Kid With No Friends

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972

Outspoken Danny Holloway series ...

Pink Floyd (part 1): 'Things Just Somehow Happen To Us — We Don't Plan'

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 February 1972

SIX YEARS ago an evening with Pink Floyd resembled a riot, with bottles, glasses and verbal abuse being hurled in their direction. ...

Stevie Wonder, Bags Of Chips And Clapton

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 17 February 1972

NME calls in at all-night recording session ...

Free: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 19 February 1972

THE AUDIENCE WENT mad from the moment Free were introduced on Thursday at the Albert Hall. Nearly every number was greeted warmly with hoops and ...

Pink Floyd (part 2): Simple But Not Banal

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 19 February 1972

LAST WEEK, NICK Mason talked at length about the evolution of Pink Floyd up to the Atom Heart Mother stage. The policy of the band ...

MC5: The MC5 on Shock Rock

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 19 February 1972

OF ALL THE groups who have dabbled in politics over the last few years, the MC5 seem to have gained the reputation as one of ...

Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney, Steve Miller, The Rolling Stones: The Producers: Glyn Johns — Why I'm working on Paul's album

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 26 February 1972

"IT'S ALL BULL. Having offices and secretaries and all the moodies and the phones. It's just crap. It's nothing to do with making records. Making ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Cordell, the Coaxer Behind Cocker

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 4 March 1972

DENNY CORDELL roamed around the music business in London during the early sixties before discovering the Moody Blues and consequently becoming their producer. He assisted ...

Mountain’s Pappalardi: Hell-Bent On Becoming A Rock Legend

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 4 March 1972

"And the cold winds blow,He was brave but he's laid lowBy her body in the island mist,I saw him give her one last coldkiss...one last ...

Chicory Tip: Progressive and Pop Narrow the Gap — Chicory Tip

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 4 March 1972

Chart's No.1 pop band ...

Tommy Hunt: A Black Tom Jones

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 4 March 1972

TOMMY HUNT is a name you'll be hearing a lot of if the best laid plans of the entertainment business don't go astray. More than ...

T. Rex: Bolan and the Future

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 11 March 1972

I HAVE KNOWN Marc Bolan for several years now and have never thought of him as being, well, completely normal. By that I don't mean ...

Isaac Hayes: The Aloof Mystique of Isaac Hayes

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 11 March 1972

...but he's part of the people in his gold-plated Rolls Royce ...

The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson: Schmaltz or Genius?

Comment by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 18 March 1972

In his day perhaps they thought Mozart was a hype ...

America, Judee Sill: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 25 March 1972

America — simply so successful ...

Harry Nilsson: Come Out, Harry, The Time Is Right

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 March 1972

NILSSON filled Trident studios with old people to help record 'I'd Rather Be Dead' for his album. The song is a "lively, up-tempo number about ...

Joe Cocker: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Lenny Kaye, New Musical Express, 25 March 1972

Cocker On Stage – A Big Let-Down. A Disillusioned Lenny Kaye Reports New York Opening ...

Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr: Concert for Bangla Desh (Dir. Saul Swimmer; 20th Century Fox)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972

BANGLA FILM RELEASED ...

Brinsley Schwarz: Silver Pistol (United Artists)

Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972

THIS CAPTURES much of the easy-going feel that makes this band such an entertaining outfit on stage. Recorded at their home in Northwood, London, the ...

Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972

AS A PRELUDE to the good captain, a ballerina dressed in white, with a crown to match, did her stuff, followed by a belly dancer ...

Captain Beefheart: A Trip Into The Mind Of The Spotlight Kid

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972

RECENTLY MOVED FROM his desert domain in Lancaster to the remote forests of oceanside Eureka in Northern California, The Captain, at a comfortable 31, is ...

Colin Blunstone: For Sale: A Singer

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972

Despite his talent, there was a suspicion of hype in the air, writes Keith Altham ...

Deep Purple: Machine Head (Purple)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 1 April 1972

Purple: what we've got is a lot ...

Sandy Denny: Sandy and Band, Coping Cheerfully

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 5 April 1972

FROM THE outside the Denny residence in Fulham looks a place of tranquility. Inside, though, a different story prevails. As Watson the huge Airedale lumbers ...

Deep Purple: Victims Of Their Own Fame

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 8 April 1972

DEEP PURPLE'S new album Machine Head comes to you courtesy of the Rolling Stones' redoubtable studio manager Ian Stewart who saved their famous mobile recording ...

Judee Sill

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 8 April 1972

ACCORDING to Judee Sill: "Out of the mud grows a lotus". In other words something beautiful comes from something unpleasant. The phrase applies well to ...

Al Green: Let's Stay Together (London)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

WHILE SUPER Spade and Mighty Whitey have been down in the alley battling it out to see who has the most soul n' funk, Al ...

Linda Lewis, Jimmy Webb: Jimmy Webb, Linda Lewis: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

THERE MAY BE something extremely valid in a composer performing his own highly successful material in concert, and though Jimmy Webb accomplished this to a ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Dead Come Alive

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

IT'S TAKEN a long time for the Dead to get themselves back over here. They probably made it more by good luck than good judgment. ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

SINGIN' AND BOPPIN' WITH THE DEAD ...

Carla Thomas, The Temptations: The Temptations, Carla Thomas: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

IF ELVIS himself had stepped onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon on Friday he could hardly have created more excitement than the Temptations stirred up with ...

Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (Bearsville Records)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

ENTER, ONE lanky fair-haired youth called Todd Rundgren weighed down with an armful of instruments, a clear head filled with sun-blessed songs 'n' sounds, a ...

T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: Took Talks! about T.REX

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

SINCE HE LEFT T. Rex, Steve Took says he's spoken to Marc Bolan just twice. The last time was about three months ago at Boston ...

Dr. John From Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

DR. JOHN'S contributions to pop music have been highly original and creative. Even if he claims that all the credit is due to the music ...

The Rolling Stones: Eight Stone Exiles

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

IT COULD TAKE the Rolling Stones' new double-album Exile On Main Street, says NME's ROY CARR, to awaken those members of the rock nation so ...

Led Zeppelin: Gassin' With Zeppelin

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

HOW ROBERT PLANT STAYS FRESH ...

The Band, Todd Rundgren: Raving Over The Runt, Alias Todd Rundgren: Rock Whiz-Kid

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

THE NAME Todd Rundgren may sound more like a catarrhal growl than the monicker of an aspiring 23-year-old young musical whiz-kid. ...

America: Following a Remarkable Year, America Take Stock

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 6 May 1972

THE LAST THREE weeks have been something of a resting point for America. After returning from the States each of them split for a holiday, ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 6 May 1972

THE MUSIC MAN sits there sipping tea and talking music.  Although he has always been a bit of a loner, he is certainly not an ...

Stone The Crows: Les Harvey — A Rock Tragedy

Obituary by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 13 May 1972

LIFE AS a rock star isn't all glamour. It's a hard, gruelling existence which too often can end in tragedy. ...

Wilson Pickett On African Soul

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 13 May 1972

WILSON PICKETT is back — as big and brash as ever, and if his press reception this past week at WEA Records (nee Kinney) is ...

Jackson Browne: Vanishing Minstrel

Profile and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 20 May 1972

JACKSON BROWNE is no new name to pop. He's been here all the time. He's one of those guys who used to just appear at ...

The Faces: Kenny Jones: The Face in the Shadows

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 20 May 1972

THE FACES phenomenon started eight months ago when they supported T. Rex at the Weeley Festival. They followed that appearance with another crowd pleaser at ...

Joe Cocker: The Joe Cocker Ritual Sacrifice

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 May 1972

WE APOLOGISE for the slight reduction in Cocker-power but it now looks as though normal service has been resumed following the one year strike (respite) ...

The Temptations: Behind The Slick Veneer

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 20 May 1972

TALKING TO the Temptations can at times smack of talking to a tape-recording. So many of the answers are stock phrases, learned in Tamla Motown's ...

Dr. John: Dr John: The Mind And Music Of A Delta Voodoo Rocker

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 May 1972

ACCORDING to Dr. John almost everything started in New Orleans, from rock and rail to rhythm and blues to himself. ...

Free: Free For All (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 27 May 1972

Free fall through being too complacent ...

Grateful Dead: Dead Grateful

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 May 1972

PERHAPS MORE than anything else the recent appearances of the Grateful Dead in this country at Wembley and Bickershaw and more currently the Lyceum, have ...

Pink Floyd: Obscured By Clouds (Harvest)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 27 May 1972

FLOYD JOY FOR ALL ...

The Osmonds: They're Enough To Make You Scream…

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 May 1972

LAST FRIDAY at High Noon it was 'teen time' at London's Churchill Hotel, where those Beetle-haired Monkee-faced and indecently wholesome Osmond Brothers (You have probably ...

Johnny Winter

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, June 1972

THE BEST NEWS of last week was that Johnny Winter, after a year in medical exile, was once again alive and functioning, and due to ...

Dr. John: Gumbo (Atlantic)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 3 June 1972

A survey of New Orleans, by Dr John ...

Peter Frampton, The Herd, Humble Pie: Frampton: the Musician Who Beat a Pretty Face

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 3 June 1972

PETE FRAMPTON has seen a lot of changes in his 22 years. There was a time when the pretty Face of '68 was showered with ...

Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 June 1972

I SAW the first night of the Dead's four concerts at the London Lyceum last Thursday. where they were ever so good for ever so ...

Steve Miller Band: Recall The Beginning... A Journey From Eden (Capitol)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 3 June 1972

MILLER HAS improved by leaps and bounds over Rock Love, his last offering. This is much more cohesive, and the songs reach back to the same ...

The Beach Boys: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 3 June 1972

I AM, it should be emphasised, a Beach Boys freak from way back, to 'Wendy' and 'Surfin' U.S.A.', through Pet Sounds to Surfs Up, and ...

The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Melanie, Sha Na Na: Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Melanie, Sha Na Na: Crystal Palace Bowl, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 10 June 1972

Soakin' At The Palace: TONY STEWART reviews the Garden Party that should have been a lot better ...

David Bowie: The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (RCA)

Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 10 June 1972

Bowie at his best ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move: Move Over For The ELO

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 June 1972

THE FIRST love in Roy Wood's life is obviously his new 10-piece mini-orchestra, the ELO, but meanwhile the Move are apparently still alive and very ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 1

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 June 1972

THE BEACH BOYS are the most successful and oldest working rock and roll band on the road today and this is a crucial year in ...

The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: Behind the Shades — The Stones, and Other Stories...

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 17 June 1972

ANDREW OLDHAM, THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED THE STONES ...

Frederick Knight: Freak Hit for Knight

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 17 June 1972

PROVIDED HE isn't burdened down with a surfeit of bills and tax demands, the arrival of the postman is one of the brighter moments in ...

Lou Reed: A Voice From The Underground

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 17 June 1972

ONCE HE wore black, tinselled clothes and was a human screen for movies. He sang and wrote about evil characters; sometimes happier ones. But always ...

The Beach Boys: With Love And Good Vibes part 2

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 June 1972

THE FINAL part of Keith Altham's interview with Beach Boy Mike Love. Last week Love talked about the group's involvement with transcendental meditation. Now he ...

The Rolling Stones: The Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 17 June 1972

WEEKS PRIOR to their Los Angeles date, the entire population in L.A. was struck by Stones fever. Tickets went quick and 350,000 people had to ...

The Staple Singers: Soft Sounds That Burn Deep

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 17 June 1972

JAMAICAN SINGERS have yet to follow up their undoubted success in Britain with a similar impact in the States but neverthelless reggae is making a ...

Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson: Richard Thompson: The Session Great That Nobody Knows

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 22 June 1972

THE TERM "GUITAR hero" is used with increasing regularity. Pete Townshend's splintering aggressive antics have won him the tag; Alvin "up and down the fretboard ...

American Spring: Mrs Brian Wilson

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972

MARILYN WILSON and her sister Diana Rovell, are American Spring, and their first album is very much a family affair, because her famous husband Brian ...

The Rolling Stones: Andrew Oldham: Last Part of the Tony Norman Series

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972

LAST WEEK, Andrew Oldham talked about his life with the Rolling Stones. Like Brian Epstein, Oldham seemed to be more than just an ordinary manager. ...

Cliff Richard: The Peter Pan of Pop

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972

POOR OLD Cliff is still a bit too good to be true for most people – the Peter Pan of pop, and a Christian to ...

Gladys Knight and the Pips: From the Soul: Gladys Knight

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972

EXACTLY a week after leaving the employ of Music For Pleasure Records, and on the eve of departing for a much needed holiday, I received ...

"Mama" Cass Elliot, The Mamas and The Papas: Mama Cass: Why 'Unprofessional' Mamas, Papas Had To Break Up

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972

IN TOWN TO RECORD HURRICANE'S HIT, AND KNOCKED AND ROBBED IN A LONDON STORE, MAMA CASS TALKS TO FRED DELLAR ...

The Chi-Lites: The Windy City Sound

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 24 June 1972

IF ANY outfit holds serious aspirations to usurping the Temptation's crown as the world's leading soul group then it must surely be Chicago's Chi-Lites who ...

Jeff Beck: Jeff Beck Group (Epic)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 1 July 1972

Beck doesn't make it ...

Joe Cocker: Cocker: When The Strain Begins To Show

Report by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 8 July 1972

JAMES JOHNSON reports on the EUROPEAN TOUR ...

Deep Purple: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 8 July 1972

THE RAINBOW came back to life on Friday night with a snarl, a cheer and a smile. The near-capacity crowd had come to see Deep ...

Led Zeppelin: The Forum, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 8 July 1972

LED ZEPPELIN appeared in concert at the Los Angeles Forum on Sunday night without a support act. It was definitely for the better as far ...

Smith, Perkins & Smith, The Sutherland Brothers: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 8 July 1972

ONE HELL OF a band called Smith, Perkins and Smith, played the Marquee last week. Now, they're not your ordinary run of the mill band. ...

Brewer's Droop, Brinsley Schwarz, J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band, Brinsley Schwarz, Brewer's Droop: Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 July 1972

WHEN THE J. Geils Band team up with Brinsley Schwarz and Brewer's Droop for a night's rockanroll, you can be sure that you're going to ...

Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar: The Concert for Bangla Desh (Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

A SPECIAL PREVIEW BY JOHN PIDGEON ...

Alexis Korner: Kornering The Market

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

ALEXIS KORNER has been for so long at the heart of rhythm and blues in Britain, and touched off so many groups who have gone ...

George Harrison et al: The Concert For Bangla Desh

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

THE CONCERT for Bangla Desh, an Apple/Twentieth Century-Fox release, produced by George Harrison and Allen Klein and directed by Saul Swimmer, opens at the Rialto, ...

Love Unlimited, Barry White: Love Unlimited Bring Deep Soul to Britain

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

SOUL ENTHUSIASTS used to call it "deep-soul", the kind of sound which usually didn't even get released over here, and when it did, sold in ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson: Motown And Mafia, And Why He's Quitting The Miracles

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

SMOKEY ROBINSON is a hell of a lot more than just a giant of soul or Motown. For more than a decade, his original and ...

The Impressions

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

FOR MORE than a decade, the Impressions have been a legendary soul name, besides having produced two fine solo performers — Jerry Butler and Curtis ...

Yes on Edge

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 15 July 1972

Will they burn out, or blast through the time barrier? ...

Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come (dir. Perry Henzell)

Film/DVD/TV Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 22 July 1972

"The oppressors are trying to keep me downMakin' me feel like a clown" ...

David Bowie: David at the Dorchester: Bowie on Ziggy and other matters

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 July 1972

THREE CHANGES of dress and a kiss from Lou Reed. The waiters were horrified. ...

Brinsley Schwarz, Gnidrolog, Lou Reed: Lou Reed, Brinsley Schwartz, Gnidrolog: King's Cross Cinema, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 July 1972

THIS WAS one of the few gigs I can remember where all the acts deserved a full-length review to themselves. The teaming of Reed, Gnidrolog ...

Rod Stewart, T. Rex: Rod Stewart: Never A Dull Moment/T. Rex: The Slider

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 July 1972

TEENAGE TEARDROPS... Or, would you buy a used riff from these men? ...

America, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Neil Young: This is David Geffen, by Gentlemen's Agreement Manager to the Superstars

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 22 July 1972

Will CSN&Y ever re-unite and find true happiness? ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: An Initiation Into Iggy Pop

Profile by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 29 July 1972

For those who think Bowie a trifle lame... ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Not Only Sly, But Sometimes Just Plain Damn Evasive

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 July 1972

ROY CARR talks to Sly Stone — why he missed Bardney and other tales ...

Stone The Crows: Stone the Crows: Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 29 July 1972

MAGGIE'S MIRACLE — THE SURVIVAL OF STONE THE CROWS ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd the Whizz Kid

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 29 July 1972

EVEN THOUGH his name may not mean much to the general public, Todd Rundgren is undoubtedly a success. ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: On Life and Love

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 5 August 1972

IT WAS easy to see that the sands of time had shaken this poor boy pretty hard. Twenty-seven-year-old Arthur Lee strolled into A&M's Hollywood offices ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, Free: ELP Plus Tull in Dirty Raincoats, and How Free May Drop the Name

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 August 1972

WATCHING EMERSON, LAKE and Palmer play a concert with Free in the middle of a raging typhoon in Tokyo with Carl Palmer performing an incredible ...

Roberta Flack: Young Gifted and Black

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 5 August 1972

James Johnson talks to the reluctant Queen of Soul ...

Bill Withers, Superstar

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 12 August 1972

WITHIN a year of its composer Bill Withers taking it high up the American chart, 'Ain't No Sunshine' has become firmly established as a soul ...

Jackie DeShannon: Jackie (Atlantic).

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 12 August 1972

ONE OF THE few white singers ever to get convincingly into soul-music and be accepted even by purist fans. ...

Little Richard: What Richard Said

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 August 1972

"UH, HOWdo you do. Mr. Penniman, it's a great..." "HALLELUJAH BROTHER it's great to be here in your wunnerful country. I want y'all to know ...

Randy Newman: Sail Away (Reprise)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 August 1972

RANDY NEWMAN AND ACID OBSERVATIONS ...

Roxy Music: Foxy Roxy

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 12 August 1972

A menace to society ...

Aretha Franklin (with James Cleveland and the South California Community Choir): Amazing Grace (Atlantic)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 19 August 1972

Aretha at her greatest ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan: On Love, Hate and the Press

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 19 August 1972

MARC BOLAN may not be one step ahead of the shoe-shine, but he has certainly been slandered, libelled, heard words you've never heard in the ...

Van Morrison: Where Is The Restless Lion Now?

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 19 August 1972

I'M AFRAID that the Van Morrison you know, may not be quite the same person as the one I envisage. ...

Sam Cooke: Who Remembers Him Now? Sam Cooke

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 19 August 1972

"NOT 'ALF Sam Cooke's been an influence on me," Rod Stewart was saying in his NME interview last week, adding that the inclusion of 'Twisting ...

Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace (Atlantic)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 26 August 1972

THOUGH IT HAS received wide critical accalim Aretha Franklin's latest album, the double set Amazing Grace, is far and away the least commercially orientated she ...

David Bowie, Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 August 1972

GOING TO THE Rainbow these days is definitely an outing, an excursion, something of a treat. Unfamiliarity breeds respect, and though the cheerful hippies who ...

Bo Diddley: Hey! Bo Diddley: The Man Whose Sexuality Was Too Much For America

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 August 1972

Diddley Freak Charles Shaar Murray, in the presence of the main man... ...

Cecil Womack, Mary Wells: Mary Wells And Her Guy Still Making Hits

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 28 August 1972

IT WAS PAST five in the afternoon but Mary Wells was still fast asleep, recovering from the rigours of her whistle stop British tour and ...

Bill Withers: Morale Music For The People In The Ghetto

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

A TELEPHONE CABLE that runs off the edge of Britain, down under the Atlantic, and up again into the heart of North America to St. ...

Frank Zappa: Fearless Frank Tells What He'll Lay On You At The Oval Concert

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

IT'S THE Frank Zappa show ... starring Larry The Dwarf with his guests Suzy Creamcheese, Ruben Sano, and Willie The Pimp. ...

James Brown: There It Is (Polydor)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

WHERE JAMES BROWN IS AT ...

Johnny Otis, Shuggie Otis: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

DO YOU FEEL all right? I mean, are you ready to put yo' hands together one time and say yeah? Louder, I wanna hear you ...

Lindisfarne: Suffering from a Surfeit of Kindness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

IF IT WERE ever possible to kill a group with kindness then Lindisfarne might be the first victims of their own success. Their new album ...

Jackie Edwards, Harry J All Stars: Various Artists: Tighten Up Volume 6 (Trojan)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

THIS CONSISTS mainly of the pop side of reggae. Tunes like Isaac Hayes's 'Do Your Thing', Dandy Livingstone's 'Suzanne, Beware Of The Devil' and the ...

Yes: Close To The Edge (Atlantic)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

Meaningless magnificence from Yes? ...

Leo Sayer: Who's like Dylan, Cocker, Rodgers And Rod? Leo Sayer

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 16 September 1972

LEO SAYER is Patches — Patches is Leo Sayer — described by his mentor as "the Huckleberry Finn of Rock", but fortunately he is good ...

Roxy Music: The kind of example we wish to set our parents?

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 23 September 1972

THE CHAMPAGNE was flowing freely when I interviewed Phil Manzanera, guitaring personality of Roxy Music, in freefall at twenty thousand feet over the English Channel ...

Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard: Keep On Rockin': Interview with film director D. A. Pennebaker

Report and Interview by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

KEEP ON ROCKIN' is in town, and so is the rock film revolutionary who created this celluloid spectacle of Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Steeleye Span: Great Caledonian Express Festival, Grangemouth, Scotland

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

Mr. Beck we salute you ...

Brinsley Schwarz, The Flamin' Groovies, Stackridge: Brinsley Schwarz, Stackridge, the Flamin' Groovies: The Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

FIRST THE facts: Greasy Truckers are basically two people who wish to be known as Melvin and Fanny Hotrock (We all have our problems, I ...

Hawkwind

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

HAWKWIND ARE ONE of the very few "Underground" bands to make the big time almost entirely on their own terms, without any real concessions to ...

Hawkwind, The Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things: Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, The Pretty Things: Windsor Free Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

THE SIGNS were there once again at what was in effect just another one-day festival that a bummer was to be had by one and ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

PUTTING MARC Bolan into perspective is no easy matter because he refuses to fit into any recognisable category. On the surface it could seem that ...

Matching Mole: Cosmic Music and a Weird Fripp Trip...

Report by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

INSIDE THE control-room of CBS Number One, Whitfield Street, producer Robert Fripp leans forward in his swivel chair and addresses the studio in general: "This is ...

Steeleye Span: Below The Salt (Chrysalis)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 30 September 1972

THERE'S A very select coterie of bands who give off an aura of total peace. Listening to their performance gives you a sense of security ...

Allen Toussaint, Jerry Butler: Jerry Butler and Allen Toussaint: The Spice Of Life

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 7 October 1972

IT'S NOT so long since soul albums were merely collections of singles, plus a few make-weight tracks. ...

Johnny Cash: Hard Cash To Cleanse Your Soul

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 7 October 1972

IT'S 7.30 P.M. at the backstage entrance of the Albert Hall and strange things are happening. It's Wednesday, the second of Johnny Cash's performances at ...

Phillip Goodhand-Tait, Lou Reed: Lou Reed: Edmonton Sundown, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 October 1972

EDMONTON IS NOT exactly the rock capital of the world, and when Phillip Goodhand-Tait took the stage, the auditorium was somewhat underpopulated. This was somewhat ...

T. Rex: Marc Bolan

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 7 October 1972

JUST WHEN IT seemed that all the excitement, glamour and sparkle were going out of rock – along with the anger, vulgarity and vitality which ...

Procol Harum with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 7 October 1972

IF THERE'S ONE band with the class and elegance to successfully combine on equal terms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra then it has to be ...

Roxy Music: Ferry Interesting Roxy

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 October 1972

BRYAN FERRY, stunning in gold trimmed black pyjamas and matching shades, greeted me from where he reclined, half-submerged beneath a heap of scented fanmail, on ...

Manassas: Edmonton Sundown, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 October 1972

I DON'T THINK I've ever heard so much good music and so much bad from the same group at the same time as when I ...

Lou Reed: The Stones, Bowie, Roxy and Mott. And What They Owe To The Inspiration of This One Man

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 14 October 1972

NICK KENT analyses the growing influence of America's LOU REED ...

10cc, Hotlegs: 10cc: a Hot Property from Old Hotlegs

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 21 October 1972

BY NOW YOU probably know that 10 c.c. are more or less a reincarnation of Hotlegs, who scored a hit around two years ago with ...

Family: Back Home

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 October 1972

JUST BEFORE THEY left for their current U.S. tour, NME took the three founder members of Family on a nostalgia-tinged trip back to their Leicester ...

Santana: Caravanserai (CBS)

Review by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 October 1972

I'M STILL TRYING to unscrew my head after listening to Santana's new album, Caravanserai (CBS). One side features sheer technical brilliance. The other side, wow... ...

Black Sabbath: Satan, The Bomb And Geezer's Dreams

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 October 1972

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY looking for flames ...

Chairmen Of The Board: Chairmen of the Board: Long Wait for a seat on the Board

Report by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 28 October 1972

AFTER WAM-bam-slamming onto the soul scene with a run of hit singles of which 'Give Me Just A Little More Time' was the real biggie ...

Jeff Beck: Beck Looks Back (part 1)

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 October 1972

Page and Zeppelin, Stewart, the old band and the new... ...

Melanie: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 October 1972

CLEARLY, A Melanie concert is no place to be for a boozed up, doped out degenerate to sit chain-smoking and picking his nose. The vast ...

Pink Floyd: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 28 October 1972

Quadraphonic Smokebombs ...

The Kinks: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 28 October 1972

THE KINKS returned to their native stomping ground, North London, on their Rainbow gig last Saturday night. At first without the brass, they plunged awkwardly ...

Jeff Beck: Beck Looks Back (part 2)

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 4 November 1972

Beck, Page and bad vibes ...

The Stylistics: Stylistics: Who Has The Talent?

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 4 November 1972

IN THIS technological age it's sometimes said producers and arrangers are more important than artists. ...

Hawkwind: Cosmic Calypso And Sonic Surprise

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 11 November 1972

UNLESS YOU'RE DEAF, dumb and blind, or alternatively haven't been keeping up with the music press, you will know that Hawkwind embark this week upon ...

Liberace: Magic Moments In Showbiz Schmaltzville

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 11 November 1972

Mean teen NICK KENT (along with Abe and Ruby from Wisconsin and Tom and Ethel from Phoenix) meets LIBERACE ...

Alice Cooper: Green's Playhouse, Glasgow

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 November 1972

BROKEN RIBS AND FAKE BLOOD — SPECIAL REVIEW OF THE ALICE COOPER CONCERT BY NICK KENT ...

Hawkwind: Queensway Hall, Dunstable

Live Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 18 November 1972

THE SECOND gig of Hawkwind's Space Ritual tour was at the Queensway Hall, Dunstable, last Thursday. The previous night at King's Lynn — the opener ...

Joe Cocker: They Put Me In The Same Cell As A Bank Robber And A Murder Suspect

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 18 November 1972

IT SEEMS that life is still intent on batting Joe Cocker about the head with all the subtlety of a navvy driving a tin-tack into ...

Little Richard: A Bizarre Interview With The Amazing, Self-Styled King Of Rock 'N' Roll

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 18 November 1972

HE CALLS HIMSELF the Georgia Peach, the Bronze Liberace and the King of Rock and Roll. Little Richard calls himself a lot of things. Some ...

Roxy Music: All This and Eno Too… How Can They Fail?

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 November 1972

T.S. ELIOT, MUSING upon a takeaway Chinese meal once asked "Is true art dead?", while over at the pinball machine Little Richard picked his nose ...

Roxy Music: City Hall, Newcastle

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 November 1972

IT'S DEFINITELY a chic wasteland at the Newcastle City Hall. There wasn't even a platform boot in sight when I went down there to see ...

Claire Hammill

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 25 November 1972

DRIVING OUT of London in his sparkling red Citroen, bound for Manor Studios, Oxfordshire, John McCoy talked about his girl Claire Hamill in a manner ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: NME's Festivals Fight Was Excellent, But Some Rock Critics Ego-trippers, Says Zep Man

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 25 November 1972

IT SEEMS THAT, despite a few "huns in the sun", that good old heavier-than-air machine Led Zeppelin is still flying high. And with their first ...

Amon Düül, Tasavallan Presidentti: Amon Düül II, Tasavallan Presidentti: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

A CULTURAL ANECDOTE: It's early 1967 and The Soft Machine are having a little trouble getting it together — particularly Mike Ratledge. Finally, Daevid Allen ...

Carly Simon: No Secrets (Elektra)

Review by Robin Katz, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

CARLY SIMON possesses a great cross between charisma and class. She looks just like Mick Jagger; but never photographs the same way twice. She changes ...

Amon Düül, Can, Faust, Kraftwerk, Nektar: Krautrock: Germany Calling

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

TIME WAS WHEN a sudden loud crash around West Germany was probably just an other F-One-Eleven. These days it's more likely to be the local ...

Millie Jackson: Millie's Mojo Soul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

AMONG THE better girl artists to emerge from America's R&B charts of late is Millie Jackson, who's been creating no small action over here in ...

Captain Beefheart, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman: Ry Cooder

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

On himself, BEEFHEART and RANDY NEWMAN — and backing JAGGER by remote control. ...

Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding: The Allman Brothers: A Rock Tragedy

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

WHEN BERRY Oakley died two hours after crashing his motorcycle on November 11, another chapter was added to the succession of tragedy which seems to ...

The Jackson 5: The Jackson Five: Five Pranksters Puppets

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 December 1972

TAUNTS THAT the Jackson Five are nothing more than carefully manipulated puppets just aren't borne out by the facts. Five minutes in the company of ...

Amon Düül, Ash Ra Tempel, Can, Guru Guru, Kraftwerk, Neu!, Tangerine Dream: Krautrock: Germany Calling #2

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 16 December 1972

BOMB BLASTS AND THE BEAT: PART TWO OF IAN MACDONALD'S DEFINITIVE SURVEY OF GERMAN ROCK ...

Lou Reed: Transformer (RCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 16 December 1972

LOU REED WITH COLOURED GIRL DAVID BOWIE... ...

The Pink Fairies: Pink Fairies: Pink Finks

Profile by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 16 December 1972

NICK KENT charts the rise and astonishing survival of the Pink Fairies. ...

Amon Düül, Faust, Popol Vuh: Krautrock: Germany Calling #3

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 23 December 1972

From Amon Düül to Faust's new sound-world ...

Led Zeppelin (part 1): A Whole Lotta Rock 'N Roll

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 23 December 1972

IT'S WAY past the midnight hour and the room at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, is starting to look a trifle the worse for wear since ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones In The Sun (part 1)

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 23 December 1972

All-night rock; drug rumours; new album. Danny Holloway reports. ...

Led Zeppelin (part 2): Hail Hail Rock 'N Roll

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 30 December 1972

Nick Kent on the Zeppelin on-stage spectacular ...

Merry Clayton: The Triumphant Acid Queen

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 30 December 1972

MERRY CLAYTON is the girl who stopped the show at the London Rainbow performance of Pete Townshend's rock opera Tommy earlier this month. Even the ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones In The Sun (part 2)

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 30 December 1972

JAMAICA IS a country of convenience – which means nobody's going to put themselves out for you, unless it's convenient for them. ...

Kevin Coyne: New London Theatre, Drury Lane

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 1973

Without doubt one of the most powerful presentations I’ve ever attended. When it was over Kevin was drained, his band was drained, the audience was ...

King Crimson: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1973

IT'S A ROCK concert evening and the stalls are filling to the accompaniment of music played over the public address system. A review-functionary takes his ...

David Bowie & The Spiders from Mars: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 January 1973

ZIGGY PULLS THE SQUEALERS ...

J. Geils Band: Live — Full House (Atlantic)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 January 1973

THERE COMES a time in each man's life when he needs to have his brain tissues reduced to absolute smouldering wreckage. ...

Joni Mitchell: A Tender Dignity

Guide by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 January 1973

ONE DAY, many years ago, Al Kooper went home with a blonde Canadian chick who used to hang out with the Blues Project. In the ...

Spencer Davis Group, Steve Winwood, Traffic: Steve Winwood: Winwood (U.A. Import).

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 6 January 1973

WHAT A strange world it is. A couple of years ago this same double set was released in America, and swiftly withdrawn following objections – ...

Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend: Eric Clapton & Pete Townshend: Go Get 'Em Eric

Interview by Bill Phillips, New Musical Express, 13 January 1973

BILL PHILLIPS previews the CLAPTON comeback concert – and talks to PETE TOWNSHEND ...

Focus: Hardrock, Manchester

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 13 January 1973

ALTHOUGH OUR entry into the European Economic Community is being saluted with umpteen art forms and rock concerts in the capital, perhaps the greatest – ...

Poco: A Good Feelin' To Know (Epic).

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 January 1973

I KNOW a lot of city-boy cynic rock writers like to put down this band, pointing out how lightweight they are and how they come ...

Stevie Wonder: Talking Book (Tamla)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 13 January 1973

LAST YEAR, Wonder achieved overdue recognition for his first solo album, Music Of My Mind — which was, simply, the most overrated album of '72. ...

Traffic: Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 13 January 1973

COME ON NOW, put away the hammer and nails and the coffin; save them for a much lesser band than Traffic. Agreed, over the last ...

Blue Mink: Out of Preaching Bag

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

UNTIL THE advent of Blue Mink and hits like the current 'Stay With Me' and 'Melting Pot' — which established them a couple of years ...

Chuck Berry: Green's Playhouse, Glasgow

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

TONY STEWART REPORTS FROM GLASGOW OH THE FIRST BERRY CONCERT ...

Nina Simone: Emergency Ward (SF 8304)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

LOGGING A BIG pop hit sometimes does more harm than good to artists who previously had a rather specialist appeal. ...

Prince Buster: Reggae Part 1: Jamaica

Report by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

WHENEVER I've gone home to America in the past couple of years, the question I'm always asked is "What's happening in England?" And okay, I ...

The Faces, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: The Scarecrow Harlequin

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

STRANGE AS it may seem, there was a time when Rod Stewart used to hide behind Jeff Beck's amplifiers and only come out front if ...

Roxy Music: The Man Who Put Sequins into Middle Eights

Interview by Nick Kent, Ian MacDonald, Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

The BRYAN FERRY interview, in which the Roxy mastermind meets IAN MacDONALD, CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY and NICK KENT ...

Silverhead

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

IF YOU TAKE a certain measure of pride in staying fully in touch with the Music Press (where trends bend and fashions flourish), the question ...

Suzi Quatro: Tipped For Success This Year

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

[NOTE: This uncredited piece was included in a Radio Luxembourg promotional special inset entitled the 208 Times.] ...

J. Geils Band: The J. Geils Band: Hard Drivin' Sweet Soundin' Rock and Roll

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

TAKE A LOOK at the cover of the first J. Geils Band album on Atlantic. The sleeve itself simply contains two plain, no-nonsense black-and-white photographs ...

Yoko Ono: Approximately Infinite Universe (Apple)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 20 January 1973

IN AS MUCH AS the Lennons have spent four years trying to turn self-dramatisation into an art-form, the criticism of indulgence so often aimed at ...

Billy Paul: Nostalgic Chart Topper For Paul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

Keep a check on Billy Paul. Before long, he's going to top the British chart, repeating his two million selling number-one in America with the ...

Deep Purple: Sometimes I Feel There's a Conspiracy Against Us...

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

IAN PAICE talking to JAMES JOHNSON ...

Elton John: Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player (DJM)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

WELL, WHADAYA know – another fine Elton John album. Despite sneers, calumny and general foulness, the former Reg just keeps on writin', playin', singin' and ...

Family

Discography by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

ONE OF THE best of a large number of good British bands to emerge in 1967, Family were for about 18 months the most exciting ...

David Bowie: Goodbye Ziggy And a big hello to Aladdin Sane

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

Two days in the life of David Bowie - A rare interview and a preview of his new album... ...

Joe Cocker

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

SO WHAT'S this? Joe Cocker talking to the Press? Can it be Sheffield's own recluse-superstar, the man who returned from the Godforsaken land of Rock'n'Roll ...

Johnny Paycheck: Somebody Loves Me (Epic)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

FOR QUITE A few years, black American singers have milked Nashville for meaningful ballad songs. Joe Simon, Esther Phillips, Joe Tex and O.C. Smith are ...

Lynsey De Paul: "Peel called me a bloody idiot... I was quite pleased, he doesn't talk to many people."

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

LYNSEY DE PAUL is a Gemini, which she thinks explains a lot. ...

Greyhound: Reggae Part 2: Reggae in Britain

Report by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

WHEN LABOUR IN England was becoming hard to come by during the 1950s, enticing proclamations were urgently sent to the West Indies. "Your Mother Country ...

The Rowan Brothers: Rowan Brothers: Rowan Brothers (CBS)

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

THESE TWO caballeros made their first appearance of note with the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore West: two downy-cheeked youths on acoustic guitars with Uncle ...

Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley: Scotty Moore: The Man Who Launched A Thousand Licks

Interview by Norman Jopling, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

PEOPLE AROUND at the time Elvis first made it claim that guitarist Scotty Moore was the musician most responsible for "The Elvis Presley Sound". Moore ...

The Beach Boys: Holland (Warner)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

DESPITE MY better judgment, I temporarily dropped my rock n' roll-cynic persona, used when confronting 90 per cent of what is going down in music ...

Bill Bruford, King Crimson: Under the Influence — This Week: Bill Bruford of King Crimson

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

JOHN McLAUGHLIN: 'Pete The Poet'. From Extrapolation. Fantastic — well, that whole album is. Very fast, tight bop playing and some great drums from Tony ...

Traffic: Waiting For Traffic

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

ONE ONLY HAS to mention the name Traffic these days and somebody'll grunt, groan and lower their eyes, dismissing the subject. Undeniably, the group have ...

Walter/Wendy Carlos: Walter Carlos: Sonic Seasonings (CBS Quadraphonic)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 January 1973

HERE'S ONE for Tangerine Dream freaks. ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: A Flight of Fantasy: Eno

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

ENO'S PLAYBOY bachelor flat in mystical Maida Vale possesses a decor that is God's own gift to a journalist caught for a good opening paragraph. ...

Elton John: They Laughed When He Played The Piano

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

FOR MANY MOONS it has been ever-so-chic to take pokes at Elton John. To admit to a considerable admiration for the man and his work ...

Isaac Hayes: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

ISAAC HAYES, they tell me, is the leading light of the new black life-style. Black Moses, yet. ...

Louisiana Red, Taj Mahal: Louisiana Red: It's All Blues

Report and Interview by Peter Kent, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

"I AM LOUISIANA Red and I come from behind the sun" — those words, belting out of a cheap mono record-player, introduced me to the ...

Roberta Flack: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

MAJESTIC, CERTAINLY, with a voice as clear as crystal – but I'm afraid to say that Miss Roberta Flack, in concert, is something of a ...

Roy Harper: The Original Hippie

Report by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

"I'LL COME back and see you, but I'm not getting smashed. I'm 24 and feeling it.""That's all right Robert, neither am I. We'll stand in ...

The Kinks: Drama On The Village Green

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 3 February 1973

IN A SMALL tearoom in BBC's Shepherd's Bush Theatre, Ray Davies sits resting between rehearsals for an In Concert TV show which will eventually hit ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

WERE LOTS TO be drawn for the identity of the world's most crazed rock guitarist, you better believe the result would contain the name of ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Rock 'n' Roll Vandals

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

"HEY," SAID Jeff Beck a trifle slyly, tilling his head to one side and allowing a patently nasty leer to edge its way across his ...

Derek & The Dominos: In Concert (RSO)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

QUESTION NUMBER One: how do you follow up a masterpiece? ...

Doug Sahm: Doug Sahm and Band (Atlantic)

Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

DESPITE WHAT some people may say to the contrary, the most significant thing about it is NOT the fact that Bob Dylan crops up for ...

Genesis: The Genesis Bag

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

FOR THOSE who have ears as well as eyes, the current British tour by Genesis, which opened at London's Rainbow theatre on Sunday, should prove ...

Isaac Hayes: The Man They Call Moses

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

IMAGES DON'T come much heavier than that surrounding Isaac Hayes. But take away the dark shades, the heavy chains, the robes, the immense mink coats, ...

Sweet: The Sweet Soft Underbelly of Rock

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

FUNNY how moods change – there we all were...the Sweet and myself...in the bar, having a few drinks, sharing a joke or two y'know, getting ...

Uriah Heep: The Heep Bombard Frankfurt

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 10 February 1973

SATURDAY IN FRANKFURT, Western Germany, and Hans and Monika have pooled their Deutsche Marks to go and see Uriah Heep in concert. It's been a ...

Bette Midler: Just A Working Class Girl Living Out Her Fantasies

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

BETTE MIDLER, the Divine Miss Bette Midler, is a star. Ahmet Ertegun, man of wealth and taste, and head of Atlantic Records, believes it; Aaron ...

Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles (Bearsville, EMI import)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

IT'S BECOMING increasingly fashionable for session musicians to produce albums which highlight their own talents, and to employ on them the people who in turn ...

Chuck Berry: Go Chuck Baby Go

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

CHUCK BERRY. To a fan, the name sparks off a warm smile. After that depending on how old he or she is, the first song ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show: Sloppy Seconds (CBS)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

NOW DON'T get me wrong. I ain't no weenybop, but I have to admit that I really dig this Dr. Hook album here. Hell, I ...

Judy Collins: True Stories And Other Dreams (Elektra).

Review by Robin Katz, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

Springtime with Collins ...

David Bowie: Lookin' Back, David Bowie: Sinister Odyssey Through a Treacherous Landscape

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

RIGHT NOW David Bowie's albums are the subject of more close and obsessive study than anybody else's since the days when hippies all over the ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds Of Fire (CBS)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

THE INNER Mounting Flame was a very extreme record: extremely fast, extremely dazzling, extremely lyrical, extremely passionate. If you go along with Robert Fripp's "Head ...

Miles Davis: On The Corner (CBS)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

I WAS LYING around listening to Miles Smiles the other day, thinking about how it's a great record. And then I remembered the 30-odd other ...

Stevie Wonder: The New Wonder Ingredient

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

BLACK AND PROUD, MUSIC FROM THE SOUL ...

The Faces: Natty Mac, Incidentally

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

IAN McLAGAN talks to JAMES JOHNSON ...

Elton John: The Fightin' Side of Elton John

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

ELTON JOHN SITS cornered on his sumptuous settee, talking about the comic strip character he portrays. And as if to emphasise the image, he's wearing ...

Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies (Warner)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

YOU'VE GOT to hand it to Alice Cooper and the boys – they know just when to pump out another album for the kids to ...

Back Door: Just Who Do Back Door Think They Are?

Profile and Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

ONE OF the peripheral pleasures of a thriving music scene is being able to tell your friends about this great unknown group you've just discovered. ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: Beck, Bogert & Appice: Edmonton Sundown, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

EVER BEEN totally numbered by the hero of your adolescence? Viz: "What did you think of the gig?" asked Jeff Beck. "Tremendous," I gushed. "Really great. You really ...

Can: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

THE STAGE WAS filled with manic, shadowy figures: three guitarists, two drummers, two singers, and a saxophonist. Through the barrage of noise, one could distinguish ...

Chuck Berry part 2: How Many Comebacks?

Interview by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

AS WE TALKED, Berry looked over a copy of Golden Decade Vol. 2 and ran his eye down the sleeve discography, commenting on some of ...

David Bowie: Gay Guerillas & Private Movies

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

ALRIGHT, SO you're a rock singer out of Beckenham, Kent called David Bowie and you're hotter than a stolen atom bomb packed with pictures of ...

Focus, Jan Akkerman: Jan Akkerman: A Poor Relation Comes Good

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

IN A SMALL OFFICE at the Manchester Hardrock, reeking of stale beer and dirty ashtrays, Jan Akkerman is struggling to light a cigarette. Outside, where ...

King Crimson: Marquee, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

THE MARQUEE MAY be an ace gig as far as groups are concerned but, for audiences, it can be most uncomfortable – particularly when the ...

Led Zeppelin: The Zeppelin Road Test

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

"ROBERT PLANT QUITS showbusiness and joins National Dairies. There's a good headline for you. Print that as a news item in your paper, O.K.?" ...

David Bowie: Lookin' Back Part 2, in which Murray looks at Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

AFTER MAN Who Sold The World came Hunky Dory (RCASF 8244), with its Garbo cover-pose and its extraordinary range of mood and sound. The hard ...

Eric Clapton, The Who: Pete Townshend part1: The True Saga Of Clapton's Rainbow Gig

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

IF YOU TURN up at the famous Track office in Soho's historic Old Compton Street, you're sure of a big surprise – there's a glitzy ...

Rita Coolidge: The Lady's Not For Sale (A&M)

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

ONE OF the bright young kids in the NME office played 10 seconds of each cut on side one, heard not a sound, and chucked ...

Slade: Superyob

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

HE COMES ON stage with Slade like an over-decorated, perambulating Christmas tree – smothered in silver-stars, gold and glitter from head to toe – but ...

O'Jays: The O'Jays

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

WHEN THE O'JAYS fly in for an extensive British tour next month it'll be the fulfillment of a longstanding ambition. It will not be their ...

Traffic In The States

Report by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 24 February 1973

WHEN FOUR people have given rock one of its biggest facelifts, it's natural they should never be far apart. So in the same way that ...

Billy Paul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

IT'S EASY TO detect a strong jazz influence in Billy Paul's vocal on 'Me And Mrs. Jones'. The reason is simple enough. Paul, now 35, ...

Faust: The Sound of the Eighties

Comment by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

A LOW buzzing sound, at first almost subliminal, emanates from a position somewhere between the twin stereo speakers. It wavers, hesitantly, from side to side ...

Paul Butterfield's Better Days, Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Better Days (Bearsville); Original Soundtrack: Steelyard Blues (Warner Brothers)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

IT'S BEEN nearly 18 months since we heard anything new from Paul Butterfield. In 1971 he released Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' which was, ...

The Who: Pete Townshend part 2: If The Who Split We'd Really Have To Own Up

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

PETER TOWNSHEND is an amiable sort of dude. He sits in Track Records' office, with booze and dog to hand, and talks about anything that ...

The Birds, The Faces, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood: The Complete Works of Ronnie Wood

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

REMEMBER A BAND called the Birds? Nope friend, I do not mean the Byrds, Bobby Dylan's old honchos from Los Angeles, nor am I alluding ...

Timmy Thomas: The Timmy Thomas One-Man Show...

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

'WHY CAN'T We Live Together?' asks Timmy Thomas on his sensationally different million-selling American hit. But, ironically, it turns out that the record itself is ...

Curtis Mayfield: Things Go Better With Coke: Curtis Mayfield's Superfly soundtrack

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

Charles Shaar Murray previews SUPERFLY ...

Traffic: Dear Mr Fantasy

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 3 March 1973

THE FIRST ENCORE at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, started with Jim Capaldi up front, his face pressed hard against a microphone to ring out ...

Clyde McPhatter: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic)

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

WELL, IS SINGING coming back or not? The signs are, maybe yes. Billy Paul, for instance, and the Chi-Lites, Stylistics, and Detroit Emeralds. ...

Cornell Dupree: The Boss Guitar of Cornell Dupree

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

CORNELL DUPREE's name will mean nothing to the general public, but those who scan LP sleeve credits will recognise him as one of America's busiest ...

Gladys Knight and the Pips: Help Me Make It Through The Night (Tamla Motown)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

THOUGH IT'S packaged to make you think it's that way, this isn't an all-new album, the title track being the only recent cut. The rest ...

James Brown: He Ain't Slowing Down

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

SOUL BROTHER Number One leaned back in his chair, adjusted his robe, and expounded: "Back in 1969 King Records didn't want to know. They said ...

James Brown: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

SOUL BROTHER Number One's in town, and the James Brown Revue's gettin' down and gittin' it on at the Rainbow. Bop through to the stalls ...

Jerry Lee Lewis: London Sessions (Mercury).

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

IN SOME ways, it hardly matters what this record sounds like. It's the idea that counts. If everything works out more or less to plan, ...

King Crimson: Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Island).

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

A NICE RECORD of pleasant, middle-of-the-road music which should prove a great favourite with everybody's mum and dad this Easter. Bill Bruford's whistling has improved ...

Hawkwind: Stacia, Happy Amazon of the Cosmic Trailways

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

"SO THERE I was on the planet Saturn dancing naked with my body painted, and this weird craft loaded with strange degenerates landed near me ...

Steeleye Span Versus The Time Warp

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

SOUND TECHNIQUES studios in Chelsea is not exactly the most luxurious of settings for musical activity. Boards, speakers and tape reels are scattered fairly haphazardly ...

The Eagles: Takin' It Easy

Profile and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

IN A COMFORTABLE Chelsea flat, Texan Glenn Frey is looking a bit depressed as he sits surrounded by a pile of the latest rock albums ...

The Incredible String Band #1: Eight Years On

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

THE INCREDIBLE String Band, in various forms, have been playing for eight years and have recorded 13 albums, including two doubles and solo sets by ...

The Osmonds: Ever Thought Of Stringing Jimmy Up On Stage?

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

HAVE YOU heard? Donny Osmond's in town – along with big brother Alan – and the secret weeny bopper jungle telegraph knows where he's going ...

Thin Lizzy: And Now A Drop Of The Real Hard Stuff

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

THIN LIZZY would like it known that while they're delighted with ther hit single 'Whisky In The Jar' it shouldn't be confused with the 100 ...

Brian Eno, Roxy Music: Under the Influence: Eno of Roxy

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 10 March 1973

Velvets & Beethoven ...

David Bowie: The Revolution Is Here

Essay by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 17 March 1973

IN THE NINE months since he broke through to mass recognition, David Bowie has had more written about him than most rock artists will in ...

Deep Purple: Who Do Purple Think They Are?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 17 March 1973

IN CONTEXT, WE'RE AS VALID AS ANYTHING BY BEETHOVEN. ...

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon (Harvest).

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 17 March 1973

SINCE THEIR performance of this work at the Brighton Dome last year, when, due to technical hitches, the piece fell apart half way through, the ...

The Coasters: Atlantic Masters (Atlantic).

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 17 March 1973

HOW CRUEL fate is. At the very moment that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are proving themselves to be perfectly tuned in to 1973, with ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: The Funny Side of Dr Hook

Profile and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 17 March 1973

DR. HOOK were unexpectedly thrust to popularity via their international hit 'Sylvia's Mother' last summer. The strange thing is, people were buying the song and ...

The Incredible String Band #2: Scientology and the Incredibles

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 17 March 1973

MacDONALD: Was there any consistent philosophical or spiritual attitude behind the group's work during the Elektra period, or were you just tossing in anything you ...

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Licks, Cold Steel and Truckers Favorites (Paramount)

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

IT WAS like driving through an infinite oven, the sun dancing in cool water-mirages across the four-lane asphalt. Wayne wiped the sweat from his brow. ...

Dr. John: Dr John: In The Right Place

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

Out of the swamp, into the chart? ...

Claire Hamill, King Crimson: King Crimson/Claire Hammill: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

ON SUNDAY night, at that big weird place in Finsbury Park, Messrs. Derek Moss, Bart Brassert, Don Wilton and Rodney Frock most certainly did not ...

Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

THERE ARE A large number of people in the music business who would be delighted to hear that Roxy Music had blown it. Their sudden ...

The Beach Boys #1: The Perfect Wave

Discography by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

"I love to make records that my friends like to hear." – BRIAN WILSON ...

The Pretty Things: Still As Strong As Bo Diddley's Guitar Arm

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 24 March 1973

FEEL THE svelte red leather. Take in the expensive walnut dashboard surrounding the precision instruments; the speedo flicking between 70 and 80. Experience the full ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

THE BECK, BOGERT and Appice album is completed and virtually upon us, and it leads us to two inescapable conclusions. The first is simple: man ...

Elton John: Sundown, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

I WAS counting the number of fainting chicks pulled up out of the audience. After the 38th, I gave up. ...

The Temptations: Following Darling David, it's the Temptations Sensation

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

ROGER ST. PIERRE ON THE BIG SOUL TOUR ...

Gram Parsons: GP (Reprise)

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

WELL NOW, there's country music, and there's country music. And this here's the second of the two. The first is what you would hear at ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Lake the Strongman

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

EVERY SO OFTEN, Greg Lake refers to the music of Emerson, Lake and Palmer as art. He chooses the word quite deliberately. Everything he speaks ...

Led Zeppelin: Houses Of The Holy (Atlantic)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

Zep make masochism worthwhile ...

Little Feat: Dixie Chicken (Warner Bros.)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

SINCE SAILIN' Shoes, the group's last album, asthmatic Pachuco bass-player Roy Estrada, formerly of The Mothers, has departed to join Captain Beefheart under the pseudonym ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: Oo La La

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

I AM DEATH. Huddled in my anorak. Alone and palely loitering in the stalls of the empty Rainbow Theatre. I am miserable with cold in ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Shaw Theatre, London

Live Review by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

IRONICALLY the Sutherland Brothers' first 'major'' London gig since teaming up with Quiver was opened by an acoustic duo, as if to remind the audience ...

The Beach Boys #2: The Exiles Return

Discography by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

THE SECOND and concluding part of Jonh Ingham's retrospective look at the Beach Boys covers the '66 to '73 period. ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Best Of… (Vanguard)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

BUFFY SAINTE-Marie is one of the special ones. She's one of the few performers guaranteed to move me to tears, and side two of She ...

Detroit Emeralds: Smooth-Cut Emeralds

Report and Interview by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

"I DON'T THINK we're what people expect us to be," James Mitchell of the Detroit Emeralds explained after receiving a lukewarm reaction from a music ...

Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmaltzson

Report and Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

STUDIO ONE at De Lane Lea studios in Wembley is a massive room; big enough to hold close to a 50-piece orchestra. Most of the ...

Henry Cow: Just Happy Playing Their Music

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

HENRY COW, a quintet formed at Cambridge University five years ago, are probably best known — though the group themselves would rather forget it — ...

The Faces: Private Lives, Public Faces

Report and Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

JAMES JOHNSON DROPS IN ON A FACES PARTY, AND FINDS THE BAND ITCHING TO GO ...

Procol Harum: So Who Loves Procol Harum?

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

WHO LOVES Procol Harum? Not England, it seems. Apart from a tough faction of loyal devotees, this isle has said cheerio boys. ...

Spirit: California Saga

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

ATTENTION PLEASE. For the next few weeks, Britain will have the chance of witnessing 'live' one of rock's most creative and significant guitarists. ...

Sweet: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

I'M STILL trying to work this one out, but here's a brief rundown of what basically happened at the Sweet's Rainbow gig. ...

The Faces: Ooh La La (Warner Bros.)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 April 1973

FIRST THERE'S this rolling piano lick, then in comes Ronnie Wood's guitar. Nice tough chording, anchored down with a bent note descending to the root ...

Black Sabbath: To Knock OR Not To Knock The Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 14 April 1973

WHEN IT COMES to obvious targets for critical assassinations, then Black Sabbath are sitting ducks – very loud, very basic, very brash. And now at ...

Captain Beefheart: The Beef Of The Matter

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 April 1973

DON VAN VLIET and his orchestra are here for their third British tour. The current line-up of The Magic Band features Zoot Horn Rollo (first ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 April 1973

Bye-bye, Ziggy. It was nice seeing you, and I hope you'll keep in touch. Hello, Aladdin Sane, make yourself at home. David Bowie's new album ...

Diana Ross: Rapping with Lady D

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 April 1973

THE DISTINGUISHED-looking old gentlemen in the red braided uniform accepts my coat with an expression of mild distaste and ushers me into the Pine Room ...

Roger Daltrey, The Who: Roger Daltrey: Who Does What In The Who

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 14 April 1973

WHAT'S HAPPENED to the Who? Pete SHOULD be writing and recording for the Who. John Entwistle SHOULD be concentrating on the Who's future, but he's ...

Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues (Chrysalis)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 April 1973

IT WOULD be considerably more than a pity if Steeleye Span, that most English of bands, have to become superstars in the States before really ...

Don Covay: Are You Reggae For Don Covay?

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

AMERICA JUST had to catch on to reggae. After all, the roots of Jamaican music lie in the '50s out-put of Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis ...

David Bowie in the USA

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

THE MAN from the customs – a surly-looking Negro – eyed me suspiciously for a full ten minutes, and checked and rechecked my baggage and ...

Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page, the Mild Barbarian

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

JIMMY PAGE'S slightly timid, mild-mannered exterior is of course, deceptive. There's no need to explain how Led Zeppelin come across on stage, while in between ...

Roxy Music: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

GROUPS TOURING Britain are expected to put on that little bit extra for their London dates on the simple score of the probable presence of ...

Steeleye Span A Wooing Wend

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

BACKSTAGE at Bristol, and everything is panic and turmoil. Steeleye Span's support act hasn't arrived half-an-hour before show-time. Jo Lustig, Steeleye manager, is standing with ...

Steve Miller: Miller's Hard Grind

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

STEVE MILLER'S concerts at London's Rainbow theatre last year were two of the most pleasant gigs of 1972. Since he'd never played here before, Miller ...

Traffic: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 21 April 1973

DEAR MR. FANTASY played us some tunes, something that made us all happy. No, it was more than that. All of us at the London ...

Fanny: Mother's Pride

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

BY NOW, most people know that Fanny are one of the best rock bands currently functioning. Their albums, particularly Charity Ball (their second, but the ...

Fats Domino: The Fat Man

Profile by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

IF YOU asked someone who, apart from Elvis, has contributed the most to rock and roll, he'd probably say Chuck Berry, Little Richard or Jerry ...

Lou Reed: The Sinatra Of The 70's

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

LOU REED SURE is a card. The day before this interview was supposed to take place, an associate of mine phoned up the Reed management ...

Roberta Flack And All That Jazz

Interview by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

DANNY HOLLOWAY talks, in New York, to the lady who made the big transition from jazz to mass acclaim. ...

Roxy Music: The Roots

Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

"I'D BEEN nursing the idea for Roxy since my last band," says Bryan Ferry, "since 1964-65. Obviously, when I stopped with the other band I ...

Roxy Music: Ultra Pulp Images On The Video-Cassette Of Your Mind

Profile and Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

THE FIRST COSMIC rock law of the seventies is this: "Everybody is a star". To which the answer is: "So what?". Roxy Music, undeniably, have ...

T. Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex: T. Rex: Where Now, Elemental Child?

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 April 1973

ONCE UPON A time there was Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the days immediately following flower-power, rockanroll music was getting very sweaty around the edges. What with ...

Dory Previn: Madness, Fear and the Demons Inside

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

AT THE END of the Dory Previn concert at Carnegie Hall, a couple of New Yorkers are standing near the exit, one whispering to the ...

Cream, Jack Bruce: Jack Bruce

Profile by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

CREATOR OF one of rock's two most distinctive bass styles (the other being Paul McCartney's), Jack Bruce has, during the course of a long and ...

New York Dolls, Wayne County & The Electric Chairs: New York: The Dark Side Of Town

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

THE GRAFFITI IN the toilets at Max's Kansas City is abysmal. It's the only word that comes to mind – there's not one subversive scrawl, ...

Doug Sahm, Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Paul Butterfield's Better Days, Doug Sahm: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

HERE'S A TEASER for you to masticate the ole' brain molecules on: pretend you're a big record corporation and you've got these two acts, one ...

Speedy Keen: Speedy Words and Speedy Keen

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

JOHN 'SPEEDY' KEEN is the rock and roll war-horse who wrote 'Something In The Air' for Thunderclap Newman. He's recovered from that – scarred of ...

Tempest: Sound Of The Tempest

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

JON HISEMAN is sitting in a Viennese coffeehouse on a bright Sunday morning, and talking about the four-piece rock band he formed earlier this year. ...

Uriah Heep: Live (Bronze)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 5 May 1973

IT BECAME Friday night in Birmingham on a Friday morning in London – when I listened to this live Heep set. ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Seine

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

ANGIE BOWIE is a gas. She really is. She's sitting between Cherry Vanilla and an ice-bucket at a table in the colossally elegant main dining ...

Focus: Focus And The American Hell

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

MIDNIGHT was our cue to quit the Swiss restaurant and return, like five Cinderellas, to our hotels. It wasn't a case of trembling at the ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces Of A Man (Philips 6369 415)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

Heron, with the sound of the black revolution ...

The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, International Submarine Band, Gram Parsons: Parsons the Country Preacher

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

This is the man Presley's musicians turn to when they're sick of those Las Vegas riffs. ...

Paul Simon: There Goes Rhymin' Simon (CBS)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

LISTENING TO an album twice through the No. 1 studio sound system at CBS is not the best way to hear a new set. Nor ...

Dada, Vinegar Joe, Geno Washington: Pete Gage, The Man Who Drives Vinegar Joe

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

WHEN VINEGAR JOE are on stage Pete Gage is probably the last person you notice. He stands towards the back, almost out of sight, adding ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Fresh (Epic)

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

SLY IS an interesting enigma. Top soul dj-turned-musician, he singlehandedly influenced the course of soul music with a sound that owed more to acid than ...

The Beach Boys: California Dreamin'

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

IT WAS ALL a California Vision come to life. Pure and simple. Speeding down from the Hollywood Hills, leaving behind all the emaciated refugees on ...

Alice Cooper: Alice, Nixon and Batman at LA Party

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 19 May 1973

ALICE COOPER was introduced by a fake President of the United States at a reception at the Coconut Grove to mark the group's appearance at ...

David Bowie: Aladdin Distress

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 May 1973

"AND WHEN he arrived they screamed and they cried, and they rushed, and gushed forth and beat their feverish feminine fists into..." FORGET IT! This ...

Hatfield And The North: New Band on the Old Road…

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 19 May 1973

PIP PYLE, Phil Miller, Dave Stewart, and Richard Sinclair have been on the road a few years between them. ...

Hawkwind: Space Ritual Alive At Liverpool Stadium And Brixton Sundown (United Artists)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 May 1973

WELL, THESE COSMIC tacos ain't about to make you wet yourself, but it's still a fact that, contained on these four sides, are the very ...

Roy Buchanan: The Guitarist's Guitarists' Guitarist

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 19 May 1973

THE WORD is out and the message is self-explanatory. Buchanan, they say; Roy Buchanan, they mean. And if you've missed this paean that's currently ringing ...

David Bowie: Images 1966-1967

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

"I'M AGELESS," said David Bowie in a recent interview – and these 21 tracks from the very earliest days of his career point up the ...

David Bowie: Total Sensory Overload

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

Following the controversial London Earls Court gig, Charles Shaar Murray and photographer Joe Stevens check out Bowie on tour – and find a riot goin' ...

Flo & Eddie: Flo and Eddie: Flo & Eddie

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

MR. HOWARD KAYLAN and Mr. Mark Volman are a somewhat literal-minded pair. When they originally left the protectve aegis of Frank Zappa to strike out ...

Jeff Beck The Dare-Devil

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

WHEN HE'S playing nice, you couldn't possibly hope to hear more creative or more exciting rock guitar playing than that of Jeff Beck. He was ...

Judge Dread: Working Class Hero And The Robin Hood Of Reggae

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

NICK KENT SPECIAL interview (snigger, snigger) with the man who's rude (snigger) but heaven forbid – not crude ...

Liza Minnelli: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

LUREX 'N ADULATION — OR, WHAT HAPPENED WHEN FLAME TORSO (with a T) REVIEWED LIZA MINNELLI'S RAINBOW GIG ...

Steeleye Span: So Who ARE These Limeys Playing Folk Music?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

IT TAKES approximately 11 hours to fly from London to Los Angeles. You get off the 'plane, and the heat fills your lungs like a ...

The Eagles: Desperado (Asylum)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

IT IS ARGUABLE that the test of a fine example of any genre is to consider the extent to which it transcends its category. Our ...

The Wailers: Speakeasy, London

Live Review by Danny Holloway, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

IF YOU FOUND the Wailers' debut Island album, Catch A Fire, an uncomfortable sidestep to your usual tastes, I'd strongly advise you to witness a ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tina Turner: Get Your Eyes Off... and Listen

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

THE MAKING of Tina Turner — was it the singer or the song? Well, we all know the answer to that one don't we? The ...

Led Zeppelin: Zeppelin Take The States By Storm

Report by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

THE LATEST Led Zeppelin tour is taking America by storm, proving yet again that this is the top rock 'n' roll band in the world. ...

Eric Burdon: Back On Stage… The Charlton Heston of Rock

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

Eric Burdon has been absent from the rock scene — but never gone. He’s made more comebacks than Jesus... and now he’s making another. And ...

Fanny

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

LEON WANTED US TO LIVE IN HIS HOUSE...WE WEREN'T INTERESTED NEEDLESS TO SAY ...

Faust: Town Hall, Plymouth

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

I'VE NO CLEAR idea of what was going on at this concert at all. Faust, hardly the most publicised of bands, appear suddenly at Plymouth ...

Gladys Knight & The Pips: A Day With Miss Knight

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

IF GLADYS Knight took time off to reminisce there's no doubt she could come up with a few interesting tales about the record business. Simply ...

Jefferson Airplane: 30 Seconds Over Winterland

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

THERE'S REALLY nothing quite as dead as the recent past – for further proof just dig out those old Jefferson Airplane albums currently collecting dust ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

PERHAPS THE most refreshing thing about Loudon Wainwright's concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall last Monday was that there was a songwriter who was more ...

Suzi Quatro, Sweet: Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman: The Dynamic Duo Of Plastic Pop

Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

Nicky Chinn is an ex-public schoolboy, Mike Chapman a one-time waiter. Together they're... The Dynamic Duo Of Plastic Pop ...

Slade in the USA

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

Will Slade break America or will America break Slade – that was the question being resolved by the Noddy Holder Experience as they ...

Suzi Quatro: This Is Suzi Quatro. She's Heavy

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 2 June 1973

ON THE HORIZON of Charles Street, London, or more precisely in the RAK Record Company offices, is a Star. Her name is Suzi Quatro. Five ...

Lou Reed: A Walk On The Wild Side Of Lou Reed

Comment by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 June 1973

"I HAVE ALWAYS thought it would be kinda fun to introduce people to characters they maybe hadn't met before, or hadn't wanted to meet, y'know. ...

Thom Bell, The Spinners: Detroit Spinners: Memories of the Brown Beatles

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 June 1973

SINCE LEAVING Motown the Detroit Spinners have changed considerably, largely because of the recording direction of Philadelphia genius Thom Bell. ...

Roxy Music: Last Tango In Amsterdam

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 June 1973

BEING A ROCK writer isn't so bad. Quite often you get to go down to a nice hotel, get a few drinks, maybe even a ...

Silverhead Training For The Heavyweight Stakes

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 June 1973

THE SIGN on the marquee outside the Continental Hyatt House on Sunset Blvd., L.A., read: "Welcome Silverhead." Well, not quite: the 'a' was missing after ...

David Bowie: The Bowie Experiment

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 June 1973

THIS IS ONE OF those restaurants where quiet good taste just screams its presence. You just know that they have pheasant under glass, and that ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Fleetwood Mac of Today

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 16 June 1973

FLEETWOOD MAC have been through a lot of changes since the club days. What began as a straight blues band has progressed into new musical ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan: Gaumont, Ipswich and Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 16 June 1973

Big G and the Scream Machine ...

John Entwistle: Rigor Mortis and the Happy Funeral

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 16 June 1973

THE ROOM is deathly silent, apart from the occasional rumble of a stomach going by. We are gathered together on this day for a belated ...

Johnny Nash: My Merry Go Round (CBS)

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 16 June 1973

LISTENING TO this record the first time through is as frustrating as trying to see a beautiful woman through a steamed-up window. But the third ...

Led Zeppelin: Zeppin' Out

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 16 June 1973

"I DON'T EVEN like Led Zeppelin," the girl in the black velvet jacket and hotpants said petulantly as she bummed a cigarette off an acquaintance ...

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

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

SOUNDS OF applause, opening bars or lazy stereotyped black funk, then a hoarse voice yelping out "I don't mind you're using me — uh! — ...

Cat Stevens And A Revolution In Athens

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

THE shining white block of the King George Hotel stands imposingly on Constitution Square, Athens. It's dauntingly grand in the true sense of the word: ...

The Jackson 5: J5 Kick Harder Than Ever: Jackson Five: Skywriter (Tamla-Motown)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

BOISTEROUS young Charles Shaar Murray wrote a more-than-adequate appraisal of this fine album before it was released and I can only restate his enthusiasm for ...

Jefferson Airplane: Just An Exercise At Being Repulsive?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

"WE ARE all outlaws in the eyes of America," sang Grace Slick from the stage at Woodstock. God, it must be fun to be a ...

Junior Campbell, Marmalade: Junior Campbell: Hallelujah Campbell

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

JUNIOR CAMPBELL is one artist with a hit single who you won't find on stage. After 10 years with Marmalade, he's content to take things ...

Led Zeppelin: Robert Plant — And That Below-The-Belt Surge

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

A HOT AND sticky Friday afternoon in L.A. Nine stories over Sunset Boulevard, Robert Plant takes Roy Harper's Lifemask off the stereo in his hotel ...

Medicine Head: The Unknown Celebrities

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

AT A DELIGHTFUL pub in Twickenham on Saturday eve, Medicine Head's Peter Hope-Evans sat drinking a glass of Lowenbrau. The perpetual grin across his face ...

Sparks: A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing (Bearsville)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

I ONCE found myself involved in a curious argument with one of Detroit's more-respected rock writers concerning his contention that Sparks were dangerous to the ...

Carole King: Subtle, Intense: Carole King: Fantasy (Ode Import)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT of Rhymes & Reasons, I found myself approaching this album with a certain degree of trepidation. For, having failed to ignite any ...

Suzi Quatro

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

"KING EDWARDS are a really heavy smoke," the publicist is saying, "but Manikins and things like that are all right". The advice is aimed at ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

BOY, IS THIS a great record. I love it and that's saying a lot seeing as I don't seem to like that much of anything ...

Alice Cooper: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 30 June 1973

LET'S ASSUME, just for the purpose of arguement, that you're a sensitive soul filled with love for your fellow humans, and that you really get ...

Jimmy Helms: Helms In Need Of A Direction

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 30 June 1973

JIMMY HELMS is at a cornerstone of his career. 'I'm Gonna Make You An Offer (You Can't Refuse)' wasn't just a hit record — it ...

Dr. John, The Meters, Allen Toussaint: Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, the Meters: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

VOODOO CHILE ...

Fairport Convention: Fairport And The Mysterious Lady

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

"FOTHERINGPORT CONFUSION", states Trevor Lucas with a wry smile. That's his pet description of the present Fairport Convention. After all, the band comprises part of ...

Slade: The Kidz Are All Right

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

Far more so than all the Bowies, Bolans and Roxies... Slade are easily the most important British band of the '70s. ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin: The Captain Kirk in John McLaughlin

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

PART 1: IAN MacDONALD CHARTS THE RISE AND RISE OF THE COLOSSUS OF ELECTRIC GUITAR ...

Faust: The Helmet of the Policeman is on the Head of the Musician: Faust In Britain

Report by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 July 1973

FAUST WERE bored. Bored with the set they'd been playing on tour, feeling that they'd much rather lounge around all day in their London flat ...

Allen Toussaint, Producing the New Orleans Feel

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 14 July 1973

QUESTION: What could Alvin Lee, Frankie Miller, Mac 'Dr. John' Rebennack, Robbie Robertson and Lee Dorsey possibly have in common? Answer: Allen Toussaint. ...

Brinsley Schwarz: Beware of the Rock Machine: Brinsley Schwarz

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 14 July 1973

BRINSLEY SCHWARZ are playing nice clean rock 'n' roll these days – but they're wary of getting caught up in that rock 'n' roll machine. ...

David Bowie: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 July 1973

THERE ARE crowds of kids outside the hall, waiting for Stardust to limousine into view. And for them this is all three times as real, ...

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Dr Hook: Sylvia's Mother Meets Durty Cindy Lou…

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 July 1973

WE ALL KNOW the famous American rock venues, don't we? We've all heard of the Forum in L.A., the Academy of Music and Madison Square ...

Family: Fighting For Respect

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 14 July 1973

SEEMS LIKE only yesterday that Family returned from America, wheezing and coughing about the sheer enjoyment of their tour. And quite a number of Family ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin: Gimme Dat 11/8 Time Religion

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 July 1973

PART 2: IAN MacDONALD ON THE SPIRITUAL McLAUGHLIN ...

John Martyn: The Stormbringer Comes Into The Sun

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 21 July 1973

"Love me with your head and heart.Love me from the place it starts;Love me from your head and heart.Love me like a child." ...

War: The Battle Against 'Unlove'

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 21 July 1973

THIS IS the story of war declared but not yet unilaterally. Approximately two years ago, when the American 'jazz-rock-blues-soul' band appeared in the U.K. with ...

10cc: 10cc

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 28 July 1973

SINCE THE Beatles re-created the album market with Sergeant Pepper we've become used to the idea that the best of rock'n'roll is invariably found in ...

Edgar Winter: Just A Friendly Texan

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 July 1973

STEVE PAUL'S in a good mood right now. He's just been informed that West Side Story is playing somewhere in London and already he can ...

Brian Eno: Eno: Of Launderettes And Lizard Girls

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 July 1973

...and things that go bump in Ladbroke Grove. Nick Kent stakes out Eno's closet ...

Horslips: Well You See, There Was These Five Irishmen...

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 28 July 1973

TONY STEWART reports the long, involved story of Horslips    ...

Joe Simon: Country Joe

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 28 July 1973

SOUL MAN Joe Simon has scored a long run of American hits — with country songs. And now his 'Step By Step' currently climbing the ...

The Pointer Sisters: The Pointer Sisters

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 28 July 1973

ANITA, RUTH, JUNE and Bonnie Pointer come to us with the fervent recommendations of seemingly everybody in America. But with the best will in the ...

Albert Hammond: Moroccan Strip Clubs To All American Boy

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

DESPITE THAT rich, drawling brogue and songs like 'It Never Rains In Southern California', Albert Hammond is no American. As it happens, he was born ...

The Osmonds: Br-r-r-ring... Hi, this is Alan Osmond

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

WIMP ROCK AND WEIRD CITY. IT'S THE OSMONDS GROWING UP. IAN MacDONALD REPORTS ...

David Bowie: Bowie-ing Out at The Chateau

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY WITH THE MAIN MAN IN FRANCE. WORK ON NEW PROJECTS, REPORTS MURRAY, IS GOING AHEAD DELICIOUSLY IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT ...

Greenslade and the Trumpet Maniac

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

THE WAYS bands are born vary immensely. Like, the idea may be only two hours old when Phantom Balloon hits the stage, but other outfits ...

King Crimson: Latest Shade of Crimson

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

SOME REPORTS from America suggested that King Crimson's recent tour had bombed completely. Others maintained that everything had gone according to plot and that audience ...

Smokey Robinson: Miracles And Meditation

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 4 August 1973

IT'S JUST on a year since Smokey Robinson split from the Miracles to spend more time as an executive of the Motown Corporation. Now, he ...

Genesis: The Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 10 August 1973

IT'S A LITTLE dishonest using the same strokes to hammer Genesis as are periodically used against Yes. But there you go. Such is the nature ...

10cc: Ying Tong Iddle I Po

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 11 August 1973

CAN YOU AFFORD TO LAUGH – AND MISS OUT ON 10CC? ...

David Bowie: Tight Rope Walker At The Circus

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 August 1973

THE CHATEAU D'HEROUVILLE is probably the only recording studio in the world boasting a resident chef who does Charlie Chaplin impressions at suppertime. Trouble is, ...

Status Quo: Enjoying A New Status

Report by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 11 August 1973

TONY STEWART GOES SWISS WITH STATUS QUO, WHO ARE BIG BUSINESS THERE ...

The Who: Bang A Gong The Who Get It On

Report by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 11 August 1973

THE MAN across the road didn't really understand why Keith Moon was standing in the pouring rain, beating on a Paiste gong outside the Who's ...

Alice Cooper: School Days

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

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Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Bob Ezrin: The Square And The Faggots

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

"DETACHMENT. Yes, that's it exactly. We were both talking about that. Lou said last night: 'This album is an exercise in detachment and apathy'. I ...

Carly Simon, James Taylor: Carly and James: The Taylors in Paris

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

WITH CARLY MAKING OLE LONESOME JAMES SMILE (WELL ALMOST) — IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF TRUE LOVE GUARANTEED TO THREATEN THE DEFENCES OF THE MOST HARDENED ...

Earth, Wind & Fire, Isaac Hayes: Isaac Hayes: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

Brilliant Hayes: the bald facts ...

Stackridge: Lummy Days Are Over, Stackridge Move On…

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

ONCE BILLED as the Almost Greatest Show On Earth, those remarkable young men from the West Country known collectively as Stackridge are currently at work ...

Manu Dibango: Apollo Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

MANU DIBANGO'S appearance at the Apollo was the capper for a frenzied week of concert-going in New York and the East Coast. ...

Nazareth: So You Wanna Stay A Rock 'N' Roll Star?

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

DAN McCAFFERTY has no pretensions. As he sits chain smoking in his manager's flat – a mere Rolls Royce-throw away from London's Hyde Park Corner ...

Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

NOW THIS is a little more like it. Of course, it would be ludicrous to expect a sudden reconciliation with the original classic Byrds feel ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Brothers: Brothers And Sisters

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

IT MUST have been just at the point where the Grateful Dead has started to tarnish their once peeless charisma as the magic band that ...

Tony Joe White: Home Made Ice Cream

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 18 August 1973

I'VE HAD a healthy respect for the work of Tony Joe White for quite some time now, and it is because of the excellence of ...

Commander Cody: Country Casanova

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

I'VE GOT to admit I was thrown when I first saw the cover of this album. The dude in the cowboy shirt leaning next to ...

Frank Zappa: God Mother

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

"ZAPPA'S IN TOWN," they said. "Wanna go along and talk to him?" Oh sure, sez I, always glad to have a chat with Frank. So ...

Genesis: The Man Behind The Mask

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

THE MUSIC world rarely awakens before noon, but I met Peter Gabriel at the unlikely hour of 9.30 a.m. Genesis, having finished their Selling England ...

Hot Chocolate: Chocolate Brown

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

THERE IS absolutely no getting away from the fact that it was an excessively hot and sticky afternoon. Sweaterama incarnate. Clothing stuck unpleasantly to the ...

Medicine Head

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

SO YOU'RE a dues-paying rock 'n' roll star with a couple of weeks to kill and you decide to flit off to Ahmadnagar and hang ...

Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls: New York Dolls/Mott The Hoople: Felt Forum, NYC

Live Review by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

THE EVENING SIMPLY reeked of promise. Mott the Hoople, the Anglo glamour band of the moment, billed with New York's very own Dolls. ...

New York Dolls: The Guys In The Dolls

Report by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

THE BACK room of Max's Kansas City is generally bathed in a pink glow of lighting effects. Depending on how much liquor you've consumed, it ...

Genesis: No Exodus Yet for Genesis

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

"OBVIOUSLY we're out of the public's attention – but we come back that much stronger; some bands seem afraid to take time off; they feel ...

Robert Fripp, King Crimson: Robert Fripp: Head, Heart and Hips

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

ROBERT FRIPP doesn't give many interviews – which is silly because he's a shrewd, witty, and engrossing man who, when he's not sitting on a ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: The New York Dolls (Mercury Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 August 1973

THE NEW YORK Dolls are trash, they play rock 'n' roll like sluts and they've just released a record that can proudly stand beside Iggy ...

Dobie Gray: Drift Away

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, September 1973

I COULDN'T find the name 'Dobie Gray' in any of the rock encyclopaedias. Presumably after 'The In Crowd' he became one of those half-forgotten names ...

Babe Ruth: Oh Babe

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

BARBARA CHARONE TAKES THE HIGH ROAD WITH BABE RUTH. ALL THE WAY TO WICK, CAITHNESS – A MERE CABER-TOSS FROM JOHN O' GROATS. AND DISCOVERS ...

Black Sabbath: Sabbath Days Of Rest

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

Forget witchcraft, forget heavy metal – Tony Iommi is laying back in his luxury pad, listening to the Carpenters and Sinatra ...

Funkadelic, Mandrill, Osibisa, Rare Earth: Black 'Woodstock': A Violent Fiasco

Report by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

IT COULD have been the biggest event of the summer. For many of us trapped in the iron heart of the city, it promised to ...

Frank Zappa: Penguins in Bondage and Other Perversions

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

WHERE WERE WE? Oh yeah, Frank Zappa. Anyway, ol' Frank is sitting in his hotel room above Kensington, discoursing on this and that and demonstrating ...

Jaki Whitren: The I Don't Want To Be A Star Star

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

NOT THE USUAL pub or press office for interviewing this newcomer. Oh no. For Jaki Whitren — CBS have put their money where their faith ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Kilburn and the High Roads: Hardened Criminals Plan Big Break-Out

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

AT LEAST, THAT'S THE WAY THEY LOOK. BUT THEY'RE GOING TO BE BIG: NICK KENT ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS WITH KILBURN AND THE HIGH ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp: The Sexual Athlete

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

ROBERT FRIPP paused in a virtuoso display of cross-picking on Francisco Tarrega's 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra', the interlude music he'd chosen between the two parts ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds: Session Star: Jimmy Page

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 1 September 1973

JIMMY PAGE is as wary of discussing his formidable past as he is talking to the press in the first place. ...

Allman Brothers Band: Allman Explosion

Report by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

IT'S THE speed of the thing that's been most memorable – the way the Brothers And Sisters album literally exploded across North America. Within the ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry: Party Fun From an Old Poseur

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

AT NOON PRECISELY, on a colourless day, I pressed the bell-push of Bryan Ferry's chic Earl's Court flat. Fifteen minutes later I was still ringing. ...

Howard Tate, Lou Courtney: Howard Tate and Lou Courtney: The Blues and Dance Men

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

TWO ARTISTS of widely different appeal, Howard Tate and Lou Courtney both deserve inclusion in this series because although only modestly successful even in the ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Goat's Head Soup (Rolling Stones Records)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

Stones: you can sometimes get what you want... ...

Toots & The Maytals: The Maytals: From The Roots (Trojan)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

IF EVER a group deserved recognition beyond the realms of its chosen music form, then it's the Maytals. ...

The Rolling Stones: Goat's Head Soup

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

FIRST COMES the riff. It's like 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' 'cept it's slowed down so it sounds like it's being played on horse tranquilliser. Ominous and ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

THIS INTERVIEW had the most ordinary of beginnings. David Byron and Uriah Heep's Press Miss and myself left the other four members of the band ...

ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (London, Import)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 8 September 1973

THERE'S A huge spread of all-American grub dominating the sleeve of this album. ZZ Top are a three-piece Southern fried chicken band from Texas, and ...

Candi Staton: Foxy Lady Of Soul

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 September 1973

RIGHT FROM the days when Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox and later the ladies Holliday, Vaughan, Fitzgerald and Washington ruled the blues/jazz roost there ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana: Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin: A Pair Of White Pants Will Never Let You Down

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 15 September 1973

THIS PIECE might easily be subtitled "How to operate with ice-cool expediency without ruffling your cosmique mantle." But that would definitely be rushing things. ...

Alan Price: That Lucky Old Price

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

THERE'S still much of the flat cap rocker about Alan Price. At his best he's a kind of cross between Randy Newman and Jackie Charlton ...

Alice Cooper: Alice Shows His Muscle

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

"YA WANNA SCOOP?" grins Shep Gordon, the inimitable manager of Alice Cooper, a paragon of virtue in his rust-coloured brushed velvet jacket. "Sure" hisses the ...

Billy Preston: God Planned It Good

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

AFTER YEARS spent as a session man for an astonishing roster of star names the Beatles, the Stones, Barbra Steisand, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Sam ...

The Delfonics, Eddie Kendricks: Eddie Kendricks, The Delfonics: Apollo Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

Hot night at the Apollo ...

Jethro Tull: The House That Jethro Built

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

IT NOW SEEMS rather incongruous to think back on Jethro Tull as veterans of the Great 1968 Blues Boom, right out of the same scene ...

Slade

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

Keith Altham gets a sneak preview at the next original Slade Album ...

The Carpenters: Summer Sweethearts

Overview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

If it's muzak you're looking for, look no further... ...

Jimmy Hughes: The Great Unknowns: Jimmy Hughes

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

"I NEVER FELT more like singing the blues," sang Guy Mitchell and Tommy Steele a long while ago, and both did a lot of business ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones-On-The Road Special

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

THE LADY behind the amps, staring hazily at Billy Preston and his band performing on stage, looked elegantly damaged. Half of her face was covered ...

Yoko Ono

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 22 September 1973

IF ALL THE world were a movie set, the Japanese artist could have married her rock star and lived happily ever after in the East ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice: The Axeman Cometh

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

IT JUST GOES to show that things ain't always what they seem. Bopping down Savile Row in the general direction of Apple Studios (ah, Apple! ...

Deep Purple: Purple, Introducing The…Err…Unknown Mr. Coverdale

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

PURPLE RECORDS took the press down to Clearwell Castle on the Welsh-English border last week to meet their new singer boy. The name of this ...

Diana Ross: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

ANYONE WHO doubts that Diana Ross is a star in the old-fashioned sense of the word should have been at the Albert Hall last Tuesday. ...

Focus: At The Rainbow (Polydor)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

LIVE ALBUMS basically attempt to recreate a concert atmosphere with favoured musical pieces by the band in question and sycophantic noises from the audience. ...

Genesis: Selling England By the Pound (Charisma)

Review by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

GENESIS FANS unite, stand proud and be counted; get ready to say 'I told you so' to all those people who have been doubting your ...

John Martyn: Inside Out (Island)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

YOU COULD SAY that the post-decadence rock scene is structured rather like the society of ants: a hangover of old drones twittering away behind last ...

Judy Collins: In Through The Other Door

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

TRANSATLANTIC phone calls can be a precarious undertaking at the best of times. But on this grey Wednesday afternoon, as successive international operators tried vainly ...

Slade: Sladest (Polydor)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

THE FIRST TIME I saw Slade I thought they were dreadful. It was that memorable night at the Lanchester Arts Festival when Chuck Berry cut ...

Sweet: Queens of the Hop

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

THE SWEET'S BALLROOM BLITZKRIEG GOES ON. BUT BEHIND THE ONSTAGE MINCING AND MAKE-UP, THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE IN THE AIR. IN FACT, THE ROCK PARIAHS NOW ...

Roberta Flack, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Etta James, Louis Jordan, The Pointer Sisters, War: The Pointers: Sign of a Wasted Rock Culture

Profile by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

ANYTIME THE American media welcomes a new act with such an overt display of scraping and bowing for superlatives, it's time to be suspicious. ...

The Righteous Brothers: Two By Two (MGM)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

INCREDIBLE, They may not have been black, they may not even have been soul music (though to my mind they were), but nobody could deny ...

Mick Taylor, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Dead Goats And Other Delicacies

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 29 September 1973

THE CURRENT European tour has again given us all the opportunity to dogmatically state that the Rolling Stones are indeed the greatest rock 'n' roll ...

Brenda Lee: Mmmmm…Sweet Nuthin's

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, Monday: "To make the most of the things you were born with...Think Big." ...

Fairport Convention: Nine (Island)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

I'VE BEEN trying for some time not to like a Fairport Convention album. After the endless catalogue of disaster and misfortune, it seemed vaguely unnatural ...

Gilbert O'Sullivan: I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

ANYONE WHO IS a regular reader of this paper will be aware that in the past I've criticised Gilbert O'Sullivan quite strongly, and yet I've ...

Gram Parsons: The Superstar Who Didn't Quite Make It

Obituary by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

GRAM PARSONS somehow never quite got to be the nationally-touted superstar he deserved to be, which is possibly as much his own fault as anyone ...

John Denver: Farewell Andromeda (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

Y'KNOW IT'S somehow comforting to know we've got a guy like John Denver to kick around. ...

Lou Reed: Berlin (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

JUST WHEN you think your ex-idol has slumped into a pitiful display of gross terminal self-parody, Lou Reed comes back and hits you with something ...

O.V. Wright: Wright Man In The Wrong Place

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

MANY SUPPOSEDLY great soul singers are, in truth, only as good as their current producer and/or writer. O.V. Wright's reputation however is solidly based on ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Sutherland Brothers & Quiver: Sutherlands, Shakin' 'Em With the Rock Liberace

Report and Interview by John Pidgeon, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

John Pidgeon reports as, ever so slightly, America begins to quiver... ...

Suzi Quatro : You Don't Have To Be A Dyke…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

I FIRST ran into Suzi Quatro late last year. She was a nice, bouncy little American chick who played bass, wrote songs, was forming a ...

Roger Daltrey, The Who: The Who: Triumph And A Threat

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

IT HAPPENED TO THE BEATLES, BUT IT WON'T AFFECT THE WHO. AND ROGER DALTREY NOW PREPARES TO DO THREE YEARS HARD LABOUR ...

Bruce Springsteen: Was Bob Dylan the Previous Bruce Springsteen?

Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 6 October 1973

"RANDY NEWMAN is great but he’s not touched. Joni Mitchell is great but she’s not touched. Bruce is touched... he’s a genius!" Manager Mike Appel ...

Brian Eno: Happiness Is A Warm Jet

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

...BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE LATEST RECORDED WORK OF MR. BRIAN ENO, LATE OF ROXY MUSIC, AND FEATURING BLANK FRANK, FRIEND OF THE MASSIVE MASSIMO ...

David Cassidy: Real Cool Cassidy

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

I ALWAYS FIGURED secretly that David Cassidy was a cool guy. ...

Faust: Faust IV (Virgin)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

FAUST IV is the chronological successor of So Far (The Faust Tapes being from the period of the transparent album) and, as such, represents the ...

Genesis: Peter Gabriel Talks

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

THE MUSIC world rarely awakens before noon, but I met Peter Gabriel at the unlikely hour of 9.30 a.m. Genesis, having finished their 'Selling England ...

Lindisfarne: How Wee Wee Music Went Down The Drain

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

LAST WEEK I heard the new Lindisfarne album, provisionally titled Don't Rip It...I'll Take It By The Yard with sleeve complete and scheduled for release ...

Neil Young: Time Fades Away (Warner-Reprise)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

NEIL YOUNG didn't really have too much to say after the days with the Buffalo Springfield. ...

The Kinks: Ray Davies: Doggie Tricks And Bizness Licks

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

THIS IS THE TRUE STORY of a street dog and his best friend – an incorrigible pair who get to see each other only on ...

Rory Gallagher: Full Blooded Gallagher

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

DURING A RECENT trip to America I was able to watch Rory Gallagher work at that musical pit of iniquity known as 'The Whisky A ...

Status Quo: Hello (Vertigo)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

I GUESS I ought to be grateful to Status Quo. If I hadn't heard this album, I wouldn't have thought of writing the "Heavy Metal" ...

Suzi Quatro: Quatro Lib

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

"WE GOT a great new single comin' out," says Suzi Quatro from the depths of a rather predatory-looking brown armchair in Mickie Most's office at ...

The Lovin' Spoonful: Golden Spoonful (Polydor Twosome)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

JOHN SEBASTIAN was the best P.R. man that hippies ever had. ...

Donny Osmond, The Osmonds: The Osmonds Fan Club

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

TONY STEWART meets a mother to 60,000 gymslips ...

The Persuasions: Big Legs 'n' Bad Asses

Profile and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

WE'RE BACKSTAGE at Birmingham's Odeon, logjammed into a feeble grey van – a constable and sergeant at the controls – and now we're going to ...

Traffic: On The Road (Island)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW ...

David Bowie: Pin-Ups

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 20 October 1973

THE GOLDEN AGE Of Rock is almost universally assumed to have been in full swing between about 1954 and 1959, following which, according to every ...

Don McLean: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 20 October 1973

AFTER RECEIVING one of the warmest receptions that it's possible for a sepulchral Albert Hall audience to give there can be no doubt about either ...

Garnet Mimms: The Mysterious Fade-Out Of Garnet Mimms

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 20 October 1973

JIMMY HELMS has a fair rendering of 'I'll Take Good Care Of You' competing in the chart stakes right now, but soul freaks who can ...

Judy Collins: Easy Times Come Hard

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 20 October 1973

JUDY COLLINS TALKS TO BOB WOFFINDEN ON MUSIC, FILMS, PEACE AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT ...

McGuinness Flint: McGuinness Is Still Good For You

Profile and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 20 October 1973

McGUINNESS FLINT should now be regarded as an emerging new band – and an exceptionally good one at that. But instead they're being cautiously measured ...

The Moody Blues: Moody Blues: Saints Or Sinners?

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 20 October 1973

SO THE Moody Blues have just finished then cathedral-rock tour of Europe and Britain – their first British dates for over a year. As usual ...

David Bowie, The Troggs: David Bowie: Zigs and Troggs and Backless Nuns

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

IT DOESN'T MATTER who's playing. The Marquee's always a drag on Saturday nights. It's hot, crowded, uncomfortable, and noisy, and it poses a severe visibility ...

Don McLean: Playin' Favourites

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

AN ALBUM of other people's songs from someone who's written a few celebrated ones of his own? Yes, this is Don McLean laying bare his ...

Faust, Henry Cow: Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

I SENSED something weird was in the offing the moment I was met in the foyer of the Rainbow by a lady dressed as a ...

Brian Eno, Robert Fripp: Fripp and Eno: No Pussyfooting (HELP)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

Sex of one, Eno of the other ...

Stephen Stills: Behind The Malicious Rumours

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

EVER SINCE he wrote 'For What It's Worth' Stephen Stills has had his share of criticism. And oddly enough it's often been more personal than ...

The Rolling Stones: Up Against The Wall and Other Seedy Tales

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

WEST BERLIN has to be the absolute lowest, scuzziest dive sprawled out within the bounding perimeters of Western Capitalist Society. ...

The Who: Four-Way Pete

Review and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

TOWNSHEND'S Quadrophenia is a rather daunting proposition. Another Who double-album rock opera? About a kid called Jimmy? With a massive booklet of grainy monochrome tableaux ...

The Groundhogs: Tony McPhee: Who Will Save McPhee

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 27 October 1973

What makes a respected guitarist ditch his axe for the complete Rick Wakeman multi-keyboards trip?Tony (T.S.) McPhee tells Tony (T.J.) Stewart... ...

Faust: Sturm und Drang

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, November 1973

Faust: The Guildhall, Plymouth ...

Al Stewart: Of Simon, Seers And Ages Past

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

IF YOU'RE in New York at the end of the seventies, don't drink any water – because it's liable to be poisoned. ...

Don McLean: One Of Mammy's Boys

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

DON McLEAN on the traumas of 'instant' success and the virtues of Al Jolson's act...not to mention, of course the incredible Perry Como and Bing ...

Duke Ellington: Westminster Abbey, London

Live Review by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

IF DUKE ELLINGTON was responsible for the banal lyrics accompanying his new composition Sacred Concert which was premiered at Westminster Abbey last week he should ...

Ellie Greenwich: Leaders of the Pack

Interview by Roy Carr, Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

Ten years ago the American pop scene was dominated by two opposing song factories — KIRSHNER'S Krazy Kids and the Behemoths of the BRILL BUILDING. ...

Faust: 'We're Just Trying to Be Here Now'

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

FOLLOWING A PAPER TRAIL, IAN MacDONALD TRACKS DOWN FAUST TO A DISUSED CAR LOT OUTSIDE SOLIHULL WHERE THEY REVEAL DRAMATICALLY... ...

Faust: We're Just Trying To Be Here Now

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

Faust: Rainbow Theatre, London ...

Manu Dibango: Joining Soul With Its Afro Roots

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

THINGS HAVEN'T improved much in the last few weeks. The Apollo, the main showcase for black talent in the New York area, continues to run ...

Neil Young: The Naked Cowboy Fresh Out Of Beans

Essay by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

EXPERIMENTS IN college dormitories with electrodes, erectoids and heat-meters show that the most consequential moment of a stripper's act is just prior to the panties ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: Who's Jimmy?

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

IN THE SECOND LEG OF THE TOWNSHEND-MURRAY TALKABOUT, PETE TELLS ALL...AND MORE. ...

The Osmonds: The View From Seat T39

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

He thought it would be good clean fun… Safe family entertainment. He was wrong. Now Charles Shaar Murray reveals the full horror of the night ...

America, Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Steve Miller: West Coast Rock: Get Your Wooden Noses 'Ere

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

Grateful Dead: In the Wake of the Flood (Grateful Dead records, Import) New Riders Of The Purple Sage: The Adventures of Panama Red (CBS, Import)America: ...

Ace in the Hole

Report and Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 10 November 1973

ROY CARR in Wandsworth with another of those up'n coming pub bands. ...

Bettye Swann: Still Waitin' for a Swann Song

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 10 November 1973

IT WAS indirectly through Joe South that I first got turned on to the delectable Miss Bettye Swann. I'd done an interview with the white ...

Focus: Queen Juliana and the Boys Nextdoor

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 10 November 1973

TONY STEWART goes Dutch and finds FOCUS in the painful throes of an identity crisis. Get your paranoia here, folks. ...

Roxy Music: Stranded (Island)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 10 November 1973

IN A WAY, Roxy Music's original ambiguous stance – the Chinese Box thing that was probably their most enticing quality – always fought against their ...

Slade's Better Class Of Kidz

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 10 November 1973

THIS TIME around, Slade are making a dent in the American market. Armed with a new record company and determined to knock 'em dead, the ...

Fleetwood Mac: New Singer and A New Sound

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 13 January 1974

NEW FLEETWOOD MAC singer Dave Walker says his move to the group from Savoy Brown has given him a feeling of liberation. He claims it ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: 'Ladies And Gentlemen, This Is What A Rock'n'roll Band Is All About'

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the importance of ritual.Most rock bands have a certain schtick that's always part of the show, something the audience knows that it's gonna ...

Alice Cooper: Muscle Of Love

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

WOWEE, that Alice Cooper is certainly a funny fellow an no mistake. ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan & The Band: Night of the Zimmerman

Report by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

CHICAGO, ILLINIOS – land of Lincoln, booming metropolis of the Mid-West, heart of Middle America. Not as sophisticated as New York, nor as small as ...

Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

"I TELL ya, mate, just wait till Bryan Ferry gets onstage – 'is face is goin' to look like a fuckin' cancered lung". ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard: The Man Who Twisted Himself

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

COVER VERSIONS have long been the bane of the rhythm and blues field of music. During the 'Fifties, the major record companies kept their ears ...

John Lennon: Please, Your Majesty, Can Our John Have A Free Pardon?

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

Heavy breathing over the phone as ANDREW TYLER gets the lowdown from LENNON in L.A. Genius is police harassment, says the Walrus ...

Mott The Hoople: Memoirs of a Street Punk

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

IAN HUNTER knows a thing or two about being a rock 'n' roll star. ...

Ringo Starr, Wings: Paul McCartney: Band On The Run/Ringo Starr: Ringo

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

RINGO STARR is a wonderful person. His new album proves it. ...

The Faces: Rod Stewart & The Faces: Live Coast To Coast/Overture And Beginners (Mercury)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

LADIES AND gentlemen, a study in disintegration.When the Faces began their current incarnation, their boozy looseness helped to add some riotous vibes to a tight, ...

Santana: Welcome

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

SANTANA WERE always a good group, even though debs and deadheads liked them and played 'Soul Sacrifice' endlessly at boring Friday night Strand-ups. ...

The Band: Moondog Matinee

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

WHATEVER REASON you might tender to explain the artistic atrophy that has overtaken Dylan, it's beginning to seem as though his old cronies, The Band, ...

The Beach Boys: The Beach Boys On Tour (Warner Bros. Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 January 1974

WELL NOW, there are live albums and there are live albums. ...

Can: Future Days (United Artists)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

I'VE HAD MY paltry reservations about Can in the past, but their previous album, Ege Bamyasi, allayed most of them and this, the group's fourth ...

Carly Simon: Hotcakes (Elektra)

Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

SINCE SHE recorded her No Secrets Carly Simon has been through a huge change in status, becoming widely recognised and appreciated through 'You're So Vain' as well ...

Cockney Rebel: The Human Menagerie (EMI)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

JUDGING FROM the mass of press coverage that Cockney Rebel are currently grabbing for themselves, it would appear that their verbose frontman Steve Harley is ...

Elton John

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

THERE WAS a curious smell in the Belle Vue Hall, Manchester. ...

Golden Earring: New Wax From Earring

Profile and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

"WE'RE JUST AVERAGE REALLY", SAYS GEORGE KOOYMANS, GUITARIST WITH GOLDEN EARRING. TONY STEWART LENDS AN EAR TO A TOUCH OF DUTCH ...

Jobriath: Jobriath (Elektra)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

YOU WILL soon be told that this cat is going to be the big breeze in 1974. Receive this piece of information with sceptical, though ...

Little Milton

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

SOUL MUSIC and the blues have boundaries which are largely indefinable — a factor which has allowed many artists to straddle the two. ...

New York Dolls: Dead End Kids On The Champs-Elysées

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

"NOW JOHN LENNON... y'know, that song 'Gimme The Truth'?" The Dolls' David Johansen's cracked Brooklyn drawl appears from the side of his mouth while a ...

Queen: Queen (EMI)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

MAKES YOU SICK how desperate some folks are getting when it comes down to basic rock 'n' roll hype. ...

Bonnie Raitt: Takin' My Time

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

THE COVER of this album has real style. Bonnie Raitt is photographed in one of those cavernous early-twentieth century railway stations, slumped in a large ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (Columbia Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce ...

Brian Eno: Everything You'd Rather Not Know About Eno

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

IT WAS WITH a certain apprehensive curiosity that I first noticed the brown lace-up shoes. He displayed a normalcy that I just couldn't trust. After ...

Gladys Knight: Imagination

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

COME TO THINK about it, I always did rate Gladys Knight very highly. ‘Take Me In Your Arms and Love Me’ especially was one of ...

Marianne Faithfull: As Years Go By

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

EVEN THOUGH it's so bloody cold, everyone wants to know what happens to John Osborne's loathsome soldier hero in the end. ...

Allman Brothers Band: The Allman Bros. Band: Dead Or Alive?

Essay by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

IS IT ENOUGH TO LOVE YOUR MOTHERS, HATE FAGGOTS AND RIDE A MOTOR CYCLE? WELL, PLAYING A LITTLE MUSIC OCCASIONALLY HELPS, SAYS NICK KENT, WITH ...

The Isley Brothers: 3+3 (Epic)

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 2 February 1974

BLACK MUSIC is currently well entrenched in the process of mixing recent rock forms into the standard sound of soul, a process in which the ...

Bob Dylan: Planet Waves

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 February 1974

Planet Waves has so far been received with resounding critical acclaim. Robin Denselow in The Guardian describes it as "an album that ranks with Blonde ...

Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott: Joni Mitchell and Tom Scott: Lost Innocence with a Rock and Roll Band

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 9 February 1974

JONI MITCHELL, no longer an innocent folkie, has turned her back on the garden for rockier pastures. Yep the times certainly are changing. ...

Man: This Is The Man Band. In 6 Years They've Had Six Lineups. It Looks Like This One May Do It

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 February 1974

TRANSLATED FROM THE HERO'S TONGUE BY CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY, WHO'S ABOUT AS WELSH AS A NICE JEWISH BOY CAN GET THESE DAYS... ...

Bob Dylan: Remember Those Fabulous Sixties? An NME Consumer's Guide to Bob Dylan

Guide by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 9 February 1974

Enigma, prophet, fink or sell-out? MICK FARREN looks back over Dylan’s recorded career at a time when argument over the artistic worth — or lack ...

10cc: Have You Seen A More Boring Picture Of A More Bored Looking Bunch Of Creeps?

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

WOW, HEAVY STUFF, MAN. BUT LOL CREME, THE SMALL ONE, SAID IT. NICK KENT, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS NEITHER BORED NOR BORING — IN ...

Bob Dylan: An NME Consumer's Guide to Bob Dylan, Part 2

Guide by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

CONTINUED FROM PART 1 ...

Can: Ve Give Ze Orders Here

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

NICK KENT slinks unobtrusively into the back-room for something a little stronger ...

Deep Purple: Burn

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

NEW LINE-UP time, folks. As all you well-informed young people will have been aware for nigh on a full season, Ian Gillan has left to ...

The Edgar Broughton Band: Edgar Broughton

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

SHED A TEAR or, if you will, a small sympathetic whimper, for The Edgar Broughton Band. ...

Linda Ronstadt: Ronstadt Country

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

TIME WAS when being a country music fan was difficult going. You could secretly dig people like Dolly Parton or Charlie Rich but it wasn't ...

The Carpenters

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 16 February 1974

PEOPLE ARE always saying that the real modern age miracle is how you can fly London to Furt-frank and stand a penny on a table, ...

Al Green: Call Me 
(London), Livin' For
You (London)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

THESE TWO ALBUMS have been released here in the last three months, in uncomfortably close succession, mainly because Decca procrastinated over issuing Call Me by which time Livin' ...

Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (Reprise import)

Review by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

WHEN YOU'RE sitting in a trailer at 2 a.m. somewhere out in 'Last Stopsville', and there's just you, one more hit of apple wine, the ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Attempted Mustache (CBS)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT'S a mean son of a bitch. Maybe his bark is worse than his bite, but his bark is still pretty nasty. ...

Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon

Essay by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

IF YOU'D played this to an average record-company executive at the beginning of '73 and told him it would become the year's best-selling rock LP ...

Roger McGuinn: Spacemen in my garden

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

ROGER McGUINN has been around a long time. Way before the Byrds, he was with the Chad Mitchell trio – superstars of the Peter, Paul ...

Roy Harper: Valentine (Harvest)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

THIS ALBUM is going to sell a lot of copies, and not just because Jimmy Page and Keith Moon are on it, either. It's going ...

Steely Dan: Walking Slow, Drinking Alone, And Moving Swiftly Through The Night…

Profile and Interview by Wayne Robins, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

WERE SITTING drinking Campari in the Angry Squire in Seventh Avenue on a dull sweltry Sunday night, watching the sippers and swallowers drift through a ...

Suzi Quatro: A Rap In The Loo With Suzi Q.

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

CHRISSIE HYND, who's got this thing about black leather, snuggles up to SUZI QUATRO for an intimate girl-to-girl tête-à-tête in the Ladies' toilet ...

Van Morrison: A Van For All Seasons

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 23 February 1974

LET'S talk about the albums, starting with Hard Nose The Highway. ...

Greenslade: Olé… Greenslade Rock The Spanish Inquisition

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, March 1974

ADMIRAL BLANCO'S assassination could have caused a big clamp-down in Spain. But luckily for the developing life-style based on British rock, the Espana government don't ...

Black Oak Arkansas, Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster Cult/Black Oak Arkansas

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 2 March 1974

THIRD TIME down 52nd and 6th, and this guy from The Process is still trying to accost you with his pamphlets and spectre-of-doom rap. ...

Brian Eno, The Winkies: Eno, the Winkies: Greyhound, Croydon, London

Live Review by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 2 March 1974

IN THE CAR travelling back to London, Eno was making some excuses. The acoustics of the hall were terrible, he said, and the heat put ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (EMI)

Review by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 2 March 1974

I WAS HOPING the spangled dwarf was going to pull off something approaching musical competence just so as I could do my small bit to ...

Todd Rundgren: A Wizard, A True Star and Todd

Essay by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 2 March 1974

SHOO AWAY, Todd, and stop filling my head with this blue vinyl trash because it turns my head to glass and I'll never see light ...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

CHILLI WILLI and the Red Hot Peppers are gonna save your soul. They're the only band in the country specialising in funky country, an area ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool The Brand Leader In Funky Stuff

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

KOOL AND the Gang are just about the biggest thing on the Southern (of England that is) soul scene at the monent, and they're even ...

Lou Reed: A Stumble on the Wild Side

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

A sort of... uh, you know, interview with... uh, LOU REED, who's lost three stone but still has problems ...

Magma: Walthamstow, London

Live Review by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

Music to build empires ...

Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

A FINE RECORD. And that sentence goes first because the fact that a band as perfectly poised as Steely Dan can reach their third album ...

Dr. John: Tell me, Dr. John... Dr. John? Dr. John? Wake up Dr. John!

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

THE KING OF VAUDEVILLE FUNK NODS OUT ON NICK KENT ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd (Bearsville Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

Rundgren's musical jungle ...

Van Morrison: ...It's Too Late To Stop Now... (Warner and his wonderful Brothers)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 9 March 1974

Hey, the caravan is on its way... ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Tyranny And Mutation (Columbia Import)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 16 March 1974

WELL, HERE it is then: volume two of Sandy Perlman's boys' collective voyage in the S.S. "Cosmic Greaser Speed-freak" towards strange new worlds of murk ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Stephen Stills: CSN&Y: Euphoric Acoustic Good Guys Hit The Dylan Trail

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 16 March 1974

"WELCOME AMERICAN Dairymen" read the hotel display-board and beneath it, in smaller letters, "Welcome Stephen Stills Group". Upstairs, overlooking Chicago in just another hotel room, ...

David Bowie, Elliott Murphy, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones: Farewell Androgyny n. hermaphroditism (Gr. Gyne, woman)

Overview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 16 March 1974

Is it time to shut the closet door? OUR HERO SEES THROUGH THE SEE-THROUGHS AND COMES TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ELEGANCE IS MORE THAN A LIMP ...

Genesis Is The Start Of Something?

Report by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 16 March 1974

ARRIVING AT THE seedy looking Capitol Theatre, New Jersey's lower middle-class palace of rock, you could tell something good was going on inside. With even ...

Vinegar Joe: King's College, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 16 March 1974

Over and out.. ...

Aretha Franklin: Apollo Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 23 March 1974

Aretha: a Queen with no dignity? ...

Gladys Knight: Anthology

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 23 March 1974

Seven years in the shadow of Diana Ross ...

Hatfield And The North: Hatfield And The North

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 23 March 1974

TO BE BLUNT, Hatfield And The North have missed the boat. What they're doing on this record, admirable as it may be in itself, is ...

Elton John, Marc Bolan, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Slade, Sweet: Fashion: The Politics of Flash

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 6 April 1974

NICK KENT traces the Rise and Fall of The Satin Jacket...and generally walks it like he talks it into the land of 'Rock Chic.' ...

Ashford & Simpson, Larry Graham, The Spinners: Graham Central Station, the Detroit Spinners, Ashford & Simpson: Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 13 April 1974

Central Station soul special ...

Hawkwind: Trippin’ USA

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 13 April 1974

The Hawkwind 1999 party rolls across the plains of America, dealing in cosmic vibes and - more important in the eyes of the Chicago denim ...

Country Gazette, David Wiffen, The Dillards, The Kentucky Colonels, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Dillards/Country Gazette/David Wiffen/Kentucky Colonels Albums

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 April 1974

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends: Will The Circle Be Unbroken (United Artists)Dillards: Tribute To The American Duck (United Artists)Country Gazette: Don't Give Up Your ...

Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd: The Cracked Ballad of Syd Barrett

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 April 1974

The summer of '67 went up like a psychedelic mushroom-cloud – and some of the fall-out's still coming down. Brian Jones was casually snuffed out, ...

David Bowie: The Scruffy Little Failure who became David Bowie

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 18 April 1974

Ken Pitt, Bowie's former manager and the only man In the world who's lived with both Bowie and James Dean, reflects on the days before ...

Eddie Cochran: He Shouldn't have Used The Car 'Cos He'd Been Workin' Late

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 20 April 1974

But he did – and, fourteen years ago this Easter, EDDIE COCHRAN died of multiple injuries when a tyre blew out. MICK FARREN traces the ...

Graham Nash: Return of the Manchester Mind Wrestler

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 20 April 1974

CONSIDERING the wastage rate in the higher echelons of rock 'n' roll, it's not difficult to accept as the norm a situation in which an ...

MC5: Kramer Climbs Back From MC5 Wreckage

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

NEW BAND AND A NEW IMAGE: Mick Farren in Detroit ...

Grateful Dead: Lookin' Back: The Grateful Dead

Retrospective by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

Whatever happened to the Cosmic Dream? Part 45 (13th Hexagram) ...

Ten Years After: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

TEN YEARS AFTER just don't cut the bread. I find it hard to recall just when I heard a more boring, bored and listless performance. ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon (Mercury)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

Sloppy seconds ...

Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground: 1969 Live

Review by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT. I'm alone and all I don't wanna do is keep leafing through this copy of Vogue I got in my mits - ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That...

Report and Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

… requires 40 tons of equipment, 18 humper/loaders, seven personal roadies, six sound crew, five trucker/drivers, four spot manipulators, three heavy musicians two outside coordinators and (we guess) a man to make the ...

Au Bonheur des Dames, The Frenchies, Jim Morrison, Magma, Nico: Last Drongo In Paris

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 4 May 1974

FRANCOIS MITTERAND… GUY CHABAN DELMAS… GISCARD D'ESTAING… YOU WILL BE AS RELIEVED AS US TO LEARN THAT NONE OF THESE TURGID FRENCH DEMAGOGUES APPEAR IN ...

The Groundhogs: Groundhogs: Groundhogs Best 1969-1972

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 May 1974

FATHER, I HAVE sinned. Though the words may echo through my remaining days on this doomed planet, though I be haunted through eternity by these ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Anytime, Anyplace

Review by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 18 May 1974

Chance discovery yields delightful work ...

Sparks: Kimono My House

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 18 May 1974

ONE WAY or another, 1974's turning out to be quite a year for rock 'n' roll. ...

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Monty Python: Hi There, Tiger!

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 25 May 1974

THE DUNBLANE HYDRO bestrides a cemented hillock just five miles across freeway and dale. ...

New Riders of the Purple Sage: Home Home On The Road

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 May 1974

IT WAS Greil Marcus who founded what has since become known as the "What-is-this shit?" school of rock criticism. ...

Scott Joplin: The Great Pianoforte In The Sky     

Retrospective by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 25 May 1974

IT WAS ALMOST as hard as getting to Dylan – but, eventually aided by an agent called Godwin, who knew everybody worth knowing, I was ...

Sparks: Nouveau Riche Sweet Young Brats Strike Sparks

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 May 1974

TALK ABOUT BEING short changed! The way I heard it, these Sparks whizz-kids take great pride in escorting the press cognoscenti to the finest hostelries ...

The Beatles: Silly Charlie and the Not-So-Red-Hot Pepper

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 May 1974

Will Ringo get the mums? Can George hold the mystics? Who was the Walrus? Is Charles Shaar Murray a loony? Only the last question need ...

Graham Bond: The Death Of Graham Bond

Obituary by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 May 1974

TWENTY-FOUR HOURS before his death two weeks ago, Graham Bond phoned the NME offices. He sounded purposeful, optimistic, enthusiastic, and full of energy. ...

Focus: Hardrock, Manchester

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 1 June 1974

Super Euro group developing super ego ? ...

Kiki Dee, Steely Dan: Steely Dan, Kiki Dee: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 June 1974

Thumbs down for the Dan ...

The Rock'n'Roll Way of Death

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 1 June 1974

Death has always been big business as a perverse form of entertainment. In the 18th Century, public hangings had similar pulling power to Emerson Lake ...

Black Oak Arkansas, Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath/Black Oak Arkansas: Black Power

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

IF JIM DANDY'S PANTS were any tighter they'd have hair growing out of them.Fringed suede jacket, fringed suede boots, and those white satin pants. Now, ...

Cockney Rebel: The Psychomodo

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

ONE THING you gotta admit about Steve Harley, and that is that he does the funniest interviews since Marc Bolan. He even opens up Cocky ...

David Cassidy: Terminal Fandom

Report and Interview by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

IN "FREE" ADULTS, mass frustration breeds war. In "free" teenagers, mass frustration breeds rock phenomena. ...

Deep Purple: Monsters of the Deep

Report and Interview by Lester Bangs, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

I'M SITTING on Deep Purple's jet waiting to take off from Detroit Metro. The accommodations are luxurious and the general mood is a Saturday afternoon ...

J.J. Cale: JJ Cale: Okie

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

YEAH, KING of the Laid-Back and all that bananas, but it goes a little deeper than that – cos, even though he probably spends more ...

Lou Reed: Olympia, Paris

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

Resuscitated zomboid wows Gallic crowd ...

Randy Newman: Enter the Cynic

Live Review by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

Randy Newman: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London ...

Tim Buckley: How a Hippie Hero became a sultry Sex Object...

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

...and had a simply devastating effect on the glands of a certain Chrissie Hynd [sic]. ...

Uriah Heep

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 8 June 1974

"IT GETS ON my tit when people start talking when I'm listening to music, so when I'm at 'ome I always turn the sound right ...

Elton John: Caribou

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 June 1974

Take a holiday, Elton. Take two. ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: It's Only Rock 'N' Roll But I Like It

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 15 June 1974

ROUTE 66 REVISITED By NICK KENT ...

Randy Newman: Aw, forget it. Just ask me my favourite colour…

Profile by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 15 June 1974

Randy Newman says he’s not an over-indulgent cynic. He also says he’s sick of folks asking him silly questions. After all, Dylan’s said he likes ...

Richard and Linda Thompson, Richard Thompson: Richard and Linda Thompson: Life without Fairport

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 15 June 1974

RICHARD THOMPSON wrote 'Meet On The Ledge', in case you'd forgotten. On that basis alone the man would be due a certain portion of immortality. ...

San Francisco: Who needs music when we've got the Zebra?

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 15 June 1974

IT WAS A bad times for San Francisco. It was spring, but whereas in most places this is greeted with some joy – with snows ...

Stomu Yamashta: Stomu Yamash'ta: He Say "Not Really"

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 15 June 1974

A VERY CURIOUS thing happened to me about 15 months ago. There I was, coming on home about two o'clock one Saturday morning feeling a ...

Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight: Gladys Knight: Claudine (Original Soundtrack)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 22 June 1974

IT MUST have seemed a good idea. Amalgamating the talents of Buddah stablemates Gladys Knight and Curtis Mayfield for the sound-track of Claudine. ...

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

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 22 June 1974

THERE WAS a time, way back in the middle of the sixties, when the British mod-Motown bands were all growing their hair and going psychedelic, ...

Rock on TV: Old Grey Whistle Test

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 22 June 1974

Meanwhile, in a small, cramped studio, dedicated men wrestle desperately with obsolete equipment in a noble attempt to produce meaningful rock TV for 800 quid ...

The Butts Band, The Kinks: The Kinks; The Butts Band: The Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 22 June 1974

GIVE THE Kinks album a review and you bear the responsibility for Ray Davies' crying for the next three days, I'm told. ...

10cc: Viability Of New Marketing Techniques Illustrated

Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

What's this? A band with no image. They'll never shift the vinyl, insists STEVE TURNER firmly. But 10cc prove that there's more to the art ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan: Before The Flood

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

AN APPOSITE QUOTE from Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (the town preacher talking): "Oh Lord, can we truly accomplish this great task – or are we ...

Boz Scaggs: Slow Dancer

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

WHY DO people make albums? There are probably three reasons: ...

Leonard Cohen: Depressing? Who? Me?

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

Nervous? Tense? So’s Leonard Cohen. In fact, he’s so miserable he’s even given up suicide. Steve Turner attempts to pin down the Beautiful Loser himself, ...

Dr. Feelgood: Doctor Feelgood: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

IT'S NOT often that the jaded, booze-soaked crowd that throng Dingwalls dancehall bring an almost unknown band back for three encores. ...

Tangerine Dream: Exclusiv interview mit Tangerine Dream

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

They were in Oxfordshire, mixing it at the Manor and sunbathing with scantily clad ladies in the presence of fully clad FRED DELLAR, who here ...

Laura Nyro: The Five-Year, Five-Album Span Of High-Pressure Creativity

Overview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

"Nights in New York street angels running down steps into the echoes of the train station to sing..." ...

Budgie: Rapping with a Burke from Budgie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

...is extremely difficult, seeing as he's not the slightest bit interested that The Album has made the charts. In fact, he couldn't care less. What's ...

Uriah Heep: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 29 June 1974

Heep howl out at Hammersmith ...

Al Green, Laura Lee: Apollo Theatre, Harlem, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

Uptight Green holds it all back ...

Albert Ayler: "Coltrane was The Father, Pharoah was The Son, and I was...The Holy Ghost"

Retrospective by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

Gothic horror, funeral processions, The Exorcist ten years early on a crazed tenor. The critics loathed it. Audiences stayed away in droves. ALBERT AYLER. Have ...

Andy Mackay: In Search Of Marcel Proust

Interview by Chrissie Hynde, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

IN TERMS of the rock machine they were chronologically burned out from the start. Who but a pack of literary looneys could have survived falling ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Be Bop Deluxe: Axe Victim

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

IT'S GREAT to be right in there on the first still-to-be-perfected artistic utterance of A Truly Great Group To Be. That old warm self-congratulatory glow ...

Elton John: The Short Hello

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

OL' COCONUT Bonce is back. Elton Schmelton himself in the too, too solid flesh, still opening up interview sessions by walking into the room at ...

Hawkwind: Dorkwind in Dutchland

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

JUST OVER a year ago I went up to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to get my first ever taste of Hawkwind live. ...

Kiki Dee: Kooky Over Kiki

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

ALL THE New York City rockers had come down to the Bottom Line to check out Rocket Records' latest entry, Kiki Dee. Elton John and ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie: Lynyrd Skynyrd: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Wet Willie: Drippin' Wet/The Marshall Tucker Band: The Marshall Tucker Band

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

EVER SINCE the Allman Brothers came howling out of Macon, Gorgia, and Texas graciously gave Johnny Winter and Janis Joplin to the world, Southern rock ...

The Supremes: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

I NEVER COULD understand why so many Rock Critics (sic) couldn't stomach The Supremes. ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd Rundgren: Thank God for Todd

Live Review by Michael Gross, New Musical Express, 6 July 1974

Todd Rundgren: Central Park, NYC ...

Gong: Mysticism Before Noon

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 13 July 1974

FRED DELLAR. Nothing strange about that name is there? It's sort of, well, homely, Comforting. And he lives in Badger's Walk, too. A far cry ...

Johnny Cash: Ragged Old Flag

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 July 1974

I'VE ALWAYS HAD me suspicions about Johnny Cash. ...

Rick Derringer

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 July 1974

Take one midget, add a small guitar, wind him up and hear him talk ...

Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 July 1974

COUNTING MATCHING Mole's first album, this is Robert Wyatt's third solo record. It echoes his previous ventures in being a strong statement of mood, but ...

Robert Wyatt: Join The Professionals, Form A Rock Band…

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 27 July 1974

YEAH, WELL – Robert Wyatt (fact) drummed with Soft Machine, led Matching Mole, and fell from a fourth-storey window in Maida Vale early last year, ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: A Stadium Fulla People An' Neil Young's Dog An' No Fist Fights

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 3 August 1974

TIME DOES indeed fade away. Four years and lots of solo albums later, 52,000 fans are sitting in the Milwaukee baseball stadium on a Sunday ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: 1974 was Last Year’s Thing

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 August 1974

...so what about the Sound of ‘75, man? Could it even be BE-BOP DELUXE, already? (We knock ‘em down and then we build ‘em up ...

Grateful Dead: The Exhumation of The Dead

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 3 August 1974

They've been slagged, slated, abused, and misused – most often in these very pages. But Hell hath no Fury like a Dead fan scorned, and ...

The Kinks: Preservation Act 2

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 August 1974

THE MAIN OBSTACLE between a rock song-writer and Major Form (as ye olde musickologists have it) is Objectivity. ...

Gryphon: Medieval Knight Jousts At Rock Press Knaves

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 10 August 1974

RAY HARRYHAUSEN, as anyone who's seen The Golden Voyage of Sinbad will attest, knows all about strange creatures. So if he says that a Gryphon ...

Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 August 1974

Birth-pangs of the acid monster ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

Pain-wracked Glasgow octogenarian fights tooth decay, endorses anarchy ...

Jimmy Buffett: Living And Dying In 3/4 Time

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

JIMMY BUFFETT will never be a rock'n'roll star. ...

The Fugs: Lookin' Back at The Fugs

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

... a word of thanks to the guys who made all this decadence, vulgarity and debauchery possible. ...

Neil Young: On The Beach

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

RIGHT NOW NEIL YOUNG is in kind of an invidious position. On The Beach is his equivalent of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album in terms ...

The Osmonds: Our Man in Lost Wages

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

The man to the right of this announcement is ANDREW TYLER: He's a hippie. And he's on the loose in YOUR neighbourhood. Parents, protect your ...

Eric Clapton, Yvonne Elliman: Yvonne Elliman

Interview by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

How come a lady who'd never played rock music in her life has recently been doing so with RSO record star Eric Clapton? ...

Nico: I Was a Hausfrau from Hanover — Until I Discovered Heroin...

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 24 August 1974

...the effect is shattering NICO confesses to NICK KENT ...

John Cale, Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music: Phil Manzanera: Snake-Eyed Latin Lothario Goes Pan-Tonic

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 24 August 1974

...And that's not all, as NICK KENT discovers after conversations with none other than marimboid Roxyite PHIL MANZANERA. (P.S. John Cale is involved in this ...

Dr. Feelgood: Doctor Feelgood: Rocking at the Canvey Island Oil Refinery Claimants Union Ball

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

NICK KENT probes the aesthetics of DOCTOR FEELGOOD's chisel toe chic ...

Harpers Bizarre: The Best Of Harpers Bizarre

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

THE TRADITION of the American pop/soft-rock interpretative/performing outfit, apparent now in the Pointer Sisters and Three Dog Night, goes back into the '60s (and ultimately ...

Harry Nilsson: Pussy Cats

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

Rock verite — the Beatrix Potter way ...

Henry Cow: Gerroff An' Milk It

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY wanted to call it 'How I listened to HENRY COW – and lived' ...

Robert Palmer: Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

I ALWAYS felt more than a little sorry for Robert Palmer when he was in Vinegar Joe. ...

The Drifters: Drifting With An Endless Identity Crisis

Report by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 31 August 1974

"BELL RECORDS and Henry Sellers Ltd., on behalf of Faye Treadwell, manager of the Drifters, wish to make known that Charlie Thomas and the Drifters ...

Alice Cooper: Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

Alice's absurd achievements ...

Annette Peacock: Primitive Bird Tries New Thing

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

ANNETTE PEACOCK, erstwhile prisoner in the Bowie/DeFries camp, reveals big plans for what you've all been waiting for... Yes folks, it's THE NEW MUSIC. Here ...

Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: So Far

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

Gormlessly groping ...

Hawkwind: In The Hall Of The Mountain Grill

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

DON'T TELL anybody, but yours adoring thinks that he's finally got this bunch sussed. ...

Jimmy Cliff: Skanking In Exile

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

I'VE BEEN living in Stoke Newington for about six months. The area's one of the most cosmopolitan in North-East London, with an immigrant population that ...

John Mayall: Empty Rooms/The Turning Point

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

WHAT WE HAVE here is a shrewd exercise in marketing. Two deleted albums reissued as one double package for the apparently reasonable price of £2.99. ...

Lorraine Ellison: Lorraine Ellison

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

THE STORY so far: in 1966 Lorraine Ellison made one vast contribution to popular mythology with 'Stay With Me, Baby', unquestionably a classic (maybe this ...

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Julie Felix, Roy Harper, Kokomo, Roger McGuinn, Toots & The Maytals: Roger McGuinn, Roy Harper, Julie Felix, Toots & the Maytals et al: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

Peace and paranoia: The Metropolitan Police Force's Gala Weekend Outing at Hyde Park ...

The Byrds, Roger McGuinn: Roger McGuinn: A Man's Gotta Do...What A Man's Gotta Do

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 September 1974

NIK COHN seemed to have it pretty well summed up in his Byrds caption for Rock Dreams: "The Byrds weren't so much a band as ...

Billy Preston: The Busiest Soul In Showbusiness

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

THANKS TO his prodigious session-work, as well as his own tours, Billy Preston is one of the most frequent American soul visitors to our isle; ...

Can: Limited Edition

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

Can in Curio City ...

Miles Davis: Young Man with a Horn

Retrospective by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

THE EARLY YEARS OF MILES DAVIS: on the bandstand with Bird where changes came fast and tricky... to keep fools away. ...

Robert Wyatt: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

EVEN THOUGH the gig was due to start at 8.30, Drury Lane had started to clog up with earnest-looking hippies nearly two hours before the ...

Roxy Music: Discovery Of Amazing Corporate Hippie

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

EDDIE JOBSON is quite a cute little cookie. ...

Todd Rundgren, Utopia: Todd. Wizard? Or Silly Sod?

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

Genius is paid — and none more highly than T. Rundgren, ace gelding of the New York Production Stud. Count his teeth! Hear him neigh! ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots and the Maytals: In The Dark

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 September 1974

This, Toots, was made for dork-ing ...

Grateful Dead - How the hell do ya play them five-hour sets without slinkin' off for a leak?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 21 September 1974

Yes, it's an interesting one isn't it? I mean, five hours...that's a long time, and well...camels are different of course, so really it must be ...

Jefferson Airplane: Don't Just Do Something, Stand There…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 21 September 1974

UP GOES the window and out comes the head. ...

The Jimmy Castor Bunch: Jimmy Castor: The Everything Man

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 21 September 1974

SUBTLE ONE, that title. See, in the centre of the sleeve there's a picture of the dude who is presumably Jimmy Castor wearing a standard ...

Carole King, Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen: New Skin For The Old Ceremony; Carole King: Wrap Around Joy

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 21 September 1974

THE LATEST saga in the Great American Singer/Songwriter Conspiracy, Jewish Division, in which Cohen and King are chief protagonists. ...

Scott Walker: We Had It All

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 21 September 1974

WE HAD IT ALL is the country album Walker's been planning for sometime. And it's country the Walker way, sophisticated and on velvet. Del Newman ...

The Small Faces: Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 21 September 1974

UP IN EAST HAM, Stratford and, in fact, all the way out to the end of the Liverpool Street suburban line, they liked their acid ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

FORGET THE Yardbirds, forget J. Geils. Last Thursday, Dingwalls had the real demolition men in. Name of Dr. Feelgood; they're what rhythm and blues is ...

Fairport Convention: A Society For The Preservation Of Fairport Convention Will No Longer Be Necessary

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

Sickness and diseases may bring you down, and FAIRPORT CONVENTION have had more than their share, but they always come back for more. BOB WOFFINDEN ...

Johnny Bristol: Hangin' Out with the Other JB

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

PRODUCER/SONGWRITERS turned artists are an increasingly common feature of the soul scene. ...

Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance (RCA Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

"Life is such monotony/Without a good lobotomy" – Roy Harper ...

Love: Forever Changes

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

IN 1965 Jac Holzman, then head of Elektra and master of good taste, pulled a young man and his group out of an L.A. club, ...

Miles Davis: Not Waving But Drowning?

Retrospective by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

Miles Dewey Davis, Part Two...in which the temperamental Frank Sinatra of jazz swings a pugnacious blow at the faithful by blowing a little jazz-rock ...

Neil Diamond: Gold Diamond Vol. 2

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

ALTHOUGH IT'LL never get to the situation where the ramifications of his use of Room 109 are being discussed, the time is probably just about ...

Neil Merryweather: Space Rangers

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

THIS GUY'S got to be kidding. ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Vanilla Fudge: Vanilla Fudge: From Pizza to Fudge

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 September 1974

SO WHAT did happen to Beck, Bogert and Appice?Well, the mean moody and magnificent one is being mean, moody and magnificent in various studios and ...

Frank Zappa: Roxy And Elsewhere

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

CAPSULE REVIEW for the Busy Reader: if you like Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation better than any of Uncle Frank's other efforts, then ooze into your ...

Frank Zappa: Relax, Frank. We Ain't No Liggers. A Few Of Us Just Came To Join In…

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

WHY IS Stephen Stills not smiling? To be more precise, why are those noble, rugged features sporting an expression roughly equivalent to that of a ...

John Lennon: Walls And Bridges

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

IT'S A FINE, warm day here in London, Johnny. What's the weather like in New York? ...

Kiki Dee: The Life Story Of A Hot Girl

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

I'LL SHOOT you a few names. Dusty Springfield – okay on that one? Susan Maughan – yeah? Then how about The Caravelles? Louise Cordet? Ethna ...

King Crimson: Red

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

THE PREVIOUS two albums by this final King Crimson lineup have never been as hysterically self-conscious in their obvious adventurousness as the first four studio ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Martha Reeves & The Vandellas: Anthology/Junior Walker & The All Stars: Anthology

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

MARTHA AND The Vandellas never really made the grade. ...

Mick Greenwood: Midnight Dreamer

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

THERE ARE a large number of musicians who make music that's always eminently listenable though hardly likely to send record companies' sales-graphs climbing like a ...

Randy Newman: Good Old Boys

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

"A VINDICATION of the South?" Hey Randy – y'all gon' lay A CONCEPT ALBUM on us? Yeeee-haw! ...

Robert Fripp: Something Is Stirring Down At Wimbourne

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

IT'S NOTHING to do with egos, you know, this final dissolving of King Crimson. No, there's something of a much grander design — somewhat rather ...

Steeleye Span: Hark The Village Wait

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 5 October 1974

IN THE BEGINNING there was Ashley Hutchings, he of steadfast purpose, leaving Fairport to form a group dedicated to the preservation of English folk-song in ...

Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, The Yardbirds: Jimmy Page: After All, It's Just a Piece of Wood With Strings...

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

JIMMY PAGE talks about guitars he has owned, the development of his style and reminisces on those early Yardbird and Led Zep days ...

Johnnie Taylor

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

THOUGH HE had a massive hit here some years back with 'Who's Making Love' and has consistently been one of the top-selling Stax artists, Johnnie ...

Johnny Bristol: Hang On In There, Baby

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

HEY, THIS cat's a whole lot better than Barry White. ...

Maggie Bell, The Pretty Things: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

OKAY, FIRST things first. When Maggie Bell's done a few more gigs (and maybe even a couple more rehearsals) with her new band, then there's ...

The Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor: Mick Taylor: But I Still Love Him...

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

...admits a "thoroughly reasonable," or maybe just "resignedly realistic," MICK TAYLOR as he lets us in on what it's like to be a Secondary Stone in this year of Our Lord 1974... ...

Roxy Music: Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

Fairbanks triumph at ersatz Nuremburg rallies ...

Steeleye Span

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

"ON OUR first American tour," says Ricardo Kemprini, famed Italian bass player, "the agents put us on the bill with everybody and his dog, right? ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: The Impossible Dream

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

ALEX HARVEY has just released the first rock and roll comic book. ...

Utopia: Todd Rundgren's Utopia

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 12 October 1974

OF THE presumably few people who ignored the charges of self-indulgence and pretentiousness generally levelled at Rundgren's last effort (the double-album Todd) and, despite everything, ...

Black Oak Arkansas: Hot And Nasty

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

ACTUALLY Atlantic are taking a hell of a chance with this album. In case you haven't yet glommed the cover in your local, it's a ...

Alice Coltrane, Santana: Carlos Santana & Alice Coltrane: Illuminations (CBS)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

SO WHAT did you expect he'd do next? Open a macrobiotic restaurant in Marin County? ...

Curtis Mayfield: Sweet Exorcist (Buddah); Move On Up — The Best Of Curtis Mayfield (Buddah)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

IF CURTIS Mayfield had started out with the intention of riding squarely astride every bandwagon that was rolling he couldn't have done better than 'Sweet ...

Doug Sahm: Groover's Paradise (Warner Bros.)

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

OL' UNCLE Doug sure is a goodtimer. Take a whole chunk of that Johnny Rivers Boogie Band feel, dilute with a touch of pure Mike ...

Elvis Presley: There Is No Truth In the Rumour that Elvis Is Losing His Marbles

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

ELVIS AARON PRESLEY, one time truck driver and supreme rock-and-roll superstar, has been taking some pains of late to allay a host of false rumours ...

LaBelle, The Pointer Sisters: LaBelle: Nightbirds (Epic, Import); The Pointer Sisters: Live At The Opera House (Blue Thumb)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

AN IRRATIONAL prejudice: Given a choice between the sound of New York and the sound of New Orleans, I'd always go for the former. If ...

Pete Atkin: Secret Drinker

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

IT MUST BE something of a bringdown for Pete Atkin that so much of the critical interest in his albums is focused on his collaborator, ...

Tim Buckley: Look At The Fool (Discreet Import)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 19 October 1974

SO WHAT'S all this fuss about Tim Buckley all of a sudden, already. ...

Buddy Holly: Legend

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

IF YOU WANTED to be crass you could say that the main features that made Buddy Holly a legend were that, first, he was the ...

David Bowie: David Live

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

IS THERE life on Uranus? Dunno. Things were pretty quiet last time I looked. On the other hand, Tony Defries' little redhead has a new ...

Gong: Look! There's A Pothead Pixie Arriving

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

THERE'S A lot of musicians around that are going to be kissing Mike Oldfield's dirty underpants. The success of Tubular Bells has almost certainly uncovered ...

Robert Wyatt: I Played Robert Wyatt At 78rpm And Saw God

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

THERE'S SOMETHING extra special about green suede boots. A certain devil-may-care attitude, a touch of fearless dandyism combined with a sense of the earthy and ...

Ivor Cutler: Dandruff (Virgin)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

I REMEMBER the time when you got seven tracks on each side of an album. Over the years, the quantity has been steadily decreasing and, ...

Keith Christmas: Brighter Day

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

DON'T WORRY. This is not as that first peek at the multi-stellar sleeve credits may have suggested, the Greg Lake contribution to the Arts for ...

Sparks: Propaganda

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

PEOPLE WHOSE tastes are rooted in the Blues did not, apparently, find what Ron Mael was doing with rock on Kimono My House either interesting ...

Supertramp: Crime Of The Century (A&M)

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

OWN UP – you'd written Supertramp off, hadn't you? ...

The Commodores: Machine Gun

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

THE COMMODORES, a sextet who compare roughly with Kool And The Gang and the Ohio Players, appeal to me in a limited way. ...

The Meters: Funk From The Crescent City

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 26 October 1974

THERE'S ALWAYS been something unique about New Orleans music, whether it's the jazz of Louis Armstong, the boogie-woogie blues of Champion Jack Dupree, the lopping ...

Bobby Bland: Dreamer

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, November 1974

ONE DAY last week I tuned into Noel Edmunds and I heard it – and fell back into bed. ...

Can: They Have Ways Of Making You Listen…

Profile by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 9 November 1974

ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER 1969 the phone rang in Irmin Schmidt's Cologne home. Schmidt got out of bed to answer it and found himself talking ...

Eddie Holman: Holman's Recurring Revived 45

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 9 November 1974

REVIVED 45s are a familiar part of the British pop scene, but Eddie Holman's '(Hey There) Lonely Girl' is somewhat special in that it's now ...

Jeff Beck: Music And Cars And Sex…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 November 1974

A DIGESTIVE BISCUIT is poised, somewhat uneasily, a few inches away from Jeff Beck's celebrated nasty leer. ...

Roxy Music: Country Life

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 November 1974

SO THE BARON displayed a certain lack of sartorial "chutzpah" in his last choice of onstage image-tackle. So blame his tailor. Country Life is so ...

Sparks

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 9 November 1974

THINGS COULDN'T really have got off to a worse start for Sparks. First their coach broke down in Barnsley – of all places – which ...

Blue Magic, Aretha Franklin: Aretha Franklin, Blue Magic: Radio City Music Hall, New York

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

ARETHA FRANKLIN ascended into the firmament that was always hers by right anyway with a spectacular Radio City Music Hall series of concerts that would ...

Barry White - Can't Get Enough

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

THE TITLE TRACK has just left the British and American top thirty. The album itself is resting at No. 1 on the US album charts ...

David Bowie: Mr. Bowie Has Left The Theatre

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

NEW YORK'S Radio City Music Hall, with its elaborate art deco Thirties interior, must be the ideal place to present a David Bowie show. Unfortunately ...

Hatfield And The North: Hatfield & The North

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

IN A LAND and a business where quickfire hype and quickfire playing are adjudged almost twin brothers, Hatfield And The North are very much on ...

Frank Zappa: How To Write, Sub, And Lay Out A Frank Zappa 'Lookin' Back', part 1

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

"LEMME TELL YOU SOMETHING. You've got our recordings, you've seen us work a few times, you interviewed me three or four times, you've read a ...

James Brown: The Apollo Theater, New York NY

Live Review by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

UPTOWN AT the Apollo, an eager audience is wondering when The King of Soul will make his appearance. ...

Maria Muldaur: Waitress In A Donut Shop

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

MARIA MULDAUR'S got class – no argument about it. It may have been a long, hard climb, but she is now receiving the attention she ...

Tangerine Dream: Is This The End Of Rock As We Know It?

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 16 November 1974

EVER HEARD of a group who would rather not be visible to their audience and let the music work on its own? Seems peculiar even ...

Al Green: Explores Your Mind

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 23 November 1974

CAN AL GREEN recover his credibility and save the world after all?, is the theme of today's programme. ...

Hall & Oates: War Babies

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 23 November 1974

DARYL HALL and John Oates are acquiring something of a cult following in this country. ...

Frank Zappa: How To Sub And Lay Out A Frank Zappa Lookin' Back Part 2

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 November 1974

"PERHAPS THE most unique aspect of the Mother's work is the conceptual continuity of the group's output macrostructure. ...

B.B. King, Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash: The Junkie And The Juicehead Minus Me (CBS); B.B. King: Friends (ABC)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 November 1974

IN WHICH two culture heroes find themselves well and truly on the artistic skids. ...

Ringo Starr: Goodnight Vienna

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 23 November 1974

ONE GOOD album deserves another, they say — but that's as maybe. What we have here is John Lennon's maxim of "never change a winning ...

The Pretty Things: Silk Torpedo

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 23 November 1974

IT GIVES you faith to know that through all the impermanency and transience of this beast we call rock, The Pretty Things soldier on. ...

Elton John: Ms. Streisand & The Pants of John

Report and Interview by Richard Cromelin, New Musical Express, 30 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 ...

Fanny: Unnnghhh! Grunt, Slurp…

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 30 November 1974

LETS BE SEXIST for a coupla paragraphs. ...

Hawkwind: The Regular 'Wind Miracle

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 30 November 1974

NEW YORK just doesn't seem to be the place for Hawkwind. ...

Frank Zappa: How To Complete The Subbing And Layout Of A Very Long Frank Zappa Lookin' Back, Part 3

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 30 November 1974

THE ALBUM and movie of 200 Motels erupted late in 1971. Both received near-unanimous critical meat-axe jobs and both were ignominious commercial failures. United Artists, ...

Jefferson Starship: Dragonfly

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 30 November 1974

HONESTLY, HAVING even to think about Jeff Airplane/ Starship/whatever these days is getting to be a bore. ...

John Sebastian: Speak Up Ya Creep!

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 30 November 1974

THERE ARE certainly more than one or two among us who suspect that John B. Sebastian has long since gone right over the top; that ...

The Delfonics: Developments In The Delfonic Dilemma

Profile and Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 30 November 1974

MENTION THE Philly sound, and people will start thinking about The O'Jays, Billy Paul, The Intruders or The Three Degrees. ...

Brian Eno: ANNOUNCEMENT: Texans like steak, oil-wells, large hats and Eno…

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

WELL, I SUPPOSE we should start as we intend to continue. So come along, Eno, how does it feel to be just regarded as Good ...

Dr. Feelgood: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

BACK IN JUNE I made one of my regular midnight creeps to Dingwalls in Camden Town with the main purpose of getting drunk. ...

Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (Swansong/Atlantic)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

Quintessential doyens of the kamikaze dizzbuster game Exclusive preview by Nick Kent ...

Love: Reel to Real

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

A LOT OF people are going to be highly disappointed with this album, Lee's first with the new but not improved Love. Not that he ...

Moby Grape: Great Grape

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

COINCIDING with their decision to reform comes this compilation of Moby Grape, not a greatest of hits but a personal faves number allotted to Bill ...

Steeleye Span: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

IT WAS not one of Steeleye's better gigs – perhaps the Rainbow doesn't suit them. ...

The Beach Boys: Hello Bruce, this is Bruce, Bruce

Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 7 December 1974

GIVE BRUCE Johnston credit; he isn't put off his chosen path easily. ...

Barry White

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 14 December 1974

Some things turn me on...like the way you might say a word or the way you wear your hair and have a certain smile on ...

Don McLean: Homeless Brother

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 14 December 1974

UNEASY PREAMBLE: I don't really know what to make of this album. Bits of it seem to me very good, other bits leave me unconvinced, ...

Eric Clapton: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 14 December 1974

THURSDAY NIGHT marked the final gig in the third of Eric Clapton's post-hibernation tours and in conjunction with the Wednesday night concert, the first time ...

MC5, The Stooges: MC5/Stooges: Panic in Detroit

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 14 December 1974

THOSE FUN lovers from the motor city, the Stooges and the MC5, are winding up for another rampage. Of course, we've heard tales like this ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Wizzard: The Move: California Man; Electric Light Orchestra: Showdown; Wizzard: See My Baby Jive

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 14 December 1974

IN WHICH it begins to look disturbingly like influences are dangerous toys indeed. ...

Bryan Ferry

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

BRYAN FERRY is worried. To be more exact, he's apprehensive. Well, wouldn't you be with the eyes of the rock world watching your every move ...

George Harrison: Dark Horse

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

THERE'S NOTHING more disappointing than finding one's teenage heroes crumbling ineluctably into middle-aged mediocrity. Hari Georgeson (as he often refers to himself) is on a ...

Gong: You See A Lot Of Frenchmen With Berets... But Not Too Many With Fried Eggs On Their Heads

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

GONG'S HOTEL in the Avenue de Wagram in Paris is directly opposite the Salle Wagram where they are due to gig tonight. It should take ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wally: Lynyrd Skynyrd/Wally: Rainbow Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

CLOSE ONE, you know. I mean, after Lynyrd Skynyrd had played their first few numbers it was decided that this might have to be a ...

Otis Redding: A Legend During His Lifetime, Or Only After His Death

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

The former, argues ROGER ST. PIERRE, in this appreciation of OTIS REDDING, who died seven years ago this month – the Boss Man soul music ...

Rick Wakeman: Beers of the World

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

"ON OUR rider for the tour of America – for the seven of us – we had twelve six-packs of Budweiser, two bottles of tequila, ...

Sparks

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

CONTRARY to popular belief, Santa Claus – alias Saint Nicholas – is alive and well and living in Amsterdam. ...

Johnnie Allan: The Promised Land …… And How To Get There: Oval Records

Report by Charlie Gillett, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

Inside looking out; CHARLIE GILLETT, who has started his own record label, Oval Records, reports from the other side of the fence on the processes ...

The Rolling Stones, Mick Taylor: The Rolling Stones: Melodrama in Munich

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 21 December 1974

Blockaded in a Hilton cocktail bar the Rolling Stones bathe their wounds in whisky... while Jagger recounts the events that led to Mick Taylor quitting ...

Alvin Lee: Alvin Thrills the U.S. Army Freaks

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

ALVIN LEE is a deceptive character. He's never really worked at making his presence felt in the way Rod Stewart or Elton John have done, ...

Bryan Ferry: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

THE ALBERT HALL is teeming, brim-full with the beautiful awaiting the first solo airing of his master's voice in the Capital. ...

Edwin Starr: The Thespian Anglophile And The Motown Machine

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

EDWIN STARR has a rather special place in the British soul scene, since none of America's top soul acts can match his record of some ...

Fumble, Rock Bottom: King's Road Theatre, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

ON SUNDAY, at the ratty end of Chelsea, the King's Road Theatre opened its doors for a double bill of rock'n'roll; pretty disastrous it was ...

Gary Glitter: Ballroom Dancing With The Big G

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

GARY GLITTER is sensibly ensconced in a very old fashioned smart hotel where the only thing liable to disturb his peace-of mind is a nutty ...

Dr. Feelgood, Hawkwind: Hawkwind and Dr Feelgood On Tour

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

THE START OF a tour is never really any great cause for rejoicing. It's the end of a tour that is usually all fun and ...

Santana: Latin Limbo Dancing Over Hot Coals

Retrospective by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

OF ALL the really big American bands perhaps Santana remain the most enigmatic, the least publicised – yet, ironically, enduring the test of time and ...

Alan Stivell, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span: Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Alan Stivell: The New Face Of Ethnic Music

Overview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 28 December 1974

Are Steeleye Span last year's thing? Is Alan Stivell just a Celtic showman? And where is Richard Thompson now that Bob Woffinden needs him most ...

Buddy Holly: Never Mind The Lubbocks, Here’s Buddy Holly & The Crickets : 20 Greatest Hits

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1975

THE ROCK and roll of the ‘50s produced three incomparable all-rounders equally adept and influential as signers, composers and guitarists. ...

New Soul Compilation Albums

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 1 January 1975

Black is busting out all over ...

Brian Protheroe: Pinball

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

IF YOU LIKED the instant, stylised commercialism of 'Pinball', with its dilettante finger poppin'; then the album of that name might be just up your ...

Bryn Haworth: Let The Days Go By

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

SO UNASSUMING IS Bryn Haworth's Let The Days Go By that I was initially tempted to dismiss it as just another singer/songwriter effort, but having ...

Hound Dog Taylor, Junior Wells: Chicago: Big City Blues

Report by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

How ya gonna pull a black chick, honkie baby? The answer: Don't try. You could get wasted — BRIAN CASE prowls round the rough, tough blues joints ...

Donovan: Portrait Of The Artist As A Desert Rat

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

– a small, furry, herbivorous animal, which possesses the happy knack of elusiveness. Just like DONOVAN, in fact, who's so elusive that even CHRIS SALEWICZ ...

Gladys Knight: I Feel a Song

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

RELUCTANTLY, ONE MUST admit that Aretha Franklin has now lost her crown as America's top female singer to Miss Knight. Gladys and her Pips have ...

Mott The Hoople: Ian Hunter: 'I Have Nothing To Say'

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

THERE IS a certain poetic irony in the fact that Saturday Gigs and Mott The Hoople Live turned out to be Mott's farewell recordings anyway, despite the addition of ...

Cher, LaBelle: LaBelle: It Happened In Hollywood

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

IT HAPPENED in Hollywood.To be precise it happened on The Cher Show. ...

Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

DUNNO ABOUT YOU, but from where I'm sitting it seems as though you can't go on saying that someone has potential for too long unless ...

Scafell Pike: Lord's Rake

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

SCAFELL PIKE ARE a four-piece, three guitars and piano, who confine themselves to British traditional song and seem to specialise in sea shanties. Given that, ...

The Delfonics: Alive And Kicking

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

THE REAL SOUND of Philadelphia belongs to the Delfonics, who started not only the Philly sound but almost the whole black vocal-group syndrome back in ...

The Doors: Strange Days

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

WAS THIS ALBUM WEIRD? You bet yer snakeskin mitts it was. ...

The Faces: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

"YES, MY PEOPLE, you make me strong," sighed the Golden Catarrh with a de rigeur flexing of the neck muscles as The Faces knocked into ...

The Faces: Kilburn State, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

"YES, MY PEOPLE, you make me strong," sighed the Golden Catarrh with a de rigeur flexing of the neck muscles as the Faces knocked into ...

The Faces, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart: The Faces: The Episodic Adventures of Rod Kool & The Tartan Gang

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

OR, CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR... BUT, FOR ROD STEWART, EVERY BLEEDIN' NIGHT (jammy git) Being a crisp resume of three nights in the life ...

The Righteous Brothers - Give it to the People

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

ANOTHER ILLUSION SHATTERED. ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army, John Mayall: Baker-Gurvitz Army: Baker Gurvitz Army and John Mayall: The Latest Edition

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

I CANNOT THINK of any legal way in which the Baker-Gurvitz Army can be prevented from Becoming Huge, so maybe there's something to Adrian Ben ...

Blaxtravaganza: Soul Train

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

That’s SOUL TRAIN, a TV showcase not only for the cream of US soul acts, but for the stuff-struttingest most fashion conscious kids on the ...

Gloria Gaynor's 'Goodbye'

Report and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

POSTING HER way to a real left-field hit is Gloria Gaynor with 'Never Can Say Goodbye' which sounds like a revived 45 but isn't. ...

Jan & Dean: Jan and Dean: You Don't Come Back from Dead Man's Curve

Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

Mick Farren talks to Dean Torrence ...

Joni Mitchell

Essay by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

Question: what well-known biped possesses an upper-register vocalic system, is pleasant to look upon, and is almost universally misunderstood and/or patronised? Answer: any Rock 'n ...

Kiki Dee: I've Got Music in Me

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

THIS ALBUM RIDES out with a crescendo of powerful, robust rock, as the band and Kiki pull out all the stops. The song in question, ...

Mike Oldfield and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Tubular Bells

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

AS IT ALREADY appears that every other person in Great Britain possesses a copy of this much-venerated work, I doubt if it's necessary to explain ...

Osibisa: Osibrock

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

IT'S JUST ANOTHER of the great Woodstock fallacies. Let's face it, aside from the Who, Havens, and lovable John B. Sebastian it was those nice ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: It'll Shine When It Shines

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

THINGS ARE STIRRING in Jefferson City, Missouri. It'll Shine When It Shines is The Ozark Mountain Daredevils' second album and mighty fine it is too. ...

Soul (Style): Baggy Trousers Will Not Be Admitted

Report by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

THE STYLISTIC rivalry between soul fans in the North and South of England has been well publicised. But what magazine odes to regional soul tend ...

Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Like Hi Man, I's Yo New Neighbour

Report and Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

Yep, it's a tough town and the music fits like a glove. BRIAN CASE meets The Art Ensemble of Chicago on their home patch. ...

Wally

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 11 January 1975

A CURIOUS ONE indeed is Wally's first album. You know, I listened to it the appropriate five or six times and each play only highlighted ...

Billy Swan: I Can Help (Monument)

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

CRUNCH. THAT'S my pick-up going down for the hundredth time on 'Don't Be Cruel', unbelievably placed second track in on side two — a killer ...

Dave Cartwright: And Now, Half An Hour Of Masochism

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

BY THE TIME this article gets into print, Dave Cartwright will have bitten his fingers down to the knuckle or gone prematurely grey. He worries, ...

Donovan: 7-Tease

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

NOW THE FACTS are these: 7-Tease is a concept album; 7-Tease is a massive made-in-Nashville production; 7-Tease is also The Album Of The Stage Show. ...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Dr. Feelgood, Kokomo: Dr. Feelgood, Kokomo, Chilli Willi: Eat Your Heart Out, Arthur Howes

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

Which is a slick way of saying The Package Tour She Lives She Breathes She Is Reborn. You remember the Package Tour, eh kids? It ...

Eric Burdon Band: Sun Secrets

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

THE ONLY THING wrong with Sun Secrets is that Eric Burdon should have made it six years ago. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk - All the Girls in the World Beware

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

...I GOT TAR on my teeth but I don't care/I got dark brown stains in my underwear... ...

Kinky Friedman: Kinky Friedman

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

ONE LEARNS FROM the customary reliable sources-from-which-one-learns things that Kinky Friedman's original ideas for the title of this album included "Come Back Little Kinky" and ...

Lady June: Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

FILE THIS ONE under Everybody Is A Star. ...

P.F.M.: Cook

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

HERE'S A NICE fresh pizza, straight from our favourite Italian baking firm, manufactured live and steaming at gigs in Toronto and New York, last August. ...

Peggy Lee: Let's Love (Atlantic)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

"The landing lights of the jetliners flickered in the night sky. The smell of hashish wafted across from the hippy section." ...

Phoebe Snow: Phoebe Snow

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

HMMM...NOT BAD. Quite a jazz lady actually – mind you she's got her sights on that kind of bluesy, folksy, nostalgia-filled hinterland that's proved so ...

Queen: Helpful Boy Scout Transforms into Werewolf

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

Well, perhaps that's putting it a little strongly... let's just say he transforms into a demon who pushes old ladies under oil tankers. But WHO ...

Richie Havens: Mixed Bag II

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 18 January 1975

ONE DAY WHEN it was raining, I swore a great and terrible oath. ...

Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks (CBS)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

Fate on the Skates ...being an exclusive peekaboo into the head of R. ZIMMERMAN via his latest LP of pop songs. Consultant Psychiatrist: NICK KENT ...

Dr. Feelgood: Down By The Jetty (United Artists)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

BOYS, BOYS now what did I tell you about being "too 
ethnic"? ...

Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like A Wheel (Capitol)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

LINDA RONSTADT is a remarkable Country Rock singer who sells plenty of records, with Capitol reportedly shifting 150,000 copies of this new one in the ...

Little Beaver: Beaver's Blues

Profile and Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

STUDENTS OF the currently emergent Miami Sound will have noticed the proliferation of album credits, both as writer and musician, for one Willie Hale. ...

Roy Wood, Wizzard: Roy Wood: Yeah Roy, But What Do You Sound Like?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

THERE WAS the time that Roy Wood shoved his jeans in the washing machine and ended up with one very wet, very tattered and very ...

Soft Machine, The Wilde Flowers: Soft Machine, part 1

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

CLASS OF '61 at the Simon Langton School, Canterbury – an exclusive, private establishment for the sons of local artists and intellectuals. Very free, emphatically ...

Suzi Quatro: For Your Information, She Happens To Be A Lady

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

"ALISTAIR...CAN YOU go through your solo again and count exactly how many bars you need for it?" ...

Three Dog Night: Greatest Hits

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 January 1975

IT WOULD BE an amusing little taskenheimer indeed for some rock-oriented socio-anthropologist to work out exactly why Three Dog Night were at one time The ...

Syl Johnson: Barbarella's, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, February 1975

MOST OF the soul artists who do the one-nighter round of the UK and USAF bases have some kind of hit going for them, or ...

Bob Pegg: The Strains Of The Life Of A Non-Superstar

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

IN 1972 Bob and Carol Pegg parted company and their band, Mr. Fox, one of the most individual folk-rock outfits, terminated its existence. ...

Bruce Springsteen - The brilliant, the awful and the bumfluff shuffle

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN IS an excellent rhythm guitarist, which just about compensates for the fact that he grows a terrible beard. ...

Doobie Brothers: In Defence Of The Doobie Brothers…

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

IT IS, PRIMARILY, totally incorrect and irrelevant to give the Doobies an out-of-hand dismissal simply because their role as bill-toppers over Little Feat at the ...

Jay Dee: Come On In Love

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

IF YOU'RE a pal of Babbling Barry's you gotta have a Theme. Love Unlimited have got one — so has Gene Page — and Jay ...

John Holt: Reggae In The Moonlight

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

ETHNIC REGGAE'S TRADITIONAL image has been of rough raw-edged sounds, but Jamaica has always had just as strong a strain of ultra-smooth ballad-styled sounds. ...

Mahavishnu Orchestra, John McLaughlin: John McLaughlin: Phew! — This is a Jolly Interesting Article!

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

— And BOY! has it got a lot in it! First, there's the full gen on Miles Davis, plus all the top-secret stuff about In ...

Little Milton

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

"LIFE BEGINS AT forty," they say, so 1975 maybe the year in which Little Milton finally breaks out of the Chitlin circuit – that long ...

The Ohio Players: Ohio Players: Fiery, Freaky and Funky

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

CURRENTLY THE HOTTEST item on Billboard's album chart is The Ohio Players Fire (Mercury). Phonogram must have burnt their fingers in the rush get it ...

Soft Machine, part 2: The End of an Ear at the Proms

Retrospective by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

IN LAST week's issue, Part One recounted the history of the Softs from their schooldays to the break-up of the group following the recording of ...

Steeleye Span: Commoner's Crown

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

STEELEYE SPAN ALWAYS deliver on time. Commoner's Crown is the fourth offering from the Mk. III line-up in a little over three years, and they've ...

Thin Lizzy: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 1 February 1975

IT WAS WITH thunderous welcome that the dynamic Thin Lizzy returned to London last Saturday, winning many new fans and "wowing" old ones in a ...

Bo Diddley - Bo's a Lumberjack!

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

THE WHOLE THING about Bo Diddley was that he was by far the weirdest and craziest musician ever to come out of either blues or ...

Chick Corea, Return to Forever: Chick Corea: Playing the Harmonics of a Hotel Ass Cushion

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

...among other harmonics of course. The piano man describes the development of his new outlook to BRIAN CASE ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

THE BIGGEST MISTAKE Don Covay made with this album was in making 'It's Better To Have' track one, side one. ...

Elvis Presley: The Promised Land

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

IT HAS ALWAYS been accepted as an article of faith by ladies and gentlemen in the critical profession that Elvis Presley is not dead. ...

B.T. Express, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, Kool and the Gang, Sly & The Family Stone: If You Don't Believe Sly's Sinking...

Report by Vernon Gibbs, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

...Look what a hole he's in. From New York VERNON GIBBS reports on the man's present crises, and on funk acts Kool, BT Express, and ...

John Cale: Cale and Eno Horror Story…

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

CO-STARRING ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL CHOIR ...

Nick Drake: Requiem For A Solitary Man

Obituary by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

ON OCTOBER 25th, 1974, at approximately six in the morning Nick Drake, a 26-yearold singer/songwriter, died from an overdose of Typtasol, an antidepressant, in the ...

Mike Heron, Nico: Nico/Mike Heron: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

NICO DOES RATHER have an ability to polarize her audiences, you know. ...

Mike Oldfield: Tom Newman: The Man Who Taped the Tubular Bells

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 8 February 1975

WHEN IT COMES to tape, who better to talk to than the guy who did the 2,000 over-dubs on Tubular Bells, engineer Tom Newman? ...

Albert King: I Wanna Get Funky

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

I WANNA GET Funky is the best album I've heard all year. ...

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias: Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias: The Marquee, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

The very serious business of trying to be funny: An assessment of ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS by MICK FARREN ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Öyster Cult: That's Right, Another Bunch Of Neo-Fascist Heavies

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

"We're pain, we're steel, we're a plot of knives...we're obsessed with the technology of matter...our symbol is a swastika substitute..." ...

Ducks Deluxe: Man in the Moon, London

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

THE DUCKS ARE one of the few '70s bands that have the power to redefine rock and make it a vibrant life force once more, ...

Essra Mohawk: Essra Mohawk

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

AHA! ESSRA Mohawk, formerly plain ol' Sandy Hurvitz. You may remember her as the original Uncle Meat in F. Zappa's late sixties circus until she ...

Gene Vincent: Po' White Punk from the Pool Hall

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

MICK FARREN traces the career of GENE VINCENT, the Rock 'n' Roll star who didn't sell out his audience or his origins. ...

Leiber and Stoller: Jerry Leiber And Mike Stoller: By Royal Appointment

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

THE SCENE IS the Dorchester Hotel, one of the last vestiges of Britain's Imperial splendour and we've just been refused admission to the restaurant for ...

Montrose, Rapping with the Ring of Confidence

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

RONNIE MONTROSE hates doing interviews. When I arrive at Warner's hideout I'm apologetically informed that Ronnie is too shattered to talk after driving down from ...

Flying Burrito Brothers: Sneeky Pete Kleinow

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

SNEEKY PETE KLEINOW looks like you'd expect a veteran pedal-steel player to look. Green shirt with an elaborate marijuana-leaf motif emblazoned there-on, neatly pressed, white ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Grease; Alive Forever! (More Grease)

Review by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

SOME OF YOU may remember The Flamin' Groovies. ...

Alice Cooper: The Man Who Ate Alice Cooper

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 February 1975

Yes, once again CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY, Regius Professor of Logic, Rhetoric, Trash Aesthetics, and Hohner Super Vamper, leaps forth with a mouthful of scintillating verbosity ...

Elton John: The Life And Times Of Elton John, part 1

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

Part one: how the sand kicked in his face turned to gold-dust after all ...

Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

ETHYL'S FRIGID AS an eskimo pie, she's cool in bed/she oughta be, 'cuz Ethyl's dead... ...

Bobby Womack: I Can Understand It

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

CALLED IN America Greatest Hits, this album simply illustrates the unsatisfactory position that Bobby Womack finds himself in in England. Hitless. ...

Larry Coryell: Coryell and Spam... (With Not So Much Miles In It)

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

"I'm always secretly happy when somebody comes to me after a concert and says 'I didn't like it because it was too commercial.' It means ...

Dionne Warwick: Best Of

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

ONLY ONE OBJECTION to this album, so let's put it right up front. ...

Kiss: Kiss (Casablanca)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

UP UNTIL Max Bell gave us his reasoned defence of Kiss a couple of weeks ago, I had assumed they were simply an also ran ...

Kokomo: Kokomo

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

THE AVERAGE WHITES broke the ice with their second album and Kokomo will be the first of the beneficiaries. ...

The Chi-Lites

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

IT'S A SOMEWHAT perplexed Chi-Lites who recently embarked on their second and most extensive UK tour of Clubs and Cabaret. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Today Central Poly – Tomorrow The World?

Report by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

"I'VE ONLY GOT the five shirts, so I just take 'em off and leave them to dry. It's no good washing them too much, they ...

The Raspberries - Starting Over

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

I DON'T KNOW why but it always seems odd when American groups try to sound English, although the reverse is quite acceptable. ...

Tom Rush - Ladies Love Outlaws

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 22 February 1975

IN THE PAST Tom Rush has been hailed as a great interpreter, someone who can lift a number by nuance and feeling. His latest album ...

Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions: Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions: Big Sixteen

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, March 1975

IT'S PLEASING to see Anchor pushing out this classic compilation, as it's been unavailable for several years. It was originally issued on the old HMV ...

10cc: The Original Soundtrack

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

AIN'T NO GETTING round it: 10cc make brilliant records. ...

Betty Wright: Do Me Wright

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

BETTY WRIGHT IS, as they say, a lot more than just a pretty face. She's also got a voice that's stacked with burning southern soul, ...

Claire Hamill: Stage Door Johnnies (Anchor)

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

CLAIRE HAMILL'S AGED 24 if you take notice of the inaccurate bumf from Anchor Records, but considerably younger than that – about 20 – if ...

Elton John, part 2: They Laughed When I Stood Up To Play The Piano

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

NME: Earlier, you said that when you first met Taupin his lyrics were somewhat influenced by the Flower Power fad. It was a period when ...

Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers, Dr. Feelgood, Kokomo: Money Doesn't Talk — it Mutters out of the Side of its Mouth

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

THE NAUGHTIES OF THOSE NAUGHTY RHYTHMS ...

Chuck Berry: Rancid and Smutty (Apologists Only)

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

Chuck Berry: Lewisham Odeon, London ...

The Kids Are Not Necessarily Alright

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

Or how the '70s has seen a limp-wristed sell-out of the ideals of the 60s. MICK FARREN discusses the way the Uncle Toms of Teendom ...

Tim Buckley: Greeetings From L.A.

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

WAY BACK in the dim and distant, old Tim had to sing for his supper, along with the likes of Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne, ...

Tim Buckley: Greetings From LA

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 1 March 1975

WAY BACK IN the dim and distant, old Tim had to sing for his supper, along with the likes of Steve Noonan and Jackson Browne, ...

Chuck Berry: Chuck Has Been Leaving The Stage For 20 Years

Report by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

They weren't complaining – they were awestruck ...

Elton John part 3: Maybe It's Because I'm A Socialist…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

TELL US, El, what is Rock all about? Having a bloody good time. When I was a kid and went to see those Larry Parnes-Billy ...

Jack The Lad

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

"STEELEYE ARE A jumped-up lot – we've had a standing challenge with them for six months now and they've never taken it up." ...

Kiki Dee at Drury Lane

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

THIS WAS THE one that mattered for the Kiki Dee Band, and they made sure it counted. ...

LaBelle: Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

"THE RE-VO-LU-SHUN...will not be televaaaaaazed," declaims Patti LaBelle, staring into the audience from the stage of the Congressgebouwe in the Hague. ...

Milk 'n' Cookies: Mlk'n'Cookies: Sweetness & Light With Milk & Cookies

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

IF I TOLD you that the latest band to ride the grapevine from New York to London, Milk'n'Cookies, are three guys from the affluent suburban ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: Do You Wanna Be A Star?

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

IT WAS ONE of those large Edwardian houses in London's Hampstead, just off the main road. Like most of the others, it had been converted ...

Tavares: Hard Core Poetry

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

LOVE THAT title, Hard Core Poetry. Unfortunately the album does not move me as much. ...

10cc: The Punk And I or Two Jews Blues

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

...In which two nice young men of Hebraic extraction (LOL CRÈME and CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY) engage in heated debate about 10 c.c.'s collective attitude. Or ...

David Bowie : Young Americans

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

WHERE have all poppa's heroes gone? Living in New York, every one. A hard city by reputation, but presumably it has its compensations for someone ...

Franco Battiato: Clic

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

READING THE CREDITS and titles to Franco Battiato's Clic you'd be forgiven for thinking that here was just the latest example of technoflash absurdia masquerading ...

Genesis: Gabriel's Cosmic Juice

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

"I believe in getting art out of the galleries and onto the streets. Status Quo are so cultural, so Wagner..." ...

LaBelle: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

THE PROVERBIAL BREATH of fresh air. ...

Alice Cooper, Lou Reed: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #1: Hey Man, You With A Gwoop?

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

Speech impediments are the thing in Los Angeles this year. There are quite a lot of naked men jumping out of bushes – whereas more ...

The Moments, Shirley & Company: Shirley & Company and The Moments: The Carpenters Are My Real Faves

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 15 March 1975

Al Goodman, A & R man for All Platinum label. So what are you doing on the Soul page with Shirley & Co., Al? ...

Blue Oyster Cult: On Your Feet Or On Your Knees

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

FIRST OF ALL let me tell you about the art work that John Berg has concocted for the Blue Oyster Cult's most extreme venture to ...

God is Alive and Well and Living Off Rock'n'Roll...

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

Unfurling his roadmaps for the soul, MICK FARREN, Bachelor of Divinity of this parish, slumps grimly over his flea-ridden Olivetti to bang out the sandwich-luncher's ...

Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

IAN? IAN? ...

Jonathan King: A Rose in a Fisted Glove

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

WHEN JONATHAN KING first manifested his presence upon this already sufficiently troubled planet he was able to masquerade as a genuinely provocative presence, mainly because ...

The Chieftains: How to record 4 albums in 18 years, and still sell out the Albert Hall

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

"HE'S LIKE ONE of the little folk – a lovely, lively leprachaun, with an enormous musical talent and sense of humour to match." ...

King Crimson, Uriah Heep: Uriah Heep: Ex-Crimson Bass Man Seduced

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

JOHN WETTON JOINS HUMBLE WEALTHY HEEP ...

Wally at Fareham

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 22 March 1975

PETE SAGE'S FUR-TRIMMED cap and hunched stance give him something of the aura of a demented Moroccan camel trader as he relaxes into the flow ...

Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim: Dollar Brand: Improvisations on Life

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 29 March 1975

DOLLAR BRAND don't take music lightly. No sir! So fasten your seat-belts please for a guided tour of Allah, the meaning of life, Africa, the ...

The Mighty Clouds of Joy: Hey You, Get Onto The Mighty Clouds Of Joy…

Comment by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 29 March 1975

...and discover the undiluted gospel fervour and emotional commitment you thought black music had lost. ...

Ronnie Lane: Seedy Lad Discusses Tent Collapse

Interview by Jonh Ingham, New Musical Express, 29 March 1975

SOMEWHERE IN the hinterlands of this once-proud isle, in a medieval pub which has beams wallpapered with matchbooks proclaiming the existence of "Joe's Cafe", Ronnie ...

James Brown: Reality and Breakin' Bread

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

A WORD OF advice. Never attempt to review James Brown product whilst the records are actually playing. It's impossible either to write or type when ...

Johnny Mathis - The Heart of a Woman

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

JOHNNY BRISTOL'S RISING reputation as an ace producer hasn't, as far as I can see, resulted in any really solid product to back up the ...

Lou Reed at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

THERE'S AN ILLUMINATED sign outside the Hammersmith Odeon that says: "It's all too much. Lou Reed in Concert." Wry humour or someone taking a subtle ...

Bob Dylan, The Who: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #2: The Day I Shook Bob Dylan's Hand And Other Weird Tales

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

ALSO INCLUDES: The Dog That Ate The Dog That Ate Los Angeles ...

Rick Wakeman: The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

The Cadbury capers, part 1: the management requests you leave your brain at the door ...

Steely Dan: Katy Lied

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

THIS ALBUM worries me. It worries me because so much of the music here is so blatantly lacklustre compared with the exhilaratingly high standards already ...

Swamp Dogg

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

"WHERE ELSE BUT in America could a person own a Rolls-Royce, an Eldorado Mark IV, a Mercedes limousine, an estate in Long Island, an apartment ...

Tangerine Dream: Rubycon and Alpha Centauri

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

IF I'VE ASSESSED the vibe correctly, it would seem that the appropriate critical response to Tangerine Dream is to dismiss Edgar Froose, Chris Franke and ...

Tom Paxton

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 5 April 1975

"WHAT DO YOU think of the new album then?" ...

Alphonse Mouzon: Meet the Seaside Landlady's Nightmare

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

Your delicate NME representative cowers under his seat in the hotel lounge while Alphonse Mouzon ('my real name's Manny Finkelbaum') lives up to his heavy rep as ...

Charlie Rich - The Silver Fox

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

IN WHICH CHARLIE Rich, understandably exhausted after a twenty year struggle to Make It, manages to record one side of an album and then runs ...

Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson: Hunter Ronson at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

SHUCKS. TO THINK it's well over a year now since I last saw Ian Hunter and the whole Hoople caboodle in this very same theatre ...

Iron Butterfly - Scorching Beauty

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

SEEMS LIKE 1968 all over again, doesn't it? ...

Lee Dorsey, Labelle, Allen Toussaint: Marshall Sehorn: The Night They Drove Lee Dorsey Down...

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

MARSHALL SEHORN had to get him out of jail. ROGER ST. PIERRE raps to one of the mainmen of New Orleans soul. ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones: Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #3: What did Rod Stewart, Bobby Womack and Mick Jagger sing...

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

...in a tune-up room on the last night of the Faces' 1975 LA gigs? Why, the closing aria in D from 'il Cavalleria Rusticana', of ...

Ringo Starr: Everyone One Of Us Has All We Need…

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

SOMETIMES your friendly neighbourhood interviewer is allowed to conduct his interview in a small room with only the interviewee and a tape, recorder for company. ...

Rock and Western Films: My baby useta love western movies...

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

OVER CHRISTMAS THE BBC showed The Magnificent Seven – and gave us a very forcible reminder of how great an effect western movies have had ...

Tangerine Dream: 1983 — A Synthesiser I Will Be

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

Do TANGERINE DREAM, wizzkids of organic electronic rock, play their instruments?Or do the instruments play them? ...

The Dictators - The Dictators Go Girl Crazy

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

PSSST. WANNA BUY a dirty record? ...

Upp: Upp

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

THE VERY Famous Tony Williams once included on one of his albums a track entitled 'Some Hip Drum Shit'. ...

The Winkies: Winkies - Winkies

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 12 April 1975

AND SO, AS if to pinpoint that they'd stuck a ring through the collective nose of every other pub rocker when it came to osmosing ...

The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, David Crosby: David Crosby

Profile by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 April 1975

IT STARTED with trademark objects, really. When The Byrds got their hit with 'Mr Tambourine Man', Jim McGuinn established himself as the one with those ...

Loudon Wainwright III - Unrequited

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 19 April 1975

THE WORST THING that ever happened to Loudon Wainwright III was being branded The New Dylan, kiss of death to any self-respecting artist who hopes ...

Phil Manzanera: Head hunting in darkest Acton

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 19 April 1975

YOU'VE GOT TO be quick to catch a Manzanera. No sooner has it left America than it's off to sunny Hawaii to sojourn, returning home ...

Ben E. King, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Sister Sledge, The Spinners: Sister Sledge; Jimmy Castor; Ben E. King; The Spinners: Return of the Soul Package

Report and Interview by Bob Fisher, Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 19 April 1975

From the great lost soul label of Atlantic it came, writhing with synchronized funk, its many black heads chanting and wailing. Nothing like it had ...

Steve Harley at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 19 April 1975

INSIDE THE HALL you could tell it would be one of those nights. Row upon row of bowler-hatted disciples clutched onto their Harley scarves in ...

Al Green: Eaten Something Funny Al?

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

"L.O.V.E. SPELLS LOVE," says Al Green on his current NME chart rider of the same name, while according to Jimmy Witherspoon's current US hit, it's ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

IF ALLEN TOUSSAINT ever wants to make the great album he's obviously capable of, he'd be best advised to first take a year's sabbatical from ...

Anne Murray: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

THE DIFFICULTY OF categorising Anne Murray as a singer – is she pop, country, soul or strictly MOR? – was probably the main reason for ...

The Edgar Broughton Band, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd: British Psychedelia: More Zits Than Hitz…

Guide by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

It's dream-time in Compilationsville once again, amigos. This week CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY does his worst to induce EMI into issuing Volume Two in his discocartography ...

Carla Bley: Arrangements for the Death Dance

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

The socio-musical thoughts of Carla Bley ...

Frank Zappa:

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

Mothers albums nestle amongst the legal papers. A stereo system has been set up in front of The judge. The scene is Law Court Seven. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk at Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

LORD, LORD, WHY hast thou forsaken me? ...

J. J. Barnes: The Groovesville Masters

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

DESPITE A couple of very successful tours of the Midlands and the North, JJ seems dogged by bad luck. ...

Jet (UK): Jet: Jet

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

AT LAST the 1972 show! ...

Judy Collins - Judith

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

JUDY COLLINS HAS recently completed a movie about a female symphony conductor. ...

Kansas: Kansas

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

KANSAS ARE THE latest group to hoist the Dixie flag, though thankfully they don't seem anxious to broadcast the fact that "the South is gonna ...

Pete Atkin and Clive James: Pete Atkin And Clive James: From Little Atkins Great Oak Trees Grow

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

A fearsome encounter between two of the foremost minds of a Generation...uh...two of the most cerebral Rock Critics afloat...um, two of the most Accomplished Raconteurs...the ...

Syl Johnson: A Whole Lot Of Whiplashes And Scars…

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

NOT MANY artists hot on the US Soul charts have had the apprenticeship of Syl Johnson. ...

The Pink Fairies: Looking Back

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

A thrilling tale of Ladbroke Grove, loose aggregations, hanging out, and falling about – recounted in loving detail by an actual participant in those glorious ...

Sweet: The Sweet: No Longer Unfashionable

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

ROCK SNOBBERY. THAT'S what it is. A prevailing attitude that anything commercially successful in terms of the charts must therefore be top-twenty hype, not suitable ...

Steely Dan: Yes, it's Steely Dan Versus the Fifth Ice Age

Interview by Richard Cromelin, New Musical Express, 26 April 1975

A meteorological report from stalagmite-encrusted California, U.S.A. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey - Thou shalt have no other punk before me…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

AND NOW, ALEX Harvey, your starter for ten. What is rock and roll? ...

Arthur Brown - Dance

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

LET'S GET ONE thing straight right up front. ...

Bees Make Honey: The Kensington, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

BACK AT THE Kensington, the pub they first opened up to rock music, Bees Make Honey gave a storming set as usual. ...

Billy Joel: Piano Man

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

THE GRAPEVINE WHISPERS Billy Joel is going to be a superstar. ...

Chairmen Of The Board: Chairmen of the Board

Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

IT WAS THE Chairmen of the Board's umpteenth tour of the UK, but this time round, the venues were a little classier, with week long ...

Emmylou Harris: Pieces of the Sky

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

THIS IS AN album that has been quite eagerly anticipated, mainly because of the reputation Emmylou Harris built for herself with her participation as co-vocalist ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop: The Mighty Pop vs. the Hand of Blight

Special Feature by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

Never before told! The story of a brilliant monster called IGGY POP, whose life and countless near-demises have provided Rock with one of its most ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin' Fancy

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

WELL, IT LOOKS as though they're here to stay. ...

Man

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

DEKE AND I are talking hurriedly about limited omniscience when it occurs to me that this is a very melancholy Man indeed. ...

Mickey Jupp: The Lost Legends of Southend Rock

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

Down where the fag-end of London slopes into the sea, there lies the forgotten land of Southend, home of the whelk stall and source of ...

Smokey Robinson: Quiet Storm

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

HOW MUCH SUGAR do you take? ...

Steeleye Span at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

THIS WAS STEELEYE'S loudest gig, a fact which may or may not indicate the shape of things to come. ...

The Amboy Dukes - Journeys and Migrations

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

THIS MOST RECENT collection of The American Amboy Dukes, taken from the first three albums, is strictly one for masochistic archivists. Amusement value only. If ...

Albert King, Big Joe Turner, Champion Jack Dupree, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, T-Bone Walker: Various Blues Albums

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 May 1975

If you're a living blues master, are you better off dead? ...

Arthur Lee - Interview

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

TEN YEARS AGO Love made their first album for Elektra, and it's available for next to nothing as a cut-out now. Times change but Arthur ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive: Bachman-Turner Overdrive - And this isn't all they do

Profile and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

"WHEN I'M TRYING to do a solo, I'll try and play what Jeff Beck would play, or I'll try and play what Eric Clapton would ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind and Fire

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

LIKE EVERY OTHER sub genre of soul seems to do, the current blockbuster – jazz-funk, bump-funk, party street-dance, or whatever you care to tag it ...

Geno Washington

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

THE WHO, THE Small Faces, Spencer Davies and their ilk were the bands that got written up in the history books, but the true stars ...

John Cale: Slow Dazzle

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

THE FIRST TRACK on John Cale's Slow Dazzle is so excellent that I played it eight times before I could bring myself to continue. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band in Edinburgh

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

THOUGH IT'S UNDOUBTEDLY a contradiction in terms, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band are both slicker and rougher than they used to be. ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 17 May 1975

Slicker and rougher ...

Ben E. King: Supernatural

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 21 May 1975

'SUPERNATURAL Thing Pt. 1' marks the first occasion on which Ben E. King has hit the American Top twenty since 'Don't Play That Song' in ...

Barry White: Villa Park, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

THERE'S BEEN some controversy about the prices on Barry White's English gigs – £5 was the top price at Birmingham. ...

Bill Monroe: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

BILL MONROE IS the main-man of bluegrass music, a veteran innovator whose recording career spans 40 years. ...

Don McLean at The Albert Hall

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

WHY SHOULD DON McLean have chosen to open his Albert Hall-concert – and with it his first British tour for eighteen months – with his ...

Love: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 24 May 1975

COVENT GARDEN HAD its second major rock venue re-opened last Thursday for a series of regular concerts by bands not big enough to warrant an ...

Yes: Chris Squire - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

I'M HUNTING THROUGH the cartridges in the glove compartment of Chris Squire's '63 Rolls Royce as we head out of Liverpool towards the M62 and ...

Patti Smith, Television: Down In The Scuzz With The Heavy Cult Figures

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

C.B.G.B. is a toilet. An impossibly scuzzy little club buried somewhere in the sections of the Village that the cab-drivers don't like to drive through. ...

Frank Sinatra: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

Forever doobeedoobee beedoobeedoo ...

Henry Cow: In Praise of Learning

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

IT HAS been said that rock has lost its vision. It has also been suggested that the current drought of spectacular things to behold in ...

John Cipollina, Man, Quicksilver Messenger Service: John Cipollina

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

JOHN CIPOLLINA, he's the real thing. Smallish, wiry, hair tied back, nicotine stains up to his elbow and the confident loquaciousness of a man who ...

Sailor - No sex please we're Russo-Nordic

Profile by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

TWO HAIRDRESSERS, a parachutist and a tortured poet; a band called Sailor, dressed in nautical gear, including a Ruskie prince and a member of the ...

The Beach Boys: Wild Honey and Friends

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

IN THE GRAND old tradition of milking every last drop from The Beach Boys' catalogue comes this double coupling of the '67-'68 albums Wild Honey ...

The Exciters - Dark Clouds Over the Black Country

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

INTERNAL DISSENSION IS the bane of any cult, and though the Northern Sounds soul movement might seem healthy from the outside, in reality it's torn ...

Yes

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 June 1975

There is no mention of brown rice on this page. Persian rugs and health food in general? Well, OK...yeah, but not in any harmful quantity. ...

Candi Staton, Bettye Swann: Candi Staton and Bettye Swann: Broken Hearts, Do Right Women

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

EVERY TIME I hear Bettye Swann's pained 'Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me' I'm so moved I want to go and punch that ...

Curtis Mayfield: America Today

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

THREE YEARS AGO, Curtis Mayfield was one of the golden boys of New Wave soul, having broken with marketing formats (The Impressions) and joined the ...

Eddie Cochran: The Very Best of Eddie Cochran (15th Anniversary Album)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

I SUPPOSE WITH Showaddywaddy up in the singles chart with 'Three Steps to Heaven', and the 17-year-old version of 'C'mon Everybody' once again bubbling under ...

Billy Swan, Eddy Mitchell, The Jordanaires: Eddy Mitchell/Billy Swan/The Jordanaires: Olympia, Paris

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

Vegas on 8 cheeseburgers a day...or a bitch-in with Nashville's men of steel in Gay Paree. Which would you prefer? ...

Brian Eno, Robert Fripp: Fripp & Eno: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

"IT'S NOT just an ordinary loop system. In fact, it's very complex. I invented it. Why don't you come and see me tomorrow and I'll ...

Georgie Fame: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

WHILE APPRECIATING THAT what George Fame and his occasional Blue Flames are delivering is white rhythm'n'blues and not soul, it's perhaps unfortunate that he chose ...

Loudon Wainwright III - at Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

YOU MIGHT HAVE noticed that Loudon Wainwright III has been in Great Britain recently, completing the second lap of his tour; you might have noticed ...

Pavlov's Dog: Pampered Menial

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 14 June 1975

UNLESS PAVLOV'S DOG prove to be a figment of Sandy Pearlman's crazed imagination, then their debut album must make them great white hopes for the ...

Smokey Robinson: Smokey's Backatcha

Profile and Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 15 June 1975

MOTOWN announced the retirement of William "Smokey" Robinson in January 1972. ...

Al Kooper - Al's Big Deal and Unclaimed Freight: An Al Kooper Anthology

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

AL KOOPER IS good at lots of things. ...

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

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

THE INCIDENT MUST HAVE occured a little over a year ago. Paul McCartney, complete with the inevitable Linda, had just flown into Los Angeles – ...

Cher, Tammy Wynette: Cher: Stars/Cher's Greatest Hits; Tammy Wynette: The Best Of Tammy Wynette

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

IN MANY WAYS Cher and Tammy Wynette make up the two facets of the Cosmopolitan philosophy, that candy coated version of feminism that seems to ...

John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins: Elvin Jones: This Is The Surgeon Who Pared The Flab

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

His name? ELVIN JONES — the man who dissected drum technique, put it together with new muscles, and has been demonstrating the product at Ronnie ...

Gay and Terry Woods: Backwoods

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

AFTER BEING INITIATORS in the early development of English folk/rock – a period which culminated in their helping to form the Steeleye Span's first cup-winning ...

Jackie Wilson said... 'Reet Petite'. And the mothers of Harlem said 'No'

Retrospective and Interview by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

BOB FISHER traces the sometimes controversial career of 'Mr. Excitement,' currently stomping his way across Britain. ...

Johnny Cash - John R. Cash

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

IN WHICH JOHNNY Cash meets up, quite casual-like, with the '70s and discovers that even though they don't really have a whole lot in common, ...

Todd Rundgren: Initiation

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 21 June 1975

"I WAS BORN to fly higher, born to stand where I'm standing now/Basking in the light of the neon fire/As it burns my useless body ...

Neil Young: Tonight's the Night: Play It Loud and Stay in the Other Room!

Interview by Bud Scoppa, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

NEIL YOUNG isn't out to win any popularity contest. Just as he reached the top of the heap three years ago with the huge-selling Harvest, ...

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

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

PET SOUNDS was about to be released when Derek Taylor was taken on The Beach Boys' pay-roll. 750 dollars for dealing with the group's publicity. ...

Hamilton Bohannon: The Great Disco Mystery

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

H. BOHANNON DISCOVERS WHERE IT'S AT ...

Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

THIS ALBUM REPRESENTS Joan Baez's volte-face; after the years of diatribe and tireless dissemination of political views by every available channel, her records included, she's ...

Pete Seeger: Together In Concert

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

PETE SEEGER HAS just about every credential it's possible for a folk singer to have without actually being dead. ...

Stax - The Stax Story - Volumes I & II

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

SINCE THE 32 tracks collected here were cut after the 1968 Stax/Atlantic split it would be unwise to take the over-all title of this two-record ...

The Beach Boys, The Eagles: The Beach Boys and The Eagles at Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

"HI, WE'RE THE Eagles from Los Angeles." Well that was a fact as predictable as the set those five gentleman dished up, a kind of ...

The Rolling Stones - Made in the Shade and Metamorphosis

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

ECONOMICS: When a famous big-time rock and roll band reaches that particular special point in its year when it's time to pack the clean socks ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: In and Out of The Box

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 28 June 1975

INTROSPECTION. THAT'S WHY your face is on the floor and you're listening... doo dee dum doo. The French are good at it. French rock crowds ...

Elvin Bishop: Juke Joint Jump

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, July 1975

ELVIN BISHOP'S place in the scheme of post-Beatles US Rock has been pretty much undervalued over the years. This is probably owing to his uncanny ...

The Band, Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes (CBS)

Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 July 1975

A drunkard's dream (Nos. 13 & 35) EIGHT years after they were first recorded with The Band in Woodstock, Bob Dylan's "lost" basement tapes have finally ...

The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson: The Last Beach Movie part 3

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 12 July 1975

EARLY MARCH 1975: The clapper-board reads "The Last Beach Movie – The Brian Wilson Story" Take 96, and our camera zooms in on the exterior ...

Larry Coryell: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 12 July 1975

YOU COULD tell it was Jazz night at Dingwalls. ...

Little Richard: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 12 July 1975

THE DEBUT DATE of Little Richard's UK tour at the half empty Lewisham Odeon was little short of a disaster. Possibly the person least to ...

Dionne Warwick: Worries of the Warwick sisters

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 12 July 1975

WE'RE A LONG way on from 1964 and 'Walk On By' but, despite the profusion of instantly forgetable records Dionne Warwick has turned out since ...

Captain Beefheart - Interview

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (AKA Don Van Vliet) moves in sufficiently mysterious ways for me to believe that Zoot Horn Rollo (aka Bill Harkleroad) may just possibly ...

Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

THE FIRST WORD of this review is "deteriorate." It means to Lose Your Magic. ...

10cc, Man, Steeleye Span: Man, Steeleye Span and 10cc at Cardiff Castle

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

DEKE LEONARD IS getting incoherent. ...

Moonrider: Moonrider

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

MENTION THE name Keith West to anyone and odds on they'll say "Teenage Opera" and not much else. ...

Gong, Henry Cow, Robert Wyatt: Robert Wyatt and Henry Cow, Gong: Piazza Farnese, Rome

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

The Roman Spring Of Mr. Wyatt Thrill to the chariot racing. Dice with death in the streets of the Italian capital. Listen to the music. Special ...

Ronnie Wood - Now Look

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

MY H.A.L. PRINT-OUT on Ron Wood sez that his guitar-playing veers from the sublime to the ridiculous (i.e., his playing on Rod Stewart's solo albums ...

Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan: Skunk Hunting In W1

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

THERE'S A delicately detailed brass rubbing of Burlington House above the bed-head in room 420 at the Inn On The Park. Some rock musicians would've ...

The Righteous Brothers - Sons of Mrs. Righteous

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

IT REALLY DOES seem that the greater part of the Righteous Brothers was their uncle Phil Spector. ...

Todd Rundgren: Man, Myth Or Rabbit?

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 19 July 1975

THE BOY FROM Upper Darby is pressed into the corner of a Blake's Hotel settee. He looks so much like a very glum rabbit that ...

Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

TOYS IN THE Attic, is Aerosmith's third record. No one here knows that much about Aerosmith, except that they're a straight-ahead Eastern seaboard band with ...

Billy Cobham: When This Man Plays Drums, He Thinks Of A Box Trying To Roll

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

BRIAN CASE interviews BILLY COBHAM, the Buddy Rich of the seventies. ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

"HEY, MON... WHAT are all these whites doin' here? They not here last time the Wailers play..." ...

Bobby Womack - I Don't Know What The World Is Coming To

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

FROM 1964, FOLLOWING the death of his mentor Sam Cooke, to 1969, when he finally began to record under his own name, Bobby Womack was ...

Decameron: On The Eve Of A New Album

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

DECAMERON lyricist and front-man Dave Bell is articulate but quietly spoken. ...

John Lennon's battle with the US Immigration Department

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

JOHN LENNON, IN his battle of wits with the US Immigration Department, is looking less like the stoical pre-doomed crazy of old, and more like ...

Lenny Bruce: The Law, Language And Lenny Bruce (Phil Spector International)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

ABOUT EIGHTEEN MONTHS or so before Lenny Bruce died, he formed a loosely defined business relationship and a close friendship with Phil Sector. On the ...

Wings: Paul McCartney: …No Not Really In A Way Actually As It Happens…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

VENUS AND MARS ARE LATE. The sandwiches don't care, though. Even though they're the same day's vintage – fresh, soft white bread-triangles housing excerpts from ...

Press Receptions

Overview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

NME raises its bleary-eyed head to peer at the wacky world of Press receptions. Or how to get some not-so-cheap publicity. ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones: Tour Of The Americas 1975

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

The Usherettes at the Los Angeles Forum all wear short Roman tunics, and calf-length, white mid-sixties style boots. The outfit gives them the looks of ...

Tom Scott: Tom Scott In LA

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

NAT HENTOFF really should know better. Having, in the past, written liner-notes for the very best (Davis, Trane) he now finds himself eulogising the "scope ...

Wilson Pickett: Join Me and Let's Be Free

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 26 July 1975

FIRST OF ALL you have to picture the scene. There he stands, up to his elbows in stagnant water, a faraway look in his eyes, ...

David Bowie: Watch Out Mate! Hitler’s On His Way Back

Interview by Anthony O'Grady, New Musical Express, August 1975

"WE THINK WE'VE got an audience," says the spokesperson in the Bowie suite. "We're pretty sure the operator will be listening in." ...

Armageddon: Armageddon

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

THE NAME GIVES it away, really. ...

David Bowie: Did We Use Him? Did We Abuse Him?

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

Well, he's acting like we did, so maybe there's something in it. Two recent and much-maligned Bowie albums are herein re-evaluated for your reading pleasure... ...

Gil Scott-Heron

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

THERE'S NOTHING NEW about black anger. It's run through the whole of black music from the blues onwards, finding perhaps its most forthright expression (in ...

The Commodores, Hamilton Bohannon, James Brown: James Brown: Sex Machine Today, Hamilton Bohannon: Insides Out, The Commodores: Caught in the Act

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

"WHITE ROCK", OBSERVED CSM last week in his Wailers review, "lays its beat on you; the Wailers' music allows you to find your own rhythm ...

Larry Parnes

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

"Marty Wilde was managed by Larry Parnes – 'They don't call me Parnes, shillings and pence for nothing' – who entered rock as Tommy Steele's ...

Maria Muldaur: The Effect Is Underwhelming

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

Maria Muldaur: Ronnie Scott's, London ...

Speedy Keen - Interview

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

"BASICALLY, YOU'RE TALKING about a lorry driver who was thrust into it because he had a number one for seven weeks." ...

Steve Hillage: On The Banks Of A Fish Dinner

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

"The fish really get off on it man...it's their whole trip"... New angle on Gong's STEVE HILLAGE – the world's leading exponent of Fish Rock. ...

The Four Tops, The Jackson 5, Junior Walker & The Allstars, The Supremes: Tamla albums round-up

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

FIRST, THE GOOD NEWS. The Supremes' new LP is a winner. ...

The Flamin' Groovies: Acid Hurt My Brain

Profile and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

WHEN, TOWARDS the tail-end of 1969, the Flamin' Groovies' first Epic single 'Rockin' Pneumonia' crashed the American Hot 100 at No. 27 (with a bullet), ...

The Kursaal Flyers - Chocs Away

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 2 August 1975

THE KURSAAL FLYERS' entry into the Wonderful World Of Wax is neat, tidy, restrained, unobtrusive, and extremely well-behaved, more like a third album than a ...

Be-Bop Deluxe at Aylesbury

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 9 August 1975

THE FIRST THING that hits you when you see Be-Bop Deluxe in their current incarnation (or, for that matter, listen to said incarnation's Futurama album ...

Camel, Michael Chapman: Fairfield Hall, Croydon

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 9 August 1975

KUH-RAAAACKKK!!!! ...

The Heavy Metal Kids: 'I Useta Strong It…'

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 9 August 1975

'But we're much tighter now.' ...

Ben E. King: The Ben E. King Story

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

ATLANTIC, YOU'RE NOT fooling anyone. ...

Bob Dylan: The Basement Tapes (CBS)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

Leonardo's sketch-book? Something eventually got delivered. ...

James Brown: Live at the Apollo Vol.1

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

EVERY SO OFTEN an album comes along that is more than just another good, bad, or indifferent release from the artist concerned. ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

CONSIDERING THAT THEY'D only checked in at 4 a.m. that morning – that they hadn't been notified of our appointment for an interview – and ...

Procol Harum: The London Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

One senses that Gary Brooker could well fancy his chances with Joan Bakewell. ...

The 101'ers: Hope & Anchor, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

THE CELLAR OF Islington's Hope and Anchor is hardly the place to keep cool, calm and collected on one of the hottest nights of the ...

The Kinks: The Kinks Live at Kelvin Hall

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 16 August 1975

IT'S AMAZING. BY now, Pye must've incorporated virtually every track The Kinks ever cut into one or other of their multifarious compilation albums, and in ...

Caravan, Climax Blues Band, Ike & Tina Turner, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Soft Machine: Ike and Tina Turner, Caravan, John McLaughlin et al: Startruckin' 75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 23 August 1975

WHERE THE HELL is Lou Reed?Good question, if a trifle academic, but eminently suited for whiling away times in the coach by discussing. ...

Major Harris: My Way

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 23 August 1975

WANDERING HOMEWARD WITH this album tucked under my arm I was unexpectedly accosted by three ripe young ladies who seemed to want to get to ...

Max Merritt: It's Almost Like Art…

Profile and Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 23 August 1975

IT'S GOOD to be sitting in a pub courtyard with the pleasingly craggy Max Merritt. ...

Stevie Wonder - Blind, Gifted and Loaded

Report by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 23 August 1975

THERE HAS BEEN an official silence about Stevie Wonder's plans since he publicly announced in March last year that he was to retire in 1976 ...

The Brecker Brothers: Everythin's All White

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 23 August 1975

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Andy Pratt: Nobody Knows My Name

Profile by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

HAVE your albums been deleted? Do they even refuse to take them at second-hand shops? Are you even now living off the dole, wondering where ...

Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins: Johnny Cash: Riding the Rails and Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

OKAY, SO HERE are two special double album packages from CBS that feature two of the world's greatest exponents of country and western melodrama. ...

Leo Kottke

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

LEO KOTTKE'S come a long way from St. Louis – now he's got more stories to tell than British Rail has stale rolls... ...

Roger McGuinn - Roger McGuinn and Band

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

IT'S BEEN A fair old while since anyone pointed the finger at Roger McGuinn and accused him of pumping out high energy rock and roll. ...

Roger McGuinn: Urban Spaceman Metamorphoses Into Plumber

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

ROGER McGUINN’S return to the Los Angeles Troubadour could be described as something of a minor triumph. With Steve Love, Richard Bowden, Greg Attaway and ...

The Isley Brothers: Churnin' of Fraternal Funk

Retrospective by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

From mock gospel to hypnotic energy, via an engagement with Jimi Hendrix and a 16-year track record that few groups can emulate; CLIFF WHITE charts ...

The Selling Of Reading Festival

Report by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

THE SUN was westering in a haze of towering cumulus, fire-orange against midnight black, filling the still air with speckled light, as we came over ...

Wild In The Streets

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

MICK FARREN visits the Notting Hill Carnival ...

Windsor/Watchfield Festival: The Smallest Story Ever Told

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 30 August 1975

Meanwhile...out west on Windsor's High Chaparral, a wandering hippie couple in search of the Ultimate Alternative Festival are waylaid by a pack of journalists hungering ...

Duane Eddy: Bailey's, Leicester

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, September 1975

YET ANOTHER rock 'n' roll legend is stalking the stages of the club circuit and on July 14 he trod the stage of Bailey's, Leicester. ...

The Fatback Band: Yum Yum

Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, September 1975

"MY NAME is Yum Yum, Gimme some!" ...

Andy Fairweather Lowe, Starry-Eyed And Laughing: Andy Fairweather Lowe, G. T Moore and Starry-Eyed and Laughing at the Roundhouse

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

AS SUNDAYS GO, this promised a real party. Wake up for Charlie Gillett's Honky Tonk on BBC Radio London and then down to the Roundhouse ...

Daevid Allen

Interview by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

DAEVID ALLEN GOT out of it this year. Out of the VAT-race, to be more precise – and let's keep the double-entendres under control, eh? ...

Joe Simon: Get Down

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

LEAPING ONTO THE dance floor of American's all-pervasive disco, Simon recovered from a slump in popularity by intoning "Get down, get down" about fifty-nine times ...

Kraftwerk: The Final Solution To The Music Problem?

Interview by Lester Bangs, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

In the beginning there was feedback: the machines speaking on their own, answering their supposed masters with shrieks of misalliance. In the music of KRAFTWERK we ...

The Chi-Lites, The Moments: The Chi-Lites: Half a Love and The Moments: Sharp

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

IF IT WERE ONLY for All Platinum's second certifiable classic – The Moments' 'Dolly My Love' – this group's new album would need to be ...

Dennis Brown: Various Artists: Live At The Turntable Club/Reggae Hit The Town/20 Tighten-Ups/20 Reggae Disco Hits

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

"DENNIS BROWN," announces Trojan manager Webster Shrowder From the sleeve of the man's album, "is one of my favourite artists, who I put in the ...

Wigwam: In Finland They Get Drunk

Profile and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 6 September 1975

When the sun won't set and you can't get to sleep, what do you do?In Norway they play the violin.In Sweden they kill themselves. ...

Buddy Holly: The Rocker Next Door with the Mail-Order Axe

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

IN A frame of reference where you might think of Elvis Presley as an idol and Little Richard as a hero, Buddy Holly has to ...

Dave Mason and Streetwalkers at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

SOME NEED WIRES and some need strings, but Dave Mason don't use none of those things. Instead he hitched himself onto the back of his ...

Frank Sinatra: The Reprise Years

Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

YEARS IS JUST one enormous sampler really – a fifty-track, four album, boxed set containing cuts from nearly every album Sinatra's made for Reprise since ...

Howard Werth And The Moonbeams: King Brilliant

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

AUDIENCE WERE ALWAYS a band which threatened massive stardom. That they never made the final breakthrough wasn't for want of trying. They made four excellent ...

Jive Bombers: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

THERE'S ALWAYS A good time to be had at the 100 Club. ...

Johnny Nash: Tears On My Pillow

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

ANYONE WHO CAN cheerfully sing "be careful how you hold her, please don't even scold her, she's my cream puff" either deserves a hefty kick ...

Natalie Cole: Meet Nat Queen Cole

Profile by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

WITH 1975 almost certain to establish itself as a most uneventful year for soul, it's refreshing to come across a 45 by a newish singer ...

Orchestral Soul: So When Was the Last Time You Saw a Black Cello Player?

Overview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

SOUL: the emotional part of man's nature, or the seat of the feelings or sentiments.SOULFUL: of, or expressive of, deep feeling or emotion. ...

Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana: Santana, Earth Wind and Fire: Hippodrome, Birmingham

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

Lift-off on schedule for Santana tour ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Single Of The Year — Bob Marley & the Wailers: 'No Woman, No Cry'/'Kinky Reggae' (Island)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

Marley No Woman No Cry No Opposition Mon ...

Supercharge: The Nashville, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

SUPERCHARGE CERTAINLY HAVE something to celebrate. They've just signed a five year record contract, and are probably hoping to be very rich one of these ...

The Chi-Lites at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

AFTER AN HOUR or so of the kind of entertainment that tempts freeloading reviewers to demand their non-existent money back, any halfway-decent act is a ...

The Supremes at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 13 September 1975

NEXT TIME YOU have the opportunity, check out Motown's Anthology of Diana Ross and the Supremes' Greatest Hits. Unless you're an avid fan whose every ...

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Alex Harvey: Delivered From The Jaws Of Death

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

...We proudly present the intrepid ALEX HARVEY, fresh from being restrained from swimming in the shark tank and currently engaged in entertaining the young people ...

Bob Seger: Beautiful Loser

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

THE LATEST IN a long line of good albums from the largely ignored Bob Seger sees him returning to Muscle Shoals, scene of the Back ...

Santana: Carlos Santana: I Can Almost Materialize... If I Think Real Hard…

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

...be still for I bring peace, love, and a new Santana line-up. ...

Disco-Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes, Susan Cadogan: Leicester

Live Review by Bob Fisher, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

APART FROM the flash of inspiration provided by the Birmingham band Muscles, the evening ranked as one of the most musically boring I have ever ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth, Wind, Fire, Dry Ice and Conviction

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

MAURICE WHITE, of the above qualifications, talks to CLIFF WHITE (no relation) about the New Thing in soul music. ...

Jimi Hendrix

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

On the fifth anniversary of his death (Sept. 18, 1970) a personal view of the Titan Axeman ...

LaBelle: Labelle: Phoenix

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

FOR ALL PRACTICAL purposes, Phoenix is Labelle's third album. Forget anything prior to Pressure Cookin': those albums were by some other people and are of ...

Max Merritt And The Meteors: White Hart, Willesden

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

A FEW YEARS ago, when I was employed in a South London certain department store, I worked with a couple of globetrotting New Zealanders who ...

Robert Calvert

Interview by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

"ANYONE WHO KNOWS my work" said Bob Calvert earnestly, "would realise that however bad they might think it is, it's all intentional." ...

The Rolling Stones: Robert Greenfield: A Journey through America with the Rolling Stones

Book Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

I FEAR THIS book may be the one that could finally O.D. the reader on rock writing, particularly that flat, conscientious, detailed, post-Truman Capote style ...

Earth Wind and Fire, Santana: Santana and Earth Wind and Fire at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

ONE OF THE ironic features of Columbia's prestigious double billing, Earth Wind And Fire/Santana is that in America right now the kudos for star spot ...

The Ohio Players: Honey

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 20 September 1975

EARLIER THIS YEAR Ralph 'Pee Wee' Middlebrook, trumpeter with The Players, admitted in an interview "now we've made it after all that scuffling I suppose ...

David Bedford

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

"THE THING ABOUT concept albums is that they're never done successfully except mine of course," So speaks modest avant garde composer David Bedford, Virgin luminary ...

Felix Cavaliere: Destiny

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

BACK IN 1965 there was this group called the Young Rascals who, along with Vanilla Fudge and the Lovin' Spoonful, formed the big "New York ...

Fungus: Vlaardingen, Holland

Live Review by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

ONSTAGE ARE FUNGUS, five beards in search, of folk-rock fame... and they're singing in Dutch. ...

George Jones, Wanda Jackson: George Jones and Wanda Jackson at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

THE FOYER OF the Hammersmith Odeon was like Middle America gone London town, except the folks were mostly British and there wasn't a stetson to ...

Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

DEPENDING ON WHERE you part your hair, the Grateful Dead are either the finest rock'n'roll band in the world bar none... or else they are ...

Howard Werth And The Moonbeams: Howard Werth

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

"SEE, THE 'THE' is actually a joke, an abbreviation of the first word. It's not really 'King Brilliant' it's '...King Brilliant' that we ever got ...

John Cipollina, Man: Man and John Cipollina: Maximum Darkness

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

WHEN JOHN Cipollina's visit to England was announced earlier this year I made a conscious effort not to check him out. ...

Starry-Eyed And Laughing: Starry-Eyed and Laughing - Thought Talk

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

WHILE AMERICAN COUNTRY Rock bands seem to spring up from everywhere, there has yet to be one from these shores who really convince. ...

The Doors (part 1): The Hunting of the Lizard King

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

Visionary? Poet? Revolutionary? Or was he simply a narcissist with a drink problem? Either way he created a considerable legend. In the first of a ...

Tyla Gang - Peckham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 September 1975

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT Sean Tyla, late of Ducks Deluxe, is one of the finest and most distinctive rhythm players in town. ...

Shirley Goodman, Sylvia Robinson: All Platinum Records: My Wife, The President…

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

IT'S NICE AND cool and dark in the back room of the bar, and you can sit in your booth and nurse a beer and ...

Johnny Cash: The Gospel According to J.C.

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

IF I'D never heard of Johnny Cash and someone came up and described him to me, I can't think of any other entertainer, short of ...

Paul Simon: Still Crazy After All These Years

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

INSTANT OPINION: BLOOD On The Tracks apart, Still Crazy is the best album you're likely to hear all year. ...

The Doors (part 2): Incident in Miami

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

...and JIM MORRISON'S FINAL DECAY. Fame may have made him crazier but the money hardly affected him – all it meant was he could buy ...

The Doors Consumers' Guide, Part 1

Discography by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

"There are things that are known and things that are unknown; in between are the doors." ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

THIS WEEK THE Kursaal Flyers waved a fond farewell to the London pubs with two rip-roaring nights at the Newlands in Peckham, and now the ...

Victor Jara

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 4 October 1975

VICTOR JARA sang songs for the people of Chile. In 1973, in the Santiago boxing stadium, a soldier cut off Jara's fingers before six thousand ...

Al Green: Al Green Is Love

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

REMEMBER WHEN YOU were young, listening to Radio Luxembourg under the bedclothes by torchlight? ...

Black Sabbath - Sabotage

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

I THINK IT was Lester Bangs who put forward the proposition that people who went to Black Sabbath concerts derived their pleasure from ingesting massive ...

Bruce Springsteen: The Sprucing Of The Springbean

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Man, Myth or Monster? CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY reports from Houston, Texas ...

Esther Phillips: Laissez-Faire in Bouffant Hair

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

ESTHER PHILLIPS doesn't get too knocked out when she scores with a hit single. ...

Sparks: Indiscreet

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

OKAY, SO YOU'VE heard it all before: ...

The Crickets: Back In Style

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

BUDDY HOLLY SO overshadowed The Crickets that one tends to forget that they went on to produce some very creditable work on their own after ...

The Doors Consumers' Guide, Part 2

Guide by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

"This is the strangest life I've ever known" ...

The Road To Wigan Casino

Report by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 11 October 1975

Up T’NORTH, they don’t like London journalists snooping about. Still, this was a special occasion at the shrine of the " Northern Soul Scene". ...

Bert Jansch: 'Bert Jansch? Not Still Going, Is He?'

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 18 October 1975

Certainly he is, still alive and well and producing records; rumours of his retirement have been exaggerated. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Crash Landing

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 18 October 1975

THE SLEEVE of this album, unhelpfully enough, doesn't give the history of these tracks, which are taken from the 500 plus hours of 16-track tape ...

Baker-Gurvitz Army: Watford Town Hall, Watford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

THE HONEYMOON MAY have ended for the Baker-Gurvitz Army at the end of their first British tour in the early Spring. ...

Betty Davis: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

WITH THE Viking Warrior Case fresh in every mind, punters packed Ronnie's for the Betty Davis exposure. A threat to the moral health of the ...

Blue Oyster Cult, Motorhead: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

Heavy metal fatigue ...

Elton John: Rock Of The Westies

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

FACT: ELTON JOHN is one of the nicest people ever to touch ground while walking. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: I See The Bloodbath That Was Hamburg

Report by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

When a band start slashing each other's wrists before gigs you know they're confident. TONY STEWART applies the tourniquet to LYNYRD SKYNYRD on the eve ...

Roxy Music: Wembley, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

IT BEGINS LATE, of course. ...

The Hope & Anchor

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

During this week and next week London's Second Pub-Rock Festival is being held at the Hope And Anchor, Upper Street, N.1. CHAS DE WHALLEY examines ...

Dr. Feelgood: The Slaughterhouse 4: Dr Feelgood and Mr Freud (Cert X)

Report and Interview by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 25 October 1975

MICK FARREN in the Abattoir with The Greatest Local Band In The World ...

Ginger Baker: “People Thought We Were Only Good For One Album. But We Made Another. So There”

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

Yes, success is getting a little nearer ever year for the BAKER GURVITZ ARMY! Report by CHRIS SALEWIZ ...

Al Jarreau: We Got By (Reprise)

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

HERE WE have a black singer/songwriter who's into heavy introspective lyrics which he puts across in a distinctly original manner. We'll get to his singing ...

Brewer and Shipley: Welcome to Riddle Bridge

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

MIKE BREWER AND Tom Shipley are just plain lads at heart, from Oklahoma and Ohio. ...

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

THIS ONE'LL SORT out the liggers. ...

Camel: Bath University

Report and Interview by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

SO WHAT ABOUT The Snow Goose at the Royal Albert Hall, then? ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY: Graham Nash & David Crosby

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

It’s hard to pin down the seventies. We're already half-way through and still there’s no significant characteristic about which we’ll be able to reminisce in ...

Freddie King: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

A NIGHT TO remember. "It's Blues time, ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome Freddie King." ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike and Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

WELL, TO BE quite frank I thought they were fairly dreadful. ...

John Lennon: Shaved Fish

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

SHAVED FISH is all of John Lennon's post-Beatle singles scooped up and dumped onto one album, spiced up with a few relevant album tracks and ...

The Outlaws - The Outlaws

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 1 November 1975

CLIVE DAVIS COULD sell Chesty Morgan a subscription to Mark Eden. Consider previous adventures of his with Copperhead and the Rowan Brothers, two acts who ...

Art Blakey: "All This Rock Noise. It's Gotta Go. It's Not True."

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

Sez who? Sez ART BLAKEY. Art's got an opinion on most subjects. So d'you wanna hear a discourse on world problems? Drummers who use huge ...

Betty Davis: Nasty Gal

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

THIS IS IT funk y'allThis is it right hereThis is it do ya hear me girlsAnd well they can't do it forya no nastier than ...

Cliff Richard: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

A GIANT TUPPERWARE party. ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart: Bongo Fury

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

THE STORY SO far. ...

Blondie, David Johansen, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, The Ramones, The Shirts, Talking Heads, Television, Tuff Darts: New York: The Sound Of '75

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

"BEAT ON the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat..." ...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils: The Car Over The Lake Album

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

FOR A BUNCH of guys who are supposed to be averse to leaving their country ranch in Missouri for the hustle of the cities, the ...

The Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, The Searchers: The Sound Of '64

Retrospective by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 8 November 1975

WHEN 'GLAD All Over', the third single by The Dave Clark Five, hit number one in Britain in January of 1964 it offered the media ...

Bob Dylan: Plymouth Memorial Hall, Mass. USA

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

BOB DYLAN'S ROLLING Thunder Revue hit the Plymouth Memorial Hall at 8.20 p.m. on Tuesday November 4.That's Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA, by the way, and it ...

Bruce Springsteen

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN says he just writes down his impressions of stuff whereas here in Hollywood, Calif., there are people in from New York who believe ...

Dr. Feelgood: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

DEFINITELY a weird one. ...

J. Geils Band: Hot Line

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

THERE WAS a time, I guess it must have been a couple of years ago now, when the J. Geils band were being hailed as ...

Jimi Hendrix: Midnight Lightning and For Real

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

AND THE GHOST walks once more. ...

John Cale: Paradiso, Amsterdam

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

EUROPE'S MOST DECADENT capital: inflatable paramours dangling like trussed chickens in the windows of the sex shops, hookers in their shop windows, the smack centre ...

The 101'ers, Kilburn & The High Roads, Mickey Jupp: Pub Rock Proms: For Those Who Like Their Rock Hot And Sweaty…

Report by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

IT'S SATURDAY night, a good ten minutes after closing time. Down at the Hope and Anchor in Islington landlord Fred Granger is going quietly berserk, ...

Spud

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

FRESHERS' WEEK IS a great time to visit Dublin's Trinity College. ...

Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd: Syd Barrett: Is It Possible, Too, That Syd Has Risen From The Grave?

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

THOUGH IT'S been something like a year and a half since yours truly and the NME brought you all the harrowing "Saga of Syd" (ne Roger Keith Barrett) ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolled Gold

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 15 November 1975

DECCA RECORDS, even though their past form on the subject of Rolling Stones albums is not immaculate, have now produced what is undoubtedly the definitive ...

Captain Beefheart: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

DON'T BELIEVE WHAT your mother tells you kids, there really is a Legion of Super Heroes. ...

Doris Duke: Woman (Contempo)

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

ONE THING about Doris, she can't be confused with any of the other soul girls around at the moment. ...

Emmylou Harris: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

THE OTHER ROLLING thunder revue stole into town last week. ...

Bo Diddley, James Booker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Screamin' Jay Hawkins: European Blues and R&B Festival

Report by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

TEN YEARS AGO Britain was set to become the R&B capital of the world. Between 1962 and '67 we were visited by so many legendary ...

Gong: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

THE HALL was packed. It was the kind of audience that likes to jostle like mad for the first half of the set, blast a ...

Patti Smith: Horses

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

FIRST ALBUMS THIS good are pretty damn few and far between. ...

Queen: A Night At The Opera (EMI)

Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

Studio shares rocket as Queen connect ...

Rory Gallagher: Against The Grain

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

DO YOU realise that Against The Grain is Rory Gallagher's seventh album since he split Taste? ...

Sassafras: Top Rank, Cardiff

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 22 November 1975

WHEN SASSAFRAS FIND the right single, they are going to be huge. ...

Dr. John: Cut Me While I'm Hot and Hollywood Be Thy Name

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

"DOCTOR JOHN THE Night Tripper, he's the King of New Orrlins". ...

Frank Sinatra: Palladium, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

ENFORCED AUDIENCE IDENTIFICATION – that's what this "black tie" demand on the ticket is. Imagine reading "gauche gaucho" on Roxy tickets or "sequined jockstrap" on ...

Johnny Cash: Look At Them Beans

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

I FEAR JOHNNY Cash has turned his back on progress once again. ...

KC & the Sunshine Band: KC & The Sunshine Band: Los Angeles

Live Review by Todd Everett, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

K.C. AND THE Sunshine Band, operating out of the T.K. Records complex in Hialeah, Florida, are at once one of the oddest and most commercial ...

Nosmo King: Northern White Soul: Nosmo King

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

A TALK WITH Steve King... er no... Nosmo Jameson... er... oh, Nosmo King, that's it. A talk with Nosmo King.* ...

Roxy Music

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

There is no truth in the rumour...that there is any truth in the rumour. So, alright you guys, what's to look so glum about? ...

Supertramp: Winter Gardens, Bournemouth

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

Are you ready for the breathtaking visual dynamism of Supertramp? ...

Tangerine Dream

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

YOU WON'T GET all sweaty or break a leg while listening to Tangerine Dream, but you will not be unmoved. You see, they haf vays ...

The Temptations: House Party

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

IT'S COMFORTING TO have a few acts that you can rely on to keep supplying the goods, and The Temps certainly do deliver. ...

Tom Waits: Not So Much a Poet, More a Purveyor of Improvisational Travelogue

Profile and Interview by Todd Everett, New Musical Express, 29 November 1975

Could TOM WAITS really be The Next Big Thing? TODD EVERETT, in Los Angeles, finds out. ...

Back Street Crawler: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

SOME UGLY MOMENTS here. ...

Elvis Presley: Pictures Of Elvis

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

THERE CAN BE little doubt that the Elvis Presley Sun collection was a compilation of some of his finest work. ...

Eric Gale et al: Negril

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

IF EVERYONE HAD a pair of disco turntables as well as a telly, this record might sell a million. ...

Little Feat

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

ONCE UPON a time in the early '60s when everybody suddenly started getting paranoid about advertising men, and half the people you met were convinced ...

The Band: Northern Lights — Southern Cross

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

I'M UP AGAINST a deadline on this one, having to hurry – which is bad enough without having to respond fairly to a group operating ...

The Pretty Things: Greatest Hits 1964-1967

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

FOR A SHORT time, around the London clubs and art school dances, back in 1964, it seemed as though the Pretty Things might just unseat ...

The Staple Singers: Let's Do It Again

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

IF MAYFIELD'S lyrics are anything to go by, this film must be whole lots of scenes of funky loving in which they do it again ...

Yvonne Fair: Ths Story of Y: Yvonne Fair

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

That's "Y" for "Yvonne." YVONNE FAIR that is, Soul Veterenne and Dominatrix. Cringin' CLIFF WHITE listens to some old sounds, discovers a new kick and ...

Weather Report: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 6 December 1975

TO MYSTERIOSO OR not to mysterioso – that was the question facing Weather Report last Thursday at nine p.m. ...

Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

HERE COMES ONE of the strongest reggae albums of this year, lately available only on import in specialist shops and now rushed out in Britain ...

Climax Blues Band: Stamp Album

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

I'M SICK AND tired of bloody good bands. ...

Neil Young: Sooner or Later it All Gets Real...

Essay by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

The greening of the lean American: NICK KENT attempts a critical reappraisal of the work of NEIL YOUNG ...

Pavlov's Dog: Walking The Dog

Report and Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

WANT TO HEAR a shaggy dog story? O.K. Once upon a time there was a completely unknown band who were so exciting that ABC Records ...

The Miracles: City Of Angels

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

WHAT A LETDOWN. ...

Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Weather Report: Wayne Shorter: From Mr. Weird to the Hollywood Hills

Interview by Brian Case, New Musical Express, 13 December 1975

Here's WAYNE SHORTER taking care of business. TCB. And what business — taking in the days with Maynard, the Messengers, and Miles right through to today's WEATHER ...

Roogalator: A More Satisfying Musical Climax With... ROOGALATOR

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 20 December 1975

NICK KENT feels the hot breath of London's hottest new band brush his ear, and appraises the fine and diverse arts of Roogalation. ...

Cat Stevens: Bingley Hall, Stafford

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 20 December 1975

THE HEROIC singer-songwriter begins solo: a white-shirted, dark-trousered speck of religious experience at the end of the cattle barn. The Laura Ashley winsome-ness of 'Moon ...

Chris Farlowe: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 20 December 1975

HE'S REALLY ONLY back on the road to squeeze every last drop of success from his reactivated hit 'Out Of Time'. That's what you're expecting ...

Paul Simon: Palladium, London

Live Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 20 December 1975

LAST TIME PAUL Simon toured in Summer '73, he used a South American group, Urubamba, and an American gospel quartet, the Jessy Dixon Singers (Jessy ...

Santana: Lotus

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 20 December 1975

OVER ONE HUNDRED Santana fans coughed up the full twenty pounds for this triple live album when it first appeared on import. ...

Steeleye Span: Making Sense Of Original Sin...

Report and Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 20 December 1975

IN BRITAIN we voted to stay in. In Eire and Denmark they voted to go in. In Norway the public answered the call to European ...

Bob Dylan: DYLAN does his first radio interview in eight years, and still manages to say nothing

Report by Miles, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

THE NEWS OF A RADIO interview with Bob Dylan, who rarely does such, caused Dylanologists, fans and degenerates to take up their trannies recently to ...

Fungus: Dutch Folk Go Dutch

Profile by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

THERE WAS A time when the Dutch folk scene just mirror-imaged that of Britain. For every traddie rendering 'Lord Randall' or 'Twa Corbies' at Loughborough ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Harold Melvin: Wake Up Everybody

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

WHEN IS A group not a group? ...

James Brown: Everybody's Doin' The Hustle/Dead On The Double Bump (U.K. Polydor)/Hot (U.S. Polydor)

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

J.B. reforms the Famous Flames, says hello to '57 ...

Kilburn & The High Roads: Hope & Anchor, Islington, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

AMONG CERTAIN CIRCLES, Ian Dury has gained a reputation as one of rock'n'roll's losers. ...

Linda Lewis: Ronnie Scott's, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

IT WAS A cold foggy night and there was a brass monkey sheltering in my hallway as I went in search of a Hansom to ...

Meet The Hit Makers Of '75

Overview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

We kid you not.What else happened?Remarkably little actually. ...

Mr. Big: Mr Big: A Yob In A Support Band Is Something To Be

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

BIRMINGHAM – DICKEN IS your archetypal hardcase punk. Shortish. Face slightly disrupted from the original mould. Oxford accent. ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: The Faces Dossier: An Everday Saga Of Mick&Rod&Keef&Ron&Mac

Report by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 27 December 1975

MARCH, 1973. ...

Emmylou Harris: Emmylou's Four Star Hotel

Review by Barbara Charone, New Musical Express, January 1976

THE ELITE HOTEL is a swell place. It's best to travel there by car on a hot, sunny day with the windows rolled down, a ...

Brian Eno's Discreet Music

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

EXPERIMENTAL AND AVANT-GARDE music, by its very nature, exists mainly in the fringe area of private pressings, such as the Musica or George Avakian productions ...

Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa: Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart: BLLLAAAaaaaahhhhh

Memoir by Miles, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

Actually, it didn't work. However, something that did work was the re-uniting of THE CAPTAIN and FRANK ZAPPA a few months ago for a tour ...

Bob Dylan, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bruce Springsteen: Is Rock 'N' Roll Ready For 1976?

Comment by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

What has all this to do with all this? Does anyone care? MICK FARREN'S IS THE VOICE FROM THE GALLERY ...

Ringo Starr: Blast From Your Past

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

THE REASONS WHY Ringo has chosen this moment to release a Greatest Hits album are perhaps two-fold: ...

The Rumour: Rumour: Newlands Tavern, Peckham

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

ARE THE Rumour really Pub-Rock's first Supergroup? Some people would tell you so, and they would have their reasons. ...

The Strawbs: New Victoria, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

AFTER AN ABSURDLY dramatic entry, this much loved male sextet took their places with a white suited Dave Cousins in the limelight. ...

Van Dyke Parks: Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 3 January 1976

VAN DYKE PARKS is one of those people who are usually regarded as either genius or idiot. ...

Cat Stevens: A Cat Stevens Spiritual Tours Vacation

Interview by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 10 January 1976

RONALD BIGGS, the last of the Great Train Robbers still not in captivity, was finally run to ground by the Daily Express in a Rio ...

Bob Dylan: Desire (CBS)

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 10 January 1976

THE RECORD came into the office round about lunchtime. At approximately three forty-five, I went into the review room, turned on the stereo and put ...

David Bowie: Station To Station

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 January 1976

"A sixty thousand word novel is one image corrected fifty-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine times"– Samuel R. Delaney ...

Todd Rundgren - Another Live

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 10 January 1976

POOR OLD TODD'S taken a lot of stick of late, not least in this paper, for adhering to his mystical mind games in the face ...

Hawkwind: Lock, Edmonton

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 17 January 1976

IT'S ALL A far cry from Alfred Jarry. ...

Queen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 17 January 1976

IT'S DIFFICULT, YOU know, keeping up with all the fickle shifts in credibility and acceptability. ...

Ronnie Lane: Can Rock Survive The Holocaust?

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 17 January 1976

RONNIE LANE'S up in town today. Been up from the farm in Monmouthshire for about a week now. ...

The Kinks: Schoolboys In Disgrace

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 17 January 1976

I LIKE THE KINKS a lot, but have to say that this album is a pretty uninspired collection of product. ...

Howlin' Wolf: ...Howlin’ for The Wolf

Retrospective by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

"I was just a country boy, glad to get some sounds on wax" ...

Alan Price: Performing Price

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

SINCE HE split with The Animals and the Rock 'n' Roll mainstream to home in on the craftsmanship of Randy Newman, Price's career has seen ...

Bobby Bare: Hard Time Hungrys

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

In which BOBBY BARE, country singer of the '60's re-emerges with a bunch of Shel Silverstein songs and a socialism as potent as Keir Hardie's; ...

Country Joe & The Fish: Country Joe McDonald: Paradise With An Ocean View

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

Gimme a W, gimme an H, gimme an A, gimme an L... ...

Decameron: Greenwich Borough Hall, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

THE GREENWICH BOROUGH Hall is on Peyton Place, and inside Decameron, have a problem. ...

Ace, Graham Parker: Graham Parker: Southampton University, Southamption

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

YOU CAN PICTURE the scene – it's the same one that goes down on the first night of every major college tour; equipment trouble, late ...

Ian A. Anderson: The Curse of the Lone Grinner

Profile and Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

IF YOU bought a copy of a 1969 Island sampler called You Can All Join In, you'll probably remember the cover shot, which depicted most ...

Lou Reed

Interview by Lenny Kaye, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

HIS HAIR IS short, coloured black and closely cropped, though not unnaturally so. He wears a red T-shirt and his body, which has fluctuated from ...

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

ARGUABLY, THERE IS no more exciting rock artist to listen to than one whose time has come; one whose art (not to mention attitude, appearance, ...

Elvis Presley: Okay, Kids... Which Twin is the Real Elvis?

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

"I'm gonna go infiltrate the International ELVIS PRESLEY Fan Club Convention", said MICK FARREN. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Brunel University, London

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

THE ONLY REASON I KNOW for the Kursaal Flyers not to be as popular as sliced bread is that their first album was so badly ...

The Faces, Rod Stewart: Rod Stewart: It's My Party and I'll Pose If I Want To

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 28 January 1976

THE GLAMOUR Twins were simply passing through, pausing at London Heathrow en route to Paris from Los Angeles. Still the newshounds contrived to be close ...

Kraftwerk: Exceller-8, Radio-Activity

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 31 January 1976

EXCELLER 8 IS a 'best of album taken from the three Vertigo albums that Kraftwerk have released in this country and it's a good selection ...

Osibisa: Welcome Home

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 31 January 1976

Too many holiday brochures getting you down – let some real sun into your home... ...

Ron Geesin: Cockpit Theatre, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 31 January 1976

DRESSED IN RED shorts and jersey with white sneakers, Ron Geesin looks like a combination of Elton John and Alexander Solzhenitsyn but has the crazed ...

The Fania All Stars: Live

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 31 January 1976

A TERRIBLE HANGOVER and a record comes under the front door. I pluck up the courage to put it on (the cover has such loud ...

Sweet: The Sweet: Top of the Pops

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 31 January 1976

OH, YOU know, it gets so very confusing. What with the fickleness of all these rock writers and the constant need to come across with ...

Be-Bop Deluxe: Arty Smarty Or Just The Guitar Hero Next Door?

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

THE SAME sign as Hendrix: Sagittarius. Into Hank Marvin, Duane Eddy, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and BB King. And Jimi Hendrix. ...

Boxer: College Of Food Technology, Weybridge

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

BOXER'S WARM-up gig, one of a few, prior to their major tour which starts shortly…and the hall was about a third of the size which ...

Carole King: Thoroughbred

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

I DON'T UNDERSTAND it. Carole has gone back to recording demo discs again. ...

Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

Commander Cody: Good timin' in the Ozone zone ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Earth Wind & Fire: Gratitude

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

PROOF AT LAST that EWF deserve all the acclaim that's been heaped on them in the last couple of years. ...

Henry Cow: London School of Economics, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

SOMEHOW HENRY Cow all seem slightly amused to be on stage. This is one of the many communications going on between them, but mostly they ...

Joan Baez: From Every Stage

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

LAST AUTUMN, IN a move that marked a complete departure from previous practice, Joan Baez went out on the road in the States with a ...

Junior Byles: From the Dread Depths of Despair

Report by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

JUNIOR BYLES emerged as the supreme talent of the year, if not of the decade. His moving 'Bur O Boy' was without peer. ...

The Kursaal Flyers: Kursaal Flyers: Surely This Band Is Too Young To Die?

Profile and Interview by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

PAUL SHUTTLEWORTH'S Secret Ambition is to become a member of Equity, the Actors' Union. "Trouble is though," he told me, "You can't just pay your ...

10cc: The 10cc Fine Art Collection

Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

In which the Fab Four pick their Fabbest Fourteen to illustrate the ascent of sweetness, light, and the Technological Aesthetic to the neanderthal world of ...

The Blackbyrds: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 7 February 1976

BETCHA DIDN'T know there's such a thing as Black-byrdomania. Neither did I until this concert, when a quietly slumbering stalls suddenly became a heaving sea ...

Gladys Knight: The Best Of…, A Little Knight Music, Gladys Knight And The Pips

Review by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

DON'T BE MISLED – The Best Of... actually refers to the best of Gladys and the 'Pips' Buddah output, but such is the strength of ...

Julie Tippetts: Sunset Glow

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

IN 1970 Julie Driscoll married Keith Tippett, the modern composer, and entered the mysterious other world of contemporary music. ...

Quicksilver Messenger Service: Solid Silver

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

YOU MAY REMEMBER Quicksilver Messenger Service as one of the most enigmatic West Coast bands from the acid-soaked sixties, and not just because they never ...

Ronee Blakley: Welcome

Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

RONEE BLAKLEY was the star of Robert Altman's Nashville, if you remember, the film that was universally condemned by the inhabitants of Music City U.S.A. ...

The Fania All Stars: The Fania All-Stars: It's Skinny [OLÉ] It's Dangerous [OLÉ OLÉ] And It Drinks Cheap Spanish Wine...

Overview by Miles, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

With a rose clenched between his teeth, the man they call EL MILES infiltrates the heady, exotic world of the Strand Lyceum, where trousers are ...

The Isley Brothers: Twist And Shout, Super Hits

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

SOME RECORDINGS CRY out to be reissued. In fact they never should have been deleted in the first place. Others should never even have been ...

The Salsoul Orchestra: The Salsoul Orchestra (Epic)

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 14 February 1976

I ASKED Paul Atkinson, who decides these things at CBS, why he was releasing this album here. ...

Clancy: Kingston Polytechnic, London

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

FOR A BAND which has been going for something like two-and-a-half years, which has survived the pub circuit and come out the other side, and ...

Gong, Steve Hillage: Gong: Demise Of Teapot Heralds New Obscure Era

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

We proudly present GONG Now, in which assorted Gauls and other Foreigners explain (sort of) certain radical changes and new concepts which may extend the ...

James Last: Last of the MORicans

Report and Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

Forget that Kaspar Hauser. JAMES LAST – or "Hansi" if you prefer – is the real Enigma of modern Germany. TONY STEWART investigates. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

WE ALL KNOW about Lynyrd Skynyrd. As barroom brawlers go, they don't come quite as gross as these six Southern redneck bruisers wired on Coors, ...

Speedy Keen: Y'Know Wot I Mean?

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

ONE IF THE many things of which any court of law would instantaneously acquit Speedy Keen (along with singing in a thunderous bass voice and ...

Toots & The Maytals: The Man Who Would Be God

Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

JAH TOOTS: "...tracks on my new album? Well, there's 'Reggae Got Soul' – that's the title track, you know – 'Never Go Down', 'Dog War', ...

Toots & The Maytals: Toots Hibbert: The Man Who Would Be God

Profile and Interview by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 21 February 1976

Rasta revelations courtesy of FREDERICK "TOOTS" HIBBERT of Toots and The Maytals, who'd rather incarnate here and now than talk about old times with PENNY ...

10cc: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

THE MUSIC IS exactly as you'd expect it really. More or less. ...

Ann Peebles: Tellin' It

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

IN 1968 IN Memphis, Tennessee, Willie Mitchell succeeded to the board of an ailing record company called Hi. ...

Kokomo, The Kursaal Flyers: Kokomo/Kursaal Flyers: Guildford

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

A VERY strange billing, Kokomo as support to the Kursaal Flyers. Now that seems to say something about relative popularity and the length of time ...

Maria Muldaur: Sweet Harmony (Warner Brothers)

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

"BECAUSE OF the eclectic nature of her thing Maria goes through a lot of different styles – that's her thing, that's what she does, that's ...

National Health: LSE, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

I LIKE GOING to concerts at L.S.E. because the audiences there are such fanatics. Such was the case with National Health, the audience being exceedingly ...

Sex, Drugs And Violence In Rock: The Sexual Language Of Rock Part 1

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

"Eddie please write me one line,Tell me your love is only mine,Please Eddie, don't make me wait so long,You left me last September,To return to ...

David Bowie: Spiders from Mars

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

"We've still got the Bowie costumes. We can wear those.""Yeah, Dave was really into duffle coats for a hour and a half in them days." ...

T. Rex: Lyceum Ballroom, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 28 February 1976

BORN TO BOOGIE, or born to Waltz? The story of an ageing teendream with the cheek to book himself into London's Lyceum Ballroom, without a ...

Climax Blues Band

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

Big in the States. Still trying to breakthrough on the home turf. CHRIS SALEWICZ chews on a 'cheese and tomato' ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Eddie And The Hot Rods: Imperial College, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

FIRST DUKE DUKE and the Dukes, now Eddie and the Hot Rods – Kursaal Flyers' manager Paul Conroy knows how to pick support bands. ...

Gil Scott-Heron: And now, for a fascinating and demanding dialogue...

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

Learn more about yourself and about the problem facing our society today in this week's... GIL SCOTT-HERON LECTURE ...

Gong: Shamal

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

THE LINEUP CHANGES have been so substantial and the musical direction has altered so drastically since their last album (You), that Gong might have changed ...

Julie Tippetts, Isaac Guillory: Kings College, London

Live Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

"I'M NERVOUS." ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Warner Brothers)

Review by Miles, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

"THERE’S A song of Kate McGarrigle’s, which Maria Muldaur sang on her first LP, called ‘Work Song’, which is about all the old songs that ...

Sex, Drugs And Violence In Rock: The Sexual Language Of Rock Part 2

Essay by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

"I'm gonna pick you up nowAnd carry you away,So you'd better pack up now, baby,Packin' up today,Here I come, just a big bad man,When I ...

The Everly Brothers: Songs Our Daddy Taught Us

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 6 March 1976

IN A QUIET sort of way, 1975 saw an Everly Brothers revival of sorts. Warner Brothers released their magnificent Walk Right Back With The Everlys, ...

King Crimson: A Small Mobile Intelligent Independent Double Album???

Review by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

King Crimson: A Young Person's Guide To King Crimson (Island) ...

Bill Wyman: Stone Alone

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

WELL, HERE HE comes again. Bill Wyman, on face value the least likely Stone to strike out on his own account and yet, apparently, the ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

POLE-AXED BY SKIN-CRAWLING hot and cold flushes, with a head full of demented panel-beaters, the last thing I wanted to do was travel 50 miles ...

Deep Purple: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

AT THE Empire Pool, Deep Purple rule. The roaring audience of ten thousand or so press their hands to their heads as their ears get ...

Jess Roden: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

DRESSED IN the remains of a particularly dapper three-piece suit and with straight hair stretching to his collar and no further, British country-soulster Jess Roden ...

Laura Nyro: Smile

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

LAURA NYRO: fringed red velvet shawl over a lamp, candlelight, one line of cocaine on a mirror, a half-empty glass of red wine on the ...

Steve Gibbons Band, The Who: Who, Gibbons Face the Hog Butcher Vibe

Report by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 20 March 1976

The Who/Steve Gibbons Band: Pavillion de Paris ...

Bobby Womack: BLAM! Bobby Womack Calls The Shots

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

CLIFF WHITE hits the floor and runs the tape as the soul veteran pulls the trigger. ...

Bobby Womack: Safety Zone

Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

IF YOU WANT to do Bobby Womack a favour, you'll ignore this album. ...

Horslips: Guildford

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

HORSLIPS ARE CURRENTLY between record companies, apparently by their own choice, but unlike thespians, who rest, the group are doing a series of gigs in ...

Kevin Coyne: Coyne, The Unfrozen Currency

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

KEVIN COYNE kicks and stamps his feet outside the Atlantic Hotel in Aarhus, Western Denmark, as we waits for a taxi to take us to ...

Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Richard Hell, Television: New York: Plug in to the Nerve-ends of the Naked City

Report by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

In downtown Manhattan the rock 'n' roll war rages on as potential crown princes of Punkdom battle for recognition.. NICK KENT interprets the action ...

The Twinkle Brothers: Rasta Pon Top

Review by Penny Reel, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

EVER SINCE ITALIAN propagandists began spreading false rumours concerning the demise of the Emperor, Negus Ras Tafari, Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Conquering Lion ...

The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds Featuring Eric Clapton, The Yardbirds Featuring Jeff Beck

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 27 March 1976

STRANGELY ENOUGH, the thing that hits you first about these albums is not so much the excellence of the two gentlemen named in the titles ...

Bonnie Raitt

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 3 April 1976

AT FIRST SIGHT, Bonnie Raitt isn't the world's most startling human being. In fact, she seems pretty damn ordinary. Quiet; medium height; plain; unkempt red ...

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Sweet America

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 April 1976

IT TOOK ME a while to figure out where Buffy Sainte-Marie was at with Soldier Blue. ...

Camel: Guildhall, Portsmouth

Live Review by John Tobler, New Musical Express, 3 April 1976

IT'S MY IMPRESSION that Camel are becoming a band to reckon with. ...

Eddie & The Hot Rods: Tasty, Urban Tension Classics…

Interview by Max Bell, New Musical Express, 3 April 1976

MAX BELL says, "Kids, you gonna drive me to drinkin'. If you can't get next to HOT ROD thinkin'" ...

Man: Apollo Theatre, Glasgow

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 3 April 1976

THE KID was good. I have to hand it to him: he was good. ...

Al Jarreau: Jarreau Gig At La Coupole Goes Molto Bene

Report and Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

"THERE'S NO reason for my deserving this interview any more than the man out there pouring drinks, except that I try to say something through ...

Boxer: The Nude, The Boxing Glove And The Wooden Box

Report and Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

...a slightly misleading headline heralding an informative article on BOXER which does in fact refer to nudes, boxing gloves and wooden boxes. ...

Fats Domino: New Victoria Theatre, London

Live Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

WHAT CAN I do? What can I say? How exactly can I prostrate myself? I guess there's no excuse for a rock critic who goes ...

Kevin Ayers - Revived 35

Interview by Miles, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

Headline contributed by the Mediterranean boatman lui-meme. Actually he was born in 1944. Fascinating, isn’t it? ...

Led Zeppelin: Presence

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

M'lawds, ladies 'n' gennelmen, presenting the new album by... ...

Man: The Welsh Connection

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

IRRATIONAL SCHMIR-RATIONAL; it still don't seem right to see a Man album without a United Artists logo on the label. ...

Mike Dorane: The Lone Arranger

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

"Say, stranger...who's that masked man who just wrote those songs, played all the instruments, sang all the harmonies, mixed the tracks in his home studio ...

Roy Wood: The Roy Wood Story

Review by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 10 April 1976

"WHEN YOU'RE NUMBER two, you try harder." ...

The Bothy Band: Guinness Brigade in Nescafé experiment

Interview by Fred Dellar, New Musical