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Richard C. Walls

Richard C. Walls

Richard C. Walls wrote regularly for Creem and many other publications until his death in May 2017.

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The Band: Jericho

Review by Richard C. Walls, Rolling Stone, 24 February 1994

THIS CURRENT EDITION of the Band consists of three of its original five members — drummer-vocalist Levon Helm, bassist-vocalist Rick Danko and keyboardist Garth Hudson ...

David Byrne, Brian Eno: Brian Eno, David Byrne: My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Sire)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, June 1981

"You see, the problem is that people, particularly people who write, assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics. To me ...

John Cale, Lou Reed: Lou Reed and John Cale: Songs for Drella (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, May 1990

Forty-five Minutes of Fame — Reed and Cale Build Warhol a Velvet Coffin ...

James Chance & the Contortions, D.N.A., Mars, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks: Various Artists: No New York (Antilles)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, April 1979

WELCOME TO the unwave. I haven't heard so much ferociously avant-garde and aggressively ugly music since Albert Ayler puked all over my brain back in ...

Stanley Clarke: School Days (Nemperor)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, December 1976

IF YOU'VE heard either of Clarke's two previous Nemperor albums then you're already familiar with the music here. The basic conception remains the same — ...

George Clinton: Hey Man, Smell My Finger (Paisley Park)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, November 1993

BEING THE mad Messiah of Funk and all, George Clinton could easily coast on his rep. Instead he's come up with the best album of ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Imperial Bedroom (Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, November 1982

E.C.'s EMOTIONAL RESCUE ...

Elvis Costello: Kojak Variety

Review by Richard C. Walls, Rolling Stone, 2 February 1998

AT THE BEGINNING of Elvis Costello's covers album, there's a little sleight of hand, a misdirecting cue to the listener — a false start, a ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1988

HERE'S THE scam, or rather the situation. D'Arby, a black American gone to England, has had an enormous success among the Brits — number one ...

Miles Davis: The Man With The Horn (Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, November 1981

MILES FINALLY RELEASES THE PAUSE BUTTON ...

Eurythmics: 1984 (For The Love Of Big Brother) (RCA)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, April 1985

IRONY BUFFS might have felt a twinge of interest recently when the Eurythmics' 'Sexcrime' was being banned in various quarters. In Orwell's 1984 the word ...

Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1983

DESPITE WHATEVER initial impressions you might get from hearing it on the radio, this is not the new Steely Dan album minus an apparently expendable ...

Bernard Herrmann: Blue Light Special: Bernard Herrmann

Retrospective by Richard C. Walls, Spin, September 1990

YOU MAY not know the name but you know Bernard Herrmann's work, or at least some of it. Everybody knows some of it. What most ...

Hüsker Dü: Candy Apple Grey (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, August 1986

ALAS, ANOTHER cult band, after years of honest toil on a small but brave label, has debuted on one of those big, unsavory, decadent major ...

Michael Jackson: Bad (Epic)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, January 1988

PEPSI-COLA SALAD ...

Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen/Michael Jackson: Through Time and Space with the Changeling Gods

Essay by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1988

Just Between You And Me ...

Magazine: Secondhand Daylight (Virgin)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, March 1980

ONCE UPON a time — No, I'm not going to do that. It's tempting, but I really dislike record reviews that masquerade as short stories. ...

John Martyn, Sade: Sade: Diamond Life (Portrait); John Martyn: Sapphire (Island)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, May 1985

JEWELS 'N' JAZZ ...

Joni Mitchell: Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Asylum)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1978

DON JUAN SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW YOU ...

Aaron Neville: Warm Your Heart (A&M)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, August 1991

WITH HIS brothers and on his own, Aaron Neville has been involved with some truly fine records. But it's also true that he recently reached ...

Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam/Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, July 1990

Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution — Public Enemy Gets Tough ...

R.E.M.: Fables Of The Reconstruction (I.R.S.)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, September 1985

ATHENS REVISITED ...

The Replacements: All Shook Down (Reprise/Sire)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, November 1990

THE REPLACEMENTS' first two major-label albums after establishing themselves as an indie/cult/critics success — Tim ('85) and Pleased to Meet Me ('87) — contained no ...

The Replacements: Tim (Sire)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, March 1986

LEFT OF THE DIAL ...

Steely Dan: Aja (ABC)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, January 1978

STEELY DAN, in case you don't already know, isn't a group in the conventional sense (tho' it began that way) but rather the umbrella name ...

Talking Heads: Talking Heads: 77 (Sire)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, December 1977

AFTER WRITING reviews for eight years, one learns to ignore the press releases that accompany promo copies or at least to read them with a ...

The Time: Ice Cream Castles (Warner Bros.)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, December 1984

ON THEIR third (and final) album, the Time continues to sound like Prince's opening act, the band's lyrical thrust dealing with things that its mentor ...

James Blood Ulmer: Free Lancing (Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1982

ULMER IS A 39-year-old guitarist who's come up thru' blues bands and organ/guitar trios, thru the Del Vikings and Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars, thru ...

Tom Waits: Blue Valentine (Asylum)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1979

ONCE I WAS really drunk in this very fancy bar where they had this woman playing piano, looked like somebody's grandmother, and I kept asking ...

Tom Waits: Bone Machine (Island)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, October 1992

VULTURES AT THE DINER ...

Weather Report: Mr. Gone (Columbia)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1979

I'VE ALWAYS been for labelling music, an unpopular attitude among some critics, some musicians and practically all record companies. The irritating thing about the anti-label ...

Vanessa Williams: The Sweetest Days (Wing/Mercury)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, March 1995

VANESSA WILLIAMS' career has been marked by a series of noteworthy precedents — as the first black woman to be named Miss America, as the ...

Stevie Wonder: Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants (Motown)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, February 1980

LET'S ASSUME that you didn't think that Songs in the Key of Life was a total bust. It was over hyped for sure, overblown in ...

Dwight Yoakam: This Time (Reprise)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Musician, June 1993

DWIGHT YOAKAM made his mark as a new traditionalist country singer — vocally a natural, with the stoic throb and nasal soulfulness to give life ...

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