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Rob Partridge

Rob Partridge

Rob Partridge was a writer for Melody Maker and other publications before becoming head of press at Island Records in 1977. While at Island, Rob worked with numerous acts from U2 to Tom Waits and Marianne Faithfull. With Neil Storey he set up the independent publicity company Partridge & Storey in 1991, renaming it Coalition in 1996. Rob died in 2008.

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Average White Band: Cut The Cake (Atlantic)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 19 July 1975

Hamish Stuart (guitar, vocals), Alan Gorrie (bass, vocals), Onnie Mclntyre (guitar), Roger Ball (keyboards, alto and baritone saxophones), Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone), Stephen Ferrone (drums, ...

Bad Company: Straight Shooter (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 29 March 1975

BAD COMPANY were the most remarkable success story of 1974. The band hit number one in the American charts with their first album, became headliners ...

Maggie Bell: Suicide Sal

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 8 February 1975

IT'S CURIOUS that Maggie Bell still hasn't got her name up there in lights. ...

Black Sabbath: It's All Word Of Foot

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 3 October 1970

THE BLACK SABBATH album Paranoid, slipped into your record shops a couple of weeks ago. No ballyhoo. The release was as quiet as it was ...

Booker T & The MGs: Booker T. & the M.G.s: McLemore Avenue (Stax Stereo SXATS 1031).

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 4 July 1970

A COVER VERSION of the entire Beatles Abbey Road album — complete with Booker T. and the boys in Beatle-like post on the cover — ...

Chicken Shack

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 23 January 1971

STAN WEBB is Chicken Shack. And at the moment he's quite literally the whole band – the rest of the original members left when the ...

Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie: Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 6 December 1969

AND A GOOD TIME was had by all at London's Royal Albert Hall on Monday. It was the first British appearance of Delaney & Bonnie ...

Jimmy Cliff: From Reggae To Riches

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 17 November 1973

IT MUST BE almost three years since the last hit record. God, that's an artistic lifespan for many people, but somehow he manages to suggest ...

Joe Cocker, Leon Russell: Leon Russell — Super Group?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 16 May 1970

THERE ARE GROUPS, super-groups and super-super-groups. But there must be a new name for a combination of Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, ...

Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Sly & The Family Stone, Ten Years After, The Who: Woodstock (Import Cotillion SD3-500)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 4 July 1970

BONUS TRACKS ON WOODSTOCK GIANT ...

Don Covay: Hot Blood

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 15 February 1975

DON COVAY'S resurrection as an artist was one of the brightest events of last year. His 'It's Better To Have' made number 21 in the ...

Desmond Dekker, John Holt, Dandy Livingstone, Bob Marley & the Wailers: Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 21 July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

Delaney & Bonnie: Clapton, Jagger, Harrison and Lennon Rave Over Them

Profile by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 25 October 1969

REPUTATIONS travel, Delaney And Bonnie's travel via Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and George Harrison. ...

Manu Dibango: Manu: Breaking Out of Africa

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 2 March 1974

Manu Dibango, No. 1 in Africa, has finally broken through in America. Robert Partridge met him in Paris... ...

Dr. John: Doctor John: Doctor Feelgood!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 14 July 1973

COULD THAT possibly be Mac Rebennack peeping through the Dr. John persona? Just like, say, Sly Stone and Sylvester Stewart. ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Idle Race: Electric Light Orchestra: Light And Bitter

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 9 February 1974

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, FRIDAY: The film man wants to know the running order of the show tonight. ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Moody Blues, The Move, Spencer Davis Group, Wizzard: Brum Beat

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 26 January 1974

"Liverpool today – Birmingham tomorrow. That's the forecast for the beat business in rock music. Yes, the Brum Beat is all set to take over ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Roy Wood, The Small Faces, Wizzard: Don Arden: The Hit Man

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 9 March 1974

He's been called the Al Capone of pop, and the reputation's, shall we say, a little heavy. A nervous Robert Partridge talks to Don Arden... ...

David Essex: Jesus Rocks On!

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 1 September 1973

"Hey, shout summertime bluesJump up and down in blue suede shoes" ...

The Faces: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 7 March 1970

THE FIRST thing you notice about them is why they're not "The Small Faces" anymore. Rod Stewart, the new vocalist, is head and shoulders above ...

Fairport Convention: The Banana Convention

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 30 June 1973

THE WAY DAVE PEGG sees it, what America needs is Fairport Convention's High Banana Content Programme. ...

Fleetwood Mac: Falling Victim To An Epidemic

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 6 June 1970

GROUP SPLITS have become the foot-and-mouth disease of pop. And this year the splits have become almost endemic with British bands. ...

Free: Free For All

Report by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 18 July 1970

A front row view of how Swindon got FREED ...

Free: Fire and Water (Island ILPS 9120)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 4 July 1970

'Fire and Water'; 'Oh I Wept'; 'Remember'; 'Heavy Load'; 'Mr Big'; 'Don't Say You Love Me'; 'All Right Now'. ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp: Why I Killed the King

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 5 October 1974

King Crimson finally abdicated last week. But the end came with a whimper, an official statement merely commented that the band had "ceased to exist". ...

Dobie Gray: Drift Away (MCA)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 8 September 1973

THREE PLAYS and this record assumes the kind of easy familiarity usually expected from greatest hits albums. Eleven good cuts, and most of them potential ...

Norman Greenbaum: Spirit In The Sky (Reprise RSLP 6365)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 16 May 1970

'Junior Cadillac'; 'Spirit In The Sky'; 'Skyline'; 'Jubilee'; 'Alice Bodine'; 'Tars Of India'; 'The Power'; 'Good Lookin' Woman'; 'Milk Cow'; 'Marcy'. ...

Wanda Jackson, George Jones: George Jones, Wanda Jackson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 27 September 1975

GEORGE JONES is one of the major stars of American country music but, without the help of a chart single to attract the MOR audience, ...

Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins: Dolly Parton, George Jones, Marty Robbins, Barbara Mandrell, Wanda Jackson et al: Country Music Festival, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Colin Irwin, Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 5 April 1975

Yee-hah for the cowboys! Colin Irwin and Robert Partridge review Wembley's giant country festival ...

Jethro Tull: Why Tull Called It A Day

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 1 September 1973

JETHRO TULL's manager Terry Ellis this week accused rock critics of "taking advantage of their unassailable position to be abusive." ...

Jobriath: Superstar or Superhype?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 12 January 1974

"If hype means projecting your artist, I'm going to produce the biggest hype ever" – Jerry Brandt talking to ROBERT PARTRIDGE about his latest discovery, ...

Carole King: King Is The Queen

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 28 July 1973

Carole King: Hammersmith Odeon, London ...

Edgar Winter, The Kinks, Lindisfarne, Sly & The Family Stone: Wet City: Sly and Company Live in London

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 21 July 1973

LIKE THE WEATHER, the music at London’s White City on Sunday was a mixture of fair and foul. ...

Little Feat: The Last Record Album (Warner Brothers K56156)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 8 November 1975

Feat on their knees... ...

Little Feat: Philosophy of the Feat

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 3 May 1975

"LITTLE FEAT are flukes," says Lowell George, "and the flukes just can't be stopped. In the end they balance out the monstrosities of 'formula' music." ...

The Meters: Fire On The Bayou (Reprise K45044)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 16 August 1975

Meters set the bayou afire ...

The Moody Blues: To Our Children's, Children's, Children (Threshold THM 1)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 6 December 1969

Moody Blues: rock group or mini-orchestra ...

Mott The Hoople: Mott & The Name Game...

Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 10 January 1970

SOME BANDS try harder. Like Mott The Hoople for instance. You try walking around with a name like that. ...

Maria Muldaur: Maria's Magic Moment

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 10 May 1975

ENCORE time at Stony Brook, Long Island. Maria Muldaur had just finished an impressive set and the kids were yelling out for more of the ...

Randy Newman: 'I'd Like to Have a Hit'

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 15 June 1974

Randy Newman may have an image problem — but he's got an impeccable track record. America's great songwriter talks to Robert Partridge ...

Freda Payne, The Stylistics: The Stylistics, Freda Payne: Cunard International Hotel, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 26 July 1975

THE STYLISTICS came onstage around midnight and, judging by the yawns on many people's faces, it wasn't a moment too soon. London's Cunard International Hotel ...

Professor Longhair: The Professor of Rock

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 8 September 1973

THE PROFESSOR, THEY SAY, influenced just about every musician in New Orleans. And it’s not a claim he’s about to deny. "I taught most of ...

Quintessence: Notting Hill Gate – a Single, a Group, and a Place

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 3 January 1970

LONDON WEST Ten is the Grove. It is that part of Notting Hill straddling Ladbroke Grove, where, over the past few years, a whole new ...

Leon Russell: Leon Russell (A&M AMLS 982)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 16 May 1970

A GRAND OLD rave-up featuring Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watt, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Stevie Winwood, Delaney and Ronnie Bramlett, Chris Stainton, Joe Cocker ...

Doug Sahm: Book of Sahm

Overview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 10 November 1973

"You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lotta soul" – 'At The Crossroads' by the Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969. ...

Boz Scaggs: Boz Of The Blues

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 22 June 1974

WE'RE just talking, comparing favourite singers, when Boz Scaggs happens to mention Bobby "Blue" Bland. ...

Soft Machine: Third (CBS 66246)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 4 July 1970

'Facelift'; 'Slightly All the Time'; 'Noisette'; 'Slightly All the Time'; 'The Moon in June'; 'Out-Bloody-Rageous'. ...

Stealers Wheel: Wheel Of Fortune

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 5 January 1974

JOE EGAN used to be in a band called the Mavericks. Nothing much, just a young band from Paisley, a tough industrial town on the ...

Rod Stewart: How Rod's Old Raincoat Didn't Let Him Down

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 3 October 1970

ROD STEWART is a walking synopsis of British rock music. He's been in there from the golden days of CND, through the Rod The Mod ...

Sutherland Brothers and Quiver: Conquering Quiverlands

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 17 November 1973

FOR NINE WEEKS now, the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver have toured America with Elton John. Their single, '(I Don't Want To Love You But) You ...

Allen Toussaint: Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 21 July 1973

THEY KNOW, of course, which one is Dr John. The Swiss photographers huddle around the stage, clicking their Nikons like American tourists determined to capture ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights (Reprise K 54021)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 12 April 1975

Testimony to Toussaint ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 3 May 1975

Way down yonder in New Orleans, ALLEN TOUSSAINT is an ace hitmaker. He's had a hand in such classics as 'Mother-In-Law', 'Land of 1,000 Dances' ...

Traffic: On The Road (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 17 November 1973

TRAFFIC, ON OCCASIONS, have the ability to sound like the most demanding and mature rock band in the world. Trouble is, each time they've reached ...

Tanya Tucker: Country Girl

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 1 November 1975

THE CHOCOLATE-smothered Rice Krispies cup cake lay half-eaten on the plate, neglected after the first bite. Tanya, it seemed, was not in the best of ...

The Who: Live At Leeds (Track)

Review by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 30 May 1970

'Young Man'; 'Substitute'; 'Summertime Blues'; 'Shakin' All Over'; 'My Generation'; 'Magic Bus'. ...

Pete Wingfield: Breakfast Special (Island)

Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 26 July 1975

THE ONLY question this album leaves unresolved is why no one thought of recording Pete Wingfield before. ...

Bobby Womack: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 13 March 1976

Womack: it's all over now ...

Tammy Wynette: Going UP Country

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 14 June 1975

How come a seven-year-old single, re-issued for the fifth time, made it to number one? Robert Partridge gets the full story behind Tammy Wynette's 'Stand ...

Tammy Wynette: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 14 June 1975

THREE MONTHS ago Tammy Wynette was little more than cowboy fodder in Britain, appealing only to a small body of country freaks. But, one smasheroo ...

Tammy Wynette: Truckers' Choice

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 19 April 1975

No-one captures the ideals of Middle America quite like Tammy Wynette. And she's got the hits to prove it — an astounding 24 Number Ones. ...

Frank Zappa: Portrait Of The Artist As A Businessman

Interview by Paul Phillips, Rob Partridge, Cream, January 1972

"IF you’re making £10 a night, you’ll be screwed. When you’re making £1,000 a night, you’ll still get screwed... only you’re being screwed for more." ...

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Is Pop Music Putting The Boot In For Bovver?

Overview by Rob Partridge, Record Mirror, 9 May 1970

Robert Partridge argues that violence has taken on a different meaning ...

Plastic, paper and petrol famine shakes the whole music scene — ROCK CRISIS!

Report by Colin Irwin, Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 1 December 1973

ROCK MUSIC is reaching a crisis point. The worldwide energy shortage threatens the future of the entire music industry while rock itself faces a ban ...

The Age of Atlantic: Making Tracks, Charlie Gillett (W.H. Allen)

Book Review by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 15 February 1975

Robert Partridge reviews a major new book about one of America's most important record labels. ...

U.K. and Europe — Wide Open for Rock Theater

Interview by Rob Partridge, Billboard, 18 December 1971

LONDON — John Morris knows about rock theatre. His career has blended together a decade's experience in both the rock music and theatre worlds, including ...

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