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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, November 7,'l 971

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, November 7, 1971

Pipes and guitar soothe at the Ark

By PATRICK SKY
and LUKE BALDWIN
After a successful tour of Eu-
rope and a private audience
with the queen, Patrick Sky fin-
ally found a hole in his busy
schedule to play the Ark here
in Ann Arbor.
In the most exciting set this
reviewer has seen since Phil
Ochs in his gold lame'e suit. Pa-
trick managed to woo an other-
wise uninteresting audience into
an emotional state verging on
hysteria.
His repertoire is varied to say
the least, singing songs ranging
from traditional and pop to
classics. There are songs a plenty
to suit the most culinary of
tastes.
I especially enjoyed the taste-
less songs about freaks, the
Pope. and especially the one
about the girl who died from an
overdose of birth control pills.
While Pat is most professional

in his performance, I'm sorry to
say that the audience was not
up to par. Laughipg at jokes in
all the wrong places, applaud-
ing when they should have
shut up, they were generally so'
bad that after I finish this re-
view, I am lodging a formal
complaint with the Local Chap-
ter of the International Audi-
ences of the World. It seems
that unions are really lax these
days about whom they admit to
their organizations.
Alas, times must change. It's
not everything, I fear, that
changes for the best.
May doom from the water
gun of death drip upon any-
one who would question the
truth or the untarnished mod-
esty that exudes from the
drooling mouth of my compadre.
Not only is he unusually tact-
ful in his presentation of un-

controversial material, but the
taste he exhibits in his slightly
more objectionable numbers is
only surpassed by the scrump-
tious tongue of an oversexed
Blue Tick Hound.
The audience bathed itself in
masochistic delight as they
squirmed on the floor, listening
to such hits as "Separation
Blues," "Many A Mile." and
Jimmy Clay."
Sky's piercing mastery of the
guitar was overcome only by the
disgusting presence of an audi-
ence garbed in costumes that
would have made the crowd at
the Ali-Frazier fight seem nak-
ed. Dressed in orange dungarees,
black leather zoot suits, and B.
V.D.'s (with a generous assort-
ment of chrome plated chains, ,
they wheezed ecstacally having
been treated to music unmatch-'
ed sincesAprodite caught her
left breast in an electric toaster.

By ABBY MILLER
Every time I get really turned
on to a particular kind of mu-
sic or a performer, I'm totally at
a loss to relate my impressions
to anyone. Take far example my
dry review of Lou Killen, one of
my very favorite performers.
This time I don't intend to make
the same mistake. I ask only
that you treat yourself to an
experience that you'll never
again get in Ann Arbor by rep-
resenting yourself at the Ark
this evening. Liam O'Flynn,
from Dublin, a master at the
pipes, has been playing the uille-
ann pipes for 14 years. No one
in this country can play the
pipes like him, and even in Ire-
land this music has gone under-
ground.
The only way I can hope to
describe the pipes is that there
is magic in them. The weird
and eery sounds that Liam pro-
duces are a combination of his
skill and soul, plus the mystical
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quality of the pipes themselves.
Incorporated with his music is
his soft, charming way of pre-
senting each piece. He sets up
each tune with stories and inci-
dents of the song and its com-
position. Gradually one begins
to have a feeling for Carolan,
the blind harpist, for the old
fiddlers and pipers whose tunes
he plays - for a kind of music
and its mood and historical set-
ting.
Through Liam's images and
the haunting strains of the
pipes, one is transported into
another world. Liam builds
around him an enchantment
and encitement for the ancient
music flowing through his
pipes.
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BUILD
Saturday and Sunday
MURIEL
DIR. ALAIN RESNAIS,
1963. with Delphine Sey-
rig. Resnais takes you in-
to the world of the mem-
ory. Former love and for-
mer horror invade the
present in a Proustian
rememberance of things
past. Muriel is a film ex-
quisitely constructed with
Resnais' sophisticated ed-

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New releases: Trying to find a
pearl in a messy bed of oysters

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By HERB BOWIE
Listening to all the obscure
releases the record compannies
secrete every year is a little
like diving for pearls: every so
often you find something t h a t
Justifies all the hard work you
have put in. If you had hap-
pened to be listening to thelat-
est stack a few years ago, for
example, you might have been
shocked to hear a record so good
that Three Dog Night lat e r
covered one of the songs there-
on. The group, then known as
the Rockets, later became Crazy
Morse, Neil Young's back-up
band. Keeping this in mind,
then,- let's take a look at t h e
latest batch of unknowns.
Mason Proffit sings about the
tragic, bittersweet, qualities of
life. The album, Last Night I
Had The Strangest Dream (Am-
pex A-10138), is full of pithy
little epigrams like "Freedom's
just a way of getting older, and
living's just a way to let it be,"
that are easily memorized and
are sure to help us all through
our everyday struggle with life.
At times they sound a little like
Peter, Paul and Mary laced with
melancholy harmonica and pe-
dal steel, at times a little like
early Simon and Garfunkel, but
they always sound constipated.
Coming after Mason Proffit,
Wishbone Ash's new album, P11-
gimage (Deca DL 75295),
sounds positively refreshing,
with hardly an intelligible word
on the whole album. Coming af-
ter anyone else, though, they'd
sound a little dull. With drums,
bass, and two guitars, t h e y
sound like they should be a tight
little rock 'n roll and blues band.
Instead they're a loose 11 t t i e
quasi-jazz group ' that never
really manages to get it on.
Alex Bevan is an entirely dif-
ferent story. No Truth to Sell
(Big Tree Records BTS 2006)
is almost good enough to listen
to again. The longest of t h e
thirteen cuts is only four and a
half minutes, and each track
contains a nice song well sung
and carefully arranged. The ly-
rics are the central part of each
song and, as the ones below in-
dicate, are quite equal to the
task:
Everybody told me what I
needed, and I believed them
for a while.
Now I tell them tell each other,
while I sit here and I smile.
I let them get to me, now I
wait and bide my time.
I sing soft songs, some say
very well.
I sing soft songs, I got no truth
to sell.
Tucked away inside my suitcase
dragged round many miles,
You'll find my love like my
hi
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Ready to wear
Like my smile.
The album's fatal flaw is that
every song tries to convey basi-
cally the same mood of sad dis-
illusionment. A whole album of
unremitting melancholy is sim-
ply not convincing. If this al-
bum had just a couple of songs
of unrestrained joy and enthus-
iasm, the remaining laments
would stand out in bold relief.
As it is, they all melt together
like grey clouds in an overcast
sky.
The best thing to be said about
Hiroshima (Ampex A-10123) by
Wishful Thinking is that it's
eminently forgettable. Eiven at
45 rpm they can't keep up with
Lawrence Welk.
Nick Drake's new album, Nick
Drake, is positively delightful.
Nick's voice is a real great, sure
to rank right up there w i t h
those other distinctive voices in
rock, belonging to Bob Dylan,
Rod Stewart, Ian Whitcomb. and
Mick Jagger; the best way I
can describe it is tobsay that it
sounds like Donovan's at its
softest, folksiest best. At times
it's so smooth and even th e n
you can almost forget it's
there! Andthebackup is ab-
solutely charming.
Nick's lyrics are some of the
most sensitive and perceptive w
be sung in a rock context since
the memorable "Surfin' Bird"
by the Trashmen. At one point
in the album, for example, Nick
wrenches these words from his
soul:
I could have been a whistle,
I could have been a flute.
A real live giver,
I could have been a boot.
I could have been a signpost,
Could have been a clock.
Did we not immediately real-
ize that Nick is speaking meta-
phorically here, we might be
tempted to ask "Well why didn't
you, Drake? What the f. s is
your excuse?" but we are well

aware that Nick is speaking on
many levels here. If Nick's re-
cord doesn't completely enchant
you on the first listening, try
playing it at 45 rpm: it sounds
evenbetter!
All kidding aside, Johnny Riv-
er's new album, Home Grown
(United Artists UAS-5532) is
really nice; if you buy it you're
crazy, but I would advise you to
take a look at it the next time
you're in a record store. T h e
hype job is so ridiculous it's not
even obnoxious. The cover is
pseudo-burlap, with a picture of
freaky Johnny in the middle be-
decked with long hair and beard
standing in the midst of nature
next to a small child with curly
blond locks. There isn't a single
word on the cover that is me-
chanically produced nor is there
a single photo whose edges have
been evenly cut.
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