THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, November 14, 1971
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Sunday, November 14, 1971
Commander on disc: Sining
Fun, freaky, hybrid
By AL SHACKELFORD
Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen are Ann Arbor's
all-time favorite band, so I better be pretty careful what I say
in this review. The last time I saw the Commander, in an over-sold.
Alley, avFreak in back of me started to mutter something about
"neg vibes" when I booed the strained Airmen version of "What
Made Milwaukee Famous." I exited to dirty looks as my ears were
assailed by an almost note-for-note version of Merle Haggard's
"Workin' Man Blues." It was a poor set by a fun band.
That performance at the Alley put me in the mood to say bad
things about Commander Cody's first album Lost in the Ozone
(Paranount PS 6017), but most of it is pretty good. There isn't
anything innovative on it, or even very creative, but the guys have
done their homework and come. up with an authentic-sounding
mixture. of straight country and old rock and roll. The only
instrumentalist who bugs my ears out is lead guitarist Bill Kirchen. -
Kirchen really has his licks down, ranging from fast, clipped coun-
try on "Lost in the Ozone" to Charlie Christian-like jazz on "Mid-
night Shift." That last song sounds like the hybrid of a session
uniting an early Elvis with the Benny Goodman Sextet.
The West Virginia Creeper, recently memorialized in Esquire
magazine, confines himself to strongly-derivative licks, nice to
listen to but nothing that will make Rusty Young or Sneeky
Pete shake in their boots. He does take a nice solo on "Seeds and
Stems (Again)" and adds interesting novelty work to"Hot Rod
I guess my big complaint with Commander Cody is that, as
a country-rock band, they aren't anywhere near as good as Poco
or the Flying Burritos; and, as a straight country band, they don't
have anywhere near the soul of Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty,
or any number of others. So where does that put Commander
Cody? Basically they are a freak .act, a hippie band that plays
country music that is pretty straight and pretty good.
My favorite song on Lost in the Ozone is a Billy C. Farlow
.une called "Daddy's Gonna Treat You Right;" it is real pretty and,
for my money, establishes. Farlow as the star Airman. He sings
pretty well, especially on the rock numbers, and the album's best
original material consists of Farlow compositions.
Side one moves along pretty well until the inevitable dug-
up religious song comes up, this one a honey called "Family Bible."
Religious songs are in popular vogue ("Put Your Hand in the
Hand," 'We Need A Whole Lot More of Jesus"), and this one is as
phony as the rest. Rhythm guitarist John Tichy contributes for-
gettable singing and a super-lame spoken break to this tune.
Side two is also mostly thumbs-up: "Lost in the Ozone" and
"Midnight Shift" stand out as the top numbers. The album ends
up with "Beat Me Daddy," 5:08 of superfluous boogie recorded live
last summer at Hill Auditorium.
NOTES: The Flying Burrit Brothers are currently wowing
audiences in the East with a repertoire of bluegrass, old tunes by
Hillman-Parsons and new ones by Rick Roberts.
The Burrito is: Chris Hillman, bass; Roberts, rhythm guitar
and lead vocals; Mike Clark, drums; Al Perkins, steel; and Ken
Woods, banjo. This boffo lineup is occasionally supplemented by
bluegrass all-stars Byron Berline, fiddle and Al Bush, acoustic
bass. The Gilded Palace .of Sin (A&M SP 4175) is the Burritos'
first album and one of the best country numbers of all time, if
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By ABBY MILLER
This old world is mean and
But still I love it like a fool
This world, this world.
I'd rather go to the corner
Than sing hosanah on ,that
golden shore ...
That song seems to express
Melvina Reynolds and her songs.
She's a 71 year old grandmoth-
er from Berkeley who combines
youthfulness and wisdom. She's
written hundreds of songs, well-
known ones like "God. Bless the
Grass." "Little Boxes" and "Mag-
ic Penny." I've heard so many
of Melvina's songs sung by oth-
ers and so many wonderful
things about her. Friday night
at the Ark I finally got to see
her and hear her sing her songs.
Melvina sits there and con-
verses with the audience with
natural transitions between her
conversation and her songs. The
songs are a crystallization of her
thoughts and impressions. They
speak of things we're all con-
cerned about, but bring them
into focus and convey her out-
look. ". . . This is an exper-
ience that touches them (the
audience) so that they laugh
and sing about it - it suddenly
gets lifted out of individual
needling so that everyone is
holding it up; it's carried by
everyone," she said about
"There's a Bottom Below." She
writes about specific incidents
and larger issues, but there's
something universal in each.
They express recognition of
what's hard and bad in t h i s
world, but no illusions a b o u t
changing them tomorrow. Yet
there is an optimistic feeling.
We're here and have to try to
make a better world and there
is something good in just that.
Her songs can be poignant,
like "Turn Around." They can
be good humored and poking fun
as in "Fantastic Man." She's
ple, but as she says, you can't
be concerned about people with-
out caring about the world they
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The program will be Haydn's
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Singing along on simple re-
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one you respected and were fond
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dir. FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT
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