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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Thursday, January 14, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, January 14, 1971

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Sea

By DANIEL ZWERDLING
The record business is boom-
ing, everybody is purchasing pop
records like mad and the pub-
lishers are flooding the market
with repetitive, imitative tripe
which costs nine cents per disc
to produce and sounds like it.
When some fine records come
out we should feel especially
grateful - like the proverbial
prisoner who kisses his captors
when the torture stops. T h e
first album - Sea Train --
glows in a class by itself. Buy it.
You could also purchase most of
the other five new records be-
low and feel happy that you did.
Sea Train, Capitol 659
Every once in a while a group
appears which features so extra-
ordinary a talent or sounds so
completely unique that it dom-
inates an entire field of music.
The country-folk field, T h e
Band and Crosby, Stills, Nash,
and Young. Now Sea Train will
join them. Someone put togeth-
er four talented musicians, key-
boards, guitar, drums and bass,
and then added Richard Greene,
the phenomenal virtuoso violin-
ist who has starred with Jim
Kweskin, Bill Munroe and The
Greenbrier Boys. Greene plays
with extraordinary technique
and feeling. He uses a wah-wah
pedal, besides.
Sea Train's debut album' is so
solid that one can tell the group
should last for a long time (bar-
ring internal conflicts or acts of
God). Some of the pieces bear
superficial similarities to The
Band - but then, The B a n d
doesn't have Richard Greene
and since most Sea Train num-
bers are written by members of
the group they have a distinc-
tive flavor.
The nicest piece on the album
is a long Song of Job.' a faith-
ful musical narrative of the
Bible tale about God testing
Job's faith. The story ends hap-
pily. More importantly, the Sea
Train version features sensitive
vocals by Lloyd Baskin (he
played in Hair), and wiley violin
squiggles in the parts about Sat-
an. In 'Job', like most of the
other songs, the lead vocal is
supported by close three-and
four-part harmonies - which
are usually sparse, almost never
carrying the major part of the
song like Crosby. Stills, Nash
and Young harmonies.
Richard Greene vets P n in-
struGental ell to himself f0.
B.S.). He starts out sounding
like a train and ends up sound-
ing like Richard Greene.
Sea Train's album drag's just
a bit now and then because it
lacks emotional variety: most
of the songs are solemn and in
slow or moderate tempo. One
can almost sense how nervous
and cautious the groun must be
recording their first album. Now
that they have established thm-
selves as musical stars, they can
relax and enjoy a good laugh.
Sea Train stars at Hill Aud.
this Saturday: anyone who -likes
music and misses it is nuts.

rrain2
ity that you might mistake it
for a guitar. The musicians on
this record play very adequately
-there are few chances for solo
breaks, since Buckley is the §olo
- and Buckley spices up t h e
sounds with an echo amplifier-
not a la Beach Boys, but a la
Miles Davis. {
Janey and Denis. Reprise 6414
This is an exciting album -if
you appreciate a man and wo-
man folk duo in the style of Ian
and Sylvia. Janey Schramm and
Denis Pereca haven't invented a
new style, but they have master-
ed an old one with a superb
blend of voices and expression.
It's difficult to believe t h a t
two voices can be so perfectly
matched. In some songs o n e
can't tell whether Janey is sing-
ing with her own overdub, whe-
ther Denis is singing with his
oyerdub or whether they a r e
singing together. Both h a v e
strong, pure voices without the

cautious excellence

'Blues Song'. In 'Another Day',
Janey and Denis sound genuine-
ly fresh, like two friends swag-
gering a little drunk down a dirt
road, with straw in their mouths
and apples in their pockets. They
enjoy singing. The only flop
on the album is an anti-war
song which lost its charm poli-
tically and musically five years
ago. "His son is off to the war/
Now what's the reason for?"
They should stick to music.
Mashmakhan. Epic 30235
Mashmakhan hail from Mon-
treal, which may make music
afficianados feel kindlier toward
Canada. They have enjoyed
some success around the coun-
try with a single "As Year's Go
By" which unfortunately is one
of the worst cuts on the album.
On the surface, Mashmakhan
sounds like Blood Sweat and
Tears or Ten Wheel Drive or any
one of the myriad jazz-influenc-
ed rock groups, but it's a more

subtle and unpretentious. You
sense real professionalism and
pride in their classical roots: no
one person glows on the album,
but all the instruments blend as
a unit. The guitar solos are al-
ways modest, creative, and never
impose on the rest of the group.
The singer is good, and very
clean and restrained - he does
not warble, or rasp, or slide.
Mashmakhan always knows
when a song is getting dull, and
breaks to a new rhythm or key
change and enlivens it.
Perhaps the best song on the
album is 'Letter from Zambia,'
which starts with a flute solo
backed by African bass drum
and rattle. The group chants in
unison in a solemn dirge, then
midway through the song breaks
into a moving, hipswinging
dance, and finally lets o o s e
Listen closely also to 'Gladwin,'
which features a flute and gut-
tar duet, and some nice singing
in octaves.

,. ,rages

Zoo, Mercury 61300
Everyone in Zoo is French -
they debuted at the Rock 'n Roll
Circus in Paris - but they sing
and play like America's Chicago.
It's another one of those jazz-
rock septets with sax and trum-
pet, not as predictable and pack-
aged as Chicago. and not as
subtle as Mashmakhan. Z o o
makes effective use of discord-
ant, backup chords which clash
witht the singer, generating a
pleasant tension. An outstand-
ing organ-piano player and elec-
tric violinist make this record
better than most similar groups.
Jellyroll. Kapp 3626
More of the same, but with a
driving animal beat which may
make you work up a sweat. The
singer sounds exactly like David
Clayton-Thomas. Jellyroll w ill
never make the top because they
can't avoid cliches: lots of
thumping bass and fuzz guitar,
too much shouting, and don't
they know that the scale has
more than two keys? T h i s
group gets tiresome after two
songs. Flip the needel from cut
to cut and I bet you won't know
the difference.
The place to meet
INTERESTING people
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in Bach's Cantata 106
A lecture perform9nce by
FREDERICK STRUUP
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tenor
TIM MOUNT
bass
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recorder
JOHN FINK
recorder
NANCY CRITELLI
,cello
MR. STROUP
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Refreshments Afterwardsl
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