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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, Ortober 2, 1970

Pag<e Two THE MiCHIGAN DAILY Friday, Oztober 2, 1970

records- y ---K-e
A mediocre monopoly of Al ( oo per

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's
MAN OF LA MANCHA
to be presented December 17-20
-TRY-OUTS---
OCTOBER 1 & 2, 7:00 P.M. TO 11:00 P.M.
OCTOBER 4, 2.00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
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By DANIEL ZWERDLING
Al Kooper really overdoes it
this time. Here's what you're in
for if you buy his new two-
record (Easy Does It, Columbia)
extravaganza pat-on-the back:.
One full face, front-cover pho-
to of Al Kooper, staring dream-
ily right out from the album,
probably at a mirror; one full,
back cover photo of Al Kooper
in white -gloves and huge silk
bow tie, starting to remove his
glasses as if he's going to kiss
someone (probably his reflec-
tion in a mirror); and ,26 indi-,
vidual poses on the inside jack-
ets of Al Kooper in Uncle Sam
regalia; Al Kooper playing the
piano, Al Kooper sitting on the
piano bench with his feet uip,
Al Kooper on the bench with
his feet down, Al Kooper wav-
ing his hat, Al Kooper standing
up with his hands on his hips,
with his arms folded, Al Koop-
er with
The album is awful. What Al
Kooper could never understand
is, he has a sweet voice t h a t
nicely carried some Blood, Sweat
and Tears tunes, he played a
fine organ with Mike Bloom-
field and Steve Stills on Super
Session, plays, reasonably well,
the guitar, ondioline, sitar and
vibes - but he just' isn't that
great that anyone wants to hear
him him him and no one but
him for two whole albums.
Why would anyone possibly
want to hear Kooper do songs
like "I Got a Woman" when he
could buy a single of Ray
Charles for only 60 cents?
Kooper has assembled some
s i d e musicians to accompany
him on this album, just as he
did in I Stand Alone, because he
can't play brasses. The -result:
some mediocre BS&T stuff, lots
of soppist ballads with insipid
strings. In all one of the "most
boring, monotonous albums ev-
er sold in a record store.

Get back
The Beach Boys have return-
ed with a new album after two
years of silence! (Sunflower,
Brother) I wish they would go
back where they came from,
musically speaking. A 11 those
nice, clean sounds have degen-
erated into musical slop with
over-dubbed strings and lots of
other expendable noise. Brian
Wilson has b e e n learning to
play the Moog Synthesizer, so
he throws in some Moog drib-
ble on "Cool, Cool Water."
With 43 million record sales
behind them, the Boys are try-
ing' to change their image. "We
don't throw enough spunk into
our production," c om p a in s
Brian. One of the songs, This
Whole World, has 20 seconds
of excellent An Oom Dop Did-
dy in counterpoint.
Wilson better.look someplace
else for a new image. Their al-
bum Transcendental M itation
didn't make it either. Sunflower
sounds like the old Beach Boys
at their most boring,,'and very
confused - they don't know
where they're headed, so they go
nowhere.
Fuzzy nostalgia
Otis Redding, The Jimi Hen-
drix Experience, Historic Per-
formances Recorded at the
Monterey International P o p
Festival (Reprise) comes out a
little late. It celebrates the
American debut of the late
English guitarist, Jimi Hendrix,
and the performance which cat-
apulted Otis Redding to fame
among the hip white youth. It's
a sad coincidence that the rec-
ord of Hendrix's first concert
'comes outt just as Hendrix has
left the music hand this) world
forever. He doesn't explode with
the full creative genius that we
hear on later albums (Exper-

ience, and Electric Ladyland,
for example), and his stage pat-
ter shows he (Jimi Hendrix!)
was a bit nervous. Only one of
the cuts is by Hendrix; the best
are "Rock Me Baby" by B. B.
King, and "Wild Thing," which
J. Taylor wrote but which only
a Hendrix could really sing
right. When he screams "Look
Out," his guitar slithers a n d
hops out at you and gives good
reason to wonder whether his
music can actually rape you. At
the end of "Wild Thing," inci-
dentally, we hear the only re-
corded version of Hendrix set-
ting fire to his guitar - a mu-
sical nuclear holocaust.
Redding's side shows Redding
at his best, pounding through
"Shake," "Respe ," "Satisfac-
tion," and "Try a Little Ten-
derness." Backed up by Booker
T. and the MG's and the Mar-
K e y s, Redding gives a really
dazzling performance w h i c h
leaves you breathless:
The shame of the whole il-
bum is the live recording stinks.
It's hard to hear Redding sing,
and in Hendrix numbers t ht e
guitar and the roar of the crowd
are o f t e n indistinguishable.
Don't buy it. The nostalgia isn't
worth the price.
-- --I- a .

juilliard rocks
The New York Rock and Roll
Ensemble (Roll Over, Colum-
bia) premiered a few years ago,
proving that - good classical
musicians at Juilliard Conserva-
tory could make rock music.
Al of their songs grow from
diverse chord progressions off
the beaten rock track, and they
have some nice lyrics. All the
playing is competent. This isn't
a run of the mill group, but then
they're nothing to get excited
about, either.
Only one of the songs really
stands out: "Don't WaitrToo
Long," which open with a steady
four- four bass beat on which
the group superimposes a six-
four electric piano run, and
then a solid three-beats per
measure guitar rhythm, and
then 12 beats per measure per-
cussion - all weave together
simultaneously, while the four-
four beat continues. It's an as-
tounding rhythmic feat, and the
tune is unusual, besides. "Tra-
ditional Order" features the bass
man on cello and .the lead vocal-
ist playing a superb oboe in a
pastoral lyric air.

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