THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, November l 1, 197©
Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, November 11, 1970
By JONATHAN MILLER
You know you're going to have
trouble writing a record review
when you tear up your first
page more than five times. Ten
pieces of paper ago I knew I
was going to have trouble re-
viewing New Morning (Colum-
bia), my favorite singer's lat-
I started out by writing that
Dylan had. sold out. T h e n I
thought that maybeit was my
fault. so I wrote that it was my
fault and that I just didn't un-
derstand what he was doing,
but* that it was great anyway.
Having concluded, w h i1le
scrumpling up that piece of pa-
per, that ,I really did know, I
started once again and wrote a
mere three lines before aban-
doning the attempt.
Well, on the one hand it has
to be said that I like the old
Dylan. That is not to say that
I don't like the new, post-Nash-
ville Skyline Dylan, just t h a t
I'm a traditionalist and I grew
up with it, and - hell if I got-
ta change now ...
But, Dylan said things back
then that changed my life,band
it would be presumptuous of me
to - ignore his recent composi-
tions and recordings.
So' I tried, God did I try. I
lit-up, sat back and turned on;
the record player. Nope, no
communication at all. I wasn't
I tried a simpler method. I
Just turned on the record play-
Morning' for a mellower Dylan
Dylan's voice is oh so sweet
now, so strange, so incredibly
mellow. Listening to Dylan's
new record is like drinking an
aged, mellow wine. It refreshes,
it never insults, it never en-
croaches, it's simply a delight-
Dylan's life is different now,
and so is the world. The chang-
es that have happened to us all
have happened to Dylan and he
is no longer furious at t h e
wrong, he is aware of it. He
is mature enough to know the
good, and to love it. He is sing-
ing about love - and animals
- and God. Not pimps and peo-
ple who threw him out saying,
"you aint nothin' but a hill-
billy - we want FOLKSING-
New Morning is musically
tremendously tight. It is n o t
loud, j u s t perfectly recorded
and its all star cast of music-
ians, Harvey Brooks, Ron Cor-
nelius, Charlie Daniels, Al Koop-
er among others never step ov-
er that line where back-up be-
The last two cuts on side one
may take a little adjustment on
all of our parts. But they are
so different, especially the su-
per-strange "If Dogs Run Free,"
with female singer Maeretha
Stewart up there behind in the
"Winterlude," in the same
vein somewhat isinothquite so
hard to get into, but it may be
that some people have trouble.
The first part of side one is
tremendous. Dylan plays piano
on all the songs except t h e
first, "If Not For You" and al-
though it is not entirely clear
who is playing what, the over-
all 'effect is powerful and mov-
"Day of the Locusts" is
strange and interesting, with a
background that may be just
destroyed on a c h e a p record
player. The lyrics are pure Dy-
lan but are even more subtle
than it may at first seem. The
streams of poetry that Dylan
emanates are constantly chang-
ing but the poetry remains,
sometimes hard to find, always
Perhaps the most convention-
ally Dylanesque song on t h e
side is "Went to see the Gypsy."
It is a song so good that the on-
ly believing is the hearing. Once
again, D y I a n is pouring out
those lyrics that make every-
one else, nearly, second rate,
and some of my favorite musi-
cians are second rate compared
to Dylan. (There is no evil in
coming second to Bob).
The first side will end and it
is brobably as good an idea to
play it again - right away -
as it is to turn the record over.
It may be necessary to repeat
this procedure a few times but
eventually t h e pay-off comes
and it's worthwhile.
"New Morning" is the title
cut: track one, side two.
While Dylan is almost cosmic
at times, he is always an enter-
tainer too and h is ability to
simply do that is apparent on
this side of your highly expen-
sive sheet of plastic. Lots of
love around as the arm sweeps
across the record at 33 plus rev-
elations a minute, "One More
Weekend," "The Man in Me."
"Three Angels" was my high-
point of the b/w. Like a cata-
logue of people that never pick
you up hitching, Dylan sings of
those whom he cannot reach
and of those he can. The; song
is, according to the annotations
I made on the sleeve, "smooth
and simple" and, I tell myself,
"moving." It's kind of like the
effect that T. S. Eliot creates,
but more so as it is music too.
(Maybe that is unfair to Eliot.)
"Father of Night" is a b o u t
God, of whom "We most sol-
It is a 'bring me up,' and it's
also something of a shock.
WHAT IS HE SINGING IN
THE N A ME OF DAMNA-
Right, or rather, wrong. Dy-
lan made it a new morning
and he's home. Too much.
Kris Kristofferson is probab-
ly best-known as a songwriter
of some repute.
He has written for such coun-
try artists as Johnny Cash for
years, but until now he has not
recorded an album on his own.
At last, after much persua-
sion from many friends, whose
names would read like a com-
pendium of country singers,
Kristofferson has come out with
an L.P., and it's titled simply,
The first side is more uncon-
ventional than the second, the
first cut, "Blame it on the
Stone's" is weak because, I
think, it was over-recorded. The
second, "Winter Time in Nash-
ville," is also slick, but Krist-
offerson's enormous vocal range
is demonstrated for the first
time, and there are better
things to come.
From this point the album
only gets better. The incredible
"The Law is for protection of
the people" is social criticism at
its best. Kristofferson, using the
cleverest weapon of all, the other
guy's weakness - in this case
The opening of the song con-
cerns the plight of a drunk,
arrested by the police. Sym-
pathy can be had for the.
drunkard if you are a product
of the social changes that have
happened to young people over
the last fifteen years, but to
your ordinary, country lovin,'
car worker-student hater, or
whatever, the police are right.
The police are also right when
they hol ddown "hommilly hip-
pie," all five "strapping brave
policemen" and "cut off all dear
Hommilly Hippie's hair."
The last verse is where the
punch comes lyrically, but mu-
sically the whole song is very
tight, well sung and well or-
The second side of the record
is also good. It can take a little
longer to appreciate what Krist-
offerson is doing on this half of
the record, but the effort is
worthwhile and it would be to
destroy the thrill of suspense to
This album is a good exam-
ple of the type of progressive
country music that is now creep-
ing onto the market as it be-
The record is on "Monument,"
which has some other good peo-
ple signed-up. I'll tell you about
them just as soon as the dis-
tributor starts to send me some
review copies. The label looks
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INTRUDER IN THE DUST
dir. CLARENCE BROWN 1949
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