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Thursday, Octov 4 '_ *7. 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

Records in review
THERE ARE SOME albums you would rather listen to than
write about. Because the quality is so good and the per-
formance so well done, that words sometimes do not adequately
convey that.
John Sebastian, the funny kid with the round glasses who
could pick up and sing up a storm with the old Lovin' Sponful,
is back, and in grand style. After going solo with one super
effort (John B. Sebastian and one not-so-super effort The Two of
Us, he returns with a simple but superb collection of songs en-
titled Tarzana Kid (Warner Bros. MS 2187).
Kid has no single song that you can point to as being tops.
Everything is done well from Jimmy Cliff's "Sitting in Limbo" to
Little Feat's "Dixie Chicken," Sebastian, always an excellent
songwriter, shines in works like "Stories We Could Tell" and'
"Face of Appalachia" much akin to the old days.
Sebastian is also an accomplished musician on both guitar
and mouthharp, having spent his early days in the business play-
ing backup for such notables as Judy Collins, Joan Baez and
others.
It is an album for all Sebastian fans and all lovers of good easy
music.I
-Chuck Bloomnj
The zaniness of Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention
comes through once again in grand fashion on their latest master-
piece, Roxy and Elsewhere (Discreet 2DS 2202).
The new double album set,
recorded live at the Roxy The-F
atre in Hollywood and the Au-
ditorium Theatre in Chicago
earlier this year, contains a su-
perb blend of the old and the
new Zappa. Whereas Frank has
toned down somewhat from his<
guitar jamming Apostrophe
days, he nevertheless maintainse
those off-the-wall, nonsensical,
sexually perverse lyrics that}
have kept him in the limelight
since his first album, Freakout,
in 1964.
In 'Be-Bop Tango' the group
manages to perfect a sophisti- 01
cated rhythm that would make n
any musician tremble at the r
thought of attempting to dupli- Z pp
cate it. The vocals in the piece,C
done by George Duke, are precise and extremely well done.
Zappa even goes so far as to drag a certain former president
into his ridicule. In 'Son of Orange County' Zappa writes: "Andt
in your dreams you can see yourself as a prophet . .. saving thet
world; the words from your lips: I AM NOT A CROOK, I justt
can't believe you are such a fool."I
-Rob Meachum c
* . .
rJHE PROBLEM WITH super-technical virtuoso music is that
you can't take the music seriously. The playing may be'
impressive as hell but who can put up with the pieces for long-1
er than five minutes?
Two of Michael Rabin's recordings from the early 60's have
just been rereleased: the Paganini First Violin Concerto andE
the Wieniawski Second Violin Concerto (Seraphim S-60222), both
with Sir Eugene Goosens conducting.
Rabin died young and made few recordings, but those that
survive are impressive, at least in terms of number of accurate'
notes per square inch, or whatever. He plays fairly well inr
both of these pieces, but the question must come up - whyc
would anyone bother?C
The Paganini at least has some style - it sounds like an
Italian 'opera overture crashed by a demented fiddler - but
the Wieniawski is just awful, a really incompetently composedC
piece of music.
Gotsens' conducting is less than inspired throughout and hisr

Music for
the masses
Who said there wasn't public
interest in classic music any
longer? Thirty thousand music
lovers turned out at a recent
free concert of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra at an in-
door shopping mall in Schaum-
burg, Ill. The concert was held
'to celebrate the Symphony's
return from a European tour.
AP Photo
a tings board
centage of the money-back re- Oscar for his role in Patton
quests will come from wags two years ago.
and rip-off artists," Scott said. Asked if he would accept a
"But I go on record now as directors Oscar for The Savage
being willing to gamble on the is Loose if it is awarded to
honesty and fairness of the pub- him, he replied: "No, sir. It
lic." would be the depth of hypo-
Scott's first battle with estab- crisy,
lished filmdom came when he
skirted regular studios and dis-
tribution organizations in order
to get complete creative auton- nI
omy' in making the film. ( r4 r

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Scott fights r

By BRUCE RUSSELL
HOLLYWOOD (Reuter) -
When George C. Scott was an
actor he only fought with the,
Academy Award -organization'
and a few directors he didn't
like.
But since becoming a produc-
er and director, Scott has taken
on the powerful Hollywood pro-
duction and distribution organi-
zation and now this film city's
voluntary rating system over
the rating given his first pro-
duction The Savage is Loose.
The film, made in Mexico
with Scott putting up half the
money, has been given an "R"
rating which means minors un-
der the age of 18 can see it
only when accompanied by anf
adult.
Scott claims that, in the
minds of the public which does
not understand the rating sys-
tem introduced voluntarily by
Hollywood producers to w a r d
off governmental censorship re-
gulations, the "R" rating is
about the same as the "X" rat-
ing given pornographic mnvies.
Scott thinks his movie, a
thought-provoking film about
how humans can survive in a'
radically changed world, c -
serves a "PG", parental gr iid-
ance required for children un-
der 18.
The crucial point of Scott's
battle with the ratings h'ard
is that board members h a v e
ruled that there is no way out
of the dilemma for the tsiree
characters in his film but in-
cest.
Scott's film shipwrecks a
mother, father and son on a
desert island and in the course
of the film the son grows to'
manhood

people are eternally isolated.
They have been there for 17
years and there is no soul on
the horizon. What should tney
do?"
Asked if the audience might
not infer that incest was the
only way out Scott told a press
conference he called to launch
a counter-attack against t 1. e
ratings system:
"Incest is a moral value of
judgment. These people art in
a situation which does not cor-
respond to our society. The Mes-
sage I am trying to get across
is that this is a changing w:rld
and we must change."
Scott said: "There is no in-
cest in the picture. There is no
act of incest in the picture.'
To counter the action of the
eight-man ratings board Scott
told a press conference that he
would take his case to movie
goers.
Scott said he intended hold-
ing advertised previews of his
film in nine selected towns andt
cities nationwide at which any
parent who took his child and
felt after seeing the film that
the "R' rating was right, world
have his ticket money refund-
ed by Scott personally.
"We all realize a certain per-

Scott went directly to exhibi-
tors and signed exclusive dis-
tribution contracts with them in
their areas which have already
brought in three million dollars.
He put just under a million
dollars into the film which stars
his wife Trish Van Devere,
playing the mother.
Scott said that whatever hap-
pened to the film he intended
keeping to his decision to retire
from acting when his present
role in the epic Hindenberg and
two brief Broadway commit-
ments end this winter.
Scott said he had still not
changed his mind on his battle
with the Academy Awards or-
ganization about accepting Os-
cars. He refused to accept an

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