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Arts & EntertainrnTuesday, April 6, 1976 Page Five

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By MIKE TAYLOR concert just over two hours; he
BRUCE Springsteen and the didn't perform "Kitty's Back"
E Street Band returned to or "The E Street Shuffle",
Michigan Sunday night for the highlights of his shows last
first time since their trium- year. And he's cut most of the
phant tour last fall. The Michi- oldies he used to perform, as
Egan State University concert well as the long spoken intro-
was superb by most standards, ductions that used to add va-
but slightly disappointing by the riety and depth to the show.
ones Springsteen set his last HOWEVER, a number of
time around, songs were new additions.
Rectangular Michigan State Springsteen gave a magnificent
Auditorium was acoustically ac- version of "It's My Life", the
ceptable, but not quite what old Animals song. Beginning
Springsteen required. The with a half-spoken, half-sung
lighting system was too limited introduction reminiscent of Lou
for Springsteen's many moods Reed, the song built to incredi-
and tempos. ble peaks of power and emo-
Springsteen played a short tion.

underwhelms MSU

Two songs from Born to Run seemed under - developed. Un-E
not performed on the last tour, like songs like "Tenth Avenue3
"Night" and "Meeting Across Freeze-Out". and "Jungleland",I
the River", were played this which he did live before BornI
time. "Night" opened the con- to Run was released, this song
cert fervor, fast-paced but didn't seem to go anywhere.
hoose.Some songs, such as "Back-
EVEN though it lacked Randy streets", "Jungleland", "Grow-
Brecker's eerie trumpet solo ing Up", and "Spirit in the
from the studio version, "Meet- Night" sounded very much as
ing Across the River" remain- they did seven months ago. The
ed a moody, haunting piece, due other song, "Tenth Avenue
to Springsteen's lonely and vul- Freeze-Out" was looser than
nerable stage presence through- it used to be, and "Thunder
out the song. Road', which Springsteen per-
Finally, Springsteen treated formed by himself on piano
his audience to a new song. Un- last time, was played by the
titled, it had a medium tempo whole band.

into them. "Born to Run",
Springsteen's one hit, was the
first song to get even some of
them on their feet, and only
"Rosalita", the finale, brought
everybody up.
After the first encores, which
included a mellow "Sandy" and
a frenzied "Devil in a Blue
Dress", the crowd started to
leave, apparently unaware that,
if his fans tell him to keep com-
ing back, Springsteen will do
as many as five sets om en-
enough die-hards remained so
that Snrin- steen did rtirn

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'and leaned against
his Hill Auditorium d
always just followed m'
dog with music," he sai
quality is the answer. If
song and a real quali:
make it. I'd love to hay
Young appeared with
the Sweet Harmony
sponsored concert that
hand clapping and go
distinct fans of each w
evening that they themr
,bit in common.
YOUNG'S SET got off
The first few tunes wE
well-executed, but weren
emotion that makes a go
to listen to. Young open
over the past couple of
the Youngbloods," Youn
Sc taistpclthought I'd do a quiete
But with "Before Y:u
his band got it together,
themselves and with thE
of excitement that mal
simple chord progressio
fore You Came" amply
ability to neatly blend
into "rock poetry."
"Ridgetop" employed
saxophone with echoplex
on keyboards in a br
especially demonstrated
quality and musiciansl
four sidemen - Rotherm
hDavid Hayes and dru
exhibited versatility, to
formance of a Cajun bl
in Creole French, yet)

Mana Muldar
zur and Younj


G sipped at a beer
a makeup table in
ressing room. "I've
y nose like a hound
dd, slowly. "For me,
I get a really quality
ty performance, I'll
e a hit record."
Maria Muldaur and
Revue in a UAC-
featured plenty of
od time music for
ho found during the
nselves had quite a
to a lackluster start.
ere very pretty and
't performed with the
od rock tune exciting
ned with "Songbird,"
like his successful
his songwriting style
years. "When I left
g said afterward, "I
r thing, an acoustic
Came," Young and
, developing between
e audience the sense
kes rock more than
ns with words. "Be-
illustrated Young's
language and music
Jim Rothermel on
K and Scott Lawrence
ng introduction that
the band's sense of
ip. Young and his
el, Lawrence, bassist
mmer Jeff Myer -
o, with a novel per-
ues tune (with lyrics
segueing into Hank

Williams' classic "Jambalaya."
YOUNG "paid his dues to the blues" w:
a rocking version of T-Bone Walker's"
Bone Shuffle." He started off with a siml
part for rhythm section, gradually buildi
in intensity to a strong unison line voiced fi
guitar, alto sax and organ, and lively sob
by Young and Rothermel. The rhythm
sensations became so strong that keyboa
player Lawrence at one point jumpedo
the stage and demonstrated the shuffle in t
main floor aisles.
It is that sort of intense emotion that Jes
Colin Young needs to work at his best. B
although the end of Young's set contain
some very tasty examples of rocking R &3
it lacked the diversity and much of the ener
of Muldaur, who - much to the surprise
many in the audience who had expected h
to receive top billing - opened the evenin
Muldaur started off with "It Ain't T
Meat, It's The Motion," one of her be
swing tunes that sounded thin in a cut-do'
road version of Benny Carter's great ba
arrangement on her second album.
"SWEET HARMONY," the title tune fr
Muldaur's new album, aptly introduced t
essence of her music: the mellow sound
four-part vocal harmony. Muldaur, rhyth
guitarist Ellen Kearney, keyboard play
Mike Finnegan, and lead guitarist Am
Garrett blended well on this Smokey Rob
son song, but were hampered by improp
mixing that made it seem like a p
performance sound check.
Muldaur's set also included some of ,
best standards, such as "Tennessee Mounta
Home" (With Maria contributing a fo
stompin' fiddle solo) and "Midnight at t
Oasis" (incorporating Garrett's bottlene
guitar solo with a somewhat rougher sou
than usual).
BUT MULDAUR'S versatility was m
evident in a series of new tunes at the mid
of her set, ranging from Hoagy Carmichae
See MULDAUR, Page 10

p"' g gn' reurn a
"SHE'S THE One" showed second time, giving perhaps the
off the E Street Band with style. best performance of the eve-
Beginning alone on harmonica, ning, his classic rendition of
Springsteen brought in each "Quarter to Three".
band member one by one. Clar-
ence Clemon's entrance on sax- Springsteen seemed unwilling
ophone halfway through was a to perform as many songs, or
great moment, but only one of to rmain on stage as long as
the concert's many climaxes. he used to, and that's unfor-
tunate. On the other hand, his
During the closing of "It's show was filled with moments
Hard to be a Saint in the City" of sheer joy and great rock 'n'
Springsteen and Miami Steve roll. The E Street Band has
: traded guitar licks as if their never sounded better. Spring-
lives depended on it. steen is still one of the best live
Roy Bittan, back from a short rock performers around, and
Roittan, ba fom a horeven if not everything he has
stint playing piano for David been, he was well worth see- u
Bowie, has apparently learned ,,s
from Bowie. His playing hasig.
become much freer than it used x
to be, even somewhat jazzy at Along the Hwang Ha the Chi- -
times. nese had advanced far in farm- g as'
ing in 1275 B.C. and they had
S P R I N G S T E E N' S learned to write and keep .
performance was hurt by a gen- records.
erally unresponsive audience. Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
listener ocasuailed t recog toB Arehe white settlers ca e Bruce Springsteen shown in his second Michigan appearance in seven months. Unfortunately,
nize songs until he was well land was covered by forests. he was not quite as good the second time around.
Flaws ar 'Report' opening A vote to build an effective
p 9 student government
By KURT HARJU veal that their real strength kept in touch with the flow of
few technical lay in quieter solos, (such music. His playing was very oES
a as a fine exchange between the melodic, though it was less in-
problems, and a little bit bass and keyboards) and a tricate and involved than his Mu
of difficulty in playing on stage slower, more thoughtful ap recorded work.
1 together for the first time, proach.
Weather Report opened a two SAXOPHONIST Wayne Short- ELECTION TODAY-Thursday
month tour to the favorable re-. Weather Report displayed the er was also sparse and maybe
sponse of a nearly filled Hill proper finesse and restraint too much to the point during Michigan Student Assembly
Auditorium last Thursday night. from start to finish, and as a his solo spots. He was the lastpointdur
Although their musicianship result, the music did not be- heard performer of the night
was never in question through come overbearing or distorted. hadlefretheeauinc anig__
out the two hour set, the per- Playing recent selections pri- fornmreaft er auinteastinmpo
ith formance was marred by the marily from their latest album,: vised duet with Zawinul late in
T- usual debut confusion: unfor- Black Market, the group was, the show and a full-fledged sere-
pie seen feedback, mike troubles, especially good a creating stnik- nade during the dance-like "Ba-
ng and several group member's ing percussive rhythms and a which was the highlight TUESDAY, APR. 6
org unfamiliarity with the music.I touches, as well as exhibiting of the ccerat. ehglgtTUSAAR
r Yet despite visible rough edges, the dynamic keyboard - saxo-
Los .their spirited attack in the name phone soloing which the group
nic I of electronic jazz was undim- is known for. S
rd med. (FEDERICO FELLINI, 1970
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