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midnight-hour appeal. Prefab this band R,__ C _ K the delightfully vocal-gimmicky "Give
E ENCE isnot._._It To Me Baby." James has a fine if
rather theatrical voice, and his ran-
The dB's-Like This (Bearsville) diness seems looser and less calculated
Andreas Vollenweider-Pace Verde Great fun. With Chris Stamey gone than Prince and his pals. There's a lot
A I L JB U4 S (CBS) and Pete Holsapple as the sole fron- of fun here ("You and I," "Dance Wit'
This 12" maxi-single sampler is as tman, the dB's emerge on their first Me," etc.)-but, given his '80's shock-
sufficient an introduction to Swiss com- domestic release (after two fine impor- value venneer, James has progressed
poser/space cadet Vollenweider's aural ts) with their most consistently rewar- very little beyond the medium-high
wallpaper as one needs. There's a cer- ding album. No doubt a few older fans average of mid/late '70's soul/funk.
Prefab Sprout - "Swoon" (Kitchen- tain initial novelty to hearing an elec- might miss Stamey's weirdness, and D.H.
ware/Epic/CBS) tric harp played as a percussion/bass find the newer emphasis on harder
instrument, but the gimmick wears thin rocking, more distinctly Southern MTA L
Fleet-footed, charming, and blithely quickly enough. After that all you have flavored material too spicy for their Metallica-Ride The Lightning
uncool, the Prefab Sprout's U.S. debut to listen to is some innocously pretty taste, but that's their loss. On Like (Megaforce)
Swoon doesn't fit easily nto any trendy new age musak. Tolerable to study or This, Holsapple (who describes this as One of the best of the new heavy
category, and that's part of its sly, read to if the volume is turned down, the band's "third first album") metal bands, Metallica slips a little bit
uneven appeal. Coupling the most and you're already adequately oc- emerges fully as a truly gifted on this album compared to the last one.
unashamedly pretentious stream-of- cupied. B.L.B. songwriter with an intuitive knack for Kill 'em All (a must album for all
confession lyrics since The Smiths with eloquently simple lyricism, and a metalheads). On Ride The Lightning
a musical restlessness that owes more Midas touch for turning a few well Mtliaocsnlymkeniei-
than a bit to light jazz, Swoon juggles The Waterboys-A Pagan Place phrased notes into beautiful little tallica occasionally makes noise in-
synth-wave and simplepp to an effect (Island) phrasdcnote okbeTh tiflli.l stead of music but not often. The album
snhwvansipepoptoaefct Isnd melodic hooks. The only problem is also contains one mellow song which is
that's fey but ingratiating. The Mike Scott, the leader of the Water- that the dB's pop aesthetics just might hardly their style. On the plus side this
playfulness in writing and arrangemen- boys, makes painfully obvious his be too pure for mnass acceptance, when al ise basctlicathkicksshe doosr
ts lends this a sense of confident in- desire to be the next big British thing. the curet tred nofavo p roduc album is basic Metallica kick the door
dulgence that few first LPs have. If He is the only performer pictured on the tien texttren dn w avos fashiouc- down, tear 'em up rock-n-roll. Once
comparisons must be made, try this on: album cover, and the other Waterboys ions euring anctu msandc Afaion again they feature Lars Ulrich's poun-
Joni Mitchell's jazz noodling in a wave- seem to be, for all intents and purposes, rsense er tieir actuamstopico ar ny ding drums, Kirk Hammett's fast, solid 's
pop context? Oh well, just listen to the sidemen-pawns to be used in Mike's Holsale to otheite(Difford head etarandJal is
record. This Scot band would probably quest for pop-messiahdom. This is apple took, owred (Dgrfo) havy metal singing This album i a
soun beterand Tillbrook, Lowe, and Rundgren) must for all headbngers. Not for the
sound better if Paddy McAloon's really overbearing music. Mike uses because he's surpassed them all. If the squeamish. R.L.
flexible Astec Camera-type vocales those trendy acoustic guitars for that dB's can't make it now, all hope is lost.
weren't augmented by Wendy Smith's earthy, gritty sound, but adds the most B.L.B. 'C L A SS IC A L
unnecessary high-girlish backups. But incredibly cliched horn section in Hoodoo Gurus-Stoneage Romeos
this album has a lot of the refreshing recent memory, and tosses in self- (Bigtime/A & M) Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals,
emotinal directness of Aztec's 1st, plus indulgent instrumental solos and eerie Unlikely torch-carriers for the necro- with Katia and Marielle Labeque duo-
a delicate instrumental touch (with choir work to try and convince us that A billy flame of the Cramps, Australia's pianists; Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf
very nice extras, like the harmonica on Pagan Place is a monumental work. Hoodoo Gurus deliver agreeably slick Op. 67. Violinist, Itzhak Perlman as
"Don't Sing") and that aforementioned Boy, only artists don't capitalize "I" in cave-rock on this U.S. debut LP. Lyrics narrator on both, with the Israeli
cocktail-jazz sweetness. It may sound their lyrics. A Pagan Place is like "It was a Phil Spector nightmare" Philharmonic conducted by Zubin
cloying but it isn't usually. At it's least, monumental only in its emptiness and dig up telltale roots perhaps too ob- Mehta.
Swoon doesn't sound like anything else its calculatedness. The lyrics are prin- viously, but this is highly credible Itzhak Perlman plays the role of
happening right now (no small com- ted on the back cover, so there is no ex- psycho-psyche-pop, with colorful wor- narrator this time in these two tales
pliment), and at its best it has a real cuse for buying this record. J.L. dage and solid tunes. Cuts range from with orchestra. I must say he fulfills
medium-dark balladry ("Zanzibar") to the role with an exuberant amount of
nifty trad pop ("My Girl") and from charm and titillation, which is as
fun fade-to-black rockers ("Let's All equally pleasing to ears as the sum-
Turn Loose") to near-Monkees ptous tones he usually nets out ofhis
melodicism ("I Want You Back"). The fiddle. His fine articulation of the vivid
Cramps-type yuck stuff doesn't ac- rhymes and verses in the two works
tually emerge all that often, but when it combined with a very polished Israel
does')Dig It;Up," "DeathShip'"A- Phiharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta
Sr? nwg +Uvid thur"), it feels like the Gurus' maethicorbuonotealm
dominating urge. Disciplined but con- very laudatory. French sisters, and
vincingly grungy, the Gurus do trashy duo-pianists Katia and Marielle
retro rock without conscious nostalgia Labeque play their parts in the Saint-
or apologizing. Big fuzzy gee-tars, good Saens very crisply and rhythmically
ragged-edged vocals, and excellent with great spirit, but at times their tone
genre-shuttling production by Alan color is just not varied enough and a lit-
ne. ! T D.H. tle too brittle. Overall, the record
should make a keen addition to ones
F__' _._UN _K record collection. N. G.
- tRachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in e
" Rick James-Reflections (Gordy/M- minor Op. 27-Los Angeles Philhar-
iCA) monic, Simon Rattle conductor.
Rick James seemed for a while like a (Angel)
serious threat to the sex-glitter-outrage The Liverpool-born Simon Rattle
~ funk throne of Prince, but he hasn't conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic
managed to go anywhere beyond that in a very technically powerful perfor-
point (not that crossover status need be mance of the Rachmaninoff Second
any measure of worth), and he still Symphony in its Original Version. This.
hasn't put out a whole album of ace version restores about 15 minutes of
material. This greatest-of collection music which is often omitted due to
demonstrates in equal parts his sense of sanctioned cuts that Rachmaninoff ap-
Shumor, his ability to knock off a fine proved himself. The orchestra is never
(% L groove and riff, and his limitations. really terribly emotional especially in
The selection ranges from conventional the beautiful and serene Adagio
but good '70s-type big-production disco movement, where that sentimentality
[ fund ("You Turn Me On") to is a true necessity. One plus though, is
Parliaque stuff ("Bustin, that the brass section is extremely
Out") to up-to-date sex-dance coolness powerful and many of the more
("17"). The real blowouts are the sould energetic sections of the piece are very
ballads ("Oh What A Night 4 Luv" and mentally stimulating. N.GG.
"Fear and Desire"), which are just
boring filler and could easily have been Recent Albums was written by
Qr RALpiIf * ***" A creleased ten years ago. The album's Daily staffers Byron L. Bull, Neil
RFA L ?RO L IA N SOME CO 4NjTItwo arguable classics are the an- Galanter, Dennis Harvey, Rob
noyingly addictive "Super Freak" and LaDuke, and John Logie.
10 ------L---ke,-;nd-J-- --Lg98.

I

C 0 V E
Getting b~
down to
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By Jeff Bergida
it s a refreshing change of pace to
talk to the administrators and
faculty at the School of Business Ad-
ministration. There is nary a mention
of budget cuts, declining enrollment, or
worries about the future.
Unlike some other sections of the
University, the Business School is ____
thriving, on both the undergraduate 10,
and graduate level.
Last Friday's dedication of the latest
addition to the School, a building which
contains extensive library and com-
puter facilities and additional Kresge building: Anne Mathews (left) and Sherry Sandoval in front of the recently co
classroom space, was the third expan- Dr. Donald Skadden, Senior Associate very important part of the university. on? Be a p
sion to the original building on the cor- Dean. "There was a big development But as far as them becoming a First-ye
ner of Tappan and Monroe. Previously, drive." dominant force or any stronger relative course loa
the Paton Accounting Center and Hale The ability of the school to attract to the rest of the university, I'm not marketin
Auditorium had been added on. donors is evidenced by a display outside sure I see that happening." behavior,
In every corner of the "B-School", the new library which features a plaque The B.B.A. program begins in the Unless it
there are statistics to back up claims of thanking the organizations and in- junior year of an undergraduate. The pleted, sei
success: dividuals who contributed to the drive. Business School accepts approximately required.
e 1983-84 was the best recruiting The display stretches out over the 240 B.B.A.s a year; 50-60 percent of the and thus
placement year ever at the Business length of a wall. applicants are admitted and, while the with a 2.7
School. 291 firms conducted 12,292 on- Although the Business school is not number of applicants for the 1984-85 year whe
campus interviews, a 10 percent in- diverting funds from the financially school was slightly down from the voted to r
crease over the previous year. Thirtye strapped Schools of Natural Resources previous years, the admissions process "When'
nine of those 291 companies were and Education, it does create a is a rigorous one. get into ti
reruiting at the Business School for the situation from which tension could "What makes it quite competitive is date a 3.0
first time. arise, that, by and large, people are becoming den, "it's
Michigan B.B.A.s (Bachelor of "I assume there must be (some ten- more aware of what we want," Goodman many of
Business Administration) reported an sion)," said Dr. Skadden, "but I think says. "Therefore, the competition, that averages
ve r ag e o f f 15 o n c a m p uys in te r v ie w sh a d t h e fi r
and 3 job offers each. They are earning to have p
an average of $20,100, as compared with and sudde
College Placement Council's average of . . te. than they
$18,400 for undergraduates in business 'This is definitely one of the best programs What it
administration. '5 onedprogram
aDepending on which survey you in the country. Its probably one of the top studentse
subscribe to, Michigan's B.B.A. tWo.' directly
program is rated either first in the PeCarrolProfessor
nation or second, behind The Wharton - PeggyJanuary,)
School of the University of Pen- director of placement School for
nsylvania. instructor
" Mean grade point average of en- cial Man
tering undergrads has increased to 3.5. pert on th
"The quality of the students is "The p
exremely high," says Judith Goodman, it's been well-handled on this campus. is, the pool, is very strong. Some students,
director of admissions. We haven't really been subjected to a students may decide to consider other here are
But success and expansion means lot of pressure. options." soon as I
that small problems can become big "I think people recognize that it's a Upon entrance, it doesn't take long they com
issues and there are a number of phenomenon of supply and demand. for the business student to realize that saying I
questions that should be addressed. Students are not willing to enroll in one the next two years won't be a barrel of them this
How does the wealth of the Business school and there's an oversupply wan- laughs. The admissions office organizes an entry s
School affect the rest of the University? ting to enroll in a different school. One an orientation program for the in- "The B
What happens to a group of students is going to decline and one is going to coming students which introduces them compete
who enter with a 3.5 G.P.A. and are grow." to the people and policies of the school. Because c
then assigned to a 2.7 median (recently Professor George Cameron has been While the various services that the B.B.A. p
changed to 3.0) for all required cour- teaching business law at the school sin- school offers are presented, the student kids are r
ses? Considering the importance of job ce 1971. His political science may be too overwhelmed by the getting j
placement, is there a danger of the background gives Cameron a strong academic regulations to hear them. could wa
school becoming less of an academic perspective of how those on the liberal There are 13 required business cour- quality of
center and more of a job factory? arts side feel. ses which must be completed to earn a hours."
"This University is obviously very B.B.A. Required courses may not be "It do
strong in those (liberal arts) areas and taken pass-fail. Schedules must be ap- has inc
LL financing for the new building should continue to be," he said. "Cer- proved by School counselors and the Cameron
A.was generated outside the univer- tainly I'd have to say that the number of requirements does not leave
sity. "It was done with gifts from alum- professional programs at this univer- much room for electives, especially in
ni, friends, and supporters," explained sity clearly are and will continue to be a the first year. Want a shoulder to cry S'

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