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Mas rocks Rick's

By MICHAEL KREMEN
Carolyn Mas and "Big Heat", as her
fine band is unfortunately pegged, cut
through the Ann Arbor summer
doldrums last night with an energetic
set of mainstream rock and roll.
The main reason to catch this band is
to give yourself the opportunity to hear
Carolyn sing. She possesses a "big"
voice. That is, it is a powerful and
flexible instrument capable of con-
veying subtle nuances of feeling and
emotion at full, magnificent power.
What does it sound like? Think about a
cross between Genya Ravan and Wan-
da Jackson and you're in the right
neighborhood.
The band is tight and professional, no
damning with faint praise meant here.
David Landau on electric guitar and
Charlie Giordano on keyboards (his
electric piano and organ solos on "Sit-
tin' in the Dark" were exemplary)
combine session player chops with rock
and roll fire.
aTenor saxophonist Cris Cioe's lines
are clean and crisp throughout, I con-
fess to preferring the slightly rougher,
burry tone he produced while quoting

from "Tequila" (an instrumental hit for
The Champs in the late 1950's) during
one of his solos last night. Cris, by the
way, is from this area, having actually
once resided in Ann Arbor when he
played with those legends in their own
time "Radio King and his Court of
Rhythm." The rhythm section, while it
kept adequate time, did not push the
other players and there is room for im-
provement here.
Musical highlights from last night's
performance included the show opener
(also performed as an encore) "Quote,
Goodbye, Quote" and "Stillsane" from
the debut LP and "Thomas Dunson's
"Revenge" from the newly released
second record-Hold On.
Carolyn writes all the band's original
material which forms the bulk of their
repertoire. There are some problems in
this area. There were patched during
the middle of the set where the songs
began to run together as unmemorable
lyrics when unleavened by sufficient
melodic variety.
In high contrast, Carolyn and Co.'s
version of The Grassroots' oldie, "Mid-

night Confession," while overextended
last night, allows Carolyn to use the full
range of her vocal prowess to turn the
potentially bathetic lyric into an
emotionally unrelata6le cry of anguish.
Imagine Days of Our Lives elevated to
the realm of Shakesgearean
dramaturgy through sheer thespic
power.
I suggest that the bond consider
covering some Gene Pitney, Roy Or-
bison and/or Goffin-King tunes that
could be rejuvenated by Carolyn's
emotive style.
What kind of Carolyn Mas review
would this be without mentioning Bruce
Springsteen at least once? (It would
have been the first one ever, I
bet-their styles are.very similar.)

Christians rally in N. Y.

(Continued from Page3)
physically, spiritually, and morally
destroyed,"
Like most demonstrators, the
Christians sang, clapped, chanted, and
waved signs. But unlike previous
protesters, they were mostly college
students, well-dressed, clean-shaven,
and from all over the United States.
In spirit, one bystander commented,
they resembled any other interest
group believing in a secular cause. "I
believe there is a spiritual revolutions
going on today," said Brian Poole, a
business student at Michigan state
r University. "In the sixties there was an

anti-God revolution but today it's anti-
Godless."
McCotter said a recent Gallup poll
showed almost 60 million evangelists
live in the United States. "And in this
election we know that more of them are
going to vote for morality."
At most American colleges, Christian
groups are the largest on campus, he
claimed.
"There are definitely more active
Christians at the University of
Michigan than belong to any other
campus-affiliated group," said McCot-
ter, who spoke to Ann Arbor groups last
spring.

Tonight thru Sunday-
Monday-DES1ROYALL MONSTERS
Have a nice weekend!
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