There were some very interesting singles reviewed in this edition of Sounds. So I collect those I found most interesting here, the one after the other for your enjoyment. John Peel was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. And while I don`t agree with all of his assessments of these artists reviewed here he should have credit for being one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio.
Singles reviewed by John Peel
***** An essential buy
**** Well worth having if you`ve got the money
*** Good, try to hear it
* Very ho-hum
No stars Pass by on the other side
Kiss: `Nothin` To Lose` (Casablanca). **
I played this on one of my inaudible radio programmes recently – and, hearing it again, I`m not entirely sure why. You must remember the furore last year – or was it the year before – when David Bowie`s arrival in New York stimulated a vast number of extreme groups with names like Wandering Hand & The Pontius Pilates, who wore lots of make-up and off-the-shoulder evening gowns and were liable, at the swish of a flimsy undergarment, to perform athletic sexual feats, with Latin names, on stage. Kiss may or may not come from New York – I neither know nor care – but they are one of the very few of the perv rock bands who managed to cunnilinger long enough to actually record. `Nothin` To Lose` is crypto-high-energy music, the musical equivalent of sleeping with one of those extravagantly proportioned inflatable women – with comprehensively detailed polythene genitalia – which seem to be called either Greta or Ingrid. `Cunnilinger long enough` is rather good, I think.
ZZ Top: `La Grange` (London). ***
The Texas-based blues-rockers (I`m trying for a job with Rolling Stone – hope you like that intro.) are big faves with the rank-and-file in the ZOUNDS office. If London had scrapped the moderately embarrassing John Lee Hokum spoken stuff that starts this it`d have scored another star. Good and tight and unadorned blues-based music otherwise. Buchanan-influenced guitar, tough rhythm. A good row, mainly instrumental.
Santana: `Mirage` (CBS). ***
From `BORBELETTA` and unaccountably pronounced “moo-rardge” throughout. Despite nondescript vocals worth hearing for no-nonsense playing – no religiously inspired needling about here – and touches of the S. Wonder`s. Perfectly acceptable.
Suzi Quatro: `Your Mamma Won`t Like Me` (RAK). ***
Just as I had convinced myself that Suzi couldn`t sing and that I was going to loathe all of her records, those Chinnichaps write her a proper song and she does it all rather well. By the funkiness of the band and the major shift in emphasis of the production I imagine that `Mamma` may have been recorded with America in mind. The band plays beautifully while S.Q. does a teenage Mae West with such lines as “I like your stimulation but that ain`t enough.” This is a far, far better thing.
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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Average White Band, Chick Corea, Gilbert O`Sullivan, Guess Who, Led Zeppelin, Trapeze, John Martyn, John McLaughlin, Billy Connolly, J. Geils Band, John Holt, Hall & Oates, Donovan, Country Joe McDonald, Golden Earring, Gary Moore.
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