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figmo reach Mecca in pop

" music means finding your
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meost groups fall down

mewhere along the way.

1 “imagine Cream —— Eric Clapton
.11 M m.guitar and vocals; Ginger

M”Baker on drums and vocals;

3:334: Bruce on bass guitar,
WMOnica and vocals

9: me it. T h e i r distinctive

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mngland and now America
effing a chance to hear what
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1 sibum released here,

@resh Cream” (Atco).
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known in this country as

imrmer Yardbird and one of
22% best guitarists around.
~‘-’ 1, wet and Bruce are well
aijaown as outstalnding' musi-
-- ‘ _s on the British pOp scene.
' roots of the group are in
‘ blues and when they do
raight blues number like
Waters' “Rollin’ and
blin’ " they capture the

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1: humbers in particular, “I Feel
e,” “Dreaming” and
Ejfiweet Wine, ” cannot be de-
§Wed as sounding like any-
ehaiy else. They’ ve churned
Jygether blues, folk, pop, and
4;; whole lot of other music
fftorficome up with a distinct
mvor The vocal arrange-
, 1 onsome ofthe eutsare
131109153 slightly reminiscent of
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«31;; Ginger Baker’s drumming
:‘ieentributes much to the fresh-
fun: because it’ s not the usual
bang bang rock style. His
1.", fielimque shows beautifully on
- , “533d, ” which he wrote. Nor-
4Wflfliy. I don't go for drum
' solos but Baker is fascinating.
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t I NEVER LOVED A MAN
' ' WAY I LOVE YOU by

album has what you call
! Aretha sings with such
‘ ; , emotion and intensity
you can’t help but get
’ébrfi‘pletely wrapped Up. In-
, eluded are her smash hit “I
% Never Loved a Man,” her
i new hit single “Respect,” and
l a powerful “Drown in My
Own Tears.” Aretlia’s gospel
roots are clearly in evidence
here and she's really telling

it like it is.

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KING AND QUEEN by Otis
Bedding and Carla Thomas
(Stax) ——- Speaking bf soul,
1 here's Otis and Carla. coming
mm strong with that gutsy Mem-
phis sound. Cuts like “Knock
on Wood," “Tramp,” and “Tell
It Like It Is” are stand-outs
’. 1-with Otis and Carla transfer-
! ' the vocal excitement back
an forth. Otis is certainly
one of America's top R&B
singers and could put soul into
the Grosse Pointe telephone

directory if he chose to sing it.
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A QUICK ONE by The Who
(Decca)—I’m glad the Ameri-

LORAINE ALTERMAN ON RECORDS

England 3 Exciting New
F hwor. ‘Fresh Cream’

ALBUM COVER for The Who: Lots of imagination

and even a mini-opera.

can album finally came out so
that a couple of musicians
around town will stOp borrow-
ing the English release of this

album that I’ve had since De-
cember. The album contains
all Who originals and show-
cases their tremendous talents
superbly. L i s t e 11 especially
hard to the delightful long cut,
“A Quick One While He's
Away,” by lead guitarist Pete
Townshend. They call it a
“mini-opera” a. story set to
music with a plot about a
girl whose lover, Herm, has

been away .for a year. Ivorthe
Engine Driver invites her to

walk with him and “talk it
out back at my place may-
be.” She agrees and then
Hrerm returns. Very funny
and clever with solos, choruses
and mood changes in the
music. All the Who’s numbers
prove that they are well stock.
ed with imagination.
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FEELIN’ GROOVY by Har-

pers Bizarre (Warner Bros.)
——In the bright, happy South-
ern California groove is this
new group who made the
«chants with Paul Simon’s “59th
Street Bridge Song.” Their
good harmonies set against
full orchestrations definitely
please the ear. The sunny
quality of Harpers Bizarre is
a direct contrast to the earthy
bluesy sounds of the preced-
ing two albums which goes on
to show that pop music today
offers mething for every-
bOdy. o n t

TIE MARVELE TTES
(Tamla) — The Marvelettes

are just as talented as the Su-
premes and prove their vocal
skill on this album. The Su-
premes vsere the girls who got
the big Ruivliaity push at Mo-
town, but the Marvellettes and
Martha and the Vandell-as
sound as good. The great
Smokey Robinson tune, “The
Hunter Gets Captured By the
Game,” is included here along
with “Message to Michael”
and “Barefootin’.”
I» It 3

THE YARDBIRDS’
GREATEST HITS (Epic)
~—This is a good representa-
tion 01! the Yardbirds’ talents
since some of the numbers
have distinctly blues feeling
(“New York City B 1 u e 8")
while others are in their new
In 11 s i c or psychedelic bag
(“Happenings Ten Yeam
Ago”). The Yardbirds were
actually experimenting with
feedback and freer forms of
music a couple of years ago
before “psychedelic” became
fashionable. They prove that
you don’t achieve the new
sound just by turning the vol-
ume up all the way. They
show that you can stretch
sounds out of the shapes we’re
used to and still make musi-
cal sense.

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