October 27, 2020

1975-03-23 – The Cincinnati Enquirer

1975 03 23 The_Cincinnati_Enquirer_Sun__Mar_23__1975_

Lennon ’5 Back T 0 Basics: F irst- Class RookN7 Roll

By JIM KNIPPENBERG
Enquirer Reporter

Three of the world’s fore-
most English wierdos. mm
of them members of the
Who. one a former Beatle.
have new records out. Solo
efforts having nothing to do
with their respective groups.
each record is a little crazy,
a lot of fun and almost a
sure hit from the word go.

“Mad Dog” by John En-
twistle‘. “Two Sides of the
Moon" by Keith Moon; and
“Rock ‘n’ Roll" by John
Lennon are the records in
question. Lennon, as every-
one in the world must sure-
ly know. is a retired Beatle.
Probably the most outspo-
ken, most visible and most
bizarre of'the foursome. En-
twistle is the bass player for
the Who. Moon is the
group’s drummer.

LET’S GO TO Lennon
first, since he’s easily the
most recognizable. His
“Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Apple) is a

”705 look at 15 first genera-
tion rock classics. Produced
by Phil Spector, the man
who well nigh revolution-
ized recordings in those
early days with his “wail of
sound." it‘s a fond, unpre-
tentious backward glance
which glows with wide open
enthusiasm from start to
finish.

Lennon, who has a tend-
ency to preach in his music,
approaches “Rock ‘N’ Roll"
straight on. paying some-
what of a tribute on one
hand. having a rollicking
good time on the other.
Early rock and roll appar-
ently his first love. He has-

n‘t sounded this good in

years.

Part of the quality lies in
the production—Spector
has no equal in this type or
work—and another part in
the sidemen—Steve Crop-
per, Jose Feliciano, Leon

Russell, ,Nino Tempo,
Charlie Watts, Dr. J ohn—
and the last part in Lennon
himself. Both his voice and
approach are perfect for the
good old timey stance
adopted.

Special iavorites include:
“Be-Bop-A-Lulu,” “Stand
By Me,” “Ain’t That a
Shame,” “Do You Want To
Dance,” “Sweet Little Six-
teen," “Peggy Sue,” “Bony
Moronie” and “Just Be-
cause.”

Prima stuff and not Just
a cheap nostalgia shot.
“Rock "N Roll" is a solid
must for 98% of mankind.

* i *

JOHN ENTWISTLE isn’t
always so visible as Lennon.
But he’s no less noteworthy.
Entwistle, you’ll recall, is
the one at Who concerts

_who always stands off to the

side looking semi sane while
the rest of the band runs
amuck. He’s probably the
craziest of the lot and defi-
nitely one or the most tai-
ented.

This is demonstrated by

“Mad Dog” (MCA), an.

album he cut with his own
eight piece back up band
called Ox. There are nine
songs, all Entwistle origi-
nals, all good, tight little
numbers in the Who tradi-
tion: English influenced.
hard, basic rock and roll.
Like Lennon’s album, there
are no pretensions, no
games, no sidestepping. It’s
all just straight out rock
and roll.

The chief joy here. after
Entwistle's sound musi-
cianship and the tight unit
into which he has whipped
his band, is his approach to
the music. While not as
witty as his earlier “Rigor

~Mortis Sets In." “Mad Dog"

does indeed have its mo-
ments: subtle parodies; lines

which can go three or four

waysrsplashes of irony
which add a touch of bitter
humor.

His vocals aren 't the
strongest ever—pretty com-
mon, actually—but his
music is great stuff. Com-
pietely original, well exe-
cuted, nicely presented. But
a little crazy.

*?**

KEITH MOON is even
crazier, although in differ~
ent ways. “Both Sides of the
Moon" (MCA) is an all out
monument to madness. To
say the least.

His approach to the music
— all written by other peo-
ple — is more theatrical.

'Huge production numbers
,— many oi.‘ them, like En-

twistle’ s parody stuff —— and
gently ribbing arrange-
ments make up the bulk of

‘it. His voice is extremely

flexible. able to take on a
number of qualities com-

‘mon to other singers, great-

ly aiding the theatrical na-

ture of the enterprise.

Some of the players in-
clude Moon on drums and
vocals; Ringo Starr, drums
and vocals; Joe Walsh, gui-
tars; F10 and Eddie; mem-
bers of Fanny; Jesse Ed
Davis; Danny Kootch; John
Sebastian; Rick Nelson;
Harry Nilsson and a dozen
or so more. Best cuts in-
clude Brian Wilson’s “Don't
Worry Baby." Niisson’s “To-
gether," Lennon and

McCartney’s “In My Life"
and Pete Townsend's “The
Kids Are Alright." _

The motif generally em-
ployed here is gentle rock
.and roll done for fun. It’s

quite a ways removed from
the Who music he generally
makes, emphasizing more
the drama of the music
than the power. Still, a. fine
album. Perhaps not as re-
warding as “Rock ‘N' Roll"
or “Mad Dog." but definitely
a fun way to spend an hour
or so.

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