7 items by Alan Niester

  • Amigos

    Amigos | ALBUM REVIEW

    Amigos is the first Santana album that doesn't attempt to break new ground. The several styles Carlos Santana has delved into over the past decade have been consolidated into a varied, multidimensional album. The early days of...

    June 18, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Made In Europe

    Made In Europe | ALBUM REVIEW

    I just don't understand, as Ann-Margret once sang, why an exciting band like Deep Purple, who consistently hit the top of the charts in Merrie Olde and have taken Europe by storm, remain a comparatively unknown quantity...

    January 27, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Crystal Ball

    Crystal Ball | ALBUM REVIEW

    Although Crystal Ball doesn't have the immediate impact of its predecessor, Equinox, I still found it to be one of the most dynamic and satisfying rock albums of the year. Although Styx is based in Chicago, the...

    January 13, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Reflections

    Reflections | ALBUM REVIEW

    Let's put it this way. You'd have to be a real fan of, say, Ted Nugent to plunk down five bucks to hear him do an album of his favorite Joan Baez ballads. Similarly, you'd have to...

    June 3, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • Alive!

    Alive! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kiss onstage could possibly be mildly entertaining for about ten minutes, but on record, minus the impact of gaudy painted faces and stage theatrics, the band must be judged solely for its music. It's awful. Criminally repetitive,...

    January 1, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • Stormbringer

    Stormbringer | ALBUM REVIEW

    With Burn and now Stormbringer, Deep Purple has attempted to prove, firstly, that replacing the departed Ian Gillan and Roger Glover with David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes has in no way weakened the highly successful and profitable...

    January 30, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Roxy & Elsewhere

    Roxy & Elsewhere | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is sort of like jazz in its own peculiar way, Zappa says during a rap in "Be-Bop Tango," and he's right, because Roxy & Elsewhere is about as close to a traditional musical form as the...

    January 2, 1975 12:00 AM ET