6 items by Arthur Schmidt

  • Surf's Up

    Surf's Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    I've been waiting impatiently for this record since Sunflower, and the small letdown I feel could be the other side of that impatience: the wish that they could have kept it a little longer to make it...

    October 14, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs of Love and Hate

    Songs of Love and Hate | ALBUM REVIEW

    Songs From A Room, Cohen's second album, was for me a great improvement over his first because of restraint in the use of strings, clarions and angelic choirs, and because the compositions themselves were fairly even in...

    September 2, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • 20/20

    20/20 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beach Boys are one of the stranger phenomena of rock. In 1963, they were responsible for some of the best rock by whites before the Beatles. They created a style, now dated, more sociologically than musically....

    April 19, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Friends

    Friends | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beach Boys have tried faithfully to render who and what they are. That what they are is in some ways a simply (existential but) foolish denial of reality, that Hawthorne is not the world that Watts...

    August 24, 1968 12:00 AM ET
  • Bookends

    Bookends | ALBUM REVIEW

    This record is worth getting, if only for the cover, which captures the amazing resemblance of Simon and Garfunkel to Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, respectively. Or maybe Avedon has merely captured them at their high-fashion...

    May 25, 1968 12:00 AM ET
  • Songs of Leonard Cohen

    Songs of Leonard Cohen | ALBUM REVIEW

    There are, in The Favorite Game, Leonard Cohen's first novel, several scenes in which people ask the hero (presumably Cohen, since everything else fits) to sing. A friend of mine read the book and finished with one...

    March 9, 1968 12:00 AM ET