13 items by Ben Gerson

  • Walls And Bridges

    Walls And Bridges | ALBUM REVIEW

    Walls and Bridges shows John Lennon to be as mercurial as ever. I anticipated an unbearable suffering occasioned by the collapse of one of this century's most public love affairs — after all, Yoko Ono was presented...

    November 21, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Aladdin Sane

    Aladdin Sane | ALBUM REVIEW

    A lightning bolt streaks across David's face; on the inside cover the lad is air-brushed into androgyny, a no less imposing figure for it. Though he has been anointed to go out among us and spread the...

    July 19, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • School's Out

    School's Out | ALBUM REVIEW

    The question before us is whether Alice Cooper is a threat to civilization itself or merely to our beloved rock & roll. Both parents and kids commonly see Alice as eroding the former, which they respectively deplore...

    September 28, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Thick as a Brick

    Thick as a Brick | ALBUM REVIEW

    Although not in the shops yet, I was able to acquire a 'white label' pressing of the current Jethro winner Thick As A Brick from their London agents, Chrysalis Artists.... The group consists of Ian Anderson, Martin...

    June 22, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Farther Along

    Farther Along | ALBUM REVIEW

    Farther Along is the Byrds' first completely self-produced LP, and exists as a kind of backlash to Terry Melcher's elaborate string and choir-laden production of Byrdmaniax. Farther Along was recorded within three months of Byrdmaniax, so eager...

    March 16, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Electric Warrior

    Electric Warrior | ALBUM REVIEW

    So elegant, so fey (check the cover of T. Rex, his first on Reprise), Marc Bolan is a stripling, a sylph. Too old to be innocent in today's world, though his years number 23, he plays to...

    January 6, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Imagine

    Imagine | ALBUM REVIEW

    Not content to be merely an ex-Beatle. John Lennon has carved out a new career for himself as political gadfly, floating member of the international avant-garde and as rock's most psychologically daring tightrope artist. John...

    October 28, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Aqualung

    Aqualung | ALBUM REVIEW

    Dating from at least the Electric Prunes' Mass In D Minor, rock and religion have evinced an unlikely affinity for each other. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, Peter Townshend, John Lennon, George Harrison (and let us...

    July 22, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Mud Slide Slim & The Blue Horizon

    Mud Slide Slim & The Blue Horizon | ALBUM REVIEW

    When an artist has finally achieved success he is subjected to the kind of critical evaluation which will either legitimize that success or destroy it. Today, the consensus seems to be that this is the season for...

    June 24, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Tea For The Tillerman

    Tea For The Tillerman | ALBUM REVIEW

    Is it on the roads of Provence or the tube to Portobello Road that I visualize Cat? He is both the next in a long line of troubadours and very much the London neighborhood musician, encompassing at...

    February 18, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • All Things Must Pass

    All Things Must Pass | ALBUM REVIEW

    In those haylcyon days when Beatles did not have destinies, only personalities, and every Beatle fan had a favorite Beatle, John once satirized his mates as "wide-eyed Paul, cozy Ringo, and skeleton George." George, overshadowed as he...

    January 21, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Stand Up

    Stand Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    No, Jethro Tull is not just another English blues band. This Was, their first album, made some gestures in that direction, obligatory, in a way, for the time (summer of '68); in its differences it was intriguing...

    December 13, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Beck-Ola

    Beck-Ola | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is a brilliant album, dense in texture, full of physical and nervous energy, equally appealing to mind and body. There is a guiding intelligence which enables these five excellent, assertive musicians to work with and not...

    August 9, 1969 12:00 AM ET