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15 items by Bob Palmer

  • Borboletta

    Borboletta | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Carlos Santana evolves musically and spiritually — for the time being the two paths seem to be one — he chooses his associates more carefully. The demands of the music he conceives are dictating his personnel...

    December 20, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • To Know You Is to Love You

    To Know You Is to Love You | ALBUM REVIEW

    The title tune alone is worth the price of admission. Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright composed it. Stevie plays electric piano, B.B. turns in a powerful vocal performance that is ably supported by his crackling guitar, and...

    November 9, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    As Carlos Santana evolves musically and spiritually — for the time being the two paths seem to be one — he chooses his associates more carefully. The demands of the music he conceives are dictating his personnel...

    December 19, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Hell

    Hell | ALBUM REVIEW

    In 1965 James Brown altered the role of the rhythm section in black popular music radically and irrevocably. White listeners, understandably enthralled by the innovations of groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, paid scant attention...

    September 12, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Come A Little Closer

    Come A Little Closer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Etta James possesses one of the R&B voices, and she has been pushing it past its limits since her classic sides for Modern—"Roll With Me Henry," "Crazy Feeling" — and her teenage years as an opening act...

    August 15, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Big Fun

    Big Fun | ALBUM REVIEW

    Most of Big Fun consists of outtakes from Bitches Brew and Live/Evil days, and one can only wonder why superb performances like "Great Expectations" and "Lonely Fire" were canned. The former piece gets a mesmerizing, other-worldly texture...

    June 20, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Welcome

    Welcome | ALBUM REVIEW

    The choice of "Welcome," a John Coltrane composition from Kulu Se Mama, as the title tune of the new Santana album is a natural follow-up to Carlos' album with Mahavishnu John McLaughlin. Coltrane pioneered the direct rendering...

    January 3, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall

    In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall | ALBUM REVIEW

    This double album chronicles Davis' most recent Philharmonic Hall concert, featuring his On The Corner band. It's an excellent group, and on the surface Davis would seem to be doing the musicians a disservice by neglecting to...

    June 21, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Green Is Blues

    Green Is Blues | ALBUM REVIEW

    Green Is Blues is a resurrection of Al Green's first album for Hi. It appeared during the summer of 1969 and died quietly even though it contained Green's first substantial single hit, "Tomorrow's Dream." With Green now...

    March 29, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Everybody's In Showbiz

    Everybody's In Showbiz | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ray Davies continues to wear his English citizenship like a badge. The Kinks have often used American musical idioms — especially variations on Richard Berry's "Louie Louie," as revived by the Kingsmen and by the Kinks themselves...

    October 26, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Skies Of America

    Skies Of America | ALBUM REVIEW

    The history of attempts to fuse jazz and classical music has been long and ignominious. From the plasticizing efforts of George Gershwin and Paul Whiteman, through the rarefied preciousness of much of the "Third Stream," right on...

    August 17, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Let's Stay Together

    Let's Stay Together | ALBUM REVIEW

    Al Green, from Forrest City, Arkansas, has risen from obscurity to fame with a rapidity that is astonishing even by the standards of the mercurial music industry. His unusually expressive voice, and the simple, spare arrangements of...

    March 30, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Live-Evil

    Live-Evil | ALBUM REVIEW

    Miles' touted "Fillmore Band" didn't sound much like a band to me. In an area of music where individual virtuosity is the rule rather than the exception, give-and-take between players becomes all important. And only occasionally did...

    January 20, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • The Sweetest Peaches Part 2

    The Sweetest Peaches Part 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    You can dig Peaches as a catalogue of rhythm-and-blues styles from the Fifties to the present. You can enjoy it as the most varied and satisfying "greatest hits" collection of the year. You can stand off and...

    December 23, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Melting Pot

    Melting Pot | ALBUM REVIEW

    Eclectic is a word only recently in vogue, but Memphis music has always been eclectic, a melding of the musical and social forces that converge on the town from all sides. Memphis' top-of-the-delta position has always made...

    March 18, 1971 12:00 AM ET
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