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63 items by Dave Marsh

  • Peter Gabriel [2]

    Peter Gabriel [2] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Peter Gabriel's first solo album promised some sort of reconciliation between art rock and the rock mainstream: it had the sense of a breakthrough in negotiations between warring factions. Its two most direct hard-rock songs, "Modern Love"...

    July 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Peter Gabriel [3]

    Peter Gabriel [3] | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lucid and driven. Peter Gabriel's third solo album sticks in the mind like the haunted heroes of the best film noirs. With the obsessiveness of The Big Sleep (or, more aptly, Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, since Gabriel is...

    July 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Who's On Broadway?

    Who's On Broadway? | ARTICLE

    Pete Townshend is apparently goin' mobile these days. The Broadway version of the Who's groundbreaking opera, Tommy – which Townshend collaborated on...

    March 18, 1993 5:55 PM ET
  • Midnight Love

    Midnight Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a comeback album, Marvin Gaye's Midnight Love is remarkably arrogant: it simply picks up from 1973's Let's Get It On as if only ten minutes, and not a confusing ten years, had elapsed since Gaye hit...

    January 20, 1983 12:00 AM ET
  • Here at Last...Bee Gees...Live

    Here at Last...Bee Gees...Live | ALBUM REVIEW

    Trying to conceive of the Bee Gees without the Beatles is as impossible as imagining the Osmonds without the Jackson Five. Though it is easy to forget it in this disco daze, the Bee Gees were the...

    July 1, 1981 12:00 AM ET
  • Empty Glass

    Empty Glass | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a fundamentally religious artist, Pete Townshend fashions his music from sermons and confessions. Though it's not an easy thing for intellectuals to admit, this is well within the limits of rock & roll tradition. From the...

    June 26, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • Back on the Right Track

    Back on the Right Track | ALBUM REVIEW

    It goes almost without saying that Sly Stone's early songs (from "Dance to the Music" through "Hot Fun in the Summertime") were inspired and prophetic, a mixture of rock and soul that united white and black audiences...

    January 24, 1980 12:00 AM ET
  • American Grandstand: If You Hate Rock, Skip 'Quadrophenia'

    American Grandstand: If You Hate Rock, Skip 'Quadrophenia' | ARTICLE

    In the sixties, American rock & roll kids grew up with an image of England as a land whose streets were littered with electric...

    November 29, 1979 2:40 PM ET
  • Dream Police

    Dream Police | ALBUM REVIEW

    In the beginning, Cheap Trick was lovable because they tried to pull off the toughest trick in the book: making rock that was both bonehead hard and intelligently witty. Rick Nielsen aspired to nothing less than the...

    November 29, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac | ALBUM REVIEW

    Pink Cadillac — the sequel to John Prine's finest record, last year's Bruised Orange — is the first major album that rock & roll's original master producer, Sam Phillips, has had a hand in since the Sixties....

    November 29, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Duty Now for the Future

    Duty Now for the Future | ALBUM REVIEW

    Devo is sort of the rock equivalent of Kurt Vonnegut, taking off from premises it only half understands. These guys synthesize trenchant experimental trends into a hodgepodge that's compelling only to those without the intellectual vigor to...

    September 20, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Laminar Flow

    Laminar Flow | ALBUM REVIEW

    What riles me about Laminar Flow isn't so much that the LP is an embarrassing travesty ill-suited to one of rock's minor masters, but that such a debacle was totally unnecessary. Laminar Flow is a labyrinth of...

    August 23, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • I Am

    I Am | ALBUM REVIEW

    Maurice White, Earth, Wind and Fire's presiding genius, ranges across popular music like a robber baron, selecting only the tastiest artifacts for his collection. He adapts be-bop horn charts and soul-group harmonies in ways that make the...

    August 23, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • The Kids Are Alright: Fifteen Years of The Who

    The Kids Are Alright: Fifteen Years of The Who | ARTICLE

    In September 1967, the Who made an appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that surely ranks as one of the greatest bits...

    August 9, 1979 4:20 PM ET
  • L.A. (Light Album)

    L.A. (Light Album) | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Beach Boys are easily the most overrated group in rock & roll history — which presents the reviewer with a problem: simply stating the facts invites an overreaction from the band's maundering cult who exaggerate the...

    May 31, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • The Who Unveil Plans For New York Shows

    The Who Unveil Plans For New York Shows | ARTICLE

    NEW YORK — The Who will play their first live shows in the U.S. since 1976 late this summer in the New York City area, singer Roger Daltrey revealed recently. Long the least-prolific band in rock,...

    May 17, 1979 2:10 PM ET
  • Truth N' Time

    Truth N' Time | ALBUM REVIEW

    Al Green is so charismatic he could make you wonder about the taste of Guyanese Fla•vor•aid. There's an element of danger about everything he does, a sense that at any moment he could be revealed as a...

    March 22, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Jazz

    Jazz | ALBUM REVIEW

    There's no Jazz on Queen's new record, in case fans of either were worried about the defilement of an icon. Queen hasn't the imagination to play jazz — Queen hasn't the imagination, for that matter, to play...

    February 8, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Backless

    Backless | ALBUM REVIEW

    Eric Clapton must want to be the Mississippi John Hurt of his generation: a sweet-tempered old soul who can communicate great pleasure and great pain in a mumble. The surprise is that he gets away with it...

    December 28, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • American Grandstand: Hendrix LP Not Essential

    American Grandstand: Hendrix LP Not Essential | ARTICLE

    A couple of months ago, CBS News broadcast a Friday night special about the year 1968. But the network's representation of the pop music...

    November 16, 1978 4:15 PM ET
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