63 items by Dave Marsh

  • A Day At The Races

    A Day At The Races | ALBUM REVIEW

    The current consensus is that rock is well into its third generation. But the bands which have pulled the music furthest from its roots remain critically dismissed. There are reasons for such disdain. Lumped together as art-rock,...

    February 24, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • The Pretender

    The Pretender | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like most performers who transcend their genre, Jackson Browne often seems more a symbol than an artist. Singer songwriter fans find in him the fulfillment of the style's promise: Browne's songs really do merge poetic vision and...

    January 27, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Radio Ethiopia

    Radio Ethiopia | ALBUM REVIEW

    On her second album, Patti Smith lays back, refusing to assert herself as she did on last year's Horses. The key is in the billing: on Radio Ethiopia, her group dominates. But while Smith can be an...

    January 13, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • No Reason To Cry

    No Reason To Cry | ALBUM REVIEW

    With No Reason to Cry, Eric Clapton has left the Miami studio where he recently fashioned, from blues, gospel and reggae, one of the most personal and convincingly haunting sounds around. The new album was made in...

    November 18, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • American Grandstand: I Can't Explain, Noted Critic Claims

    American Grandstand: I Can't Explain, Noted Critic Claims | ARTICLE

    By Michigan standards, the winter of 1965 wasn't a rough one. But it was brutal enough – I was 14 and had just broken...

    October 7, 1976 4:25 PM ET
  • A Night on the Town

    A Night on the Town | ALBUM REVIEW

    Any critic worth his salt comes to an almost mystical rapport with certain artists. When the melodies and lyrics of such performers float across the mind late at night, they are resented by the cynical journalist as...

    August 26, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • Black and Blue

    Black and Blue | ALBUM REVIEW

    Although the Rolling Stones now sing about their children and families as often as their stupid girlfriends, we still try to retain our old image of them, under our thumbs and out of our heads. Musically,...

    April 23, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • Desire

    Desire | ALBUM REVIEW

    Desire is a very special album, although Bob Dylan's adamantly antimusical approach keeps it from greatness. Somehow, though, Dylan's antimusic winds up being...

    March 11, 1976 12:00 AM ET
  • The Who: Losing The Spark After A G-G-Generation?

    The Who: Losing The Spark After A G-G-Generation? | ARTICLE

    The Who/Toots and the MaytalsThe SummitHouston, TexasNovember 20th, 1975 Onstage, the Who has always been rock & roll at its purest. But in recent years the group has begun to raise fundamental questions about...

    January 1, 1976 1:50 PM ET
  • Shaved Fish

    Shaved Fish | ALBUM REVIEW

    Shaved Fish is a collection of singles, some of them hits, released during John Lennon's post-Beatles career (1969-present). Ordinarily, such Christmas gift ideas aren't worth writing about but, as with almost everything else Lennon has done, Shaved...

    December 18, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Breakaway

    Breakaway | ALBUM REVIEW

    Breakaway is certainly superior to Angel Clare the first Art Garfunkel solo album. But it's difficult to decide how much the singer had to do with its success, aside from having the good sense to choose Richard...

    December 4, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • The Who By Numbers

    The Who By Numbers | ALBUM REVIEW

    By now, a nonopera by the Who is its own kind of concept album. While The Who by Numbers pretends to be a...

    November 20, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Extra Texture

    Extra Texture | ALBUM REVIEW

    George Harrison and his music are best approached with deep caution, if only because his music (being former Beatle stuff) inevitably commands special attention; one wants to respect Harrison, to fathom his pursuit of Krishna, perhaps even...

    November 20, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Acid Queen

    Acid Queen | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tina Turner's attempt to recreate the excitement of five rock classics by the Rolling Stones, the Who and Led Zeppelin never really had a chance. She sings at least one of them, "Let's Spend the Night Together,"...

    November 6, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Prisoner in Disguise

    Prisoner in Disguise | ALBUM REVIEW

    Prisoner in Disguise is an attempt to re-create the enormous critical and commercial success of Ronstadt's 1974 album, Heart like a Wheel. Unfortunately, while every choice on the previous album seemed inspired, these are largely pedestrian. As...

    September 30, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rolling Stones: Jumping, Booming, Bumping, Grinding to a Halt

    The Rolling Stones: Jumping, Booming, Bumping, Grinding to a Halt | ARTICLE

    The Rolling Stones holed up at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for their week in Los Angeles. I arrived on July 8th about 12...

    September 11, 1975 12:00 PM ET
  • Tonight's The Night

    Tonight's The Night | ALBUM REVIEW

    "I'm sorry. You don't know these people. This means nothing to you." — Neil Young, in the liner notes. Tonight's the Night finds Neil Young on his knees at the top of the heap, struggling to get back...

    August 28, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • The Stones Roll On: A Scare in Boston; Success in Toronto; A Slip in NY

    The Stones Roll On: A Scare in Boston; Success in Toronto; A Slip in NY | ARTICLE

    New York — The scariest moment came in Boston, when overzealous fans grabbed the writhing, confetti-spitting dragon that appears at the end of "Jumpin'...

    July 31, 1975 9:05 PM ET
  • Today

    Today | ALBUM REVIEW

    Elvis Presley is the greatest singer in the history of rock & roll. As each of his frustratingly mediocre albums appears, we are forcibly reminded of that fact. There is almost nothing on any of them to...

    July 3, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Blow By Blow

    Blow By Blow | ALBUM REVIEW

    Jeff Beck seems finally to have figured out that he is not going to replace the great Sixties group which bore his name and featured Mickey Waller, Rod Stewart, Nicky Hopkins and Ron Wood. After some trying...

    June 5, 1975 12:00 AM ET