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47 items by Greil Marcus

  • The Parkerilla

    The Parkerilla | ALBUM REVIEW

    They think it's a show," English rocker Graham Parker muttered one night last fall, coming off a stage in Phoenix. "But it isn't a show, it's real." The Parkerilla, three sides of live material (side four is...

    June 15, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • The Belle Album

    The Belle Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    In rock & roll, nothing seems easier or more obvious than a good beat, but nothing is more elusive. We may someday look back on The Belle Album as Al Green's best — it's too soon to...

    February 23, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • My Aim Is True

    My Aim Is True | ALBUM REVIEW

    Herewith, two rock & roll singers distinguished by their almost total disregard for the music and marketing strategies of their contemporaries. One is as established as such a performer can be and, it seems, is settling into...

    December 1, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Exodus

    Exodus | ALBUM REVIEW

    There is a contradiction here between the enormous abilities of the Wailers — particularly the magnificent rhythm section of Aston Barrett, bass, and Carlton Barrett, drums, and the spidery lead guitar of Julian "Junior" Marvin — and...

    July 14, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Islands

    Islands | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been a long haul for both the Band and Van Morrison; they have made their livings as rock & rollers for close to 20 years now. To judge solely by their new albums (Morrison's is his...

    May 19, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • A Period of Transition

    A Period of Transition | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been a long haul for both the Band and Van Morrison; they have made their livings as rock & rollers for close to 20 years now. To judge solely by their new albums (Morrison's is his...

    May 19, 1977 12:00 AM ET
  • Vintage Years

    Vintage Years | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thanks to the near-permanent success of the current Fleetwood Mac LP, virtually all the band's pre-Warner Bros. material – featuring guitarists Peter Green, Danny...

    October 21, 1976 12:00 PM ET
  • Fleetwood Mac in Chicago

    Fleetwood Mac in Chicago | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thanks to the near-permanent success of the current Fleetwood Mac LP, virtually all the band's pre-Warner Bros. material – featuring guitarists Peter Green, Danny...

    October 21, 1976 12:00 PM ET
  • Black Magic Woman

    Black Magic Woman | ALBUM REVIEW

    Thanks to the near-permanent success of the current Fleetwood Mac LP, virtually all the band's pre-Warner Bros. material – featuring guitarists Peter Green, Danny...

    October 21, 1976 12:00 PM ET
  • Born To Run

    Born To Run | ALBUM REVIEW

    As a determinedly permanent resident of the West Coast, the furor Bruce Springsteen's live performances have kicked up in the East over the last couple of years left me feeling somewhat culturally deprived, not to mention a...

    October 9, 1975 12:00 AM ET
  • Live At Leeds

    Live At Leeds | ALBUM REVIEW

    Songs: "Young Man Blues," "Substitute," "The Summertime Blues," "Shaking All Over," "My Generation," et al, & "Magic Bus." Audience participation minimal. For America the...

    July 9, 1970 12:20 PM ET
  • Self Portrait

    Self Portrait | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Self Portrait No. 25" Written and Arranged by Greil Marcus Chorus: Charles Perry, Penny Marcus, Pann Wenner, Erik Bennstein, Ed Ward, John Burks, Ralph Gleason, Langdon Winner, Bruce Miroff, Richard Vaughn and Mike Goodwin   (1)What is this shit? (1) "All...

    June 8, 1970 5:35 PM ET
  • Back In The U.S.A.

    Back In The U.S.A. | ALBUM REVIEW

    Wop-bop-a-lu-bop-a-lop-bam-boom. Thud. "Tutti Frutti," which opens the partly excellent MC5 album, is easily the worst cut on it, and in a way a clue to the rest of the record, which ends, stiffly enough, with "Back in...

    May 14, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Joe Cocker!

    Joe Cocker! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Joe Cocker's delightful second album is ample proof that the imagination that transformed a song so fixed in our minds as "With a Little Help From My Friends" has not run out of things to do, nor...

    February 21, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Live Peace In Toronto, 1969

    Live Peace In Toronto, 1969 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The public is starved for music from the Big Three of rock and roll — an album and maybe a single a year isn't enough, and the rest of the musicians on both sides of the Atlantic...

    February 7, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • The Rod Stewart Album

    The Rod Stewart Album | ALBUM REVIEW

    Rod Stewart, lead singer with the off-again on-again Jeff Beck group, has come up with a superb album of his own. Imagination pervades the music, in the choice of material, in the frequent use of beautiful bottleneck...

    February 7, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Let It Bleed

    Let It Bleed | ALBUM REVIEW

    Let It Bleed is the last album by the Stones we'll see before the Sixties, already gone really, become the Seventies; it has the crummiest cover art since Flowers, with a credit sheet that looks like it...

    December 27, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • The Stones Put the Weight on Mick and He Carried It

    The Stones Put the Weight on Mick and He Carried It | ARTICLE

    OAKLAND, California—We flooded into the Oakland Coliseum in 1969 with memories of the Cow Palace in 1966 – but this time there weren't any twelve-year-old kids kicking over the seats and wetting their pants. The Sixties are...

    December 13, 1969 3:25 PM ET
  • Bob Dylan: Breaking Down The Incomplete Discography

    Bob Dylan: Breaking Down The Incomplete Discography | ARTICLE

    Bobby Darin had three hit records under his belt when he announced his goal in life: "I want to be a legend by the...

    November 29, 1969 4:30 PM ET
  • Dusty In Memphis

    Dusty In Memphis | ALBUM REVIEW

    A few months ago I walked into the Rolling Stone office and palely inquired if the journal might possibly be interested in a review of the then-new Dusty Springfield album. Blank stares and a few snickers. Today,...

    November 1, 1969 12:00 AM ET
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