55 items by Jon Landau

  • Let's Get It On

    Let's Get It On | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Let's Get It On" is a classic Motown single, endlessly repeatable and always enjoyable. It begins with three great wah-wah notes that herald the arrival of a vintage Fifties melody. But while the song centers around classically...

    December 6, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Dylan

    Dylan | ALBUM REVIEW

    Columbia has a right to release unissued material by its former employee, Bob Dylan. And I personally want to hear most of it, especially outtakes from the pivotal acoustic albums and the concert recordings. But I...

    November 19, 1973 10:55 AM ET
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid | ALBUM REVIEW

    Bob Dylan was the source of pop music's unpredictability in the Sixties. Never as big a record-seller as commonly imagined, his importance was...

    August 30, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Sing It Again Rod

    Sing It Again Rod | ALBUM REVIEW

    Sing It Again Rod touches all the solo bases since Stewart's departure from the Jeff Beck Band, wherein he cut his teeth on American audiences for $75 a week plus expenses, and wisely ignores his generally inferior...

    August 17, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Blue Ridge Rangers

    Blue Ridge Rangers | ALBUM REVIEW

    Here is John Fogerty doing what comes naturally. If he seemed immodest in the Creedence Clearwater Revival, he has justified himself and proven that he can make a fine, fine record without anyone's help at all. The...

    July 5, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Call Me

    Call Me | ALBUM REVIEW

    Willie Mitchell's production style continues to impress me with its consistency, restraint and understanding of Al Green's special needs. Because the singer disdains most forms of discipline, preferring to let his voice wander into every nook and...

    July 5, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • In The Right Place

    In The Right Place | ALBUM REVIEW

    The greatness of Mac Rebennack, alias, Dr. John, also known as John Crieux, rests on his command of the musical use of idiomatic expression. Not a technically well-endowed singer, nor a great songwriter, he leaves his mark...

    April 26, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • The Session

    The Session | ALBUM REVIEW

    What we have here is the four-sided sequel to Chuck Berry's phenomenally successful London Sessions — except that Chuck has been replaced by Jerry Lee Lewis. It is an enjoyable, if overstuffed record, filled with genuine interplay...

    April 26, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • The Byrds

    The Byrds | ALBUM REVIEW

    To tell the truth, I would rather write about some of the fine new albums released since the first of this year — including Dr. John's In the Right Place (his best). Todd Rundgren's near best A...

    April 12, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite

    Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite | ALBUM REVIEW

    My God! Another live album from my hero. He's turning them out as fast as he once made movie soundtracks. And with as little point, in view of the fact that the material, patter, structure and sound...

    March 29, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • One Man Dog

    One Man Dog | ALBUM REVIEW

    There is a "patrician arrogance" to James Taylor that accounts in part for his popularity while it at the same time explains the critical resistance to his work. Those who see themselves championing mass tastes can't accept...

    January 18, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Give It Up

    Give It Up | ALBUM REVIEW

    The best thing about Bonnie Raitt is her singing, and the best thing about Give It Up is that she sings great from beginning to end; in doing so, she successfully handles a far greater range of...

    October 26, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Honky Château

    Honky Château | ALBUM REVIEW

    Elton John's Honky Château is a rich, warm, satisfying album that stands head and shoulders above the morass of current releases and has now succeeded in toppling the Stones from the top spot on the charts in...

    August 17, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace | ALBUM REVIEW

    Amazing Grace is more a great Aretha Franklin album than a great gospel album. She plays havoc with the traditional styles but she sings like never before on record. The liberation and abandon she has always implied...

    August 3, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Paul Simon

    Paul Simon | ALBUM REVIEW

    Paul Simon's long and manicky struggle between his songs of endearing but forced whimsy and his confessions of unhappiness and loneliness is over, with the latter, in fully developed and radically different form, the victor. Simon's first...

    March 2, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Concert For Bangladesh

    Concert For Bangladesh | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Concert for Bangla Desh is rock reaching for its manhood. Under the leadership of George Harrison, a group of rock musicians recognized, in a deliberate, self-conscious, and professional way, that they have responsibilities, and went about...

    February 3, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse

    A Nod Is As Good As A Wink...To A Blind Horse | ALBUM REVIEW

    Well, now this doesn't make any sense at all. Rod Stewart has three solo albums out, all of them excellent. With the release of A Nod Is As Good As A Wink ... the Faces, with Stewart...

    January 6, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Tupelo Honey

    Tupelo Honey | ALBUM REVIEW

    Tupelo Honey (Warner Bros. 1950), like all of Van Morrison's albums, is both a synthesis of what has preceded it and a statement of something new. It has the musical compactness of Moondance and some of the...

    November 25, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Cahoots

    Cahoots | ALBUM REVIEW

    Run away — run away — it's the restless age, sings the Band at the beginning of Cahoots (Capitol SMAS 651) and they mean it. They also mean it when they sing of the endlessness of the...

    November 11, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Love Letters from Elvis

    Love Letters from Elvis | ALBUM REVIEW

    The first cut is "Love Letters" and it's a beautiful song. Presley's voice is all there and then in comes the schizoid background, half-funk and half muzak. And thus it goes for two sides of Presley's latest....

    July 22, 1971 12:00 AM ET