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55 items by Jon Landau

  • Ram

    Ram | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ram represents the nadir in the decomposition of Sixties rock thus far. For some, including myself, Self-Portrait had been secure in that position, but at least Self-Portrait was an album that you could hate, a record you...

    July 8, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Curtis/Live!

    Curtis/Live! | ALBUM REVIEW

    Curtis Mayfield is confusing his strengths with his weaknesses these days. As the composer and lead singer of the Impressions he proved to be first and foremost, a beautiful melodist. After that, he often wrote extremely personal...

    June 24, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Tapestry

    Tapestry | ALBUM REVIEW

    Carole King's second album, Tapestry, has fulfilled the promise of her first and confirmed the fact that she is one of the most creative figures in all of pop music. It is an album of surpassing personal-intimacy...

    April 29, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Writer

    Writer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Carole King's second album, Tapestry, has fulfilled the promise of her first and confirmed the fact that she is one of the most creative figures in all of pop music. It is an album of surpassing personal-intimacy...

    April 29, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Sticky Fingers

    Sticky Fingers | ALBUM REVIEW

    SIDE ONE "Brown Sugar": It begins with some magical raunch chords on the right channel. In the tradition of great guitar intros ("All Day and All of the Night," "Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown," and "Satisfaction" itself) it...

    April 23, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Live In Cook County Jail

    Live In Cook County Jail | ALBUM REVIEW

    Virtually every attempt to update the style of recordings of the great blues artists has been horribly misconceived. Chuck Berry playing with the Steve Miller Band, Wolf and Muddy being forced to record with idiot hard rock...

    March 18, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Tumbleweed Connection

    Tumbleweed Connection | ALBUM REVIEW

    The only criticism heard with any frequency of Elton John's first American album, Elton John, was that the production was too grandiose. The melodies were superb, and lyrics frequently very good, and the performances flawless. However, Elton...

    February 18, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • His Band and The Street Choir

    His Band and The Street Choir | ALBUM REVIEW

    During his down and out days. Van Morrison used to live on Green Street, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After "Brown Eyed Girl" had hit during the summer of 1967, Van had followed his stars to the Boston of...

    February 4, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    The difference between R&B and rock 'n' roll, according to Charlie Gillett, is that the former was made by black people for black people while the latter was made by black people for everyone. And as the...

    December 24, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • James Taylor

    James Taylor | ALBUM REVIEW

    James Taylor is the kind of person I always thought the word folksinger referred to. He writes and sings songs that are reflections of his own life, and performs in them in his own style. All of...

    April 19, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears

    Blood, Sweat & Tears | ALBUM REVIEW

    The new Blood, Sweat & Tears album is a perfect example of the rock record that "tries harder." While at some points on the record the basic style of the group resembles rock and roll, more often...

    March 1, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Beggar's Banquet

    Beggar's Banquet | ALBUM REVIEW

    On the surface rock and roll changes at an amazing pace. The influence of a figure like the Maharishi can appear and disappear in...

    December 6, 1968 12:00 PM ET
  • Albert King: Letting It Roll All Night Long

    Albert King: Letting It Roll All Night Long | ARTICLE

    When Albert King and the trio that accompanies him in live performance take the stage they invariably start things off with an instrumental....

    October 26, 1968 12:20 PM ET
  • Their Satanic Majesties Request

    Their Satanic Majesties Request | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Rolling Stones have been the best of all possible worlds: they have the lack of pretension and sentimentality associated with the blues, the rawness and toughness of hard rock, and the depth which always makes...

    December 8, 1967 11:45 AM ET
  • Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton: A Consideration of 1967 Trios

    Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton: A Consideration of 1967 Trios | ARTICLE

    It is only natural that as part of the overall experimentation going on in pop, attempts at using new combinations of instruments would be...

    November 9, 1967 12:30 AM ET
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