15 items by Ken Emerson

  • Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' Blues: Rolling Stone's 1978 Feature

    Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' Blues: Rolling Stone's 1978 Feature | ARTICLE

    "For the time being I feel good — at the moment." Fewer reservations and a bit more ebullience might be expected from a man with America's Number Two single, "Baker Street," and album, City to City (both have...

    January 4, 2011 6:14 PM ET
  • American Fool

    American Fool | ALBUM REVIEW

    John "Cougar" Mellencamp can't help it. All he has to do is open his mouth and out oozes insincerity, the snake oil of patent imitations of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger. Or for good measure, he'll pour...

    September 2, 1982 12:00 AM ET
  • Living In The USA

    Living In The USA | ALBUM REVIEW

    Living in the U.S.A. feels less like a record than it does a formal recital grimly intent upon establishing the versatility of its star. In nearly consummate command of her vocal powers, Linda Ronstadt sings more expertly...

    November 2, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • More Songs About Buildings & Food

    More Songs About Buildings & Food | ALBUM REVIEW

    David Byrne's resemblance to Anthony Perkins would be remarkable even if he hadn't called attention to it by entitling a song "Psycho Killer." Onstage, his head lurching to a rhythm his rigid body doesn't recognize, Byrne is...

    October 19, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Misfits

    Misfits | ALBUM REVIEW

    After twenty-odd albums, either you follow the Kinks or you don't. If you don't ("Gently pity those you can't persuade," as Jonathan Swift put it), it's unlikely you'll acquire the habit with Misfits, especially since none of...

    July 12, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Adventure

    Adventure | ALBUM REVIEW

    One advantage of the spluttering proliferation of punk rock and the continuing failure of the New Wave to do anything more than lap at the bottom of the American charts is that you can relax and enjoy...

    June 1, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • I Can Stand a Little Rain

    I Can Stand a Little Rain | ALBUM REVIEW

    Joe Cocker's comeback album is not the disaster his recent debacle in L.A. (during which he was too drunk to perform) was. Whatever his difficulties as a live performer, on record Cocker is far from a lost...

    October 10, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Fulfillingness' First Finale

    Fulfillingness' First Finale | ALBUM REVIEW

    The cover of Fulfillingness' First Finale depicts a staircase of keyboards rising — from the Motor Town Review and "Fingertips" through gold records, Grammies and an auto accident — to the sky. It's remarkably apt, for the...

    September 26, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • 461 Ocean Boulevard

    461 Ocean Boulevard | ALBUM REVIEW

    Between laid-back and listless, between the tastefully restrained and the downright niggardly, the line can be perilously thin. Eric Clapton's new album teeters precariously on the very edge, flirting with, but in the nick of time always...

    August 29, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Garcia

    Garcia | ALBUM REVIEW

    If Garcia is any indication of what to expect from Round Records, the Grateful Dead's new spin-off label ought to be rechristened Flat. The production (pinned on John Kahn) seems determined to deprive the music of all...

    August 15, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Diamond Dogs

    Diamond Dogs | ALBUM REVIEW

    Clearly, David Bowie is not the "homo superior" he once claimed and many believed him to be. That claim and belief were based on Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, two records of startling genius which will be...

    August 1, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • The Hoople

    The Hoople | ALBUM REVIEW

    Has success spoiled Ian Hunter? Last year's Mott received and deserved much acclaim. It seemed a post-glitter breakthrough, debunking superstardom and demythologizing rock: "Rock 'n' roll's a loser's game." But since then Hunter and Mott the Hoople...

    June 20, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Open Our Eyes

    Open Our Eyes | ALBUM REVIEW

    A pleasant miscellany of Africana, Latin rhythms, well-mannered funk, smooth jazz, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder and the Fifth Dimension, Earth Wind & Fire's Open Our Eyes has both disco and easy-listening appeal, and it's so cheerful one...

    May 9, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • It's Too Late To Stop Now

    It's Too Late To Stop Now | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like the white middle class it entertains, rock music exhibits a certain rootlessness, a lack of a living history. This is rock's greatest asset — it is spontaneous and free, contemporary and temporary — but it can...

    April 25, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

    The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle | ALBUM REVIEW

    Greetings From Asbury Park, Bruce Springsteen's uproarious debut album, sounded like "Subterranean Homesick Blues" played at 78, a typical five-minute track bursting with more words than this review. Most of it didn't make much sense, but that...

    January 31, 1974 12:00 AM ET