33 items by Lester Bangs

  • The Bells

    The Bells | ALBUM REVIEW

    Everybody always talks about the poor homeless orphan waifs, but what about the homeless fathers? The time has come to call the fathers home from the stale curbstone shores. Sometimes they're bad and Take No Prisoners. But...

    June 14, 1979 12:00 AM ET
  • Pieces Of Eight

    Pieces Of Eight | ALBUM REVIEW

    Styx is an arena band from the progressive school. Every gesture's writ huge to the point of flatulence, their pomp is highly circumstantial (it's the only way to get the last row's attention) and around every chorus...

    December 28, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Wavelength

    Wavelength | ALBUM REVIEW

    Who has not been waiting for the next great Van Morrison LP? Whether you thought his last masterpiece was Veedon Fleece or Tupelo Honey or even (what I think) Moondance, you certainly were never prepared to write...

    November 16, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Kaya


    Having seen Bob Marley on the cover of seemingly every magazine in America with a cannabis giganticus planted in his mug finally puts you in mind of Robert De Niro's last words to Harvey Keitel's dealer/pimp in...

    June 1, 1978 12:00 AM ET
  • Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ

    Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ | ALBUM REVIEW

    Remember P.F. Sloan? Sure you do. It was back when every folk rocker worth his harmonica holder was flushed with Dylan fever and seeing how many syllables he could cram into every involuted couplet. There was Tandyn...

    July 5, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • The Best of B.B. King

    The Best of B.B. King | ALBUM REVIEW

    In spite of 1972 being one of the stalest years in the history of popular music, the spate of reissues from all the major record companies and countless minor ones picks up more speed all the time,...

    March 29, 1973 1:00 AM ET
  • Burning Love

    Burning Love | ALBUM REVIEW

    That Elvis sure is a card! Just when you think he's cashed his last chip and sold so low he can't get no crasser, he comes along with something like this and proves that he and Colonel...

    January 4, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Long John Silver

    Long John Silver | ALBUM REVIEW

    Well, here's another Jefferson Airplane album, and if you thought the last one had them baked into the mold of an absolutely stereotypic Airplane Sound, you may not even care to hear Long John Silver. It's not...

    September 14, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • In Concert

    In Concert | ALBUM REVIEW

    Janis Joplin is gone, by now just one more we've seen succumb in the public arena of the pop marketplace. It's not just that this kind of early death has become a fact of life that is...

    June 8, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Machine Head

    Machine Head | ALBUM REVIEW

    I just don't understand, as Ann-Margret once sang, why an exciting band like Deep Purple, who consistently hit the top of the charts in Merrie Olde and have taken Europe by storm, remain a comparatively unknown quantity...

    May 25, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot

    The Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot | ALBUM REVIEW

    "Said the Mama to the baby in the corn:/'You are my first-born/That shall hereon in be known/As the Spotlight Kid.'" That's how the title song of this album begins, and one glance at the picture on the...

    March 30, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Killer

    Killer | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like all the true rock superstars to rise in the Sixties, Alice Cooper is a consummate master of imagemanipulation. He continually sees to it that new configurations are born in his studiedly outrageous stage persona and the...

    January 6, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Hot Rocks, 1964-1971

    Hot Rocks, 1964-1971 | ALBUM REVIEW

    It would be nice to be able to call it something like The Rolling Stones' Golden Decade, for the Stones have been the most enduringly prolific highwire act of their time, both reflecting and surpassing the...

    December 20, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Master of Reality

    Master of Reality | ALBUM REVIEW

    The second-generation rock audience (that is, those who went steady to "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" and got serious with Highway 62 Revisited) suffer mightily wrestling with the phenomenon represented by Grank Funk and Black Sabbath. If...

    November 25, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Bark


    Jefferson Airplane have been a subject of some contention ever since they abandoned their Summer of Love posture for music that aspired at once to both topicality and a degree of experimentation. If you love them, you...

    November 11, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Earth, Wind & Fire

    Earth, Wind & Fire | ALBUM REVIEW

    Earth, Wind and Fire is a R&B tentet from Chicago with several vocalists, horn players that are polished but not too much, and a heavy Sly influence. Which is no denigration, because Sly's riffs are showing up...

    June 24, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Mirror Man

    Mirror Man | ALBUM REVIEW

    Captain Beefheart still plays to a relatively minor following, but most of them believe, as I do, that he's one of the four or five unqualified geniuses to rise from the hothouses of American music in the...

    April 1, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

    John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band | ALBUM REVIEW

    Anyone performing avant-garde music is laying themselves open to a certain amount of hostility and derision at the outset. And if that person also happens to be Yoko Ono, who has not only displayed a gift for...

    March 4, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Yoko Ono and Plastic Ono Band

    Yoko Ono and Plastic Ono Band | ALBUM REVIEW

    Anyone performing avant-garde music is laying themselves open to a certain amount of hostility and derision at the outset. And if that person also happens to be Yoko Ono, who has not only displayed a gift for...

    March 4, 1971 12:00 AM ET
  • Chunga's Revenge

    Chunga's Revenge | ALBUM REVIEW

    Frank Zappa is a genius. Right. Frank Zappa probably knows more about music than you and I and 3/4 of the other professional musicians in this country put together. Right. Frank Zappa has made an incredible contribution...

    December 24, 1970 12:00 AM ET