33 items by Lester Bangs

  • Led Zeppelin III

    Led Zeppelin III | ALBUM REVIEW

    I keep nursing this love-hate attitude toward Led Zeppelin. Partly from genuine interest and mostly indefensible hopes, in part from the conviction that nobody that crass could be all that bad, I turn to each fresh album...

    November 26, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath | ALBUM REVIEW

    Mediocrity doesn't tutor greatness often — when it is influential at all, its progeny usually achieve even ranker nadirs. But in rock, one of whose founding principles is that glorious mistakes can open out into amazing new...

    September 17, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out

    Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out | ALBUM REVIEW

    As much as the recorded product, the rock and roll concert scene seems mighty unhealthy these days. I hardly ever go to see name bands anymore myself, because most of them are so incredibly boring. Standards of...

    September 4, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Morrison Hotel

    Morrison Hotel | ALBUM REVIEW

    Morrison Hotel opens with a powerful blast of raw funk called "Roadhouse Blues." It features jagged barrelhouse piano, fierce guitar, and one of the most convincing raunchy vocals Jim Morrison has ever recorded. This angry hard rock...

    April 30, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • Hot Rats

    Hot Rats | ALBUM REVIEW

    This recording brings together a set of mostly little-known talents that whale the tar out of every other informal "jam" album released in rock and roll for the past two years. If Hot Rats is any indication...

    March 7, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • The Allman Brothers Band

    The Allman Brothers Band | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Allman Brothers are a rather heavy white blues group out of Muscle Shoals. They look like the post-teen punk band rehearsing next door, and there is little in their music that we haven't heard before. And...

    February 21, 1970 12:00 AM ET
  • In A Silent Way

    In A Silent Way | ALBUM REVIEW

    This is the kind of album that gives you faith in the future of music. It is not rock and roll, but it's nothing stereotyped as jazz either. All at once, it owes almost as much to...

    November 15, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Preflyte

    Preflyte | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Byrds came along at a time when American rock needed a shot in the arm which would raise the music to the levels attained by the British groups and allow it to meet the emerging head...

    October 18, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Concerto In B Goode

    Concerto In B Goode | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Master is back again, and this time he has come up with a record worthy of his reputation. So many grit-jive geniuses — Elvis, Little Richard, and Bo Diddley — have turned stiff in their old...

    August 9, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Trout Mask Replica

    Trout Mask Replica | ALBUM REVIEW

    Captain Beefheart, the only true dadaist in rock, has been victimized repeatedly by public incomprehension and critical authoritarianism. The tendency has been to chide C. B. and his Band as a potentially acceptable blues band who were...

    July 26, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Pretties for You

    Pretties for You | ALBUM REVIEW

    Alice Cooper is a West Coast Zappa-sponsored group: two guitars, bass, drums and a vocalist who doubles on harmonica. Echoes of 1967 psychedelia in the oscillators and distorted guitars. Showing here the influence of the Mothers, here...

    July 12, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground | ALBUM REVIEW

    The Velvet Underground are alive and well (which in itself may surprise some people) and ever-changing. How do you define a group like this, who moved from "Heroin" to "Jesus" in two short-years? It is not enough...

    May 17, 1969 12:00 AM ET
  • Kick Out The Jams

    Kick Out The Jams | ALBUM REVIEW

    Whoever thought when that dirty little quickie Wild in the Streets came out that it would leave such an imprint on the culture? First the Doors (who were always headed in that direction anyway) grinding out that...

    April 5, 1969 12:00 AM ET