7 items by Russell Gersten

  • Sweet Exorcist

    Sweet Exorcist | ALBUM REVIEW

    Like many an overextended or depleted artist, Mayfield has dug into his past for material for this album, which sounds hastily conceived and then competently executed to meet some contractual deadline. Four of the seven tunes were...

    August 1, 1974 12:00 AM ET
  • Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky)

    Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) | ALBUM REVIEW

    Aretha Franklin has been straying beyond the conventional boundaries of soul for some time (most successfully on last year's awkward but powerful Young, Gifted and Black) but the new album is her biggest stylistic departure from R&B...

    August 2, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Get On The Good Foot

    Get On The Good Foot | ALBUM REVIEW

    There was a time when James Brown really was Soul Brother Number One. Though it was only six, seven, eight years ago, it seems like a lot longer. Back in the early and mid-Sixties, Brown's shows had...

    February 15, 1973 12:00 AM ET
  • Young, Gifted And Black

    Young, Gifted And Black | ALBUM REVIEW

    The hype on the new Aretha Franklin album would have us believe that this is her best work since the Sixties, when a string of now-classic albums with Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin established her as the...

    March 16, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits | ALBUM REVIEW

    Greatest hits albums usually lack focus. Time after time, for some obvious reasons, andsome mysterious ones, the essence and real greatness of the group or individual artist eludesattempts at collections. The Jackson Five, one of Motown's most...

    February 17, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Roots

    Roots | ALBUM REVIEW

    Roots, Curtis Mayfield's third solo album, is a confused and confusing record. It's undoubtedly been influenced, both conceptually and technically, by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On? Gaye's record surprised a lot of people by its strong religious...

    February 17, 1972 12:00 AM ET
  • Greatest Hits Vol. 2

    Greatest Hits Vol. 2 | ALBUM REVIEW

    In a recent interview, Stevie Wonder said, "I think the ultimate is one's nakedness — being stripped of all these [material] things, and if there's such a thing as the soul that speaks — which I do...

    January 6, 1972 12:00 AM ET