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Ed Leimbacher

Reporter

  • Brain Capers

    Well, up till now Mott's been batting a respectable but unspectacular 333 — one line drive smash still climbing as it left the park (the first album), one disastrous bush-league strikeout (Mad Shadows); and a long fly ball the center-fielder caught up with some 400 feet from the plate (Wildlife). Maybe baseball images seem out-of-place […]

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  • Idlewild South

    Idlewood South is a big step forward from the Allmans' first — that combination of Santana and Led Zeppelin, with the Led finally weighing everything down — but its second side disappoints. Layla, on the other hand, sustains itself pretty well throughout, but we've heard a lot of it before. The Allmans offer briefer, tighter, […]

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  • Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

    Idlewood South is a big step forward from the Allmans' first — that combination of Santana and Led Zeppelin, with the Led finally weighing everything down — but its second side disappoints. Layla, on the other hand, sustains itself pretty well throughout, but we've heard a lot of it before. The Allmans offer briefer, tighter, […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Albert King & Otis Rush: 'Door to Door'

    Editor-producer T. T. Swan has compiled Little Walter's rugged harmonica, the Wolf howlin' for all he's worth, the polished urban sound of Otis Rush, Elmore James sides mixing brisk bottleneck and sad saxophone

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  • Ballad Of Easy Rider

    Somehow it doesn't matter that these two bands have gone through enough internal and external hassles to cover the New York Metropolitan Opera for the next ten years. They just keep producing wave after wave of fine music. The Byrds, of course — under the aegis of McGuinn the Survivor — are renowned for a […]

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  • Love Man

    With the release of the fourth posthumous Otis Redding album, perhaps it's time to examine the Pedding legend and reassess his position in the pop pantheon. Unquestionably, the man had superb talents — both as composer-songwriter and, especially, as live performer. Equally factual, however, is the necrophiliac aspect of his worshippers' adoration. As a result […]

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