The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on November 15, 1981 · 60
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The Baltimore Sun from Baltimore, Maryland · 60

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Sunday, November 15, 1981
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i Dll THE SUN, Sunday, November IS, Ml There is more to black rock music than meets the white audience's ears ROCK, FROM Dl (Largo, 792-7490) tonight, that Prince will appear at the Warner Theater (Washington, 202 626-1000) Saturday night? This seeming unwillingness to Integrate the airwaves deprives black musicians of their artistic freedom. Shut out of rock radio, they find it hard to pursue that musical option. Rock-inclined bands like Chic and Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah, Band are straitjacketed into disco by their record companies. The overwhelmingly black audience at ParliamentFunkadclic concerts grows restless during rock jams and calls out for the dance hits. Correspondingly, white audiences are deprived of superlative rock 'n' roll, If they never hear Prince on their favorite station, how can they learn that his sexually Intoxicating songs of decadence sound far more credible than David Bowie's attempts In the same vein? If they never hear Earth, Wind & Fire's horn section, how are they to know that Chicago's horn arrangements are clumsy nd lackluster by comparison? If they never hear Funkadelic's use of Third World rhythms and social satire, no wonder they admire the Talking Heads' second-rate imitation. , Few people would dispute that rock 'n' roll came directly out of black rhythm & blues in the early '50s. Nor would anyone deny that Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and Little Richard largely defined rock's early style. Is there a rock band today that has never played a Chuck Berry song? In the '60s, the vocal-dominated, syncopated rock 'n' roll favored by black artists was labeled soul, while the guitar-dominated,' four-four sound favored by white artists took the label of rock all for itself. Yet there have always been black musicians on the guitar side of this rock schism.' In 1969, Jiml Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone starred at the Woodstock Music Festival alongside the Who and Janis Joplin. Segregation slithered into rock 'n' roll again in the '70s. Funkadellc and Earth, Wind & Fire -the natural heirs to Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone -were not invited to rock festivals and were not played on rock radio. By 1976 black rock guitarists like August (Kid Creole) Darnell and Nile (Chic) Rodgers were told by record companies that the only way they could get a contract was to play disco. The most persistent fighter against rock 'n' roll segregation has been George Clinton. In 1970, he formed Funkadelic, a freewheeling psychedelic rock band, that filled the vacuum created by Jiml Hen-drix's death. Tethered by former James Brown bassist, William (Bootsy) Collins, young guitar wizards Eddie Hazel and Michael Hampton soared into the stratosphere first charted by Mr. Hendrix. Mr. Clinton's lyrics combined ghetto life and science fiction in a witty, stylish manner. Heard today, the early Funkadelic albums on Westbound Records still sound better than most of the other psychedelic records of their day. Unfortunately, few rock stations played the records, and thus few rock fans bought them. In 1974, Mr. Clinton took the same musicians and singers and recorded horn-driven, dance-oriented music under the resurrected name of Parliament. This produced hit records in the black market, but the "Parliafunkadelicment Mob" still recorded rock 'n' roll as Funkadelic. Their efforts culminated in the 1978 "One Nation Under a Groove," one of the decade's very best rock albums. It can now be found in cut-out bins for $3. Mr. Clinton's frustrations are made explicit on the album in these lyrics: "Who says a jazz band can't play dance music? AT f";;ANN'S CHADWICK MANOR! conrj ORGAN s mm It's a one-time opportunity to own the organ you've dreamed about and bring great music Into your home! CONN SPINET HAS MANY EASY-PLAYING FEATURES! Two 44-note keyboards! 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"I think their audiences can deal with what we have to say. We give them the rhythm and melody of black music and still the power and clarity of rock. If you hear it, you're gonna get off on it. The main thing is to get it heard." Mr. Clinton and the several dozen members of his P-Funk mob have recorded records as Parliament, Bootsy's Rubber Band, Zapp, Sweat Band, the Brides of Funkenstein, Parlet, Roger Troutman, Phillipe Wynne, Bernie Worrell and Eddie Hazel, but Funkadelic is still their purest rock 'n' roll persona. Mr. Clinton's newest project is a collaboration with one of his main inspirations: Sly Stone. The first fruits of that collaboration are on the new Funkadelic album: "The Electric Spanking of War Babies" (Warner Brothers). On two versions of "Funk Gets Stronger," these two black rock pioneers establish a lazy groove and then fill up every possible space with guitar solos, synthesizer textures, cross-rhythms and a dozen rapping voices. The result is not as compelling as their best work, but is still endlessly fascinating. The rest of the record follows Funkadelic into new rock avenues. Percussionist Larry Fratangelo's "Brettino's Bounce" is a bizarre montage of jungle rhythms. "Shockwaves" is a surprisingly fresh reggae song. The title tune satirizes the media manipulation of the post-World War II generation. The Talking Heads have borrowed keyboardist Bernie Worrell to make similar Third World music and political themes sound funky, but Funkadelic still does it better. While Mr. Clinton stubbornly clung to his iconoclastic vision of black rock 'n' roll, Maurice White was carefully tailoring his version to the demands of the marketplace. As a result, Mr. White's Earth, Wind & Fire has moved from the metallic rock of "Shining Star" to the more polished pop of "After the Love Is Gone." This transformation has paralleled the Doobie Brothers change from Tom John- :a w4 no! V'v'' George Clinton had led bis band from being FunkadeHcs to Parliament. ston's rowdy "China Grove" to Michael McDonald's milder "What a Fool Believes." In 1975, Earth, Wind & Fire released two superlative rock albums: "That's the Way of the World" and "Gratitude." Founded by Mr. White in 1970, the nine-man band perfectly balanced jazzy horns against the pushy rock guitar of Al McKay; a steady funk groove against sprays of Afro-Latin percussion. The sound was a lot cleaner and more orderly than Funkadelic's, and Earth, Wind & Fire's strong melodies jumped out. Gradually this balance between rock momentum and pop plushness began to dr 3-DAYS OMLY Mr00"0 rxji-n-r-i in - j- - ririr -iinnrLr-i " r i-rinr nru-u TARMSTRONG Thick emQ CORONET Tone-On-Tone SZSQiZ Saxony Plush St ! Saxony Plush I REQ.$14.95q.yd. .. S& SQ. YD. REO. $15.95,q. yd. . . U SQ. YD. rE5 i ARMSTRONG Anso IVpivftr; 2) Heavy Nylon Saxony 1 If 0 J SO. YD. I REG. $17.95 sq. yd. . . 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(ARCColumbia), puts Earth, Wind & Fire back on the rock 'n' roll road. The varnish of strings and voices has thinned enough that the rough grain of guitars and percussion come through again. Their longtime five-man horn section has its old sting, darting into every gap with fast, tricky phrases. With the exception of Steely Dan, no rock band uses horn arrangements as imaginatively as this one does. Some new blood has rejuvenated the band. Roland Bautista, a band member from 1971 to 1973, bat replaced Al McKay, who once replaced Mr. BautlsU. Mr. Bautista reinstates aggressive guitar solos Into the Earth, Wind & Fire sound. Non-member Beloyd Taylor contribute three compositions and some metallic rhythm guitar to the album, His uptempo compositions have more rock feel than any Earth, Wind & Fire record since the 1976 album, "Spirit." As always, the lyrics are vague, spiritual cliches. Fortunately Philip Bailey's soaring, sweet falsetto and Maurice White's authoritative tenor blend so well that the blandest lyrics become tasty. One of this year's best rock albums from any source is Prince's "Controversy" (Warner Brothers). Prince combines the steamy sex of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," the Irreverent politics of Elvla Cos-tello's "Armed Forces," the one-man-band virtuosity of Stevie Wonder's "Innervi-sions," the subversive guitars of the Cars, the dancability of "Chic's Greatest Hits," and the kinkiness of Lou Reed's "Transformer" all rolled Into one great record. The Minnesota native with no given last name is only 21 but has already created four fine albums -composing, arranging, performing, singing and producing everything himself. On the first two albums, he sounded like the young Stevie Wonder: a charming high tenor with a gift for catchy melodies and snappy rhythms. Like the young Mr. Wonder, Prince seemed like a potential talent waiting to find the right direction. He found it last year on "Dirty Mind," which celebrated incest, oral sex, anti-war sentiments and night partying with music as rare as its combination of themes. Prince accomplished the unusual feat of shocking and mystifying both white and black audiences. Not only were his subjects unusual for pop songs, but his music fused disco rhythms, jazz-rock solos and rock V roll abandon in a way that eluded any genre definition. His new album is just as elusive. "Controversy," "Private Joy" and "Let's Work" are built on insistent dance beats. At the same time, the album is full of scintillating synthesizer and guitar solos over-dubbed one on top of the other. Prince tosses off some free advice to President Reagan on "Ronnie, Talk to Russia," a song punctuated with gunfire and a bleating new wave electric organ. "Sexuality" is built on an extremely convoluted, grinding rock rhythm that threatens to fall apart at any moment, but Prince manages to sustain this brinkmanship for more than four minutes. "Annie Christian" (anti-Christ) is his personification of America's random violence. "Do Me, Baby" and "Jack U Off" are as sexu- See ROCK, Dll, Col. 1 A Baldwin Organ is abetter value FantomFingers II is one reason why At the touch of a finger, Baldwin's exclusive FantomFingers II lets you play a wide variety of fascinating instrumental effects. By always producing musically correct accompaniment patterns, this amazingly versatile multi-voice controlled system makes any amateur organist sound like a professional. FantomFingers II gives you five realistic percussion instrument sounds and a choice of six different ways in which to play them. Such as ascending and descending arpeggios or a strumming pattern. 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