Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 94
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August 3, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 94

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Elton John will host the "Rock Music Awards" live from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Calif/at 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9 on CBS-TV. 'Heels' exquisite music minus fanfare, flash HEAD OVER HEELS--Poco (ABCD890), ABC Record,. Poco was one of the first and finest of the groups that forged what we now call country-rock music. It was a blend of rock-inspired lyrics, done in the low-amplified folk tradition using instruments generally associated with country music-fiddles, steel guitars, etc. : Among the group of artists mak- ing^iucn music nave been the Buriito Brothers, Crosby, Stills", Nash and Young (Taylor and Reeves), Eagles, the Souther, Hillman, Furay Band and others. Poco remains as good as the best. This album contains 11 tunes. It is tightly constructed, well-produced and faultlessly executed. It is : a fine album and it contains a masterpiece or two--and they are presented as simply and straightfor- wacy as the rest of the material. Poco is a no-nonense band. It makes its exquisite music without v flash and fanfare. It is delightful in Disc-cussion its surity and subtlety. "Us" is one of the finest songs you will hear. The lyrics begin, "Silence is all we have between us to see us through the night. Make believe, just pretend, we'll always have love." When you hear them you know this is not just another tune. The music behind the words is excellent. Rusty Young (who wrote the tune) plays a perfect mandolin that makes this song unforgettable. "Flying Solo" sounds like the Eagles at their best. It is a gently moving song with fine harmony and a steady musical background. Each of the other cuts is nearly as fine. Among the better ones are "Keep on Trying'," "Makin' Love" and "Dallas." "Head Over Heels" brings Poco music back to us. And it is fine. NO WAV TO TREAT A LADY-Helen Reddy (ST11418) Capitol. Helen Reddy is one of the finest ^pop singers working the field today. She has been called the world's most popular female singer-- and her recent record sales would seem to support that label. She has a knack for producing records that are unusual. Even when she sings-what is identified as somebody else's song.tas in "Delta Dawn"), she can make it her own. It is a great talent. Her latest hits-especially "Angie Baby"-- are almost surreal. They create a world which cannot exist but does. On this album she takes a Leon Russell tune, "Bluebird" and strips it from his mournful muse. The beat is speeded, the presentation. almost enthusiastic. It is completely different, yet it is excellent. ·The. musical arrangement .throughout this album is excellent. The charts are tight and well-writ' ten and Ms. Reddy's voice is at its :best. . - ; · . · · In addition to "Bluebird," other outstanding songs here include "Don't Let It Mess Your Mind," "You Don't Need a Reason" and "You Know Me." I know Helen Reddy. When it comes to easy listening, she's the easiest. (JIC) *· . MIRABAI-(SD18144), Atlantic This singer--her name is Mira- bai--is hard to categorize. Some of her music is almost in the folk vein, but some of her best stuff is really rocking. She sings a bit like Joan Baez, a little like Judy Collins, somewhat like Melanie, something like Buffy St. Marie. But it is unfair to compare her to them. Her voice is her own--and it is fine--and her lyrics, also her own, are excellent A performer's first album often is his most .difficult, although the second or followup set may be more important. This singer-song* writer's first set is uneven, but it is good The material borders on the cryptic. Tlie song "Mirabai" is a hymn to the god Krishna, but it is billed as a love song. "Stairway to Heaven" is another gospel tune, but she says she doesn't do religious tunes. Mirabai is a different performer. Her first work, while obviously an important offering, is difficult. It does not immediately impress the senses, but upon close examination it reveals its charms. The set is exceedingly well-crafted. The next album, may prove Mira- bai's true potential, but this first one reveals there is real talent here. (JPR) /fit CHARLESTON, W. VA. Augusts, 1975, Sunday Gazette-Mail

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