The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on July 10, 1966 · 167
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The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California · 167

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PAGE 31 Rhythm Rock LPs Some Ily Ralph J. Cleason THKRE is such a tendency at least upon the part of adults to think of the current rock music solely in terms of single 45 rpm discs, that the importance of the albums is often overlooked. More single records are sold than albums, of course, but a continuing factor in the record business is the willingness of the young audience to buy the 12-inch Long-Playing record just to obtain the hit track that's on it. Few of the groups in this or any genre maintain a batting average unscarred by unpopular numbers. Only The Heatles with their "Rubber Sou" album and The Lovin' Spoonful, with two Kama Sutra LPs and, of course, Bob Dylan have managed to issue albums on which all or all but one or two tracks were winners. Experimental Aspect Even the Rolling Stones, who are right up there with Dylan, The Beatles and the I)vin' Spoonful in mass pop-ulapUi'-and esthetic value of their music, have inconsistent albums. Nevertheless, there is value in them, and with the Stones, as well as with some other newer groups, there is the interesting experimental aspect. The new Rolling Stones album, "Aftermath" (London PS 476) has the hit, "Paint It Black" on it as well as the THE BEATLES iA;A - ftp new hit (just rising fast) "Lady Jane." In addition there is a remarkable long track (it runs over 11 minutes) called "Going Home." "Paint it Black" has the same qualities of ambiguity and obscurity as some of the previous Stones hits along with the hypnotizing tone that sounds like a sitar. "Lady Jane" is a remarkable switch, a take-off on a 17th century formal dance, again with imaginative musical effects. "Going Home" was supposed to have ended after about three minutes, the usual time for a single disc, and apparently the Stones thought the actual taping HAD ended then, but they kept on playing for kicks. An-drew Loog Oldham, their manager and record producer, kept the machines going and got down what the Stones continued to play. The Stones have a remarkable ability to get a blues feeling into what they do (some of their best performances have been along this line) and "Going obviously another example. Home" is successful Remarkable Experiments THE ROLLING STONES 'THE YARDBIRDS are an-other British group with" a solid beat and a fine blues feeling. Their current hit, "Over Under Sideways Down" is, for me, one of the best records of the year, with its drone sound and the imaginative parallel to the Witches' chant from Mac-Beth. (Think of the lines the witches chant when you hear this disc.) Even though their new hit isn't on "Having a Rave Up With the Yard-birds" (Epic LN 24177) it's still a good album with its frequent use of electronic instruments and the earthiness that marks the best British blues. The Who One of the most interesting of all the new groups is one from England called The Who. Its songs deal almost exclusively with themes such as "The Kids Are All Right," "Out in the Street," and (their hit), "My Generation." Aside from the lyric content. The Who do a great deal of experiments which are audible on their album, "The Who Sings Mv Generation" (Dec-ca DL 4G64). One of the attractions of the electrification of guitars is the possibility of new effects from distortion, feed back, and other electronic side effects. The Who have been more daring in thejr use of these things than any other group, even smashing the guitar neck into the microphone for effects. The Beatles' new LP, so controversial in its original cover but so tame now, "The Beatles Yesterday and Today" (Capitol T2553) is some-thing of a disappointment and certainly not up to the level of their classic "Rubber Soul" album. It has some new tunes in it but it is mainly a collection of previously released singles including "Nowhere Man," and "Day Tripper." "Dr. Robert" is, for me, at least, the best of the new ones, but none of the SHERMANiCUY wytAfof flat la murni timtm TAPE All ANGEL CAPITOL 4 TRACK TAPE INCLUDING New Releases y OFF LIST LIMITED OFFER THIS WEEK ONLY SHERMAN If C LAV umiyUkkii tlmt la Mali miml MTO, J J OAKLAND SAN MATEO SAN FRANCISCO 2135 Broadway Hillsdale Mall 141 Kearny St ORGANS PIANOS SHUT MUSIC IEC0RDS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS numbers is handled in any really new manner. "Day Tripper" and "Yesterday" are of course among the Beatles better songs and "We Can Work it Out" is a gem. No Beatle album is dispensable, but this seems to me to be a sort of interim collection pending the production of their new album with its entirely new program. "The Mother of Invention" (Verve V-5005-2) is a twin LP set done by the Los Angeles adult rock group, The Mothers. The packaging is contrivance rather than invention, being some sort of ad agency version of the hippy scene as are the song lyrics, which are reminiscent of the approach used by Lou Gottlieb in his classic satire "Vikki Dugan." However, the uses of electronics in the longer numbers, the work of Frank Zappa, are quite interesting for the effects obtained and indicate that once this group gets away from its determination to be campy hip, it could produce really interesting music. mm off List ALL CAPITOL AND ANGEL RECORDS SALE This World, Sunday, July 10, 1966 "s wonu, ounaay, July IU, iyo6

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