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the talented song writing duo of Hudscm and "R~und and Round;'' there is always the right a~ount of electricity to keep And yet despite these and other losses, their tunes alive, but just the right Th~ Str'awbs ",have yet to produce an amount of delicacy and regality to album which ·hasn't been excellent in distinguish them from most of their "art terms of cohesiveness, dive;;i,ty and rock" brethren, and to keep them from tiisteful, musical fusions. Their latest · being overdone. album, Hero and Heroine, is a further Another standout cut worth noting is tribute to the group's endurance, or th~ title cut of the album, "Hero and rather to the ·musical adapfivity of the Heroine," a pompous, exaltive number, band's leader and remaining forefather, sparked with electrical jig-like and Ford split in another direction.

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{· " (Always in context - Rockwriters Rule No. 1) wiH make the wait a little easier. It has its moments of brilliance and in this ,case, some is really better than none. The ·best part apout this Hookfoot slump is that, in the interim, the band has refi~ed themselves into real pros, , tight as a sonofabitch and when they decide to ge,t down and get with it, this British foursome will flash. their way to the top. No question about it. And they won't do it by following any trend, as one of the most beautiful ladies in this school said: it should be the reverse.

things beautiful - especi~lly "Coombe Gallows" "- all ~n ail, a.good solid album. 1972 .1 marked the group's second LP, Good Times A' Comin', easily their best LP. Here the . band rocked with' enthusiasm unmatched' by others and the guitar interplay, especially on -the title tune was one of the more exciting bits of rock mania. 1973 saw the third LP Communications : a new bassist (Freddy Gandy) and sheer laziness on the grou·p's 1 part: Rather than ta~ing a complete tune and adding to it all the little extra touches and frills that made Hookfoot so ' special, they seemed satisfied to let everything out as it stood, •,even some boring jamming. Ian Duck (who does 75% of the group's vocal chores) had a hard time controlling his cracking voice, sounding at times as if his throat was filled with Sl)Ot (.maybe he had a cold). Caleb's ·guitarist and songwriting · contril;mtions were below par, except maybe for the beautiful "The Love That You Save" and the introspective "And Nothing Changes," but the latter's snoozy tempo although conducive to the lyrical content, left you sittin' and sleepin'. A rockwriter stops avoiding the issue: So here's the 1971 we've all waited for and although the rumour floated ·about a live Hook foot album, Caleb's stuff-strutting will have to wait again. Roarin ' is all studio and the songwriting is 55%' Duck arid 45% Quaye. The Quaye tunes are usually the morn personal, · with music thoughtfully constructed to fit the themes. " There's . The Chance" works the best. It's a snappy acoustic number that wonders about "the next generation of rock and roll children." "Tradin' Riffs" is dedicated to Mylon LeFevre (don't ask me why) and the riff is that most · associated with Injun-rock bands : tight, funky, clean with a good harp solo by Duck. "Three Days Out" is about touring trouble and serves as a follow-up to "Flying in the U.S.A." on the Good Times LP ("My watch was three days out of date/Now how am I supposed to relate 7 " ) . Ian Duck always seemed dwarfed by Caleb but some words to his favor are even though his contributions are nothing tb climb the Empire State Building over, his songs are always dependable ·(as 9pposed. to predictable). Since Duck's and Quaye's styles are so similar, this explains why they complement each other so niGely. His best tune was the mysteriously beautiful "Movies" on' the first LP and while none of . Duck's contributions to f?.oarin' in context

David Cousins. It is his savvy and interspersions, and spitting, calloused, A&M has a better idea with L . T.b. dexterity which has_been ever present and .·infectious vocal gymnastics by David .,._. s--. •·"·-~---- ··"·- ·--- - ··- ·-- ever dominant in the band's career, and · Cousins. · · has probably been the cause of a few of The Strawbs are a fresh, innovative the personnel losses the . band has experience whose existence is still a bit entailed. too premature to 'make them an & Roberta) arid success. On side twQ "Whatcha Wanna Do, 11 • "~ Told You I'd

Be Back" and "Lucky Day" will be the side to make or break this album. The first two move with funky, funky groove. And on the last one "Lucky Day" they go straight to St. John's Baptist, and havE; a good time in church. With a mixture of ·gospel and blues, Jeffery · Osbone gets down so much like him you_'d swear it was Donny Hathaway. In the middle of the tune it picks up tempo and it turns from easy listening to easy dancing. Here's a group (as I said, before I got off into that) that with a little bit of cash and time has 1the potential of a real Lucky Day. Check the album out. And I' guarantee if you can't get down, give it to me. I'll take as many as I can ·get. Later. In a duece. Signing Out, Dr. Co~n M.D.S. (Masterful Doctor of Soul:

Aside from David Cousins on guitars established cult in the art/rock field. and vocals, and David Lambert who They, along with Genesis, are the only debuted on The Strawbs last album, "progressive" bands still capable, of Bursting at the Seams, also on guitars and growth, ·ex u be ran c e an cl vocals, the band has been completely experimentalization. With a little luck, renovated. John ,Hawken, late of The Strawbs just might remain intact in Renaissance, is on keyboards,. Ex-Stealers time for their next outing, and they may Wheel, Rod Coombes plays drums, and have even more to offer us. ex-sessionman Chas Cronk plays bass. · -Michael Sajecki

Cheech an<;/. Chong will be at the Century Theatre Feb. 22,. courtesy Harvy and Gorky Productions and Purchase Radio. Tickets are $6,$5,$4 and are on sale at all Purchase' Radio, Festival Ticket Office and D'Amico's. ;

Hero and - Heroine exhibits The :strawbs rather distinct personality and their·ability to perform as a solid unit as few pthers do. Aside from

S~rawbs HERO AND HE.ROINE Strawbs (A&M)

There is a propensity of disharl1),ony insofar as the value of ·so called "art rock." bands is concerned. It is this very labeling which has destroyed the spontaneity and creativity of groups which .are determined to become an establishment in this genre. For example, Procul Harum were smothered by tl;ieir monicker·of "avant garde," and riow they can only cling to their type-cast mold of classical rock. Their future growth seems highly questionable. The Strawbs have been a'round ' for . quite some time now, but their • real impact has yet to be felt. The band. has been labeled "art rock;' by critics who have little else to say about them or anything else. The Strawbs have been plagued by many personnel changes, ever since their inception. They have harbored · talented musicians; given them a chance to develop in a band format, and have bid them adieu when these musicians felt they had outgrown the band. As a result of this type of individual maturity, th_e Strawbs lost keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman to .the ever progressive Ye 1 s: and

Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt are at the .Canisius College Student Center, February 17 at 9 PM. Tickets.are $4 - gener~l admission, $2 - with ID and are ;available! at the Canisius Ticket Office.

L.T.D. (A&M)

A&M Records has just released a new group on wax dubbed L.T.D. (Love, Togetherness & Devotion). Here is a group of ten musicians and one vocalist. Also the vocalist is the only female•in the group and she sounds a lot like Jeissica Cleaves did in the beginning of her stint with the Friends of Distinction. Speaking • of the Friends of Distinction (F of D), there are two former members of the F ·of D Band in L.T.D. and five former members of Sam & Dave's Band ("H9ld On I'm Coming," "When Somthing's Wrong With My Baby"). Into the album, this group has very good sound on the first side; _cuts like "To The Bone," "Elegant Love" (where incidently, they sound much like Donny

Thurs., Feb. 14, Festival East presents Dave Mason and the everlovin' Strawbs at Kleinhans, 8 PM. Tickets are $6, $5, $4 and are available at all the Festival outlets you 've come to know and love ('specially that Lisa).

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