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New Releases 1972.01.10

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of January 10, 1972

So, 1972 doesn’t exactly start off with a Bang…but it’s not without merit…

Caught my eye:

MILES DAVIS – Bitches Brew (Columbia GQ-30997) double LP, QUAD


IAN MATTHEWS – Tigers Will Survive (Vertigo VEL-1010) (LP) (CD)

DON GIBSON – Country Green (Hickory LPS-160) (LP)

Miles’ most disorienting record to date – now available in 4-channel SQ Quad! Never knew about Annette Peacock at the time, but…I would by ’76 or so. I had purchased and loved Ian Matthews’ “If You Saw Thro My Eyes”, so I was all ready for “Tigers Will Survive” – it had even more Richard Farina songs on it! And we’re near the end of the original “indie” Hickory label (I think we will see the end of it when it gets sold to MGM this year).

Also of interest:

BLUE OYSTER CULT (Columbia C-31063)

PATTO – Hold Your Fire (Vertigo VEL-1008)

PAUL SIMON (Columbia KC-30750) (LP)


The Paul Simon LP is the star here – his first post-S&G solo album. Patto’s 2nd US release on Vertigo. The debut from hard rockers B.O.C. – and Nancy & lee try to re-kindle the magic that was previous found on Reprise records for RCA.

Notable singles:

KOOL & THE GANG – N.T. (Parts 1 & 2) (De-Lite 544)

MYLON LeFEVRE – Mountain Home b/w Why You Been Gone So Long (Columbia 4-45532)

THE ARCHIES – Hold On To Lovin’ b/w Love Is Living In You (Kirshner 63-5018

FLOYD CRAMER – Corn Crib Symphony b/w Your Last Goodbye (RCA 74-0626)

What acronym can this Kool & The Gang single be? Nice Tits?! We’ll all hear about Mylon LeFevre in a short while once he makes an album with Ten Years After’s Alvin Lee. Who knew The Archies were in the status of ongoing concern in 1972? Not me! And I bet this is a dandy instrumental C&W single from Mr. Floyd Cramer.

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We're going to do "1972" now. A friend of mine, Rick - has suggested to me that "Everything released in 1972 was great!" - he's not far off, but - the record industry was still very much in the schlock mode, as we will see. But not without merit, certainly!

- Ron



Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: 1972

As a child of 9 sucking down the top 40 radio - I have almost nothing good to say about 1972.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Jim, would you have the same opinion if you were in the UK with that year's top 40? Come on, Virginia Plain was a top 5 hit!! Too much Carpenters for you (who I think were/are great).


8:46 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

I'll join in with JB and say "Hold on now, Jim"! Just a sampling of 1972-ness: FAMILY's "Bandstand", BLACK SABBATH "Vol.4", STEELY DAN "Can't Buy a Thrill" (it didn't hurt that I saw them live at the time; the original lineup was the only one that mattered, IMHO), BEACH BOYS' "Carl & The Passions: So Tough" (with remarkable Dennis Wilson tunes!), YES' "Close To The Edge" (they'd never be as good again, no matter what Warren might think!), CAN's "Ege Bamyasi", FAUST's "So Far", DADDY COOL's "Teenage Heaven" (where's THAT CD remaster plus bonus tracks?!?!), GENESIS' "Foxtrot" (as YES did in this year, they'd also never make another that would bear up as well to repeated listens), THE MOTHERS' "Grand Wazoo" *and* "Just Another Band From L.A." ("Billy The Mountain"! 'Nuff said.), E.L.O.'s debut "No Answer" (Roy Wood mastery!), THE ROLLING STONES' "Exile On Main Street", ROXY MUSIC's stunning self-titled debut, NEU!'s debut, T.REX "The Slider" (the last gasp of Bolan's greatness? Almost...1973's "Tanx" was also lovely), RANDY NEWMAN's "Sail Away", LEON RUSSELL's "Carney" (perhaps the *last* good LEON album), NILSSON's "Son of Schmillson", DAVID BOWIE's "Ziggy Stardust...", ALICE COOPER's "School's Out", BIG STAR's "#1 Record" (shimmering pop glory!), THE FACES' "Ooh La La" (with honorable mention to ROD STEWART's "Never a Dull Moment"), THE MOODY BLUES' "Seventh Sojourn" (their last LP to 'matter'), TODD RUNDGREN's "Something/Anything", CAPTAIN BEEFHEART's "The Spotlight Kid" *AND* "Clear Spot" (in the *same* year! Jeezis!), DEEP PURPLE's "Machine Head" (sure, you'll never need to hear "Smoke on the Water" again...but the whole album is eminently listenable, peaking with "Pictures of Home"), CHRISTOPHER MILK's "Some People Will Drink Anything" (I'll defend it to the death!), CURTIS MAYFIELD's "Superfly" soundtrack, STEVIE WONDER's "Music of My Mind" *and* "Talking Book", JIMMY WEBB's "Letters", BOB MOSLEY's solo LP (the *only* one from this MOBY GRAPE founding member), PETER GALLWAY's self-titled debut (post FIFTH AVENUE BAND and OHIO KNOX, both also *worthy*!) THE BEE GEES' "To Whom It May Concern", GILBERT O'SULLIVAN's "Back To Front", NICK DRAKE's "Pink Moon" (Yow! Music to commit suicide to!), COLIN BLUNSTONE's "Ennismore", PROCOL HARUM "In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra", MIKE D'ABO's "Down At Rachel's Place", DAVE MASON's "Headkeeper", JACK NITZSCHE's "St. Giles Cripplegate", NATIONAL LAMPOON's "Radio Dinner" (just *begging* for a CD reissue!), KING CRIMSON's "Islands" (better than most KC fans think!), ELP's "Trilogy", CONCEPTION CORPORATION's "Conceptionland and Othe States of Mind", SPARKS' "A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing", AZTEC TWO-STEP's self-titled (and JERRY YESTER-produced) debut, MARK VOLMAN & HOWARD KAYLAN's "The Phlorescent Leech And Eddie" (ex-TURTLES/MOTHERS release a masterpiece...and *still* no CD reissue!?!?) and on...and on...and on.

The *strangest* thing about 1972 was that the "solo" BEATLES were, for the most part, on vacation! No LP releases from Macca, George or Ringo...and "Sometime In New York City" was John's offering. That alone may account for some kind of cosmic void that was in need of filling(?) -- and, lo, the many in number did offer up a fine selection of stuff to put the erstwhile moptops on notice. 8-) Rick

10:29 PM  
Blogger Brian Ware said...

And any year that "My Ding-A-Ling" can sit at #1 on the Billboard charts for two weeks can't be a total loss....

8:35 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Don't spoil the next few weeks, Rick!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

I know, I know. I'm sooooo tempted. There's a bunch that are obvious (NEIL YOUNG's "Harvest", GENTLE GIANT's "Octopus" & WAR's "The World Is a Ghetto") -- and then there are those obscure(GERONIMO BLACK's only [regular] release, TRANQUILITY's self-titled debut, & KIM FOWLEY's "I'm Bad").

I'll endeavor to hold back in the interim. There's just so many more worthy of at least an honorable mention.

I'll finish off with another list of "no-shows" in 1972: THE WHO, BOB DYLAN, and LED ZEPPELIN. Such a time!

8:41 PM  

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