Sunday, 15 March 2009

Reviews of Classics when they were issued ...

Nice piece on The Word podcast abut album reviews: I’d like to add a couple of golden oldies from a long defunct magazine called Beat Instrumental. Here are a couple of excerpts from reviews by John Ford.

Nov 1968
Music from Big Pink
‘It has that beautiful amateurish sound the Americans capture so easily.’

Dec 68
Electric Ladyland
‘…of course, this is a chart and artistic success. And let us not forget the cover with all those lovely ladies there upon.’

I’m not quite sure which I prefer most; the ‘damning with faint praise of’ the first or the quaint use of ‘there upon’ in the second.


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