Pentangle – Reflection (1971)

FrontCover1Reflection was an album recorded in 1971 by folk-rock band Pentangle.

The album was recorded over a three-week period in March 1971, at a time when the tensions between the band members were high. Different band members were continually threatening to leave and attendance by Jansch and Renbourn at the recording sessions was dependent on their state of sobriety. (by wikipedia)

Pentangle were always great at creating musical fusions, and on this album, they once again came through. The opening song, “Wedding Dress,” is a fabulous meeting of Celtic, country, and, believe it or not, funk. It’s one of the few songs of theirs that actually rocks. The rest of the record is classic Pentangle, with Bert Jansch’s and John Renbourn’s acoustic guitars intermingling so well that it would make even Neil Young and Stephen Stills a little envious. Jacqui McShee, as usual, has some exquisite vocal moments, namely the previously mentioned “Wedding Dress” and an excellent reading of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

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This track shows how the group was further exploring new musical ground, this time with traditional American folk/gospel. The group’s rhythm section of Danny Thompson (upright bass/cello) and Terry Cox (percussion) — easily one of the most inventive on the planet — shines on every cut, creating solid ground for Renbourn, McShee, and Jansch to do their high-wire act on vocals and guitar. One of their finest all-around albums. (by Matthew Greenwald)

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Personnel:
Terry Cox (drums, percussion, vocals)
Bert Jansch (guitar, banjo, vocals)
Jacqui McShee (vocals)
John Renbourn (guitar, vocals)
Danny Thompson (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Wedding Dress (Traditional) 2.52
02. Omie Wise (Traditional) 4.23
03. Will The Circle Be Unbroken? (Traditional) 4.07
04. When I Get Home (Cox/Jansch/McShee/Renbourn/Thompson) 5.01
05. Rain And Snow (Traditional) 3.51
06. Helping Hand (Cox/Jansch/McShee/Renbourn/Thompson) 3.30
07. So Clear (Cox/Jansch/McShee/Renbourn/Thompson) 4.55
08. Reflection (Cox/Jansch/McShee/Renbourn/Thompson) 11.10

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ZigZag (Magazine) – Nr. 19 (May 1971)

FrontCoverZigZag was a British rock music magazine. It was started by Pete Frame and the first edition rolled off the printing presses on 16 April 1969. The magazine was noted for its thorough interviews, well-researched articles, innovative “rock family trees” by Frame, and support for American songwriters such as Michael Nesmith, Mickey Newbury, Gene Clark, etc.

It was edited by Pete Frame for the first 29 issues – up to February 1973. Frame later said: “None of the English music papers wrote about the music I liked. They all concentrated on popular acts, but I was interested in the Underground scene. So I decided to start a magazine for people who liked the same kind of music I did. I called it Zigzag after the Captain Beefheart track “Zigzag Wanderer” and also the cigarette papers, which were used for rolling joints.”

Pete Frame’s “rock family trees” first appeared in ZigZag. Very basic examples appeared in issue #14 The Byrds (August 1970) and issue #17 John Mayall (Dec 1970 – Jan 1971). The first “rock family tree” to be presented in the format that Frame would become well known for was in issue #21 Al Kooper (July 1971).

John Tobler joined immediately after the start-up and wrote for ZigZag from issue #2 onwards under the name John HT (his full name being John Hugen-Tobler). He wrote under the name John Tobler from issue #16 (October 1970) onwards.

Example21A.jpgAfter dying a first time, the magazine was taken over by Tony Stratton-Smith, founder of Charisma Records, and became a regular monthly from January 1974 with even some colour inside. Stratton-Smith also financed The Amazing ZigZag Concert on 28 April 1974, to celebrate the magazine’s fifth birthday. Issues #30 (March 1973) to #40 (April 1974) were edited by Connor McKnight, with Andy Childs becoming editor from issue #42 (June 1974) for about 18 months. Andy Childs originally had his own fanzine, Fat Angel. This period was marked by more musical British influence such as pub rock and the precursor of punk (Dr. Feelgood, The Stranglers). Pete Frame became editor again from issue #58 (March 1976) to issue #74 (July 1977) – with the exception of three of those issues where Paul Kendall was editor.

Appointed as editor in August 1977, a major revolution was led by Kris Needs which saw ZigZag going through a third period where the magazine was totally devoted to punk. It was also around this time that Pete Frame distanced himself and published the first book of his famous series of ‘rock trees’ tracing changing personnel line-ups in the rock music world.

ZigZag continued to be published in London and edited by Needs until the end of 1981 when Mick Mercer took over editorial duties. In April 1982, the ZigZag Club live music venue was opened at 22-24 Great Western Road, London W9. By the end of the year it had closed. The magazine ceased publication for a period during 1983 and was then re-launched for a fourth period, in October 1983, with Mick Mercer as editor, covering post-punk and early goth. It ceased publication with its final issue in January 1986 – having published approximately 140 issues of rock journalism.

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There was a failed attempt to relaunch the magazine in June 1990, with just one issue being published. ZigZag was purchased in July 1988 from Northern & Shell, who had amalgamated it with music equipment title “one two testing”. Jim Maguire, who had been Business Manager of ZigZag in the Seventies, persuaded Richard Desmond (Northern & Shell) to sell him the title. Maguire believed he had secured a sound publishing deal with EMAP, who purchased the title in October 1989. However, EMAP closed ZigZag after just one issue (May 1990) and then produced Mojo, a new rock monthly, some months later. In accordance with the terms of the contract, the ZigZag title and the intellectual copyright then reverted to Jim Maguire in January 1994. (wikipedia)

And here´s an early issue of this great magazin, taken from my personal archive … let´s take a trip to May 1971 … I include an interesting interview with the great Pete Frame (taken from cloudsandclocks.net)

And we read in this issue stories about:

  • Rod Stewart & The Faces
  • Duster Bennett
  • Help Yourself
  • Grateful Dead
  • Mick Jagger
  • Duane Allman
  • Genesis
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Mike Nesmith´s First National Band
  • John Sebastian
  • and much more …

More old ZigZag magazines will come .. .enjoy this trip in the year 1971:

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Cat Stevens – Songbook (1971)

FrontCoverYusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is a British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His 1967 debut album reached the top 10 in the UK, and the album’s title song “Matthew and Son” charted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Stevens’ albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. His musical style consists of folk, pop, rock, and Islamic music.

His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, and fifteen weeks at number one in the Australian ARIA Charts. He earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in 2005 and 2006 for “The First Cut Is the Deepest”, and the song has been a hit for four artists.[8] His other hit songs include “Father and Son”, “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Moonshadow”, and “Morning Has Broken”. In 2007 he received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam, and he adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all of his guitars for charity and left his musical career in order to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He was embroiled in a long-running controversy regarding comments which he made in 1989 about the death fatwa on author Salman Rushdie. He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

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In 2006, he returned to pop music – releasing his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, titled An Other Cup. With that release and subsequent ones, he dropped the surname “Islam” from the album cover art – using the stage name Yusuf as a mononym. In 2009, he released the album Roadsinger, and in 2014, he released the album Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, and began his first US tour since 1978. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. His second North American tour since his resurgence, featuring 12 shows in intimate venues, began on 12 September 2016 (by wikipedia)

And here´s a rare songbook from his early days ,,. including all song from his albums “Mona Bone Jakon” and “Tea For The Tillerman”.:

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I got this very rare item from a serious record collector … I will call him Mister Sleeve … thanks a lot !

Leonard Cohen – Songbook (1971)

LeonardCohenSongbook_01ALeonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received a Princess of Asturias Awards for literature.

The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen’s overall career in popular music by asserting that “[he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late ’60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making…. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.”

LeonardCohenHis second novel, Beautiful Losers (1966), received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages. The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen’s overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that “Cohen’s successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen’s poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics… While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.”

Cohen’s first album was Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) followed by Songs from a Room (1969) (featuring the often-recorded “Bird on the Wire”) and Songs of Love and Hate (1971) (by wikipedia)

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Maybe we should listen his old albums from that period.

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Creem (Magazine) – September 1971

CreemSeptember1971_01ACreem (which is always capitalized in print as CREEM despite the magazine’s nameplate appearing in lower case letters), “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine”, was a monthly rock ‘n’ roll publication first published in March 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. It suspended production in 1989 but received a short-lived renaissance in the early 1990s as a glossy tabloid. Lester Bangs, often cited as “America’s Greatest Rock Critic”, became editor in 1971. The term “punk rock” was coined by the magazine in May 1971, in Dave Marsh’s Looney Tunes column about Question Mark & the Mysterians. The same issue introduced “heavy metal” as the name of a genre in a review of Sir Lord Baltimore by “Metal” Mike Saunders.

In the winter of 1969, Barry Kramer owned the Detroit record store Full Circle as well as Mixed Media, a head shop/bookstore and was an unsuccessful concert promoter and band manager. In a fit of pique at the local alternative paper rejecting his concert review, he decided to publish his own paper. Tony Reay, a clerk at the record store, became the first editor, naming the publication after his favorite band, Cream. Charlie Auringer became the photo editor and designer, and Dave Marsh joined soon after at age 19. CreemThe first issue was distributed only in Detroit as a tabloid-sized newspaper. A deal was struck with a distributor, but many copies were ordered by porn shops who were confused by the faintly suggestive title, who displayed it next to the similarly sized Screw magazine. Richard Siegel became circulation director and within two years CREEM had become a glossy color magazine, sized for newsstand distribution, and secured a national distribution deal.

The original offices were at 3729 Cass Avenue in Detroit for the first two years. An armed robbery of the offices convinced Kramer to move the operation to a 120 acre farm in Walled Lake, Michigan at 13 Mile and Haggerty Road. Just before the move, Lester Bangs was hired, originally to write a feature on Alice Cooper. He had been fired from rival music magazine Rolling Stone by publisher Jann Wenner for “disrespecting musicians” after a particularly harsh review of the group Canned Heat. Bangs fell in love with Detroit, calling it “rock’s only hope”, and remained there for five years.

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Many of the staff members lived in the Walled Lake farmhouse, with occasional physical altercations between writers. Marsh had objected to Bangs’ poorly housebroken dog, and placed the dog’s dung on Bangs’ typewriter. This resulted in a fistfight that gave Marsh a gash on his head. Eventually, the magazine was successful enough to move to professional editorial offices in downtown Birmingham, MI. After becoming editor in 1971, Bangs left the magazine in 1976 and never wrote for it again. On January 29, 1981, Kramer died of an overdose of nitrous oxide, and Bangs died a year later on April 30, 1982 in New York City of an accidental Darvon overdose.

This geographical separation from the majority of the entertainment industry in the United States, then focused primarily in Hollywood and New York City, along with the British upbringing of original editor Reay, resulted in a certain irreverence, a deprecatory and humorous tone that permeated the magazine throughout its existence. The magazine became famous for its comical photo captions, which poked fun at rock stars, the industry, and even the magazine itself. Every year, the tall Plexiglas pyramid presented as the American Music Award was dubbed “The Object From Space”, and was attributed with the power to force celebrities to look ridiculous while holding it. The location also meant CREEM was among the first national publications with in-depth coverage of many popular Detroit-area artists, such as Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Alice Cooper, The MC5, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, and Parliament-Funkadelic, as well as other Midwestern acts such as Raspberries and Cheap Trick.(by wikipedia)

This is one Creem magazin from my archive, including one of the first appearences from Patti Smith as a rock n roll poet.

Fasten your seatl-belts and enjoy the journey with the time machine into the year 1971. A time when music was for many people one of he most important things of life.

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And here some record ads from this magazine:

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