Gårdagens sågningar, dagens hyllningar!
Gamle Lester Bangs kunde det där med att såga plattor. Plattor som långt senare kom att bedömas som monumentala i musikhistorien. Faktum var ju att han ibland recenserade plattor utan att ens lyssna på dem. Bara det en bedrift i sig. Följande recensioner är från Rolling Stone.
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams (RS 30)
"Musically the group is intentionally crude and aggressively raw. Which can make for powerful music except when it is used to conceal a paucity of ideas, as it is here. Most of the songs are barely distinguishable from each other in their primitive two-chord structures."
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (RS 66)
"The whole album is a shuck—despite the murky songtitles and some inane lyrics that sound like Vanilla Fudge paying doggerel tribute to Aleister Crowley, the album has nothing to do with spiritualism, the occult, or anything much except stiff recitations of Cream cliches that sound like the musicians learned them out of a book, grinding on and on with dogged persistence."
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (RS 96)
"The thick, plodding, almost arrhythmic steel wool curtains of sound the group is celebrated and reviled for only appear in their classical state of excruciating slowness on two tracks, "Sweet Leaf" and "Lord of This World," and both break into driving jams that are well worth the wait. Which itself is no problem once you stop thinking about how bored you are and just let it filter down your innards like a good bottle of Romilar. Rock & roll has always been noise, and Black Sabbath have boiled that noise to its resinous essence."
Deep Purple - Machine Head (RS 109)
"The basic problem seemed to be that the group hadn't really learned to write yet, so the covers were the best way to grow without losing the audience. Except that no self-respecting late-Sixties rock band wants to put out an album with nothing but covers on it, so we were left with a bunch of boring originals, half of them instrumental."
Alice Cooper - Killer (RS 99)
"It gets harder to be avant-outrageous all the time, what with everybody so jaded and I even hear the next catch-phrase to drop from the Max's dens of iniquity into the Newsweeks is 'gay chauvinism,' so what the fuck are you gonna do short of copping a riff not even new when Gilles de Rais laid it down four or five centuries ago and taking to actually disemboweling virgins and infants on stage?"