Let’s Five, mofos!
1. Al Kent, “Country Boy” - A bouncy cut from one of my Northern Soul comps. The arrangement is nothing to write home about but its worth listening to for the keyboard part. Sounds like it might be a Hammond B3 but I’m no expert.
2. Brad Mehldau, “West Hartford” (from Places) - I’m not a huge Mehldau fan, as he can get a little too show-offy for me. But Places is a great album and this is one of its better tracks. For me he absolutely recalls early ’60s Bill Evans at times.
3. Sloan, “Believe in Me” (from Parallel Play) - I’ve heard Sloan referred to as the Canadian Beatles, but on this one they call to mind vintage Badfinger more. The group’s fine vocals mesh with a hard-charging rock stomp.
4. The Young Rascals, “How Can I Be Sure” - I dig the Waltz arrangement and the vintage Parisian cafe feel, but the vocals are just a tad too histrionic. Still, a fine single.
5. Fleetwood Mac, “When I See You Again” (from Tango in the Night) - Yuck. Stevie Nicks turns in a good set of lyrics, and then applies her worst vocal affectations and proceeds to butcher them. Buckingham comes in and almost saves the song during the last verse, but it’s too little too late.
IN RESERVE — Housewives with an eye for emergencies might some day be doing like this lady and devoting a shelf of kitchen space to canned water, which even after an atom bomb attack may be drunk safely if the outside of the can is wiped off. Each can contain about 10 1/2 ounces.
Wire photo dated February 24, 1952.