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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TuMdiy, April 9, 1974 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD-7 Turntable topics Instrumentation blends secret to good album By BILL KUCHERAN Tubular Bells-Mike Oldfleld It has taken a 20-year-old English youth to demonstrate that the secret to a good album is not in how flashy individual instruments are, but in how the total instrumentation blends to create the desired musical effect. Oldfield finished the album after months of painstaking recording, as he is virtually the only artist on the record, playing instruments ranging from piano and guitar to timpani and bells. The technique he uses involves his starting with a short, simple melodic or rhythmic statement, and progressively adding instrumentation to it until it switches in character or is built up to a climax and concluded. A similar style can be heard on segments of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon' 1 p or on the opening bars of the song 'Baba O'Riley' by the Who. While none of his playing on the instrumental album is spectacular, the effect of his final combinations is stunning This is an extremely fine record, already on many critics' lists as one of the best records of the year. (Virgin Records VR 13-105) Wood As the driving force of the Move, Roy Wood was responsible for much of the surging, pop-rock sound that was the trademark of that fine English group. In 1971 Move members Wood, Bev Bevan and Jeff Lynne also formed the Electric Light Orchestra, an experiment in classics rock fusion, which featured the combination of guitars and cellos. When the Move broke up, Lynne and Bevan continued E.L 0 while Wood formed his own cello-sax-rock band, Wizzard. Taking a break from his group, he recorded 'Boulders.' On the record, Wood handles almost everything, from cover art to instrumentation. He performs both solid rock and melodic pop styles, including country Coming to MEDICINE HAT Stop at the FRONTIER MOTEL Excellent Accommodations. Reasonable Rates Also Weekly and Commercial Rates Collect at 527-2266 and western and early rock variations. His instrumental prowess (including banjo, sax, cello, drums and guitar) is better than most groups, and his singing, ranging from bass to falsetto, is outstanding. Coupled with his witty lyrics, the result is a delightful record that, for fans of Move or Beatle styled pop-rock, is a must (United Artists UA- LA168-F) The New York Dolls The commercial success of the Alice Cooper image of bi- sexual clothes and gaudy makeup has helped spawn what has become known as 'glam rock'. This is where makeup, costuming and stage acts become important elements in musical presentations What is beginning to happen, though, is that these non-musical elements are superceding groups' music in importance. Such is the case of the New York Dolls. The five man group has been notorious in New York for several years, but Polydor's major promotion campaign has helped elevate them to international status. This is based soley on their transvestite image, for their music can be heard to be only wild screaming vocals set to poor attempts at rock and roll. Until they gain some musical talent, their records can safely be considered garbage. (Mercury SRM 1-675) Round Caine Scrubaloe Caine is a six- man group members include Henry Small, -who may be locally remembered from Gainsboro Gallery, and Jim Kale, the ex-Guess Who bassist Their single "Feelin' Good On Sunday' has helped them make a name for themselves. They rely on simple, loose instrumentation and good vocals, with country and pop rock songs balanced by a number of guitar oriented blues cuts 'Round One' is an all-round good record, and the group desc-rves to be heard further. (RCA Records APLl- 0263) Food of Elliman The excellent role she played as the sultry-voiced Mary Magdalene in the record and movie versions of 'Jesus SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "MAGNUM FORCE" in color. Starring Clint Eastwood. Tuesday, April 9 show at 8'15 p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "THE MACKINTOSH MAN" in color. Starring Paul Newman Tuesday, April 9 show at 8 00 p m ADULT, NOT SUITABLE FOR.CHILDREN PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "CLOCKWORK ORANGE" in color. Tuesday, April 19 show at 8 15 p m RESTRICTED ADULT TABER Tower Theatre "GUESS WHAT WE LEARNED IN SCHOOL TODAY" and "GROUP MARRIAGE" in color. DOUBLE FEATURE Tuesday, April 9 show starts at p.m. Easter is a family day. Relatives from out-of-town That special meal. An opportunity to show-off your Spring outfit. A day to visit. We've got an enjoyable Easter suggestion. This Easter leave all the work to us. You just sit back. Our menu includes a wide range of family favourites. We can comfortably accommodate any number of guests you'd care to invite. Reserve early. 328-1111 Extension 1100 Easter Sunday, April 14th starting at p.m. person for children (under 12) 421 Mayor Magrath Drive, GOOD FRIENDS...TOGETHER Christ Superstar' brought Yvonne Elliman to the attention of the record buying public. Her solo album, where she is backed by musicians who include Pete Townshend, does a good job of matching her smooth voice to the proper material. In this case, it's slow, melodic pop ballads, although a few rockers are included. The arrangements are full without being flowery, and she shows that she is a capable singer, both in rock and lounge-style music. (MCA Records MCA-356) McBride A Toronto native, Danny McBride is the brother of Bob McBride, the former Lighthouse lead singer. Primarily known as a guitarist, McBride went to Britain to cut this, his first album. He does all his own mater a', which strikes an even ''ance between slow, quiet -Vjiig and harder rock material The album is well arranged, and McBride's vocals and electric guitar solos are highlights. Only a few faults in this good album by a very promising artist. (Epic KE 32576) A Fine, White Hann Recorded in Edmonton, the album features folksinger Hann and his songs, highlighted by the insightful lyrics of his producer Pete White Basically simple folk ballads, the songs offer correspondingly uncluttered instrumental backing. They are performed reasonably well on this average album. (London NAS 13530) More use of Canadian talent urged TORONTO (CP) -Seven of Canada's theatre directors have signed a statement addressed to the Board of Governors of the Stratford Festival urging them to use more Canadian personnel. William Glassco, John Hirsch, Martin Kinch, George Luscombe, Leon Major, Henry Tarvamen and Keith Turnbull called for a meeting with the board to discuss the future of theatre in Canada. The statement says the board should give more attention to Canadian plays that need "the resources of the best equipped and most highly-subsidized theatre in the country. It says the board should try to use more Canadian directors, actors and designers and make an effort to bring back Canadian artists who have gained experience abroad Stratford should bring in the finest artists in the world as guests but not "as permanent personnel, the statement says. It also urges the board to add more members of the theatrical community to its ranks and admit fewer members with mainly financial backgrounds. Tap dancer of 40's dead NEW YORK (AP) Lawrence Jackson, 53, who tap-danced as Baby Lawrence with top jazz instruments since the 1940's. has died here. In the 1940s, he worked with the jazz bands of Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and Count Basie, and became widely known as one of the best jazz tap dancers in the world. SASKATOON (CP) The Riverside Players from the Saskatchewan Penitentiary took most of the honors at the Theatre Saskatchewan section of the Dominion Drama Festival during the weekend. Members of the production, Under The Spreading Chestnut Tree, are prisoners at the maximum security penitentiary. Riverside director Ron Emkeit, who wrote the play, won the best director trophy plus the Leader Post Award. The play was judged the best production among the five presented and also won for best visual effects. Players of the two main characters, Frank Hoppenbrouwers and Don Horrocks, were joint winners of the best-actor trophy. Penitentiary Director Tom Ellis said he will recommend that the Riverside Pla_ ers be allowed to travel to the national finals this summer in Newfoundland, However, the final decision had to come from the Penitentiary Service in Ottawa. Ian Nelson of Saskatoon Gateway Players, who presented An Italian Straw Hat, won the best characterization award. Elizabeth Anstensen of The Company won the award for best supporting actress Morris Roberg of the Swift Current Players, who presented Philadelphia, Here 1 Come, won the trophy for best supporting actor. The best actress trophy went to Suzanne Kushner of Swift Current. Connie Munyard of The Company was judged the most promising director. Residents of far north receive CBC radio service Valdy returns Valdy, named 1973 Canadian folk singer of the year last week, will sing at the University of Lethbndge Thursday at 8 p.m. The concert is part of a coast- to-coast tour which also includes Diamond Joe and Bruce Miller. Tickets, available at Leister's, Music- land and the University, are each. Drama festival awards won by prison players The Swift Current production was the runner-up as best production. Other entries included two Saskatoon companies and one other from Prince Albert. The adjudicator was Tom Kerr of Kamloops. Kissinger wins award for humor SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) The new Brazilian Academy of Humor has voted to award United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger its first Order of the Laughing Hyena medal. The academy, whose symbol is a' spotted hyena "doubled up in laughter, praised Kissinger for his ability to "keep his sense of humor in spite of formidable problems and apparently insurmountable obstacles." SECOND HOLLYWOOD NAIROBI, Kenya American Actor Sidney Poitier says Kenya is a model multi-racial society which white minority governments in southern Africa would do well to imitate The black star, here to film The Wilby Conspiracy with British actor Michael Came, told reporters Kenya may become ''the second Hollywood The movie being filmed deals with racial separation policies in South Africa and a black fugitive on the run from white police. SACKVILLE, N.B. (CP) Since last November listeners to the CBC northern short- wave service, broadcast from the high-frequency transmitters at nearby Cole's Island, have been able to listen to hours of nonstop broadcasting daily in Es- kimo, Cree, French and Eng- lish. The broadcasts emanate from new antennae directed northwards and fed by new watt transmitters. Five transmitters have been installed-at the enlarged and renovated CBC building at Cole's Island, which also supplies facilities for the International Service and the armed forces. Firm agrees to purchase Global TV OTTAWA (CP) Canwest Broadcasting Ltd of Winnipeg has agreed to purchase up to million in Global TV debentures and stock if a takeover bid by IWC Communications Ltd. is successful. The agreement between IWC and Canwest is among the thick pile of documents that form IWC's application to the Canadian Radio- Television Commission for the takeover of control in Global Communications Ltd. The CRTC will begin public hearings Wednesday on the IWC application. IWC's bid to takeover Global includes a guarantee of million credit and the purchase of million of Global debentures and stock. The takeover bid, if approved, guarantees IWC management of Global until January, 1983. Enlarging and improving the facility included the two- year project to install the new transmission towers. Some million is being spent over a six-year period to create one of the world's most modern shortwave stations. The facilities have enabled CBC officials to work with British and West German broadcasting concerns for relaying European programs to the western United States and there are reciprocal arrangements to relay programs of Canadian origin to Western Europe. Denies claim John Wayne, above, says he has sent Senator Lowell Weicker, Re- publican-Conn., a tele- gram denying the sena- tor's contention he got favors from the Inter- national Revenue Service. In addition to the new equip- ment, three of the original 000-watt transmitters still are in service, making a total output of 50 million watts. The new equipment is com- puter-controlled with support facilities to carry on the station's work should the main computer break down. Programming for a 24-hour period is fed into the computer which then automatically switches antennae and frequencies as required. The older transmitters still require manual shifting. The staff of 32 carries out mainte- nance work. The web of wires and equip- ment feeds daily programming to audiences in northern Quebec, parts of Labrador, Northern Ontario and some Western provinces. Others include isolated listeners in the Keewatin and Franklin districts of the Northwest Territories. Before the new transmitters were located on Cole's Island, these listeners were dependent on Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, the BBC and programs beamed by powerful transmitters operated by South American religious institutions. The CBC International Serv- ice uses facilities here for 22Vz hours a day, sending Canadian-content programs to the Canadian forces in Germany, Cyprus and Egypt. Other Canadian news pro- grams are picked up by stations in Florida and Barbados and rebroadcast for Canadians in those areas. Don't Overlook NOOK Coming Soon! WINNER OF 7 ACADEMY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE ADULT paramount TONITE and WED. at and p.m. .all it takes is a little Confidence PAUL ROBERT SHAW A GEORGE ROY HILL F'LM "THE STING" FUNNY IT'S HILARIOUS CoUrte Retire presents A WOOLF Rtejd- Arthur ADULT paramount cinema TONITE and WEDNESDAY at and p.m. FAMILY college cinema LAST TIMES TONITE at and p.m. "TAKES OFF LIKE A BLAZINS FOREST FIRE, WITH A THRILL A Reed, N.Y. Daily Hews JOSEPH E. LEVINE GEORGE C. SCOTT MIKE NICHOLS THE DAtfiffE DOLPHIN Show Times Tuesday, April 9 PARAMOUNT THEATRE THE STING 700 9 IS TWO COMPLETE SHOWS: 7 00 9 15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects 7 15 9-15 NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH 7 40 9 45 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINEMA Short Subjects 710915 DAY OF THE DOLPHINS 7 35 9 50 LAST COMPLETE SHOW- 9'15 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT The "Frankly Brothers" AT THE MINERS' 733 -13th St. N. Members and Invited Guests Only STARTS TOMORROW Note Show Times and 9 p.m. Box Office Opens 6 p.m. The Greatest Adventure of Escape! ADULT Not Suitable for Children r Two Men with nothing in common but a will to live and a place to die ALLIED ARTISTS presents WARNING... Contains Violent Sequences mcQUEin in FRANKLIN J PDMLLOn inn FRANKLIN JSCHAFFNER him ;