Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
ihursday, September 26, iHt LEiHBRIDGE HERALD Turntable topics Unknown rock group on way up By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer The Wild Magnolias with The New Orleans Project. This is a group that is relatively unknown in western Canada but judging from the music on this, their first album, it won't be long before their music is copied by professional and amateur groups alike. The Wild Magnolias are 10 black musicians headed by Bo Dollis and Monk Bourdeaux and are backed up on this LP by the New Orleans Project, consisting of six more musicians. That's one crowd- ed stage! Their instrumentation con- sists of tambourine, cow bells, bongos, congas, keyboards, percussion, alto clarinet, alto and soprano sax. bass guitar and lead and rhythm guitars. All the arrangements were done by Willie Tee. a member of the Magnolias. One of the more impressive cuts is Smoke My Peace Pipe, Smoke It Right, with fantastic keyboard work by Tee, backed by congas and bongos. The music is all basically non-commercial, but if some of the tracks had shorter ver- sions. I'm sure they would make the top spots on any rock A.M. radio station in the country. Two examples of numbers that could make it are, Corey Died On The Battlefield and Soul. Soul, Soul. (Barclay The Best of Dave Mason Like many other successful musicians. Mason has allowed country folk music to drift C J EQUIPMENT RENTALS 1410- 2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-4765 CON ETE DRILLING CONCRETE SAWS BOB CAT LOADER TA DISTR I6ET BUTORS SAWS-DRILIS BLADES ETC. EXPERT OPERATORS USED BOB CATS FOR SALE SALES SWWCt 1410 2nd S. Phong 328-4765 into his style and, for Mason, it's a very nice addition. His rock music in the past, of course, always had a taste of folk, but now it is more definite, particularly in his guitar playing and singing. All the arrangements are done by Mason himself and are enhanced by Arnie Acosta, who did the mastering for the LP a very fine job of recor- ding. The second track on side one. Only You Know And I Know, was recorded in 1972 by Delaney and Bonnie. (Quality BTS Heartsfield The Wonder Of It All. This is a new group on the scene and one that should be followed, especially by those who enjoy country-rock. There are many people in the music business today I do not consider musicians but the seven guys that make up Heartsfield are musicians in the truest sense of the word. Their music is friendly, happy and just makes you feel good. Heartsfield's harmony is second only to that of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young remember them? Heartsfield's sound is com- prised of drums, piano, mellotron, bass guitar, lead and rhythm guitars, banjo, harmonica, acoustic and steel guitars, synthesizer and sax. (Mercury SRM Bachman Turner Overdrive Not Fragile. The title denotes hard, fast music. I presume, and it is that. But because the group has had success in the past, this LP gives me the feeling they are rushing to sell more records a mistake. Their last LP, Bachman Turner Overdrive II was much better. But if quality of music can be judged by how many records are sold, this one will be a success, but only on the basis of the name and not the content. On side one Randy Bachman sings Rock is My Life And This Is My Song. In it he sings you're only as good as your last record..." With this LP he fell short of his mark. (Mercury April Wine Live. This is a group that has the drive most others lack. Their music, though com- prised of rather simple progressions, instills excite- ment and the urge to get up and dance, as witnessed by April Wine's recent visit to Lethbridge. All but two tracks on this LP were written by two members of the group, guitarist Myles Goodwyn and bassist Jim Clench." The other members of the group are Gary Moffet on guitar and Jerry Mercer on drums. (Aquarius AQR Rory Gallagher, Irish Tour '74. Rory Gallagher, to quote black blues great Brownie McGee. is "a white boy lost in the blues." Gallagher's attempt at the blues is a fine one, particular- ly with the song Too Much Alcohol. Another cut. As The Crow Flies, originally done years ago by another black blues great Tony Joe White, has Gallagher winding up with some great picking on his acoustic guitar. His harmonica playing doesn't rate with some of the other greats, like Howlin Wolf, but again, it's a good attempt. The music for this LP was compiled from live recordings made at concerts on an Irish tour early this year in cities like Belfast. Dublin and Cork.