September 26, 2020

1987-04-03 – Fort Lauderdale News

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‘Trio’ triples the pleasure;
Townshend tough to take

By ANTHONY DECURTIS
Rolling Stone

DOLLY PARTON, LINDA
RONSTADT, EMMYLOU HAR-
RIS: Trio (Warner Bros.).

This LP was long-awaited and
has proven well worth the wait.

Parton. Ronstadt and Harris
pulled together a tasteful selection
of songs including Jimmie Rod-
gers’ Hobo’s Meditation, Phil Spec-
tor’s To Know Him Is to Love Him
and traditional numbers such as
Rosewood Casket and Farther
Along.

The arrangements are spare, and
particularly for a triple—star vehi-
cle, the singing consistently apt and
restrained. The pleasure the wom-
en experienced working together is
palpable in their performances and
that means considerable listening
pleasure for you. You don't need to
be a country fan to delight in an et-
fort as elegant and strong as Trio.

I

PETE TOWNSHEND: Another
Scoop (Atco Records).

This second double-LP collection
of Pete Townshend's demos and
out-takes had the makings of a
great single album.

The early. half-formed versions
of Who classics such as Happy
Jack, Substitute. Pictures 0! Lily
and The Kids Are Alright are fun
and interesting. while lesser-known
tunes such as Call Me Lighting and
La La La Lies will prove pleasant
discoveries for anyone unfamiliar
with them. Townshend’s middle-
brow noodling on pieces such as
Football Fugue, Prelude 556, Cat
Snatch and (all kidding aside) Ba-
roque Ippanese and Prelude, ‘The
Right to Write' is tough stuff to
take. Despite the intrinsic appeal
for seeing an artist’s ideas in cre-
ative development, some things are
best consigned to obscurity.

is not as distinctive a stylistic blend
as Cray’s later albums, it hits tour-
square as a straight-ahead, intelli-
gent blues set.

Cray’s guitar playing is charac-
teristically razor-sharp and his vo-
cals insinuatingly sexy. The first
side here, featuring Willie Dixon’s
Too Many Cooks and Cray‘s own I 'd ‘
Rather Be a Wino (cowritten with ‘
D. Amy). tops the rather uneven
second side. But if Cray’s Strong
Pemuader caught your attention,
Who's Been Talkin' will only deep-

en your appreciation of his fine tal-
cut.

I

SANTANA: Freedom (Colum-
hia).

Carlos Santana is a wonderful
guitarist — even listening to him
play a schlocky instrumental such.
as Love Is You on this LP can be
rewarding.

Freedom, unfortunately, suffers
from misguided commercial ambi-
tions — by which I mean too many
of the LP’s songs are synthesizer-
dominated fake funk confections.
Buddy Miles, vocalist on seven of
Freedom’s tracks, is a credible
singer who doesn’t get much to
work with here. “What about the
Constitution, freedom of expres-
sion?” asks the track Songs olFree-
dom on this LP. The possibly too-
cruel answer is that, as long as
even albums as pointless as this are
protected by the First Amendment,
we’re probably all pretty safe.

I

THIN WHITE ROPE: Moonhead
(Frontier).

While not suited to every taste —
R.E.O. fans, for example, should
feel free to stop reading right now-
— Thin White Rope has delivered a

provocative, sonically dense LP
with Moonbead.

Roger Kunkel‘s droning, feed-
bac_k-laden guitar playing is a curi-