Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Performance [Warner Bros., 1970]
Merry Clayton and Ry Cooder and Buffy Sainte-Marie and composer-producer Jack Nitzsche are pretty good for a soundtrack and pretty forgettable for a record album. The Last Poets are the Last Poets. Randy Newman's version of Nitzsche's metaphor to impotence, "Gone Dead Train," is a white blues landmark. And Mick Jagger's version of Jagger-Richard's scabrous, persona-twisted "Memo From Turner" is his envoi to the '60s. B-