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Elephant's Memory

  • Taking It to the Streets [Metromedia, 1970] C+
  • Elephant's Memory [Apple, 1972] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Taking It to the Streets [Metromedia, 1970]
I like the way "Mongoose" grafts polyrhythms onto hard rock, and I'm pleased that they utter the word "revolution" with some notion of what it means. But like so many comrades they confuse the utterance with the fact. Propaganda requires cunning--for starters, Stan Bronstein could stop singing as if the Establishment is standing on his foot. C+

Elephant's Memory [Apple, 1972]
I've been trying to figure out why this group doesn't quite make it for six months, and I've finally hit on it--they don't write good songs. Also, Stan Bronstein sings as if the Establishment was stepping on his foot. B-