Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Consumer Guide by Review Date: 1973-11-01

1973-11-01

Elephant's Memory: 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-

David Frye: Richard Nixon: A Fantasy (Buddah, 1973) Buddah isn't just hedging when it disclaims any "special or political" intent on this one. Unfortunately, the label forgot to mention humorous intent. All the good jokes are available on the radio ad. D

Jerry Reed: Lord, Mr. Ford (RCA Victor, 1973) As a country singer, Reed sustains three identities: crazy, picker, soap idol. He's a great crazy, as the title song demonstrates. And he's an all right picker, if you like pickers. But he couldn't sell soap to a hippie's mother. RCA should ban the ballad. I can imagine an A record called The Crazy Jerry Reed, but this one is docked a notch for time: 27.35. C-

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