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Soup: Soup [Soup, 1970]
Now setting up distribution with movement movers like the White Panthers, this Appleton, Wisconsin group also sells its self-produced LP for three bucks from 4411 West Broadway, 54911. Comes in a plain brown jacket, with credits on a piece of lemon-colored paper stuck inside the shrink-wrap. The music isn't overtly political, just good, which ought to be what it comes down to: simple, plaintive, midtempo rock dominated by singer-composer-guitarist Doug Yankus. Actually, Yankus is a guitarist first--his playing dominates both the serviceable songs on one side and the blues-evolving-into-jazz jam on the other, and it sure beats Richie Furay or Carmine Appice. Makes you wonder just how efficient corporate capital is, doesn't it? B