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In the past few years a musical category known as jazz-rock
has become increasingly popular. This is demonstrated by the
popularity of such groups as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago
and most recently, the excellent Chase.
So where does a group by the name of Los Blues fit into
Well, to begin with, the members of Los Blues are not a
fly-by-night outfit. They have been together for the past 12
years even though they are all under thirty. And of these past
12 years, the last seven have been spent as one of the most
successful in Las Vegas.
Comprised of five Chicanos and two Gringos, Los Blues has
just released their first album, Los Blues Volume 1 on the
United Artists label.
Utilizing tenor and alto sax, guitar, drums, congas, bass,
trumpet, trombone, baritone and keyboards in various
combinations, the vocals are divided up between Randy
Garibay and Jimmie McFarland.
Los Blues has a good sound, in fact on many cuts sounding
very much like BS&T (which is a compliment since I'm one of
the biggest BS&T fans around). But Los Blues also has its bad
side, which I think is a result of their long stay in Las Vegas.
Many of their arrangements sound very commercialized. On
some of their cuts you can almost see the plastic, glittering
The Album opens with "God Help Me," an average little
number with vocal by Garibay, but unfortunately that's all the
cut ever gets to be average.
BS&T's "More and More" is next up and Garibay gives a
good vocal on this, sounding very much like David
Clayton-Thomas. In addition, Louie Leos Jr. gives a good
trumpet solo. Overall, this is one of the better cuts on the
Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural
Woman" finds McFarland doing the vocalization, but for some
reason, possibly the commercialized sound, this song just
doesn't make it.
A driving instrumental, "The Squirrel," is probably the best
cut on the album. Written by Jim Waller, one of the gringo
members of Los Blues, it demonstrates good guitar and
trumpet work by Garibay and Leos.
Side Two starts off with a winner, "Ain't That Loving
You." Garibay is back at the mike and wailin'. This is
probably the best vocal cut on the album. Aretha Franklin's
"Spirit in the Dark" has McFarland doing the vocal again, but
this time he is more pleasing, giving the song a strong funky
"Vegas Funk," another instrumental by Waller, features
Cleto Escobedo Jr. on a nice tenor solo. Although commercial
in places, the song is enjoyable. McFarland hits the vocals
again with "Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherry Bombs," an
interesting tune that is part satire, part message and part just
plain ole fun.
Finishing up the album is a medley of BS&T's "Smiling
Phases" and Jim Webb's "MacArthur Park."
Los Blues has some positive points in their favor, but with
acceptance as difficult as it is in the recording industry, I
wonder if these points will be strong enough? I sort-of hope
The UNL School of Music will present Puccini's tragic
Japanese opera, Madame Butterfly, Tuesday through Saturday
at 8 p.m. in Kimball Hall. The opera will be sung in English.
The Mud Slim Slide Players have their fourth review
currently in progress at The Gas Light, 322 South 9th
Street. Entitled The Mud Slim Slide Players' Greatest Hits, the
review includes the best short plays from their previous three
reviews, and will run Feb. 4,5,1 1,12,18 and 19, beginning at 9
Remember that Hair opens at Pershing Auditorium tonight
and will also perform Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Good
seats are still available and are reasonably priced at $5.50,
$6.50 and $7.50. Curtain time is 8 p.m. "Let the Sun Shine
Cfe ft rt
5- 10 p.m. Spaghetti, $1.50
6- 10 p.m. Mexican Dinner $1.95
8:30-12:00, Single Ladies' Night,
all hi-balls, 15c
5-7 p.m. Mon-Sat.
THE YACHT CLUB
East end of Capitol Beach on Lakeshore Drive
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8 p.m. February 12
50th & Huntington
Tickets on sale at
Dietze, Molzer & Hospe Music
Stores in Lincoln, Lincoln
High School Band Directors,
Nebraska Wesleyan Music
Office, or at the door
Television movie time again.
KETV, Channel 7, 8 p.m., Where Eagles Dare, conclusion
starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. Allied,
commando raid in World War II.
KMTV, Channel 3, 8 p.m., Deadlier Than the Male starring
Richard Johnson and Elke Sommer. 1967 flick about Bulldog
Drummond, the James Bond of the 1920's.
KETV, Channel 7, 7:30 p.m., Hardcase starring Clint
Walker and Stefanie Powers. Circa 1900: soldier of fortune in
KETV, Channel 7, 8 p.m., Bedtime Story starring Marlon
Brando and David Niven. Two con men on the French Riviera.
KOLN, Channel 10 and WOW, Channel 6, 8 p.m. Hunters
Are For Killing starring Burt Reynolds. Ex-con trys to prove
himself not guilty.
KOLN, Channel 10, 8 p.m.. The Glass House starring Alan
Alda and Vic Morrow. Prison drama by Truman Capote.
WOW, Channel 6, 8 p.m.. Masquerade starring Cliff
Robertson. Tongue-in-cheek spy thriller.
KUON, Channel 12, 9:30 p.m., M starring Peter Lorre.
Fritz Lang's 1931 film about a child-molester-murderer. Also
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If he asked you
to wear one,
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Registered Jewelers American Gem Society
Speaker: John Bray, Ph. D.
Assistant Prof, of History,
Wayne State College
Tues., Feb. 1
7:00 p.m. "The Evils of Religion"
Wed., Feb. 2
10:00 a.m. Open rap with Dr. Bray
3:00 p.m. "The Occult and Christianity "
7:00 p.m. Symposium with Dr. Earl Wilson,
Dr. John Brumbaugh, Dr. John Bray;
and Dr. Hardy
Thurs., Feb. 3
10:00 a.m. Open rap with Dr. Bray
3:00 p.m. "The Resurrection of Jesus
History or Hysteria?"
All Events in Union Ballroom
Sponsored by Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 1972
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