re Album Reviews

I cannot remember the last time I read a review of a newly released album. However, I used to read lots of reviews way back when.

Out of all the hundreds and hundreds of reviews I read, only one sticks out in my memory, and it is, in my mind, the greatest album review ever written. I have no recollection of who wrote it or where I read it. But back in late 1978 Eric Clapton released an album titled Backless. Below is the complete text of the review I read of Backless.

“Spineless.”

Music of the day

David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman — three original members of The Byrds—get together at the Roy Orbison tribute concert and sound fantastic performing classic hits Turn!Turn!Turn! and Mr. Tambourine Man. They totally rock the house when Bob Dylan joins them for the second song. The songs are available as part of The Byrds’ CD box set. Watch this and be reminded why they are all in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Byrds — Turn!Turn!Turn! and Mr. Tambourine Man — 1990