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  • Number 5 [Capitol, 1970] B
  • Rock Love [Capitol, 1971] C-

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Number 5 [Capitol, 1970]
The songs about going to the country, going to Mexico, and eating chili are more substantial than those about Vietnam, Jackson-Kent, and the military-industrial complex. Fortunately, all three of the latter are supposed to bring the album to a rousing (zzzzz) climax, which leaves side one free to bring you back humming. B

Rock Love [Capitol, 1971]
Those who deemed Number 5 a throwaway should find number six instructive: one side of live "blues," one of dead "rock." C-