CHECKLISTINGS

October 1 1968

CHECKLISTINGS

October 1 1968

CHECKLISTINGS

BOOKS

Call Them Canadians produced by Lorraine Monk (Queen's Printer, $10): This casual, candid photograph album of contemporary Canadians is notable for its honesty and for the skill of its photographers. Occasionally witty, often poignant and always tasteful, it displays a good cross-section of young and old, rich and poor, happy and disillusioned, natives and immigrants. With almost 200 pictures by 44 photographers, it’s the bargain of the month.

* The Sexual Wilderness by Vance Packard (Müssen, $8.50): The prince of pop sociologists finally gets away from hidden persuaders and status seekers and reaches the fundamental subject. After four years of research, he concludes that as far as sex is concerned. the times they are a-changing.

Packard takes a fairly liberal position, but sex for him is still a serious business — which means he’s suffering from generation gap.

Morning Noon and Night by James Gould Cozzens (Longmans, $6.95): In this first Cozzens novel since By Love Possessed, a wordy old party named Henry Worthington muses about his life from the vantage point of successful executive in his mid-60s. But old Henry just hasn’t had the kind of life, despite its ironies, to support 408 pages. Most readers will be by boredom possessed.

*" Richer Than All His Tribe by

Nicholas Monsarrat (Longmans, $5.95): Monsarrat is convinced that Britain’s former African colonies aren’t ready for independence. In this WASPy propaganda novel, he returns to the island of Pharamaul, which he first discovered in The Tribe That Lost Its Head, and shows all the terrible things that happen once the Union Jack is lowered. It isn’t much of a plot, and the message is as obvious as a knife in the ribs, but as Tom Wolfe said of Marshall McLuhan: What if he is right?

^ The Traitor Game by Dougal McLeish (Macmillan, $5.95): This alleged political thriller runs downhill rapidly after the prime minister is assassinated at an Ottawa garden party on page 4. What happens after that is not worth bothering about, not even when the premier of Ontario imprisons the governor-general and some hired Mafia mobsters blow up the House of Commons. Some readers may have fun matching real-life Canadian politicians with the fictional characters, but it's the only stimulation they’ll get.

RECORDS

" Wheels Of Fire (The Cream): From this top-ranking group comes a tworecord package that’s their best effort yet. Produced by Felix Pappalardi, one of magicians of the pop-rock industry, one of the discs was recorded in a studio and the other live at the Fillmore, San Francisco’s psychedelic palace. Eric Clapton’s subtle guitar and voice are the record’s strongest assets, and the only drag is a 10minute drum solo — a bit of inappropriate nostalgia from the swing era. (Polydor 543-004/5)

* Avenue Road (Kensington Market): For this Canadian group, two years of hard work in Yorkville coffee houses has culminated in an unusually disciplined rock-sound production. Besides the electrified instruments there are strings and brass to fill the gaps and provide polished fullness. Lead singer Keith McKie has composed most of the numbers, and it is his predominant vocalizing that gives the album much of its strength. (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts WS 1754)

^ Spirit is their name and the album title, and electronic rock with feedback excursions is their bag. Abetted by strings, horns and arrangements by Marty Paich, this rock group offers above-average guitar and songs performed with restrained good taste. (Columbia ELS 327)

^ The Sugar Shoppe, a Toronto-based group, have produced an untitled Capitol album minus their hit of last year, Bobby Gimby’s Can-a-da. They’re a clean-cut. middle-of-theroad quartet (two boys, two girls) who play no instruments — just sing in a pleasant, commercial way. (ST 2959) *" A Letter to Katherine December (Jake Holmes): Basically a folksinger with a brittle voice. Holmes is slowly gaining some well-deserved attention. This LP consists entirely of his own songs — mostly poetic pieces about places he knows. His voice sounds unpleasant at first, but it grows on you. (Tower ST5127)

^ The Riverboat Soul Band have wryly approached various areas of the music field (rock, soul, Broadway,

etc.) with solid arrangements, meanwhile injecting some humor into an art form that commonly takes itself far too seriously. What’s more, they’ve done it well, and without being blatant. (Mercury SR 61158)

^ Waltz of the Flowers: The lushness of Columbia’s stereo sound is stunningly displayed in this album of the great Tchaikovsky waltzes with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. Among them: waltzes from The Nutcracker Suite, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Eugene Onegin and the Serenade for Strings. (MS 7133) * Rodrigo Guitar Concertos: From San Antonio, Texas, by way of Mercury records, comes a brilliant family of guitar virtuosos: Celedonio Romero and his three sons, Celin, Pepe and Angel. With the San Antonio Symphony, they give cavalier performances of two concertos by Joaquin Rodrigo, a contemporary Spaniard. All join in a concerto for four guitars, written last year, and Angel then displays his solo brilliance in the tuneful Concierto de Aranjuex. (SR90488)

TELEVISION

^ River Inn: A new Canadian-produced cabaret series starring Catherine McKinnon (here with Alex Laurier),

plus Brian Browne’s trio. First week’s guests: the Night Hawks. (CTV,

Wed., Sept. 18, 10.30 p.m. EDT.)

^ The Name of the Game: Premiere episode in this new drama series stars Tony Franciosa as a popular magazine correspondent investigating possible government scandal. (CBC, Thurs., Sept. 19, 8.30 p.m. EDT.)

^ Our World: A new public-affairs program, to be seen three weeks out of four at this hour. (CTV, Thurs., Sept. 19, 10.30 p.m. EDT.)

^ Barris and Company: Alex Barris hosts a new variety show (later in the season it will follow Hockey Night in Canada). (CBC, Sat., Sept. 21, 10.30 p.m. EDT.)

How Life Begins: At popular request, this special hour-long program on human and animal reproduction is being shown again in early evening to accommodate parents whose children missed the original screening. (CTV, Sun., Sept. 22, 7.30 p.m. EDT.)

Doris Day Show: As a Vietnam widow with two sons, Doris Day makes her TV debut in a situation comedy. (CBC, Mon., Sept. 23, 7.30 p.m. EDT.)

^ Quentin Durgens MP: The WellMarked Page opens a new 17-week series starring Gordon Pinsent as Canada’s favorite politician. (CBC, Tues., Sept. 24, 9 p.m. EDT.)

MOVIES

* Wild In The Streets: Often stupid, this cheapie built on the idea of having the under-25s take over the U.S. politically as well as pop-culturally makes the occasional good joke and properly frightening suggestion.

^ The Fifth Horseman Is Fear: Another Czech movie about World War II, replete with the famous Czech eye for the simple details of humanity and the grotesque details of ordinary locales. An old Jewish doctor threatened with deportation to the Nazi camps finds out that he is, in fact, a hero.

* With Six You Get Egg-Roll: Doris Day and Brian Keith combine families and California inanities in a situation comedy guaranteed good for at least one laugh. Directed by Howard Morris, the pint-sized comic who never really made it out of Sid Caesar’s stable.

* Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush: Their island is falling apart, yet the British keep trying to laugh their heads off about sex. Mulberry is a pleasant enough account of a young lad’s first hitch on the sexual carousel, nimbly acted by newcomer Barry Evans and stylishly directed by Clive Donner (Nothing but the Best). But so what, you say, so what?

* I’ll Never Forget What’s ’Isnamc: Michael Winner (The Jokers) has gone the way of all Britons, mistaking flash for contemporary style. The result is the devaluation of a fine idea: the story of a successful advertising man (Oliver Reed) who at 32 suddenly undergoes an “identity crisis.” However, Orson Welles (below) as Reed’s worldly boss lights up the screen with benevolent corruption.