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Article from Making Music, March 1987

Jay Arthur is a merry, fun-loving sort of chap who likes nothing better than to find evidence in print of general stupidity. He's especially keen on indecisive reviews that conclude you should make up your own mind, on pretentious waffle, and on good old cock-ups.

Jay likes this stuff so much, in fact, that he rewards people who send him examples of such rubbish with badges and stickers from the Making Music Badges & Stickers Collection. This month, he thanks Colin Moss of Lincoln for the Greg Lake item. Send your silly old nonsense to Jay Arthur, Silly Old Nonsense Dept, Making Music, (Contact Details).

"Greg Lake's enormous drum re-entry on 'Court Of...' occurs from within the perfectly reproduced tape hiss with speaker killing momentum." Tony Bacon, review of King Crimson CD (with Mike Giles on drums, Greg Lake on bass) — Making Music Feb '87

"Clearly the Lag philosophy lies in looks and sound rather than innovations but that is within the current trends that pervade most guitar manufacturers so Lag can be criticised no more and no less than a host of other makes." Dave Burrluck, Lag guitar review — IM Late Feb '87

"This is rapt nature music, hints of the gamelin and Balinese drums heard at dawn, the constant surprise that such ceaseless movement can be so still." Simon Frith, O Yuki Conjugate LP review — Observer Feb '87

"...for my money I would suggest the Seymour Duncan active units, providing that you can afford them that is." "The major improvement over the Gibson original is the angle with which the [Gordon Smith's] neck is set into the body. The Gibson neck was set at 90 degrees..." Robbie Gladwell — Guitarist Mar '87

"The Musicians Union... congratulates the BPI on its appreciation of the fact that without a wide base of performances of live music of all kinds the record industry would be seriously deprived of... new talent." MU ad in the British Record Industry Awards Show programme, Feb '87. Most artists and groups mimed on the Show.

"It's always very difficult to decide what you think about a piece of equipment... because you can't decide whether the pros outweigh the cons." Francis Rumsey, 'review' — Sound Engineer Jan '87

"Quite simply, Microverb is donkey's knob!" Jerry Uwins, Alesis review — Sounds Feb '87

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