san bernadino reviewed

San Bernadino

Melody Maker

BY the year 2050, the world population will be 8.7 milliards and 50 milliards 200 years later.
   There won't be enough food to feed them. We are told that any country that does not invest in space research will be overwhelmed by the technical revolution. Britain is years behind and already beaten by China and Japan.
   Some of the world's oldest religions and racial quarrels, long thought forgotten, have swept to the surface like scum and threaten peace in a wave of terror and anarchy. The hippie movement, seen as the young generation's call for sanity, has been under attack by its own people.
   The songs of the Beatles and Bob Dylan lie in the mud of the wrecked festivals under the boots of new Nazis. The words of Professor AJP Taylor that men learn nothing from history ring in our ears.
   Little wonder that pop fans huddle together under blankets, light candles and listen to the jollity of Christie, with the silent thanks of a refugee receiving a cup of lukewarm gruel.
   This is a pretty, cheerful record, nostalgic and conforting. A HIT.

Record Mirror

JeffA single which has to face up to the stern facts of pop life. Yellow River got away purely as a song, with no artist identification. Now the group has built that identity.
   Repeat success? Well, this is certainly a directly commercial production. It has a jangler of a rhythm, banjo-y and brisk.
   A philosophical sort of thing — you can't find peace of mind away from the old homestead. Jeff Christie sings well, within the melodic limits.
   Built on this sort of simplicity, and already hammered home by the disc gentry on radio, it pretty certainly can't miss out.
   Maybe something a bit more ambitious next time out? Maybe, but for now this looks and sounds a good top 10 bet .. for Christ-ie's sake! A chart cert.

kenny everettDisc and Music Echo

The late, great Kenny Everett was hard to please. But he definitely liked San Bernadino.
   This review was actually the most positive review of all new releases that week.
   Songs which he panned included the Hollies' Gasoline Alley Bred and Don Fardon's Indian Reservation.

New Musical Express

It takes an extra-special disc to follow a No 1 hit, specially when it's by a comparatively new group.    This doesn't strike me as being quite as good as Yellow River but I still think it's strong enough to make its mark in the chart.
   It's another jaunty and bouncy Jeff Christie song — with a contagious beat, a happy-go-lucky feel and that persistent jangling sound which also characterised the group's previous disc.
   It's good, simple, instant pop and its appeal is instantaneous. It's a song that grows on you, because I've now played it five times and I find that the melody is now firmly registered in my mind.
   And it's bound to get a lot of spins on Radio 1 on the strength of Christie's previous hit, so I'm confident it will make the chart.


CHRISTIE have been busy in the recording studios completing their first album.
   All the tracks are Jeff Christie compositions except for New York City, which was written by the other two members, Vic Elmes and Mike Blakley.
   Jeff was determined that Yellow River would not be just a one hit wonder.
   With this in mind he set about writing a new single, San Bernadino, and created another euphonic and exciting sound that will assure the group of a place high in the charts. It's a very lively record with a definite country/rock influence.



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