Record guide: selected rock and pop releases

These capsule reviews are designed to help readers decide which records to buy. Inclusion does not indicate Monitor endorsement. Further reviews in the rock/pop category - as well as in other categories, such as classical and jazz - are published from time to time.


Missing Persons: ''Spring Session M.'' Capital ST 12228.This Los Angeles-based act has a chemistry that bubbles with a refreshing and different sound. ''Session M'' is a bouncy, upbeat album from which two hit singles, ''Words'' and ''Destination Unknown,'' have already bloomed. The five-member band includes former Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio and wife Dale Bozzio, whose somewhat-limited vocals nonetheless help give the band its special sound. For most songs, the band relies on a quick, driving tempo that gives Pat O'Hearn a chance to finger his bass and allows Warren Cuccurullo to churn out quick chords on his guitar. Chuck Wild rounds out the band's sound with his more-than-adequate keyboard playing. There's perhaps one weakness: the easily forgotten lyrics. However, the music is appealing to the ear, and danceable as well.

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