Category | Lost Treasures & The Great Unreleased

LOST TREASURES – DENNY LAINE

Posted on 27 February 2015

LOST TREASURES DENNY LAINE “Ahh…Laine!“ By Peter Marston Denny Laine is no stranger to pop music fans. He was the lead singer on all the Moody Blues’ early R&B numbers (before the arrival of Justin Hayward), including the hit “Go Now.” He was also the only member of Wings—other than Paul and Linda McCartney—who was […]

LOST TREASURES – The Smoke

Posted on 13 February 2015

LOST TREASURES THE SMOKE “The Smoke“ By Peter Marston First things first: this is not the UK Smoke whose “My Friend Jack” is one of the great psych-pop singles of the ’60s. This Smoke is a California psych-pop band—and even band might be a misnomer. The album is a one-off studio project by West Coast […]

LOST TREASURES – Simon Dupree

Posted on 04 February 2015

LOST TREASURES SIMON DUPREE & THE BIG SOUND “Without Reservations“   By Peter Marston Like most of the bands featured in the Lost Treasures, Simon Dupree and the Big Sound are little known―but, surprisingly, they are perhaps least known for Without Reservations, their sole LP, released on Parlophone in 1967. They are better known for […]

LOST TREASURES – John Howard

Posted on 08 January 2015

LOST TREASURES JOHN HOWARD “Kid in a Big World“   By Peter Marston Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the formation of Apple Records was the Beatles’ intention to bypass the typical business model whereby commercial music and film were produced. John Lennon famously said that they wanted to develop a system in which people […]

LOST TREASURES – Cook & Moore

Posted on 13 December 2014

LOST TREASURES PETER COOK & DUDLEY MOORE “The Singles“ By Peter Marston   Between 1965 and 1967, British comic duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore released five singles of (more or less) pop music on the Decca label. At least three of the ten sides are true classics. The most famous of these is “The […]

LOST TREASURES – Biff Rose

Posted on 01 December 2014

LOST TREASURES BIFF ROSE “The Thorn in Mrs. Rose’s Side” By Peter Marston My first exposure to Biff Rose was as a comic and personality on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the late ’60s. He was kind of a goofball, sort of a cross between Gilligan and Timothy Leary. He played funny songs […]

LOST TREASURES – Judee Sill

Posted on 01 December 2014

LOST TREASURES JUDEE SILL “Judee Sill” By Peter Marston I first became familiar with Judee Sill through the Turtles’ recording of her delicate ballad, “Lady-O,” which features Sills herself on acoustic guitar. While that’s a lovely composition, with baroque-pop flourishes and a soaring melody, when I finally came across a copy of her debut album—which […]

LOST TREASURES – Lewis & Clark Expedition

Posted on 05 November 2014

LOST TREASURES LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION “Lewis and Clark Expedition – (AKA Earth, Air, Fire and Water)” By Peter Marston     Most pop fans will be familiar with the Colgems label—it was the label created by RCA and Screen Gems expressly for the Monkees. But few pop fans will be able to name any of the other […]

LOST TREASURES – Shwa Losben

Posted on 28 October 2014

LOST TREASURES SHWA LOSBEN  “Good Times, Good Times” By Peter Marston Shwa Losben (or, more formally, Joshua Losben) is a singer-songwriter whose own promotional materials describe his music as “catchy rock songs,” which I take to be roughly akin to “power pop.” I first heard his music playing in a record store while I was […]

LOST TREASURES – Donnie Iris

Posted on 01 October 2014

LOST TREASURES DONNIE IRIS “Back On The Streets”   By Peter Marston   Virtually every article, review or blog post about Donnie Iris begins with the same factoid and this Lost Treasures entry will not deviate from that trend. While many pop fans may not be familiar with Iris’ new wave/power pop albums from the […]