Category | Lost Treasures & The Great Unreleased

LOST TREASURES – Gordon Alexander

Posted on 22 April 2016

  GORDON ALEXANDER “Gordon’s Buster” When I was in elementary school, my sister received as a birthday present a copy of Tiny Tim’s debut album, God Bless Tiny Tim. She must have been thirteen or so and was entirely flummoxed. She could not fathom why anyone would think she would want such a curiosity. Being […]

LOST TREASURES – Tim Finn

Posted on 11 April 2016

  TIM FINN “Big Canoe”   One of the ways I can identify a most cherished album is when my friends complain that I play it too much. I remember being on a trip to Boston and seeing Tim Finn’s Big Canoe in a used record shop and, having loved his previous record, Escapade, I […]

LOST TREASURES – The Quick

Posted on 10 March 2016

  THE QUICK  Mondo Deco One of the perks of being in the classic rock generation is that you can often impress younger people with the shows you’ve seen. Kids in their twenties typically respond with choruses of “wow” when I tell them that I saw Led Zeppelin live or that I saw Stevie Wonder […]

ONE MAN BADS by Mike Baron

Posted on 10 March 2016

“ONE MAN BANDS – The Story Behind…” by MIKE BARON There have always been guys who did it all themselves, sometime in a studio, sometimes in their garage.  However the computer age, and greatly improved and compact recording equipment, have made it much easier for the lone genius to record his own album playing every […]

LOST TREASURES – Titanic

Posted on 16 February 2016

TITANIC “Ballad of a Rock ‘n Roll Loser” [linebreak style=”25.png”]   I am half-Scandinavian. My maternal grandmother was Swedish and my maternal grandfather was Danish. To my knowledge, this has had zero effect on my tastes in pop music—I was raised on American AM radio. Still, though, I have had some curiosity about Scandinavian bands. […]

LOST TREASURES – Grapefruit

Posted on 06 February 2016

GRAPEFRUIT “Around Grapefruit” [linebreak style=”25.png”] Most pop fans have at least a basic familiarity with the bands that were signed to Apple Records in the late ’60s and no doubt those bands profited greatly from that connection, at least in terms of buzz and profile. Nearly everyone knows Badfinger, Mary Hopkin and Billy Preston and […]

LOST TREASURES – The Hombres

Posted on 06 February 2016

THE HOMBRES “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)” [linebreak style=”25.png”]   One of my favorite quotes about rock music comes from an interview I heard with Tom Petty. He said, “The important thing to keep in mind about rock ’n’ roll is that none of it was ever meant to be any good.” […]

LOST TREASURES – Dirty Angels

Posted on 27 January 2016

DIRTY ANGELS “Dirty Angels” [linebreak style=”25.png”] On November 19th, 1978, I dragged a carload of my friends to the UCLA quad to see the Talking Heads play a free afternoon concert (I even purchased an “I Survived the Talking Heads at UCLA 11-17-78” T-shirt that became one of my best conversation starters for the next […]

LOST TREASURES – Spencer Davis Group

Posted on 27 January 2016

THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP “With Their New Face On” [linebreak style=”25.png”] Many pop bands with prominent lead singers continue to record after the departure (or sometimes death) of their star frontmen. Think Them or The Doors. Or, in the case of this Lost Treasures post, The Spencer Davis Group. Everyone is familiar with the hits […]

LOST TREASURES – The Carnival

Posted on 27 January 2016

THE CARNIVAL “The Carnival” [linebreak style=”25.png”] The Carnival is a charming cross between the Fifth Dimension and Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, offering the rich vocal arrangements of the former against the soft, lulling rhythms of the latter. When I first came upon the album, I thought it fairly obscure and assumed it was the […]