Category | Lost Treasures & The Great Unreleased

LOST TREASURES – Milkwood (Ric Ocasek)

Posted on 18 April 2014

LOST TREASURES   MILKWOOD How’s The Weather By Peter Marston Here’s an entry from the Before They Were Famous file—well, maybe, before before before they were famous. Before Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr recorded what remains one of the greatest debut albums of all time with the Cars, they were in a band called Cap’n [...]

LOST TREASURES – Barry Gibb

Posted on 07 April 2014

LOST TREASURES   BARRY GIBB The Kid’s No Good By Peter Marston Though the Bee Gees’ mid- and late-60s work is generally held in very high esteem by pop and psych-pop aficionados, the band’s history is not nearly as well-known as that of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, or even Badfinger or Big Star. It’s [...]

LOST TREASURES – Kaleidoscope (UK)

Posted on 28 March 2014

LOST TREASURES   Kaleidoscope (UK) White Faced Lady By Peter Marston On Saturday, April 20, 2013, I was fortunate enough to see the great English psych-pop band Kaleidoscope play live at the Satellite, a small club in Los Angeles. I was, in fact, no further than ten feet away from lead singer Peter Daltrey. I [...]

LOST TREASURES – Milk ‘n Cookies

Posted on 19 February 2014

LOST TREASURES   MILK ‘N COOKIES “Milk ‘n Cookies” By Peter Marston   While much of the history of British pop is characterized by the Brits trying to realize the aesthetics of American music, from big band through rock ’n’ roll, there have been a few pop trends where American bands have struggled to imitate [...]

LOST TREASURES – Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution

Posted on 29 January 2014

LOST TREASURES   Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution “Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution” By Peter Marston   Some albums are lost treasures because they fail to chart or receive little airplay or because poor distribution or extremely small pressing runs make them nearly impossible to find.  But some albums are lost treasures simply [...]

LOST TREASURES – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

Posted on 15 January 2014

LOST TREASURES   ELMER GANTRY’S VELVET OPERA “Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera” By Peter Marston Albums burdened with the label “lost classic” are typically period pieces, even if they are remarkable creative achievements. But the self-titled debut from Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera is decidedly not. The first time I heard the record—played by a DJ before [...]

LOST TREASURES – Fringe Benefit

Posted on 02 January 2014

LOST TREASURES   FRINGE BENEFIT “Fringe Benefit” By Peter Marston The story sounds familiar. A band that writes and records anglophilic power pop, awash in acoustic guitars, is signed to a label known almost exclusively for soulful Southern rock and R&B. Their debut album, though accomplished, struggles to find an audience on its initial release [...]

LOST TREASURES – FOTOMAKER

Posted on 18 December 2013

LOST TREASURES   FOTOMAKER “Fotomaker” By Peter Marston The 60s British blues scene gave rise to several “supergroups” as did jazz fusion scene less than a decade later, but the term is rarely heard in connection with power pop. The reformed Big Star with Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow from the Posies might qualify and [...]

LOST TREASURES – Logan’s Sanctuary

Posted on 07 December 2013

LOST TREASURES   Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Brian Reitzell Logan’s Sanctuary By Peter Marston There are a lot of fairly narrow genres in pop music, but perhaps none so narrow as soundtracks for movies that were never made, but that’s exactly what Logan’s Sanctuary is—a soundtrack for an imagined sequel to the 1976 sci-fi [...]

LOST TREASURES – Marshmellow Way

Posted on 05 November 2013

LOST TREASURES by Peter Marston MARSHMELLOW WAY “Marshmellow Way”   Marshmallow Way was a pet project for two well-known pop songwriters, Billy Carl (born Carlucci) and Reid Whitelaw, the men who wrote 1910 Fruitgum Company’s 1968 single, “Goody Goody Gumdrops.” After that song was a hit for bubblegum kingpins Kasenetz and Katz, Carl and Whitelaw [...]