Category | Lost Treasures & The Great Unreleased

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 […]

LOST TREASURES – The Marbles

Posted on 19 September 2014

LOST TREASURES THE MARBLES “The Marbles”   By Peter Marston The Marbles are best remembered, if at all, for their connection to the careers of two very different bands. The first is the Bee Gees. All of the Marbles’ singles and their sole, self-titled LP were produced by Barry Gibb, and seven of the fourteen […]

LOST TREASURES – Small Wonder

Posted on 20 August 2014

LOST TREASURES SMALL WONDER “Small Wonder” By Peter Marston In 1976, I entered Occidental College as a freshman and quickly found a few fellow music fans in my dormitory. One afternoon, four of us drove to a local used record store and explored the goods. As we were getting ready to head to the cash […]

LOST TREASURES – Focal Point

Posted on 06 August 2014

LOST TREASURES FOCAL POINT “First Bite of the Apple” By Peter Marston   Focal Point’s star shone brightly, but briefly—very briefly, in fact. Liverpool songwriters Paul Tennant and Dave Rhodes were one of the very first artists signed to the Beatles’ first venture in corporate diversification, Apple Publishing. After a chance meeting with Paul McCartney, […]

LOST TREASURES – Velvet Elvis

Posted on 23 July 2014

LOST TREASURES VELVET ELVIS “Velvet Elvis” By Peter Marston     Ask your average music fan to list some of the important music scenes in the history of rock ’n’ roll and the answer will undoubtedly include, in roughly chronological order, Memphis, Liverpool, San Francisco, Detroit, New York and Seattle. More knowledgeable fans might add […]