Category | Lost Treasures & The Great Unreleased

Posted on 17 April 2015

LOST TREASURES   Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box ’Cross the Border’ By Peter Marston I must admit that when I first came across a copy of Lt. Garcia’s Magic Music Box’s LP ’Cross the Border, I had no idea of the album’s pedigree. I just thought the band’s name was just such a cool knockoff […]

LOST TREASURES – The Glitterhouse

Posted on 06 April 2015

LOST TREASURES THE GLITTERHOUSE “Color Blind“   By Peter Marston   The Glitterhouse is best-known for the title song from the cult classic film Barbarella, but this is plainly an injustice. First, although featured as vocalists on that song and several others from the film’s soundtrack, the band does not play on the album and […]

JANGLE ON! A JANGLY MUSIC PRIMER – THE 1960S

Posted on 05 April 2015

A JANGLY MUSIC PRIMER – THE 1960S by Eric Sorenson I have always been drawn to the sound of a jangly, chiming, ringing 12-string guitar … or a combination of six-string guitars that creates the same rich sound.  The great Searchers’ song – “Needles and Pins” – really resonated with me back in 1964.  The […]

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 […]