Category | The Artist’s Stage

LOST TREASURES – Larry Norman

Posted on 23 September 2016

LARRY NORMAN “Upon This Rock” Geeky pop fans can argue interminably about what was the first rock ’n’ roll record: was it Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” Goree Carter’s “Rock Awhile,” Wynonie Harris’ “Good Rockin’ Tonight” or one of any number of other contenders? Similar arguments can be had about the first punk record, the first […]

LOST TREASURES – Neal Hefti

Posted on 12 September 2016

NEAL HEFTI/The Wild Ones “Lord Love a Duck” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack By Peter Marston If pop fans are familiar with Neal Hefti, it is almost always because he is the composer of the iconic theme from the Batman television show (recorded first by Nelson Riddle with The Ron Hickland Singers and then covered by […]

BLOODY RED BARON – September Reviews

Posted on 12 September 2016

BLOODY RED BARON September Reviews by Mike Baron SKELETON STAFF: Kurfurstendammned The autodidact and polymath Stanton Marriot, aka Skeleton Staff, has produced a rock opera about Weimar Germany that inevitably raises the specters of Cabaret and the Three Penny Opera. You expect Joel Grey to lead this ensemble, and it would work very well as […]

LOST TREASURES – Edge

Posted on 18 August 2016

EDGE “Edge” Many, many bands privately press singles, EPs and albums to be sold at shows, on-line or, in previous generations, by mail order. Such albums are, by their nature, destined to become rarities and, if the band meets with later success, often highly collectible and occasionally even a “holy grail.” But in all my years […]

JANGLE ON – August

Posted on 12 August 2016

JANGLE ON! AUGUST by Eric Sorsensen The summer heat has kept me indoors more than usual for the past two months; the silver lining in this situation is that I have had more time to enjoy the latest in power pop and jangle pop CDs and song.  As summer nears its end, I look forward […]

LOST TREASURES – Austin Roberts

Posted on 05 August 2016

AUSTIN ROBERTS “Austin Roberts” by Peter Marston I was raised on AM Top 40 radio and I am very grateful for that. Hearing rock, pop, soul, folk, funk, country, and MOR all on the same station gave me a real appreciation for all types of music. Now, my kids use Bluetooth to stream music over […]

BLOODY RED BARON – June & July Reviews

Posted on 20 July 2016

  ========================================================== MICHAEL CARPENTER: The Big Radio Carpenter’s latest is a rich palette of modern pop suffused with a golden glow and wrapped in swooning harmonies. Carpenter uses the studio the way the Cheyenne used the buffalo. He let’s no part go to waste. It is a radio-friendly sound that harks back to the Brill […]

LOST TREASURES – Captains of Industry

Posted on 15 July 2016

CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY “Roomful of Monkeys” by Peter Marston In the late ’70s, I played briefly in a punk band called The Onlys. We had pressed a self-financed EP and got some spins on KROQ here in Los Angeles, including a couple on Rodney Bingenheimer’s show. With stars in our eyes, we submitted the EP […]

LOST TREASURES – Hardchoir

Posted on 11 July 2016

HARDCHOIR “Hardchoir” by Peter Marston I love having a good story behind the record albums in my collection. I have shared some of these stories in previous Lost Treasure posts, but I suppose there is always room for one more. I make my living as a teacher and last semester I had a student who, […]

LOST TREASURES – THE KOOBAS

Posted on 28 June 2016

THE KOOBAS “Koobas” Although I am a fan of most pop music, my favorite niche is mid-’60s British psych-pop: Beatles, Zombies, Donovan, Small Faces, The Pretty Things, The Creation and so on. I know most of these bands’ albums so well that I rarely listen to them, so it’s especially great to discover similar bands […]