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LOST TREASURES – Grapefruit

Posted on 06 February 2016

LOST TREASURES GRAPEFRUIT “Around Grapefruit” By Peter Marston [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 […]

LOST TREASURES – Ivor Cutler Trio

Posted on 06 February 2016

LOST TREASURES IVOR CUTLER TRIO “Ludo” By Peter Marston [linebreak style=”25.png”] Ivor Cutler is best known to pop fans as Buster Bloodvessel from the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour television film. Few may know, however, that he also had an extensive career as a recording artist (in fact, he was quite the renaissance man, also achieving […]

LOST TREASURES – The Hombres

Posted on 06 February 2016

LOST TREASURES THE HOMBRES “Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)” By Peter Marston [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 […]

LOST TREASURES – Dirty Angels

Posted on 27 January 2016

LOST TREASURES DIRTY ANGELS “Dirty Angels” By Peter Marston [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 […]

LOST TREASURES – Spencer Davis Group

Posted on 27 January 2016

LOST TREASURES THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP “With Their New Face On” By Peter Marston [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 […]

LOST TREASURES – The Carnival

Posted on 27 January 2016

LOST TREASURES THE CARNIVAL “The Carnival” By Peter Marston [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 […]

JANGLE ON – Special CD Project Announcement

Posted on 27 January 2016

JANGLE ON! SPECIAL CD PROJECT by Eric Sorsensen [linebreak style=”simple”] POWER POP FOR A GOOD CAUSE:  DIY power pop artist David Heselden (mentioned in my “Jangle On!” column in the past) has just released a new disc entitled “Back On Track” to raise funds for the Poole Hospital Charity (FYI: David works at this Hospital […]

LOST TREASURES – Fraternal Order of All

Posted on 13 January 2016

LOST TREASURES FRATERNAL ORDER OF ALL “Greetings from Planet Love” By Peter Marston [linebreak style=”25.png”] One of the pitfalls of success for pop bands is that record companies, fans and sometimes the bands themselves develop fairly fixed views of what the band can and should sound like. Sometimes recording under an alias can help restore […]

LOST TREASURES – Jake and the Family Jewels

Posted on 04 January 2016

LOST TREASURES JAKE AND THE FAMILY JEWELS “Jake and the Family Jewels”   By Peter Marston [linebreak style=”25.png”]   When I was a in junior high, I must admit that I was often—and perhaps too easily—confused by which band had recorded which hit singles. I know I thought that the Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman” was […]

BLOODY RED BARON – December Reviews

Posted on 28 December 2015

BLOODY RED BARON DECEMBER REVIEWS by Mike Baron [linebreak style=”25.png”]   KURT BAKER: Play It Cool (Rum Bar) Kurt Baker, the hardest-working man in power-pop, channels Graham Parker, the Plimsouls and the Buzzcocks on this rapid-fire record. Baker has a unique voice, not unlike Parker’s, but with a controlled quaver that weighs in beginning with “Enough’s […]