Articles by: Beverly Paterson

The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go to San Francisco [Pts. 1-2]” (1967): One Track Mind

The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go to San Francisco [Pts. 1-2]” (1967): One Track Mind

The Flower Pot Men’s very name, of course, says much about the era. Still, “Let’s Go to San Francisco (Pts. 1-2)” remains a stunningly produced song, and a flower-power classic.

John Howard and the Night Mail – John Howard and the Night Mail (2015)

John Howard and the Night Mail – John Howard and the Night Mail (2015)

Rife with balance, strength and commanding images, ‘John Howard and the Night Mail’ keeps the ears open and the mind awake.

Taylor Penrose, “Gives Me Everything” (2015): One Track Mind

Taylor Penrose, “Gives Me Everything” (2015): One Track Mind

Driven by Taylor Penrose’s southern-shaded soul-pop vocals, the Initiative’s “Gives Me Everything” evokes a cross between Jackie DeShannon and Freda Payne.

Grace Marino, “Take A Chance (Gotta Get Happy)” (2015): One Track Mind

Grace Marino, “Take A Chance (Gotta Get Happy)” (2015): One Track Mind

The jazzy “Take A Chance (Gotta Get Happy)” sways to the atmospheric cadence of Grace Marino’s affecting vocals and cool-cat instrumentation.

The Jangle Band – “Kill the Lovers / This Soul is Not For Sale” (2015): One Track Mind

The Jangle Band – “Kill the Lovers / This Soul is Not For Sale” (2015): One Track Mind

The Jangle Band certainly does emphasize the jangle on a pitch-perfect power pop single featuring Joe Algeri and others.

The Cars’ often-overlooked Candy-O still revs with excitement

The Cars’ often-overlooked Candy-O still revs with excitement

‘Candy-O,’ released on June 13, 1979, wasn’t quite as immediate or artfully cool as the Cars’ celebrated debut. Here’s why we love it, anyway.

The Fad – The Now Sound (2015)

The Fad – The Now Sound (2015)

Stealing cues from both ’60s pop rock and ’80s new wave, the Fad play songs so exhilarating you want them to just keep going and going.

Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage, by Martin Popoff (2015): Books

Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage, by Martin Popoff (2015): Books

‘Sail Away: Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage’ goes beyond the hairspray, frilly blouses and MTV videos to tell the story of David Coverdale’s band.

Joe Mandica + Marty Penrose, “Then the Light Came On” (2015): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica + Marty Penrose, “Then the Light Came On” (2015): One Track Mind

Joe Mandica and Marty Penrose’s “Then The Light Came On,” from the Initiative’s great new album, is pop rock designed to turn your light on.

Fotomaker – The Fotomaker Collection (1995): Forgotten Series

Fotomaker – The Fotomaker Collection (1995): Forgotten Series

What happens when a pair of Rascals meet a Raspberry? They become Fotomaker!