Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Badfinger’s Joey Molland – The Pilgrim (1992): Forgotten Series

Badfinger’s Joey Molland – The Pilgrim (1992): Forgotten Series

The specter of Badfinger manifests throughout, but ‘The Pilgrim’ ends up reinforcing Joey Molland’s ability to stand on his own.

Unit 4 + 2 – Unit Four Plus Two (1969): Forgotten Series

Unit 4 + 2 – Unit Four Plus Two (1969): Forgotten Series

Emerging in an age when heavy rock was the happening thing, Unit 4 + 2’s self-titled 1969 album was unfairly deemed a dated anomaly.

The Remains – The Remains (1966): On Second Thought

The Remains – The Remains (1966): On Second Thought

‘The Remains’ documents the unstoppable exuberance of an exciting – and sadly short-lived – young band.

The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967): On Second Thought

The Young Rascals – Groovin’ (1967): On Second Thought

Although the Young Rascals were already tuned in and tight, ‘Groovin” showed off a new-found sense of maturity and sophistication.

Ashton Gardner and Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (1971): One Track Mind

Ashton Gardner and Dyke, “Resurrection Shuffle” (1971): One Track Mind

Filled with funky, blues-battered dynamics, Ashton Gardner and Dyke’s “Resurrection Shuffle” seized the radio dial in the summer of 1971.

The Temptations – All Directions (1972): On Second Thought

The Temptations – All Directions (1972): On Second Thought

Mixing and matching experimental edges with bouts of moodiness, the Temptations stage more exceptional performances throughout ‘All Directions.’

Mickey Stephens and the Poor Blue – Wasteground (2018)

Mickey Stephens and the Poor Blue – Wasteground (2018)

Put together by Mighty Shamrocks veteran Mickey Stephens, the Poor Blue’s ‘Wasteground’ is a rootsy, autobiographical tour de force.

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (1966): On Second Thought

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream (1966): On Second Thought

The Lovin’ Spoonful really sounded like nobody except themselves, and their 1966 sophomore release ‘Daydream’ consistently underscored that individuality.

The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina (1967): Forgotten Series

The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina (1967): Forgotten Series

The groundbreaking Left Banke boldly expanded on the classical rock concept, paving the way for bands like Procol Harum and the Moody Blues.

Gene Clark – Firebyrd (1984): On Second Thought

Gene Clark – Firebyrd (1984): On Second Thought

The late Gene Clark’s work never lacked critical praise, but mainstream acceptance was not to be had – and ‘Firebyrd’ was no exception.

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