Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

Rare Earth – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Rare Earth (2001): On Second Thought

This collection of early Rare Earth favorites returns us to a period when rock music prompted people to listen, learn and react.

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

Rene and Rene, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero [The More I Love You]” (1968): Forgotten Series

Humming with romance and sexuality, the sentiment of Rene and Rene’s “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” radiates with pure pop godliness.

The Mills Brothers, “Cab Driver” (1968): Forgotten series

The Mills Brothers, “Cab Driver” (1968): Forgotten series

By the time the Age of Aquarius arrived, big band-era stars were disappearing in the portals of the past. But not the Mills Brothers.

The Eddies, “Together” + “Nuclear Boy” (2015): One Track Mind

The Eddies, “Together” + “Nuclear Boy” (2015): One Track Mind

New music from the Eddies is always welcome, and these two songs continue to clarify the Southern California trio’s value and importance.

The Hangabouts – Illustrated Bird (2011; 2014 reissue)

The Hangabouts – Illustrated Bird (2011; 2014 reissue)

The Hangabouts’ snappy pop songs evoke essential aspects of their ancestors, without bowing down to mindless mimicry.

Dropkick – Good Vibes: The Dropkick Songbook Vol. 1 (2014)

Dropkick – Good Vibes: The Dropkick Songbook Vol. 1 (2014)

If you missed Dropkick the first time around, here’s your chance to sample the Scottish band’s wares in a single swoop.

The Faragher Brothers – Faragher Bros (1976): Forgotten series

The Faragher Brothers – Faragher Bros (1976): Forgotten series

The overlooked ‘Faragher Bros,’ an outstanding collection of sincere, 1970s-era soul music, is primed for rediscovery.

Danny Faragher – Dancing With The Moment (2014)

Danny Faragher – Dancing With The Moment (2014)

Danny Faragher, who rose to fame with the Peppermint Trolley Company, returns with an album that frames his roots in a highly attractive context.

John Fred and His Playboy Band – Agnes English (1967): Forgotten series

John Fred and His Playboy Band – Agnes English (1967): Forgotten series

John Fred and His Playboy Band coupled fun with quality, and ‘Agnes English’ ranks as a perfect example of their vision and abilities.

Jamie Hoover – Two Ever (2014)

Jamie Hoover – Two Ever (2014)

Though a myriad of musical fashions pepper Jamie Hoover’s ‘Two Ever,’ a potent pop feel is engraved within the grooves.