Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Oliver Ignatius, “Citys a Hell” (2018): One Track Mind

Oliver Ignatius, “Citys a Hell” (2018): One Track Mind

Damfino’s Oliver Ignatius captures our imagination on “Citys a Hell,” a moonlighting solo single which moves far afield of his main band’s quirky pop rock.

America – Holiday (1974): On Second Thought

America – Holiday (1974): On Second Thought

The early ’70s may not have been a very good time for the country America – witness the Vietnam War and Watergate – but it was a very good time for the musical act America.

Joe Merklee – July (2018)

Joe Merklee – July (2018)

Featuring calm and quiet vocals, Joe Merklee’s new EP ‘July’ exudes a deceptive strength, with delicate melodies that really sneak up on you.

Nazz – Nazz Nazz (1969): On Second Thought

Nazz – Nazz Nazz (1969): On Second Thought

Mixing standard pop and rock practices with experimental sprinklings, ‘Nazz Nazz’ should have sent Todd Rundgren’s band into the superstar stratosphere.

The Lemon Clocks – Songs From Another Time (2018)

The Lemon Clocks – Songs From Another Time (2018)

Hopscotching between the psychedelic garage rock of 1967 and the power pop of 1977, the Lemon Clocks remind us why those musical eras were so special.

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog (1969): Forgotten Series

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog (1969): Forgotten Series

Procol Harum’s ‘A Salty Dog’ was a lot to digest, yet there is no question the album remains a noble artistic statement.

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (1968): On Second Thought

Louder than Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blue Cheer was radical even by the era’s standards of anything goes.

The Ramones – Pleasant Dreams (1981): Forgotten Series

The Ramones – Pleasant Dreams (1981): Forgotten Series

Reactions were indeed mixed for ‘Pleasant Dreams,’ but, in the end, the Ramones’ sixth studio effort stands as their last truly great album.

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.

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