Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Edgar Winter Group – They Only Come Out at Night (1972): On Second Thought

Edgar Winter Group – They Only Come Out at Night (1972): On Second Thought

‘They Only Come Out at Night’ finds the Edgar Winter Group mining family-friendly pop possibilities while keeping their raw-edged integrity intact.

Four Jacks and a Jill, “Master Jack” (1968): One Track Mind

Four Jacks and a Jill, “Master Jack” (1968): One Track Mind

Included among the array of oddities on AM radio in 1968 was Four Jacks and a Jill’s inventive, weirdly archaic “Master Jack.”

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

Donovan – Sunshine Superman (1966): On Second Thought

In the beginning, Donovan was often dismissed as a minor-league Bob Dylan. But he proved critics wrong with ‘Sunshine Superman.’

Gypsy, “Gypsy Queen, Part 1” (1970): One Track Mind

Gypsy, “Gypsy Queen, Part 1” (1970): One Track Mind

Despite a loyal following and encouraging reviews, Gypsy somehow slipped through the cracks.

Chicago, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” from Chicago XI (1977): Saturdays in the Park

Lounging between Chicago’s vintage poppier moments and the slicker stance they’d recently adopted, “Baby, What a Big Surprise” is the best of both worlds.

Tol-Puddle Martyrs featuring Peter Rechter, “One Drop In the Ocean” (2018): One Track Mind

Tol-Puddle Martyrs featuring Peter Rechter, “One Drop In the Ocean” (2018): One Track Mind

Keenly chiseled and immediately accessible, the Tol-Puddle Martyrs’ “One Drop In the Ocean” is a delightful slice of radio-friendly pop rock.

Stephanie Angelini, “A Secret Smile” (2018): One Track Mind

Stephanie Angelini, “A Secret Smile” (2018): One Track Mind

Glowing with beauty and lushness, Stephanie Angelini’s “A Secret Smile” whets the appetite for more great music.

The Move – Shazam (1970): On Second Thought

The Move – Shazam (1970): On Second Thought

Released just before Jeff Lynne arrived, ‘Shazam’ found the Move dropping their pop-art instincts in preference of a more experimental slant.

Chicago, “You Get It Up” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Chicago, “You Get It Up” from Chicago X (1976): Saturdays in the Park

Though Chicago was headed towards a mellower mindset, “You Get It Up” grips tight to the group’s original mission of improvising.

Jo Jo Gunne – So … Where’s the Show? (1974): Forgotten Series

Jo Jo Gunne – So … Where’s the Show? (1974): Forgotten Series

Comparisons to his former band Spirit were inevitable, but Jay Ferguson’s work with with the more rock-focused Jo Jo Gunne stood on its own.

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