Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Forgotten series: Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders – The Best Of (1994)

Even those with minimal knowledge of rock and roll probably don’t have to be told the British beat boom of the early 60s still holds center stage as the genre’s most important and inspiring movement.

Forgotten series: Episode Six – The Roots Of Deep Purple: The Complete Episode Six (1994)

Formed in the summer of 1964, Episode Six quickly developed a star-studded reputation as a hotshot live band.

Marmalade – Fine Cuts: The Best Of (2011)

A two-disc set, Fine Cuts: The Best Of is the place to start if you’re not already hip to this great Scottish band. The first record centers on Marmalade’s 60s nuggets, while the second disc features highlights from the 1970s.

EVOL – EVOL (1970; 2012 reissue)

Wow, now here’s an interesting find! In 1970, EVOL cut a demo album, which has recently been reissued by the Gear Fab label on both vinyl and compact disc.

The Doors – L.A. Woman: 40th Anniversary Edition (1971; 2012 reissue)

If people thought the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were radical, they were probably stunned to the core by the Doors.

The Romantics – Playlist: The Very Best Of The Romantics (2011)

It’s always interesting to hear how bands got their names, and in this case it’s simple and fitting. Formed on Valentine’s Day, in the year 1977 I may add, the Romantics certainly picked an appropriate moniker.

The Druids of Stonehenge – Creation (1968; 2011 reissue)

Founded in 1965, the Druids of Stonehenge not only looked dark and mysterious, but the music they played emitted a menacing bite as well.

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints (1967; 2011 reissue)

The Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense and Peppermints (1967; 2011 reissue)

Parked between the Doors’ freaky frequencies the Association’s vocal pop, Strawberry Alarm Clock’s ‘Incense and Peppermints’ is still stunning.

Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You: The Hits Collection (1998)

Having a hit single the first time around is either a blessing or a curse. It’s a blessing because most musicians dream of instant recognition, but on the other hand sudden success means there’s a lot to account for

The Fallen Angels, the Mad Hatters – The Mad Hatters Meet the Fallen Angels (2011)

If you resided in the Washington D.C. area in the 1960s and attended shows, you probably remember the Mad Hatters and the Fallen Angels, as they regularly played the local circuit.

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