Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Sarah Maisel – In the Moment (2011)

Here on the new album from Sarah Maisel, we’re serenaded with interpretations from a broad scope of genres. The method in which Sarah performs these tunes is strictly that of the easy-listening mold. But what causes the songs to be different from the usual undertakings of such a style is the constant presence of a ukulele.

Forgotten series: Sugarloaf – Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You (1975; 2010 reissue)

The roots of Sugarloaf can be traced back to a pair of historic Colorado garage rock bands. Drummer Jerry Corbetta and guitarist Bob Webber were in the Moonrakers, while Bob Raymond played bass in the Soul Survivors.

The Buckinghams – Time and Charges/Portraits (1967; 2011 reissue)

Born and bred in Chicago, Illinois, the Buckinghams were one of the most successful groups of 1967. The band started the year off on a banner note, as they netted a No. 1 hit single with their first single “Kind of a Drag”

Mamas and Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966; 2010 reissue)

If there was ever a group that sang in perfect harmony, it was the Mamas and the Papas. Featuring Cass Elliott, John Phillips, Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty, the Los Angeles based quartet gleaned phenomenal success in the 1960s

The Pretty Things – The Pretty Things/Get the Picture? (1965; 2011 reissue)

Formed in 1963, the Pretty Things from Kent, England were one of the leading lights of the British beat boom.

Norb Payr – Sunday Mornings (2011)

When he’s not busy laying down boss freakbeat sounds with his band the Jaybirds, Norb Payr travels the solo route. A man of diversified talents, he writes songs, sings and plays several different instruments.

Hillow Hammet – Hammer (1969; 2011 reissue)

Once again, the Colorado-based Gear Fab label pays a visit to the rock ‘n’ roll graveyard, and in the process unearths an album so ghastly obscure that even the members of the band behind the project have apparently vanished

Guilty pleasures: Bryan Adams – Reckless (1984; 2011 reissue)

November 5, 1984 was a very special day for Bryan Adams. Not only did the Canadian born musician celebrate his 25th birthday that day, but it also marked the release date of his second solo album

The Shadows of Knight – Dark Sides: The Best of the Shadows of Knight (1994)

Initially released in early 1965 by Them (featuring a young Van Morrison on vocals), “Gloria” went onto become a certified garage punk and bar band staple.

Quicksilver – The Hermit (2010)

Even the average rock fan knows San Francisco, California, was a hotbed of musical activity in the 1960s. One of the most popular bands born in the City by the Bay during the historic flower power era was Quicksilver Messenger Service.