Articles by: Beverly Paterson

Big Boy Pete and Hilton Valentine – Merry Skifflemas! (2011)

Now here’s a collaboration too good to be true: Two legendary guitarists from two legendary British bands of the early 1960s have teamed up and recorded a Christmas album!

Forgotten series: The Peppermint Trolley Company – Beautiful Sun (1968)

Although the Peppermint Trolley Company’s biggest claim to commercial fame rests in the fact they recorded the theme to the first season of “The Brady Bunch,” they actually cut a clutch of artistically rewarding material

The Human Beinz – Garage Days Vol. 1 (2011)

They’re a wonder hit wonder band, but what a hit it was! It was late in 1967 when the Human Beinz landed the charts with a rollicking cover of “Nobody But Me,” which was originally recorded by the Isley Brothers.

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