Articles by: Beverly Paterson

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.

Tol-Puddle Martyrs – Flying in the Dark (2011)

‘Flying in the Dark’ confirms it: Tol-Puddle Martyrs are one of the few bands that are even better now than they were during their heyday.

Various artists – Power Chords, Harmonies and Mistletoe (2011)

Christmas is inching closer and closer, and that means we’ll be soon be spinning the sounds of the season.

Forgotten series: Artful Dodger – Honor Among Thieves (1976)

by Beverly Paterson From Ohio came Artful Dodger, who for a brief moment there, were tagged the next big thing. The band’s live shows were energetic affairs, and their discs gathered ringing endorsements from the press.