Forgotten Series

The Rascals – ‘The Island of Real’ (1972): Forgotten Series

The Rascals – ‘The Island of Real’ (1972): Forgotten Series

‘The Island of Real’ catches a fun, cosmopolitan groove, but sales were weak and it somehow became the the last-ever album released by the Rascals.

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet – ‘Sound’ (1966; 2018 reissue)

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet – ‘Sound’ (1966; 2018 reissue)

Before any of those seminal recordings by the AACM family could happen, Roscoe Mitchell’s ‘Sound’ needed to.

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.

Bill Lloyd – Feeling the Elephant (1987): Forgotten Series

Bill Lloyd – Feeling the Elephant (1987): Forgotten Series

Stuffed with ear candy, Bill Lloyd’s ‘Feeling the Elephant’ arrived three decades ago with a flair for shrewdly stitched pop rock.

Banchee – Banchee (1969): Forgotten Series

Banchee – Banchee (1969): Forgotten Series

Carved of ragged and jagged guitars, cutting melodies and loose and natural energy, ‘Banchee’ is one rocking record. Too bad it’s so hard to find.

I-Ten – Taking a Cold Look (1983): Forgotten Series

I-Ten – Taking a Cold Look (1983): Forgotten Series

Before Tom Kelly and Bill Steinberg found songwriting success with Heart, REO Speedwagon, Madonna and others, they put out an album as I-Ten.

Tommy James and the Shondells – Cellophane Symphony (1969): Forgotten Series

Tommy James and the Shondells – Cellophane Symphony (1969): Forgotten Series

Despite garnering great commercial rewards, Tommy James and the Shondells harbored a desire for more expressive modes of experimentation.

The Turtles – Present the Battle of the Bands (1968): Forgotten Series

The Turtles – Present the Battle of the Bands (1968): Forgotten Series

Created as a parody of late ’60s sounds, ‘Present the Battle of the Bands’ highlighted the Turtles’ fun factor.

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog (1969): Forgotten Series

Procol Harum – A Salty Dog (1969): Forgotten Series

Procol Harum’s ‘A Salty Dog’ was a lot to digest, yet there is no question the album remains a noble artistic statement.

The Ramones – Pleasant Dreams (1981): Forgotten Series

The Ramones – Pleasant Dreams (1981): Forgotten Series

Reactions were indeed mixed for ‘Pleasant Dreams,’ but, in the end, the Ramones’ sixth studio effort stands as their last truly great album.

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