Forgotten Series

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.

Badfinger’s Joey Molland – The Pilgrim (1992): Forgotten Series

Badfinger’s Joey Molland – The Pilgrim (1992): Forgotten Series

The specter of Badfinger manifests throughout, but ‘The Pilgrim’ ends up reinforcing Joey Molland’s ability to stand on his own.

Unit 4 + 2 – Unit Four Plus Two (1969): Forgotten Series

Unit 4 + 2 – Unit Four Plus Two (1969): Forgotten Series

Emerging in an age when heavy rock was the happening thing, Unit 4 + 2’s self-titled 1969 album was unfairly deemed a dated anomaly.

The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina (1967): Forgotten Series

The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina (1967): Forgotten Series

The groundbreaking Left Banke boldly expanded on the classical rock concept, paving the way for bands like Procol Harum and the Moody Blues.

Chairmen of the Board – Greatest Hits (1973): Forgotten Series

Chairmen of the Board – Greatest Hits (1973): Forgotten Series

Featuring spirited harmonizing and red-hot grooves, Chairmen of the Board’s ‘Greatest Hits’ asserts the heartfelt sounds of a group primed for rediscovery.

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