Tag: Record Reviews

Big Boys: Lullabies Help The Brain Grow/No Matter How Long The Line Is At The Cafeteria, There’s Always A Seat! (Modern Classics/Light In The Attic)

  I want to be a problem I want to cause a scene I want to get reactions And wake you from you dream I don’t care if you don’t like it Or you think that it’s the best As long as you remember Then we’re up with all the rest — “We Got Your… Read More ›

Corky Hale: Corky Hale (Croydon Municipal)

  Corky Hale is one of the world’s premiere harpists, a child prodigy turned teenage TV personality via her appearances on the Freddy Martin show, and then to a gig accompanying Liberace, which suddenly beget opportunities left and right, performing and recording with musicians of all stripes and genres. For the quality of her self-titled… Read More ›

Twilight Nuages: Twilight Nuages (Folk Evaluation)

When Bill Last began student teaching at Hamden High in 1977, he quickly discovered that he was surrounded by talented young people, and his fomenting desire to form a band was soon realized. He put together his group rather quickly, bringing together four young women as vocalists to accompany him. The group would get together… Read More ›

The Van Pelt: Imaginary Third (La Castanya)

  I always felt that Chris Leo’s band The Van Pelt ended too abruptly. Along with ex-Blonde Redhead guitarist Toko Yasuda, the duo released two superior albums and a handful of singles, ending abruptly in 1997, the duo reformed quickly as The Lapse, and continued on making similar-sounding music. In fact, I wondered why they… Read More ›

Vanilla Fudge: The Complete ATCO Singles (Real Gone Music)

I first heard Vanilla Fudge some time in the mid 1980s, when I’d happened upon a copy of their debut album at Goodwill. I’d heard the name before, and had been told they were really trippy and psychedelic. When I put the record on the stereo, I wasn’t really prepared for what I heard. To… Read More ›

Josefus: Dead Man (Numero Group)

  Josefus is one of the greatest heavy metal bands you’ve never heard. Their sound is a blend of blues-rock and heavy metal. One might be tempted to label them as followers of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, but to do so might prove slightly incorrect, as the Houston-based band formed at roughly the same time,… Read More ›

Jim Capaldi: The Contender (Esoteric)

Jim Capaldi was the drummer and founder of progressive/psychedelic band Traffic. When the band split in the early 1970s, he launched his solo career. In 1977, he released his fourth album, The Contender, and his first for Polydor.  It’s a quite varied listen, and it’s rather obvious attempt at a contemporary commercial record, though his guitarist Pete… Read More ›

Bros: Push (Cherry Pop)

Whither Bros? It’s easy to write off twins Matt and Luke Goss. They didn’t make doing so very hard; their chiseled good-looks, their soulful singing voices, tweaked ever-so-much to sound not unlike Michael Jackson, and their every move and every song written by the management and production team: these things worked for them, but also… Read More ›

Ghost Dance: Stop The World (Cherry Red)

One could look at the history of Ghost Dance as a cautionary tale, even as their fate proves to be somewhat typical. Formed in the mid-1980s from former members of Skeletal Family, Sisters of Mercy, and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, they signed to Chrysalis Records. Unfortunately, the relationship between band and label quickly started to… Read More ›

The Tunes: Love Uncool (Cheap Rewards)

This is an amazing discovery of an extremely obscure Kansas-based power-pop band. Hailing from Topeka, this trio released exactly one four-song EP, before heading right back into obscurity. Yeah, yeah, there are tons of lost bands from this era but what makes this group so notable is just how damn close it comes to being… Read More ›