(Originally published on the buhdge website in 2007) Ringo Starr | Photograph, The Very Best of Ringo (Capitol, 2007) Fab sticksman Richard Starkey M.B.E.’s best sides finally get a first-class remastering with Photograph The Very Best of Ringo Starr, a most welcome release that earns Capitol Records a back-off-boogaloo’s-worth of goodwill from fans. For one … Read moreA Starr at Every Turn: Ringo Remastered!
(Originally published on the buhdge website in 2006) Unfairly categorized as a singles band, the Association did not, as some would have you believe, make bad albums. They also did not become a less-interesting aggregation in the band’s later recording years, as this lone Columbia album proves. Released a year after the group’s final Warner Brothers release, … Read moreReviews from the Pages of buhdge: The Association’s Waterbeds in Trinidad (1972)
(The following review of Lewis Lapham’s wonderful book on the Beatles’ journey to Rishikesh to study and meet with the Maharishi first appeared on the old buhdge website. It appears here on the Pure Pop Radio website with but a few tiny changes, and the notation that the book is no longer in print. It … Read moreReviews from the Pages of buhdge: Lewis Lapham’s book about Rishikesh, With the Beatles
(The following review appeared July 4, 2005 on the buhdge website. It appears here with only a few changes made.) With the release in 2002 of the first few volumes of Fuzzy Warbles discs, another cottage industry–that of illicit Andy Partridge demo collecting–was crushed in its tracks. Suddenly, here were great sounding recordings straight from … Read moreThe Warbles: They’re Still Fuzzy
(The following article, about Brian Wilson’s SMiLE, originally published on the buhdge website on October 13, 2004, was written prior to the reissue of the original SMiLE album.) Gather, SMiLE The SMiLE Tour; Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE; and SMiLE, 2004 by Alan Haber They are 10 minutes late getting to … Read moreGather, SMiLE: The SMiLE Tour; Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE; and SMiLE, 2004
Here’s another review from days gone by–February 7, 2005, to be exact, from the pages of buhdge. This is basically as first published. I resisted the temptation to excise a line or two, because I prefer to look at Andrew Gold’s music as an eternally living, breathing thing… Andrew Gold | Andrew Gold | Collector’s … Read moreReviews from the Pages of buhdge: Andrew Gold’s Asylum Albums
Back in the mid 2000’s, we started a popular website called buhdge. buhdge, with an accent on the “h,” was designed to support the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show on WEBR in Fairfax, Virginia, and for many years, it did. For various reasons, however, it lay dormant for periods of time–some short, some regrettably long, … Read moreReviews from the Pages of buhdge: Pugwash’s Eleven Modern Antiquities