Author Archives: John Borack

Strange Magic – Jeff Lynne’s ELO in Concert


by John M. Borack “I love their ‘Mr. Blue Sky’ Almost my favorite is ‘Turn to Stone’ And how ’bout ‘Telephone Line’? I love that E.L.O.” – Randy Newman, “The Story of a Rock and Roll Band”   Some artists …

Hello There – 25 Great Cheap Trick Songs


A shorter, slightly different version of this list first appeared in my 2007 book, Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide. Now that Cheap Trick is (finally) (and deservedly) on this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot, …

30 Reviews in Five Days, Pt. 5


by John M. Borack Laurence Juber – “Fingerboard Road” (Solid Air Records) Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber has released nearly 20 (!) records of exquisite acoustic guitar musings, and on Fingerboard Road the Grammy-winning musician tosses in three originals alongside …

30 Reviews in Five Days, Pt. 4


by John M. Borack Kaufman – “Scratch” (No label listed) David Kaufman is a talented guitarist from the Los Angeles area whom I know strictly as a sideman, so I was a bit surprised when this solo CD arrived in …

30 Reviews in Five Days, Pt. 3


by John M. Borack The Orange Peels – “Begin the Begone” (Mlm Records) Densely produced and quite often disarmingly pretty (“New Moon”), Begin the Begone is another solid album by the Peels, albeit one that probably won’t win them many …

30 Reviews in Five Days, Pt. 2


by John M. Borack The Well Wishers – “A Shattering Sky” (No label listed) Like death, taxes and a Wal Mart shopping excursion, a Well Wishers record is always predictable – but in a good way. You know you’re gonna …

30 Reviews in Five Days, Pt. 1


Here’s the first installment of the Power Pop Plus blog’s “30 Reviews in Five Days” project, posting six CD reviews a day on five consecutive days

Five “under the radar” John Lennon solo tracks


On the occasion of John’s 75th birthday, we look at five solo tracks that have sort of been lost in the shuffle, but which still contain healthy doses of the wit, charm, and passion that helped seal John Lennon’s well-deserved reputation as one of the premier artists of the rock and roll era.