Author Archives: John Borack

Top 25 Albums of 2015

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by John M. Borack As Frank Sinatra once crooned, “It was a very good year.” Lots of great releases in 2015, some by old favorites, some by new upstarts, and a few that flew in straight out of left field. And …

CD Review: “International Pop Overthrow, Volume 18”

by John M. Borack Various Artists: “International Pop Overthrow, Volume 18” Pop Geek Heaven (PGH-37) Grade: ***1/2 The International Pop Overthrow CD collection – which for the past several years has included a whopping 65+ tracks on three discs – …

Ringo Starr premiere: Peace & Love Tribute

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Goldmine presents the video premiere of the January 2014 concert held in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the music of Ringo Starr, who was presented with the Lifetime of Peace & Love Award by director David Lynch.

Remembering John Lennon…and John F. Borack

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by John M. Borack The following is an edited and re-written version of a piece that was originally included in my book, John Lennon: Life is What Happens (Krause Publications, 2010). It was a typical Monday evening in December which quickly …

Strange Magic – Jeff Lynne’s ELO in Concert

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …