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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 60s pop collection,
This review is from: Nuggets - Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the Wea Vaults (Audio CD)Come To The Sunshine is a collection of "Soft-pop" (quite different from easy-listening) from the late 60s/early 70s. At a time when every was apparently listening to "heavy" psychedlic rock, there were a few people who preferred to go the other way - to take the quetier moments found in Beatles and Beach Boys records, and copied them. This is a collection of singles rather than album tracks, but all of them have an obscure feel to them, and I don't think any of them were UK hits.
Highlights are the marvellous go-go-cum-psychedlia of The Salt's "Whole Lot of Rainbows"; the thrilling intensity of The Association; the rich harmonies of Anita Kerr's version of "Happiness"; the joyful pop of "Summer Days, Summer Nights"; the bizarre yet compelling nature of "Beverley Hills" by the strangely named Uncle Sound; the surprising beauty and interesting tempo changes of the Monkees' "Someday Man". Really, though, it's all quite good, with only Harper's Bizarre and The Morning Glories descending into the kind of cheesiness you might expect from the title.
Reading the excellent and informative booklet gives you two impressions; one, as my sister noted, the bands look like holiday-camp acts, but you shouldn't let that put you off. Two, all these songs and acts are intertwined. The Addrissi brothers, Bones Howe and Curt Boettcher all appear several times, either as producers, song writers or performers, so it appears to be quite a closed-set little world.
Heard together with it's companion set "Hallucinations", this appears the more interesting of the two albums; there is more subtlety, more emphasis on vocal harmony, more joy with simply eloquent pop. If you like the Fifth Dimension, the Beach Boys, the Free Design, the Turtles, or any mild psychedlia, this is a MUST HAVE purchase.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine pop,
This review is from: A Whole Lot Of Rainbows: Soft Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults (Audio CD)If you are looking for a compilation of greatest hits of the Sixties you will need to look elsewhere. If however you want to hear something different of the Sixties where you are not likely to have heard the majority of the tracks then this is the right one to get.
I can't remember exactly how I first heard of this compilation, it might of been from Mojo and if I hadn't read about it I would never of bought it. If you have come across this through searching Amazon please read on.
What do you get for your money? 70 minutes of what the compilers describe as Sunshine Pop and it is a very apt description.The music spans the years 1966 to 1969 and the sound falls somewhere between the Mamas and Papas and the Association. The quality of the music is excellent throughout, all well produced, lovely harmonies, great songs. Of the artistes featured The Monkees, The Association, Harpers Bazaar and The Everly Brothers are the most familiar names. You won't necessarily find these tracks on the individual greatest hits, certainly not The Everly Brothers or The Monkees but they should certainly be better known.
The songs won't hit you straight away but after a few plays you are likely to be hooked as I am.
The attractive booklet deserves a mention as well. It's well illustrated, well researched.
This is a marvellous CD and deserves to be better known and appreciated. For anyone prepared to take the risk- Happy listening.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine Pop At It's Best,
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This review is from: Nuggets - Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the Wea Vaults (Audio CD)From the first track this compilation oozes sunshine with soothing melodies and atmospheric backing tracks the whole album epitomises the era between psychedelia and bubblegum. Particular highlight tracks are Pat Shannon's "Candy Apple Cotton Candy" and Lee Mallory (of Millennium) with "Take My Hand" other classics are by some well known names such as Everly Brothers (hardly recognisable), Tokens and Monkees.
Well worth purchasing for a long drive as it relaxes the mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars And now,
This review is from: A Whole Lot Of Rainbows: Soft Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults (Audio CD)This is the sequel to My Mind Goes High and is basically psychedelic music as it took the Beatles as a starting point.
The evolvement from Good Time Music to what was to be named Sunshine Pop was just a change of name and even though psychedelic music was founded by the British the American take on it was always more interesting.
This is through and through Beatles inspired and is from the Warner Brothers groups of labels.
By the end of the decade it was all over but would see a new Dawn in the 70s
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A Whole Lot Of Rainbows: Soft Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults by Paul Levinson (Audio CD - 2005)