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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable fusion of folk, pop, jazz and psychedelia,, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: Penny's Arcade (Audio CD)
An enjoyable fusion of folk, pop, jazz and psychedelia,Nichols grew up in Southern California, and had become a regular on the folk coffee-house circuit by the mid-1960s, playing with future legends such as Tim Buckley, Jackson Browne, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Linda Ronstadt as well as also-rans such as Spencer Perskin (later of Shiva's Headband) and Steve Noonan. Having moved to Sausalito, honed her songwriting and become a regular in its folk clubs, she played the legendary Big Sur folk festival in the summer of 1967 (alongside Joan Baez and Judy Collins), as well as undertaking gigs with Steve Miller, the Jefferson Airplane and others. Towards the end of the year she began work in New York and Los Angeles on Penny's Arcade. Produced by Elektra's `house hippy' Billy James and Buddah Records head Artie Ripp, it features backing from members of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy (whom James managed) as well as session heavyweights such as Bruce Langhorne (Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Fred Neil, Tom Rush, John Sebastian) and Al Gorgoni (Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Laura Nyro). A delightful mixture of wistful folk, melodic pop and hazy psychedelic jazz, it was issued in a heavy gatefold sleeve with a four-page booklet extolling Nichols' virtues, but failed to make her the star she could have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The girl most unlikely, 6 July 2010
This review is from: Penny's Arcade (Audio CD)
With Penny Nicholls' lone album on CD the question is will there be any takers for a long forgotten name from 1968 who had tenuous Captain Beefheart connections and the same name as an Australian singer of the 50s or the 50s yodeller.
Its quite pleasant Sunshine pop mainly acoustic and probably self written of
songs which can float over the listener like the gleaming halls of a morning.
Seemingly Penny Nicholls is now a singing coach
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