on 7 October 2008
Another gem from Rev-Ola, this is a collection of songs chockfull of harmonies from a five piece Baltimore group. It's obviously informed by groups such as the Mamas and Papas and the Fifth Dimension but it has its own charms and there are some particularly strong songs on here. The title track is pure melodic bliss. Other welcome songs include "Don't Wake Me up in the Morning Michael", "Pink Lemonade" and "Walking In Different Circles". There are both album and single versions of some of the songs. With typically informative Rev-Ola liner notes the quality of the songs, the superb singing and orchestration make this a worthwhile purchase for aficionados of the sunshine/baroque pop genre.
Sometimes a pop group will have a lot of radio air play and be fondly remembered despite having no major chart success. The Peppermint Rainbow are a perfect example.
Its just incredible that this group was so badly over looked.
This American group formed in 1967/68 had a Mamas & The Papas type of sound. The excellent folky close harmony fun sound with hints of psychedelic reference and late sixties fun or early seventies bubblegum pop is very engaging.
This really great CD release has everything you need to represent this group. And the music is just fabulous. The group split up in 1970 so there is only the debut album and post album singles. But it's a great snapshot of something that could quite easily be forgotten about.
Their first single"Walking in Different Circles" b/w "Pink Lemonade" did not make the charts in the UK or America. It is a shame because both tracks are terrific and have strong familiarity to them. Pink Lemonade is a classy Pop song and is rich in late sixties culture. The melody is just brilliant. Their second single, "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" did chart in America and was reasonably successful.
.The track Green Tambourine was another single that made little impact but it is a familiar song since it was a hit for the Lemon Pipers and a minor hit for Sundragon in 1968 The Lemon Pipers version has been included on many compilation albums. Once again the melody and atmosphere of this track is brilliant.
The actual album made little impact on the charts. The Peppermint Rainbow could easily be wiped from history or forgotten about but thankfully this CD with its great digital sound saves these fabulous recordings.
The Cd contains the original album with the album versions of the singles and as bonus tracks there is also the single versions. and post album tracks This can be a bit repetitive playing the album with tracks like Pink Lemonade then hearing the song again towards the end of the disc but it still works.
If you like the Mamas and Papas, They Byrds, or Sixties music this CD is highly recommended as something refreshing and different.