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Unusual 60s pop collection
on 2 March 2005
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.