Category Archives: Sunshine Pop and Baroque

THE CYRKLE – Neon – (Columbia ) – 1967

I first found out about The Cyrkle about two years ago and they were a pleasant surprise. They will never become critical darlings or rediscovered “lost” artists of the 60s but they certainly put out music which is well above … Continue reading

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JOE JEFFREY – My Pledge of Love – (Scepter) – 1969

This is another one of those records I’ve had sitting around for many years. I recall listening to it a long time ago and thinking it’s patchy but there is something there.   Accordingly it was relegated to the “maybe” … Continue reading

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GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS – New Directions – (Liberty) – 1967

what Frank is listening to #229 – GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS – New Directions – (Liberty) – 1967 Hey, I've waxed lyrical about Gary Lewis on this blog already. Search those entries for background etc.   It would be … Continue reading

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COMPTON & BATTEAU – in California – (Columbia) – 1970

 what Frank is listening to #211 – COMPTON & BATTEAU – in California – (Columbia) – 1970 I didn't know anything about this band when I bought this album. The pastoral setting on the back and front and the year … Continue reading

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THE FREE DESIGN – Heaven/Earth – 1969 – (Project 3)

what Frank is listening to #199 – THE FREE DESIGN – Heaven/Earth – 1969 – (Project 3)   More "Free Design" …. back in what Frank is listening to #176  I nattered on about "Free Design" and "sunshine pop" as … Continue reading

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EMITT RHODES – Emitt Rhodes – (Dunhill) – 1970

what Frank is listening to #195 –  EMITT RHODES – Emitt Rhodes – (Dunhill) – 1970 Faaark.   There's a crow outside.   I knew Rhodes as I have a couple of his albums plus the "Merry Go Round" album. … Continue reading

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BOBBY VEE – Come Back When You grow Up – (Liberty) – 1967

Those regular readers of these "comments" know my affection for the AE/BB artists (after the rise of Elvis before the rise of the Beatles). That affection extends to, and is entranced by their work after their stars have ceased to … Continue reading

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THE FREE DESIGN – Kites Are Fun – (Project 3) – 1967

Okay, I've always been a fan of sunshine pop and I've always been a fan of The Stooges, MC5, Detroit Rock, rockabilly and garage rock. Do music genres have to be mutually exclusive to ones musical palette?   No … … Continue reading

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STORIES – Stories – (Kama Sutra) – 1972

I have one other Stories album (their third) and I found it a little patchy. Having said that I never got rid of it so I might put it on again as it has been over fifteen years since I listened … Continue reading

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GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS – Now! – (Liberty) – 1968

what Frank is listening to #162 – GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS – Now! – (Liberty) – 1968    This comment was brought to you with great difficulty. My amp blew in the front room last year. Rather than carting down … Continue reading

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