Category Archives: Sunshine Pop and Baroque

EMITT RHODES – Mirror – (Dunhill) – 1971

  Emitt is 21 years old here.  It is amazing how fully realised his music is. That’s not to say it isn’t derivative  but there are enough original ideas and inspiration to make him stand out. Check my other comments … Continue reading

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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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