Friday, December 29, 2017

VA - The Get Easy! ~ Sunshine Pop Collection (2003)


2003 | Pop Rock, Easy Listening, Jazz | Mp3 320 kbps | 2 CD | 279 Mb

The fifth volume in the perennially excellent Get Easy! series is arguably the strongest retrospective of sunshine pop ever compiled -- spanning two CDs and 40 cuts, the set combs the vaults of labels like A&M, Verve, Philips, and MGM to capture the essence of late-'60s pop at its most musically ambitious. Inspired and arguably birthed by the Beach Boys, in particular their landmark Pet Sounds album, sunshine pop married radiant vocals harmonies and lush orchestral arrangements that wonderfully evoked a beatitude and poignancy often forgotten amidst the political and cultural turbulence of its era. There were some major hits of note from acts like the Association, the Turtles, and the Cowsills, but by and large sunshine pop remains largely a cult fascination, and this wonderful collection is the perfect place to hop aboard for both its hits and its rarities -- virtually every song's a winner, but standouts include the Hobbits' "Sunny Day Girl," Spanky & Our Gang's "I'd Like to Get to Know You," the Twinn Connexion's "Oh What a Lovely Day," Van Dyke Parks' "Number Nine," and the The Fun and Games' "Topanga Canyon Road."

CD 1, 1. The Sundowners - Always You (3:01), 2. The Cowsills - We Can Fly (2:16), 3. Eternity's Children - Rumors (1:53), 4. The Critters - Mr. Dieingly Sad (2:49), 5. The Eighth Day - Brandy (Doesn't Live Here Anymore) (2:36), 6. Don Costa - Punky's Dilemma (3:14), 7. Kenny Rankin - Peaceful (2:39), 8. The Gordian Knot - The Year Of The Sun (3:02), 9. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends - Let's Ride (2:52), 10. Strawberry Alarm Clock - Barefoot In Baltimore (2:25), 11. The Hobbits - Sunny Day Girl (2:33), 12. Dave Grusin - California Montage (3:49), 13. Twin Connexion - Oh What A Lovely Day (2:52), 14. Lesley Gore - 98.6/lazy Day (2:34), 15. Keith - I Can't Go Wrong (3:04), 16. The Sandpipers - Misty Roses (3:31), 17. The Lennon Sisters - Green Tambourine (2:06), 18. Spanky & Our Gang - Like To Get To Know You (3:18), 19. The Four Fuller Brothers - Bitter Honey (2:13), 20. Larry Carlton - Don't You Care (3:51)

CD 2, 1. Alan Copeland Singers - You're More Fun (2:17), 2. Nick De Caro - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (2:44), 3. The Mamas & The Papas - People Like Us (3:28), 4. Collage - Rainy Blue Memory Day (2:20), 5. Julius Wechter & The Baja Marimba Band - Flyin' High (2:08), 6. Peppermint Rainbow - Will You Be Staying After Sunday (2:31), 7. Artie Schroeck Implosion - Do You Believe In Magic (2:31), 8. Fun & Games - Topanga Canyon Road (3:13), 9. Chris & Peter Allen - Just Friends (2:41), 10. American Breed - To Put Up With You (2:31), 11. Van Dyke Parks - Number Nine (2:39), 12. Bunky & Jake - Hey Buckaroo (2:29), 13. Stouffville Grit - Cause I Don't Have You (1:55), 14. Bells - Moody Manitoba Morning (3:09), 15. Pete Jolly - Seasons (3:47), 16. Jackie & Roy - Didn't Want To Have To Do It (2:50), 17. Orpheus - I'll Fly (2:29), 18. Claudine Longet - Who Needs You (3:09), 19. Heidi Brühl - The Drifter (2:48), 20. Doc Severinsen - Summer's Coming Back (2:45)

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