Friday, January 8, 2010

V.A. - Soft Sounds For Gentle People Vol.3

V.A. - Soft Sounds for Gentle People 3
01. Mojo - Candle To Burn
02. The West Coast Branch - Where Is The Door?
03. The Pope Dream - January Girl
04. The Fun & Games - Close To Carmel
05. Bryan - Learn To Love
06. Le Cirque - Land Of Oz
07. Jim & Jean - Time Goes Backwards
08. The Hing Jury - Buses
09. The Status Cymbal - Lovin' Day
10. Jacobson & Tansley - Dream With Me
11. The Second Helping - Floating Downstream On An Inflatable Rubber Raft
12. The Stained Glass - The Scene In Between
13. Condello - Oh No
14. The Cinnamon Ship - October Rain
15. A.M. Gately - Battle In The City
16. P.K. Limited - My Imagination
17. The Elastik Band - In A Family Tree
18. The Gainsbourgh Gallery - Light In The Window
19. Anthony Green & BarryY Stagg - Life & Love
20. The Music Bachs - Life And Death
21. The Storybook People - Do You Believe
22. The Serendipity Singers - Rain Doll
23. Mid Day Rain - Welcome To The Rain
24. The Sundowners - Ring Out Wild Bells

This series of CDs from Pet Records is supposed to be devoted to sunshine pop releases from the second half of the 1960s -- but most of the acts here know a good beat when they find it. Starting with the Mojo Men (billed by this time as Mojo) doing "Candle to Burn," the makers have generally chosen psych-pop sides with a beat. Even the most "produced" side here, "January Girl" by Pipedream (who apparently didn't exist as a group), manages to throw together enough of a rhythm section and effects to make it worthwhile psychedelic rock, even if the song itself sounds like a leftover from a sub-Hair musical. The Fun and Games apparently hailed from Texas, but that didn't stop them from sounding as spaced-out and languidly pretty as their trippy California surroundings on "Close to Carmel." Bryan's mysterious "Learn to Love" actually comes off as closer to psychedelic rock (with a decent beat) than most of the rest here, despite its being the product of a studio ensemble -- Tommy Roe producer Steve Clark evidently knew how to create those sounds on the fly. Leon Russell was one of the prime movers of Le Cirque, along with Marc Benno and Jerry Riopelle of Parade, and for a piece with a fairly conventional brass-loaded accompaniment, it does achieve a colorful effect with its trippy lyrics. The disc gets better as it goes along, the talent of the results (or both) becoming very imposing midway through -- far and away the best cut on this album is "Time Goes Backwards" by Jim & Jean, the folk duo; this psychedelic folk track is a totally unexpected permutation of their sound that lingers long after it's over. The Hung Jury's "Buses" is also pleasant psych pop in a Monkees-like mode, and "Lovin' Day" by the Status Cymbal is a surprisingly garage punk-ish cut to come out of Felton Jarvis' orbit in Nashville. Jacobson & Tansley were a virtually unknown Curt Boettcher project from 1966, whose "Dream With Me" managed to chart in New York and Cleveland, and deserved better. And the Second Helping's mouthful of a title, "Floating Downstream on an Inflatable Rubber Ball" -- which prominently features a pre-Loggins & Messina Kenny Loggins, with sitar and spacey lyrics -- makes for surprisingly pleasant listening. Less interesting and more ponderous is Stained Glass' "A Scene In Between," which is more pure psychedelia than sunshine pop -- produced by Rick Jarrard, it does have a nicely brittle lead guitar part that recalls the 12-string on "Eight Miles High" slowed down a bit.
~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide.

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