Chartbusters USA: Sunshine Pop

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Sunshine pop is one of those generic designations that came into use long after the music in question had fallen out of popularity. Featuring sweet, upbeat melodies topped with polished harmonies and frothy arrangements, sunshine pop described the sort of tunes that were a frequent presence on AM radio in the mid- to late '60s, and like the girl group era earlier in the decade, it was a medium dominated by songwriters and producers rather than artists, many of whom seemed anonymous and interchangeable (only the most obsessed music fan could tell the Lemon Pipers, the Peppermint Rainbow, and the Sunshine Company apart in dim light). But if sunshine pop was a medium for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Sunshine pop is one of those generic designations that came into use long after the music in question had fallen out of popularity. Featuring sweet, upbeat melodies topped with polished harmonies and frothy arrangements, sunshine pop described the sort of tunes that were a frequent presence on AM radio in the mid- to late '60s, and like the girl group era earlier in the decade, it was a medium dominated by songwriters and producers rather than artists, many of whom seemed anonymous and interchangeable (only the most obsessed music fan could tell the Lemon Pipers, the Peppermint Rainbow, and the Sunshine Company apart in dim light). But if sunshine pop was a medium for lightweight pop hits rather than contemplative musical statements, the best singles of the era are delightful stuff that still resonate today, and this collection from Ace Records' Chartbusters USA series (celebrating American pop singles of the 60s) is as good a primer on the subject as you're likely to find. Opening with the three minutes of pop perfection that is "Happy Together" by the Turtles, this disc features 26 songs that define both the style and the era, which often reflected a cheerful but benign parallel to the more sophisticated pleasures of psychedelic rock. While there are a number of self-contained groups that wrote and performed their own material on board -- including the Turtles, the Cowsills, the Rascals, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Beach Boys, and the Mamas & the Papas -- most of these acts were one- or two-hit wonders with experienced studio hands doing most of the work. But it's hard to argue with the results when this system produced singles as glorious as "98.6" by Keith, "Morning Girl" by the Neon Philharmonic, "Younger Girl" by the Critters, "Love (Can Make You Happy)" by Mercy, and "Time for Livin'" by the Association. Anyone who loved the optimistic side of AM radio in the '60s will remember most of these songs, and the relative obscurities sound like they should have been hits, too, while Tony Rounce's liner notes tell the stories behind the songs very well indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667037129
  • Catalog Number: 1228
  • Sales rank: 59,630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Happy Together - The Turtles (2:54)
  2. 2 Younger Girl - The Critters (2:25)
  3. 3 I Could Be So Good to You - Don & the Goodtimes (3:20)
  4. 4 98.6 - Keith (3:05)
  5. 5 It's Getting Better - Mama Cass (3:01)
  6. 6 Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James (4:03)
  7. 7 If You Don't Want My Love - Robert John (2:18)
  8. 8 Darlin' - The Beach Boys (2:13)
  9. 9 Wear Your Love Like Heaven - Donovan (2:25)
  10. 10 Don't Wake Me Up in the Morning, Michael - The Peppermint Rainbow (2:34)
  11. 11 Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers (2:26)
  12. 12 A Girl Like You - The Young Rascals (2:50)
  13. 13 Workin' on a Groovy Thing - The 5th Dimension (3:10)
  14. 14 She Lets Her Hair Down - The Tokens (3:05)
  15. 15 Grazing in the Grass - The Friends of Distinction (2:55)
  16. 16 Back on the Street Again - The Sunshine Company (2:28)
  17. 17 Morning Girl - The Neon Philharmonic (2:13)
  18. 18 Time for Livin' - The Association (2:46)
  19. 19 Look at Me Girl - Bobby Vee & the Strangers (2:30)
  20. 20 I Saw Her Again - The Mamas & the Papas (2:45)
  21. 21 She Is Still a Mystery - The Lovin' Spoonful (3:01)
  22. 22 Lazy Day - Spanky & Our Gang (3:07)
  23. 23 The River Is Wide - Forum (2:48)
  24. 24 Anything Goes - Harpers Bizarre (2:01)
  25. 25 Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy (3:13)
  26. 26 The Rain, The Park and Other Things - The Cowsills (2:59)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
John Sebastian Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Jack Nitzsche Composer
Michael Gately Composer
Roger Atkins Composer
Garry Bonner Composer
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Greg Dempsey Composer
Harry Elston Composer
Steve Gillette Composer
Alan Gordon Composer
Al Kasha Composer
Paul Leka Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Tupper Saussy Composer
Mike Vale Composer
Paul Vance Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Artie Kornfeld Composer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Photo Courtesy
George Fischoff Composer
Jack Sigler Jr. Composer
Lou Stallman Composer
Leon Carr Composer
Philemon Hou Composer
Tony Powers Composer
Vicki Fox Photo Courtesy
Gary Knight Composer
Shelley Pinz Composer
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