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Pop radio in the late 1960s and early 1970s was a delightfully diverse thing. Tune in your transistor to your local Top 40 station and youd hear everything from easy listening to acid rock. But lost amidst the mythology of that tempestuous time are dozens of sweet, catchy, lightning-in-a-bottle hit records we call them Sugar Pop. Many of these artists scaled the upper reaches of the charts and were never heard from again. But, one-hit wonders or not, these are some finest records of their era and weve rescued them from obscurity and polished them to a fine-sounding gleam for the latest installment of Hard To Find 45s On CD.
Sugar Pop Classics captures nearly an hour’s worth of Top 20 Pop hits a mini-symphony of confectionery classics you won’t be able to stop humming! Remember Gallerys acoustic rocker Nice to Be with You with its irresistible steel guitar break? How about Daddy Dewdrops Chick-A-Boom (Dont Ya Jes Love It), which sounds a lot like Eric Burdons Spill The Wine as written and performed by Flip Wilson! Then theres Bobby Blooms soulful, reggae-tinged Montego Bay, which makes its CD debut in its original single version. Plus, Sugar Pop Classics includes a passel of groovy, gentle soft pop smashes including Liz Damons 1900 Yesterday, The Critters Mr. Dieingly Sad, and The Bells Stay Awhile.
Two Sugar Pop tracks, however, are especially notable. First, theres the rare, uncensored version of Lou Christies Rhapsody in the Rain which is, first and foremost, a sterling example of Lous surging, dramatic falsetto. But, it turns out that the young lovers in the song were doing more in the back seat of their car than the moral guardians of the day wanted us to know! Second, theres Sugar Baby Love by the Rubettes a lost classic that answers the musical question, What if Phil Spector had produced Sha Na Na? Sugar Baby Love fell on relatively deaf ears in the United States (it struggled to #39), but the song topped the charts in England.
Sugar Pop Classics features the same sterling sound found on all of Eric Records Hard To Find 45s On CD series. We use only the correct single versions from the master tapes in true stereo wherever possible. This CD includes a detailed, illustrated 12-page booklet with biographies of all the artists by well-known music author Fred Bronson, who also annotates the companion album, Hard To Find 45s on CD Volume 12: 60s & 70s Pop Classics. Hard to find? Not anymore!
ALL TRACKS TRUE STEREO EXCEPT WHERE NOTED
|1.||MY BABY LOVES LOVIN||White Plains||
|2.||RareNICE TO BE WITH YOU||Gallery||#4||2/72|
|3.||EARLY IN THE MORNING||Vanity Fare||#12||11/69|
|4.||WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY||The Peppermint Rainbow||#32||1/69|
|5.||INDIAN LAKE||The Cowsills||
|6.||Uncensored Version RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN (mono)||Lou Christie||#16||3/66|
|7.||SHAME, SHAME||The Magic Lanterns||
|8.||CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP||Mac & Katie Kissoon||#20||7/71|
|9.||HOW DO YOU DO?||Mouth & MacNeal||#8||4/72|
|10.||RareCHICK-A-BOOM (Dont Ya Jes Love It)||Daddy Dewdrop||#9||3/71|
|11.||SINGLE VERSION DEBUTMONTEGO BAY||Bobby Bloom||#8||9/70|
|12.||GIRL WATCHER (mono)||The OKaysions||#5||8/68|
|13.||Rare1900 YESTERDAY||Liz Damons Orient Express||#33||12/70|
|14.||RareSAD SWEET DREAMER||Sweet Sensation||#14||1/75|
|15.||STAY AWHILE||The Bells||#7||3/71|
|16.||MR. DIEINGLY SAD||The Critters||#17||8/66|
|17.||RareLOOK WHAT THEYVE DONE TO MY SONG, MA||The New Seekers||#14||9/70|
|18.||RareSUGAR BABY LOVE||The Rubettes||#37||7/74|
|19.||RareBABY TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS||Jefferson||#23||12/69|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.