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Try A Little Sunshine: The British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1969
 
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1967 was undoubtedly the high-water mark of the era, but the psychedelic genre’s influence lingered for some while afterwards. Nevertheless, there were significant changes during that period, and by the end of the decade the British music scene had largely polarized into two distinct camps: the influence of the counterculture saw the burgeoning college/university circuit grow as “serious” pop evolved into rock, while the more exploitative, commercial element of the industry reacted to the success of manufactured bands like The Monkees to instigate a sub-genre dismissively dubbed bubblegum.  That dichotomy saw the British pop and rock scene exhibit a strong element of musical schizophrenia, as can be heard on “Try A Little Sunshine: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1969”, the latest installment in Grapefruit Records’ acclaimed late 60’s series.  A significant number of great, heavily lysergic records were still appearing (if psychedelia was dead, clearly nobody had told the likes of The Factory, Fleur de Lys or Jason Crest), but the musical template did mutate. The Attack’s chunky mod-pop vignettes gave way to Andromeda’s power trio riffing, Status Quo moved from day-glo popsike to a looser, bluesier approach, The Pretty Things reluctantly left behind their neglected masterpiece “S. F. Sorrow” to explore more introverted territory, Grapefruit traded their gossamer-light harmony pop template for a relatively stripped-down sound, and Colin Giffin eschewed The End’s psychedelic dreamscapes to dabble in post-“Eleanor Rigby” baroque pop.  In addition to such cornerstone creations, our overview ranges from ultra-commercial (but still unsuccessful) bubblegum-flecked singles by the likes of Pure Gold, Balloon Busters and Strawberry Jam to the arrival of prog-rock underground groups such as Woody Kern, Pussy and the righteously-obscure Irish band Taxi. Also featured are some of the more pop-oriented folkies/singer-songwriters, including Ralph McTell’s attempt at a summer pop hit single and Marc Brierley’s sitar-laden non-LP nugget “Flaxen Hair”, while a number of harmony pop acts (Harmony Grass, Tapestry, Angel Pavement, The Orange Bicycle and others) were eager to move with the changing times. For other, more commercially successful bands like The Spencer Davis Group, Procol Harum and The Move, it was a case of attempting to maintain their high-profile status while also showing signs of progression.  Housed in a clambox with a 44 page booklet that includes biographical information on every band as well as rare photos, Try A Little Sunshine covers every aspect of the 1969 British pop sound to provide not just four hours of vital late 60’s music, but a fascinating look at how the mode of the music changed as a tumultuous decade drew to a close.  GREAT!!!


 
Selection Box Vol. 1/The Appleyard Sessions (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Ameoba Teen’s core members Mark Britton (rhythm guitar and keyboard) and Mike Turner (lead guitar) met as teenagers and have been writing together for nearly two decades. They first bonded on a shared apprecia ... read more »

Medium Wave
Price: $12.00
Artist: Amoeba Teen
Description:

Amoeba Teen were founded by critically acclaimed songwriting team of Mark Britton and Mike Turner. Armed with a four-track tape recorder and junk shop guitars, the pair began writing together back in the dying embers of ... read more »

September Gurls (Expanded Edition)
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell & Squire
Description:

Fronted by Anthony Meynell, Squire were arguably the best Mod act around when The Jam brought attention to this burgeoning scene in the late 70’s. With an impressive canon on timeless pop songs, as danceable as they are me ... read more »

And The Losers Choir Sings
Price: $13.00
Artist: Colman Gota
Description:

A few years back, Colman ... read more »

Run It Again
Price: $13.00
Artist: Criminal Hygiene
Description:

A record that shines a fresh light on a raw sort of g ... read more »

Electric Bloom
Price: $11.00
Artist: Cromm Fallon
Description:

Cromm Fallon’s debut full-length contains 10 s ... read more »

Blessed Is The Boogie
Price: $15.00
Artist: Datura4
Description:

Fronted by Aussie legend Dom Mariani, who came to prominence on the music scene in the 80’s with legendary garage rock combo The Stems, and later went on to form revered power ... read more »

If Not Now... Later
Price: $10.00
Artist: Eytan Mirsky
Description:

Eytan’s seventh album has just arrived!  “Since As a member of Description:

Flying in the face of the oft-quoted phrase “if you remember the 1960’s you weren’t really there”, Glen Burtnik (The Weeklings) and his rather large band certainly do, p ... read more »

Moth To A Lamplight: A Tribute To Nada Surf
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gretchen's Wheel
Description: “Listening to this new collection, a tribute to rockers Nada Surf, with less-than-zero knowledge of the band or its songs, turns out to be the smartest move I've made in awhile. Going in blind, I was able to judge the songs on their own merits and I didn't have to play the ‘Which Version is Better?’ game. These are the onl ... read more »

Moth To A Lamplight: A Tribute To Nada Surf
Price: $11.00
Artist: Gretchen's Wheel
Description: WOW!!  James Clarke FiveJoe Sullivan returns with a highly anticipated sequel to his 2014 gem ‘read more »

Kraig Jarret Johnson & The Program
Price: $14.00
Artist: Kraig Jarret Johnson
Description: Fronted by veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist Kraig Jarrett John ... read more »

Loser 1993-97 – Remasters and Rarities
Price: $14.00
Artist: Loser
Description:

These are the earliest professionally documented recordings of Chris and Sean Lund, aka "The Lund Bros". The first portion of the record was the result of Geffen Records' 1995 funding of the band's stu ... read more »

Live And Unplugged (2CD)
Price: $14.00
Artist: Loser
Description:

And the  Lund Bros. archival releases just keep on coming!  Here, the Lund Bros are captured here under their previous moniker, Loser, at ... read more »

Shape Shifter
Price: $15.00
Artist: Matthew Sweet
Description:

Very kool show recorded live at The Petrillo Bandshell in Chicago on July 4, 1993 and broadcast on WXRT-FM.  ... read more »

Hello, All You Happy People
Price: $10.00
Artist: Mondello
Description:

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a good ‘ol throwback of a charming, DIY effort, but Mondello’s debut fits the bill quite nicely!read more »

Long Shot
Price: $10.00
Artist: Nick Eng
Description:

Nick Eng is back with his second album in a little over a year. No Win's debut album is a strong collection of songs nestled comfortably in between indie rock, pop punk, and power pop.read more »

Somehow Anyhow
Price: $17.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

Over the past 5 years, Jelle Paulusma seemed to have disappeared off the grid, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Best known as the front man of Daryll-Ann, the indie p ... read more »

Pulling Weeds
Price: $13.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

His 2014 effort is a kaleidoscopic affair full of West Coast pop, 60’ ... read more »

iRecord + bonus disc
Price: $18.00
Artist: Paulusma
Description:

Jelle Paulusma was the lead vocalist/guitarist for the late, great Daryll-Ann. His 2008 sophomore solo effort is a wonderful, West Coast-inspired, psych tinged-pop/folk-pop gem! The le ... read more »

Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Price: $16.00
Artist: Pearl Harbor & The Explosions
Description:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the classic self-titled, only album by San Francisco new wave legends Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. read more »

Humanworld
Price: $14.00
Artist: Peter Perrett
Description:

Peter Perrett(The Only Ones) returns with “Humanworld”.  In this new chapter, Peter continues to dissect romance and politics with his trademark sense of sardonic wit and wry ... read more »

Cover To Cover Remixed
Price: $15.00
Artist: Pezband
Description:

Originally released in 1979, “Cover to Cover” was Pezband's third album.  Fast forward to 2019, and it has been completely remixed and ... read more »

In Concert – Archive Series Vol. 3
Price: $19.00
Artist: Phil Seymour
Description:

THIS 2014 ARCHIVAL RELEASE IS NOW BACK IN PRINT!!  Drummer gui ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description:

Sweden's legendary power-pop-surf-punk heroes are back with “21”.  After an 18-year gap between the band's classic LP “Stereoids” and the triumphant comeback “The Voice of Summer” ... read more »

21
Price: $18.00
Artist: Psychotic Youth
Description: read more »

Abdication... For Your Love
Price: $15.00
Artist: Reigning Sound
Description:

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright, “Abdication... For Your ... read more »

Pop Circles
Price: $13.00
Artist: Richard X. Heyman
Description:

“Pop Circles” is the 13th solo record from Richard, containing 18 new tracks full of melody, harmony, jangly guitars, ferocious keyboards and brilliant songwriting, in the grand traditi ... read more »

This Is The Sound
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts
Description:

Ryan Hamilton has been on our radar since he partnered up with Bowling For Soup’s Jaret as part of double act People on Vacation.   ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #92
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #92
Description:

The recently deceased Scott WalkerBRAND NEW VINYL 7” RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL – AVAILABLE MAY 24 – ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS NOW!!  read more »

Side Three
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Armoires
Description:

The Armoires are back with their first new release in three years.  The “Side Three” EP isn't the new album – that's coming in August in the form of the “Zibaldone ... read more »

Art's Gallery
Price: $19.00
Artist: The Artwoods
Description:

The Artwoods - Art Wood, Derek Griffiths, Malcolm Pool, Keef Hartley and future Deep Purple organist Jon Lord - recorded for Decca, Parlophone and Fontana from 1964 to 1967 and their Decca back catalogue in particular has been ... read more »

Live In New York
Price: $14.00
Artist: Th Bangles
Description:

This historic radio broadcast made for WNEW-FM, New York is available for the first time on CD.  This powerful, hit-packed performance (wefre guessing from 1986) features the clas ... read more »

The Singles Collection
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Bluebells
Description:

Like fellow Scots Aztec Camera, The Bluebells crafted impeccable, jangly guitar pop, only with better melodies and stronger hooks.   Even ... read more »

Dead Calm
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness
Description:

AT LAST!  THIS BRILLIANT, PREVIOUSLY VINYL-ONLY RELEASE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD!!  Debut al ... read more »

Early Morning Sun: 60’s Harmony Pop Produced by Irving Martin
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Californians & Friends
Description:

For the first time ever, the fine folks at Teensville Records present an anthology of 60’s UK Beach Boys-influenced band The Californians...and so much more! read more »

Ask Again Later
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Dates
Description:

WOW!!!  The fabulous debut album by The Dates is one that’s ... read more »

A Sides B Sides
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Elevators
Description:

Another piece of 80’s Brit Pop history has been rescued!!  “The Elevators started off life as The Stains but decided to change their name in 1978.read more »

There Is Only Now
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Galileo 7
Description:

The 6th effort from one of the best garage, psych, and Freakbeat bands going in the UK!  “Heritage can be a harsh mistress.read more »

Pearls.
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description:  

Originally a studio project, The Gold Needles have since beco ... read more »

Through A Window
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Gold Needles
Description: RELEASED ON JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!read more »

Nothing Doing
Price: $11.00
Artist: The John Sally Ride
Description:

The followup to “A New Set Of Downs” (a Kool Kat label release that sat atop a lot of “Best of 2017” year-end lists) is here!read more »

The Last Bees
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Last Bees
Description:

There's an undeniable scent of nostalgia in the air. Our distraction-filled digital lives have us craving something that is organic, real and spontaneous.read more »

Goodnight Noises Everywhere
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Lunar Laugh
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT MUSIK – AVAILABLE JUNE 21 – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  The Lunar Laugh is a pop band based in Oklahoma City. At the group's core is the singer/ ... read more »

Stroke Manor
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Minus 5
Description:

“Stroke Manor” BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Glasgow's magnificent PearlfishersOriginally released in 2001, ... read more »

Dreaming
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On the title track of their latest EP they join forces with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (of Jellyfish/Imperial Drag fame) who contributes backing vocals!read more »

Turn Around
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Top Boost
Description:

On their 2016 debut, Canada’s The Top Boost (Hunter Gogo and Kiri ... read more »

Jigsaw Days
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Frontman and brainchild Jeff Shelton made a concerted effort to “get back to the basics” with "Jigsaw Days" – the 4th full-length release from this San Francisco-based p ... read more »

Post Modern Romantic
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

With 17 years and 10 albums under his belt in the indie power pop and Bay Area music scene, Well Wishers frontman and brainchild Jeff Shelton shows no signs of slowing down (he's also ... read more »

Dunwoody
Price: $0.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

5-song "concept" EP from veteran popper Jeff Shelton! "Sometime in early 2013 I woke up one morning with a very clear premonition that I should write and ... read more »

Comes and Goes
Price: $9.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

Based on a solid foundation of melody, songcraft, and the ever important "musical hook", the Well Wishers' deliver a warm, full-bodied sound and engaging ... read more »

Consolation Prize Fighter
Price: $8.00
Artist: Thrift Store Halo
Description:

Reforming a couple of years ago after a 20 year “hiatus”, Chicago’s Thrift Store Halo return with their second effort since the reformation.  2017’s Marty Schneider Jonas Stein of Exceptional cover stories for this landmark issue include the tragic mystery story of the Lost & Found from California, an expansive interview with writer/musician/archivist Lenny Kaye ( ... read more »

Le Beat Bespoke 8
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Rob Bailey (a/k/a Dr. Robert) has an intense passion for discovering long-forgotten 60’s club sounds and giving them a new lease of life via his DJ sets and this co ... read more »

Poppies – Assorted Finery From The First Psychedelic Age
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Very kool 2019 compilat ... read more »