Various Artists — Sunny Spells
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 93, 2019, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-05-13
This Spring Fruits de Mer is releasing a hugely expanded 4CD version of their 2018 3LP The Three Seasons - songs from 1966 - 68. As a teaser, Keith Jones decided to release a 7-inch EP with four tracks from the CD set. This EP is the other release I have delayed gratification on, refraining from listening to it until now. Back in 1968 I purchased Chad and Jeremy’s Of Cabbages and Kings just for their song “Rest in Peace.” And when I learned that FdM had enticed Chad and Jeremy to record an unplugged version for them I was ecstatic! Their vocals are as strong as they were 50 years ago and the song has not lost any of its allure. I found myself singing right along with them. Wow! The other three cover songs are Schizo Fun Addict's treatment of the Mamas and Papas’ “Dedicated to the One I Love,” Hanford Flyover’s cover of Neon Pearl’s “Just Another Day,” and Us & Them’s cover of Neil Young’s “What Did You Do to My Life?” The Schizos’ cover takes me back to high school with their perfect harmonies and eerie cover, though no one can hold a candle to Cass Elliott. Though not familiar with “Just Another Day,” I did quite enjoy that Hanford Flyover employed Mellotron and acoustic guitar. This is an excellent interpretation. And of course Us & Them bring their usual understated vocals and acoustic guitar for an excellent acid folk reading of Neil Young. Another excellent FdM release.
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