- Format: CD
- Label: Radioactive
- Genre: Psychedelic
On first hearing Songs of Sunshine by British outfit Music Box, you could be
forgiven for thinking of it as an album out of its time when it originally
appeared in 1972 on the obscure Westwood label. Wasn't this the era of
volume & arenas?
Echoes of the mid '60s folk rock boom, and whimsical lyrics with a twist of
Dylan (his Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues is the only non-original song on the
album) were perhaps at odds with the sounds of that era. Whatever the
reasoning, the album quickly disappeared... Shame.
Here is an album about a more intimate, predominantly acoustic music. Flutes,
chimes, and gentle organ sounds. It spins tales of faraway lands, sand, sea,
castles, kings, queens and even Peter Pan. Bet you thought only Donovan
made 'em like that? Songs of Sunshine is incense & innocence, folk rock 'n'
flowers! Well played, tastily arranged...and overlooked.
But that was then, and things change....
We're now probably far enough away for the mid '60s to be the early '70s
a n y w a y, and if you can remember those times, well, you weren't there, as the
saying goes...or something like that...
Music Box not only belong at last, but are right on time for reissue too.
Radioactive proudly presents Songs of Sunshine here on CD for the first time
1. Songs Of Sunshine
3. Harmonium Joe
4. Leezie Linsey
5. Calico Shoeshine Boy
6. The Happy King
7. The Magic Cloak
8. Seaside Sunshine
9. Tom Thumb Blues
10. Downstairs On The Floor