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The wealth of rare and unreleased material by this fab 60s pop group continues! This excellent set brings together tracks from the Japanese reissues of unreleased material by The Millenium and Curt Boettcher – and features tracks from the CDs The Second Millenium, The Millenium Continues, and Misty Mirage. There's a total of 13 tracks in all, plus great notes – and titles include "Prelude", "it's You", "Baby, It's Real", "I Just Don't Know How To Say Goodbye", "It Won't Always Be The Same", "Share With Me", and "Once Upon A Time". CD
Lost recordings from the later years of The Millennium – ostensibly done for the Sagittarius album Blue Marble, and featuring an ever evolving version of the Curt Boettcher sound! The style here shares some of the sunshiney touches of the early soft pop of Millennium – but there's also some deeper societal themes at play – and instrumentation that includes bits of steel guitar and moog, adding in a new element to the lush pop stylings of the group. The overall quality of the recordings is great, despite the demo mode – and the set features a total of 11 tracks that include "Share With Me", "Midnight Sun", "The Blue Marble", "Come To Me Baby", "I Still Can See Your Face", "Measure Of A Man", "Magic Island", "Will You Ever See Me", and "Little Lost & Found". CD
One of warmest, breeziest, best High Llama's efforts of the the post millennium to date – with some of the catchiest songs in their canon! This one has the bellwether elements you'd expect from the Llamas – mixing lush and laidback moods as distinctly as ever, and blending retro style and instrumentation with timeless tunefulness – but something about the lyrical focus of the songs really makes this one of their more immediately engaging efforts. It's almost classic Kinks-ian in its scene-setting songcraft. Titles include The Old Spring Town", "Winter's Day", "Sailing Bells", "Dorothy Ashby" (complete with harp – possibly our favorite song on the album, naturally), "Rollin'", "Something About Paper", "Clarion Union Hall", "Cove Cutter (Hills And Fields)", "Boing Backwards" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Easygoing, breezy avant pop from Mild High Club – nicely balancing oddball vocals atmosphere with charming and accessible grooves –and pairing 70s AOR and the softest of soft rock influences with post-millennium, indie pastiche vibe. A hazy mood and atmoshperic holds true throughout, but beyond that, the sounds from track-to-track are pretty unpredictable, with lots of different bits of instrumentation – from synths and other electric soundscapes to acoustic strings. Definitely lives up to the promise of their debut, and another step into unpredictable areas for Stones Throw. Includes the title track, "Homeage", "Cary Me Back", "Head Out", "Chasing My Tail", "Ceiling Zero", "Kocopelli" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
The namesake album from Eternity's Children – a sunshine pop holy grail on CD for the first time! The group does a nice job of conveying the groovy, melodic styles of the era's benchmark groups such as the Millennium (Curt Boettcher co-produced this album), Spanky & Our Gang and the Free Design, and also bringing some light psyche flourishes into the material! The set includes lots of loose, somewhat spacey backings of gangly guitar, organ and drums – for a less trite take on sunshine pop harmony! Tracks include "Again Again", "Rupert White","Flowers", "My Happiest Day", "Mrs. Bluebird", "Sunshine Among Us" and more! CD
Sandy Salisbury was one of the rich talents involved in the late 60s dreamy pop combo The Millennium – probably the sweetest of the bunch, as you'll hear in this excellent collection of tracks produced by Sandy and Curt Boettcher of the group. The tracks are warmly personal – with soft lines of love and loss, gently plucked guitar melodies, and the kind of breathy soft vocals that made The Millenium so great. The CD's got a total of 22 tracks in all – and titles include "Candy Kisses", "Bring Me On Back Home Again", "Falling To Pieces", "Cecily", "Lonely Girl", "Love Divided By Two", "Here Comes That Feeling", and "Back Where You Belong". CD
Solo work from Michael Fennelly – not exactly a household name, but an artist who's well-remembered for his work in Curt Boettcher's Millennium and the later group – getting some strong post-Zombies production work from Chris White, and some extra help on the record from Rod Argent! Fennelly's voice has a nicely escalated range – the sort that's really at home on some of the more screaming rockers, but which also has a way of bringing an edge to some of the more laidback tracks too – which keeps most of the record relatively raw, and not as smooth as similar major label singer/songwriter efforts of the time. Titles include "Flyer", "Bad Times", "Give Me Your Money", "Over My Dead Body", "Won't You Please Do That", and "Lane Changer". CD