Album review

The Sunshine Company - The Blades Of Grass

The Blades Of Grass

ARE NOT FOR SMOKING

REV-OLA

West Coast ex-folksters The Sunshine Company just missed stardom when their version of newcomer Jimmy Webb's "Up, Up And Away" was beaten into the charts by the Fifth Dimension's in 1967. Blending a bittersweet variety of soft-pop and folk-rock influences they released material written by the likes of Tony Asher and Curt Boettcher, and saw US chart action with the Michaels and Gormann-penned "Happy" in 1967—as did East Coast soft-poppers The Blades Of Grass. The Blades' post-Sgt Pepper psych-rock sound melded great songs with beautiful harmonies, but occasionally suffered from claustrophobic over-orchestration.

Rating: 3 / 10


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