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Various Artists: Ripples Volume 8: Butterfly

Blurb from a random website about this album:
Who'd have guessed that there were such a lot of British sixties acts who made sunshine pop that's as excellent as the Californian original? Admittedly, the harmony singing often isn't as immaculate as that of the Beach Boys, the Association or the Mamas of the Papas, and there's a couple of tracks here which are just as much 'positivo pop' as they are fully fledged sunshine pop, but even so, this is an utterly delightful
compilation. And the harmony singing is impressive all the same. Among the highlights: "It's all a put on" (the Onyx), "There is a mountain" (the Quiet World of Lea & John - see also our review of the "Here Lies Ebeneezer Goode" v/a compilation below), "Masquerade" (the Young Blood) and "Let's ride" (the Montanas), plus the 'era bombast' of "Homing in on the next trade wind" (the Bloomfields) and the nigh-corny "Show me how to live" (the Candy Dates) - no surreal psychedelia and hardly any dreamy popsike (even though John Christian Dee's "Take me along" features a great fuzzy guitar solo), but great, heartwarming sixties music! Best volume yet in the "Ripples" series, which has already focused on British 'beach pop' as well, a genre which the British were less good at than the kids from California. Will the next "Fading Yellow" volume be as good?

AMG's review of the album:
One would think that this series by Castle Music and Sequel Records would be starting to run out of steam after eight volumes, but there's no shortage of worthwhile sunshine pop and freakbeat-style sides on this 78-minute, 29-song CD. Opening with the beautiful yet punchy "One Way Street" by Floribunda Rose, this disc never lets the listener go; one wishes that more were known (like, anything at all) about the Blinkers, whose "Dreams Secondhand" manages to come within inches of sounding like a commercial jingle while still working in some intense fuzz guitar. There are some known quantities here, including Episode Six -- whose members harmonize the way Deep Purple never even tried -- the Tremeloes, and the Marmalade ("Butterfly"), plus one surprise in the form of a person famous in other venues trying her hand at music: Britt Ekland no less, working simply as Britt, gives listeners a kind of Nico-meets-Phil Spector amalgam in the form of "You Really Have Started Something." The Rainbow People may sound a little too upbeat, like the New Seekers trying to be perky -- and a song that sounds a little too much like the title song from The Partridge Family television show doesn't help -- but that's about as soft as anything gets here, and does little harm to the mood, juxtaposed with the Tremeloes' Beatle-esque, crunchy, and fuzz-laden "Gentleman of Pleasure." The Onyx's "It's All a Put On" shows that folk-rock still had its adherents as late as 1968 -- their ornate guitar and organ accompaniment covers for the retro feel of the single, which might've been a huge hit had it surfaced two year earlier. Gary Aston's "His Lordship" plays like a first-person rethinking of the Kinks' "A Well-Respected Man" without the irony, but there is a lot of unintended humor in its attempt at "angst." Nobody seems to know anything about Linsey Moore, which is a shame -- as a folksinger with a pop sensibility, she sounds (based on "Linsey's Song") as though she could've been another Mary Hopkin. Based on "With My Baby," John Galt deserved better than the anonymity he achieved, but two of his backing musicians, Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle, did find fame later on. Everything here is pleasant and most of it is extremely well played and well sung, with the best -- Ways & Means' beautifully ornate and crunchy "Sea of Faces" -- saved for next to last. It's all well mastered and very thoroughly annotated, and fun from beginning to end.

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Track List:
1 One Way Street by Floribunda Rose
2 Deams Secondhand by Blinkers
3 Time & Motion Man by Episode Six
4 You Really Have Started Something by Britt
5 Trinity Street by Two Of Each
6 (Walk Tall) Like a Man by New Faces
7 The Walk Will Do You Good by The Rainbow People
8 Gentlemen of Pleasure by The Tremeloes
9 Masquerade by Young Blood
10 De de Do Your Dance by Pussyfoot
11 Let's Ride by The Montanas
12 It's All a Put On by Onyx
13 Butterfly by Marmalade
14 His Lordship by Gary Aston
15 There Is a Mountain by Quiet World Of Lea & John
16 Linsey's Song by Linsey Moore
17 Standing Still by Anan
18 Close Your Eyes by Freshmen
19 Don't Hesitate by Val McKenna
20 With My Baby by James Galt
21 Don't Fool Yourself by John Summers
22 Show Me How to Live by Candy Dates
23 Take Me Along by Dee, John Christian
24 Mum and Dad by Pinkerton's Colours
25 Cynthia Serenity by Consortium
26 This Is to a Girl by Strawberry Jam
27 Ain't You Got a Heart by Tuesday's Children
28 Sea of Faces by Ways & Means
29 Homing in on the Next Trade Wind by Bloomfields

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