THE SUNSHINE COMPANY
This is the Self-Titled LP by The Sunshine Company,
FULLY AUTOGRAPHED BY ALL FIVE MEMBERS!
Southern California's Folk-Pop, Bubblegum & Baroque-Rock quintet, The Sunshine Company, was comprised of singer Mary Nance; singer/guitarist Maury Manseau; guitarist/violinist Douglas Mark; bassist Larry Sims & drummer Merle Bregante. The Sunshine Company's very name summons the spirit of the mini-genre of 1960s Soft-Pop Rock known today as "Sunshine Pop" or "Fading Yellow". The Sunshine Company's roots were not in pop, but in folk. Guitarist/keyboardist Maury Manseau, guitarist Larry Sims, singer Mary Nance, and drummer Merle Bregante met as students hanging around the same cafeteria table at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College, where Maury & Mary sang in the choir. Manseau had sung in a folk duo with John Bettis (who later co-wrote Carpenters songs with Richard Carpenter) & often opened for Hoyt Axton. The future Sunshine Company members moved in a circle of acoustic-oriented singer-songwriters based a little south of L.A., in Orange County & beach towns like Huntington Beach. Some of their friends in this fertile So.Cal. scene were Jackson Browne, Tim Buckley, Steve Noonan, Pamela Polland, Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys; The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; and Steve Gillette, all of whom went on to be recording artists with widely varying degrees of success. The Sunshine Company signed to Imperial Records, in the fall of 1967 & the group issued its debut LP "Happy Is the Sunshine Company", scoring their lone Top 40 hit with the single "Back On The Street Again". The album also generated the minor hit "Happy". With this, their self-titled 2nd release, The Sunshine Company's commercial momentum dissipated, and in the wake of their third LP, 1968's Sunshine & Shadows, the group disbanded. Sims & Bregante later recorded with the duo of Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina. Selections are: Look, Here Comes The Sun; Reflections On An Angel; Love, That's Where It Is; Sunday Brought The Rain (Gregg Allman song); I Can't Help But Wonder; I, To We, & Back Again; It's Sunday; You Don't Know Her Like I Do; Your Heart Is Free Just Like The Wind; If You Only Knew (Curt Boettcher song); Darcy Farrow (Tom Campbell & Steve Gillette song, also recorded by Ian & Sylvia); Without Really Thinking. With luxuriant late-1960s LA studio production by Joe Saraceno, you'll find tinges of eccentric melancholy that set them apart from many of the frothy 'Mamas & Papas' styled groups of the period. This is an original Mono PROMO ONLY pressing on IMPERIAL RECORDS (LP-9368) in a Stereo record cover, with a Mono Sticker on the upper left corner indicating that this is a Mono Audition Copy. Someone tried to peel the sticker off, but most of it remains. There were no stock Mono copies of this LP as far as I know. The jacket appears in overall near Excellent condition, while the Mono labels & playing surfaces appear overall near MINT!
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