Deep Six

The Deep Six

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Imagine the Mamas & the Papas without the arranging prowess of John Phillips or the powerful voice of Cass Elliot and you get a pretty good idea of what the Deep Six sounded like. During their brief existence, they released one self-titled LP in 1966 on Liberty. Over three decades later, the U.K.-based Rev Ola label not only reissued that rare collector's item, but also included five non-LP cuts, rare photos, and excellent liner notes. The light, if somewhat generic, folk-rock arrangements and close harmonizing are pleasant enough on the majority of tracks; versions of "A Groovy Kind of Love," "Where Were You When I Needed You," and "Solitary Man" fit the band's smoothness to a tee. A few missteps are also included, especially the overtly far-out hippie vibe on "C'mon Baby (Blow Your Mind)," or even worse, "Paint It Black," which sounds as goofy as if the Serendipity Singers were performing it after taking a few tokes for the first time. All in all, this is fun sunshine pop that fans of the genre will enjoy.

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