Al Caiola

Let the Sunshine In

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Al Caiola arranges another crop of current hits as guitar instrumentals on Let the Sunshine In, which has something of a flower power theme. The cover depicts a mini-skirted model (who looks a lot like British television actress Sheila White) standing in a field of flowers, while the music inside takes a few pseudo-hippie detours. Caiola lights up some aural incense with an electric sitar on "Let the Sunshine In" (from the musical Hair) and "The Windmills of Your Mind," but sticks with the guitar for instrumental interpretations of trendy adult pop songs like Rod McKuen's "Jean" and three of Glen Campbell's crossover hits. Caiola himself composed the brassy, bombastic "Guitar Woman," which sounds like something off of one of 101 Strings' "psychedelic" albums. Caiola's playing is a little flashy in places, but mostly he plays twangy, single-string melody lines like Duane Eddy. Let the Sunshine In would have made mildly groovy background music for a bachelor pad in 1969; then, as now, it is fun but slightly ridiculous.