Various Artists

Sunshine Days, Vol. 5: 60's Pop Classics

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Volume five of Sunshine Days is another excellent buy for the pop music CD fan on the never-ending search for obscure '60s titles. Some of the cooler titles on volume five are "Back on the Street Again" (the Sunshine Company), "Pretty Ballerina" (the Left Banke) and the Monkees' excellent version of the Paul Williams/Roger Nichols composition "Someday Man." One of the cuts on here has really aged remarkably well, that being the Turtles' "Elenore". Boosted by drummer Johnny Barbata's unbelievable marriage of hard rock and swing, along with nimble conga overdubs, this song is an absolute joy to rediscover; the vocal performance carries it over the goal line. It's the feel that counts on records like this, and "Elenore" has it. As usual, the tracks by the Mamas & the Papas and the Lovin' Spoonful are completely ageless. To be sure, there's some crap (like the Buckinghams' abominable "Hey Baby," among others), but if you like any of the records mentioned above, you'll love volume five.

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