The Morning Glories

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The Morning Glories -- not to be confused with either the 1990s group of that name or the 1960s act the Morning Glory on Fontana Records -- were a short-lived West Coast sunshine pop act, built around…
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The Morning Glories -- not to be confused with either the 1990s group of that name or the 1960s act the Morning Glory on Fontana Records -- were a short-lived West Coast sunshine pop act, built around the songwriting and singing of James Griffin and Robb Royer. They were sidetracked soon after the release of their sole Warner Bros. single, "Love-In," in 1968 into joining up with David Gates in what became Bread. The short life of the Griffin-Royer combo is a real pity, because that one single was a fine piece of Baroque-flavored psychedelia, mixing a curiously antiquated elegance (and tasteful horns) with cascading images of what will happen "at the love-in," which is closer in spirit to, say, the Byrds' "Renaissance Fair" than to the Chocolate Watchband's snarling "Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In)." Bread sold a lot more records but earned precious little respect from anyone serious about music. The Morning Glories' moment in the sun was resurrected in 2004 by Rhino Handmade on Come to the Sunshine: Soft Pop Nuggets from the WEA Vaults.