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August 27, 2020

Soft Sounds For Gentle People, Volume 5 (Pet Records CD)

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Since I shared a FADING YELLOW compilation recently, I also need to offer an entry from the other stellar compilation series of trippy pop-sike 45’s from the late 1960’s, SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE.

The first volume of SSFGP came out in 2003, and since then there have been five volumes in the main series, and some side volumes of all-female collections, male-female duets, “mystic males,” and a wonderful compilation of Bob Dylan clones called IT’S ZIMMERMAN’S WORLD…WE JUST LIVE IN IT. It seems as though the most recent release in the series was the sublime MYSTIC MALES 2, in 2014. Like the Dylan collection, MM2 was issued in a cardboard mini-LP sleeve (the earlier volumes were in jewel boxes), had few tracks than earlier comps, and was issued simultaneously on LP (the reason for the lesser number of tracks). I miss not having regular releases from Pet Records! As any listener to Steve Stanley’s NOW SOUNDS or Andrew Sandoval’s COME TO THE SUNSHINE or anyone who’s gone through some of the LOST JUKEBOX volumes I linked to knows, there is good material out there for many many more volumes of SSFGP. Soft Sounds has a unique and instantly recognizable sound, which is at once more kitschy and more overtly psychedelic than the Fading Yellow series. You won’t find early 70’s singer-songwriters here, and the late 60’s ones you find are more along the lines of Bob Ray’s ‘Initiation of a Mystic’ or Sonny Bono’s ‘Inner Views’ (and you can get a boatload of that kind of sublimity on the two MYSTIC MALES comps, which I highly recommend). An important and endlessly enjoyable series–a series that’s often playing at my home or on the road in the car.

Why not enjoy the most recent entry in the main series, Volume 5, which some kind soul has posted to You Tube. Link is below….

01. Stix & Stonz – Take a Bus
02. The Johnnys – Nothing Sacred
03. Mouse – Look at the Sun
04. The Rainy Daze – Blood of Oblivion
05. People – Ridin High
06. Wells and Fargo – Mother Goose Sonata
07. Things to Come – Hello
08. Roman Chariot – Five Sensations
09. The Delicate Balance – Autumn Wind
10. Bentley Road – Kill the Cobra
11. The Charter Members – All the Worlds Kings
12. The Carnival – The Four Seasons
13. The Phoenix Trolley – When Charleys Doing his Thing
14. Misty Morn – Summer Sunshine
15. Devils Brigade – Dreaming Is
16. The Sandals – House of Painted Glass
17. The Lollipop Fantasy – It’s a Groovy World
18. The Flower Pot – Gentle People
19. The Capes of Good Hope – Lady Margaret
20. The 1st Century – Looking Down
21. The Fraternity of Man – Wispy Paisley Skies

The CD of this album has exhaustive liner notes, as do all the volumes, and I see on Ebay you can still get Volume 5 and also Mystic Males 2, if you are so inclined, for under $15 each. The earlier volumes have gone up in price a lot, unfortunately, so act now to grab the ones you can cheaply.

The series consists of

SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE 1

SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE 2

SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE 3

SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE 4

SOFT SOUNDS FOR GENTLE PEOPLE 5

SOUNDS OF SHE

HE AND SHE

MYSTIC MALES

MYSTIC MALES 2

IT’S ZIMMERMAN’S WORLD…WE JUST LIVE IN IT

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