Sunday, July 19, 2015

Vision Of Sunshine - 1970 - Vision Of Sunshine

Vision Of Sunshine 
Vision Of Sunshine 

01. Mourning Word 01:15
02. She Said 05:41
03. Mr. Bojangles 04:24
04. For You Alone 03:11
05. Stranger Here 04:02
06. Vision Of Sunhsine 04:26
07. Woke Up Staring At A Fire Hydrant 02:53
08. Summer Sundown Woman 03:51
09. Bizarrek Kind 03:23
10. You Get What You Pray For 05:18

Vision Of Sunshine:
 Jane Baltinhouse - Vocals
 Gerald Hauser - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
 Sean Allan Nelson - Celeste, Calliope, Harpsichord, Organ, Piano
 Terri Osiecki - Flute
 Mary Tiller - Flute

 Guest Musicians:
 Michael DeTemple - Banjo, Bass, Guitar
 Andy Douglas - Drums
 Jessie Eurlich - Cello
 Flint - Electric Guitar
 Joyce Miller - Cello
 Jack Carone - Voices
 Bill Lazarus - Percussion

This Californian quintet was led hy Gerald Mauser, who was romantically involved with singer Jane Boltinhouse. They rehearsed their material at the Lake Sherwood home of TV star Bob Denver (best-known for his role in Gilligan's Island), in what drummer Andy Douglas has subsequently decribed as 'a large rec room overlooking the pool, with a view of the lake'.

The link with Denver came through guitarist Mike DeTemple, who was house-sitting for him. Recorded at the legendary .Sunset Sound Recorders studio in Hollywood, their sole LP was produced by Howie Kane (a founder member of Jay & The Americans), and appeared in March 1970. Billboard wrote that 'the five regulars known as Vision Of Sunshine have come up with a unique sound on their debut LP.

The use of such unfamiliar instruments  as flute, celeste, calliope and harpsichord in a rock context, together with Jane Boltinhouse's haunting soprano, produces an ethereal A sound that is not only different but pleasing. She Said and the title cut are the best songs.'

Though they were disaffected by their label's reluctance to pay the session musicians used on the album, the band promoted it with gigs at the Troubadour club in Hollywood and at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre (on a bill with comic Don Ho and poet,folk singer Rod McKuen), ' but they disintegrated whilst on the road, shortly after Hauser and Boltinhouse's daughter Bright was born in 1970.

Their relationship disintegrated simultaneously, with Boltinhouse departing in search of herself. Hauser returned to LA and gradually made a name for himself as actor Wings Hauser (with parts in The Young & The Restless, Beverly Hills 90210 and Roseanne), while Mike DeTemple earned international acclaim for his guitar-building. Their album, meanwhile, was largely forgotten about four decades, though its cult reputation has steadily grown.

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