Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sandy Salisbury - Falling To Pieces (1966-69 us, wondrous baroque beat psych, 2002 remaster)

Here are slices of California '60s pop that never were at least not then. Guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Sandy Salisbury of California almost - legends the Millennium wrote dozens of songs and recorded them demo - style on a sound - on - sound tape recorder in his California beach house before turning them over to his publisher, who did absolutely nothing with them because he was instructed by the band's producer and arranger, Curt Boettcher, to shelve them for further band productions.

What Boettcher essentially accomplished was keeping under wraps pop songs that would have  -  if "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" is any indication  -  landed Salisbury near the top of the pop heap. The sense of hook, the clean, gorgeous vocals, the sappy melodies, and the Baroque stylings of these songs make them all ready for pop heaven. This collection brings 17 such songs  -   and in some cases actual demos  -  together in a portrait of Sandy Salisbury as an equal of people like P.F. Sloan and John Phillips, if not Brian Wilson.

This is magical, beautiful, and yes, sappy pop music. It's lush, textured, and overly sentimental, as innocent as it gets, and as pretty as it gets. I can see someone like Beck freaking out over music like this  -  and he should. Falling to Pieces is for anyone interested in the glories of late - '60s through mid - '70s pop. This is the real stuff.
by Thom Jurek
1. Love Divided By Two (Sandy Salisbury, Keith Colley) - 2:08
2. All I Really Have Is A Memory - 2:21
3. Together In The End (Sandy Salisbury, Gary Usher) - 2:30
4. Sweet Sweet Cinnamon - 2:26
5. Every Minute Of My Life - 2:19
6. Spell On Me #1 - 2:53
7. The Best Thing - 2:21
8. Spell On Me #2 - 2:57
9. So Close To Heaven - 2:25
10.Falling To Pieces (Sandy Salisbury, Joey Stec) - 2:53
11.A Little Bit Of Love (Jill Jones, Sandy Salisbury) - 1:50
12.Bring Me On Back Home Again - 2:38
13.Butter Me Over With Cinnamon Sugar - 3:03
14.Candy Kisses (Sandy Salisbury, Joey Stec) - 2:21
15.Tommorrow (Sandy Salisbury, Joey Stec) - 2:23
16.Do Unto Others (Sandy Salisbury, Keith Colley) - 2:54
17.Here Comes That Feeling (Sandy Salisbury, Jill Jones, Keith Colley) - 2:23
18.Holly In The Summertime - 2:59
19.Back Where You Belong - 2:21
20.Cecily (Sandy Salisbury, Curt Boettcher) - 2:38
21.I Touched The Sun (Sandy Salisbury, Curt Boettcher) - 2:44
All songs by Sandy Salisbury except where noted

*Sandy Salisbury - Vocals
*Curt Boettcher - Guitar, Vocals
*Ron Edgar - Drums
*Michael Fennelly - Guitar
*Lee Mallory - Guitar, Vocals
*Randy Meisner - Bass
*Doug Rhodes - Bass, Piano
*Joey Stec - Guitar

Related Act
1967-69  Sandy Salisbury – Everything For You Vol.1 (2013 Blu Spec) 
1969  Sandy Salisbury - Do Unto Others (2013 Blu Spec) 

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