Sunday, November 26, 2023

VA - The Best of Sunshine Pop: 172 Iconic Classic Tracks that Defined the Original Sunshine Pop Era of the 60s (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (6 x CDs)


Previously posted December 31, 2022

VA - The Best of Sunshine Pop: 172 Iconic Classic Tracks that Defined the Original Sunshine Pop Era of the 60s (Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (6 x CDs)

Quite possibly the most extensive and diverse collection of classic original 1960s sunshine pop ever compiled in one place.   Sunshine pop (originally known as soft pop) is a sub-genre of pop music that originated in Southern California in the mid-1960s. Rooted in easy listening and advertising jingles, sunshine pop acts combined nostalgic or anxious moods with "an appreciation for the beauty of the world". It largely consisted of lesser-known artists who imitated more popular groups such as the Mamas & the Papas and the 5th Dimension.

Sunshine pop enjoyed mainstream success in the latter half of the decade, with many of its top 40 hits peaking in the spring and summer of 1967, especially just before the Summer of Love. Popular acts include the Turtles, and the Association. Other groups, like the Millennium, Sagittarius, the Parade and the Yellow Balloon were less successful but gained a cult following years later with albums like Begin (Millennium, 1968) and Present Tense (Sagittarius, 1968) being sought after on the collectors’ market.  After its peak in the 1960s, the genre lingered in near-obscurity, although it enjoyed some interest among collectors of rare vinyl singles and LPs. Select albums would occasionally fetch hefty prices at online auctions or in record stores. A name was eventually given to the music, "sunshine pop", although it was rarely deployed outside of record collecting circles. In the early 1990s, a renewed interest began in Japan, where record companies started publishing compilations of long-forgotten, obscure 1960s music. This revival subsequently spread to Europe and the United States.

Compilations and box-sets by groups such as Spanky and Our Gang, The Association, The Arbors and The Love Generation have been released on CD. Among the record labels which issue sunshine pop re-releases are Revola Records in Britain and the US label Sundazed.

So, after considerable and extensive online research, plus my own recollections and memories, here is my personal compilation of what I consider to be the 172 best and most important tracks from the original sunshine pop era, including a few 'sunny' themed 60s pop hits added in for good measure!  This fully packed 6CD set contains many rare and extremely hard to find tracks, with many featured in their original 7" 45 mono single form. Only the original 1960s studio mixes are included. No later remixes, 'stereo enhanced' or live versions here!  Compiled as always using the very latest and highest quality digital remasters, with a considerable amount of tracks sourced from the original master tapes for superior sound quality and enjoyment.

Get ready to bask in 7.8 hours of beautiful 'Sunshine'!







Track lists


01 The Beatles Good Day Sunshine 2:09

02 The Association Along Comes Mary (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:50

03 The Sundowners Always You 3:01

04 The Peppermint Rainbow And I'll Be There 2:10

05 The Cherry People And Suddenly 2:03

06 Sagittarius Another Time 2:40

08 The Peppermint Trolley Company Baby You Come Rollin' 'Cross My Mind 2:26

09 Angel Pavement Baby You've Gotta Stay 2:24

10 The Group Baby, Baby It's You (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 1:52

11 The Sunshine Company Back on the Street Again 2:28

12 Strawberry Alarm Clock Barefoot in Baltimore 2:25

13 The Rascals A Beautiful Morning 2:35

14 The Eighth Day Brandy (Doesn't Live Here Anymore) 2:35

15 The Mamas & The Papas California Dreamin' 2:38

16 The Beach Boys California Girls (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:40

17 Pat Shannon Candy Apple, Cotton Candy 2:10

18 The Association Cherish (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 3:15

19 The Association Come On In 3:16

20 Harpers Bizarre Come to the Sunshine 2:34

21 Tommy James And The Shondells Crystal Blue Persuasion 4:04

22 Sidewalk Skipper Band Cynthia at the Garden 2:37

23 The Monkees Daydream Believer 2:59

24 The Mamas & The Papas Dedicated to the One I Love 2:58

25 The Brass Ring The Dis-Advantages of You 2:25

26 The Lovin' Spoonful Do You Believe In Magic 2:06

27 The Peppermint Rainbow Don't Wake Me Up In the Morning, Michael 2:34

28 Roger Nichols And The Small Circle Of Friends The Drifter 2:32

29 Vanity Fare Early in the Morning 2:45

30 The Turtles Elenore 2:30


31 The Hollies Everything Is Sunshine (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 1:59

33 Harpers Bizarre The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) 2:37

34 The Tokens For All That I Am 2:22

35 The Seekers Georgy Girl 2:16

36 The Cowsills Gettin' Into That Sunny, Sunny Feelin' Again 2:34

37 The 5th Dimension Go Where You Wanna Go 2:19

38 Oliver Good Morning Starshine 3:37

39 Harmony Grass Good Thing 2:42

40 The Laughing Wind Good to Be Around 2:53

41 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 3:37

42 Charlotte Russe Good Weather Machine (Original 1969 7" Mono Single Version) 2:14

43 The Cowsills Gray Sunny Day 2:48

44 The Friends Of Distinction Grazing in the Grass 2:55

45 Gary Lewis & The Playboys Green Grass 2:11

46 The Young Rascals Groovin' 2:27

47 The Love Generation Groovy Summertime 2:25

48 Harmony Grass Happiness Is Toy Shaped 2:24

49 The Blades Of Grass Happy 2:23

50 The Turtles Happy Together 2:54

51 Cat Stevens Here Comes My Baby 2:56

52 The Flying Machine Hey Little Girl 3:02

53 The Privilege The Highly Successful Young Rupert White 2:23

54 The Feminine Complex Hold My Hand 3:44

55 The Arbors I Can't Quit Her/For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her 3:17

56 3's A Crowd I Don't Wanna Drive You Away 2:38

57 Harmony Grass I Remember (Original 1969 7" Mono Single Version) 3:03

58 The Mamas & The Papas I Saw Her Again 3:13

59 The Box Tops I See Only Sunshine (Original 1969 7" Mono Single Version) 2:14


60 The Clique I'll Hold Out My Hand 2:35

61 The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You 2:43

62 Sagittarius I'm Not Living Here 2:27

63 The Looking Glass If I Never Love Again (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:45

64 The Gas Company If You Know What I Mean 2:28

65 Triste Janero In the Garden 2:47

66 Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense and Peppermints 2:48

68 The Peppermint Trolley Company It's a Lazy Summer Day 2:03

69 Mama Cass It's Getting Better 3:01

70 The Arbors Just Let It Happen 2:27

71 The Vogues Just What I've Been Looking For 2:35

72 The Visions Keepin' Your Eyes on the Sun 2:13

73 The Buckinghams Kind of a Drag 2:06

74 The Parade Kinda Wasted Without You (Mono Version) 2:08

75 The Free Design Kites are Fun (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:41

76 Spanky And Our Gang Lazy Day 3:07

77 The Love Generation Let the Good Times In 2:16

78 The Grass Roots Let's Live for Today 2:48

79 Spanky And Our Gang Like to Get to Know You 3:17

80 The Garden Club Little Girl Lost-and-Found 3:01

81 The Association Looking Glass (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:13

82 Margo Guryan Love 5:26

83 The Clique Love Ain't Easy 2:37

84 The Looking Glass Love Is Not Everything (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:45

85 Margo Guryan Love Songs 2:37

86 The Morning Glories Love-In 2:34

87 Mama Cass Make Your Own Kind of Music 2:20

88 Four Jacks And A Jill Master Jack 2:50


89 The Shannons Mister Sunshine Man 2:26

90 The Sandpipers Misty Roses 3:31

91 The Mamas & The Papas Monday, Monday 3:27

92 The Neon Philharmonic Morning Girl 2:13

93 Harmony Grass Move In a Little Closer Baby 2:43

94 The Critters Mr. Dieingly Sad 2:49

95 Eternity's Children Mrs. Bluebird 3:19

96 The Oxfords My World 3:10

97 Sagittarius My World Fell Down 2:54

98 The Association Never My Love (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:55

99 Keith Feat. The Tokens 98.6 3:05

100 The Association No Fair at All (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:38

101 The Association One Too Many Mornings (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:54

102 Chad & Jeremy Painted Dayglow Smile (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:28

103 The Monkees Pleasant Valley Sunday (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 3:06

104 The Cowsills The Rain, The Park and Other Things 2:59

105 The Eighth Day Raining Sunshine 2:37

106 The Cyrkle Red Rubber Ball 2:19

107 Triste Janero Rene De Marie 2:56

108 Scott Mckenzie San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) 2:58

109 Holy Mackerel Scorpio Red 3:06

110 The Lovin' Spoonful She Is Still a Mystery 3:01

111 The Tokens She Lets Her Hair Down 3:05

112 The Parade She Sleeps Alone 2:07

113 The Looking Glass Silver and Sunshine (How Wonderful Is Our Love) 2:02

114 The Sugar Shoppe Skip-a-Long Sam 3:02

115 The Millennium Some Sunny Day 3:21


116 Sagittarius Song to the Magic Frog (Will You Ever Know) 2:48

117 The Ballroom Spinning, Spinning, Spinning 2:39

118 The Association Standing Still (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:44

119 The 5th Dimension Stoned Soul Picnic 3:28

120 Classics Iv Stormy 2:47

121 Nancy Sinatra Sugar Town 2:22

122 Street Corner Society Summer Days, Summer Nights 2:12

123 Harmony Grass Summer Dreaming 2:16

124 The Lovin' Spoonful Summer in the City 2:40

125 Tuesday's Children Summer Leaves Me with a Sigh 2:43

126 The Pyramid Summer of Last Year 3:07

127 The Trade Winds Summertime Girl (Original 1965 7" Mono Single Version) 2:20

128 Margo Guryan Sun 2:36

129 Spanky And Our Gang Sunday Mornin' 3:52

130 Spanky And Our Gang Sunday Will Never Be the Same 3:01

131 The Kinks Sunny Afternoon (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 3:36

132 Douglas Good & Ginny Plenty Sunny and Me (Original 1968 7" Mono Single Version) 2:59

133 The Hobbits Sunny Day Girl 2:33

134 Kiki Dee Sunshine 2:00

135 Herman's Hermits Sunshine Girl 2:38

136 The Parade Sunshine Girl (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:46

137 Donovan Sunshine Superman (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 3:16

138 The Clique Superman 2:33

139 Samantha Jones Surrounded by a Ray of Sunshine 2:06

140 The Arbors A Symphony for Susan 2:36

141 Margo Guryan Take a Picture 3:08

142 Lee Mallory That's the Way It's Gonna Be 3:03


144 The Association Time for Livin' (Original 1968 7" Mono Single Version) 2:43

145 The Millennium To Claudia on Thursday (Original 1968 7" Mono Single Version) 3:08

146 Triste Janero Today It's You 2:53

147 Sagittarius The Truth Is Not Real 2:51

148 The Mamas & The Papas Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon) 3:26

149 The 5th Dimension Up, Up and Away 2:38

150 The Cowsills We Can Fly 2:15

151 The Association We Love Us (Original 1968 7" Mono Single Version) 2:24

152 Donovan Wear Your Love Like Heaven 2:25

153 Harmony Grass What a Groovy Day 3:32

154 Margo Guryan What Can I Give You 2:31

155 Harmony Grass What Do You Do When Love Dies 2:48

156 The Cowsills What Is Happy 2:28

157 The Velvet Underground Who Loves the Sun 2:46

158 The Salt A Whole Lot of Rainbows 2:54

159 The Peppermint Rainbow Will You Be Staying After Sunday 2:30

160 The Association Windy (Original 1967 7" Mono Single Version) 2:56

161 The Beach Boys Wouldn't It Be Nice (Original 1966 7" Mono Single Version) 2:25

162 The Cookies Wounded 2:53

163 The Yellow Balloon Yellow Balloon 2:12

164 The Flower Pot Men You Can Never Be Wrong 2:36

165 Triste Janero You Didn't Have to Be So Nice 3:14

166 Sagittarius You Know I've Found a Way 2:01

167 The Turtles You Know What I Mean 1:59

168 The Turtles You Showed Me (Original 1968 7" Mono Single Version) 3:06

169 The Blades Of Grass You Turned Off the Sun 2:32

170 The Montanas You've Got to Be Loved 2:51

171 The Critters Younger Girl 2:25

172 The Beatles Here Comes the Sun 3:07




  1. Sunshine in your soul, a smile on your face and countless cheerful harmonies in deep, gray, rainy November? Only K can do it. This will be my perfect weekend companion. Thanks as always & Best

  2. It snowed last night here in Chicago, so this is most welcome. Thanks K.
    Hi BB

    1. These should brighten up your day then, lemonflag.

  3. Very impressive collection, much appreciated!

    1. Hi art58koen.
      I hope you will enjoy it for years to come.

  4. It's guilty pleasure time! Thanks, BB!

    1. I too am guilty, Gummo.
      It a great sub-genre that always makes me smile.

  5. Many thanks BB, another beaut collection from that defining era. 👍

    1. Have fun listening to this great set of songs, hedspace.

  6. Hated this as a kid. Too busy being hip. Can't get enough of it now! A beautiful, handpicked comp, BB.

    1. Thanks, BillyMac,
      K has created a wonderful selection of tracks for all to enjoy.