Curt Boettcher & Friends | Looking For The Sun

 Curt Boettcher & Friends | Looking For The Sun

A Stunning Collection Of Rare Singles And Lost Cuts From
Visionary Psychedelic-Pop Producer Curt Boettcher

“Curt Boettcher epitomizes the unsung, unjustly neglected pop genius” 
—The New York Times

 

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Best known for his groundbreaking contributions to what later became known as “sunshine pop,” and his hit productions for The Association (“Cherish”, “Along Comes Mary”), Curt Boettcher formed the pioneering rock bands The Ballroom and The Millennium, and contributed heavily to classic pop-psych album Sagittarius created and crafted by legendary producer Gary Usher (Beach Boys, Byrds). A Hollywood-based producer and arranger in the Phil Spector mode—whose sessions he actually participated in—Boettcher was innovative in utilizing the studio as an instrument—an approach that made a lasting impression on a young Brian Wilson. In 1966 and ’67, Boettcher spent so much time at Columbia Studios in Hollywood that some began to call CBS Curt Boettcher Studios.” The work he did with Gene Clark, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Elton John, Emitt Rhodes, and The Beach Boys (among many others) is a master’s thesis in the use of sound and space to elevate music and emotion into art.

Looking For The Sun is the first release to focus on Curt Boettcher as a producer and arranger rather than a performer, highlighting cuts that were released only as singles. Most of the tracks have remained out of print since their initial release. Collected here are 21 tracks (18 on LP)—all sourced from the original master tapes—which Boettcher wrote, produced, arranged, or sang on. 

Steve Stanley, founder and producer of Now Sounds Records, lovingly assembled this unique and vibrant collection song-by-song; combing the vaults and file cabinets of Sony Music and the musty archives of obscure L.A. recording studios. One of the many highlights is a mysterious gem of a long-lost song: Cindy Malone’s “You Were Near Me” (previously unreleased and available as a digital single for this collection). Thanks to Stanley’s meticulous research of Musician’s Union Contracts, and interviews with the musicians and artists, a clearer portrait of Curt Boettcher’s prodigious and radical work as a producer emerges. Over the course of Looking For The Sun, the listener can hear Boettcher as an in-house producer for Our Productions, discovering the methods and sounds that would serve him so well as a bandleader and sonic guru of The Millennium. The 36-page booklet that accompanies the release, beautifully designed by Stanley, features fascinating and deeply researched notes on each of the songs, fabulous, rarely-seen archival photos, and a marvelous essay from noted Boettcher scholar Dawn Eden Goldstein

Artists include: Cindy Malone, Sandy Salisbury, Gordon Alexander, Keith Colley, Summer’s Children, Jonathan Moore, Ray Whitley, Eddie Hodges, The Bootiques, Action Unlimited, and Sagittarius. Also featuring musical contributions by Glen Campbell, David Gates, Gary Usher and Keith Olsen.

“I went looking for the sun in the darkness of my mind.” —Gordon Alexander 

Tracklist:

  1. CINDY MALONE – You Were Near Me
  2. RAY WHITLEY – Take Back Your Mind
  3. SUMMER’S CHILDREN – Milk and Honey 
  4. THE BOOTIQUES – Did You Get Your Fun 
  5. KEITH COLLEY – Enamorado
  6. KEITH COLLEY – Shame, Shame
  7. JONATHAN MOORE – I Didn’t Ever Know 
  8. EDDIE HODGES – Shadows and Reflexions 
  9. ACTION UNLIMITED – My Heart Cries Out 
  10. ACTION UNLIMITED – Thinking To Myself
  11. RAY WHITLEY – Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 
  12. RAY WHITLEY – Lorraine
  13. JONATHAN MOORE – London Bridge *
  14. SANDY – The Best Thing
  15. SANDY – All I Really Have Is A Memory 
  16. THE BOOTIQUES – Mr. Man of the World 
  17. GORDON ALEXANDER – Looking For The Sun 
  18. GORDON ALEXANDER – Miss Mary *
  19. GORDON ALEXANDER – Windy Wednesday 
  20. SAGITTARIUS – Another Time
  21. SAGITTARIUS – Pisces *

*CD only Bonus Tracks

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