Ellie Pop


Band members                        Related acts

- S. Dunn - 
- R. Dunn - 
- ???
- ??? 

 

 

- none known

 

 


 

Genre: psych

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Title:  Ellie Pop

Company: Mainstream

Catalog: S/6115

Year: 1968

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: minor edge wear

Available: SOLD 

Catalog ID: SOLD 4629

Price: SOLD $200.00

Cost: $150.00

 

Simply said, Ellie Pop's self-titled 1968 album stands as a lost mid-1960s pop classic ... Now if we only knew something about the band.

Released by the Mainstream label, "Ellie Pop" offered little information on the band in terms of liner notes or performance credits. Here's what you can tell: 1.) judging by the album cover they were a quartet (or an eight piece if they employed the four pigeons), and 2.) brothers S. and R. Dunn were responsible for penning all 12 tracks. Whoever these guys were, they definitely had a thing for Anglo-pop, tracks such as 'Some Time Ago' and 'Caught In the Rain' literally dripping with Beatles influences. To many folks that's probably the kiss of death and in many cases they'd probably be right, but not in this time around. Exemplified by material such as 'Seven North Frederick', 'Seems I've Changed' and 'Watcha Gonna Do' (love the "yeah, yeah, yeahs"), the Dunns avoided the usual clichés turning in a wonderful set that was catchy and commercial, but retained an innovative edge that made ever selection worth hearing. One of the few albums we've given a five star rating to ... One word of warning; while the set's occasionally been billed as psychedelic, in spite of isolated distorted guitars and a few oddball time signatures, to our ears it's simply too mainstream to be considered anything other than pop. Naturally the album vanished without a trace, followed in short order by the band. 

"Ellie Pop" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Seven North Frederick (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:19
2.) Winner Loser (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:12
3.) Can't Be Love (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:31
4.) Remembering (Sunnybrook) (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:26
5.) Seems I've Changed (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:20

(side 2)

1.) Caught In the Rain (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:30
2.) Oh! My Friend (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:18
3.) Some Time Ago (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:18
4.) No Thanks Mr. Mann (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:48
5.) Watcha Gonna Do (S. Dunn - R. Dunn) - 2:41

 

 

These guys are still a mystery to me, though the following email may answer some of the questions:

 

I have 2 copies of the Ellie Pop lp (Minstream s 6115). Both are signed by the band. You seem not to know the band members' names. As best I can make them out:


Doug Koun

Len Dunn

Wayne (no last name)

George R. Dunn


No mention who plays what.
David Wollner

June 2008

 


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