The Canterbury Music Festival

Band members               Related acts

- Friedland - ???
- Gemelle - ???
- Hurley - ???
- Wilkins - ???  



- none known




Genre: rock

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Rain & Shine

Company: B.T. Puppy

Catalog: BTPS 1018

Year: 1969

Country/State: USA

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: still in shrink wrap; exceptionally nice for age

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

Cost: $1.00


Here's one of those acts you occasionally see listed in collector discographies, but is seldom (if ever), actually seen. In twenty years of collecting, we've only seen two copies of the LP and this one is by far in the best shape.

Unfortunately, we can't tell you much about the band. Apparently a quartet (we base that guess on the back cover photo), the group were signed by The Tokens' short-lived B.T. Puppy label. We also know their 1969 album "Rain & Shine" was produced by The Tokens. Musically the set's kind of hard to describe. Imagine The Association singing with a distinctive British lilt and you'll be in the right ballpark - that's actually an interesting comparison since these guys don't appear to have been English. The Association comparison isn't bad either given much of the set consists of sensitive ballads. While there isn't anything wrong with material such as "First Spring Rain", "Sunny Days" and "Why Does Everybody Run To Home", these tracks don't offer up anything particularly original or memorable. Far better were up tempo numbers such as "Sharin" and "Angelina" (both which would have made dandy top-10 singles), the fuzz guitar propelled "Super Duper Trooper" and the Sgt. Pepper-inspired slice of lite psych "Mr. Snail". Certainly not the year's most original effort, it was still far better than anything label mates The Tokens or The Happenings ever did ... You certainly won't be surprised to learn the set literally vanished without a trace (BT Puppy certainly doesn't seem to have printed many copies); followed in quick succession by the band.   As for the price; consider this to be a true collector's piece ...

"Rain & Shine" track listing:
1.) First Spring Rain (Gemelle) - 3:00
2.) Sunny Days (Gemelle) - 2:23
3.) Sharin (Friedland) - 2:32
4.) Why Does Everybody Run To Home (Infanzon - Gemelle - Infanzon) - 2:28
5.) Girl of the Skies (instrumental) (Margo - Margo - Hank Medress - Siegel) - 2:36
6.) Super Duper Trooper (Infanzon - Infanzon) -
7.) You're the Only Good for Me (Friedland) - 242
8.) Mr. Snail (Margo - Margo - Hank Medress - Siegel) - 2:21
9.) Poor Man (Margo - Margo - Hank Medress - Siegel) - 1:50
10.) The Son of a Preacherman (instrumental) (Hurley - WIlkins) - 2:10
11.) Angelina (Gemelle) - 2:27