Mar 3, 2009
UNUSUAL WE - UNUSUAL WE (PULSAR 1969) Korean mastering cardboard sleeve
Nothing unusual about these guys, because the record's a great batch of Sunshine Pop vocal work -- very much in the best spirit of bigger work from the late 60s! The album's the only one we've ever seen from the group, but it's a real gem through and through -- a great batch of tracks that blends male and female voices together with a wonderfully swirling sort of sound -- supported by arrangements that are full, but never too lush to smother the vocals -- and served up with a nicely groovy sense of rhythm at the bottom! A few tracks have a nice undercurrent of subtle funk -- thanks, no doubt, to production from Harold Battiste -- and titles include "Close Your Eyes", "Topanga Canyon", "My Bag", "All Day Long", "Bright Spectrum Of Colors", "Feeling Kinda Sunday", "Little Sister", and "It's Good To Be Happy"...[net]
Raved about by collectors of 60s sunshine pop, the Unusual We's first and only record is quite shitty. A weak mix of Free Design and Up With People, this Harold Battiste production would be disposable if not for the funky and stylistically jarring song, "My Bag." The flute/drum intro reminds me of Manfred Mann Chapter III or Stark Reality, and I would be surprised if someone somewhere hasn't sampled it. The groove established and Free Design style group vocals come in. It is an odd mix of sounds - stoned, slinky funk and straight, uptight vox - but it works. The second song I'm laying on you - "Little Sister" - makes the cut only because "My Bag" is so good and I don't want to leave you with just one song. The band? I have no idea. The sleeve notes suggest that it is made up of four couples - loving couples and, if the front cover is photo is any hint, swingers. Chances are that the couple are props or at least not couples but session players, as usual with these kind of sounds...(crudcrud blog review)
well..I must say I totally agree with the second reviewer & the only reason for this post is that many people out there asked me for it...so here it is..get it!
24bit digitally Remastered from the original mastertapes. Limited 500 copies only worldwide.