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Friday, June 19, 2009

Sunbirds, Germany *** REISSUED ***



Sunbirds - s/t. 1971 BASF.
Sunbirds - Zagara. 1972 Polydor.


These are both on Garden of Delights coming soon list. They have been for many years, but so was Ibliss which did finally come out in 2009 - so hopefully these will follow soon! In the meantime, while waiting, I did pick up an original LP of the first. Such a great album!

Sunbirds are perhaps the ultimate soundtrack for your next autobahn excursion. We're talking open top BMW convertible, hot megababe sitting next to you, hairspray, loads of mascara and thigh high white go-go boots - with 4 inch heels. Oh really, you have no idea what I'm talking about? Go over to your cable TV and find some independent channel that has some feature at 3:00 in the morning with a name like Weird Ass Euro Theater. Catch a flick like “The Girl on a Motorcycle” and you're there.... BABY! Must be a European production, even a soft core flick will suffice. Put on the Sunbirds, kick back, relax and drift into your inner vertigo. Extra points if you have shag carpet and wood paneled walls....

Musically the Sunbirds' albums can best be qualified as "flute groovers". That is to say, they are seasoned in the jazz idiom, but also wanted to venture into the psychedelic sounds of the day. Chris Hinze, Lloyd McNeill, and Bjorn J:Son Lindh did this too. But the Sunbirds also had that Krautrock thing going on, and you know they were hip to Wolfgang Dauner, Association P.C. and the whole gang at MPS Records. Plenty of wild fuzz guitar and electric piano. Especially on the first album, the Sunbirds could have easily fit on the Brain label, and may have had they come around a year or two later. File next to your T. Yokota and the Beat Generation record. Of course you have that...

*** First Sunbirds reissued by Garden of Delights in June 2011 ***
*** Zagara reissued by Garden of Delights in June of 2015 ***

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