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    Rice, Larry “Sunshine” – “Here’s Sunshine” – [Time-Lag Records]

    Holy happy hippy trails. Nemo from the esteemed Time Lag label
    hunted down this 1969 release for reissue. Richly recorded, Rice’s
    voice is warmer than a campfire, and he’s surrounded by acoustic
    guitars, marshmellow banjo and harmonica smoke. Earthy and folksy
    at its core, but recorded in sparkling fidelity. Every breath of
    Rice is caught, and his hollers get dipped in resonant reverb.
    His lyrics come across like a marijuana leaf pressed in a rhyming
    dictionary. He sings “The earth she is good to me” and means it,
    at the time. The intervening decades may not have been as good
    to Rice, but the extended liner notes inside make it sound like
    he’s still shining on having taken his choices and hitchhiked
    pass opportunities with their own traps. Does he still go by the
    name “Sunshine?” The old Backbeat promotype and hype state “no
    weird noises to pass for talent” but here at KFJC in 2013, we
    can fix that easily enough with a mix of ringing oscillators
    and electro-acoustic improv. I’d recommend the tracks where
    electric bass snakes around with some minor menace. But mostly
    this is one to glow on, once upon Northern California felt
    like this. Or so they tell me…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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