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Sometimes Happy Times
1. I Sing My Song - (previously unreleased)
2. Sea of Tears - (previously unreleased)
3. Foolish Times - (previously unreleased)
4. And We're One - (previously unreleased)
5. Let You Know - (previously unreleased)
6. Bird, The (Didn't Die) - (previously unreleased)
7. To Touch Upon the Light - (previously unreleased)
8. Essence, The - (previously unreleased)
9. It's Not Worth It at All - (previously unreleased)
10. Love Is - (previously unreleased, demo)
11. Baby's Blue - (previously unreleased, demo)
12. Sometimes Happy Times - (previously unreleased)
13. Magic Carpet Ride - (previously unreleased)
14. Pickin' Daisies - (previously unreleased)
15. When the Wind Blows - (previously unreleased, demo)
16. Love, Love - (previously unreleased, demo)
17. Visualize - (previously unreleased, demo)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11114
Personnel: Dotti Holmberg (vocals); Randy Garcia (guitar, piano,
background vocals); Sandy Salisbury, Mike Deasy, Ben Benay, Jerry Scheff (guitar); Keith Olsen (bass); Toxie French (drums); Curt Boettcher, Sheri Holmberg-Olsen, Michele O'Malley, Sandy Salisbury, Gary Holmberg,
Lee Mallory, Randy Swickard, Allison Buft (background vocals).
Producers: Dotti Holmberg, Curt Boettcher, Keith Olsen.
Recorded between 1966 & 1970. Includes liner notes by Dotti Holmberg.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Randy Garcia (vocals, guitar, piano); Keith Olsen (vocals, bass guitar); Sandy Salisbury (guitar, background vocals); Mike Deasy Sr. , Ben Benay (guitar); Jerry Scheff (bass guitar); Toxey French (drums); Curt Boettcher, Michele O'Malley, Lee Mallory (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Dotti Holmberg; Bob Goldstein.
Recording information: Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA (1966-1970); Hollywood Sound Recorders (1966-1970); Home Recording (1966-1970); Original Sound Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA (1966-1970).
Although Holmberg did not release solo recordings in the 1960s, she recorded fairly often in the studio and at home, yielding enough material to produce this 17-song mixture of 1966-1970 studio productions and home demos. Her Curt Boettcher association is what will probably draw a lot of collectors' attention to her work in the first place, though as it happens just four of these tracks (all from 1966) were produced by Boettcher. Those Boettcher cuts are, well, typical Boettcher: candy-sweet melodies and lyrics matched to multi-layered Baroque pop production, with Holmberg's vocals verging on the childlike (not always to good effect). Holmberg only wrote one of the Boettcher-overseen songs, but actually did pen most of the other songs, which project a flower-powery navet that can be both affecting and overdone in its fantasy-ridden rose-colored hue. If you're in the right mood, it's not bad stuff, as Holmberg has a decent knack for blending the merry and the melancholy in her melodies, and her voice does have a singularly high, keening, almost transparently trusting quality. The eight home demos, though far less sophisticated in their arrangements (mostly featuring just folky acoustic guitars and light percussion rattles), are in some aspects preferable to the studio outtakes, as her voice and approach are more down to earth on the home recordings, the vocals in particular avoiding some of the near-shrillness of the studio productions. ~ Richie Unterberger
Uncut (10/02, p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Holmberg exudes glassy, cocktail cool from every breath..."
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