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2.82 | 18 ratings | 2 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Overture To The Sun (1:41)
2. Where Are You (2:46)
3. Bonny River (2:45)
4. Be Like Me (2:13)
5. Mr. Bumble (1:49)
6. And I Was Blue (2:51)
7. Lighthouse Keeper (2:04)
8. Old Cluck (2:44)
9. Lady Next Door (2:28)
10. Peppermint Store (2:02)
11. Magician In The Mountain (4:15)
12. Lovely Day (2:51)
13. Give Me All Your Living (2:43)
14. Garden Rug (2:17)
15. All In Good Time (3:50)

Total Time: 39:19

Line-up / Musicians

- Terry Tucker / piano, harmonium, harpsichord, Hammond organ, vocals
- Freya Houge / Spanish guitar, banjo, vocals
- Erika Eigen / Latin American percussion, ankle bells, vocals

Guest musicians:
- Reg Weller, Jim Lawless & John Blacchard / Tunea percussions
- Herbie Flowers & Joe Mudele / bass guitars
- Jim Suilivan / electric guitar
- R. Mosley & D. Wolfstal / violins
- F. Riddle / viola
- Malca Cossa / cello
- Ralph Eizen, Less London & Cliff Haines / trumpets
- John Burden & Andy McGavin / French horns
- Harry Smit / flute, piccolo, bass clarinet
- S. Sutcliffe & Les Baldin / oboes
- Cecil James / bassoon
- Alfie Reece / tuba

Releases information

LP Deram Nova SDN7 (1969)
CD Universal Japan (2005)
Japanese reissue projected for in Jan 2005 with 15 tracks (UICY-9512). Limited edition - remaster with paper sleeve similar to original album.

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SUNFOREST Sound Of Sunforest ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (17%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Highly intrigued after having read articles and books mentionning the band, I started huntinhg it down, finally finding it in ali Baba's Cavern in Namur. Great thing I could get an ear on it, I was the only customer in the cave at the time, so I had time to listen to it at great lenghts. One of those highly praised album (especially by collectors trying to get their old vinyls sold) , along with Vashti Bunyan and a few other rarities, that does not live to its reputation as a folk masterpiece or even the slightest bit progressive.

Some 15 short songs, all acoustic (or mostly, I remember a tiny bit of electric guitar), some with rather sympathetic subjects and a seriously hyppie athmosphere. The amateur of medieval or pre-renaiissance will find an interest in the list of instruments played, and the proghead that really enjoys Gryphon might want to pay attention too!

It can be endearing to some folk enthusiasts, I mean the record is not devoid of qualities, but you have to be quite a folk nuthead to appreciate rather amateur and naive songwriting, rather approximative music playing, shoddy production and poor recording. But this is worth a listen, though. Maybe not the investment but certainly the investigation. I was happy to have heard, and now hope to have the album's reputation deflate a bit after this review. Just the fact that this album finally got a Cd release should do the rest about having the prices coming down a bit.

Review by stefro
3 stars Oddly bracketed here as 'Psychedelic / Space-Rock' - a very misleading label(sorry guys) - this sun-kissed folk-pop curio has become something of a cult favourite over the years thanks mainly to the catchy acoustica of 'Magician In The Mountain', a breezy two-minute workout that has featured on many a psychedelic compilation. A trio, Sunforest were a short- lived outfit made up of Terry Tucker(keyboards, harpsichord, vocals), Freya Houge(guitar, banjo, vocals) and Erika Eigen(percussion, vocals) and this brisk, self-titled effort from 1969 proved to be their only release, featuring as it does a succession of softly-peddled folk-pop nuggets tinged with rainy-day psychedelia. Undoubtedly 'Magician In The Mountain' is the highlight, yet as an actual album this is surprisingly good, the bulk of the material exuding a loose, low-slung, lightly-ambling hippie vibe, though don't go expecting any complex instrumental flourishes. This is progressive folk in the loosest sense of the term. An archetypal late-sixties relic, fans of the poppier side of psychedelia - just think Donovan, Incredible String Band or Jethro Tull's folkier moments - should lap this up. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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