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In the late 1960s, at the peak of the hippy era, three American friends - Terry Tucker, Freya Hogue and Erika Eigen- fled to London, UK where they hoped to be noticed in order to emerge as musicians. Luck struck as they were immediately signed to Deram Dacca Records and in only two weeks they started recording what was to be their sole album, the 1969 "Sound of Sunforest".

Staying somewhat faithful to their original plan, that of becoming pop singers, the all-girl trio did not hold back from including on their record along side almost GRYPHON-esque progressive symphonic medieval touches, fine brushes of acid folk reminiscent of THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND or even straightforward American country influences, pop elements which seem to enfold the entire creation. SUNFOREST's effort did not remain unnoticed, as two years after the release of "Sound of Sunforest", Stanley Kubrick decided to include on his then latest piece of work, A Clockwork Orange, the specially re-recorded for the film tracks, 'Overture to the Sun' and 'I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper'.

A band recommended mainly to psychedelic folk freaks; but to the listener with eclectic tastes - don't be a stranger!

Biography by Lizzy.

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 Sound Of Sunforest by SUNFOREST album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.82 | 18 ratings

Sound Of Sunforest
Sunforest Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

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
 Sound Of Sunforest by SUNFOREST album cover Studio Album, 1969
2.82 | 18 ratings

Sound Of Sunforest
Sunforest Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

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.

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