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|The Peppermint Rainbow|
Will You Be Staying After Sunday
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Here?s a real pot of gold for ?60s sunshine pop seekers: the lone album from Baltimore band The Peppermint Rainbow! Produced by Paul Leka of Lemon Pipers, Steam and American Breed fame, Willl You Still Be Staying after Sun... more »
Here?s a real pot of gold for ?60s sunshine pop seekers: the lone album from Baltimore band The Peppermint Rainbow! Produced by Paul Leka of Lemon Pipers, Steam and American Breed fame, Willl You Still Be Staying after Sunday sports expert, folk-pop production touches supporting the unison vocals of sisters Pat and Bonnie Lamdin, who end up sounding an awful lot like Spanky McFarlane of Spanky & Our Gang. The combination clicked for the 1969 hit title track, but the rest of the album has a number of songs that could have been singles, too...that soaring, late-?60s sound at its best! A Collectors? Choice Music exclusive, with notes featuring quotes from the band!
GretschViking | Northeastern, USA | 07/05/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a nice CD. It never ceases to amaze me just how many great songs have been overlooked. In 1969, the Peppermint Rainbow had their hit with the tasty "Will You Be Staying After Sunday" but to me the real "find" is their first single which was completely ignored by the public: "Walking In Different Circles". They just do NOT write catchy tunes like that anymore. One of the problems this band had was the fact that they 'hit' in 1969 and not 1967. Had they arrived during the summer of love they surely would have won more hearts as they have that distinctive Mamas & Papas/Spanky & Our Gang sound. They were produced by Paul Leka of the Lemon Pipers fame and many of the tracks featured on this CD have the same feel/production as the tunes on the Pipers LP's. In fact-and I love this, the Peppermint Rainbow used the original 1967 Lemon Pipers backing track of "Green Tambourine" for their own rendition. Very interesting! If you are a collector, the mere fact that this is featured is the perfect reason to buy the CD. This album features some tight harmonies and soaring melodies. There are some hidden classics here."
The Peppermint Rainbow = Intregrity
J. A. Giotto | Rochester, NY USA | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's about time somebody offered this group on compact disc. Bubblegum? Yes, but the title track, "Will You Be Staying After Sunday," is a gem. In fact, the Peppermint Rainbow deliver all of these tracks without a hint of corporate manufacture. "Walking in Different Circles" is another fine track, also recorded with a soulful approach by Goldie and the Gingerbreads in 1967. Don't pass up this infectious disc."
Peppermint Rainbow Update From Style Magazine's Sept.-Oct./2
HUGO | HOUSTON, TEXAS United States | 04/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a huge fan of this group, and they are one of the most alluring mysteries in Pop Music. I found this in Style Magazine and decided to repost for all fans: >PEPPERMINT RAINBOW
Carole King may have asked "Will you still love me tomorrow?" but Baltimore's Peppermint Rainbow was a bit more specific. The band's sunny pop single "Will You Be Staying After Sunday/ If We Can Make it to Monday" reached No. 32 on the Billboard charts in 1969 amidst the Beatles' "Get Back" and debut singles by the Chicago Transit Authority and Three Dog Night. The tune, written by Al Kasha and Paul Leka, who had just scored a No. 1 hit in writing "Green Tambourine" for the Lemon Pipers, featured the rich vocal harmonies of Bonnie Lamdin (who sounds like a dead ringer for Spanky McFarlane on this cut) and her sister, Pat, and the backing efforts of a trio of guys-- Tony Carey on drums, Doug Lewis on lead guitar and Skip Harris on bass.
Discovered by another Baltimorean-- Mama Cass Elliot-- in a Georgetown club, the group went from a low point of sharing one loaf of bread and a package of bologna five ways to brief fame touring the country with The 5th Dimension, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, Sly and the Family Stone, even the ukulele-playing Tiny Tim. Lead singer Bonnie Lamdin Phipps remembers Peppermint Rainbow's audition for the "Dinah Shore Show"-- in Dinah Shore's living room-- and how Shore's influence got the band invited to perform on the "Mike Douglas Show." ("I still have the tape," she says fondly.)
Peppermint Rainbow released only one album, "Will You Be Staying After Sunday," which just missed making Billboard's Top 100 albums chart in 1969. By 1970, Bonnie Lamdin had married and the band members, worn out from touring and feeling a little defeated by the album's failure to chart, went their separate ways.
Only one of the band members, Doug Lewis, still plays music regularly, handling a variety of instruments and vocals in the local band The New Monopoly. (In the '90s, he was part of the Delaware-based band the Hubcaps.) Tony Carey, who Lamdin Phipps describes as the band's "free spirit," lives in Alaska and paints houses for a living. Skip Harris is deceased. Pat (Lamdin) Brown works for the juvenile court system, and Lamdin Phipps returned to Baltimore from Atlanta last year to become president and CEO of St. Agnes Hospital, the culmination of a 30-year career in the health care industry. Lamdin Phipps is philosophical about her time as part of the Peppermint Rainbow. "Being in the band prepared me for making presentations," she says with a laugh, "So I don't get totally paralyzed when I have to do that." --M.Z.
****************************************************************************** Don't pass up this REV-OLA U.K. Record Label's 2008 Remastered Reissue of PEPPERMINT RAINBOW's Classic "WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY" album, which does feature the original 11 album tracks PLUS 10 Bonus Single Mixes for a total of 21 tracks - inluding the coveted "Single Mix"/45 Version of the hit title track! I can verify that because I have my copy. The sound on this edition is superior to the 2005 Collector's Choice label, of which I also own a copy.