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Sum Pear

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First and only recorded offering from the singer-song writing duo of Sonny Hahn and Doug Miller that has remained largely unknown until now. The eponymous album, released in 1971 on the Jubilee Group’s Euphoria label (EST1) shared much in common with their more illustrious stable mate James Taylor’s first studio album which also made its appearance on Euphoria at around the same time. Sum Pear is not an easy album to categorise. The underlying psych influences are of a quirky British nature and there is also some outstanding heavy fuzz, particularly on Side One’s ‘Hey Sun. ’ The cover artwork is imaginative and powerful, the song writing is serious, with thoughtful well-crafted lyrics dealing with the issues of the day from Vietnam to drugs. The acoustic guitar work is excellent, as are the dreamy and melodic vocals and harmonies.

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