A SUNSHINE POP MASTERPIECE!
Music genres are labelled for a good reason.
They can be of great help when it comes to putting sounds into a few
words. This terrific album is usually filed with the "sunshine" tag on
it and it is hard to think of a better way to describe the dazzlingly
bright songs recorded in 1969 by this American band. The core of the
group was formed by Roger and Wendy, an acoustic duo that was a regular
performer at NYC's Greenwich Village scene of folk clubs. Two more
members, Tom Pacheco and Sharon Alexander, joined them in Euphoria
during their brief existence.
The band signed to Heritage Records and recorded this fantastic
self-titled debut, featuring songs mostly written by Tom Pacheco and led
vocally by Roger and Wendy. Their music is built around radiant vocal
harmonies and solid arrangements, echoing artists such as The Mamas
& The Papas, Free Design and The 5th Dimension, but with a
distinctive lysergic edge. 'There Is Now', the opening track, is a
beautiful example of the psych twist that eventually spiced up the
strongest songs of the album, as so is 'Ride The Magic Carpet'. On the
other hand, 'Tucson' or 'You Must Forget' are dreamy folk numbers that
show the band's smoother side. The catchy 'Calm Down' makes you wonder
about Euphoria's commercial appeal if they had been strongly backed by
promotional efforts... However, by the time the album came out in 1969,
this kind of folk-pop sound had become out of fashion and live
performances with top selling artists such as Van Morrison, Iron
Butterfly or Sly & The Family Stone were not enough to reach decent
Euphoria disbanded shortly after their only album was released and
two new different projects followed, Bermuda Triangle and Pacheco &
Alexander, pursuing more contemporary sounds.