Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Tuneful Trolley - Island in the Sky 1968 ( 2008 Now Sounds) mp3@320 & Flac

The Tuneful Trolley were six high school kids from Suffolk County, Long Island who went from playing dances and restaurant gigs to a brush with the big time when they were discovered by Sandy Yaguda of Jay & the Americans. Yaguda took the band under his wing, gave them their name (they had been "The Mark of Quality" when Yaguda first heard them), got them a deal with Capitol Records, and produced their first and only album, 1969's Island in the Sky.
After the record sank in the marketplace, the Tuneful Trolley split up, and most of the members did little or nothing in music afterward, which is surprising when you hear the album -- Island in the Sky is hardly a masterpiece, but given the group's age and inexperience, it's impressive stuff, full of engaging pop tunes (most written by the group), solid vocal harmonies, and tasteful arrangements well-executed by the band. Most of the material on Island in the Sky falls into the category of East Coast sunshine pop, which means the outlook is a bit cloudier and more attitudinal than similar West Coast product, and tunes like "Uncle Joe's Armada" and "M.A.C.K. (Mother's Authoritative Collection of Knowledge)" suggest the musical and lyrical influence of Sgt. Pepper's without the same level of skill or grand vision.
But "Lovely Day" and "Georgianna Peach Pie" are great pop tunes that benefit from the muscular drumming of Jack Riolo, there's a folk rock undertow to "Apple Pie" that's clever and effective, and "The Tuneful Trolley Theme" is a better-than-expected bit of self-promotion. Island in the Sky sounds like the promising debut album from a group likely to do something even better once they had some more experience under their belts, and it's too bad the Tuneful Trolley's sophomore effort never happened, but for fans of '60s pop, there are a few hidden gems to be found on this disc.
(In 2008, Cherry Red's Now Sounds division reissued Island in the Sky with mono mixes of four tunes that appeared on singles added as a bonus; the CD collects everything the band released, and it's the definitive document of their short career.) (

Wonderful sunshine pop album here. I love it really much. Here comes the bad news: I can't find my Flac copy so i only can offer it in mp3@320cbr. But like my mother said: ''Better a sparrow in your hand than a dove...''
I highly recommend this album for sunshine/popsike lovers. And by the way...if some kind soul have a Flac or any other lossless copy please contact me. It would be much appreciated!

Enjoy it
             Frank         mp3@320
                                                Flac part1  &  Flac part2


  1. Long time no hear from this band - thank you!

  2. Thanks for posting this CD. A few years ago, I've seen this CD for sale at Rockit Scientist Records on St. Mark's Place in Greenwich Village in New York City. I didn't buy it back then...but that store has since closed down. Music stores are finding it hard to stay open, with the internet and everyone downloading. Thanks again.

  3. Thank you Frank!

  4. Hi Frank
    Flac on the way plus some other goodies


    1. Hola Geoff!
      Once again a big big Thank You!

  5. Thanks you for upgrading this to FLAC! Much appreciated.