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12 Mar 2017

Tres & Kitsy (The Children of Sunshine) “Dandelions” 1971 US Private Psych Folk




Tres & Kitsy (The Children of Sunshine) “Dandelions” 1971 ultra rare US Private Psych Folk
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The artists stated in an interview that they were known as "Tres & Kitsy," the album was called "Dandelions," and they called themselves "Children of Sunshine." 

Recorded in 1971 by two classmates of Tres (Therese) Williams and Kitsi Kristner from the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Both girls at the time of recording were 10 years old. All the songs belong to Kitsi and Tres, also the girls play the guitar themselves. In addition, they were assisted by their guitar teacher and specially invited students of the local college in recording this wonderful record. The record was published under the name Children of Sunshine with a circulation of 300 copies and quickly dispersed. In general, the network can be found several names of this collective - for example, Tres & Kitsy or Dandelions. At the moment, Tres and Kitsi are thinking about re-releasing the record. Today, by the way, the style of the album is defined only as "Lo-Fi Pre-Teen Folk-Psych”………….

It was just two years ago when we met each other — that’s when it all started. Jim CURRAN started giving us guitar lessons. After a while we always played together at the shows at school. Then we had a photography class with Frank. He taught us how to develop pictures and what a photographer should know. One day it was very nice out so we went over to the college to ake pictures and there was a great big dandelion field and so we thought why don’t we take pictures here. So we all picked some dandelions and posed in them. Frank took our picture and we developed it. In a few weeks we were together at Kitsy’s home for the weekend and Uncle Scott and Aunt Judy were there when we started to make up some songs. Uncle Scott said, “Why don’t you two make an album since you’re so good?” We said, “O.K.!” So we started making up songs and Kitsy came up with the idea of using the picture of us as the album cover. We figured out how it was going to look and everything so we made up a whole bunch of songs. Some of them we forgot and they weren’t any good and so we had to make up new ones. Our new ones turned out pretty good. Then we had singing lessons with some of the teachers at our school. Before we could record we had to practice doing our songs, so Jim said we should have a show of our own for the school just to get used to crowds. We did and we sang all our songs. Finally we had a whole bunch of rehearsals for the album and we had background people like Wendy and Mike — Mike played the drums and Wendy the bass. It really started to sound good so we had our first recording sessions. On our first recording session we recorded 4 songs but we only used two: “Dandelions” and “Tuffy”. In our second recording session we were tired of rehearsing and recording so we decided we were going to do them all that day. They all turned out good. The following Monday night at 8 o’clock we chose which songs we wanted to do which finished the album. We had everybody who wanted an album at the College School send in $5.00 to us. When we got pretty much money we finished the album and that made us very proud.

Tracklist
A1 Dandelions
A2 The College School
A3 Tuffy
A4 War
A5 They Call It Love
A6 The Children Of Sunshine
B1 Uncle Harry
B2 If You Are Lonely
B3 Talking
B4 It’s A Long Way To Heaven
B5 Harmony
B6 Talking 

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