Wendy & Bonnie
Media Condition: M
Sleeve Condition: VG+
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic, Folk
Notes: 2008 3x LP reissue (even the reissue is rare!). Unopened, new, but jacket shows signs of shelf wear from previous retail environment–ring wear, crease in top left corner, light wear on all corners. Shrink wrap torn in a few places.
If you like: the sunshine-y psychedelic pop of Margo Guryan or The Millenium, you’ll easily fall in love with this rare album from Wendy & Bonnie.
About: The sister duo of Wendy Flower and Bonnie Flower (their real names, not aliases), Wendy & Bonnie recorded one album in the late ‘60s. Genesis is pleasant, if naïve, harmonized light rock with psychedelic, jazz, and folk influences. It is impressive given their tender ages–Wendy Flower was just 17, and Bonnie Flower only 13, when it was recorded in late 1968, and the pair wrote all of the material on the LP.
The Flowers grew up in a musical family in the San Francisco Bay Area, and prior to recording on their own, did a couple of garage-psychedelic singles as part of Crystal Fountain; Wendy sang lead, and Bonnie played drums. Jazz star Cal Tjader put them to the attention of a jazz label he recorded for, Skye, which made the Wendy & Bonnie LP its lone venture into rock. Genesis was pretty sparsely produced, the arrangements highlighting their harmonies and pensive paisley tunes, but did benefit from backing by some top Los Angeles session musicians, including drummer Jim Keltner and guitarist Larry Carlton.
The album was released in 1969, but stalled when Skye Records folded the following year. The death of producer Gary McFarland in 1971 further discouraged the duo. Although they did sing backup vocals on a couple of Tjader albums and some jingles and background vocals at Fantasy Records, they never recorded their own material again, and broke up in the early ‘70s. They did perform music separately in the subsequent decades, Wendy Flower issuing a children’s music cassette, and Bonnie Flower once rejecting an invitation to join The Bangles. The rare Genesis album was reissued with bonus tracks by Sundazed in 2001.*Richie Unterberger
A favorite track: I Realized You