Excellent, breezy pop psych album by this Canadian group. Features the absolutely killer Let The Truth Come Out. For fans of the pop and bubble gum psych records of this era I can't recommend this enough. Laurie Hood (vocals) Peter Mann (piano) Victor Garber Lee Harris The Sugar Shoppe came together in Toronto as a studio project in 1967. Peter Mann had relocated from New York and met up with Laurie Hood, who was in her last year of a scholarship at the University Of Toronto's Faculty of Music. They also teamed up with Lee Harris (who had three years of vocal training), and London, Ontario native Victor Garber who was acting in the University Of Toronto's Hart House and moonlighting in coffeehouses around Toronto. At the time of the band's inception Mann had re-arranged Bobby Gimby's anthemic song "Canada" which the band released as its first single in 1967 on Yorkville Records. They had one more single in 1967, "The Attitude", before being signed to Capitol Records for a full-length self-titled album in 1968. Sugar Shoppe would finally move to Epic Records briefly before folding. Laurie Hood would go on to take an office job with Toronto Sound Studio working for Terry Brown and Doug Riley. She eventually became a well-respected session singer for the likes of Klaatu (1974's 'California Jam'), Shooter, Myles And Lenny (along with Sugar Shoppe bandmate Lee Harris), and eventually for such luminaries as Anne Murray in the '80's; Victor Garber would find fame as a stage and screen actor starring in the hugely successful Hollywood.
Essential sunshine pop classic. The sugar Shoppe began in Toronto as a studio project. Lead Shoppe-keeper Peter Mann teamed up with vocalist Laurie Hood and Lee Harris and London, Ontario vocalist—and future Titanic star Victor Garber. After having some success in Canada, the quartet set their sights on America and signed to Capitol Records the following year. Produced by Wrecking Crew session musician/Glen Campbell producer Al De Lory The Sugar Shoppe features a bright and breezy L.A. soft pop sound, with a hint of psychedelia akin to The Mamas & The Papas and The 5th Dimension. Arranged by lounge legend/electronic music pioneer Mort Garson, the writer of Ruby & the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come."