This track sounds like a collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Brian Wilson – only it isn’t. Although it wants to be:
“South American Getaway“
Just like The 5th Dimension‘s “Dimension 5ive,” this is technically a vocal tune yet one without lyrics. It also has that sunny Southern California vibe – at first – but by song’s end, I would have to describe the overriding emotion as closer to melancholy. Sunshine pop contemplating its navel … orange.
I found this Burt Bacharach composition – “South American Getaway” – on the soundtrack to the film, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid – released 1969, roughly the same time period as “Dimension 5ive.” These two songs together might comprise sunshine pop’s “progressive peak.”
Zero to 180 heartily applauds Japan — the world’s only country to issue “South American Getaway” as a single — for having “the ears” to hear the song’s vastly underexploited commercial potential.
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