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A Scratch In The Sky (Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition) [Deluxe Edition]

The Cryan' Shames Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Now Sounds
  • ASIN: B00INZDHIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Carol For Lorelei
2. The Sailing Ship
3. In The Cafe
4. Mr.Unreliable
5. The Town I'd Like To Go Back To
6. Up On The Roof
7. It Could Be We're In Love
8. Sunshine Psalm
9. I Was Lonely When
10. Cobblestone Road (She's Been Walkin')
11. Dennis Dupree From Daville
12. Young Birds Fly (Non-Lp Single)
13. The Warm (Non- Lp Single)
14. The Sailing Ship (Single Version)
15. Up On The Roof (Single Version)
16. It Could Be We're In Love (Single Version)
17. Sunshine Psalm (Single Version)
18. I Was Lonely When (Single Version)

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The Cryan Shames second album, 1967's A Scratch In The Sky, is an unsung gem of that heady musical era. The sets distinctive mix of youthful garage-rock energy, sophisticated psychedelic-pop songcraft and forward-thinking studio experimentation reflects the spirit of the times and captures the sound of an ambitious band of young perfectionists (already regional stars in their hometown of Chicago) making a quantum creative leap into exciting new territory. On A Scratch In The Sky, The Cryan Shames trade in the familiar rock n roll and soul covers that dominated their first album for a set of haunting, emotionally resonant, and experimental original compositions (plus a transcendent reading of the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned Drifters classic Up on the Roof) that are bolstered by adventurous soundscapes.

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1. A Carol For Lorelei
2. The Sailing Ship
3. In The Cafe
4. Mr.Unreliable
5. The Town I'd Like To Go Back To
6. Up On The Roof
7. It Could Be We're In Love
8. Sunshine Psalm
9. I Was Lonely When
10. Cobblestone Road (She's Been Walkin')
11. Dennis Dupree From Daville
12. Young Birds Fly (Non-Lp Single)
13. The Warm (Non- Lp Single)
14. The Sailing Ship (Single Version)
15. Up On The Roof (Single Version)
16. It Could Be We're In Love (Single Version)
17. Sunshine Psalm (Single Version)
18. I Was Lonely When (Single Version)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is another excellent reissue from the superb Now Sounds record label. The Cryan' Shames were a mid-late '60's Chicago based pop-rock combo who were big in their locale but were never able to expand that popularity countrywide. They moved with the times and when things went paisley during the '67 summer of love they duly went psych(-ish) whilst keeping a pop focus.

The best tracks here are those with a strong relatively 'hard psych' sound like "Mr. Unreliable" (with overtones of The Beatles 'Rain'), The Sailing Ship (with lashings of backwards guitar and bagpipes!?!), The Town I'd Like To Go Back To (with a very cool extended raga-ish fade-out), Sunshine Psalm (which rips off significant bits of The Byrds 'I See You' but just about gets away with it...), and Dennis Dupree From Danville (with more strong Beatle-esque 'Revolver' overtones).

The remaining tracks are much more Sunshine pop focussed and therefore a bit of a mixed bag - the better ones ('The Warm', 'It Could Be We're In Love', 'I Was Lonely When', 'In The Cafe') mine an Association / Lovin' Spoonful vibe without quite reaching the level of their inspirations. The poorer Sunshine tracks; 'Up On The Roof', 'A Carol For Lorelei' & 'Young Birds Fly' fall prey to being too twee and saccharine, sounding more like late-60's airline commericals with a similarly toe-curling effect.

The propensity of bonus tracks include a few non-LP singles; some good, some less so and single versions of LP tracks which frankly don't add much since they are mono and as the album versions are also mono any differences are negligible. Consequently there is about 35 minutes of good listening and about 10 of take it or leave it stuff and another 10 of repetition (the single versions of LP tracks).
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's so great to have the mono mix of this unique album 30 July 2014
By waverunner - Published on Amazon.com
It's so great to have the mono mix of this unique album. It's a dreamy record, full of fresh songs and inventive musical ideas. It is nearly impeccably rendered, especially vocally. And check out that melodic, at times acrobatic bass playing. As usual for those days, the mono version sounds better than the stereo version. An arguable flaw in the album is the at-times tentative baritone of the primary lead vocalist. Maybe that means it should get 4 1/2 stars, but I give it 5 because I've loved this record since 1967.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Gem of an Album 22 Aug 2014
By Renee Descartes - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of those rare albums where every cut could have been a hit -- and they were, but mostly in the Midewest regions served by Chicago radion stations WLS and WCFL in that magical musical era right after the inital British Invasion. It's one of those albums one can listen to over and over and never tire of. Maybe it was the musical arrangements, the selections of song for this album, the "Shames" unmistakable harmonies, the use of various and unusual instruments (some ahead of their time), but this album radiates creativity. I would rank it as a favorite album of all time. Glad it's still available.
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