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The Polyphonic Spree Audio CD
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The Polyphonic Spree began July 15, 2000. Since then they have traversed the globe several times over (including appearances at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Oscar de la Renta Fashion Week Runway Show, MTV Video Music Awards, Glastonbury, Summersonic, and various late night TV shows) while receiving accolades, adoration, and even a few imitators. What many outside of Dallas are unaware of is ... Read more in Amazon's The Polyphonic Spree Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 679 RECORDINGS
  • ASIN: B00006JTC4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Have A Day / Celebratory 4:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. It's The Sun 5:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Days LIke This Keep Me Warm 4:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La La 2:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Middle Of The Day 2:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hanging Around The Day Part 1 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hanging Around The Day Part 2 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Soldier Girl 3:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Light & Day/Reach For The Sun 3:220.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Long Day36:31Album Only


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BBC Review

The Polyphonic Spree, from Dallas, Texas, have made a very unusual record which could be 2002's most surprising success.

When a new band forms they often think of a gimmick to make them stand out from the crowd. They throw in four guitarists for example (Godspeed You Black Emperor) or get everyone to wear sharp suits (The Hives) or red and white clothes (The White Stripes). The Polyphonic Spree take this idea to the extreme. There are 25 band members: an 11 piece choir and a 14 piece orchestra; and they all wear white robes. They look like messengers from some strange religious cult but don't let that put you off; their message is one of joy and celebration.

The album's opener, "Section 1 (Have A Day/Celebratory)", is typically uplifting and is only slightly ruined by the vocals being worryingly similar to Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight".

The band specialise in unusual vocal arrangements and harmonies throughout the album. Songs frequently feature just one line repeated over and over. "Section 4 (La La)" with its 'la la' chorus doesn't require much knowledge or experience of singing for you to join in. Recent single "Section 8 (Soldier Girl)" is the most accessible pop tune on the record mainly due its cool chorus.

The songs that don't work as well, ("Section 5" and "Section 10's" 35 minutes of irritating buzzing noises), are the ones that don't feature many of the 25 musicians. Here whole sections of the orchestra are left at home and only an acoustic guitar and the odd drum come out to play. These instruments don't produce enough interest or excitement for the listener. It is when the band are in full effect that they are at their best ("Sections 2, 3, 8 and 9"). Here you can hear oboe solos, harps vying for attention with the horn section and then, above the slightly chaotic din, male and female voices combine to make a wonderful and divine sound.

Many of the ideas on The Beginning Stages have been done before, and usually more successfully, by the likes of Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. However, if you like these bands you'll probably find something on this album to bring you joy and to lift your soul.

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THE POLYPHONIC SPREE The Beginning Stages Of (2002 UK 10-track CD featuring the singles Soldier Girl and Hanging Around picture sleeve)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Shiny Happy People 15 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
The frontman of the Polyphonic Spree Tim DeLaughter (it rhymes with 'Daughter') was not always as happy as he is now. In fact, the spree are the result of a Texan rebirth. DeLaughter had been in a state of disgrace for two years after the death of his friend and "Tripping Daisy" bandmate Wes Berggren. Then at the request of his manager he set about doing something about a "robe band" he was always talking about. The robe band became the 'spree twenty five texans in long white robes. I can almost hear the screams of fear from the deep south. But fear not you black emperor, for these are hippies and wish for nothing more than to reintroduce our pallid world to the delights of the sun, and to revel in that most neglected of emotions, happiness. Now, while this debut is good (and it's very good) it is important that anyone reading this know that it does not even come close to the experience of seeing this band live. Without getting too tree-huggish the spree live is somewhat akin to standing in the centre of a huge pulsating heart. It does no good to try and fight the vibes, simply allow them to wash over you,(like one of those climax inducing shampoos) and you will be redeemed my child. OK maybe I allowed myself to get carried away (on a sea of love,in a boat made of hope) there, but there really is nothing like it. The same goes for the album. Nearly forty minutes of parping and tooting from a twenty five member strong band, replete with practically every instrument imaginable,(including the lesserknown Shnooghorn) as well as complimentary choir. Songs so full of joy, they could make Stephen Hawking bounce round his bedroom like a loon. Choruses that have the power to bring a bit of light into the darkest of days.A really awful final track thats little more than a thirty minute drone.So rejoice and allow yourself to be brainwashed by the Polyphonic Spree, you wont regret it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have a day 3 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
Few things in life compare to seeing this band play live. 25 singers and musicians belting out, with different keys and cords on various instruments, a sound that shouldn't make sense but does anyway. If you didn't see one of their many appearances at last summers festivals you will have to console yourself with this album. That is not to say that the album is a settlement for anything better. It's good, very good.
The strength of the album is in its enthusiastic, happy-go-lucky charm. Practically each track is an uplifting celebration of life, love and happiness. Occasionally, as with 'Days like this keep me warm', it tends move towards mellower ballads, and then there is 'Soldier Girl', which can almost be described as a stealth attack on the parts of the brain that control joy. Unfortunately I do have to find fault with one part of the album, and that is last track. 36 minutes of droning vocorder nonsense; a little self indulgent and totally pointless. But then, you don't have to listen to it. And the rest of the album is strong enough to carry the inconvenience of hitting the off button.
If these really are the beginning stages then I for one can't wait to hear what's to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 25 little eltons 12 Nov 2002
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Format:Audio CD
The Polyphonic Spree, a sprawling rock orchestra and choir who deck themselves out in white robes and beatific smiles. Recorded in just three days, The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree evokes Up With People's all-American optimism as well as some of the music of the psychedelic bearded Beatles, Pink Floyd at their most grandiose and even early Elton but also bears the wounds of Spiritualized or recent Flaming Lips. But they're bigger and better. Quite literally.
It's an uncanny combination: Even as they aspire to yesteryear's fastidiously arranged orchestral pop, the Sprees tidy mish-mash of avante-guard, post modernistic Swanseaic aural happiness can also be viewed as a satire bernesque. There robes, however are little more than a cynical marketing gimmick, which I like. Although perhaps too spiritually twee for some tastes, The Polyphonic Spree are audio Prozac. And they sound bloody happy about it.
Buy it, even if you think that this is only for Savoyards, you'll appreciate it at dawn.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Ben
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It's needless to say that a band comprising of 25 Texans in white ropes is going to cause a stir amongst most demographic areas of society. But, instead of songs promoting the southern attitudes or 'Gay-bashing' that their physical image would otherwise lend it to, The Polyphonic Spree have concentrated their efforts on songs along the line the lines of 'Days like this keep me warm'. These hyms of quiet contentment seem to echo around your soul similar to those hauntingly exquisite atmospheres of Godspeed You Black Emporer or Sigur Ros and like the song suggests, help to keep you warm. Spiritually that is.
What can you do but smile when lyrics as simple as "Hey, it's the sun!" have such a powerful positive effect on your soul. DeLaughter's lyrical naivity similar to that of Trail Of Dead and The Eels gives a remarkable contrast to the orchestral maturity of the productions comprising of everything from French Horns to Theramins.
Basically, there's something for everyone on this album, catchy pop ('Soldier Girl'), arty noise-scapes (the otherwise irrelevant final track, 'A long Day') and finally, songs that will have you phoning the Polyphonic cult hotline with your credit card at the ready ('Light & Day/Reach For The Sun').
If you're losing faith in the world and need a breath of fresh air, or you're just looking for somewhere to leave all your money, feel the weight lift from your shoulders, you've just found them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginning stages
The Polyphonic Spree are now known more for their image than their music -- an upbeat choir in white robes. Not that their music is bad. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2006 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars ...wow...
After waking up late one morning I decided to turn on TV. ITV's CD:UK was on, I thought it would be the usual pop tat, but I watched it anyway to see the current "in" bands in the... Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Music
The Polyphonic Spree have pulled off the ridiculously unlikely by purposefully creating a sound which resonates in your ears, brain and entirity, giving you a sober hit of ecstacy. Read more
Published on 6 July 2003 by "n_mepham"
5.0 out of 5 stars jaw dropping
i got a freebie from the record label to see these when they first signed in this country and it was their first promotional tou, i didn't know anything about them except a couple... Read more
Published on 3 July 2003 by loopi2k
3.0 out of 5 stars Great........but what a downer of an ending
I have to agree with the earlier reports of this album. Its a potential masterpiece that should appeal to fans of everyone from The Beach Boys to The White Stripes via Flaming... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2003 by "finishing"
1.0 out of 5 stars Download the Best tracks
THis album was a huge disapointment. i expected more of the same lively full Orchestral music of "Reach for the Sun" but the ultimate diapointment of the lack of music and track... Read more
Published on 9 May 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Good to a point
I bought this off a recommendation in my university's union newspaper. Overall, this is good, breezy, uplifting fun. Read more
Published on 10 April 2003 by "alexjs82"
3.0 out of 5 stars Hippy trippy good-time nonsense, done better elsewhere
No Pink Floyd to these ears - this is the Beach Boys meets the Flaming Lips, possibly because of the lead vocalist's uncanny Wayne Coyne impression. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2003 by Mr. M. J. Hulme
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beginnig Stages of...
The Polyphonic Spree are 24, white-robe wearing Texans, who according to front man Tim Delaughter have come a long way since their first gig, when they "opened for Grandaddy" after... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2003 by C.A. Sexton
4.0 out of 5 stars Divine
This album is musical bliss. The first track "have a day" bursts with lyrical and musical joy,building up to a triumphant and powerful ending. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2003 by M. Young
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