- Audio CD (15 July 2013)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition
- Label: Now Sounds
- ASIN: B00CI5MXZA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,332 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Association (Expanded Edition) Deluxe Edition
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Released in August 1969, The Association (often referred to as the Stonehenge album) marks another turning point in the band s storied career. They opted to co-produce the eponymous album with JOHN BOYLAN (Appletree Theater, Rick Nelson, The Dillards) and play on most of the tracks themselves as they had done on their sophomore LP, Renaissance. The result was a more mature and highly diverse effort showcasing country rock, hard rock, R&B, and soft pop, all featuring the signature harmonic blend they were beloved for. The Association, a Billboard #32 charting album, features 10 bonus tracks, including non-LP singles, and rare mono single versions. Mastered by Alan Brownstein FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES! The full-colour booklet includes rare photos and extensive liner notes featuring the participation of original band members! Produced for reissue by Steve Stanley.
Top Customer Reviews
You're a music fan of the usual critically acclaimed yet commercially undervalued 60s west coast stuff (The Byrds circa Notorious Byrd Brothers, post Pet Sounds Beach Boys, Forever Changes, Gene Clark, Head-era Monkees etc), you've discovered a few gems of your own that seem to have slipped under the radar altogether (Moby Grape? Clear Light? The United States Of America? The Dillards?), and you've got a taste for that sort of sound. Just The Right Sound, in fact.
Now, further imagine you know The Association only fleetingly, being perhaps too young, or the wrong side of the Atlantic to appreciate their success in their heyday. As far as you're concerned, they're another sub Beach Boys pop group who had a couple of chirpy pop hits and still trawl the oldies circuit with scant original members. LIke Gary Puckett, or the 1910 Fruitgum Co. That sort of thing.
Is this you? If it is, the scenario should be continued as follows:
On the recommendation of someone in a record store, or a friend, (or an online review- hello!) you pick up this album out of curiosity; it's cheap, you get it on vinyl for a quid, you get it from iTunes. Whatever.
You slip it on expecting a few chirpy tunes in close harmony. And you hear a banjo and acoustic guitar, as warm and as close as a Burritos tune, but with polished harmonies that only seven voices can create. The opening track Look At Me, Look At You may be a Vietnam lament, but it's beautiful, powerful, surges in all the right places, stays quiet in others. Terry Kirkman's lead vocal is utterly sublime and heartbreaking. You wonder if you've got the wrong CD? This is GOOD.Read more ›
If I could take only one album with me to a desert island it would be this one. If I could take only one song it would be 'What Were the Words'.
The Association might have been a great, mid-60s pop band but on this album they matured into a great band - period. Three years and three albums later they were all but finished. Their like will never come round again.
So if you've only heard their hits (and/or have their best selling Greatest Hits album), allow this one to introduce you to their writing, playing and singing at their peak. It shouldn't disappoint!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sunshine vocal pop to brighten up your slate grey winter days. Includes the original album and additional single As and BsPublished on 22 Feb. 2014 by P. Martland
This is not an Association album with hit singles, but it is actually a proper album with great songs, great playing and of course the harmonies. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2013 by J. Connelly
Guy Incognito's great review has got it spot on,but I just had to throw in my two pence worth(with inflation we'll make that a quid). Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by Richard de Jongh-richiedj