Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:23 AM
gratuitous (49,292 posts)
DU Album of the Day: "And then . . . along comes" The Association
Okay, we've been talking embarrassing music purchases and Beach Boys harmonies. This purchase, one of my first pop LPs ever (kids, we used to call a grouping of songs by an artist a CD for compact disc, and before that were these black vinyl thingies called records, or LPs), is the debut album by a six-man band, The Association.
However, having this in my collection is not quite so embarrassing as other selections. These six young men, very earnest in their skinny black jackets with skinnier lapels and skinniest black ties, brought the harmony like almost nobody else. And, for such an overlooked group, they had three songs in the pantheon of pop, "Windy" and two from this album, "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish." In addition to the hits are several good and workable pop songs, "I'll Be Your Man" "Standing Still" and "Round Again" stand out. Russ Giguere's hiccup-y (is that word?) vocal style is shown off to its best effect on "Don't Blame It On Me."
Yeah, it's pop, but there are unsuspected depths here. The most often cited is the rhyming of "psychodramas" and "traumas" on "Along Comes Mary," a hit years ahead of its time. But there are other lyrical and particularly vocal flights and nuances that 1966 just wasn't prepared for.
1. "Enter the Young"
2. "Your Own Love"
3. "Don't Blame It on Me"
5. "I'll Be Your Man"
6. "Along Comes Mary"
2. "Standing Still"
3. "Message of Our Love"
4. "Round Again"
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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 11:38 AM
hifiguy (13,143 posts)
4. Good, solid pop music
Association member Ted Templeman went on to become an A&R man and producer. He was the guy who allegedly discovered Van Halen and produced their first few albums.