The Association - Birthday (1968) Japan remaster (2013)
Rock, Pop, Japan Editions | Author: sirk | 17-01-2017, 20:21
Artist: The Association Title Of Album: Birthday Year Of Release: 1968/2013 Label (Catalog#) Warner Bros [WPCR-27824] Country: UK Genre: Sunshine Pop Rock Bitrate: Lossless Quality: FLAC (image + cue,scans) Time: 00:33:06 Full Size: 233mb(+5%)
Birthday is a strong record. Vocally, the intricate harmonies shine, and there is a lyrical depth on some songs that challenge the Association's reputation as a mere pop group. Granted, there are some light moments, such as the opening cut, "Come On In" (though the vocals do stand out on this cut). And "Toymaker" and "Hear in Here" show the vocal limitations of the lead singers. But "Like Always" does an excellent job of wryly commenting on the loss of a relationship, with the usual fine vocal interplay. "The Time It Is Today" mixes the political and personal in an effective way. And "Everything That Touches You" (their final Top Ten ) is one of their finest love songs, if not one of their best songs, period. The vocals are as intricate as the arrangement, and the sincerity of the lyrics is very apparent. Production by Bones Howe gives the record a very commercial, clean sound that fits well with the material presented.
Tracks: ------- 01. Come On In (Jo Mapes) - 3:19 02. Rose Petals, Incense And A Kitten (Ric Mcclelland, Jim Yester) - 2:57 03. Like Always (Bob Alcivar, Tony Ortega, Larry Ramos) - 3:08 04. Everything That Touches You (Terry Kirkman) - 3:22 05. Toymaker (Jeff Comanor) - 3:30 06. Barefoot Gentleman (Skip Carmel, Yester) - 3:27 07. Time For Livin' (Don Addrisi, Dick Addrisi) - 2:48 08. Hear In Here (Ted Bluechel) - 3:17 09. The Time It Is Today (Russ Giguere) - 2:19 10.The Bus Song (Kirkman) - 3:34 11. Birthday Morning (Carmel, Yester) - 2:25
Personnel --------- Russ Giguere - Vocals, Guitar Brian Cole - Vocals, Bass Terry Kirkman - Vocals, Brass, Woodwinds Jim Yester - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards Larry Ramos, Jr. - Vocals, Bass, Guitar Ted Bluechel Jr - Vocals, Drums Hal Blaine - Drums Joe Osborn - Bass Mike Deasy - Guitar Larry Knechtel - Keyboards
All thanks to original releaser
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