Scratch in the Sky [Deluxe Expanded Mono Editon]

Scratch in the Sky [Deluxe Expanded Mono Editon]

by The Cryan' Shames
     
 

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On their second album, the Cryan' Shames shifted from the heavy British Invasion and Byrds influences of their debut into a more California sunshine pop-flavored sound, without abandoning their debts to the Beatles and the Byrds altogether. Never mind that they weren't from California; the harmonies, and

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On their second album, the Cryan' Shames shifted from the heavy British Invasion and Byrds influences of their debut into a more California sunshine pop-flavored sound, without abandoning their debts to the Beatles and the Byrds altogether. Never mind that they weren't from California; the harmonies, and sometimes the arrangements, have definite echoes of the Beach Boys and the Association. The Cryan' Shames were good harmony singers, and all but two of the songs on the LP are the work of group members Jim Fairs and Lenny Kerley. But the fact is that the songs aren't nearly as good as those of the Beach Boys, though there are definite nods to classics like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in some passages, and not even as well-tailored for AM success as the Association's hits. As such groups go, though, they're above average and more wide-ranging, getting into some faintly Byrdsy and faintly psychedelic sounds on "The Sailing Ship," Revolver-influenced guitar work on "Mr. Unreliable," and pure gossamer harmony pop on "The Town I'd Like to Go Back To." Sometimes it seems like they can't make up their mind what to emphasize: "Sunshine Psalm" has a hard-driving verse that sounds influenced by the Byrds' "I See You," yet melts into light Association-styled harmonies in other sections. The cover of the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," which came out as a single, is way too MOR-slick, though. [The 2014 reissue on Now Sounds contains the same seven bonus tracks the 2002 Sundazed reissue. Five of them are single versions of songs from the LP; the others are the 1968 non-LP soft rock single "Young Birds Fly" and the B-side "The Warm," a harmony ballad with more Beach Boys-Association influences. The difference with this set is that it's taken from the original mono masters, and there are new liner notes from Scott Schinder.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5013929064829
catalogNumber:
2520452
Rank:
137370

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cryan' Shames   Primary Artist
Isaac Guillory   Bass,Guitar,Accordion,Cello,Keyboards,Vocals
Dennis Conroy   Percussion,Drums
Tom Doody   Autoharp,Vocals,Bells
Jim Fairs   Bagpipes,Bass,Flute,Mandolin,Vocals
Lenny Kerley   Bass,Vocals,Tamboura
Jim Pilster   French Horn,Tambourine,Vocals,cowbell

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Jim Fairs   Arranger,Composer
Jim Golden   Producer
Lenny Kerley   Arranger,Composer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Bob Monaco   Producer
Bill Swofford   Composer
Steve Stanley   Reissue Producer,Art Direction,Layout
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Ron Holder   Composer
Geoff Bryan   Composer

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