Just the Right Sound: The Association Anthology

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Association had quite a few singles and album tracks other than the four or five big hits that everyone remembers from constant radio play. This thoroughly annotated two-CD, 51-song compilation, though, has way too much stuff to pore through unless you're an unforgiving sucker for their light harmonies and clever arrangements. Those are matched to material that's sometimes good, but often too airily lightweight and closer to the Lettermen than Brian Wilson. On the positive side, this does have all five Top Ten hits, the odd, interesting low-charting singles like "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" (their most psych-pop-conscious outing), plenty of LP cuts that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Association had quite a few singles and album tracks other than the four or five big hits that everyone remembers from constant radio play. This thoroughly annotated two-CD, 51-song compilation, though, has way too much stuff to pore through unless you're an unforgiving sucker for their light harmonies and clever arrangements. Those are matched to material that's sometimes good, but often too airily lightweight and closer to the Lettermen than Brian Wilson. On the positive side, this does have all five Top Ten hits, the odd, interesting low-charting singles like "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" (their most psych-pop-conscious outing), plenty of LP cuts that haven't been on CD before, and the obscure, pre-"Along Comes Mary" folk-rock covers of "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings" (both from 1965, and both decent). Some of the tracks are presented in single versions that aren't easily available, and there are a couple of previously unreleased outtakes from their 1966 album And Then...Along Comes the Association, neither very memorable, though "Better Times" is reasonable bouncy California harmony pop
ock. There's a rare 1966 Columbia single by Larry Ramos and Jules Alexander recorded in the 1970s by Russ Giguere and the side project Bijou (again, rarer than they are exciting). There's also the occasionally ambitious effort, like the cover of P.F. Sloan's fine "On a Quiet Night," the moody "You Hear Me Call Your Name," or the queasily morbid "Requiem for the Masses," which is interesting if not wholly successful. But much of this is pleasant, too-wholesome puffery, edging further into blandness on much of the late-'60s and early-'70s material that occupies disc two, including their cover of Jimmy Webb's "P.F. Sloan," which is a more interesting idea than it is a good song. The two 1975 and three 1981 tracks that close the set are for the most part going to stretch the patience of all but the most devoted fans. Unless you're a sunshine pop fanatic, a basic Association greatest-hits comp (or their frequent spins on oldies radio) should be enough to maintain your tan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227830328
  • Catalog Number: 78303

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Machine (1:24)
  2. 2 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (2:54)
  3. 3 One Too Many Mornings (2:55)
  4. 4 Forty Times (2:18)
  5. 5 Along Comes Mary (2:51)
  6. 6 Your Own Love (2:21)
  7. 7 Don't Blame It on Me (2:31)
  8. 8 Cherish (3:27)
  9. 9 Standing Still (2:47)
  10. 10 I'll Be Your Man (2:49)
  11. 11 Remember (2:38)
  12. 12 Enter the Young (2:46)
  13. 13 Better Times (2:37)
  14. 14 It'll Take a Little Time - Larry Ramos (2:43)
  15. 15 You Hear Me Call Your Name (2:25)
  16. 16 Memories of You (2:20)
  17. 17 Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies (2:52)
  18. 18 Looking Glass (2:14)
  19. 19 No Fair at All (2:38)
  20. 20 Windy (2:56)
  21. 21 On a Quiet Night (3:21)
  22. 22 We Love Us (2:25)
  23. 23 When Love Comes to Me (2:46)
  24. 24 Never My Love (3:10)
  25. 25 Happiness Is (2:12)
  26. 26 Requiem for the Masses (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Come on In (3:18)
  2. 2 Everything That Touches You (3:20)
  3. 3 Barefoot Gentleman (3:25)
  4. 4 Time for Livin' (2:46)
  5. 5 Birthday Morning (2:28)
  6. 6 Like Always (3:06)
  7. 7 The Time It Is Today (2:18)
  8. 8 Six Man Band (2:26)
  9. 9 Goodbye, Columbus (2:22)
  10. 10 Under Branches (4:26)
  11. 11 Yes, I Will (2:36)
  12. 12 Look at Me, Look at You (3:11)
  13. 13 Goodbye Forever (2:34)
  14. 14 What Were the Words (2:31)
  15. 15 Just About the Same (2:23)
  16. 16 Along the Way (3:22)
  17. 17 P.F. Sloan (4:06)
  18. 18 Pegasus - Russ Giguere (3:27)
  19. 19 Darling Be Home Soon (3:43)
  20. 20 Names, Tags, Numbers and Labels (3:31)
  21. 21 Carry On - Bijou (2:53)
  22. 22 One Sunday Morning (3:08)
  23. 23 Dreamer (3:33)
  24. 24 Small Town Lovers (3:38)
  25. 25 Across the Persian Gulf (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Association Primary Artist
Rodney Dillard Acoustic Guitar, Dobro
Buddy Emmons Steel Guitar
Lincoln Mayorga Keyboards
Larry Carlton Guitar
Don Randi Piano, Keyboards
Bud Shank Flute
Steve Nelson Vibes
Bijou Track Performer
Curt Boettcher Percussion, Oscillator, Tone Generator
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar, Sitar
Michael Fennelly Guitar, Percussion
Jim Gordon Drums
Russ Giguere Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ruthann Friedman Background Vocals
Gary "Jules" Alexander Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Hal Blaine Percussion, Drums
Ben Benay Guitar
Ted Bluechel Percussion, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
John Boylan Piano
Larry Bunker Percussion, Conga
Clark Burroughs Background Vocals
David Cohen Guitar
Gary Coleman Percussion, Marimbas
Paulinho Da Costa Conga
Ron Edgar Drums
Gene Estes Percussion, Mallets
Wilton Felder Bass
Dan Ferguson Guitar
Toxey French Drums, Vibes
Ed Greene Drums
John Guerin Drums
Milt Holland Percussion, Mallets
Bones Howe Tambourine
Terry Kirkman Harmonica, Percussion, Reeds, Recorder, Vocals, Brass
Larry Knechtel Organ, Bass, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Lee Mallory Guitar
Timothy May Guitar
Butch Parker Keyboards
Dean Parks Guitar
Herb Pedersen Banjo
Larry Ramos Guitar, Vocals
Doug Rhodes Bass
Emil Richards Percussion
Sandy Salisbury Percussion
Jerry Scheff Bass
Alexandra Sliwin Vocals
Joan Sliwin Vocals
David Spinozza Guitar
Joey Stec Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Tommy Tedesco Background Vocals
Marsha Temmer Vocals
Artie Wayne Guitar
Mike Williams Drums
Jerry Yester Background Vocals
Jim Yester Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
James M. "Jimmy" Troxel Drums
Michael Melvoin Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Brian Cole Bass, Vocals
Joe Osborn Bass
Richard Thompson Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Tony Greco Keyboards
Technical Credits
The Association Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Bill Holman Arranger, Producer, Brass Arrangment, Instrument Arrangement
Don Randi Arranger
Barry De Vorzon Producer
Curt Boettcher Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Albert Hammond Producer
Russ Giguere Producer
Bob Alcivar Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Angel Balestier Engineer
John Bahler Vocal Arrangements
Don Blake Engineer
John Boylan Producer, Engineer
Bob Breault Engineer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Clark Burroughs Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Al Capps Orchestration
Brian Christian Engineer
John Fiore Engineer
Mort Garson Arranger
Benny Golson Arranger, Producer
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements, String Conductor
Dan Hersch Remastering
Rudy Hill Engineer
Bones Howe Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bill Inglot Liner Notes, Remastering
Frank Kejmar Engineer
Terry Kirkman Arranger
Henry Lewy Engineer
Lewis Merenstein Producer
Miguel Morales Engineer
Brian Ross-Myring Engineer
Keith Olsen Producer
Bobbi Page Arranger
Gary S. "Flip" Paxton Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Ray Pohlman Producer, Instrumentation
Jack Richardson Producer
Pete Romano Engineer
Stan Ross Engineer
David Spinozza Producer
Allen Stanton Producer
Armin Steiner Engineer
John Tartaglia Producer
Jerry Yester Producer
Dawn Eden Liner Notes
Don Altfeld Producer
Michael Melvoin Instrumentation
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Steven Chean Editorial Research
Alex Kasanegras Engineer
Leigh Hall Liner Notes
Randy Steirling Producer
Richard Thompson Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best song in my opinion

    The classical songs of The Association are knowed by all the world, but in my opinion, for me, the best song is Dreamer. All the rest...ok but not great thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smaller Packages Can Be Better Value

    All of the classics are here, but the 2 CD set includes what I consider to be a good deal of filler. As you listen through the compilation, it isn't hard to see why the classic tunes (about 5 of them) stand out from the rest: much of the other material really sounds dated now, but the long-lasting tunes such as Along Comes Mary and Everything That Touches You are much more 'timeless' in their appeal. If you're not a true Association fan, you can find better value in the single-disc anthologies. A great band if you enjoy harmonies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a Winner

    This is the best antholigy CD I've seen by any band. It covers The Association. Very well. The last few songs on this are some of the best they ever did and nobody ever really heard them.If you like The Association this is truely a winner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    This is a great CD If you like the Association. Many familiar tracks and some that are not so familiar.

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