Symphonies for Susan

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Formed in Ann Arbor, MI in 1961 by two sets of brothers, Fred and Ed Farran and Scott and Tom Herrick, the Arbors took a glee club, Four Freshman approach into pop music, but by the end of the decade they had blossomed into an intriguing, sophisticated, and softly psychedelic pop outfit and had put out at least one minor masterpiece, 1969's clumsily named The Arbors Featuring I Can't Quit Her/The Letter. Sounding a bit like a cross between a hip barbershop quartet and Simon & Garfunkel, complete with Baroque string arrangements, mind-bending vocal phasing, and radical re-imaginings of several pop hits, the album was certainly singular, and it suggested a bright ...
See more details below
CD
$21.84
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$22.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (1) from $13.00   
  • New (1) from $13.00   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Formed in Ann Arbor, MI in 1961 by two sets of brothers, Fred and Ed Farran and Scott and Tom Herrick, the Arbors took a glee club, Four Freshman approach into pop music, but by the end of the decade they had blossomed into an intriguing, sophisticated, and softly psychedelic pop outfit and had put out at least one minor masterpiece, 1969's clumsily named The Arbors Featuring I Can't Quit Her/The Letter. Sounding a bit like a cross between a hip barbershop quartet and Simon & Garfunkel, complete with Baroque string arrangements, mind-bending vocal phasing, and radical re-imaginings of several pop hits, the album was certainly singular, and it suggested a bright creative future for the group. Unfortunately, with the exception of a single the following year in 1970, the Arbors chose to concentrate instead on a lucrative career singing jingles for various commercials for the next 35 years until the death of Ed Farran in 2005, after which the group called it quits. This 22-track selection from Revola Records includes the entirety of that breakthrough 1969 album along with key highlights from the Arbors' other two albums, and tosses in assorted related singles to present the best available look at this woefully forgotten band. There are several striking highlights here, including the group's version of the Box Tops' 1967 hit "The Letter," which is slowed down by half and then slows down even more from there and emerges as a fascinating reinterpretation of the song. The Arbors perform a similar bit of magic on a cover of the Doors' "Touch Me," stripping back Jim Morrison's original vocal bluster to make it over into a fragile, delicate, and extremely beautiful love song. Then there are a pair of inventive medleys, one which pairs two obvious Beatles songs both written by Paul McCartney, "Good Day Sunshine" and "Got to Get You into My Life," and one which grafts the chorus from Simon & Garfunkel's "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her" to Blood, Sweat & Tears' "I Can't Quit Her," creating, in effect, a whole new song, and a striking one at that. The group's final single, a gorgeous reading of Bobbie Gentry's "Okalona River Bottom Band," is also here, along with an utterly bizarre take on the garage band classic "Hey Joe" which, if not the definitive version of it, is certainly among the most memorable. And memorable is also the word for the Arbors' cover of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," a version that layers the epic original with all manner of new twists and turns, finally emerging as more quaint than effective, but no one could ever accuse the Arbors of taking the obvious route into the song, which by itself makes their version refreshing. The best of what the Arbors recorded in the late '60s raises soft pop to a near art, and if in the end the group's reach overextended its execution, it wasn't by much, and they remain a delightful guilty pleasure some forty years later.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • EAN: 5013929451322
  • Catalog Number: 213
  • Sales rank: 115,796

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Arbors Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Al Kooper Composer
Ed Farran Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Nick Robbins Recreation
Carl Sigman Composer
Marcos Valle Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Robert Gaudio Composer
Noel Sherman Composer
Andy Morten Producer, Artwork, Annotation
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously