Synthesis [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Synthesis is an apt name for an album that, like its predecessor, A Scratch in the Sky, proved the Cryan' Shames to be among the most versatile mainstream pop
ock groups of the late '60s. Versatile does not mean great, though, or especially interesting, and can also mean an absence of a solid identity. This record is more eclectic than it is exciting, though the material is well arranged and the group was composed of accomplished harmony singers in particular. On "Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles, David Smith & Jones" they get heavy, with the cover of Hoagy Carmichael's "Baltimore Oriole" they get jazz/folk-rock progressive, on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Synthesis is an apt name for an album that, like its predecessor, A Scratch in the Sky, proved the Cryan' Shames to be among the most versatile mainstream pop
ock groups of the late '60s. Versatile does not mean great, though, or especially interesting, and can also mean an absence of a solid identity. This record is more eclectic than it is exciting, though the material is well arranged and the group was composed of accomplished harmony singers in particular. On "Greenburg, Glickstein, Charles, David Smith & Jones" they get heavy, with the cover of Hoagy Carmichael's "Baltimore Oriole" they get jazz/folk-rock progressive, on "It's All Right" it's jaunty country-rock, and on "First Train to California," there's an almost self-conscious straining for an MOR AM radio hit. The segueing together of tracks and occasional insertion of spacy instrumental and production flourishes indicate that they wanted to leave the impression of making a progressive statement. But it sounds for the most part like 1960s AM radio filler trying to get hipper with a touch of the far-out, the problem being that 1960s AM radio filler intrinsically cannot get too hip or far out. The CD reissue of this odd mix of sunshine pop and mild pop-psychedelia adds eight bonus tracks. No less than six of them are single versions of tracks from the LP; the other two present both sides of their 1969 single, "Bits and Pieces"/"Rainmaker," which matched a country-rock original with a Harry Nilsson cover.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771618825
  • Catalog Number: 6188

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cryan' Shames Primary Artist
Isaac Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Isaac Guillory Arranger
Fred Catero Engineer
Jim Golden Producer
Lenny Kerley Arranger
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Kip Smith Mastering
Clark Besch Liner Notes
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good 60's Music

    This Album is nothing like the other albums by Cryan Shames. It is different, imaginative and progressive in the best sense. A fine collection of songs.

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