Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree

The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree

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This unflaggingly sunny Texan aggregation -- which weighs in at upwards of two dozen members -- come across like some sort of bizarro-world hybrid of the Flaming Lips and Up with People, what with their sweetly sewn tapestries of choral vocals and breezy orchestrations. Leader Tim DeLaughter has come a long way since his days fronting

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This unflaggingly sunny Texan aggregation -- which weighs in at upwards of two dozen members -- come across like some sort of bizarro-world hybrid of the Flaming Lips and Up with People, what with their sweetly sewn tapestries of choral vocals and breezy orchestrations. Leader Tim DeLaughter has come a long way since his days fronting Tripping Daisy, in both his writing -- which is buoyant enough to stir images of the Summer of Love -- and his sheer presence -- something of a cross between orchestra conductor and happy-face cult leader. This reissue of the Spree's rave-eliciting indie bow reprises all ten untitled "stages" of the single-minded, but not altogether similarly colored, piece that appeared on the original. It also appends four bonus tracks, including a pair of live radio session cuts ("Have a Day" and "It's the Sun") that prove the band can deliver the goods without hiding behind the studio walls. While none of the four added songs are actually new -- they're re-recorded and, thankfully, titled takes on existing "stages" -- each bears a personality that's subtly different than its fraternal twin. Crisp and clean, The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree signals that it's definitely gonna be a sunshine day.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Talk about your teenage symphonies to God. The Polyphonic Spree create the most euphoric, uplifting pop music imaginable. A self-described symphonic pop band crediting an astounding 29 members, their guilelessly spiritual lyrics and flowing white robes suggest they're a cult act in both the literal and figurative sense of the term, but the sheer joy of their music is undeniably persuasive, evoking the otherworldly brilliance of everything from Pet Sounds to The Soft Bulletin. Leader Tim DeLaughter, late of the oft-annoying Tripping Daisy, has harnessed something truly pure and enriching this time around -- imagine Up With People entering the studio with Dave Fridmann in the producer's chair, and you're getting close. This is life-affirming music of the highest caliber.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
[An] expansively psychedelic debut.
Billboard - Adrian Zupp
A strange, transfixing audio drug.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2003
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616240927
catalogNumber:
162409

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Performance Credits

Polyphonic Spree   Primary Artist
Tim DeLaughter   Guitar,Vocals,Dancer
Mark Pirro   Bass,Vocals
Michael Turner   Vocals
Bryan Wakeland   Vocals,Trap Kit
Jeff Bouck   Percussion,Gong,Tabla,Vocals,Timpani
Michael A. Turner   Vocals
Austin Brown   Vocals
Joe Butcher   Pedal Steel Guitar,Moog Synthesizer,Korg,Egg Shaker
Rick Nelson   Violin,Cello,Viola,Upright Bass
Christopher Penn   Vocals
Ryan Fitzgerald   Guitar,Vocals
Evan Hisey   Organ,Korg
John Vineyard   Vocals
John LaMonica   Vocals
Eric Corson   Vocals
Audrey Easley   Flute,Piccolo,Vocals
Toby Halbrook   Theremin,Vocals
Logan Keese   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mark McKeever   Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Mike Melendi   Percussion
James Reimer   Trombone
Andrew Tinker   French Horn,Vocals
Julie Doyle   Vocals
Jessie Hester   Piano,Vocals
Roy Ivy   Vocals
Jennifer Jobe   Vocals
Jessica Jordan   Vocals
Jennie Kelley   Vocals
Kelly Repka   Vocals
Christy Stewart   Vocals
Jenny Esping   Vocals
Todd Berridge   Viola,Vocals
Maria Jeffers   Cello
Jessica Berridge   Vocals
Chris Curiel   Trumpet
Billy Doyle   Animal Sounds
Carlos Jackson   Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,farfisa organ
Stephen Kirkham   Vocals
Ricky Rasura   Classical Harp

Technical Credits

Tim DeLaughter   Composer
Mark Diamond   Booking
David Eaton   Producer,Engineer
Andy Baker   Engineer
Jonathan Haft   Legal Advisor
Michael Musick   Web Service
Dave Willingham   Live Sound
Heather Davis   Art Direction
Polyphonic Spree   Composer,Producer
Matt Marrin   Engineer
Jason Wormer   Engineer
Ghian Wright   Engineer
Ariana Morgenstern   Producer
Rolyn Barthelman   Web Design
Andy Brohard   Engineer
Julie Duncanville   Management
Brian Fewell   Cover Photo
Wyatt Parkins   Web Service
Chris Bell   Engineer

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The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok. So they are all wearing white robes. Yeah, I'll admit I was weirded out at first too. But, after seeing them in concert, I was blown away. I was inspired by their, well, inspirational lyrics. I was happy, intoxicated by the energy of the band. First off, there are many many many people in The Polyphonic Spree, and I say many only because I lost count after 20. Secondly, from the harp to the drums to this weird electronic thingy, they make music with a dozen or so different kinds of musical instruments, all played at the same time. AND it actually sounds amazing. When I was asked by a friend what The Polyphonic Spree sounded like, I went blank. There is no band to put them aside and compare. No genre of music to place them in. They are simply The Polyphonic Spree. So do your soul a favor and buy this album. Why? Don't question. Just buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard the Light and Day/ Reach for the Sun on The World Cafe with David Dye. Boy has he turned me on to this group. I am so glad to listen to the Cafe. If I didn't I would never go now to Barnes and Noble to buy the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most talented music groups i've ever known. They combine all sorts of instruments and perform so well with them. Not any other music can comfort me in minutes like polyphonic spree does for me, no matter how i feel. I strongly recommend this album!