The Beginning Stages of the Polyphonic Spree

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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.

[An] expansively psychedelic debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • UPC: 720616240927
  • Catalog Number: 162409

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Rick Rasura Classical Harp
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
Technical Credits
Tim DeLaughter Composer
Mark Diamond Booking
David Eaton Producer, Engineer
Andy Baker Engineer
Jonathan Haft Legal Advisor
George Geurin Mastering
Michael Musick Web Service
Dave Willingham Live Sound
Heather Davis Art Direction
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXTRA! EXTRA ! GET THE CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Polyphonic Spree changed my life!!!

    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.

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