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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 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: Good Records
  • UPC: 733792362123
  • Catalog Number: 4

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Section 1 (4:38)
  2. 2 Section 2 (5:33)
  3. 3 Section 3 (4:05)
  4. 4 Section 4 (2:10)
  5. 5 Section 5 (2:45)
  6. 6 Section 6 (2:37)
  7. 7 Section 7 (2:39)
  8. 8 Section 8 (3:59)
  9. 9 Section 9 (3:23)
  10. 10 Section 10 (36:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Polyphonic Spree Primary Artist
Tim DeLaughter Guitar, Vocals, Dancer
Mark Pirro Bass
Michael Turner Vocals
Bryan Wakeland Trap Kit
Jeff Bouck Percussion, Gong, Tabla, Timpani
Austin Brown Vocals
Ryan Fitzgerald Vocals
Evan Hisey Organ
John Vineyard Vocals
Audrey Easley Flute, Piccolo
Mark McKeever Piano, Trumpet, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
James Reimer Trombone
Andrew Tinker French Horn
Julie Doyle Vocals
Roy Ivy Vocals
Jennifer Jobe Vocals
Jennie Kelley Vocals
Kelly Repka Vocals
Christy Stewart Vocals
Jenny Esping Vocals
Todd Berridge Viola
Maria Jeffers Cello
Jessica Berridge Vocals
Chris Curiel Trumpet
Carlos Jackson Tambourine, Bells, farfisa organ
Stephen Kirkham Vocals
Technical Credits
Andy Baker Engineer
Jeff Bouck Contributor
George Geurin Mastering
Michael Musick Web Service
Heather Davis Art Direction
Brian Fewell Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best comfort

    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!

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