Beginning Stages Of... [US Original]

Beginning Stages Of... [US Original]

by The Polyphonic Spree
     
 

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 See more details below

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Good Records
UPC:
0733792362123
catalogNumber:
4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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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