Complete Warner Bros. & Valiant Singles Collection

The Complete Warner Bros. & Valiant Singles Collection

by The Association
     
 

While there are plenty of amazing moments on the Association's albums that never came anywhere near a single, the group was first and foremost a singles-oriented act, just as L.A. sunshine pop contemporaries like the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds notwithstanding) and the Mamas & the Papas were.…  See more details below

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While there are plenty of amazing moments on the Association's albums that never came anywhere near a single, the group was first and foremost a singles-oriented act, just as L.A. sunshine pop contemporaries like the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds notwithstanding) and the Mamas & the Papas were. That's part of what makes this anthology such an effective encapsulation of the group's gestalt. The last major Association anthology, Rhino's 2002 double-disc release Just the Right Sound, took a more expansive approach to organizing its retrospective. But by presenting the A- and B-sides of each Association single from 1965's Bob Dylan cover "One Too Many Mornings" to 1971's "That's Racin'" in chronological order, the Now Sounds collection allows listeners to experience the group's evolution in exactly the same way a fan of 45s would have done during the Association's heyday. And while assembled A-sides like "Along Comes Mary," "Cherish," "Windy," and "Never My Love" lend this two-CD offering a definitive greatest-hits aspect, the B-sides are often non-LP cuts, adding some serious heft to the archival side of the project. Stylistically speaking, it's fascinating to hear the growth the Association experienced over the course of just a few years. While the succulent vocal harmonies remained a signature throughout the group's career, the arrangements and songwriting underwent some major changes. The band began in a folk-rock mode with tracks like the aforementioned Dylan tune before settling into a lush, heavenly pop paradise all their own on circa 1968 masterpieces like "Everything That Touches You." At the same time, the fuzzed-out guitar lines of another 1968 single, "Six Man Band," showed the Association to be entirely comfortable with psychedelia. By 1969, the hits pretty much stopped coming, but the group didn't hit the pause button on its evolutionary process. 1970 B-sides "I Am Up for Europe" and "Look at Me, Look at You" show that the Association was capable of convincingly shifting toward heavy, blues-based rock and country-rock, respectively, while it's easy to envision "It's Gotta Be Real" hitting the early-'70s R&B charts if only it had come from an act with a bit less of a squeaky-clean straight pop image. If you let it, The Complete Warner Bros. & Valiant Singles can simultaneously underline the Association's commercial peak and deepen your understanding of the group's true musical personality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Now Sounds
UPC:
5013929063525
catalogNumber:
2906352
Rank:
5781

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. One Too Many Mornings
  2. Forty Times
  3. Along Comes Mary
  4. Your Own Love
  5. Cherish
  6. Don't Blame It On Me
  7. Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies
  8. Standing Still
  9. No Fair At All
  10. Looking Glass
  11. Windy
  12. Sometime
  13. Never My Love
  14. Requiem For the Masses
  15. Everything That Thouches You
  16. We Love Us
  17. Time For Livin'
  18. Birthday Morning

Disc 2

  1. Six Man Band
  2. Like Always
  3. Goodbye, Columbus
  4. The Time It is Today
  5. Under Branches
  6. Hear In Here
  7. Yes, I Will
  8. I Am Up For Europe
  9. Dubuque Blues
  10. Are You Ready
  11. Just About the Same
  12. Look At Me, Look At You
  13. Along the Way
  14. Traveler's Guide (Spanish Flyer)
  15. P.F. Sloan
  16. Bring Yourself Home
  17. It's Gotta Be Real
  18. That's Racin'
  19. Makes Me Cry (Funny Kind of Song)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Association   Primary Artist
John Andrews Tartaglia   Conductor

Technical Credits

Association   Arranger,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Producer
Curt Boettcher   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Don Addrisi   Composer
John Boylan   Producer
Clark Burroughs   Vocal Arrangements
Bones Howe   Producer,Engineer
Henry Lewy   Engineer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Ray Pohlman   Arranger,Producer
Pete Romano   Engineer
Stan Ross   Engineer
Randy Sterling   Producer
Jerry Yester   Producer
Steve Stanley   Liner Notes,Art Direction,Layout
John Andrews Tartaglia   Arranger,Producer
Mallory   Composer
Gary Paxton   Engineer
Michael Shields   Engineer
FENNELLY   Composer
J. Boylan   Composer

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