- Red Rubber Ball
- Why Can't You Give Me What I Want
- How Can I Leave Her
- Turn Down Day
- Please Don't Ever Leave Me
- Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears Comin' Your Way
- I Wish You Could Be Here
- Our Love Affair's in Question
- The Visit (She Was Here)
- We Had a Good Thing Goin'
- Turn of the Century
- Penny Arcade
- Where Are You Going
- Red Chair Fade Away
- Reading Her Paper
- Straighten out My Messed up Life
- We Said Goodbye (And Went Our Seperate Ways or So We Thought)
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Not to be confused with the Cyrkle's debut album, A Red Rubber Ball (A Collection) collects the breezy highlights of its two proper albums, including the hit singles "Red Rubber Ball" and "Turn Down Day." It's true that songs like "Why Can't You Give Me What I Want" and "How Can I Leave Her" are slight even by the Cyrkle's standards. However, the productions, harmonies, and arrangements -- often featuring sitars and harpsichords -- elevate them to enjoyable, if not essential artifacts of mid-'60s folk-pop. Mellow songs like "Cloudy" and "Visit (She Was Here)" define the sound of sunshine pop, while the woodwinds, harpsichords, and elaborate harmonies on "Please Don't Ever Leave Me" recall a less-ambitious version of the Left Banke's music. "Our Love Affair's in Question" and "We Got a Good Thing Going" are some of the few songs here that approach the appeal of the Cyrkle's hits, with bright harmonies and bouncy rhythms that make them stand out among the rest of the tracks. Most of the collection is drawn from the group's first album, but some of Neon's more notable tracks, like "Turn of the Century," "Where Are You Going," and "Red Chair, Fade Away" lend a trippier feel to the compilation's second half. The best Cyrkle collection available, A Red Rubber Ball (A Collection) should satisfy anyone who doesn't need Sundazed's expanded versions of the band's full-length albums.
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Performance CreditsCyrkle Primary Artist
Don Danneman Guitar,Vocals
Tom Dawes Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Sitar,Vocals
Marty Fried Percussion,Drums
Michael Losekamp Keyboards
Earl Pickens Keyboards
Technical CreditsJohn Simon Producer
Charles Calello Producer
Vic Anesini Contributor
Carlo Wolff Liner Notes