were simply one of the finest, most beloved, and most commercially successful
American vocal groups of the 1960s. Yet a complete singles collection of their
golden Warner Bros. & Valiant years (1966-1971) has never been collected. UNTIL
popular six-man band initially developed a straight-laced, M.O.R. image, they
were actually much more dynamic than that.
They helped pioneer the new musical
genre dubbed "folk-rock” by Troubadour owner Doug Weston and fused this sound
with a sophisticated vocal blend that was on par with The Beach Boys. And
contrary to their hop-sack-suited image, they were all spiritual seekers, with
one member, Jules Alexander, leaving the band for a pilgrimage to India nearly
a year before The Beatles.
The deluxe, double Digipak includes a full-colour booklet with previously
unpublished photos, and extensive liner notes featuring track-by-track
commentary from original band members Terry Kirkman, Russ Giguere, Larry Ramos,
Jules Alexander, Ted Bluechel Jr., and Jim Yester; as well as songwriters P.F.
Sloan, Ruthann Friedman, Tandyn Almer, and Dick Addrisi; and producers Bones
Howe, Jerry Yester, and others!
"Six varied and characterful voices, six writers, six musicians, they created some of the very best pop ever recorded". 5* (Kingsley Abbott - Record Collector August 2012)
"A slick sunshine pop/folk rock band which had a great deal of success in its native America in the second half of the 1960's, The Association are given the deluxe, double digipack treatment by Now Sounds on a delightful release compiled and curated by St. Etienne's Bob Stanley". (PF Sloan, Music Week, 08/06/2012)
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