A pop music band from California in the sunshine pop genre, The Association are known for their tight vocal harmony. In the 1960s the group had numerous hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts…
Crabby Appleton will always be remembered for their fantastic Go Back’ single, a brooding slice of power pop that reached #36 in June 1970. The band's debut album released on Elektra Records at the same time was a fairly diverse mix of harder rock statements and delicate tunes (sometimes recalled the baroque-pop of late 6o’s The Zombies or the Left Banke), although touches of psychedelic jamming (in early The Doors/Iron Butterﬂy vein) and classical-inﬂuenced Hammond organ passages (similar to The Nice) could be heard as well. It's worth noting that 2 years earlier vocalist Michael Fennelly was a part of Millennium band, the sunshine pop-psych project whose ‘Begin’ album has since garnered enormous cult recognition.
Beyond representing the best in '60s California pop, the Association blazed trails in album production and the folk-psychedelia genre. With the guidance of L.A. producers Bones Howe, Curt Boettcher, and Jerry Yester, the band deftly mixed airy harmonies, unobtrusive rhythm tracks, and subtle "Age of Aquarius" accents from harpsichords, Farfisa organs, fuzz-box guitars, trumpets, and bongos – at times, the sophisticated blend was held together by L.A. session players. A great introduction to the band's prime work from the latter half of the '60s.
The Beach Boys' 1966 release Pet Sounds was a psychedelic trip primarily the work of Brian Wilson it marked the beginning of a downward creative and emotional spiral for its maker, Brian Wilson. Here is a selection of mini-symphonies inspired by the group from acts including The Who, Jan & Dean and The Barracudas.
Summer Madness is a new kind of Richard Elliot recording. For one thing, the cast includes two other horn men augmenting Elliot's signature sax work: trumpeter/trombonist Rick Braun, who also produced the album and, on several tracks, baritone saxophonist Curt Waylee. Most importantly though, the music was created from scratch as Elliot and his handpicked musicians formulated and honed their ideas in the studio, with Braun's ultra-capable guidance. For Elliot, recruiting the additional players and having the entire band plus a well-respected veteran producer help him shape the music was integral to the project's success.
This CD reissue dates from Thad Jones' single year of leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra before his health began to fail. Caterina Valente (best known as a pop singer) has a warm voice and sounds comfortable singing in a jazz-influenced middle-of-the-road style. There is little improvisation on the date and Thad Jones' arrangements leave surprisingly little space for solos; his only appearance on cornet is on "Solitude."