ARTIST: The Association
TITLE: And Then…Along Comes the Association
YEAR RELEASED: 1966
CHART ACTION: #5
SINGLES: Along Comes Mary (#7), Cherish (#1)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probaby not.
LINEUP: Terry Kirkman, Russ Giguere, Jules Alexander, Ted Bluechel, Brian Cole, Jim Yester
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First album by folkie influenced group that rather much created the sunshine-pop genre (thanks to their producer).
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Association were an unwieldy (at the time) six-man band that sang tight harmonies and tried to play rock and folk and pop with varying success. They finally got a contract, and producer Curt Boettchler worked with them to form a sound that incorporated their harmonies along with light-ish arrangements that accentuated the pop sheen of the songs.
This works to a degree. There are a lot of great vocal hooks and harmonies throughout the album. When they try to rock it out – they don’t succeed – and the second half of the album kind of falls off due to some weaker material. (Can’t polish up a dull song…)
Still the hits and some other songs like Your Own Love and Enter the Young benefit from the production and the six-man harmonies. Boettchler was a sunshine pop genius and the group benefits from his ears and production.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was the only Association album Boettchler produced, unfortunately. He was a bystander in a contract dispute with their former manager.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Some of the material is A-rate. The other songs are just there (but in a harmonious way) – and they shouldn’t have ever really tried to rock.