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Appletree Theatre
Playback
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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2009 reissue, the first CD release of one of the most enigmatic Pop albums of the '60s: Playback by The Appletree Theatre. The project was set up by brothers Terry and John Boylan. Essentially a loosely-woven concept album...  more »

      
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All Artists: Appletree Theatre
Title: Playback
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rev-Ola
Release Date: 10/20/2009
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 5013929458727

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2009 reissue, the first CD release of one of the most enigmatic Pop albums of the '60s: Playback by The Appletree Theatre. The project was set up by brothers Terry and John Boylan. Essentially a loosely-woven concept album, divided into three acts. It's an inventive Pop album with great songs, strange sound effects, comedy bits and trippy dialogue comprising a collage of interlaced vocal narratives, sound effects, and song fragments, recalling the Golden Age of radio, and prefiguring the antics of The Firesign Theatre, along with top quality Pop songs such as 'Hightower Square' and 'I Wonder If Louise Is Home', with its distorted megaphone vocals and soaring horns. Some of the tracks suggest the boys may have indulged in too many Psychedelic drugs. It's not for us to say. Rev-Ola.
 

CD Reviews

How I Fell In Love With A Record From The 50 cent Bargain Bi
Robert Hakim | San Francisco Bay Area | 03/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Actually that's probably a misleading title for my review as I really don't know how it happened
but I fell for this one quick. I've never heard the CD but I still have my vinyl and if my house
were on fire, this is one of the ten I'd grab.

I am finding it hard to describe the music so I will refer you to the excellent Product description
to be found on this page. What else would I grab? The two albums by producer and artist JOHN SIMON
who produced such greats as "CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN" by BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS and "MUSIC FROM BIG PINK"
from THE BAND. His albums are "JOHN SIMON'S ALBUM" and "JOURNEY" I'd take as much of THE KINKS as I could,
THE CLASH, "SANDINISTA", THE WHITE ALBUM and SARGENT PEPPERS and PINK FLOYD'S "THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN".
Now you know a little bit about where I'm coming from. A small bit of advice, don't let the first few moments
of the CD determine what you think is ahead. There is a moment in that beginning segment where suddenly the volume
goes from a whisper to very loud! Nothing like that opening segment happens again. As a matter of fact, the album
is ever changing. Get the CD and enjoy the trip.
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