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Reissue of 1966 French album, a collection of the Los An geles-based pop vocal group's singles & EPs up till then. 20 tracks, including the hits 'Cherish', 'Along Comes Mary', 'Windy' and 'Never My Love'. All tracks have b... more »
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Reissue of 1966 French album, a collection of the Los An geles-based pop vocal group's singles & EPs up till then. 20 tracks, including the hits 'Cherish', 'Along Comes Mary', 'Windy' and 'Never My Love'. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Also features the original cover art. Digipak. 1999 release.
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Doug S. (Dstelt) from WISC RAPIDS, WI
Reviewed on 3/27/2010...
Very good cd a must have
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Contains the Hits...But This Is Not Definitive
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 03/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Over a two-year period in the mid-Sixties the Association were responsible for some of the most memorable pop/soft rock music of the decade. Hits like "Along Comes Mary," "Windy" and "Time for Livin" show the band capable of catchy hooks and tight harmonies, but it was the ballads like "Cherish" and "Never My Love" that the band is most identified with. [Both of these singles sold over a million copies each.] In fact, after four Top Ten singles in little over a year, the Association were voted the No. 1 Group of the Year in the U.S. by the influential Bill Gavin Radio-Record Congress in 1967.The Association's massive success also seemed to be their undoing. It forced them into a very narrow format which didn't allow for musical growth. When the band tried to broaden their appeal on singles like the hard-rocking "Six Man Band," their audience fled and the single stalled at No. 47. Even when the band returned to their proven hit formula, "Goodbye Columbus" (from the soundtrack that came out a year after this Greatest Hits collection) did no better than No. 80. It was the Association's last chart single, although they did put out three more studio albums through 1972. In 1972, original bass player Brian Cole died, and for the most part so did the group.It's unforgivable in the CD Age that more than three decades after its first release, this 13-track collection is the best Warner Brothers can do. To make this truly definitive it should have included the experimental "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" (a minor hit from 1967), the aforementioned "Goodbye Columbus," and some of the progressive rock tracks from their last albums on Warner Brothers and their swan song, Waterbeds in Trinidad, on Columbia.Until that happens--if ever--this is (sadly) the only domestically available album to demonstrate the greatness of the Association. RECOMMENDED"
Not Nearly Enough
Jason Penick | Oakland, CA | 04/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll say what everyone else has been saying-- Why, oh WHY, are this band's first seven studio albums (as well as Russ Giguere's fine solo album) not in print? The Association has clearly been neglected-- not only by their label but also the voting committee for the rock'n'roll hall of fame, who have mysteriously never nominated this group whose recordings have been played OVER TEN MILLION TIMES! This hits package is adequate, but if you haven't heard "One Too Many Mornings", "Looking Glass", "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies", "Goodbye Forever", "Dubuque Blues" or "Silver Morning" (none of which are included here) you are sadly missing out on some of the GREATEST POP SONGS OF ALL TIME. At the very least, we should demand an updated greatest hits anthology that's AT LEAST 74 minutes long."