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Birthday
The Association
Birthday
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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Released in March 1968, Birthday was probably the Association?s most pop-sounding album, as producer Bones Howe and the group polished their trademark harmony sound to a brilliant sheen. And, like on Insight Out, studio mu...  more »

      
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All Artists: The Association
Title: Birthday
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collector's Choice
Release Date: 11/11/2003
Genres: Pop, Rock
Style: Oldies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 617742038224

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Released in March 1968, Birthday was probably the Association?s most pop-sounding album, as producer Bones Howe and the group polished their trademark harmony sound to a brilliant sheen. And, like on Insight Out, studio musicians extraordinaire Hal Blaine and Larry Knechtel lent expert accompaniment. The result was a pair of chart hits, Everything That Touches You and Time for Livin?, and another fine, if less ambitious, pop album. Also includes Come On In; Rose Petals, Incense and Kitten; Like Always; Toymaker; Barefoot Gentleman; Hear in Here; Time It Is Today; Bus Song, and Birthday Morning.

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Thank You To The Other Reviewers!
R. Meurer | Studio City, CA | 10/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Thank you to all of you who have written here about this lovely album. Yes, this is a great one. I was 18 when this came out in '68 and, yes, I listened to Jimi Hendrix and Cream also. That was the great thing about the 60s -- diversity, and it didn't matter what you listened to. The Association were NEVER "cool" and so in their own way they were TOTALLY cool. I had bought every album up to this point and I didn't miss Birthday. I will admit there were always tracks on their albums that I considered goofy, or misguided, most often when they tried to rock out. (This album has one of those.) But the beauty! Unsurpassed. There are five or six songs on this album that I could not do without in my life. Often many years pass between listenings, but I am always thrilled to hear them again. So switch off your Cool-O-Meter and listen to some real talent. This album is stunning."
Birthday!
Ruthcakes | Wisconsin, USA | 02/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Birthday" showcases The Association's unsurpassed harmonies, with songs which, for the most part, are reflective and personal. This CD does not sound at all like any other Association CD, as it focuses more on their softer side. Better known songs on the CD include "Everything That Touches You" and "Time For Livin'". Noteworthy for it's beautiful vocal harmonies are "Barefoot Gentleman" and "Birthday Morning". After listening to these songs, you too will feel as I do, that The Association is possibly the most overlooked and underrated groups of all time. It's a shame that The Association did not have an even greater commercial success, as it could've meant more music by them being made available for us to enjoy. Interesting too are the liner notes which describe the "song that got away", "MacArthur Park". They don't make bands-or songs-like this anymore."