Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|The Yellow Balloon|
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
1998 Sundazed reissue of rare 1967 album for the Canterbury label by Gary Zekley's pop band. A wispy bridge joining the trippy studio wizardry of Sagittarius and the mind-bending delights of The Beach Boys 'Smile' era, it... more »
1998 Sundazed reissue of rare 1967 album for the Canterbury label by Gary Zekley's pop band. A wispy bridge joining the trippy studio wizardry of Sagittarius and the mind-bending delights of The Beach Boys 'Smile' era, it features all 11 original tracks & nine bonus tracks: 'noollaB wolleY', 'The Children Of Santa Monica', 'A Good Man To Have Around The House', 'Impressions With Syvonne', 'Leaving It Up To You', 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love' (Single Version), 'Follow The Sunshine' (Alternate Mono Mix), 'How Can I Be Down' (Demo Version) & a Gary Zekley interview. 20 tracks total on this Sundazed reissue.
Trippy light-hearted sunshine pop -
Blind man Wayne | JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA United States | 02/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Those of you who enjoy The Association or Harpers Bizarre and dig the west-coast sound of the late 60s, will enjoy The Yellow Balloon. The song Yellow Balloon was a mild hit in 1967 and I remember hearing it on KFRC in San Francisco. I recently re-discovered the song when it appeared on a various artists compilation entitled Sunshine Days (which I highly recommend), released by Varese Sarabande. I liked the song so much that I took a chance and bought the The Yellow Balloon CD. It is beautiful and upbeat with complex harmonies, light-hearted lyrics and wonderful musicianship. One particular song on the album entitled Follow The Sunshine teases your brain and beckons you to follow the melodic and rhythmic shifts occurring throughout it. Follow The Sunshine sounded odd and awkward during the first couple listens, but since has become my favorite track. The album is especially entertaining when listened to with stereo headphones. I am giving this CD five stars because I enjoy it immensely and to commend Sundazed Music for packaging it so nicely with wonderful liner notes and bonus tracks. Speaking of bonus tracks, it features nine of them including the B side of the Yellow Balloon single, which is the song played backwards!"
I've got a reason to like it
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 06/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gary Zekley recorded a demo for a song called "Yellow Balloon" that he was sure would be a smash hit. The demo found it's way to Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean) who decided to record it as Jan & Dean's next single. Zekley showed up at Dean's recording session for the song and he was dismayed by what he heard. In his mind, they were performing the song the wrong way and there was no way it would be a hit. So, Zekley recorded his own version of "Yellow Balloon" the "right" way. Zekley's version was released under the group name "The Yellow Balloon" and became a #25 hit. Jan & Dean's version flopped. So, The Yellow Balloon had a hit song, but there was no actual group. A group was quickly assembled to tour in support of the song. It should be noted that none of the members of the Yellow Balloon band actually performed on "Yellow Balloon" the song. However, all the subsequent songs released under the Yellow Balloon group name did feature the band members (one of whom was Don Grady of My Three Sons fame). There was actually a Yellow Balloon album released, which is what we have here. It is fun, California style "sunshine pop" which is quite enjoyable if you like this sort of thing. There are several bonus tracks. "noollaB wolleY" is the original b-side of "Yellow Balloon", which is "Yellow Balloon" played backwards. Then we have the a-sides and b-sides of two Don Grady solo singles. The single version of "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" is included, and it's 45 seconds shorter than the album version. There is an alternate mono mix of "Follow the Sunshine". The demo version of "How Can I Be Down" features Gary Zekley singing alone (double tracked at times) and accompanied only by acoustic guitar. The CD winds up with a seven minute interview with Zekley about the making of "Yellow Balloon". It's fairly interesting, but I don't think too many people will want to listen to the interview more than once. Recommended to fans of the 1960s California scene."
Johnny Heering | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yellow Balloon,Yellow Balloon this brilliant compilation from Sundazed records features this american harmony pop group of the mid sixties at their best.A cross between the Association and the Beach Boys.The Yellow Balloon Who for some strange reason never made any real impact on the british or american charts.This cd named after their small us hit Yellow Balloon which myself I think is Brilliant.Also features their other 45s they waxed including b sides,plus alternative tracks and pre Yellow Balloon stuff.This cd has a very informative inlay which tells the history of this underated pop group.It also has some good photographs as well.This cd bought out by Sundazed records in memory of Gary Zekely, the chief songwriter who never sang with them but wrote most or all of their songs has truly left behind some pop gems on this compilation."