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Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 03/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"And Then...Along Comes the Association is a great album put out by The Association and recreated here on CD. The sound quality is excellent and they never sounded better! I also like the fine artwork.
The album begins with The Association singing their hearts out on "Enter The Young." They harmonize well and the electric guitars add a lot to this number. It really rocks nicely and I love it! "Your Own Love" features The Association front and center and they never sing a superfluous note! They harmonize brilliantly and the musical accompaniment fits completely with their singing. Moreover, there's also "Don't Blame It on Me." "Don't Blame It One Me" stuns me with its beauty; this softer `60s rock ballad tugs at my heartstrings and it's a very pretty tune.
"I'll Be Your Man" has a sweet melody that gets a lot of strength from the guitars and percussion; The Association handles tempo changes effortlessly and this impresses me greatly. "Along Comes Mary" is easily a major highlight of this album; the singing is especially great and the handclapping makes for great percussion in and of itself! "Along Comes Mary" is a classic softer rock hit from the `60s that you will love if you haven't heard this before. It's worth the price of the entire CD alone!
"Cherish" is the other major highlight of this CD; The Association sings very sweetly and they deliver this ballad with panache and all their hearts and souls. The melody is beautiful and this is a tune you're sure to love as well.
Listen also for "Message Of Our Love;" this tender love song gets the royal treatment from The Association and I love every minute of it! Terrific! "Round Again" has a great swinging melody with lots of energy; the flute solo is excellent. The album ends with The Association performing "Changes." "Changes" places this group squarely in the spotlight and "Changes" makes a strong ending for this album.
Overall, fans of The Association will want this CD in their collections. The music is so well done that it truly reflects a brilliant set of musicians and singers giving blood to make a stunning album. This album may also appeal to people who like `60s pop and softer rock ballads.
Short and Sharp Pop
Jay Moscato | Bel Air, Md. USA | 06/03/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This, the Association's first LP is composed mostly of short pop songs with tight sparkling vocals. It shows the group as folk popsters with a touch of jazz. The two hits on here are "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish", which are excellent. There are other nice tracks on here also. "Enter the Young" is a powerful opener and "Blistered" is a cool rocker. "Round Again" is a nice jazzy track and "I'll be Your Man" is a pretty ballad with an upbeat chorus. All these tracks come in under the three minute mark except "Message of Our Love" which tends to drag. Another minus is the song that closes the album "Changes". It's listenable but too slightly more adult Partridge Family fair. All in all there is tight musianship by sessioneers and very nice pop-rock. The best of the tracks leave you wanting more. A nice introduction to the Association."
Top of the Line.
Douglas Holcomb | Denver, CO | 05/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first album that I purchased for myself when I was in college in 1964. The musicality of the group entranced me and that has held true through the years. Of course, Cherish and Along Comes Mary both were hits at the time. However Blistered is as hot a song as any I have heard and Message of Our Love is as pretty as Cherish. These boys were all great musicians and put together alot of great songs. All of them wrote songs and their names appear on all of their albums.
I highly recommend this album as the Top of the Line and one of the best from that era.