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Editors’ Notes

Though The Association's second album, Renaissance, didn't bear the kind of huge hit singles (or, consequently, lofty sales figures) that its predecessor and follow-up both boasted, it's no less stellar a piece of '60s pop history. Although the counterculture was exploding around them, the L.A. vocal-harmony kings were still pictured in sober suits and ties on the cover. Despite their deceptively square image, with the help of wunderkind producer Curt Boettcher they were making some of the era's most innovative pop records. Listening to the harmonies on the moody "Memories of You," for instance, it's possible to hear portents of late-'60s superstar harmonizers Crosby, Stills & Nash. And the interaction of the harpsichord arpeggios, carefully counterpointed basslines, and complex, almost classical-flavored vocal arrangements on tunes like "Angeline" placed Boettcher and the group right at the forefront of the baroque-pop movement, well in advance of the subgenre's definitive statements from The Beatles and The Zombies.

Customer Reviews

The Point

When we recorded this album, the term Renaissance came to mind as it was not full of our previous hits.
You are correct the harmonies are second to none.
"No Fair at All" is truly beautiful. However, for true artistic beauty and full range of vocals, you cannot beat Terry's lead vocals on "Angeline"
It still runs chills down my spine to this day.
I am extremely pleased these songs are still available and being enjoyed by a whole new generation of Association fans.

I Don't Remember Hearing Any Of This On The Radio...

Without a listenable / sellable single, an album was dead on arrival for groups in the 1960's. Most albums were the accumulation of singles and filler. Since none of these songs made much of a splash, this album was unsellable; except by reputation of their previous hits. The only song I would highly recommend is "No Fair At All", which has beautiful choral / round harmonies. I was in glee club back in the 1960's - so this is reminiscient of those days. You might also like "You Hear Me Call Your Name", "All Is Mine", "Come To Me", "Looking Glass" and "Memories Of You". In fact, on second thought (and multiple listenings), this is a pretty good album; though it did not sell up to it's potential. It has been growing on me as I have recorded several cuts onto a CD mix to supplement their 15-20 best songs. It makes for good road music in L.A. morning traffic.

Being Modest

Grunt is being modest. This is a great album! Thank you ITunes for making it available. Beats paying $30+ for the Japanese import. This album is a little rawer than some of the bands later works but the rawness of the vocals is sweet. I was raised on this album and band. Gave it to my Father for Father's Day and he can't stop listening to it. Pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Association was one of the more underrated groups to come out of the mid- to late '60s. Creators of an enviable string of hits from 1966 through 1969, they got caught in a shift in popular culture and the unwritten criteria for significance in that field and never recovered. The group's smooth harmonies and pop-oriented sound (which occasionally moved into psychedelia and, much more rarely, into a harder, almost garage-punk vein) made them regular occupants of the highest reaches of the pop charts...
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