Red Rubber Ball (A Collection)
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||Red Rubber Ball||The Cyrkle||2:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Why Can't You Give Me What I Want||The Cyrkle||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||How Can I Leave Her||The Cyrkle||2:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Turn Down Day||The Cyrkle||2:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cloudy||The Cyrkle||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Please Don't Ever Leave Me||The Cyrkle||1:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears Comin' Your Way||The Cyrkle||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Wish You Could Be Here||The Cyrkle||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Our Love Affair's In Question||The Cyrkle||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Visit (She Was Here)||The Cyrkle||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||We Had a Good Thing Goin'||The Cyrkle||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Turn of the Century||The Cyrkle||2:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Penny Arcade||The Cyrkle||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Where Are You Going||The Cyrkle||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Red Chair Fad Away||The Cyrkle||2:29||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Reading Her Paper||The Cyrkle||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Straighten Out My Messed Up Life||The Cyrkle||2:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||We Said Goodbye (And Went Our Separate Ways or So We Thought)||The Cyrkle||2:27||$0.69||View in iTunes|
Not to be confused with the Cyrkle's debut album, A Red Rubber Ball (A Collection) collects the breezy highlights of its two proper albums, including the hit singles "Red Rubber Ball" and "Turn Down Day." It's true that songs like "Why Can't You Give Me What I Want" and "How Can I Leave Her" are slight even by the Cyrkle's standards. However, the productions, harmonies, and arrangements — often featuring sitars and harpsichords — elevate them to enjoyable, if not essential artifacts of mid-'60s folk-pop. Mellow songs like "Cloudy" and "Visit (She Was Here)" define the sound of sunshine pop, while the woodwinds, harpsichords, and elaborate harmonies on "Please Don't Ever Leave Me" recall a less-ambitious version of the Left Banke's music. "Our Love Affair's in Question" and "We Got a Good Thing Going" are some of the few songs here that approach the appeal of the Cyrkle's hits, with bright harmonies and bouncy rhythms that make them stand out among the rest of the tracks. Most of the collection is drawn from the group's first album, but some of Neon's more notable tracks, like "Turn of the Century," "Where Are You Going," and "Red Chair, Fade Away" lend a trippier feel to the compilation's second half. The best Cyrkle collection available, A Red Rubber Ball (A Collection) should satisfy anyone who doesn't need Sundazed's expanded versions of the band's full-length albums.
Solid 60's with a Twist
We all know and enjoy 'Red Rubber Ball'. Admit it... if you're riding down the road and it comes on your radio, you stay with it and sing along. It's a fun, pop-py tune -- it also was written by the then unknown and now widely famous Paul Simon. Yeah, that Paul Simon, pre-Garfunkle! The flip-side of the 45 was Turn Down Day. As to the rest of the music on this collection, you get more of the pop sound of the day. This was a one-hit wonder band with hooks and no song over three minutes. Enjoy it for what it is.
Thank you, iTunes!
Thank you for finally making the whole album available, not just the partial album. This has a lot of pretty songs and fun pop music. Love the Cyrkle's hits, and now I can enjoy their other songs, too.
Love the title track
Red rubber ball is a great song, happy and upbeat.
Formed: 1966 in Easton, PA
Years Active: '60s, '70s