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Classic Album Review: The Association | Just the Right Sound: Anthology

You might not know their names — but a lot of their songs will be instantly familiar.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


This West Coast pop outfit may be one of the more anonymous groups in ’60s rock. But even if you can’t name any of their members, you might be surprised at how many of their songs — distinguished by sprightly pop melodies, stacks o’harmonies and, for some reason, frequent flute lines — are instantly familiar.

Songs You Know: Along Comes Mary, Cherish, Windy, Never My Love and Six Man Band should ring a bell.

Songs You Oughta Know: Forty Times and You Hear Me Call Your Name show the boys were capable of rocking out — relatively speaking, of course — while Yes, I Will puts a little soul in the mix and Goodbye Forever suggests the band had spent some quality time with The Who’s Tommy.

Odd Moments: Well, they did a version of Baby I’m Gonna Leave You before Led Zeppelin. But the weirdest of all is unreleased cut The Machine, a robotic band introduction that seems like the forefather of Devo.

Final Verdict: You still won’t be able to name any of them. But now you’ll be able to name the band who did all those songs you know so well.