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The Association

From: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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"Too hip for the square and too square for the hip" best describes the Association. They released a string of incredibly well arranged and produced singles and LPs throughout the mid-late 60s. The band set a new standard for rock and roll record production quality with the help of Wisconsinite, Curt Boettcher of Sagittarius and Millennium fame. Boettcher produced their debut LP, 'And Then...Along Comes The Association' and two supporting singles, including the songs 'Along Comes Mary' and 'Cherish'. A portion of "Mary's" popularity can be attributed to the public's assumption that the song was about marijuana use. It has also been widely reported that the band was warned not to play "Mary" by the Orange County Sheriff's Department for a gig at Disneyland in 1966.

The group evolved from a 13 member folk ensemble called the Men after seven members abruptly split after just a few weeks of being formed by founding members Terry Kirkman (multi-instrumentalist) and Jules Alexander (lead guitar). The other four original members were Brian Cole (bass), Russ Giguere (percussion), Ted Bluechel, Jr. (drums), and Jim Yester (rhythm guitar) who is the brother of Modern Folk Quartet member Jerry Yester.

The Association scored several hits throughout the late 60s and received heavy radio rotation. Although mostly considered a Top 40 AM band, they still received respect from several of their L.A. contemporaries, including the Byrds, for their complex song writing and arrangements. In June, 1967 they played the Monterey Pop Festival along side many of the top psychedelic rock bands of the time. Song highlights from their repertoire include 'Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies', 'The Time It Is Today', a great version of Bob Dylan's 'One Too Many Mornings' and a Flower Pot tune they also covered extremely well titled 'Wantin' Ain't Gettin''. As a side note, Mike Deasy who was the creative force behind the Flower Pot, not only wrote 'Wantin' Ain't Gettin'', but also played session guitar on it and other tracks that appear on the Association LP 'Insight Out' as a member of the Wrecking Crew.

Artist information sources include: An article by Bruce Eder at All Music Guide.

Original LPs/EPs

And Then...Along Comes The Association

Original LP/EP Label: Valiant VLM 5002

Released: June, 1966

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Along Comes Mary

    (Original 45 Label: Valiant 741, A - March, 1966)

  • Cherish

    (Original 45 Label: Valiant 747, A - August, 1966)

Renaissance

Original LP/EP Label: Valiant VLM 5004

Released: November, 1966

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • All Is Mine
  • Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies

    (Original 45 Label: Valiant 755, A - November, 1966)

Insight Out

Original LP/EP Label: Warner Bros. WS 1696

Released: June, 1967

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Never My Love

    (Original 45 Label: Warner Bros. 7074, A - August, 1967)

  • Wantin' Ain't Gettin'
  • Windy

    (Original 45 Label: Warner Bros. 7041, A - May, 1967)

Birthday

Original LP/EP Label: Warner Bros. WS 1733

Released: March, 1968

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Barefoot Gentleman
  • The Time It Is Today

    (Original 45 Label: Warner Bros. 7267, A - January, 1969)

The Association

Original LP/EP Label: Warner Bros. WS 1800

Released: August, 1969

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Dubuque Blues

    (Original 45 Label: Warner Bros. 7349, B - November, 1969)

  • Goodbye Forever

Artist Compilations

Greatest Hits

This compilation CD contains many of the songs by this artist that are played on TWOS.

Just The Right Sound: The Association Anthology

This compilation CD also contains many other songs by this artist, listed under the original EP/LPs above, that are played on TWOS.

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Forty Times

    (Original 45 Label: Valiant 730, A - October, 1965)

  • One Too Many Mornings

    (Original 45 Label: Valiant 730, B - October, 1965)

  • The Machine

    (Originally Unreleased - , 1966)

General Compilations

Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies

Transparent Days: West Coast Nuggets

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies

Where The Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- One Too Many Mornings

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