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The Cyrkle: Red Rubber Ball

Album Notes

The Cyrkle: Tom Dawes (vocals, guitar, sitar, harmonica, bass); Don Dannemann (vocals, guitar); Earle Pickens (keyboards); Marty Fried (drums, percussion).

Additional personnel includes: John Simon (keyboards).

Recorded in New York, New York in 1966 & 1967. Originally released on Columbia (9344). Includes liner notes by Domenic Priore.

Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York.)

The Cyrkle's debut was a pleasant, if marginal, album, blending a light folk-rock flavor with fluffy pop/rock production and songwriting. "Red Rubber Ball" and the follow-up hit, "Turn-Down Day," were, as one might expect, by far the best cuts. The rest was split between group originals and odds and ends from an assortment of other writers, including a cover of the Paul Simon-Bruce Woodley composition "Cloudy" that predated its appearance on Simon & Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme album later in 1966. On the whole, it's feel-good and not terribly deep 1966 pop/rock, heavy on the breezy harmonies, occasionally using mild touches of experimentation, like the sitar on "Turn-Down Day," and inventively reverbed guitars. ~ Richie Unterberger


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