Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cryan Shames - A Scratch in the Sky - `67 - Columbia Records

ok kids , here is the second cryan shames LP. i think its a bit better , trippier than synthesis I JUST POSTED , go figure. i know this isnt that hard to find , but here it is at 320 ! - let me know what ya think if ya have time - OH , ALSO LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE NEW FILE SHARING SITE , like how kewl is that ? forget about deleted files !!


Cryan shames - a scratch in the sky - `67
MP3 @ 320 kbps

1. A Carol for Lorelei
2. The Sailing Ship
3. In the Cafe
4. Mr. Unreliable
5. The Town I'd Like to Go Back To
6. Up on the Roof - The Cryan' Shames, Goffin, Gerry
7. It Could Be We're in Love
8. Sunshine Psalm
9. I Was Lonely When
10. Cobblestone Road (She's Been Walkin')

Just like scientists posturing the existence of an unknown particle or detecting a planet through its gravitational pull, you knew this had to exist - a Chicago psychedelic pop-rock album. Okay, maybe you did not know it, but it does exist and if you can accept the fact that the Cryan' Shames never had an original idea in their entire lives, you'll enjoy A Scratch in the Sky. The album succeeds because Fairs and new bassist Lenny Kerley did a great job writing hooks, coming up with catchy melodies, and getting the group's vocal harmonies into shape. Instead of the Byrds, the Chicagoans now echoed West Coast harmony groups like the Beach Boys and the Association, as well as British psychedelia. So, the group gathered up every conceivable instrument they could play, and went on a psychedelic pop-rock binge. A Scratch in the Sky is not a masterpiece by any means, but it was more cutting edge than Paul Revere and the Raiders ever got. The band's flexibility is apparent, from happy little tunes like "The Town I'd Like to Go Back To" and the cosmopolitan "In the Cafe," to more Beach Boys influenced songs like "It Could Be We're In Love." The group had enough chops to successfully venture into more rock territory ("Sunshine Psalm" and the humorous "Dennis Dupree from Danville") and their psychedelic jams are rather, erm, pretty (the intricate "The Town I'd Like to Go Back To"). Fairs and Kerley just cranked out a pile of fine pop songs such as "A Carol for Lorelei", "In the Cafe", "Cobblestone Road" and the tripped out "The Sailing Ship," among those already mentioned, and the band's playing is credible and detailed enough to enable the Fairs/Kerley songwriting team to present all this without it coming off as crude. Sure, there is plenty of outright copying: "Mr. Unreliable" is a fine Beatles knockoff and "I Was Lonely When" is a dead-on impression of a Marty Balin led Jefferson Airplane track, and there's an unnecessary cover of the Goffin/King "Up on the Roof". Still, if you like psychedelic pop-rock (or think you might) check this out - it's rather good, even if unoriginal. (Isaac Guillory (guitar) replaced Stone as well.)



justme said...

I'm getting Cryan Shame'd right on up there! Thanks! There have been times that I was slow on the draw and the files were deleted before I got a shot. Those multi-hosts things help a lot with that. RS will drop dead in a minute so you can try another one. RS works great for me and I have a premium account. For those that don't have a premium account, this gives those free users a lot better chance of getting the album. In summary, I think it's great for slow folks and free users. ....sometimes that would be me! lol

Anonymous said...

i bought this around 30yrs ago and its a keeper-the review is right tho'-lots of obvious influences, the odd thing is around 5 or 6 yrs previously i'd seen one of the band members playing solo at my local college[here in uk]without realising it.isaac gullary certainly got around.

akashaman said...

rock on guys , thanks for the feedback ; for every 50 downloads or so - i get a comment , yay !


Anonymous said...

I ave the previous cryan shames, but I had not seen this one-cool thanks....

zappahead said...

Not what I expected this band to sound like....pleasantly suprised how eclectic they are....can hear shades of bands like....mommas and pappas.....beachboys and even......the bystanders...thanks for sharing this and for your excellent blog with goodies galore...much appreciated and please keep it going....thanks very much for the share.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just stumbled onto your blog looking for the Flying Machine.

On the whole this album isn't bad: however, "It Could Be We're In Love" is one of the best songs of the 60's. HOw was that not a number 1 is so catchy.


Anonymous said...

Hi Aka!

I have followed your blog thru years and damn every time i come i get really nice surprises.

The hosting is cool with more download options, but i miss Mediafire, think it is the faster one.

See ya!

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