Neon [Expanded]

Neon [Expanded]

by The CyrkleThe Cyrkle


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Though it lacks either of the band's two enduring 1966 Top 20 hits, and oldies' staples "Red Rubber Ball" and "Turn Down Day," it's actually the 1967 second LP, Neon, that's the best of the two proper Cyrkle LPs. It opens with their finest original, Dawes and Don Dannemann's "Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears Comin' Your Way" (with period sitar leads), and takes in the tasteful Burt Bacharach/Hal David-written pop of "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," the catchy, zippy, "Our Love Affair's in Question," and another Simon-donated gem, "I Wish You Could be Here." These all feature their sinewy, ever-present harmonies, light strumming, and unaffected enthusiasm. After it became clear by 1968 that the nation no longer had much use for clean boys making folk-pop singles, both writers Dawes and Dannemann went on to shockingly lucrative careers as TV commercial jungle writers, which they still pursue, three decades later. (Dawes even wrote "Coke Is It" and the infamous '70s howler, "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" Alka-Selzer ad!!!) They even did one reunion show, a Lafayette College homeless benefit, in the 1980s. You can tell from their old music they were always a bunch of nice guys who just really liked to play catchy, sunny, cheeky, friendly pop music, and if you listen closely, the stuff can be oddly satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771110923
catalogNumber: 11109
Rank: 43146

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cyrkle   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Percussion
Bobby Gregg   Percussion
John Simon   Keyboards
Don Danneman   Guitar
Tom Dawes   Bass,Guitar,Sitar
Marty Fried   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Gong,Tambourine,Triangle,cowbell,finger cymbals
Michael Losekamp   Keyboards
Buddy Saltzman   Percussion
Buddy Salzman   Percussion

Technical Credits

Nanci Griffith   Composer
Cyrkle   Arranger
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bob James   Composer
John Simon   Producer
Charles Calello   Arranger,Producer
Don Danneman   Arranger
Tom Dawes   Graphic Design
Roy Halee   Engineer
Bob Cato   Cover Photo
Domenic Priore   Liner Notes

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