Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Match - A New Light (1969)

The Match 1969 album according to Time Lag Records, is a nice collection of “obscure breezy soft psych harmony pop for fans of Free Design, Small Circle Of Friends, Millennium etc.”, and to my ears is one of the best examples of the genre, with lovely vocal harmony arrangements backed by some beautiful string arrangements.

The group consisted of four vocalists and a drummer, (last names unknown, save for one) Richard (bass voice), Bjorn (baritone), Marshall (high tenor), Pat Valentino (vocal arrangements-second tenor) and Tony (drummer).

The album features a mix of popular movie and musical themes and songs of the time, including “A Time For Us” from “Romeo And Juliet”, “Where Do I Go” from the musical “Hair” and a great vocal arrangement of “Alfie” from the movie of the same name, and “Through Sprayed Colored Glasses” which was from “Follow Me” and was originally performed by Dino, Desi & Billy on that lp’s soundtrack. There’s also a wonderful version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”. 

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