When it comes to records on which they were the performers, prolific songwriters, singers, and producers Pete Andreoli and Vinnie Poncia, Jr. might be best known for their discs as the Tradewinds. Lesser known is this 1967 self-titled album by the Innocence,
which is pop/rock at its bounciest and frothiest.
It's an apt title for
both album and band, considering it's from a time when much rock was
getting decidedly less innocent by the minute. In contrast, the Innocence
offered perky, well-crafted to the point of well-scrubbed tunes with
the slightest of influences from folk-rock and psychedelia. Some of the
songs -- including the Top 40 hit "There's Got to Be a Word (Beyond the
Meaning of Love)" and the smaller hit "Mairzy Doats" -- could have been
relics from the Tin Pin Alley/music hall era, though dressed up with
harmonies and arrangements that could have only been possible in the
sunshine pop era.
This might be too sweet even for big fans of this sort
of stuff, though it does vary the pace a little with bits of
folk-rockish balladry ("Someone Got Caught in My Eye"), Motown ("All I
Ask"), bossa nova ("Your Show Is Over"), and labelmates the Lovin' Spoonful
(slightly recalled by "It's Not Gonna Take Too Long," and covered to
unnotable effect on "Do You Believe in Magic"). The CD reissue on
Rev-Ola has basic historical liner notes and two bonus tracks: the
single versions of "There's Got to Be a Word (Beyond the Meaning of
Love)" and "I Don't Wanna Be Around You."
This is a fine album of sunshine/psychedelic pop. Have fun