The Five Americans - Progressions 1967 (Sundazed 2006) Flac & mp3
The Five Americans' third album, Progressions,
lives up to its title. The group, which had gained success with the
pounding frat rocker "I Saw the Light" and the bubbly pop hit "Western
Union," began to show some real artistic growth as they stretched out
and explored new sounds. Some of the tracks sound like more assured
versions of their earlier efforts -- the bubblegummy "Zip Code" (the
attempted follow-up to "Western Union"), the tender folk-rock of "(But
Not) Today," the sparkling pop of "Stop-Light" -- but they also
incorporate some harder guitar rock on "Black Is White -- Day Is Night,"
baroque pop psych on "Rain Maker," and blue-eyed soul on "Come on Up."
They also ditched the at times too slick sound achieved by producer Dale Hawkins,
took over the production chores themselves, and did a fine job of
creating a full and rich sound with just enough experimentation to keep
things unpredictable. Progressions
is a substantial leap of quality for the group; with the right push, it
could have been big. Instead it is a hidden gem that fans of fine '60s
pop should seek out and savor.(allmusic.com)
This is maybe the strongest work of the five Americans. It's a real great album with finest psychedelic pop, very good vocals, some lighter bubblegum but with great quality. Excellent pop arrangements all over the whole album. I highly recommend this album to give it a try if you are in sixties pop psychedelia.
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