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Guilt By Association

Various Artists Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Don't Stop Believin' [Explicit]Petra Haden 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Don't Look Back In Anger [Explicit]Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. From This Moment On [Explicit]Mark Mulcahy 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Straight Up [Explicit]Luna 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Back For Good [Explicit]The Concretes 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Viva Forever [Explicit]Jim O'Rourke 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sugar, We're Goin' Down [Explicit]Goat 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) [Explicit]Bonnie "Prince" Billy 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Love's Theme [Explicit]The Woodrow Jackson Orchestra 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Breaking Free [Explicit]Porter Block 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Just Like Jesse James [Explicit]The Mooney Suzuki 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Two Tickets To Paradise [Explicit]Geoff Farina 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chop Suey [Explicit]Casey Shea 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Say My Name [Explicit]Superchunk 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Burnin' For You [Explicit]Mike Watt 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 



Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ENGINE ROOM RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000TCZ7S4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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Can't get enough ironic covers of familiar radio hits? Try out Engine Room Recordings' Guilt by Association, which captures indie notables, such as Devendra Banhart, Jim O'Rourke, and Superchunk, covering the likes of Eddie Money, the Spice Girls, and Shania Twain. Petra Haden's all-voices, no-instruments version of "Don't Stop Believin'" leads off the album for a reason--her voice mimics every detail of the original down to the guitar solo, and the result is pretty close to extraordinary (surely the Journey catalog is rich enough to warrant an entire album of a capella covers?). Luna finds the slink beneath the bubble gum of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," and the Concretes redeem '90s boy band Take That's "Back For Good," turning in a version that's as warm and sleepy as the original was shiny and plastic. If there's a flaw in Guilt by Association, it's the lack of cohesion that can plague such compilations, and you almost wish the bands had stuck to a narrower range of artists and songs, but any collection that covers everyone from Cher, to Fall Out Boy, to the kids from High School Musical is bound to hit on a guilty pleasure for just about everyone. --Ben Heege

Product Description

Have you ever felt embarrassed listening to one-hit wonders or pop gems of yesteryear? Fear not. Your favorite Indie superstars are giving the OK by joining in together for "Guilt By Association", a collection of songs by today's most exciting Indie talent re-interpreting their favorite guilty pleasure pop songs. Petra Haden delivers a soaring acapella version of Journey's anthem Don't Stop Believin'. Will Oldham/Bonnie 'Prince' Billy turns Mariah Carey's Can't Take That Away into a bittersweet synth ballad. Jim O'Rourke, who produced albums for Wilco, Beth Orton and Joanna Newsom transforms the Spice Girls' ballad Viva Forever into something that wouldn't have been out of place as a take out of a Beth Orton session.

Lets all wallow in our guilt and enjoy these remembered gems, indie-style

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album just might surprise you... January 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Association's self-titled 1969 album represents the group at a curious turning point in their career where they were able to progress in a musical direction beyond the familiar pop-hits such as "Cherish" and "Never My Love" but still not be taken seriously by the counterculture. If their "AM radio" reputation preceded them among the "too hip for the square" crowd, the absence of a bonafide hit single from this album ensured that their pop following would have a hard time finding them in a sea of new acts and trends in the rock arena. Despite the new musical biases working against the Association, this album charted at a respectable #32 on Billboard's Album chart but today is relatively unknown, having been released in the year following their million-selling Greatest Hits package.
Comprised of nearly all original material and co-produced by the group and John Boylan, the Association seemed eager to wipe clean the slick, canned sound of the previous two albums produced by Bones Howe. This resulted in what is considered by many as their best album vocally, with painstaking care being given to vocal arrangements and harmonies, always an Association trademark. Vocals on "Love Affair" and "Under Branches" are soaring and clean with the band singing at its most confidant. Jim Yester's smooth lead vocals and Jules Alexander lyrics are backed by sparse instrumentation giving the spotlight to the layers of backing vocals. Unfortunately, choosing "Under Branches" for single release in May, proved to be perhaps an over-confidant move as its complex time changes and over-mellowness caused the song to reach a dismal #117 on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Association Appreciation! February 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Association are one of the most underacknowledged brilliant bands from the late 60's/early 70's. Oh sure, these guys had several big hit singles through 1968 ("Windy" being the best-known of the lot), but come 1969, the public's interest in The Association was waning, which is a total shame if you ask me. After all, these guys from Los Angeles have created some of the most beautiful pop/rock that has ever been done. (There's also a marvelous art-rock feel to some of their material---"Requiem For The Masses" is a perfect example.) Their tight musical chops & intelligent songwriting alone is worth the price of admission, but then, there's also their heavenly choir voices....aaaah. Pure vocal magic. The Association may be best known for their early ballads, but these Japanese re-issues of their catalog, as pricey as they are, prove that there is SO much more to this band than just their "Greatest Hits" collection.I can't believe the whole world totally missed the boat on the group's fabulous self-titled album from 1969. "The Association" marked the beginning of the downward arc for the band commercially: there were no hit singles, and record sales weren't too hot, either. But *creatively*, the band had never been better. I love all of their earlier albums, but "The Association" is the group's finest work. By this time, the band had branched out into creating songs that were a bit more sophisticated and arty. In fact, the group sound on this album like a cross between The Moody Blues & The Alan Parsons Project! Even the album cover, with it's striking "Stonehenge in outer space" painting, signaled that The Association were doing something very different indeed with this record. And it's magnificent. Read more ›
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Association Appreciation May 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Association are one of the most underacknowledged brilliant bands from the late 60's/early 70's. Oh sure, these guys had several big hit singles through 1968 ("Windy" being the best-known of the lot), but come 1969, the public's interest in The Association was waning, which is a total shame if you ask me. After all, these guys from Los Angeles have created some of the most beautiful pop/rock that has ever been done. (There's also a marvelous art-rock feel to some of their material---"Requiem For The Masses" is a perfect example.) Their tight musical chops & intelligent songwriting alone is worth the price of admission, but then, there's also their heavenly choir voices....aaaah. Pure vocal magic. The Association may be best known for their early ballads, but these domestic re-issues of their catalog prove beyond a doubt that there is so much more to this band than just their "Greatest Hits" collection.I can't believe the whole world totally missed the boat on the group's fabulous self-titled album from 1969. "The Association" marked the beginning of the downward arc for the band commercially: there were no hit singles, and record sales weren't too hot, either. But *creatively*, the band had never been better. I love all of their earlier albums, but "The Association" is the group's finest work. By this time, the band had branched out into creating songs that were a bit more sophisticated and arty. In fact, the group sound on this album like a cross between The Moody Blues & The Alan Parsons Project! Even the album cover, with it's striking "Stonehenge in outer space" painting, signaled that The Association were doing something very different indeed with this record. And it's magnificent. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Please save your money!
Very disappointed. I was swayed by other reviews, but this is nothing like the Association music I was seeking. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah Lasorda
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite from The Association
I was quite a fan back in the day, and Cherish was always "our song" between me and my boyfriend of the moment. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rushmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
When I played this CD - I realized I had never heard any of the tunes - must have been recordings that never made it.
Published 7 months ago by Jewel B. Lair
5.0 out of 5 stars "Moonhenge" was what we used to call this album . . . .
. . . . back in the day, at my old school. This is their best album. Like a lot of groups in this time frame, they came off the fantastic epic of Birthday with an earthier new... Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Peyronnin
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favorite -- never dead
I first listened to this album (LP) on a cassette tape, while in Thailand, during the VietNam conflict. Read more
Published 19 months ago by R Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome!
The concept of this record was to get independent and underground bands to cover music by more mainstream and contemporary pop bands. Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by default_gamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Greatness ! (4 Stars If Straight - 5 Stars If Stoned)
Well . . . that review title probably gets me in trouble, but I generally don't review items I don't care deeply about, which until now meant only 5 star works. Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by G. T. Arkhew
2.0 out of 5 stars glad i saved my $5 for a pack of chewing tobacco....
as i stated above. the concept is there, but it didn't seem to be pulled off very well. better luck next time!
Published on April 22, 2010 by mookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Harmonies and songs i've never heard
The Association had some of the best group harmonies for having a band which WASN'T a bunch of family members. Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by Dan L. Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have it...
I saw The Association in Dubuque, IA many moons ago. It was shortly after that the song "Dubuque Blues" appeared on the horizon. Had to support my hometown. Read more
Published on January 31, 2010 by Frances A. Osuch
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