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Choir Practice

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I'd Rather You Leave Me
  2. It's Cold Outside
  3. When You Were With Me
  4. Don't Change Your Mind
  5. Dream Of One's Life
  6. In Love's Shadow
  7. I'm Slippin'
  8. Leave Me Be
  9. I'd Rather You Leave Me
  10. Treeberry
  11. Smile
  12. A To F (I Don't Want Nobody)
  13. I Only Did It 'Cause I Felt So Lonely
  14. Don't Change Your Mind
  15. Anyway I Can
  16. Boris' Lament
  17. David Watts
  18. If These Are Men


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B000003H0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've discovered The Choir through the Nuggets box set, which was featuring their only local hit "It's cold outside", a great little, innocent pop song. This CD features this hit and a collection of rarities (not always in hi-fi sound) by the band, whose line-up changed a lot during 1965 and 1970 (not a single band member in common between these two dates). For me the best time was 1966-1967, when the band featured Wally Bryson as lead guitarist and main composer. And the first song on this CD, "I'd Rather You Leave Me", only released before on a posthumous and out-of print EP, is the PERFECT 60'S POP SONG. An untold masterpiece. A Byrds-like intro on 12-strings guitar, a beautiful and innocent melody, high-register backing vocals, a solid beat... 2'06 of pure happiness. Even if the rest of the record was lousy (which is not the case), it would be worth it just for this song. All the other songs from 1967 ("I only did it cause I felt so lonely", "Don't change your mind"...) are very nice too. But listen to "I'd Rather You Leave Me" now !
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The Choir's "It's Cold Outside" has been anthologized many times, most notably on the original Pebbles LPs, and again on the reissue Nuggets box. It's always stood out as a tremendous bit of jangly mid-60s pop, mixing chiming guitars, tamourine and the sort of swooning harmonies made famous by the Beatles, Beach Boys and others. Though it's always sounded like it dated from '65 or '66, it's actually from 1967.
And while few other of the Choir's tracks reach the extreme heights of "It's Cold Outside," this compilation, based on tracks spanning 1966 through 1969, shows that they did have more to offer. A good deal of this follows in the footsteps of The Beau Brummels, with complex harmonies matched by a rock 'n' roll backbeat. Shades of the Nightcrawlers, Left Banke, Hollies and others can also be heard.
Most of this is previously unreleased material, including a host of demos. The sound quality is good throughout, though its clear that the compilers had to go to a lot of effort to make it all presentable.
Though the mid-60s were filled with competent garage bands, few had the yearning pop touch of The Choir, as this disc so ably demonstrates.
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A mid 60s band from Cleveland, Ohio, that was heavily influenced by the British Invasion. This outfit had one big regional hit and a great one it was. "It's Cold Outside" is one of the premier examples how British Invasion music could, in the right hands, be synthesized into Power Pop. The band itself also synthesized - as shown in an elaborate, slightly confusing, but truly remarkable in terms information - into the basis for a number of local groups membership of which included Joe Walsh and Eric Carmen.

Sad to say, the bulk of The Choir's output never matched their great song; nor - by virtue of dishonest agents and managers - did they reap even the feeble benefits of the song.

A great reminder that CLEVELAND ROCKS!
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