The Cyrkle

Neon

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Neon was pretty much more of the same pop/rock with folk-rock accents that the Cyrkle had delivered on their debut, Red Rubber Ball. A difference was that there were no hit singles on the order of "Red Rubber Ball" or "Turn-Down Day," either in terms of chart performance or hooky quality. As a result, the album's less worthwhile than its predecessor, and just doesn't measure up to the more substantial groups of the era, whether pop/rock or folk-rock ones. Certainly, fans of typically '60s harmonies, artful production, and crafty integration of acoustic and electric dynamics with a wide range of instruments will find much to enjoy. But the songs aren't too substantial. It does include a Paul Simon-Bruce Woodley collaboration, "I Wish You Could Be Here," that Simon & Garfunkel never put out on release, though Woodley's group, the Seekers, did put out a version. About the best of the lot are "Our Love Affair's in Question," which (whether intentionally or not) sounds quite a bit like 1966 Simon & Garfunkel, and "Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears Comin' Your Way," which is tougher than most of their output. There's also a rather wacky cover of the Beatles' "I'm Happy Just to Dance With You," complete with the cheesy twanging sitar that decorated several of the Cyrkle's songs. The 2001 CD reissue on Sundazed adds nine bonus tracks, including four 1966-1967 outtakes, four songs from 1967-1968 singles, and a couple of commercials they recorded on the side.

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