Birthday (album)

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Birthday
Studio album by The Association
Released March 1968[1]
Recorded October 1967-February 1968
Genre Psychedelic pop, rock
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bones Howe
The Association chronology
Insight Out
(1967)
Birthday
(1968)
Greatest Hits
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Birthday is The Association's fourth album. Despite the ostensibly psychedelic cover, the album was even lighter on psychedelic influences than their first three, with "The Time it is Today" being the sole representative of conventional psychedelic rock. Most of the album, including the two hit singles, "Everything That Touches You" (which hit number 10 in the charts[3]) and "Time For Livin'" (which reached number 39[3]) is in the easy-listening symphonic pop vein.

This was the last LP by the group that spawned Top 40 hits. It peaked at number 23 in the Billboard charts.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Come On In" (Jo Mapes) Kirkman and Giguere 3:19
2. "Rose Petals, Incense and a Kitten" (Ric McClelland, Jim Yester) Yester 2:57
3. "Like Always" (Bob Alcivar, Tony Ortega, Larry Ramos) Ramos 3:08
4. "Everything That Touches You" (Terry Kirkman) Kirkman and Yester 3:22
5. "Toymaker" (Jeff Comanor) Yester and Kirkman 3:30
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Barefoot Gentleman" (Skip Carmel, Yester) Yester 3:27
2. "Time For Livin'" (Don Addrisi, Dick Addrisi) Giguere and Ramos 2:48
3. "Hear in Here" (Ted Bluechel) Bluechel 3:17
4. "The Time It Is Today" (Russ Giguere) Giguere 2:19
5. "The Bus Song" (Kirkman) Kirkman 3:34
6. "Birthday Morning" (Carmel, Yester) Yester 2:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Association". Technicolor Web of Sound. October 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ a b The Association USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012.