Insight Out

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Insight Out
Studio album by The Association
Released June 1967
Recorded April – May 1967
Genre Pop, Baroque pop, sunshine pop, folk rock, psychedelic pop, garage punk
Length 32:05
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Bones Howe
The Association chronology
Renaissance
(1966)
Insight Out
(1967)
Birthday
(1968)
Singles from Insight Out
  1. "Windy"
    Released: 1967
  2. "Never My Love"
    Released: 1967

Insight Out is the third album by the American pop band The Association and was released in June 1967 on Warner Bros. Records.[1] It was the band's first album release for the Warner Brothers label and it became one of the top selling LPs of the year in America, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in December 1967.[2][3][4] The album's success was largely attributable to the inclusion of the U.S. hits "Windy" and "Never My Love", which reached number 1 and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart respectively and were among the most-played records on AM radio during the late 1960s.[3] However, the album was less successful outside of North America and failed to chart in the United Kingdom.

Insight Out was the first Association album to feature new guitarist and vocalist Larry Ramos, who joined the band just prior to the album recording sessions, as a replacement for departed lead guitarist Jules Alexander.[3] The album also saw The Association working with record producer and recording engineer Bones Howe for the first time. Howe, who had previously worked with The Mamas & the Papas and The Turtles, was brought in by the band's manager and Warner Bros. Records in an attempt to steer the group in a more commercial direction.[3] As a result of Howe's focus on obtaining a radio-friendly sound, The Association ceded much of the instrumental playing on Insight Out to a team of top L.A. session musicians, including drummer Hal Blaine, bassist Joe Osborn, keyboardist Larry Knechtel, guitarist Al Casey, and guitarist/sitarist Mike Deasy.[3] The group also elected to record some songs written by non-band members for Insight Out, in stark contrast to their previous album Renaissance, on which the band had written and performed all of their own music.[3][5]

Insight Out saw the band mixing their textured vocal harmonies with an eclectic blend of influences, including Baroque pop, folk rock, sunshine pop, psychedelia and even elements of garage punk.[3][6] Along with the hit singles "Windy" and "Never My Love", standout tracks on the album include P. F. Sloan's reflective "On a Quiet Night", the Addrisi Brothers' "Happiness Is", and the band originals "We Love Us", "When Love Comes to Me", and "Requiem for the Masses".[3][6] The latter song in particular was an ambitious and somber piece written by multi-instrumentalist Terry Kirkman, featuring layered Latin vocals[3] and recounting the story of a matador dying alone in the bullring, miles away from his home.[7] As such, the song was intended by Kirkman to strike parallels with the plight of U.S. soldiers serving in the Vietnam War and to function as a veiled protest against that conflict.[3][7]

Reception and reissues[edit]

Music critic Matthew Weiner, writing for Stylus magazine, has described Insight Out and its follow-up Birthday as "minor classics in the late-sixties pop genre",[8] while music historian Richie Unterberger viewed the album, within the context of The Association's back catalogue, as "characteristically eclectic".[3] In his review for the Allmusic website, Bruce Eder has described Insight Out as "an enjoyable folk-rock album", but also noted that the LP was recorded "somewhat in the shadow of Harpers Bizarre's experimental "Feelin' Groovy" single.[6]

Insight Out has been reissued a number of times on CD, including a remastered edition of the album in its standard stereo configuration on Collectors' Choice Music in 2003 and as a Japanese release on Warner Bros. in 2005, with the addition of two bonus tracks. In 2011, Insight Out was reissued in a deluxe CD package by Cherry Red Records, featuring the original mono mix of the album and multiple bonus tracks.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Wasn't It a Bit Like Now?" (Terry Kirkman) Kirkman and Ramos 3:33
2. "On a Quiet Night" (P. F. Sloan) Yester 3:21
3. "We Love Us" (Ted Bluechel) Bluechel and Ramos 2:25
4. "When Love Comes to Me" (Jim Yester) Yester 2:45
5. "Windy" (Ruthann Friedman) Giguere and Ramos 2:56
6. "Reputation" (Tim Hardin) Cole 2:38
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Never My Love" (Don Addrisi, Dick Addrisi) Kirkman and Ramos 3:10
2. "Happiness Is" (Don Addrisi, Dick Addrisi) Ramos and Bluechel 2:13
3. "Sometime" (Russ Giguere) Giguere 2:38
4. "Wantin' Ain't Gettin'" (Mike Deasy) Cole and Giguere 2:20
5. "Requiem for the Masses" (Terry Kirkman) Kirkman 4:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Insight Out: Deluxe expanded mono edition - product information". Cherry Red. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Insight Out chart information". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Unterberger, Richie (2003). "The Association's Insight Out". Insight Out (CD booklet). The Association. Collectors' Choice Music. 
  4. ^ "The Association - RIAA Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  5. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Renaissance album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  6. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. "Insight Out album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  7. ^ a b McGlynn, Tim. "Terry Kirkman - Requiem for the Masses". Schaumburg High School Concert Choir website. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  8. ^ Weiner, Matthew. "The Association Collector's Choice CD reissues review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-09.