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A Scratch in the Sky


Download links and information about A Scratch in the Sky by Cryan' Shames. This album was released in 1967 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 57:09 minutes.

Artist: Cryan' Shames
Release date: 1967
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Songwriter/Lyricist, Psychedelic
Tracks: 18
Duration: 57:09
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No. Title Length
1. A Carol for Lorelei 4:02
2. The Sailing Ship 3:33
3. In the Cafe 3:09
4. Mr. Unreliable 2:50
5. The Town I'd Like to Go Back To 4:28
6. Up on the Roof 3:23
7. It Could Be We're in Love 2:33
8. Sunshine Psalm 2:14
9. I Was Lonely When 4:00
10. Cobblestone Road 2:51
11. Dennis Dupree from Danville 3:07
12. It Could Be We're in Love 2:31
13. I Was Lonely When 3:25
14. Young Birds Fly 2:22
15. Sunshine Psalm 2:06
16. Up on the Roof 3:25
17. The Sailing Ship 2:52
18. The Warm 4:18



On their second album, the Cryan' Shames shifted from the heavy British Invasion and Byrds influences of their debut into a more California sunshine pop-flavored sound, without abandoning their debts to the Beatles and the Byrds altogether. Never mind that they weren't from California; the harmonies, and sometimes the arrangements, have definite echoes of the Beach Boys and the Association. The Cryan' Shames were good harmony singers, and all but two of the songs on the LP are the work of group members Jim Fairs and Lenny Kerley. But the fact is that the songs aren't nearly as good as those of the Beach Boys, though there are definite nods to classics like "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in some passages, and not even as well-tailored for AM success as the Association's hits. As such groups go, though, they're above average and more wide-ranging, getting into some faintly Byrdsy and faintly psychedelic sounds on "The Sailing Ship," Revolver-influenced guitar work on "Mr. Unreliable," and pure gossamer harmony pop on "The Town I'd Like to Go Back To." Sometimes it seems like they can't make up their mind what to emphasize: "Sunshine Psalm" has a hard-driving verse that sounds influenced by the Byrds' "I See You," yet melts into light Association-styled harmonies in other sections. The cover of the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," which came out as a single, is way too MOR-slick, though. The 2002 CD reissue on Sundazed adds seven bonus tracks. Five of them are single versions of songs from the LP; the others are the 1968 non-LP soft rock single "Young Birds Fly" and the B-side "The Warm," a harmony ballad with more Beach Boys-Association influences.