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Orpheus

Boston's Orpheus made four albums in the late '60s and early '70s that were something of an antecedent to soft rock. Although some of the members had roots in the folk scene, and although they were lumped in with the heavier and more psychedelic bands that comprised the short-lived "Bosstown sound," Orpheus were in fact much closer to the "sunshine pop" of the late '60s heard on AM radio. Producer Alan Lorber (the key generator of the Bosstown sound hype, who also produced Ultimate Spinach and other local bands) gave their light harmony pop tunes elaborate orchestrated arrangements that, even as they hinted at Baroque classical music, also betrayed his extensive experience working on television commercials.

Jack McKenes and Eric Gulliksen of Orpheus had played together in a pop-folk group, the Minutemen, and McKenes and Bruce Arnold formed the pop-folk duo the Villagers, before the three of them plus drummer Harry Sandler linked up to form Orpheus. Relying largely on original material, mostly written by Arnold and Gulliksen, Orpheus cut three LPs for MGM (the primary home of Bosstown sound bands) in the late '60s. Despite the marketing of the Bosstown sound as a hip and album-oriented phenomenon, the group's harmonies and songwriting were in fact more similar to singles groups such as the Fifth Dimension and the Association, even with echoes of the Lettermen in places. There might have been some traces of folk and psychedelic music on some tracks, but the light, sometimes precious, love songs were forerunners of adult contemporary music. Sometimes, for instance, the albums sound rather like the songs (although not the arrangements) played by Chicago at their most unabashedly pop. Orpheus, however, were ordinary if ambitious songwriters, lacking the grand melodies to either get them national popularity in their lifetime, or retroactive cult status.

When Orpheus made their fourth and final album for Bell in 1971, only Arnold was left from the original band, although the LP had songwriting and vocals from Steve Martin (not the same as the Steve Martin who sang lead for the Left Banke), who had written some material on Orpheus' MGM recordings. The double-CD Big Beat compilation The Best of Orpheus has almost everything from the MGM LPs, as well as a couple of songs from the Bell LP and some previously unreleased material. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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You can't tell me that CHICAGO didn't rip off ORPHEUS by stealing their sound. My stomach turns everytime I hear Saturday in the park.
Will be playing in Worcester with the Worcester Chamber Orchestra at Mechanics Hall in My 2014
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As others have mentioned, Boston's Orpheus was indeed from Worcester. Congress Alley is off Pleasant street close to downtown and the old Classical High School where I went to school with Bruce Arnold, that is, on the very rare days that he showed up. I do, however still love their music.
Absolutely from Worcester. Congress Alley, Back in the 1960s Congress Alley was Worcester’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood , a place where Worcester’s young artistes came together to make music, poetry, paintings and protest the Vietnam War. A place where Woo’s hippies hung out to strum their acustic guitars and listen to their own beat poets because the cool old historic homes of Crown Hill were not yet reclaimed and rehabbed.
I am in SHOCK. It was 1974, I was stationed at Pease AFB and fell in love with an airman stationd there, too. He was from Boston. We went out to dinner, supper, and an Orpheus song started to play. I fell in love with them and their music. My airman said he knew the group well and had a friend with their album/s. Well, guess what he gave me for Valentine's day? We've long since broken up . Here it is 2012 , and I have never received any other gift that I cherish more. The album is sto
According to Bruce Arnold, the entire second album (Ascending) was sped up by producer AlanLorber. Arnold confronted him about it when the album was released but Lorber characterist i c a l l y denied it. Arnold acquired protection masters of the second album from Varese Sarabande, who released the only truly remastered compilation The Very Best of Orpheus in 2001. He has corrected the speed and restored the original rhythm track featuring studio musicians Bernard Purdie on drums and Joe Mack on bass
I like that we're all such music nerds that "Steve Martin" evokes the Left Banke first and "Wild and Crazy Guy" second.
oops, went back and checked, "I'll Fly" opens the second album. (all those dead brain cells...)
Oh BTW the link to The Minutemen here goes to the great great hardcore band from San Pedro, not to the Congress Alley folksters!
Orpheus wasn't actually from Boston but from Worcester/Ba r r e area. They kept pretty busy playing around central and western Mass. If you like great pop cuts check out "I'll Fly" from the first album.
Lead singer sounds like early BJ Thomas or Brooklyn Bridge. Love it!!
"Can't Find the Time" was a song that received considerable radio airplay some time ago. This is an excellent song that has been largely forgotten. I haven't heard this song in maybe 30 years. Keep em coming Pandora!

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