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Greatest Hits
     

Greatest Hits

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by Captain & Tennille
 
Soft rock duo Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille definitely didn't fit everybody's notions of cool. "Muskrat Love" is a quintessential slice of novelty cheese that could only have scored during the '70s. But it's unfair to judge them by something they didn't write and isn't representative of their career. (However, Dragon's bare-chested poses on the original gatefold

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Soft rock duo Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille definitely didn't fit everybody's notions of cool. "Muskrat Love" is a quintessential slice of novelty cheese that could only have scored during the '70s. But it's unfair to judge them by something they didn't write and isn't representative of their career. (However, Dragon's bare-chested poses on the original gatefold sleeve definitely fell into the "what were they thinking?" file.) Otherwise, there aren't any blemishes on this roundup of their first three A&M albums -- a commercial coup accorded to few acts so early in their careers. The buoyant "Love Will Keep Us Together" is the natural opener -- and set the template for a style centered around Dragon's lush, baroque keyboards and Tennille's breathy, intimate vocals. The song also showed the duo's good taste in material; it's one of three hits written by Neil Sedaka, whose "Lonely Nights (Angel Face)" is also included. Tennille is exceptional form, especially on "Wedding Song (There Is Love)" and an evocative version of "Disney Girls," by former Beach Boys vocalist Bruce Johnston. He also gave them "I Write the Songs," which naturally differs from the Barry Manilow hit version; the massed vocal choir at the intro shows the tricks that presumably rubbed off from Dragon's early-'70s touring days with the Beach Boys. 1990s-era compilations have supplanted this album's relevance, but the track listing shows how smart cherry-picking of a back catalog can serve casual and committed fans alike. Most of the tunes stand up, so why apologize for picking up this guilty pleasure?

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0075021310520
catalogNumber:
3105

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Performance Credits

Captain & Tennille   Primary Artist
Toni Tennille   Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Clark Burroughs   Background Vocals
Daryl Dragon   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Dennis Dragon   Drums
Gene Morford   Bass (Vocal)
Ed Greene   Drums
Myrna Matthews   Background Vocals
Michael E. Mathis   Conga
Gary Sims   Bass (Vocal),Background Vocals
Hal Blanc   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Jane Tennille   Background Vocals
Louisa Tennille   Background Vocals
Melissa Tennille   Vocals,Background Vocals
Captain   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Andy Boettner   Background Vocals
Michael Price   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Toni Tennille   Producer
Morgan Cavett   Producer
Daryl Dragon   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Dennis Dragon   Engineer
Dave Iveland   Engineer
John McCarthy   Cover Design,Sculpture
Rick Porter   Engineer
Roger Young   Engineer
Tommy Oliver   Engineer
Ed Lever   Engineer
Tom Wallace   Engineer
Captain   Arranger,Producer
Roland Young   Engineer,Art Direction

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like feel good albums, this one's for you. The music is timeless and Toni's voice is solid.