by Charles & Eddie


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At a time when urban radio was obsessed with the hip-hop-minded new jack swing of Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, and Guy (among others), Charles & Eddie turned to pre-1980 African-American music for inspiration. The male vocal duo's first album, Duophonic, owes a major debt to the classic Northern soul of the '60s and '70s. This CD came out in 1992, but Duophonic is quite mindful of the days when Curtis Mayfield, the Spinners, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye soared to the top of the R&B charts. Duophonic, however, isn't hardcore soul, and no one will mistake this release for a Temptations album from 1970. Rather, Charles & Eddie show their appreciation of classic soul in a very pop-friendly way, and the obvious comparisons include Simply Red, Terence Trent d'Arby, and Culture Club. Charles & Eddie aren't R&B purists, which isn't to say that they aren't expressive -- only that soul and pop considerations are both a part of what they do. Duophonic is a solid debut, and the duo shows a great deal of promise on smooth pop-soul offerings such as "Love Is a Beautiful Thing" and the hit single "Would I Lie to You." Most of the songs deal with romantic matters, although Duophonic detours into sociopolitical territory on "Father to Son" and "Unconditional." Both of these songs indicate that Charles & Eddie are well aware of the sociopolitical soul classics of the early '70s -- one gets the impression that both of them have spent a lot of time listening to Mayfield's Superfly soundtrack and Marvin Gaye's What's Going On album. Anyone who is a big fan of Simply Red, d'Arby, or Culture Club is advised to give Duophonic a close listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/1996
Label: Indent Series
UPC: 0762185127520
catalogNumber: 97150


  1. House Is Not a Home
  2. N.Y.C.
  3. Would I Lie to You?
  4. Hurt No More
  5. I Understand
  6. Unconditional
  7. Love Is A Beautiful Thing
  8. Father to Son
  9. December 2
  10. Be A Little Easy On Me
  11. Vowel Song
  12. Where Do We Go From Here?
  13. Shine

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles & Eddie   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Garry Hughes   Percussion,Strings,Keyboards,Clavinet,Sampling,Loops,fender rhodes
Michael Davis   Trombone,Horn
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Jean-Paul Bourelly   Guitar
Jeff Anderson   Bass
Chris Bruce   Guitar
Barry Carl   Background Vocals
David Fiuczynski   Guitar
Paul Gordon   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Paul Griffin   Organ,Keyboards
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Gene Lake   Drums
Daniel Sadownick   Percussion
Kent Smith   Trumpet,Horn
Andy Snitzer   Horn,Saxophone
Ed Tuton   Loops
Yossi Fine   Bass
Berry Carl   Background Vocals
Eddie Chacon   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Josh Deutsch   Guitar,Loops
Laneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Charles Pettigrew   Vocals,Background Vocals
Amp Fiddler   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Andrew Wyatt   Background Vocals
Lonnie Hillyer   Bass,Guitar,wah wah guitar

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Programming
Michael Christopher   Engineer
Andy Dean   Producer
Greg Smith   Programming
Ed Tuton   Programming,Engineer
Ben Wolff   Producer
Josh Deutsch   Programming,Producer
Bradshaw Leigh   Engineer

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