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Together Forever: The Music City Sessions
     

Together Forever: The Music City Sessions

by The Two Things In One
 

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As a self-contained African-American soul-rock band from the Bay Area that began releasing records when they were high schoolers still in their mid-teens, the Two Things in One were a remarkable story. This CD combines both sides of three rare 1971-1973 singles on the Music City label with ten previously unissued tracks from the

Overview

As a self-contained African-American soul-rock band from the Bay Area that began releasing records when they were high schoolers still in their mid-teens, the Two Things in One were a remarkable story. This CD combines both sides of three rare 1971-1973 singles on the Music City label with ten previously unissued tracks from the same era, essentially adding up to the lost album they never got to issue while they were active. Their tale -- explained at great colorful length via extended quotes from group members in the 24-page booklet, which also has fine vintage photos and memorabilia -- is more compelling than their music, which is longer on promise than top-rank originality. It's still interesting and unusual stuff apart from the novel circumstances, in part because it's not as heavily influenced by soul stars like Sly Stone as many such bands were, though those ingredients are there. Instead, it's a lively stew of soul, funk, and rock that can at times sound more like soul-influenced rock than rock-influenced soul. Indeed, sometimes it's quite a bit like Traffic (particularly courtesy of the heavy organ, which made the Allman Brothers' "Dreams" a natural to cover) or even Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (whose "Ohio" is also covered) at their hardest-rocking. Quite a bit of early-'70s Stevie Wonder comes through as well in the singing and sophisticated arrangements. Sometimes it's like hearing a mixture of varying doses of all those names at once, though more pronounced R&B leanings are heard in cuts like "Snag Nasty," an instrumental in the Meters vein. What they didn't have were songs on the level of the material by these reference points -- an understandable shortfall given their tender ages, but one that's present nonetheless. Too, the hook in one of their singles, "Together Forever," was highly reminiscent of the theme to the movie Midnight Cowboy, which one of the members acknowledges in the liners. The level of musicianship is such, however, that it's regretful the group didn't get to record more and get developed by a more sympathetic label, as detailed in the notes.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Omnivore Recordings
UPC:
0816651010202
catalogNumber:
101020
Rank:
176268

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Two Things In One   Primary Artist
Richard Meyer   Keyboards
Kevin Burton   Keyboards
Michael Jeffries   Vocals
Kevin Lockett   Horn
Wally Cox   Clavinet
Marciel Garner   Drums
Michael Griggs   Guitar
Marvin Williams   Horn
Johnnie Tucker   Bass

Technical Credits

Gregg Allman   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Kevin Burton   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Wally Sound   Remixing
George Spencer   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Wally Cox   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Remixing,Memorabilia
Sylvia Moy   Composer
George Parker   Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Bob Jones   Producer
Marciel Garner   Cover Photo
Ray Dobard   Producer
Michael Griggs   Composer
Johnnie Lee Tucker   Composer

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