Maggie & Terre Roche : Seductive reasoning

Maggie & Terre Roche : Seductive reasoning


Columbia 33232

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Underneath the Moon
A2 - Down the Dream
A3 - Wigglin' Man
A4 - West Virginia
A5 - If You Empty Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make The Change
B1 - Telephone Bill
B2 - Malachy's
B3 - Burden of Proof
B4 - The Mountain People
B5 - Jill of All Trades

Recorded in 1973 at Morgan Studios in London, and 1974 at Muscle Shoals Studios in Sheffield, Alabama.

Thanks to their undeniable musical talent, which allowed them to be taken seriously in the folk scene, the industrious Roche sisters’ career began when they were young. The duo began by singing Christmas carols, doo-wop song syllable puzzles, and tricky barbershop harmonies. They finally caught the attention of Paul Simon, who brought the gifted girls in as backup singers on his LP "There Goes Rhymin’ Simon", and was primarily responsible for the birth of their first recording. The lavishly produced album achieved high critical acclaim.

Maggie and Terre Roche are a well-rehearsed vocal team however: with a range from hazy, finely balanced voices singing as one, right up to pearly, radiant brilliance, the Roche sisters enthusiastically penned a songbook which is almost without exception their very own creation. Mechanical bluegrass music ("Wigglin’ Man"), a steam-train character ("If You Emptied ...") and a somewhat crude and unrefined country aura make the subtle lyrics easily accessible to all, but the LP also offers the listener wonderfully ill-humoured verse ("The Mountain People") and story-like prose ("West Virginia"). This is a truly exceptional album, and well worth being discovered!

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.