Monday, March 24, 2008

Richard Twice twice

There were a couple of guys named Richard that started a band. So the band was called Richard Twice. It’s a nice little chamber pop record from the time when there were lots and lots of nice little orchestral pop records. Since there were so many to choose from in 1971, this one fell through the cracks. That’s the only reason I can think of that this record wasn’t a hit. It's as good as some of the singer-songwriter that were popular back then. The record is timeless, it's could've been released anytime in the 30 years and wouldn't sound out of place.

Whoever wrote the liner notes really believed in Richard Twice. "More melodic than the early Beatles, not as obscure as Simon & Garfunkel". The unknown writer also points out that Richard Twice were not society-rejecting hippies: "They are normal in the sense that they are not square because they feel and are aware. On the other hand, they don't reject the culture... they are not angry... they see society's faults and try to understand them..."

The excellent backup band is a supergroup of musicians whose names you almost remember. Drake Levin (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Don Galluci (The Kingsmen, Don & The Goodtimes, FUN HOUSE producer), Larry Knechtel (Simon & Garfunkel, Bread), Mark Tulin (the Electric Prunes), and Rusty Young (Poco) all contribute to the record.

Those guys are still making music. I can’t find any evidence that either Richard made another record.


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