Out of Print! Only a few copies available!
180g Virgin Vinyl! Full Lyrics Included! Initially Discovered by Paul Simon!
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. Although it was a worthy professional debut, the public was hesitant to
buy the album. The specialist magazine Rolling Stone commented dryly and
somewhat at a loss that the Roches weren’t everyone’s cup of tea.
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!
Recorded 1973 in the Morgan Studios, London and 1974 in the Muscle Shoals
Studios, Sheffield, Alabama.
Produced by Paul Simon, Paul Samwell-Smith, David Hood and Jimmy Johnson.
• 180g Virgin Vinyl
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
• Includes Full Lyrics
Maggie Roche, piano, guitar, vocals
Terre Roche, guitar, vocals
Johnny Gimble, fiddle
George Marge, electric clarinet
Ann Odell, strings
John Hall, electric guitar
Paul Simon, guitar
Jerry Masters, bass
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
1. Underneath the Moon
2. Down the Dream
3. Wigglin' Man
4. West Virginia
5. If You Empty Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make The Change
1. Telephone Bill
3. Burden of Proof
4. The Mountain People
5. Jill of All Trades