FLASHBACK MUSIC REVIEW
Captain & Tennille
Song of Joy
(A&M Records - 1976)
I've said it before, but
it's a sentiment worth
repeating. As a music-
crazed kid growing up
in the '70s, Song of Joy
was my "Abbey Road."
Dismissing Captain & Tennille based solely on their perceived saccharine factor, would be to reveal one's own naiveté regarding the duo's authentic roots. It would suggest further one's own lack of familiarity with Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille's work beyond their signature-style, chart-busting pop hits and toothy publicity pics.
|Captain & Tennille enjoyed an impressive string|
of irresistible pop hits. However, the duo's best
work is reflected in their non-single album cuts.
Cracking with pop / rock crunch, while dripping with soulful, bluesy passion, Captain & Tennille's platinum-selling sophomore set, Song of Joy, has been one of my personal favorites since it was released back in February 1976. In fact, I've owned six different copies of the album in various formats over the years.
From the heart-stopping, soaring beauty of the Billy Preston-penned opening title track to the sax / organ-driven, R&B-flavor of "Mind Your Love" to the Gospel-tinged charm of "Smile For Me One More Time" to the infectious hookiness of Smokey Robinson's classic, "Shop Around" to the delicate, honey-soaked splendor of "Thank You, Baby" to the undeniable funkiness of the record-closing "1954 Boogie Blues," Song Of Joy remains a timeless, tasty treasure — as crisp and vital as ever.
|Produced by Daryl Dragon, Song of Joy|
remains a crisp and vital record.
Much thanks to my new bestie, Mandy Herndon, at Beachside Retro in Satellite Beach, FL for reconnecting me recently with an LP copy of this classic — the third LP copy I've owned. Oddly (to some), the personal listening experience actually is enhanced by the warm, rich crackle of the aged vinyl. Now, if I only could relocate my 8-track copy. CAH-CHINK!
- SUPERSTAR -
- SHOUT IT OUT LOUD -
- C'MON! -