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Song of Joy

Captain & TennilleAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Respond 2
  • ASIN: B000BMSTX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song of Joy
2. Lonely Night (Angel Face)
3. Mind Your Love
4. Smile For Me One More Time
5. Shop Around
6. Going Bananas
7. Butterscotch Castle
8. Muskrat Love
9. Thank You, Baby
10. Wedding Song (There Is Love)
11. 1954 Boogie Blues

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About the Artist

Keyboardist / arranger / producer Daryl "The Captain" Dragon and singer / pianist Toni Tennille became one of the most successful pop music duos of all-time as Captain & Tennille. The husband and wife team kicked off their recording career in style when their debut single Love Will Keep Us Together went straight to # 1 and won the 1975 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The hits kept flowing with more top 40 singles, including The Way I Want to Touch You, Shop Around, Lonely Night (Angel Face,) Muskrat Love, Can’t Stop Dancin’, You Never Done It Like That and another chart-topper in 1980 with Toni Tennille’s Do That To Me One More Time.

The couple met in 1971, when Dragon was the keyboard player for a musical revue composed by Tennille. Daryl is the son of conductor Carmen Dragon and his mother was a singer. In 1967, he was playing and touring with the Beach Boys - where he was dubbed "Captain Keyboard" by lead singer Mike Love for always wearing a captain’s hat on-stage. Additionally, he appeared on a few Beach Boys albums of the period.

Toni Tennille, born Cathryn Antoinette Tennille – is the daughter of Frank Tennille, a big-band singer and Cathryn Tennille, who became a local television talk-show host. In 1965 Toni moved to California and became involved in theater, which led to her toward writing music for the ecologically minded revue, Mother Earth. The show was performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where Dragon joined the band. After it closed, Dragon returned to the Beach Boys and arranged to have Tennille hired as a pianist and backup singer. "Captain Keyboard" and the "Beach Girl" toured with the Beach Boys for a year, while becoming romantically involved. The couple was married shortly thereafter and began performing in Los Angeles clubs as a duo called Captain & Tennille.

In September 1973, they financed their own recording, Tennille’s composition of The Way I Want to Touch You and released it on their own Butterscotch Castle label. The song earned significant airplay in Los Angeles and the duo was signed by A&M Records. For their major-label debut they covered the Neil Sedaka/Howard Greenfield tune Love Will Keep Us Together. The song quickly went to number 1 on the Billboard charts, and the rest is pretty much pop-music history.

Amidst a continual flurry of hit songs, 1976 also brought the Captain & Tennille’s weekly television show, which only lasted one season. In 1979, Captain & Tennille left A&M for Casablanca records, a move that placed them atop the Billboard Hot 100 once again, this time with Toni’s song Do That To Me One More Time.

Toni Tennille continues on with a solo career as a singer of traditional pop, performing with big bands and symphonies and has released numerous solo recordings to the praise of critics. She’s also become involved in stage musicals, having starred in the touring company of Victor/Victoria. Daryl Dragon continues to produce Toni’s and Captain & Tennille records and he also ran Rumbo Recorders, the recording studio they built in Los Angeles in 1979 – and sold in 2003.

These days there’s no place like home for the couple, as they much prefer their own surroundings to life on the road. Now, 30 years after their chart debut they’ve recorded two new holiday songs, "Saving Up Christmas" and "Tahoe Snow."

Product Description

Captain & Tennille dominated in 1976, with this brilliant follow-up to their debut. Another top-10 album, SONG OF JOY was the duos’ best-selling LP and garnered three top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (all of which went to #1 on the adult contemporary charts.) These were "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," "Shop Around" and that little song about Suzie & Sam, "Muskrat Love." Deluxe packaging, including new 2005 liner notes by Toni Tennille and digitally remastered under the supervision of the Captain himself!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Gem! November 26, 2005
By NHgboy
Format:Audio CD
This is Captain & Tennille's follow-up to their first album (Love Will Keep Us Together). Released in 1976, this album featured 3 top-10 singles: "Lonely Night (Angel Face", "Shop Around", and the love-it-or-loathe-it "Muskrat Love".

Also included is the glorious title track that is brimming with soul; your hair will stand on its end at the conclusion of this song. "Mind Your Love" is a frenetic song with a swing & big band feel to it. "Smile For Me One More Time" is a simple, elegant and sweeping vocal performance that was written by Toni as a tribute to Daryl. Two more gorgeous melodies on this album are: "Wedding Song (There Is Love)" and "Thank You, Baby".

This album shows the versatility and true muscal talents of Daryl and Toni and is a delightful mixture of original songs and those written by others. Toni (and Daryl) wrote 4 of the songs on this album.

Although I bought this album on vinyl when I was 12 years old, all of the songs "hold up today" and aren't really dated with the 70's sound. "Lonely Night (Angel Face)", one of my favorite songs of the 1970's, could still be a hit today if it were re-released.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet memories of a butterscotch castle April 29, 2008
By Sheri
Format:Audio CD
Being 10 years old and having a 19 year old brother in 1976 meant that I heard a LOT of Cheap Trick, Journey, KISS, Boston..all the classics back then. While I still listen to and enjoy those bands, there's one group that my brother did NOT introduce me to and that's The Captain and Tenille. I suppose they were much too soft for his tastes, but I consider that his loss. While everyone, at the time, had heard "Love Will Keep Us Together" countless times, it was their second LP, "Song of Joy" that blew me awsy. Between Daryl's piano playing and Toni's voice, they produced a sound so rich and deeply satisfying, it continues to bring joy to my ears and a smile to my heart. Sure, there's "Muskrat Love" on this LP, but even that song has a special, if annoying, place in my heart. Besides the radio hits here, my favorites tunes are "Butterscotch Castles", "Song of Joy" and "Going Bananas". I, like another reviewer, wore at least 2 copies of this record out back in the day. I was so glad to see it finally released on CD a few years back. It's become a regular part of my music library and takes me back to a much more simpler and innocent time in life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that makes me most grateful that we now live in the age of the compact disc rather than suffering with the technological limitations of the album and the record player. First off, I freely admit that I loathe rather than love the version of "Muskrat Love" done by the Captain & Tennille. You probably remember first hearing the song done by America, but it is actually the first song that group did that they did not write themselves. The song that is so sweet it goes beyond saccharine to the pure syrup tapped right from the tree, was written by Willis Ramsey and made it to #67 on the singles chart for America in 1973, but the Captain & Tennille made it all the way to #4 in 1977. When you played the LP the only way to skip the song was to get up, go over to the record player, pick up the arm, and move it ahead to "Thank You, Baby." Of course you did get some exercise racing over to do that. With a CD player you can program it to skip the song.

The other great thing about CD players is that you can program it to repeat. From time to time a song will get stuck in your head (right now I keep finding Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Over the Rainbow" being the default sound in my brain), and the only way to purge that puppy is to listen to it a couple of dozen times in a row. One night back in the late 1970s I was unable to sleep because "Lonely Nights (Angel Face)" was stuck in my mind (hey, the chorus even insists "I can't get you outta my mind").
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better with time June 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Back in the day, (the mid to late 70's) I was in high school. A head-banger by trade - Queen, Rush, Beatles, Cheap Trick, KISS, Ted Nugent, Aerosmith - the usual suspects - were my musical norm.

I was the bass player or guitar player in Krunchy - heavy bands - (later to become an actual, for real, PAID, musician person).

But on the quiet - back in high school, I had a love for a different sound: nicer, less edge, more heart-felt, more melodic, more musical and better produced. "PROFESSIONAL Musicians" as opposed to "Professional Musicians".

Of course I had to keep this on the quiet from my Rocker friends to avoid ridicule, but in actuality - I probably spent as much time listening to "Pop" records as I did metal songs. A good song - is a good song. Genre matters little.

And there was one album that I completely wore out and had to buy a second copy of - because I played it SO often - and that album was "Song of Joy".

The songs & production seem better to me now - than they did even then - and I listened to them A LOT then. (BTW I am amongst the - "TOO SYRUPY FOR ME" camp where "Muskrat Love" is involved.)

Billy Preston's amazing "Song of Joy" could not have been treated better than it is here. In fact, I have requested that my funeral begin with this recording - I feel that deeply about this interpretation of this song. I can say no more.

So many other great recordings that I cannot go on enough about - chiefly: Mind Your Life, Lonely Nights, Shop Around, 1954 Boogie Blues - this is just great stuff.

One cannot under estimate the brilliance of the skill and brilliance of Daryl Dragon - his playing on keyboards and bass (Toni's keyboards too) and Daryl's arrangements - on ALL of their albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Oldie
Hard to find but one of our favorites. We have given several as gifts to those who remember it from past good times
Published 1 month ago by Donna Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars fans WILL enjoy this CD !!
First of all, one would NEVER guess that within my humble cd library, is included a copy of "Song Of Joy" ! NOT one of my normal genre's of music that i listen to. Read more
Published 13 months ago by William Zimdars
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain & Tenille
The CD is great. I have been searching for a copy in better than good condition as they don't produce originals anymore. Read more
Published on February 24, 2012 by JBED
4.0 out of 5 stars Song Of Joy
The "CD" was everything they said it was, The Captain & Tennille could have picked better songs to put on it, but I think every album has one or two song's that the only way they... Read more
Published on June 24, 2009 by John S. Laye
5.0 out of 5 stars A needle in a hay stack
Although this is fairly cookie cutter type music, the album has a lot of sentimental value for me and I have been looking everywhere for it as it's gone out of press. Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by Soft Heart
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's Classic In All It's Glory
The Captain and Tennille were very popular in the 70s and had some great hits showcasing the excellent vocals of Toni Tennille. Read more
Published on September 26, 2008 by barry
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM- FANTASTIC MEMORIES!
Well, having had this album back in the late '70's, it's great to, again, listen to the wonderfully melodic voice of Tony Tennille and captivating keyboard rhythm of Captain Daryl... Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by PRESCOTT JIM
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor John!
Thank goodness John Matteson has alerted us to the evil agenda of Captain & Tennille! Pity it's 30 years after the fact. Read more
Published on March 12, 2008 by Curmudgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain & Tennille JAPANESE MINI LP
This Japanese version is better than others versions! the sound is OK, there are lyrics in japanese and english. all in all, a great mini lp version. Read more
Published on December 18, 2007 by Rafael
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from C & T
"Song of Joy" is Captain and Tennille's second album, released in 1976, a year after they exploded onto the music scene with "Love Will Keep Us Together. Read more
Published on July 23, 2006 by Music Lover
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