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This rewarding 1978 collaboration between folkie and flutist yielded some beguiling instrumentals and fine soft rock songs, including the hit Power of Gold .

1. Twins Theme
2. Intimidation
3. Lazy Susan
4. Guitar Étude No. 3
5. Tell Me to My Face
6. Hurtwood Alley
7. Lahaina Luna
8. Paris Nocturne
9. Since You've Asked
10. The Power of Gold

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMVP8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I usually find customer reviews on Amazon useful, since they reflect the consumer's and the fan's point of view, rather than the prevailing critics' domination of what's cool and what's not.
Not the last two reviews on this album!
I would have posted seven more 5-stars to bring the overall rating of this album closer to justice, only if this site allows it. My point is if you don't like Fogelberg, go somewhere else.

Amongst the discography of the artist, this album surely deserves a better treatment. After the eclectic and overall superb Nether Lands, the artist was at such peak of his creative powers that he made a largely-instrumental album with another not-so-well-known musician, treading on unfamiliar ground with a sense of experiment and adventure. For a singer/songwriter known for his vocal compositions, this is a bold and commendable move in itself.
If The Power Of Gold is weak, the seven minutes version of a Hollies remake (Tell Me To My Face) more than compensates it. If the bossa nova feel of the album makes it sound like elevator music, I don't really mind the ride. In addition, there's the elegant and romantic Paris Nocturne, surely one of the best melodies Fogelberg has ever created.
Can't say very much about albums like Exile, but this album was significant enough in the Fogelberg catalog to warrant a sequel (can'y say very much about that one either.)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By homefree on October 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the first of two duet projects by Fogelberg and flutist Tim Weisberg. Fogelbergs sound lends itself easily to the inclusion of woodwind. The flute is obviously more prominent then just another part of the orchestra aka `Netherlands.'
Many of the tracks here are instrumental. `Twins theme', `Intimidation' and `Lazy Susan' start the album off in this way, `Lazy Susan' being a duet of guitar and flute I think is what they set out to achieve when they envisioned this collaberation. And I find it to be the best track on the album. Not all the songs are instrumentals, there are vocals and some cover songs as well. The Hollies song `Tell me to my face' is given a nice reading by the boy's. Judy Collin's `Since you asked' is a natural for Fogelberg and became a popular wedding song for those married in 78 and 79. This song is worth the price of the album alone.
Last but not least on the album is the inclsion of Dan's first top 40 hit since `Part of the plan' back in 1974. Often considered the tour de force of this album, `Power of Gold' began a nice run of hits for Dan spanning the next 5 years.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dan Rowley on November 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in the summer of '78. I thought it was unusual to hear, of all things, a jazz flute? Anyway, this album is one of many which proves the talent and versatility of Dan Fogelberg. It's a shame that when we see "Best Of" and "Greatest Hits" albums that they only contain the old, worn out top 40 hits of the past- not that they aren't and weren't good, but if you have never heard some of the lesser known compositions of Dan Fogelberg, i dare say you have no idea of how fluently poetic and lovely some of those works are. Anyway, back to this album- Tim Weisberg and Dan Fogelberg blend together so well that it sounds like two old friends having a good time. It works because of the versatility and talent of Dan Fogelberg.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dev1 on July 8, 2000
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Dan Fogelberg, not content to stay within the confines of soft rock, tackles jazz. His outing with flutist Tim Weisberg resulted in Twin Sons Of Different Mothers: a melodic mix of jazz instrumental and Fogelberg's soft country-folk style. Twin Sons, like Fogelberg's own Netherlands, is quit luscious. The CD opens with a mellow flute, piano and string arrangement (Twins Theme) leading into `Intimidation': a dynamic rocker with a dominant bass rhythm. `Twins Theme' is repeated in 'Intimidation.' The lovely theme will surface again throughout the CD. The light `Lazy Suzan' is the first hint of vocals with Fogelberg and Weisberg (I believe) harmonizing an unadorned "do do do" melody. Next, `Tell Me To Face' is a soft rock track featuring Fogelberg's pleading vocals. The high point of Twin Sons is the foot-stooping `Hurtwood Alley': a potent and compelling guitar instrumental rocker with a vigorous bass line. The dreamlike compositions are saved until tracks 8 and 9. These serene and exotic works remind me of the more haunting material from Netherlands. Although the rocker `The Power Of Gold' is an easily recognizable radio hit, I don't care for the composition. A big production number, the song seems out of place here. Still, Twin Sons is a tantalizing mix of classical piano, jazz flute and rock. Fogelberg and Weisberg are a winning combination of contrasting musical styles with a single vision.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. D. A. Grie on August 18, 2002
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This album was the soundtrack to which I fell in love with my wife back in 1979. Does that make me biased? Well, why do you think we were listening to it in the first place? It is gorgeous, romantic music. I can't listen to Paris Nocturne and Since You Asked without... well, never mind. The reviewers who call this music jazz or new-age are mistaken. As for those who refer to it as "elevator music", they have a point, but let me assure you it is an elevator to the stars. It is a very eclectic album, with elements of many kinds of music, held together into a cohesive work by the professionalism and artistry of the two men. The tunes that seem to make some people think of elevators are among the very best, specifically "Lazy Susan" and the ponderously titled "Guitar Etude #3". Both tunes convey a haunting mix of energetic joy tinged with melancholy - and that's something you can't get out of a can! "Etude" is reminiscent of the soft, sexy picking and strumming of Charlie Byrd's jazz samba. My other favorites are the utterly beautiful "Since You Asked", the electric guitar rocker "Hurtwood Alley" and "Tell Me to My Face". The other tunes, including "Intimidation", with its promising latin beat introduction, have lost some luster after 23 years, but are still easy to enjoy. Play it with someone you love with some soft candlelight and see if something doesn't happen.
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