Sincerely / Twilley Don't Mind
Raven presents classic Dwight Twilley Band - two original albums on the one CD: Sincerely (1976) and Twilley Don't Mind (1977), the first two albums and the best. Both albums remain firm favorites with Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour aficionados. Twilley, along with Big Star, Badfinger and the Raspberries, is one of the originators of power-pop. His unique blend of Beatlesque pop and Southern rockabilly influences enjoyed immediate success with the release of these critically acclaimed records. "Sincerely" included the Top 20 hit single "I'm on Fire" and "Twilley Don't Mind" presented such outstanding tracks as "Here She Come" and "Looking for the Magic". They represent Twilley at his melodic best. The package comes complete with four bonus rarities from the period.
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It's a shame because the Dwight Twilley Band were meant for greater, bigger things that just never arrived for the Dwight and Phil.
The first album is a stone cold power pop five star classic and the second album although a fraction weaker the latter album benefits from an actual band playing on it (as opposed to Dwight and Phil overdubbing themselves and working with other players).
The first album deserves five stars while the second certainly four and a half.
This reissue from Raven does a great service by putting these two albums back in print with some terrific bonus tracks and an exceptional booklet that describes the difficult process of making the first album and the frustration the duo found on the "road" to success.
The mastering sounds pretty good although it might not be up to audophile level.
The Right Stuff reissues are out-of-print as is the DCC 1993 "The Great Lost Twilley Album" and can be difficult to find so it's nice to see these back in print.
It's a pity that Raven couldn't have done what The Right Stuff Label had done and include these previously released tracks along with the bonus tracks from those albums and put this on a two CD reissue but, either way, this is a terrific pair of classic power pop albums that deserved to find a wider audience in its day.