Songs of Joy: The Complete Captain & Tennille Collection
Box Set, Remastered
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This set of 6 CDs contains Captain & Tennilles entire recorded history from 1975 1980. Every song from their four A&M and two Casablanca albums have been digitally remastered for this release. Original album titles included are LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER, SONG OF JOY, COME IN FROM THE RAIN, DREAM, MAKE YOUR MOVE and KEEPING OUR LOVE WARM.
Song highlights include C&T's #1 hits Love Will Keep Us Together and Do That To Me One More Time. Plus, all of their other Top 40 tunes: The Way I Want To Touch You, Lonely Night (Angel Face,) Shop Around, Muskrat Love, Cant Stop Dancin and You Never Done It Like That.
The feel-good music of Captain & Tennille is part of the life-soundtrack to millions and is a fond reminder of more innocent times, smiling faces and LOVE.
Now, let Captain & Tennilles songs of joy do that to you one more time only this time on CD!
About the Artist
As Captain & Tennille, Toni Tennille and Daryl "The Captain" Dragon not only had the best-selling song of 1975, but also won the Grammy Award Record of the Year for "Love Will Keep Us Together." Billboard magazine also ranks them in the Top 10 recording duos of all-time, in very good company with the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Carpenters, Hall & Oates and the couple that paved the way for their TV variety show, Sonny & Cher.
It started for Toni & Daryl in September 1973, when they financed their initial recording 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, resulting in the duo being signed to their first major recording deal at A&M Records. This husband and wife team kicked off their recording career in style when their debut single, the Neil Sedaka penned "Love Will Keep Us Together" went straight to # 1 and was the best-selling record of 1975...and the hits just kept on coming!
Amidst the flurry of hit songs, 1976 brought Captain & Tennille their own weekly television variety show on ABC, which ran just one season (and has just been released on a 3-DVD collection.)
Today, theres no place like home for Toni & Daryl, as they much prefer their own surroundings to life on the road. Its been 30 years since their chart debut - and theyve still got the music in them, with two new 2005 holiday songs, "Saving Up Christmas" and "Tahoe Snow."
Sedaka may have been back in 1975...but its Captain & Tennille who are back in 2005!
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THE GROUP - C&T are wonderful musicians. Toni's voice fills the room with sonorant beauty and is capable of great subtlety and great passion. Daryl's arrangements run the entire gamut of musical genre, and are wildly energetic when needed, as well as tender and subtle when appropriate. Any musician will take note of his arranging, playing and producing skills, but his instrumentation never takes center stage away from Toni's amazing vocals.
One thing I love about this couple is their "geek" factor. They are not afraid to sing about happy things. "Love is Spreading All Over the World" is a prime example of a great song with a positive message - yes, a little bit "Up with People," but also just great music. There's a tendency for me to think that anything I loved as a teenager isn't as sophisticated as my current tastes, but C&T are different. They exude innocence and positivity, but with a great deal of musical sophistication - just as refreshing to listen to today as they were exciting to listen to 30 years ago.
THE COLLECTION - Wow! I have never heard better mastering on a collection of material. I have had their Greatest Hits CD for years. An A-B comparison of "Come In From The Rain" from the Greatest Hits CD and this collection is no contest. So far I've just listened through my Harman Kardon computer speakers, but the stereo imaging on the new song, and the lush EQ, and presence, are dramatically improved. In fact the sound quality is so excellent that it actually draws attention to itself. This is one amazing release.
THE PROS - The sound quality, the first 3 albums, C&T themselves, the comprehensiveness of the collection, the honest and self-effacing booklet notes written by Toni
THE CONS - I haven't really warmed up to the two later albums, "Make Your Move" and "Keeping Our Love Warm". Also, many of the synth sounds are fairly dated. The box design is weird, with the album cover art on the sleeves, rather than the CD booklets, and the back cover of every booklet is an ad for the DVD.
THE END - The world needs more of Captain and Tennille. Do your part. GET THIS COLLECTION!
Lastly, I just wanted to comment about how much joy this CD set has brought me. The big duo from the 70s that seems to get all the attention is The Carpenters. And while Karen Carpenters voice was fantastic, I believe Captain and Tennille are usually the brunt of jokes, rather than respected artists. After listening to the entire set of their albums, I believe they are true pop song-smiths ... Tennille is one of our best pop singers -- right up there with Carpenter, Olivia Newton-John, and Streisand.