Maggie and Terre Roche - Seductive Reasoning


Speakers Corner (Columbia)



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ACOL 33232
EAN: 4260019714213
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The transfixing, 1975 debut release from the Roche family, made by Maggie and Terre Roche right after their background vocal gig for Paul Simon on There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Simon and the Yardbirds' Paul Samwell-Smith are producers of this lost gem, while the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section provides accompaniment.

"When young Maggie Roche introduced herself to Paul Simon, it is easy to see what attracted him to her songs and the act she had with her sister, Terre. Roche has an intelligent, individual songwriting style, and her songs serve as the vehicle for two-part harmonies with Terre, the soprano, and herself on alto, a sort of distaff version of Simon & Garfunkel. Simon was sufficiently interested to use the two on There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Musically, Seductive Reasoning is a counterpart to that record, boasting many of the same names among its credits. Like Rhymin' Simon, it was recorded largely at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section giving the tracks their distinctive hybrid sound of country, rock, folk, gospel, and blues. And just as Simon turned to former Yardbird Paul Samwell-Smith for help on the quieter 'American Tune,' three ballads — 'West Virginia,' 'Malachy's,' and 'Jill of All Trades' — were handled by him. But the superior musicianship and production are not what make Seductive Reasoning an outstanding album. Rather, it is most notable as the auspicious debut of a remarkable songwriter. Roche has the perspective of a young woman thoughtfully, if confusedly, making her way through the romantic, sexual, and career thickets of early adulthood. Her gift for wordplay expresses her uncertainties well." — All Music Guide

Underneath the Moon
Down the Dream
Wigglin' Man
West Virginia
If You Empty Out All Your Pockets, You Could Not Make the Change
Telephone Bill
Burden of Proof
The Mountain People
Jill of All Trades

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