Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together (1975/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together (1975/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 37:27 minutes | 838 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

Its the 30th anniversary of the Captain & Tennills debut album – which went all the way to # 2 on the Billboard LP charts on the strength of the # 1 title track, which also won the 1975 Grammy Award for record of the year. Also includes the top 5 single “The Way I Want To Touch You” written by Toni Tennille, plus “Cuddle Up” written by Daryl Dragon and Dennis Wilson and more. All new CD packaging, including 2005 liner notes by Toni Tennille. Digitally remastered for the first time, under the supervision of the Captain humself.

“As debut albums go, Captain & Tennille’s coming-out party struck the right chord with their audience – and not just on the charts, although its showing there certainly outdid all expectations. But there are greater items of interest once you get past the hits, led by the bouncy title track and “The Way I Want to Touch You.” Keyboardist Daryl Dragon honed his chops touring with the Beach Boys, whose own emotive choral approach underpins much of this album; no less than four songs here have some connection to the band. Smoldering versions of former Beach Boy Bruce Johnston’s “Disney Girls” and “I Write the Songs” stand tallest, with Tennille leading the vocal charge to exceptional effect. There’s a haunting, piano-led “Cuddle Up,” which Dragon co-wrote with Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and a daring revamp of “God Only Knows” which deploys ever-shifting tempos to trip up the listener’s expectations (Brian Wilson would surely have approved). (The other intriguing link is drummer Hal Blaine, who graced numerous classic Beach Boys tracks and appears here as a sideman.) Given so many glittering non-originals, it’s understandable how the pair’s songwriting gets short-shrifted; “Broddy Bounce” is pure instrumental filler, all right. However, wistful anthems like “Gentle Stranger” and “Honey Come Love Me” are quintessential snapshots of what they did best – providing a kinder, gentler response to the more cynical fare topping the charts at the time. Where Captain & Tennille wanted to go from here remained uncertain, but they were certainly off to a flying start here.” (Ralph Heibutzki, AMG)


1. Captain & Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together
2. Captain & Tennille – Disney Girls
3. Captain & Tennille – The Way I Want To Touch You (Album Version)
4. Captain & Tennille – Cuddle Up
5. Captain & Tennille – The Good Songs
6. Captain & Tennille – God Only Knows
7. Captain & Tennille – Honey Come Love Me
8. Captain & Tennille – Feel Like A Man
9. Captain & Tennille – Broddy Bounce
10. Captain & Tennille – Gentle Stranger (1975 Album Version)
11. Captain & Tennille – I Write The Songs