RICHARD TWICE - 'Generation '70 (Philips PHS-600-332) 1970
The obscure Los Angeles singer/songwriting duo Richard Atkins and Richard Manning, collectively called Richard Twice released a fascinating harmony/pop psych drenched long player in early 1970, most likely recorded at the back end of '69.
'Generation '70 leads off the album as the first track on side 1 and it's a curious fuzz interlude that could have been quite heavy but the overall sound is mostly delicate with soft rock touches of harmonies and brass. It was chosen as the single to promote the album but I doubt it faired that well.
Not a great deal has been written about Richard Twice, although 'If I Knew You Were The One', from this set was compiled on one of those Fading Yellow CDs.
One look at the credits on the back cover shows some heavyweight backing musicians with Drake Levin (Paul Revere and the Raiders) adding guitar and Mark Tulin (Electric Prunes) providing bass. Notable Hollywood sessionmen like Larry Knechtel, David Cohen and Rusty Young also provided their services.
The producer, Alex Hassilev was also the studio guy who produced the weird 'Cosmic Sounds' LP by The Zodiac and The Electric Prunes connection continued with James Lowe being listed as associate producer and engineer. The music was recorded at Alex Hassilev's Studio in Hollywood.
RICHARD TWICE - Generation '70 (stereo)