39. RICHARD TWICE - Generation '70




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)

Comments

  1. Love the fuzzy guitar. I've only ever heard that one other cut on the Fading Yellow comp, so it's nice to hear another side from these guys. A nice pick!

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  2. This is a great track with it's fuzz and brass working well. However I do not think that it is David Cohen of Country Joe & The Fish fame. There were three David Cohens, one called himself David Blue (and is often miscredited as playing on 60's sessions via Rhino reissues), the 2nd is the Fish chap, whilst it is the 3rd who I believe played on this record. He has to be one of the most prolific
    of the Hollywood session men, yet overlooked despite his distinctive piercing lead guitar work. His most famous playing is his awesome lead on "Amazing Grace" by the Great Awakening (the version that inspired Judy Collins and the Scot's Guards).

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  3. It's the other David Cohen, the killer folk-blues guitarist from Los Angeles, a regular with the Ash Grove crowd, etc.

    I love the Richard Twice album, another lost gem, and they have a loose link to punk-roots outfit X.

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  4. Thank you for your comments re David Cohen. I have updated my entry accordingly.

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  5. herringbone jones12 November 2011 at 06:53

    David Cohen, the guitarist frrom L.A. in the sixties who most definitely was the artist who recorded a single of Amazing Grace . . . . David was my guitar mentor, and I worked at the Ash Grove School of Traditional Folk Music when I was a teenager in the sixties, where David was one of the noteworthy teachers, which included Taj Mahal.
    I was allowed to learn all the guitar I could stand, attend all the shows and eat for free all week long (The Ash Grove was a major roots music venue), plus five bucks a day on Sundays when I worked for the school . . . . and I have been a pro guitarist my whole life because of this.

    David is not well known, but we have all heard his work.
    He played the acoustic 12-String guitar on Bobby Darin's huge hit "If I Were A Carpenter", he played the backwards-tape guitar solo on the Kenny Rogers psychedelic band tune (before Rogers went country) called "I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in" or something like that . . . the band was Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.
    David also played on some Sonny and Cher hits and some Nillson records, and much much more noteworthy stuff we have all heard.
    His mentor, or at the very least a major influence on David was another little known but highly interesting L.A. session guitarist named Don Peake.

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  6. Herringbone Jones has nailed it, Ash Grove David Cohen played those great licks and is also rumoured to be one of the guitarists who helped future Byrd Clarence White crack into the Los Angeles studio scene (James Burton of course was another who helped Whitey) ...

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