The Ponderosa Twins Plus One

2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One

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An import reissue of the groups' 1971 release on Horoscope Records with two added tracks; the LP is only available on vinyl -- P-Vine did not market this to the MTV crowd. A copy goes for just under 20 bucks, but the original fetches twice that -- ironic, because the Japanese reissue is better. In addition to the adds, the vinyl and the sound quality are better, but originality is all that and a bag a chips to some. P-Vine used the original cover (front and back), but the sleeve notes are in Japanese (the original didn't have sleeve notes). The additions are both sides of the groups' third single cut after the album dropped: "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" b/w "Bitter With the Sweet"; Calvin Simon (Parliarment/Funkadellic) produced the Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers' update, and Bobby Massey (then a member of the O'Jays) the flipside. The other 12 are divided evenly between Massey and Michael Burton productions with Massey's sides the most interesting; he knew how to record them, Burton saddled them with a tinny, kiddie sound, and a couple of his productions/compositions are far too strident for ears. Highlights include a remake of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," "Bound," "I Remember You," and Burton's "Dad I Love Her."

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