Dave & Sugar Rowland


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Dave & Sugar's final album before Dave Rowland embarked on his ill-fated solo career spawned the group's last hits, "The Pleasure's All Mine" and the Top Ten "Fool by Your Side." Pleasure is also Dave & Sugar's first and only album for Elektra after leaving RCA. The best tracks are those that prominently feature the trio's three-part harmonies instead of alternating lead vocals. The latter spots may have prompted Rowland's departure, since the gals of Sugar enjoy numerous solo turns. Dave & Sugar were, at least in name, the country equivalent of Tony Orlando & Dawn, and had an ultra-commercial sound that bolsters that comparison. The cover photo, which shows Sugar clad in red sequined halter tops, hints at a country-disco fusion that is not borne out by the music within. Nonetheless, some of the cuts ("Your Precious Love") are chirpy and slick to the point of sounding like commercial jingles. The album has its moments, particularly "Fool by Your Side" and "The First Time All Over Again," but once the '70s had ended, Dave & Sugar's musical ménage à trois had run its course.

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