The Roches (album)
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|The Roches chronology|
The Roches is the 1979 eponymous debut trio album by The Roches, produced by Robert Fripp, who also plays guitar and Fripperies (a variation of his Frippertronics). Also playing on the album are Tony Levin and Jimmy Maelen of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel fame.
Reception [ edit ]
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The album was well received. John Rockwell in The New York Times wrote that the album was "... the best pop record of 1979 thus far. In fact, it's so superior that it will be remarkable if another disk comes along to supplant it as best album of the year." Rockwell subsequently picked it as the best album of that year, stating that it was "... also the scariest record, because the Roches probe emotions and even fears that most pop — most art, even — does not approach." Jay Cocks in Time magazine wrote that the Roches music "is startling, lacerating and amusing". The Village Voice critic Robert Christgau said "Robert Fripp's austere production of this witty, pretty music not only abjures alien instrumentation but also plays up the quirks of the Roches' less-than-commanding voices and acoustic guitars. Thus it underscores their vulnerability and occasional desperation and counteracts their flirtations with the coy and the fey. The result is not a perfect record, but rather one whose imperfections are lovingly mitigated." It was voted #11 for the year in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
It has continued to be highly rated. AllMusic characterized it as a "mischievous and highly original folk blend". And The Rolling Stone Album Guide gave it its classic rating calling it an "unprecedented thrill" that was "spare, loose, pointed" and equating it to the Greenwich Village version of the New York punk explosion.
Cover versions [ edit ]
Track listing [ edit ]
- "We" (Suzzy Roche, Terre Roche, Margaret Roche) – 2:35
- "Hammond Song" (Margaret Roche) – 5:46
- "Mr. Sellack" (Terre Roche) – 4:03
- "Damned Old Dog" (Margaret Roche) – 4:07
- "The Troubles" (Suzzy Roche, Terre Roche, Margaret Roche) – 3:27
- "The Train" (Suzzy Roche) – 3:30
- "The Married Men" (Margaret Roche) – 4:32
- "Runs in the Family" (Terre Roche) – 3:29
- "Quitting Time" (Margaret Roche) – 4:19
- "Pretty and High" (Margaret Roche) – 4:05
Personnel [ edit ]
- Suzzy Roche – vocals, guitar
- Maggie Roche – vocals, guitar, synthesizer (on "Quitting Time")
- Terre Roche – vocals, guitar
- Robert Fripp – electric guitar, Fripperies (on "Hammond Song")
- Tony Levin – bass guitar
- Jim Maelen – triangle, shaker
- Larry Fast – synthesizer programmer
- "Produced in Audio Verite by Robert Fripp"
- Engineer: Ed Sprigg
- Assistant Engineer: Jon Smith
- Recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City during September, October and November 1978
- Art direction: Peter Whorf
- Design: Brad Kanawyer
- Photography: Gary Heery
References [ edit ]
- Cook, Stephen. The Roches at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 December 2005.
- "The Roches > Album Review". Rolling Stone (292). May 31, 1979. [dead link]
- Soults, Franklin (2004). "The Roches". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. London: Fireside. pp. 694–695. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
- Christgau, Robert (April 30, 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
- Rockwell, John (April 1, 1979). "The Roches—A Highly Promising Pop Trio". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- Rockwell, John (December 21, 1979). "Pop Life: A Critic Picks top 10 For '79". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
- Cocks, Jay (May 7, 1979). "Valentines from the Danger Zone". Time. p. 64. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- "The 1979 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. January 28, 1980. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
- Pareles, Jon (21 January 2017). "Maggie Roche, Who Harmonized With Her Singing Sisters, Dies at 65". nytimes.com. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
Further reading [ edit ]
- Tamm, Eric (2003) , "Chapter eight: Out of retirement—'The Drive to 1981': 'Linguotronics': Fripp as writer", Robert Fripp: From crimson king to crafty master (Progressive Ears ed.), Faber and Faber (1990), ISBN 0-571-16289-4, Zipped Microsoft Word Document, archived from the original on March 3, 2012, retrieved October 26, 2011