Riches (Radix no #) 1978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Formerly half of the duo Talleyrand (whose lp First Fruits is one of the best folk customs around), William David Romanowski shows here he’s equally adept in the jazz-rock realm. That’s a tough genre for custom productions but he pulls it off successfully. The songs have a melodic pop appeal such as the worshipful upbeat ‘Serenade’ with scat singing, or ‘Idols’ which sports a funky rhythm line similar to Steely Dan’s ‘Josie’. Romanowski has written all the material here and handles vocals, piano, and acoustic guitar with assistance from Debbie Crow (vocals), Jeff Tobin (bass), Dale Ashby (drums), and Tom Jones (whose running electric guitar licks remind me of James Vincent). These folks can really “get down” and jam (‘Rollin’ Golden Highway’ and ‘Faithful Is Jehovah’) but the more subdued pieces are handled with equal skill. He’s now an art prof at Calvin College. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.

 

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Serenade3:08
1-2Madison4:01
1-3Idols3:57
1-4My Heart Flows Over4:16
2-1Rollin’ Golden Highway3:39
2-2Palace Of The King4:55
2-3Just This Side Of Magic3:47
2-4Faithful Is Jehovah3:33

 

 

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