Richard Twice

This is the lone album from a couple of guys named, you guessed it, Richard, specifically main songwriter Atkins and his guitar/vocalist compadre, Manning. Originally released on Philips in 1970, it boasts an incredible collection of backing musicians, including Paul Revere & The Raiders guitarist, Drake Levin, Country Joe & The Fish guitarist, David Cohen, The Electric Prunes bassist, Mark Tulin, Poco’s Rusty Young on pedal steel, and Bread’s keyboardist, Lawrence [aka Larry] Knechtel. The original liner notes describe their sound as more melodic than the early Beatles, not as obscure as Simon & Garfunkle.

“If I Knew You Were The One” is the album’s clear highlight, as it illustrates the pair’s skills with an elaborate, suite-like arrangement that suggests a progressive influence that was in the air at the time, and ultimately succeeds in creating a glorious, Moody Blues-like melancholic atmosphere.

————-  Jeff Penczak (8 January, 2008)

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

  • Generation ’70
  • If I Knew You Were The One
  • If I Were Strong, I’d Move Mountains

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