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  • Various - It Takes Two – Dynamic Duos Of The Rock`n`Roll Era 3CD Boxset (CD)


    It Takes Two is a 75-track celebration of memorable musical duos from the mid Fifties to early Sixties. The performances run the full gamut of popular music of the rock & roll era, from R&B, early soul, rock & roll and country to pure pop and easy listening. Naturally vocal duets predominate, but vocal/instrumental and instrumental-only pairings are not overlooked.

    Songwriting partnerships are many and varied. There was Gilbert and Sullivan, the great writers of musicals like Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe, and then, in the rock & roll and teen pop eras there were the Brill Building teams like Pomus and Shuman, and Goffin and King. When The Beatles changed the face of popular music there was Lennon and McCartney, and British pop music was further enhanced by Jagger and Keith Richards, John and Taupin, and Chinn and Chapman.  Just as songwriting twosomes have abounded, so too have performing partnerships. Some have become household names, The Everly Brothers, Jan and Dean, or Ike and Tina Turner (all featured here) readily come to mind. Others less so and that’s where this collection comes in. Here are 75 duos, British, European and American who all had their “moment” no matter how fleeting that “moment” might have been.

    Compiled and annotated by Austin Powell, creator of Fantastic Voyage’s popular Forgotten 45s collections, and accompanied by a 20pp illustrated booklet, It takes Two salutes dynamic duos both famous (Mickey and Sylvia, Dinah Washington and Brook Benton, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, Bob and Earl) and obscure (how many people remember Cindy and Lindy, Elaine and Derek, Bill and Brett Landis?) to paint a rounded picture of the duos scene of the rock & roll era.

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