Dwight Twilley is a cornerstone of the Power Pop genre, and rightly so; his songwriting chops were and are quite impressive, and that he didn’t achieve the fame of Todd Rundgren or Alex Chilton is really a shame. But Twilley was also quite prolific as well, and what’s more, his prolificness didn’t suffer for lack of quality, either. Thus, it’s always great to get a new archival release, and HoZac Records has a brand new double album compilation of twenty songs, entitled <I>Pre-Dwight Twilley Band 1973-74 Teac Tapes</I>. Taken from recordings Twilley made in 1973 and 1974, when his group was known as Oister, these are rough and raw recordings that show that the young man’s talent was quite evident from the get-go, and if you don’t hear a little bit of Big Star as you listen to these songs–especially on my favorite number, “Come And See Me,” then you aren’t paying attention.
Pre-Dwight Twilley Band 1973-1974 Teac Tapes is out now on HoZac Records.
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