The Roches (album)


The Roches (album)

Infobox Album
Name = The Roches
Type = Album
Artist = The Roches


Released = 1979
Recorded = Sep 1978-Nov 1978
Genre = Folk
Length = 39:53
Label = Warner Bros.
Producer = Robert Fripp
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:7ay67uw0h0jd link]
* Robert Christgau (A) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=1532&name=The+Roches link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|3.5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/213132/review/5945132 link]
Last album =
This album = "The Roches"
(1979)
Next album = "Nurds"
(1980)

"The Roches" is a 1979 album by The Roches.

Track listing

# "We" – 2:35 (Suzzy Roche, Terre Roche, Maggie Roche)
# "Hammond Song" – 5:46 (Margaret Roche)
# "Mr. Sellack" – 4:03 (Terre Roche)
# "Damned Old Dog" – 4:07 (Margaret Roche)
# "The Troubles" – 3:27 (Suzzy Roche, Terre Roche, Maggie Roche)
# "The Train" – 3:30 (Suzzy Roche)
# "The Married Men" – 4:32 (Margaret Roche)
# "Runs in the Family" – 3:29 (Terre Roach)
# "Quitting Time" – 4:19 (Margaret Roche)
# "Pretty and High" – 4:05 (Margaret Roche)

Credits

*"PRODUCED IN AUDIO VERITE BY Robert Fripp"
*Engineer: Ed Sprigg
*Assistant Engineer: Jon Smith
*Recorded at the Hit Factory in New York during September, October & November 1978

MUSICIANS:
*Suzzy Roche - Vocals, Guitar
*Maggie Roche - Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer (on "Quitting Time")
*Terre Roche - Vocals, Guitar
*Robert Fripp - Electric Guitar, Fripperies
*Tony Levin - Bass
*Jim Maelen - Triangle, Shaker
*Larry Fast - Synthesizer Programmer

OTHER CREDITS:
*Art Direction: Peter Whorf
*Design: Brad Kanawyer
*Photography: Gary Heery

Notes

The Roche sisters — Maggie, Suzzy and Terre — weave barbershop harmonies, traditional Irish melodies, doo-wop, bee bop and a dozen other styles on their acclaimed 1979 release, "The Roches". Featuring ten original songs written by the trio singly or in various combinations, "The Roches" spotlights the wry humor, subtle arrangements and consummate musical craftsmanship that has brought the group both critical and popular acclaim.Fact|date=August 2007

Maggie and Terre Roche first began singing together professionally in the late '60s, when both left school to pursue a musical career. In 1973, they were recruited by Paul Simon to sing backup on his best-selling LP "There Goes Rhymin' Simon". Shortly thereafter, the duo released their own LP, "Seductive Reasoning" (1975). After relocating briefly to Louisiana, the pair appeared as a duo for the last time at the Women's Music Festival in the summer of 1976.

Suzzy Roche, who had been attending college in upstate New York, joined her sisters that same year. Now a trio, The Roches immediately earned a loyal following on the Greenwich Village club scene,Fact|date=August 2007 where their wide ranging musical tastes and penchant for lyric wordplay garnered critical raves.Fact|date=August 2007 Signed to Warner Bros. Records in late 1978, they began work immediately on their debut album with Robert Fripp.

The result is "The Roches", produced in "Audio Verite" and featuring such cuts as the introductory "We," "The Married Men" (subsequently covered by Phoebe Snow), the moody "Hammond Song" and "Pretty And High."


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