ARTIST: Dwight Twilley Band
YEAR RELEASED: 1976
CHART ACTION: #138
SINGLES: I’m on Fire (#16), You Were So Warm, Could Be Love
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: We got lucky it was released.
LINEUP: Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, Bill Pitcock IV
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: One of the best power pop songs ever recorded kick off a star-crossed album that took 18 months to get released thanks to some legal issues and record company shenanigans.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Word of advice: don’t put your eggs in a basket of a record company where the partnership is volatile. That’s what happened here. Basically, Shelter Records was defunct for a year after the partners feuded and broke off their relationship and by the time this album was released, all of the buzz for I’m on Fire was gone.
They had a whole ‘nuther album too that was ready to go when the plug got pulled. This was the second (or third) stab at a record. Oh, record companies.
At any rate, despite all of that wrangling, this is a pretty good power-pop record. It’s not the be-all and end-all as some reviewers have said, but all of the cuts are enjoyable and a few transcend into excellence. Nothing, though, is as good as I’m on Fire. I mean, nothing. That is one of THE songs for me.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: How screwed up was the record company at the time? They were on American Bandstand in 1975 and played I’m on Fire, then played their second single and promoted it that it was soon to be released as well as the album. That single was pulled, as was the rest of the album thanks to the legal fun. Those cuts finally trickled out later.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, some CDs have bonus tracks with some of the original tracks. That’s not streaming though.
GRADE: B+-: Not as good as the reputation would have it, but it’s pretty good, and there’s I’m on Fire, which is an A+ cut.