Ultimate Collection: The Complete Hits

Ultimate Collection: The Complete Hits

by Captain & TennilleCaptain & Tennille


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Quick, who's the only woman to play with both the Beach Boys and Pink Floyd? Yup, Toni Tennille, who toured with the surf kings and sang backup on The Wall. Pretty hip for a woman who was a member of one of the '70s' hokiest acts. But that's the thing about Captain & Tennille: Their goofy image -- thanks to Darryl "The Captain" Dragon's sailor caps, silly keyboard sounds, and a vanilla TV variety show -- has always undercut their solid music. This Ultimate Collection reminds us that they made some brilliant singles, starting with the irresistibly bouncy "Love Will Keep Us Together," which has soulful vocal and manic keyboard flourishes that belie the duo's white-bread rep. The same goes for Tennille's lusty and lush "The Way I Want to Touch You," which may be the best song Dionne Warwick and Carole King never sang. The liner notes of this disc also give the world the official party line on "Muskrat Love," one of the silliest ballads to ever crack the Billboard Top 40 ("I said to Darryl, 'This song's hysterical, why don't we add to our club-act?' "). True, the domesticated duo gave us the definitive version of "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)," a matrimonial standard by Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary) that has become something of a cliché. But with lite-delights like "You Never Done It Like That" and "Do That to Me One More Time," Captain & Tennille deserve to be remembered for what they really were: two of AM radio's top blue-eyed soulsters.

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