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Twenty Twenty - 1987 Altered



ARTIST: Twenty Twenty
ALBUM: Altered
LABEL: Refuge
SERIAL: TBA
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ron Collins - lead vocals * Roscoe Meek - guitars * Earnie Chaney - keyboards * Gerry McAnelly - bass * Greg Herrington - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fine Line * 02 Get Altered * 03 Can't Run From You * 04 For Heaven's Sake * 05 Eternity In Every Heart * 06 Hold Your Head Up * 07 Caught Up In Heaven * 08 Find Your Way Back * 09 Material Things * 10 The Tears You've Cried / World Premier


Background
Previously, we've written about this Louisiana based Christian AOR band, and their lead singer Ron Collins. Their debut album from 1985 was a solid pompous affair with some hi-tech leanings, which was followed up by their second album 'Altered' two years later. In keeping with the album title, the band decided to 'alter' their label, moving from Benson to Refuge, along with an 'altered' band name change - to 20/Twenty. Just what prompted the alteration is a mystery, what isn't a mystery though is their penchant for pomp/AOR with the typical Christian theme/edge.


The Songs
'Fine Line' gets us underway, with some tighter than tight drumming, restrained guitar riffs and a myriad of synth effects. Ron Collins adds a collection of woah woahs to confirm that he too has listened to the latest Def Leppard album! For something different, the band get modern and hi-tech funky for 'Get Altered'.. sort of outdoing the Dan Reed Network at their own game. 'Can't Run From You' starts out all jangly and earthy, but develops an AOR sheen by chorus time. A great track! 'For Heavens Sake' is a ballad you can hear on our Online Jukebox. A fantastic ballad, one of the best I've heard in the Christian AOR scene ever! Hear it and believe it.. Tipping everything on its head is the complete bombast of 'Eternity In Every Heart'. Combine Michael Sembello's sense of the dramatic with the funky power of Robert Tepper and you'll understand where these guys are coming from. Going back to the past, 20/Twenty rework a version of Argent's 'Hold Your Head Up', I didn't really like this song, and this version doesn't do a lot either. Much better is the AOR drama of 'Caught Up In Heaven', as well as the mellow vibe of 'Find Your Way Back' which has west coast leanings. Ron Collins is the focal point with the piano based ballad 'Material Things', his emotional heart wrenching vocals will win you over every time.


In Summary
I recall at the time, this album was very hard to track down during 1987. Though I had good sources/suppliers for CCM albums during this period, 'Altered' was one that evaded my collection for many years after. As mentioned in the review of their debut album, Of the personnel, Collins went onto a solo career, releasing the fantastic 'Simple Man' during 1992. Guitarist Roscoe Meek would join fellow CCM rivals Geoff Moore And The Distance. Twenty Twenty (or 20/Twenty. .whatever version) are one of the most popular bands among AOR collectors, due to their two albums, but this is probably the pick of the two.. Get 'altered' indeed!


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#1 | richardb on May 17 2009 22:45:01
A fantastic AOR album, undoubtedly Ron Collins is a top shelf vocalist, but methinks Roscoe Meek is a bit of a superstar too. I love his guitar work on "Material things" (one for Planet 3 fans), he's all over this one with some great choppy powerchords and lead fills which will have you reaching for the old air guitar..

Richard B

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#2 | roscoem on March 29 2010 15:36:39
Well, wow. I thought we were dead and gone. I neber played for Mylon... I did play for Geoff Moore for ten years, plus about 60 other people. I would haved played for Mylon... He's a good dude.
#3 | roscoem on March 29 2010 15:39:27
And thanks, Richard B. Nice to know someone liked it. We actually the whole Altered record including mixing in 5 days. That's Tommy Sims on bass. We didn't overdub any guitar solos and Ron cut 6 of those vocals live. He was great.
#4 | gdazegod on March 29 2010 15:55:28
Thanks Roscoe, I have corrected both articles. I obviously got you confused with somebody else.
#5 | super80boy on July 04 2016 16:12:34
A more straight forward AOR approach than the debut's hi-tech electronic synth attack. Side One is quite strong and carries over some of the debut's Hi Tech elements, especially in the catchy 'Get Altered'. Side Two standout 'Material Things' has tons of great guitar work. A quality more mature follow up with help from the Whiteheart boys.
#6 | gdazegod on September 13 2016 04:13:59
20/Twenty - 1987 For Heaven's Sake
YouTube Video:

[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2WMkZFbyXQ]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
 
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