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Twenty Twenty - 1985 Twenty Twenty



ARTIST: Twenty Twenty
ALBUM: Twenty Twenty
LABEL: Benson
SERIAL: PWC01077
YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ron Collins - vocals * Roscoe Meek - guitars * Earnie Chaney - keyboards * Gary MacAnally - bass * Greg Herrington - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Are So True * 02 Security Code * 03 War Games * 04 His Fame * 05 Second Mile * 06 Love To Go * 07 He's Still There * 08 Danger Zone * 09 You Can Know Them All * 10 World Premier


Background
Twenty Twenty play christian pomp of the first order of magnitude. There are keyboards all over the show on this album, and with a healthy dose of Whiteheart support from the likes of Billy Smiley (who produced the album), as well as Mark Gersmehl. Originating from Shreveport Louisana, Twenty Twenty's music is hi-tech, and considering it was 1985, there's a lot of electronic percussion a la Simmons and Linn drums, and vocoder blasts throughout.


The Songs
'You Are So True' opens up in a restrained way, with controlled keyboard and guitar lines, before the overly hi-tech pairing of 'Security Code' and 'War Games' confirms we have camped out in 1985 big time. 'His Fame' is gloriously rich with keyboards and sideline guitar, while the following ballad 'Second Mile' is a bit soppy and aimless. Thankfully 'Love To Go' brings back some respect, with a very Rick Springfield flavoured offering. Thunderbirds are go again, with the keyboard-tastic 'He's Still There', bringing to mind all those goodies first heard on the debut Allies album. 'Danger Zone' continues the keyboard pomp while the melodic flurries on 'World Premier' are ear candy to air keyboardists like myself.


In Summary
Typically, the band went unnoticed for a while. They even released their mega rare second album 'Altered' in 1987 (Refuge), and like some other albums mentioned elsewhere on this site, it has fallen into the category of 'must track down at all costs'. However, only Collins and Meek have surfaced subsequent to Twenty Twenty. Collins went solo, while Meek ended up as the lead guitarist for fellow Christian act Geoff Moore And The Distance.


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#1 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:32:57
A superb outfit and easily talented enough to have made a success outside of Christian music circles (which is more than can be said for some outfits!). 'Altered' is even better IMHO. It's a shame it's so ridiculously hard to track down..

Richard B
#2 | reyno-roxx on July 24 2008 19:13:06
Used to have this but I sold it. Found it in the same Christian book store in New Jersey back in 1986 where I discovered and bought albums from Barren Cross, Saint, Geoff Moore And The Distance and a few others. For some reason I only still own the Barren Cross 'Rock For The King' album. Doh!
#3 | roscoem on March 29 2010 15:41:36
Thanks, guys. I never did play for Mylon. Played with Geoff Moore for 10 years, though, as well as about 60 others people. Nice to know someone actually dug it. Wish we could have done more.
#4 | roscoem on March 29 2010 15:42:46
I have put both on cd if anyone is interested.
#5 | swazi on April 23 2012 21:10:11
Here are 2 more for the long long list of overdue CD reissues. Now that would be something, wouldn't it Rock Candy ?!?!
Wink
#6 | super80boy on November 10 2013 19:39:09
A very slick sounding Christain AOR new wave rock record with a couple of slower wimpy ballad songs, but overall an entertaining listen. There isn't too much preachiness which is also good.
 
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