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Larry Coryell Larry Coryel & Philip Catherine: Twin-House album cover
3.10 | 12 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ms. Julie (5:26)
2. Home Comings (5:56)
3. Airpower (4:00)
4. Twin House (4:54)
5. Mortgage on Your Soul (3:00) °
6. Gloryell (7:16)
7. Nuages (5:18)
8. Twice a Week (4:40)

Total Time 40:30

Bonus tracks on 1992 reissue:
8. Dance Dream (5:26) *
9. Snowshadows (3:29)
10. Dues Django (5:28)
11. My Serenade (4:54)
12. Father Christmas (2:39)
13. The Train & The River (4:51)

° Absent from 1992 CD
* Previously unreleased

Line-up / Musicians

- Larry Coryell / 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars
- Philip Catherine / 6- & 12-string acoustic guitars

- Joachim Kühn / piano (10)

Releases information

Sub-titled "Guitar Duos"

LP Elektra ‎- 6E-123 (1977, US)

CD ACT ‎- ACT 9202-2 (1992, Germany) With 5 bonus tracks taken from 1977 "Splendid" album plus an unreleased track, but omits original track #5
CD Wounded Bird Records ‎- WOU 123 (2007, US)

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LARRY CORYELL Larry Coryel & Philip Catherine: Twin-House ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (25%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars I will review the Cd version of this album, because it holds not only the original vinyl (Twin-House sessions), but has five bonus tracks that come from a later session recorded two years later, the Splendid sessions. In many ways this album prefigures the guitar trio albums centred around John McLaughlin by some two years, as this is a pure acoustic guitar duo (no other instruments, except a bass on ) and Twin- House could be a Belgian album rather than a US one, mainly because Catherine signs four tracks to Coryell's two, while two of the five covers are from Django Reinhardt. But if I say it prefigures, I am not saying these infernal trios actually resemble the quiet duos. If anything, TH proves that the guitarist driving those trios overboard is Al DiMeola and his sense of hyper competition and obsession at being the fastest slinger on both sides of the Pecos River. Here, you'll get none of that non-sense and no adrenaline rush either. The two guitarists have decided to avoid any kind of competition and work in complete collaboration spirit, and the album is filled with finesse, camaraderie and fine-entente. However, all of this finesse doesn't leave much room for energy, and the succession of these tracks might seem a bit soporific to some, and downright yawners inducing profound boredom for others.

So the Cd version now lasts almost 65 minutes, which might be a bit much if the two sessions sounded much alike, but fortunately for us the Splendid Session tracks have the odd bass or piano on some tracks, which allow a welcome change, both tracks judiciously placed at the start of the Splendid Session, because the last three tracks revert to the acoustic guitar duo, although the compadres' styles is a bit more tense, but not aggressive. Not really an essential album for the progheads, but many jazz fans will beg to differ. Your call on this one.

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2 stars Completely acoustic and stripped down album, Larry Coryell and Philip Catherina prove to be a fitting and intelligent match. Stripped down acoustic music reveals the tone, colour and style of playing. Here, both guitarists have a clean tone. There are equilibristic moments such as on "Homecomin ... (read more)

Report this review (#2546845) | Posted by sgtpepper | Sunday, May 30, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars With the onslaught of the fusion jazz movement in the early`70s, of which both Coryell and Catherine were proponents, an album featuring more traditional approaches to the guitar was most welcome back in `77 when the first of the acoustic recordings presented here was released. Although the disc t ... (read more)

Report this review (#129156) | Posted by Vibrationbaby | Wednesday, July 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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