Fogelberg Weisberg - Twin Sons Of Different Mothers

EricEric USA
edited July 30 in year-1978

On paper this collaboration looks like a disaster in the making, but in 1978 outside the progressive scene, this was new territory, guess what? - it works.

Fogelberg Weisberg - Twin Sons Of Different Mothers
ARTIST: Fogelberg Weisberg
ALBUM: Twin Sons Of Different Mothers
LABEL: Epic/Full Moon
SERIAL: JE 35339
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1990, Epic, EK 35339

LINEUP: Dan Fogelberg - lead vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, percussion, piano, keyboards * Tim Weisberg - flutes, percussion, woodwinds

Additional Musicians: Andy Newmark - drums, syndrum * Jim Keltner - drums * Gary Coleman - percussion * Bobbye Hall, Joe Lala - congas, cowbell * Willie Weeks, Norbert Putnam - bass * John Hug, Anne Mason Stockton - harp * John Ellis - oboe * Vincent de Rosa - french horn * Earl Dumler - english horn * David Breinenthal - bassoon * Don Henley, Florence Warner - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Twins Theme * 02 Intimidation * 03 Lazy Susan * 04 Guitar Etude No 3 * 05 Tell Me To My Face * 06 Hurtwood Alley * 07 Lahaina Luna * 08 Paris Nocturne * 09 Since You've Asked * 10 The Power Of Gold


In the summer of 1977 our family was visited by my oldest cousin from California who not only wore 'earth shoes', surfed, ate granola, but played guitar and introduced me to the world of California rock. He couldn't have been a more stereotypical California boy and honest to god - he laughed at my Queen albums calling them 'cheesy' while telling me about and having me listen to people like Jackson Browne, Sons Of Champlin and Dan Fogelberg.

What planet was this guy from? I could have cared less, except one song from a tape he had of Dan Fogelberg's called 'Nether Lands'. The song was called 'Love Gone By' and this was the real rock n' roll deal to my ears with killer guitar and catchy as hell chorus. I even bought the album later that year just for that one song.

Fast forward a few months later in 1978 and two songs are getting enormous air play on local New York radio stations by the duo Fogelberg/Weisberg called 'Tell Me To My Face' and 'Power Of Gold'. Both were prime time AOR tracks and that was all she wrote. In a span of just a few short months I became a major Dan Fogelberg fan and finally understood what my hippie California cousin was talking about.

The Songs

On paper this collaboration looks like a disaster in the making. Fogelberg a folkie turned rocker mixing it up with jazz flautist Tim Weisberg was not exactly the kind of thing anyone expected.

Mind you, this was before the mid-80's new age craze and the notoriously sleep inducing Windham Hill label where such collaborations had become the norm, but in 1978 outside the progressive scene, this was new territory. Guess what? It works.

The juxtaposition of styles here is amazing with some beautifully classical inspired pieces leading off the record. 'Twins Theme' features Fogelberg on piano, Weisberg on flute with dazzling orchestration before segueing into the more jazzy 'Intimidation'.

Really nice stuff for smooth jazz fans, but a little too bland for my tastes while 'Lazy Susan' moves into Jethro Tull territory with relative ease. 'Guitar Etude No. 3' is interesting as it reminds me of the easy listening music I used to hear in Doctors and Dentists offices in the 1960's! Not out of place, but delightfully unexpected.

From here we move into the first of the two aforementioned rockers 'Tell Me To My Face'. Lyrically an angry song of love gone wrong and you can hear it in Fogelberg's voice. Instrumentally it's sheer dynamite with guitar and flute playing cat and mouse over seven and a half minutes of melodic rock bliss. Killer ending too, with Fogelberg letting it rip and Weisberg's flute floating in and out between the speakers - amazing stuff!

The following instrumental 'Hurtwood Alley' sounds like middle period REO Speedwagon, clearly a reference to Fogelberg's Illinois roots while 'Lahaina Luna' goes the Caribbean route. For my money the best instrumental track here is 'Paris Nocturne' a gorgeous classical piece reminiscent of 19th century composer Claude Debussy. Beautiful, as is the lovely 'Since You've Asked' which brings to mind The Moody Blues at their most pastoral.

Finally, 'The Power Of Gold' the record's other heavy hitter. It fit on FM radio like a silk glove with a tale of greed and lust for power in an era when 60's idealism still lingered while the first signs of the 'me first' 80's were just on the horizon. Musically, like 'Tell Me To My Face' it has no faults, just great rock music and again it's Fogelberg who shines here both vocally and as a guitarist.

In Summary

Fogelberg and Weisberg teamed up again in 1995 with 'No Resemblance Whatsoever' and I have never had the chance to hear it, although I have read some online reviews that give it high marks.

Of course Fogelberg is no longer with us, passing away in 2007 from prostate cancer and one has to wonder how much great music was still left in him? A great loss, but if you are unfamiliar with his work 'Twin Sons Of Different Mothers' while not typical of his style, is a great place to start.

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