Australian, 2007 reissue with detailed liner note and 4 *crucial* bonus trax added, "Shark", "I Don`t Know My Name", "Didn`t You Say" and "You Never Listen To My Music". 25 songs here and it`s hard to under-state how important these two releases where to fans of power pop when they came out in the mid/late 70s and to listen to them now, they are every bit as revelatory and exciting but there is no dating the sound here to a time or place, except in fans` memories. Play this for someone unfamiliar with Phil Seymour and Dwight Twilley`s music and, surely, they will think it was made in the present.
On "Sincerely", "4 stars. In power pop circles, the Dwight Twilley band`s debut album is a classic, revered for its shiny, nervy blend of sparkling British Invasion pop and old-fashioned rock & roll. In other words, it sounds like Big Star, but with a swagger, a sneer, and a tough garage band mentality. Its rocking spirit is all the more remarkable when you realize that the band in question is simply Twilley and cohort Phil Seymour, and the two played every instrument and produced nearly every cut. Musically, the album is undeniably classicist, but there is so much spirit to the recording and songs that it`s hard not to get caught up in the record, particularly when the music is as tight as "I`m on Fire" or as evocative as the lightly psychedelic title track. It`s easy to see why this is a power pop touchstone -- arriving after the twin titans of Badfinger and Big Star, this has sparkling tunes and a do-it-yourself spirit that isn`t just great to listen to, it makes you think you can do it, too. Over the years, it has been proven that it`s not that easy, and this record remains one of the greatest power pop platters precisely because of that."-AMG.
On "Twilley Don`t Mind": "4 stars. For their second record, Dwight Twilley and Phil Seymour expanded their sound, working with producer/engineer Bob Schaper, adding lead guitarist Bill Pitcock IV, and bringing in guest musicians, including Tom Petty, on occasion, in addition to adding horns and strings on various tracks. Given all these add-ons, it should come as no surprise that Twilley Don`t Mind isn`t as tight or rocking as Sincerely, even if the title track that kicks off the record is one of the hardest rocking things they ever cut. Also, the songs, while just a slight notch below those on the original, remain terrific retro-pop tunes, illustrating why this group is held in such high regard among power pop aficionados. Though it may not quite reach the heights of its predecessor, it`s a worthy successor and is a large part of Twilley`s legacy."-AMG
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