NHgboy | Newport, NH United States | 10/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Continuing on the same pop & adult contemporary track of Captain & Tennille's MAKE YOUR MOVE (Casablanca, 1979), this album features superb music production and an incredibly soulful performance on vocals by Toni.
With plenty of guitar, piano, bass, and drums--in addition to an emphasis on musical solos--this album underscores the fact that Captain & Tennille were taking risks and exploring rock and blues. Toni wrote 5 of the 9 songs on this album. Her versatility as a song-writer is astounding on this album: the style varies from pure pop (title track) to sexy and sultry ("But I Think It's A Dream") to an all-out rock tune ("This Is Not The First Time").
Surprise cuts: "Since I Fell For You" is heart-achingly beautiful. Toni Tennille takes the listener on an emotional journey. It features great saxophone throughout which compliments Toni's soulful reading of this classic. Also remarkable is "This Is Not The First Time" which almost sounds like an offering from Heart, with its "straight on" guitar licks.
Had it been promoted at all by Casablanca Records & Tapes, this album would have produced some major chart hits and would have exposed the world to the post-"Muskrat Love" Captain & Tennille.
One of my favorite cuts on this album is the Tennille-penned "Don't Forget Me": another soulful performance by Toni that truly affects the listener with a image of love gone wrong.
Very highly recommended."
Their most sophisticated recording
Charles - Music Lover | Phoenix, AZ, USA | 09/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Keeping Our Love Warm" was the Captain & Tennille's sixth major label release in the US, and overall it was their most sophisticated recording. The album didn't hit the charts, which is surprising, given that Toni Tennille was hosting her own talk show at the time it was released and that they had just had major chart success with their previous album, "Make Your Move." I remember reading the People magazine review of this record; it was described as "nicely varied." That it is. You get a sampling of Tennille's love of standards with a beautiful rendition of "Since I Fell For You," punctuated by a sensuous saxophone solo. And Tennille's original songs are the highlights of the album, especially "But I Think It's A Dream" and a lush remake of "Gentle Stranger" (originally on their first album). Ironically, the album's final song, "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)" was a sad premonition of the end of their recording career (except for sporadic recordings here and there) but it's still a terrific performance."
Another Excellent Reissue
Roger Rebec | Manchester, UK | 10/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It really is good to have the Captain and Tenille albums reissued on CD. I actually enjoy this one more now on CD than when I first bought it on vinyl.
The vocals and the arrangements are all excellent, which is what you would expect from these wonderful artists. This is a real delight from start to finish.
Every reissue in this series has the benefit of new notes by Toni Tenille, which place each album neatly in the context of their recording careers. The remastered sound is excellent.