I can now retire the 8-track tape.
K. Hicks | Tampa, FL USA | 12/14/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent re-mastered version of their 1979 album. I always wondered how C&T wound up on the disco-heavy Casablanca label. Toni explains it in the brief (but great) liner notes: the label prez assured them they'd have another hit. Well, they did.
What we get is some of the best pop music of the late 70s. The eight tracks include the #1 "Do That To Me One More Time" plus the shoulda been bigger singles "Love On A Shoestring" and "Happy Together (A Fantasy)" . "Baby You Still Got It" has got to be the best ballad Toni's written after "Do That To Me One More Time". The inventive casbah arrangement on "Happy Together" is over-the-top but fun. As the Amazon review states, this is a more adult offering from C&T. Fans will be thrilled and those not familiar with the duo might be surprised.
The disc itself has a clear, even sound. I have C&T's "Scrapbook" CD from Germany (which includes many of the songs from "Make Your Move") that seems to have distorted bass on a few sections. Nothing like that here. The booklet includes session players for each track, Toni's liner notes and pics of the original Casablanca releases -- including the 8-track tape. My only gripe is that the jewel case is housed in a slipcase cover that has the original cover art while the booklet has a different picture taken from the same photo sessions. No lyrics are re-printed.
Overall, it's nice to finally have "Make Your Move" on disc...and it's about time."
The Captain & Toni: Making A Move
NHgboy | Newport, NH United States | 10/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album represents a significant shift in the career of Captain & Tennille. Daryl lost the captain's hat and Toni turned blonde--successfully shedding the "bubble gum pop" image that plagued them. There is serious musicianship on this album: saxophones, piano, guitar, and plenty of music solos. Toni Tennille wrote 4 of the 8 tracks on this album, including the million-seller, "Do That To Me One More Time". Tennille's vocals and the musical production on this album are top notch. Though there are only 8 tracks on this album, all of the songs are 5 minutes or over (with the exception of "Do That To Me One More Time", which is just over 4 minutes).
This album reached the top 30 in album sales in 1979 and 1980, with the help from the singles, "Happy Together (A Fantasy)" and "Love On A Shoestring". Toni's vocals are superb throughout the album and demonstrate, as one reviewer has noted, "why she made such a connection" with the pop audience. There's a touch of soul in her vocals that may surprise those whose only outing with Captain & Tennille has been "Love Will Keep Us Together" or "Muskrat Love".
Suprise cut: "Never Make A Move Too Soon", featuring an all-out party/jam session feel. This song starts out slowly, but quickly builds to a rocking climax as Toni sings about a lover who "turns up found" when she "strikes it rich".
Pure pop gold. Highly recommended.
Captain & Tennille - Still Happy Together
Music Lover | Rhode Island, USA | 10/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Make Your Move" was a departure of sorts for Captain and Tennille: A new image and record company and another #1 hit (Do That To Me One More Time) make this a very enjoyable adult contemporary album and their most coeshive album until "Keeping Our Love Warm". All the songs here run over 4 minutes. The highlights are the Toni Tennille penned "Deep In The Dark" and "Do That To Me One More Time" plus the far-out version of "Happy Together" (a total trip)."