TWENTY TWENTY – Twenty Twenty [Digitally Remastered / First Time On CD] (2020)
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, finally the 1985 self-titled debut album from American AORsters TWENTY TWENTY gets a remaster from the master tapes and released for the first time on CD.
Take a quick look at the cover artwork and you know what this album is all about musically. Produced by Billy Smiley of Whiteheart, ”Twenty Twenty” has a first half of the ’80s sound mixed with Hi-Tech poppy AOR choruses and splashes of keyboards, synthesizers, synclavier and electronic drums.
There’s also some STYX or commercial KANSAS pompy touches, all with a clean production & mix.
Some tracks come out pretty Hi-Tech but with substance. There’s a really fine guitar work by Roscoe Meek, especially creating a sustain, clean rythym riffs, and we have an excellent vocalist in Ron Collins who released a stupendous AOR solo album in the Nineties.
To my ears, this first LP “Twenty Twenty” resulted into a successful mix of Styx, Rick Springfield, Allies, AORish Kansas and frist half of the 80s American pomp.
For years a collectors piece vinyl LP, now we can enjoy ”Twenty Twenty” in all its glory.
01 – You Are So True
02 – Security Code
03 – War Games
04 – His Fame
05 – The Second Mile
06 – Love to Go
07 – He’s Still There
08 – Danger Zone
09 – You Can Know Them All
10 – World Premiere
Ron Collins – vocals
Roscoe Meek – guitars
Earnie Chaney – keyboards
Gary MacAnally – bass
Greg Herrington – drums
Mark Gersmehl, John Slick, Billy Smiley – synths
Richard Head – Synclavier Programming
Dennis Holt – Simmons Drums
Gary Lunn – Linn Drum Programming
Marty McCall – Background Vocals