Joy Of Cooking | Back To Your Heart

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Back To Your Heart

by Joy Of Cooking

A double CD of previously unreleased live and studio recordings from 1968-1972, highlighting the passion of live performance that brought the band national acclaim and an enduring fan base, and chronicling the early beginnings of the Berkeley-based band.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word
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2. Midnight Blues
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3. Don't Forget Me, Love
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4. Sometime
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5. He's Comin' Home Tomorrow
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6. Look Back
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7. Good King
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8. Trippet
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9. Dream Blues
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10. Song for Silent Wings
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11. This Old Life
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12. How Deep the Dark
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13. Summer Fire
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14. I've Made Up My Mind
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15. Flying Saucer Blues
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16. Yatata
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17. Song in Blue
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18. (Announcement)
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19. Bad Luck
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20. Humpty Dumpty
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21. Castles
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22. If Some God (Back to Your Heart)
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23. Dancing Couple
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24. Brownsville/mockingbird
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25. Laugh, Don't Laugh
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Joy of Cooking is not just a good band, but an exceptional band."
Ellen Willis, the New Yorker, 1971

The Joy of Cooking band is alive and well--on disc. Terry Garthwaite and Toni Brown have just released a lovingly assembled assortment of live and previously unreleased studio recordings from 1968-1972 in a double CD package.
The Joy of Cooking was a Berkeley-based band of eclectic musicians who made infectious music in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Their sound is rooted in the voices, the songs, the music of its two women members and driven by a propelling, innovative three-man rhythm section. They paved the way for Heart and Fleetwood Mac, and eventually bands like Concrete Blonde and Hole.

The SF Chronicle’s Jon Carroll described the band as “a remarkable rock and roll band, half ballads and half boogie, with a driving rhythm section fronted by two swell women, Toni Brown (a smart, crafty songwriter who could evoke sentiment without sentimentality) and Terry Garthwaite, who sings like an angel with dirty wings.”


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John Book, Music For America

Music that is natural, beautiful, and more importantly, real
Joy Of Cooking may not have been as massively popular as some of their contemporaries, but back in their heyday that type of stardom really didn't matter, as it wasn't an issue. The band, fronted by singer/songwriters Terry Garthwaite and Toni Brown, combined folk, country, rock, and a bit of the blues that helped defined who they were as a band, which lead to them being signed to Capitol. In time the group would split, and each lady would go on with successful solo careers. As attention towards rootsy music, what some might call Americana, has increased in the last five years, both of them decided to unite and put together tracks for this double CD of unreleased material.

Back To Your Heart (njoy) will please many Joy Of Cooking fans who have wanted something extra from the band. Disc one consists of studio or home recordings. The studio recordings sound as powerful as those which did make it onto the album, and were probably left off because back then, an album had to have the industry standard of 10 songs. They could've pulled a Johnny Winter and released 3-sided albums but the songs are that good. The band, especially bassist David Garthwaite and drummer Fritz Kasten, are incredible to hear and it shows why they were a favorite among many bands throughout California.

Side 2 is an amazing unreleased live set recorded at Berkeley in 1972, as they perform in front of a home crowd. "Humpty Dumpty", "If Some God", and "Laugh, Don't Laugh" show how they expanded their palette and went in for the kill, so to speak. Proof of this can be heard in the 11 minute "Brownsville/Mockingbird", and you can sense that the crowd were on their feet the entire time (with the exception of those who were just vibing out on good times and good people). Terry Garthwaite is and has always been a powerhouse on the vocals, whether it's a sensitive ballad or a borderline rocker, and Toni Brown always revealed herself to be someone deserving to be called a true artist. As they both show in "Brownsville/Mockingbird", when perfect harmony happens between two people, or a band and the audience, it sounds so natural.

After hearing this, one can hear the influence they've had on countless bands today, whether it is female-oriented folk, country or rock, or even jam bands who are able to hear the fun and glory of the chemistry Joy Of Cooking had with each other. No mastering engineer is credited, but whoever did them did a great job in transferring the original master tapes to the digital realm. For some fans, any group who were appreciated by the Grateful Dead was more than enough reason to take them on as a personal favorite. Old and new fans can find out why with this double CD.

Chris Cavas

The good old days
I probably haven\'t played a Joy of Cooking album in 30 years - and that was a mistake. While \"Brownsville/Mockingbird\" serves as a medley of their hit ... the rest of the album holds up quite nicely, with only the Fender Rhodes sounding to this ear as reeking of the early 70s. Good stuff.

judi udahl

brilliant
This albums honesty illustrates how unaffected Joy of Cooking were by commercial success.very true to roots and loyal to music.a pleasure.

Randy Moredock

Back to Your Heart
The artists cook up a mean stew. They both contribute to the feel of the music and even bring in some friends at times to lend a rock and roll flavor to the music. I'm glad that I discovered them doing a live gig with Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and a whole bevy of folk greats in support of Pete's love of the envionment. Home Cooking may not have the notoriety of the former artists, but they have the chops to stand along with them.