MAGGIE and TERRE ROCHE Seductive Reasoning (1975)

Seductive Reasoning (1975)
Debut From 2/3rds of The Roches

We received an email from musician Joseph Jon Lanthier, who kindly offered to share this wonderful and hard to find 1975 debut CD from Maggie & Terre Roche (recorded before sister Suzzy joined the act, re-named The Roches). Fans of The Roches know their power and appeal, but hearing this first duo release is a real treat. Here’s a little history from the All Music Guide: (Maggie) Roche has an intelligent, individual songwriting style, and her songs serve as the vehicle for two-part harmonies with Terre, a sort of distaff version of Simon & Garfunkel. Simon was sufficiently interested to use the two on There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. Musically, Seductive Reasoning is a counterpart to that record, boasting many of the same names among its credits. Like Rhymin’ Simon, it was recorded largely at Muscle Shoals with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section giving the tracks their distinctive hybrid sound of country, rock, folk, gospel, and blues. But the superior musicianship and production are not what make Seductive Reasoning an outstanding album. Rather, it is most notable as the auspicious debut of a remarkable songwriter. Roche has the perspective of a young woman thoughtfully, if confusedly, making her way through the romantic, sexual, and career thickets of early adulthood. Her gift for wordplay expresses her uncertainties well. The sisters trade vocals & harmonize beautifully, adding to the songs’ effectiveness, making Seductive Reasoning extraordinarily impressive.” Find it at Amazon, HERE

Underneath The Moon
Down The Dream
Wigglin’ Man
West Virginia
If You Empty Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make The Change
Telephone Bill
Burden Of Proof
The Mountain People
Jill Of All Trades


  • Capt. Willard
    November 7, 2010 - 15:19 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Joe
    November 7, 2010 - 23:36 | Permalink

    Yes! I have this on vinyl but lack a way to digitize it.

    No Roche ever made anything as awesome as Hammond Song, either before or after though…

  • jbull49
    November 9, 2010 - 01:12 | Permalink

    Always did love the Terre's voice on Fripp's _Exposure_. Thanks for another bite.

  • Let's Find H-Man A Wife
    November 9, 2010 - 03:06 | Permalink

    Interesting choice no matter what. And that first Roches album was incredible. Thanks

  • humanebean
    November 9, 2010 - 12:26 | Permalink

    Score! Eclectic, weird and wonderful … I first heard the Roches on the late, lamented WBCN in Boston MA, back in the days when FM-Rock Radio would actually play selections from the near and far corners of the music world. Their harmonies are sublime … thanks Cap'n!

  • Kurt
    November 10, 2010 - 14:29 | Permalink

    Yeah, this is a good one.

    Jenny Toomey and Dan Littleton do a very nice job of covering "Jill of All Trades" on Liquorice's _Listening Cap_ release.

    Similarly, "Hammond Song" is singular, but Ida's "Maybelle" gets near that territory.

  • August 9, 2013 - 05:21 | Permalink

    Honestly one of the best albums ever made!

  • Dirk Bill
    January 10, 2014 - 16:39 | Permalink

    Wow, huge fan of the three Roches but had no idea this existed. A Wormhole worth winding your way through! Thanks a pile.

    • Willard
      January 10, 2014 - 17:16 | Permalink

      Cool, glad you found it.

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