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The Roches

Noted for their lush harmonies, quirky songs, and impressive stylistic range, the three Roche sisters -- Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy -- were among contemporary folk music's most endearing artists. The Roches began singing together while growing up in New York during the late '50s and early '60s, taking to the streets of the city each holiday season to regale passersby with Christmas carols. At the end of the decade both Maggie (the oldest) and Terre (the middle daughter) quit school to begin touring professionally as a duo. In 1970 they met Paul Simon, who tapped them to sing backup on his There Goes Rhymin' Simon album. He also helped get them a contract with Columbia; their debut LP, Seductive Reasoning, followed in 1975, but went largely unnoticed. For a time, the Roches considered quitting the music business, even leaving New York to retreat to Louisiana; eventually they returned north, at which time Suzzy left college to join the group full-time.

Restored to a trio, the Roches became a staple of the Greenwich Village folk circuit and a favorite of local critics. In 1979, they signed to Warner Bros. to issue a self-titled LP produced by Robert Fripp, earning acclaim for their exquisite harmonies (equal parts Terre's ethereal upper register, Maggie's near-baritone low notes, and Suzzy's midrange acrobatics). While the track "The Married Men" later scored a successful cover by Phoebe Snow, The Roches itself was not a hit. For 1980's Nurds, they changed direction, augmenting their basic folk sound with a rock rhythm section comprised of former Television bassist Fred Smith and Patti Smith Group drummer Jay Dee Daugherty. Fripp returned to produce 1982's Keep on Doing, a largely acoustic effort featuring cameos from members of his band King Crimson. When neither it nor its follow-up, 1985's Another World, was a commercial success, the trio left Warner to return to touring.

The Roches finally resurfaced on record in 1989, issuing Speak on MCA to the usual press acclaim and negligible sales. Their next effort, 1990's We Three Kings, was a Christmas album fondly recalling the sisters' roots. After 1992's A Dove, the trio left MCA to record a children's album, Will You Be My Friend?, issued on the tiny Baby Boom label in 1994. Continuing to cater to the younger set, that same year they recorded the soundtrack to the animated feature The Land Before Time II. For 1995's Can We Go Home Now, they signed to Rykodisc; another Roche sibling -- brother David -- was on hand to lend backing vocals. In early 1997, the Roches announced they were, at least temporarily, going their separate ways. While Maggie remained quiet, Terre soon formed a new group, Terre Roche & Her Moodswings, and later that same year Suzzy issued her first solo LP, Holy Smokes. In 2003 Rhino/Warner Bros released the Collected Works of the Roches compilation, prompting the trio to re-form after an 11-year hiatus for 2007's excellent Moonswept. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Song gets right to the point! Rare, hard to accomplish perfectly, but they managed it! Beautiful, soft powerful voice. Perfect voice for this song.
I'm not sure if I'll go to my grave digging any other song more than this gem by Senor Fripp and the awesome Roche sisters... just sayin'...
ditto Arnie below.. and i have successfully gotten my 9 year old niece hooked! YES!! her entire iPod is packed with Roche works. My mother turned me onto to them in 1979 and now my niece (who looks just like my mom) gets it and hopefully my niece will pass this stuff along to her kids. it really does come from something divine. Thank you Roches. Whenever anyone asks that fun question, if you could be friends with someone famous, who would it be... i always say the Roches.
Mainstream buissness has no taste these girls are a bit of heaven and a joy to the heart !been loving your music since 79
Hammond Song... Roches harmonies... Fripp solo... one of my early post-adolesc e n t memories, in a very, very good way. The Roches rule...
Loving them since 1980. Seen them in various forms in concerts. Check out Suzzy in the movie "Crossing Delancey".
mccuskb
Always a joy to listen to the Roches. Their songs make me smile. Why commercial FM radio never gave these artists airtime is beyond me.
doug.last
I wish I could hang out with them. Wouldn't it be the best? I love their music so much.
csb1196
When folk fans enter Folk Heaven the first sounds they hear will be the close harmonies of The Roches.
Remember South Dakota...... . . .
cphanna51
They are so much better than what you hear on commercial radio stations.
I just love these gals - amazing harmony!
tapautler
Love, love, love the music of the Roche sisters!
You'll need some help.
I would so much like to be able to harmonize like they do.
ZERO CHURCH with Maggie & Suzzy is remarkable.
I've seen them live and if you get the chance to see them too...
jump at it.
Real women, real musicians, real composers.
Sadly, seemingly a rarity these days.
"Keep On Doing" is missing from this discography. I need to get them to add it since it's my fav. :)
I have loved this trio since the demo album came out.
I FOUND THE ROCHES WHEN I NEEDED THEM MOST.....MY SICK MIND TO MOON SWEPT...I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!
These women have such unique voices - luv thier style - different and that is why I like them - eso, thier holiday album -
The song they do "I'm losing you." has such beautiful harmonies and evokes such deep emotions in me. They really are unique.
king.william 2
Saw them several times in NYC at the Bottom Line and McCarter theater in Princeton, NJ. Got a kiss from Terre during one of the concerts and Suzi told a heckler that I was her boyfriend and would beat the s**t out of him. They are always entertaining and great to look at and listen to. I have some great photos of them from those days.
. . . interesting voices.
I've loved listening to the Roache sisters for a long time they're great.

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