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Editors’ Notes

Why do musicians release cover albums? Sometimes they simply want to sing their favorite tunes (like Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs’ Under The Covers, for example). Other times it’s to cure writer’s block (just ask Mark Kozelek who has covered John Denver, AC/DC and Modest Mouse). All these reasons may apply to why power pop pioneer Dwight Twilley released Out of the Box — a collection of 20 covers — but by the last tune, a less trippy version of The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” it seems obvious that he mostly wanted to pay tribute to his influences (especially Beatles’ songs which pepper the album). Twilley tastefully sings within his limited range and fans will dig how he Twillifies each one of these classic staples, even if he sings “Secret Agent Man” to sound like “Secret Asian Man.”  His saucy take on T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)” is worth the price of admission alone, as is the smokin’ rendition of Elvis’ “Little Sister.” And the best part? Somehow this all still sounds like late ‘70s/early ‘80s Twilley.

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Packed with great music!

Love this album. Twilley's version of "Holiday", "Secret Agent Man", "In My Life", and "Little Sister" are incredible. Can't beat the price for the number of tracks you get. Love it!

GREAT album...

I'm a big fan of Dwight Twilley and have always hoped he would do an album of covers. This is a great collection and loaded with music. Bang A Gong, Holiday, Secret Agent Man, Little Sister, and Old Time Rock and Roll are excellent. Very cool collection and more than worth the money.


Born: June 6, 1951 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though the Dwight Twilley Band only had one hit (Twilley had another on his own), Twilley and partner Phil Seymour created an enduring and highly memorable brand of power pop that blended Beatlesque pop and Sun rockabilly "slapback" echo. Only a fraction of the band's early output was made available at the time, but these records are highly revered by power pop aficionados. According to the legend, Dwight Twilley met Phil Seymour in 1967 at a theater where they had gone to see the Beatles' A Hard...
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