Saturday, May 22, 2010


The Berkeley-based band, Joy of Cooking, were quite the anomaly in the late 1960s; a band fronted by two women, who wrote and arranged the songs, sang lead vocals and played the frontline instruments, with three men providing the backup. Led by two talented songwriters, pianist Toni Brown and guitarist Terry Garthwaite, their music blended elements of folk, rock, country, jazz, and blues into a sound uniquely their own. One of the first bands to deal with feminist and environmental topics, they were ahead of their time and deserve credit for laying the groundwork for more commercially successful bands like Heart and latter-day Fleetwood Mac.

Following three compelling but only modestly successful Joy of Cooking albums—Joy Of Cooking and Closer To The Ground, which were both released in 1971, and 1972's Castles—Brown and Garthwaite headed to Nashville. There they recorded the long out of print Cross Country album, released in 1973 under the name Toni & Terry, before pursuing separate paths, each recording a solo album the following year. Although these albums failed to achieve commercial success, and were only heard by relatively few, they each contained a wealth of new material that retained the integrity and variety of their previous work.

Tracks :

1. Done My Cryin' Time
2. Going Isn't Easier
3. I Want to Be the One
4. Come to Me Now
5. As I Watch the Wind
6. Hey Little Girl
7. Midnight Blues
8. I Don't Want to Live Here
9. I've Made up My Mind
10. When All Is Said
11. I Don't Want Nobody ('Ceptin' You)


  1. I'll leave this of now...I d/l on the strength of Joy of Cookiing....and as they say the taste of the stewing is in the eating of it....
    thanks for all you do and your site is a 'joy' to read...

  2. Bless you. I've been looking for this album for years. Owned in on vinyl which I can't play any more.
    A big thank you for posting this one!

  3. Okay, now I'm going to be greedy. I don't suppose you have their second album "The Joy"? I've never even heard this one.
    Thanks in advance if you can oblige.

  4. awesome! been on the search for this for years.
    many thanks for the beautiful music of toni & terry.

  5. Thank you, Thank you! I wore out two vinyls copies over the years and only had my scratchy digitization I made from the last. It is long out of print and even Terry Garthwaite said she couldn't get a copy.


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