2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One

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2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One
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Studio album by
RecordedAgency Recording Studio
Cleveland, Ohio[1]
GenreSoul, R&B, funk
ProducerBobby Massey, Michael Burton
Singles from 2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One
  1. "You Send Me"
    Released: 1971
  2. "Bound"
    Released: 1971

2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One is the only studio album by American soul vocal group Ponderosa Twins Plus One. It was released in 1971 through Horoscope Records. The album was produced by Bobby Massey of The O'Jays and Michael Burton, a songwriter and a producer of All Platinum Records.[2]

The album spawned two singles, a cover of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me", and "Bound".[2] "You Send Me" became the band's most successful single release,[3] and both songs charted on Billboard's Best Selling Soul Singles chart.[4][5] The track "Bound" was sampled by rapper Kanye West in his 2013 song, "Bound 2". This was followed by a set of copyright infringement lawsuits by the ex-Ponderosa Twins Plus One member Ricky Spicer, directed at West and related parties.[6][7]

The album was reissued on vinyl in Japan by P-Vine Records in 1990.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[8]

Andrew Hamilton of Allmusic compared the production work of Bobby Massey and Michael Burton, stating that "Massey's sides were the most interesting" Hamilton also further stated: "He knew how to record them, Burton saddled them with a tinny, kiddie sound, and a couple of his productions/compositions are far too strident for ears."[8] He also noted the cover of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me," "Bound," "I Remember You," and "Dad I Love Her" as "album highlights."[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love You While You Wait" (Burton)
  2. "Hey Girl" (Chuck Brown, Bobby Dukes)
  3. "Turn Around You Fool" (Burton)
  4. "Touchdown" (Dukes, Massey)
  5. "That's What I'll Do" (Burton)
  6. "Bound" (Dukes, Massey)
  7. "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke)
  8. "Take Me Back" (Burton)
  9. "Like The Big Boys" (Brown)
  10. "Dad, I Love Her" (Burton)
  11. "I Remember You" (Dukes, Andrew Hamilton, Massey)
  12. "Mama's Little Baby" (Burton)


Ponderosa Twins Plus One
  • Alfred Pelham
  • Alvin Pelham
  • Keith Gardner
  • Kirk Gardner
  • Ricky Spicer
Technical personnel
  • Bobby Massey - production
  • Michael Burton - arrangement

Charts positions[edit]

Year Song Chart Peak
1971 "You Send Me" Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles 23[4]
"Bound" 47[5]


  1. ^ Brewer, Eric Jonathan. "Kanye West releases Ponderosa Twins' "Bound" from Clevelander Chuck Brown's record label". clevelandchallenger.com. Cleveland Challenger. Retrieved 2014-11-16.
  2. ^ a b c Hamilton, Andrew. "The Ponderosa Twins Plus One". Allmusic. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Bottstein, Dan (April 1972). "Gold for All Platinium policy". Billboard. 84 (17): 54. ISSN 0006-2510.
  4. ^ a b "Soul Singles chart". Billboard. 83 (46): 50. November 1971. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ a b "Best Selling Soul Singles". 84 (2). January 1972: 28.
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan (December 24, 2013). "Kanye West Sued Over "Bound 2" Sample". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Hogan. Marc (April 21, 2014). "Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Legal Fight Hits Vogue". Spin. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  8. ^ a b c Hamilton, Andrew. "The Ponderosa Twins Plus One - 2 + 2 + 1 = Ponderosa Twins Plus One". Allmusic. Retrieved May 3, 2014.

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