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Elements of Peace


Despite feeling out of place with his ruffled suit and Motown mindset, Melvin Turnage fell in with the rock crowd at the Monterey Bay's Fort Ord Army Base when he arrived from St. Louis in 1970. Forming the soulful Elements of Peace, Turnage found surprising demand within the ranks of the military outpost network. A year later the Elements cut "Together" at Monterey's Super Sound Studios: half spoken-word monologue with local references to hook the surrounding community, half tender lover's duet blowing in the coastal breeze. The single failed to translate outside sleepy Monterey County, and when Turnage's tour ended he meandered back to the banks of the Mississippi river.


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