The Best: Loggins & Messina Sittin' In Again by Loggins & Messina on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1972 self-titled second album by singer/songwriters Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina finds the duo coming into their own as a song-driven hit machine. Loggins (who enjoyed a big solo career in the '80s) and Messina (who was a driving force in both Poco and Buffalo Springfield) each brought specific sounds to the table. Loggins’ funky “Long Tailed Cat” (dig the countrypolitan violin solo) and “Good Friend” (with its oddly appealing minor-key brass break) nicely contrast Messina’s folk-poppy “Golden Ribbons” (with its languid flute) and “Whiskey” (a cockeyed tribute to West Hollywood’s legendary club Whiskey a Go-Go***). The album’s two best songs are the cowrites “Angry Eyes” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” (The latter hit the American Top 20 twice, the second time in 1988 with a cover by the pop-metal band Poison.) This is a singer/songwriter album that boasts not one but two good singers and writers. And it’s a beautiful hallmark of the early-’70s California sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1972 self-titled second album by singer/songwriters Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina finds the duo coming into their own as a song-driven hit machine. Loggins (who enjoyed a big solo career in the '80s) and Messina (who was a driving force in both Poco and Buffalo Springfield) each brought specific sounds to the table. Loggins’ funky “Long Tailed Cat” (dig the countrypolitan violin solo) and “Good Friend” (with its oddly appealing minor-key brass break) nicely contrast Messina’s folk-poppy “Golden Ribbons” (with its languid flute) and “Whiskey” (a cockeyed tribute to West Hollywood’s legendary club Whiskey a Go-Go***). The album’s two best songs are the cowrites “Angry Eyes” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” (The latter hit the American Top 20 twice, the second time in 1988 with a cover by the pop-metal band Poison.) This is a singer/songwriter album that boasts not one but two good singers and writers. And it’s a beautiful hallmark of the early-’70s California sound.

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About Loggins & Messina

Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina were the most successful pop/rock duo of the first half of the '70s. Loggins was a staff songwriter who had recently enjoyed success with a group of songs recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band when he came to the attention of Messina, a record producer and former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Messina agreed to produce Loggins' first album, but somewhere along the way it became a duo effort that was released in 1972 under the title Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In. The album was a gold-seller that stayed in the charts more than two years.

In the next four years, Loggins & Messina released a series of gold or platinum albums, most of which hit the Top Ten. They were all played in a buoyant country-rock style with an accomplished band. Loggins & Messina (1972) featured the retro-rock hit "Your Mama Don't Dance." Full Sail (1973), On Stage (a double live album, 1974), and Mother Lode (1974) all hit the Top Ten. So Fine was an album of '50s cover songs. The pair's last new studio album, Native Sons, came out at the start of 1976.

Loggins & Messina split for two solo careers by the end of that year, their early catalog completed by a greatest-hits album, Best of Friends, and a live record, Finale. The duo reunited in 2005 and hit the road for a summer tour while the compilation The Best: Sittin' in Again was arriving in stores. The tour itself was documented on Live: Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl, which appeared late in the year. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    California
  • FORMED
    1970

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