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Album Review

From its brown-toned cover to its contents, Loggins & Messina's fourth studio album is a sober, low-key, reflective affair. The band's music, with its single flute, violin, and horn lines, directed by Messina's intricate guitar and mandolin playing, serves a series of mid-tempo tunes expressing a lot of quiet dissatisfaction signalled by titles like "Be Free," "Changes," and "Move On." As usual in a Jim Messina production, all of this is elegantly, tastefully accomplished, but one could hardly come away from the record feeling that all was well in the L&M camp.

Customer Reviews

Still one of my faves...

Although this album didn't produce any hit records and probably wasn't one of their most commercially sucessfull efforts, it is still my favorite L&M album. The band was well seasoned by this point, and even though there was a lot of fighting going on, they were playing very tightly as a group. Loggins wasn't pushing his vocals as hard as he would later (think "I'm Alright"), and Messina was at the top of his game as a guitarist and as a producer. Listen to the lush arrangements on "Brighter Days", the tempo change on "Time to Space", and the textures on "Be Free" and you will see what I mean...

My Favorite L & M Album

Although I have favorite tunes on their other albums, this, as a whole, is the one I like best. Very easy to listen to, start to finish. Exquisite production by Messina. There's a warmth and depth to the sound I don't hear on any of the other L&M sides. Good stuff.

All Time Favorite

Even after all these decades, I still listen to this album and never get tired of it. It's one of those few albums where every song is great. The longer ones are my favorites (Be Free, Move On) which have a lot going on and you can pick up on new things each time you listen to it. With fantastic arrangements, interesting instruments, subtleties and nuances, this is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE ALBUMS.


Formed: 1970 in California

Genre: Rock

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

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...
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