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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

15 Ratings

GREAT album!!

Scorpio Squared,

This album represented an advancement of the trademark L&M arrangements, sound and feel in response to the changing technologies present in the mid-1970s (the album's liner notes reference the use of ARP 2600 analog synthesizers, considered state-of-the-art for the time.) All of the vocal and musical performances are top-notch but sadly, underrated by mainstream Rock and Roll afficionados. The songs presented herein are beautiful melodies that retain their integrity despite having been recorded over 30 years ago. In short, this is an album well worth your time and gets better with continued listening!

A surprisingly mixed bag of goodies by L&M


Despite the "Old West" theme cover of this album, Loggins & Messina's collection here seems to span several era. "Sweet Marie" could have come from the 1950's, "Pretty Princess" could easily be from a Victorian age, "My Lady, My Love" touches any generation of love and dancing. Perhaps the most moving song on this album is "When I Was a Child" -- a father and son coming of age story that rivals Harry Chapin's "Cats In The Cradle" for emotional impact (Jimmy does a beautiful job singing this one). Kenny shines on "Peacemaker." And if you want to hear how ageless some songs can be, listen to "It's Alright" ... a pot-shot at marketing, our dependency on oil ("The Arabs sell us our petroleum jelly, a little dab at a time ...") and more. And "Native Son" seems to fit that album cover photo, you can hear them singing it by the camp fire.

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


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