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. (by William Ruhlmann from amg)
My review (Dr Bell Otus) :
Here is an album of country-rock, which brings me many memories and I really like, even though the country music is not one of my favorite genres, but this album has more than that.
We all know Jim Messina (born December 5, 1945), singer, guitarist and songwriter, and engineer and producer in groups such as Buffalo Springfield and Poco.
Kenny Loggins (born January 7, 1948), started writing some songs for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a success in "House At Pooh Corner" that caught the attention of Messina who had just signed a contract with Columbia Records to produce some discs.
Then Messina offered himself to produce the first album by Kenny Loggins, and was thus that the two have started a duo leaving his name, to the rock history.
This double LP/CD, includes concerts at Carnegie Hall (NY) at 1 and March 2, 1973 at Orpheum Theater (Boston) on March 4, 1973 and even at Winterland (San Francisco) in 28 and April 29, 1972, and has songs ranging from pure country, to rock, where the fabulous and fantastic song "Vahevala" makes the difference with more than 20 minutes and with some touch of latin music and jazz sound, mixed.
It is for me, an essential record in any collection.
Your Mama Don't Dance:
Track List :
CD 1 :
01.House At Pooh Corner
03.You Could Break My Heart
04.Lady Of My Heart
05.Long Tail Cat
06.Listen To A Country Song
08.Just Before The News
CD 2 :
02.Back To Georgia
03.Trilogy: Lovin' Me/To Make A Woman Feel Wanted/Peace Of Mind
04.Your Mama Don't Dance
05.Nobody But You
*Jim Messina - guitar, vocals
*Kenny Loggins - guitar, vocals
*Larry Sims - bass
*Al Garth - violin, horns
*Jon Clarke - flute, horns
*Merel Bregante - drums
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