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Loggins & Messina - Full Sail [Columbia KC 32540] (1973)

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Artist:

Loggins & Messina

Title:

Full Sail

Released: 1973
Label: Columbia
Catalog: KC 32540
Genre: Folk Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Lahaina
02 Travelin' Blues
03 My Music
04 A Love Song
05 You Need A Man/Coming To You
06 Watching The River Run
07 Pathway To Glory
08 Didn't I Know You When
09 Sailin' The Wind
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William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

This is every inch a follow-up to Loggins & Messina, including a '50s rock & roll pastiche in the style of "Your Mama Don't Dance" called "My Music" that hit number 16 as a single. Other notable material included Jim Messina's island-rock anthem "Lahaina" and one of Kenny Loggins' sensitive but generic ballads, typically called "A Love Song." But then, the charm of L&M was that they could get away with something this sappy. Balance is the key to L&M albums, and it's the chief talent (among many) that producer Messina brings to them. Here, as on L&M's first two albums, he achieves a musical flow that's exhilarating, and the record is only denied a "finest" rating because the quality of the songwriting doesn't quite match those LPs.


Loggins & Messina - On Stage [Columbia Records PG 32848] (1974)

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Title:

On Stage

Released: 1974
Label: Columbia Records
Catalog: PG 32848
Pressing: Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria
Genre: Rock, Pop


T R A C K L I S T:
01 House At Pooh Corner
02 Danny's Song
03 You Could Break My Heart
04 Lady Of My Heart
05 Long Tail Cat
06 Listen To A Country Song
07 Holiday Hotel
08 Just Before The News
09 Angry Eyes
10 Golden Ribbons
11 Another Road
12 Vahevala
13 Back To Georgia
14 Trilogy- Lovin' Me, To Make A Woman Feel Wanted, Peace Of Mind
15 Your Mama Don't Dance
16 Nobody But You
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Album Review

Bruce Eder [allmusic.com]

Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina's combined talents reached a kind of apotheosis in concert, all based on the same relationship they'd had in the studio -- Loggins' songwriting and singing, supported by Messina's performing and his long experience with Poco, came to a head on the tour leading up to this concert album, recorded at two East Coast venues in March of 1973 and at Winterland in San Francisco the following month. After a gorgeous yet subdued introduction by Loggins as a solo performer on a handful of numbers, Messina and the band take the stage and loft the proceedings into a bracing mix of folk- and country-rock. And they break those boundaries, soaring into psychedelic territory on the 21-minute ''Vahevala,'' which took up all of side three on the original LP. One would think that everything after that would be anti-climactic, but all involved are just as sharp on the fourth side of more modestly proportioned gems. As praiseworthy as the duo's playing and singing is, one must also credit the rhythm section of Larry Simms (bass) and Merle Brigante (drums), and Al Garth (violin, horns) and Jon Clarke (flute, horns) for their performances. This is a live album that hits on all cylinders, and its only flaw, if there is one, is actually a byproduct of one of its virtues: On Stage was recorded so early in their history that it only really represents the songs off the duo's first two albums (Full Sail wouldn't be out until six months after these shows). Otherwise, it could easily have copped the ''best-of'' designation in substance, if not actual name.

Loggins & Messina's Biography

William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

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.
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