As a paragon of soft rock and singer/songwriter motifs, it’s no wonder Seals & Crofts got locked in the marketplace alongside other dually named duos such as Loggins & Messina, Simon & Garfunkel, and England Dan & John Ford Coley. Buoyed by the mellow “Diamond Girl” and the great, terminally melancholic “We May Never Pass This Way Again,” this 1973 album (their fifth) was their biggest seller. They rock it up on “Standing on a Mountain Top” and “It’s Gonna Come Down (On You),” get spiritual on “Intone My Servant,” dedicate themselves to the ones they married on “Ruby Jean and Billie Jean” and kick out a country-rock-bluegrass narrative on “Dust on My Saddle,” which could’ve been by New Riders of the Purple Sage. True moments of harmonizing beauty abound, especially on “Nine Houses” and “Jessica.” Besides the mandolins, keyboards, brass, and wind instrumentation, the album boasts a host of notable Los Angeles session cats (including saxophone-playing bassist Wilton Felder and drummer Jim Gordon) and was produced by the musically storied Louie Shelton.
Ruby Jean and Billie Lee
Intone My Servant
We May Never Pass This Way (Again)
Standin' On a Mountain Top
It's Gonna Come Down (On You)
Dust On My Saddle
10 SONGS, 41 MINUTES
℗ 1973 WARNER RECORDS INC. MANUFACTURED & MARKETED BY RHINO ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY, A WARNER MUSIC GROUP COMPANY.