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Loggins and Messina Live - Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl (2005)

Jim Gable  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Jim Gable
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BF0DCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loggins and Messina Live - Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl" on IMDb

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Almost 30 years after their 1976 breakup, the hugely successful duo of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina took their hit-making magic on the road once again in 2005. When they first came together, Loggins was an acclaimed songwriter and Messina a former member of both Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Live finds these two consummate musicians revisiting the music that made them world famous with the passion and energy that have inspired fans for decades. This DVD captures them in front of their hometown audience in Santa Barbara.

The liner notes accompanying Sittin' in Again at Santa Barbara Bowl rank Kenny Loggins & Jimmy Messina among the great pop music duos of all time, including the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel. That's a serious stretch. Still, there's no denying that back in the day, Loggins & Messina were responsible for a fair share of memorable tunes and commercial hits--and judging from this 2005 concert, recorded nearly thirty years after the pair called it quits, their music has readily stood the test of time. They originally hooked up when Loggins, who was looking for a record deal, found both a producer and a partner in guitarist-singer Messina, a former member of the Buffalo Springfield and Poco; the hits ("Your Mama Don't Dance," "A Love Song," "Danny's Song,"" "House at Pooh Corner") started happening soon thereafter. It was Loggins, not the man he once called his "mentor," who enjoyed the more conspicuously successful solo career after they parted ways in 1976. But while none of his post-Loggins & Messina material is performed here, "Celebrate Me Home" would have been a natural, as this 20-song, two-hour concert has the feel of a joyous family reunion, with the pair's hometown audience very much part of the proceedings. Sure, everyone's hair is shorter and grayer these days (both frontmen were 57 at the time of this recording), and the vibe is a good deal more relaxed (for contrast, check out the breakneck, adrenaline-fueled versions of some of these same tunes from a 1973 appearance on TV's The Midnight Special). But that's precisely what this mellow night in a mellow town called for, and the Loggins & Messina band's country lilt, replete with fiddle, mandolin, and acoustic guitars, flows as freely as the breeze-blown clouds projected on the screen behind them. Clearly, a splendid time was had by all. ---Sam Graham

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It good to hear them again! November 20, 2005
To see Loggins & Messina in the 70's and seeing the DVD of their

final leg of the tour ,brought back some fond memories. I was

hoping they would do this and what a great job they did! First,

of all, the musicians they used were impeckable! Each one played

multi instruments with finese and ease. The violin player ,which played about 5 other instruments sometimes stole the show. He was even playing some of the guitar parts on the tunes! As for what they looked liked,well lets just say its been some 30 years. Kenny is skinny as a rail,Messina has a big gut ,both looked to be very happy. They did some great songs that I was not expecting. Growin,from Mother Lode,Sailing in the Wind from Full Sail and of course our favs,Angry Eyes,Holiday Hotel,Your Mama dont Dance etc.. An over all excellent DVD. At the end, at the special "section" it gives you 4 excerpts of the 1970 show " The Midnight Special". They all looked good, but take note on how fast every tune was played. Yes, this is worth getting. They will not tour again, if you missed it,nor will they make another CD. They stated "we all have other projects to do". Get the CD also for the memories. It also pays fine tribute to the late great

sax man Jon Clarke who just passed away just recently. Go and buy it, you will smile listening to those great tunes of yesteryear..
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the native sons November 19, 2005
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You normally don't expect much from reunions of long defunct bands. The performances are usually by the numbers, the vocalists have lost a lot of range, etc., etc. Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by this reunion, though. The backing band is entirely different from the original L & M band, but this group knows how to play these tunes, and adds some nice touches to the arrangements. Also, Kenny & Jim can still sing well.

A good selection of their catalog is played, no new material, but a well done cover of Buffalo Springfield's "Kind Woman" is performed. I've watched this dvd on 3 consecutive evenings, and enjoyed it more each time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ensures holiday "Peace of Mind" December 23, 2005
Nothing like searching for holiday gifts and finding a great one for yourself! I hadn't even heard that Kenny & Jim had a reunion tour, guess they didn't come close to Vermont! Having played the grooves off my older sister's copy of the "The Best of Friends" LP when I was 13 back in 1976, I had high hopes when I played this DVD for the first time last night.

All I can say is "WOW!" ~ it's so great to see them back together and see their magic in a live setting. The DVD's sound and picture just draw you right in to the concert. I had watched an hour of it in what seemed like minutes.

If for no other reason, buy it so your kids will know that Kenny Loggins had a career BEFORE his days of movie soundtrack hits for Caddyshack, Footloose and Top Gun...yikes!

I'm bringing it over to share with my older sister tomorrow and I know it will bring tears of joy to her eyes to hear all those old tunes done so well. The version of "Be Free" is worth the $14 for this DVD alone.

To the film & music school drop-outs harping about overdubs, etc...I get so sick of these Amazon reviews where people pick the product apart on a technical level. The real question is ~ how much do you enjoy watching and listening to the product, and this one is 5 stars and will be more so with each additional viewing!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, bad production April 17, 2006
By RA Bell
I'm a big fan of the music. I first bought "Mother Lode" back in the 70's and it's still one of my favorite recordings. I missed this tour, but was happy to see it released on DVD. The concert itself was great. Band was good and Loggins & Messina were relaxed and playing comfortably. I was especially impressed that they didn't bring in a slew of extra musicians to sweeten their sound. Basically it's the same instrumentation that they toured with back in their hey-day. Great playing from all.

However, I have a BIG complaint about video production. The constant camera switching made the video almost unwatchable. There seemed to be no shot that lasted for more than 2-3 seconds before it switched to another camera. (It was especially bad during the song "Be Free".)

So, while the music was very good, the DVD suffered badly because of some overzealous producer who clearly didn't have an understanding of how to edit a concert video. I give it a three.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great concert! October 14, 2005
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I haven't seen the DVD yet, but I will pre-order it.

We attended this concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl and it was just perfect. Their energy and both of their voices were as good as ever. The song selection, visual backgrounds, and all the musicians were excellent and most of the songs sounded pretty much as you remember them. I was thrilled that they played "Be Free"; it sounded different live, yet the vocal was the same. A very satisfying concert in a beautiful setting.

If you are a Loggins and Messina fan, I think you will be very happy with this performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am stunned!!!! December 15, 2005
I have followed L&M for many years. The first time I met Jimmy Messina was at Robarts Sports Arena in Sarasota, FL in April of 1968 with a little band called The Buffalo Springfield (they opened for The Beach Boys!). A few "good men" came out of that band-Richie Furay of Poco, Neil Young and Stephen Stills, making it one of the true super groups to come out of the 60's.

I next worked L&M several times in 1974 or 1975, can't remember that far back. They were great then.

We were out of the country and missed them when they came to Florida this summer. What a mistake that was.

When I saw this DVD I was very impressed-even blown away. With the advancements in technology of today combined with the wonderful legacy of music and musical maturity these guys gave us a truly memorable experience. I put it on the home studio system and cranked it to concert level. Holy mackerel!

Kenny and Jim, I know it's a pain to tour but please tour again next summer. Your DVD and CD have laid the groundwork for another successful tour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perhaps they can perform another contest like this one,
Published 5 days ago by Breezinsamy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A totally impressive concert in all ways! A must-have.
Published 19 days ago by Pamela Clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wish they had more DVDs of their music
Published 1 month ago by thomas james murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This will make you a fan...
Published 2 months ago by Jolip
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, their voices have become even better
Excellent, their voices have become even better, the playing-spot on!!
Great backing band, all extremely talented folks, this was truly a joy to watch and listen to.
Published 3 months ago by Bryce A Lundgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Every Minute of It
It is so much fun to watch the musicians perform in live settings, and this DVD showcases a reunion that really brings back great memories from the past. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Customer49
5.0 out of 5 stars "Your MaMa Don't Dance" but she will after this
This is a historical concert that captures the great songs of a long gone era and presents them again fresh for a new generation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Norm Allen
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work in my DVD player.
Didn't work in my DVD player. DVD was for another region not in the US. Wasted a few bucks, but now I know who not to buy from.
Published 9 months ago by the Minor 6th
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories - Great music
Excellent music DVD! Loggins and Messina, together again, at least for this show and what a great show it was.
Published 10 months ago by Lance Billingsley
5.0 out of 5 stars best sounding video
This is one of the best sounding videos I've ever had. The recording is as though it was done in the studio, and there studio recordings are impeccable, so for a live recording... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bruce C. Bergenfeld
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