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Seals & Crofts Greatest Hits [Original recording]

Seals & CroftsVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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Biography by Steve Huey

One of the most successful soft rock acts of the 1970s, the duo of Jim Seals and Dash Crofts met while playing with singer Dean Beard in 1958. That year, Beard was invited to join the Champs (of "Tequila" fame), and Seals and Crofts tagged along, remaining with the group until 1965. The two then bounced from the Mushrooms to the Dawnbreakers before ... Read more in Amazon's Seals & Crofts Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B000N3WPX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Includes: When I Meet Them Diamond Girl Hummingbird Castles in theh Sand East of ginger Trees I'll Play for You Ruby Jean and Billie Lee King of Nothing summer Breeze We May Never Pass This Way

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trapped on the wrong side of the road May 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bands and their reputations live and die in the marketing. The Moody Blues could have been sold as soft rock lightweights with a few uptempo numbers, but they did it the right way: they presented themselves as a rock band that knew how to mellow out and explore different kinds of beautiful music.

Seals & Crofts were trapped on the opposite side of the road: these guys knew how to rock out, and were expert musicians with tremendous depth of songwriting and the kind of expansive vision usually associated with art-rock bands like Yes and ELP. But they could never escape their marketing as "easy listening." That's a shame, because they deserve a higher place than history has afforded them in the rock music echelon. The depth of their music, the quality of their voices, the superiority of their sound, and the breadth of their musical range left us some great music, and their Greatest Hits is even greater than the sum of its parts.

Forget the catchiness of even the two or three most cloying songs included here. "Summer Breeze" is right at the top with all great songs of the last 50 years or more; "Diamond Girl" is as good as popular music gets; and "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)" boasts a chorus as deep as anything that was ever played on 70s radio--without using any words other than the title.

"Hummingbird" and "East of Ginger Trees," among others, are unapologetically committed to a spiritual search, but without the dippy aimlessness of so much of that era's music. These down-to-earth Texans are passionately committed, well-read Baha'is who emphasized such novel ideas as peace, love and understanding.

The real genius of this collection is in the sequencing. While some of the original S&C albums contained a couple of "wholesome" or almost jokey songs (i.e.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Should Have Been So Much Better August 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Seals and Crofts are one of the most underappreciated and unfairly maligned bands in rock history. Their wonderful harmonies sounded like a cross between Simon & Garfunkel and the Bodeans, and their musicianship was often outstanding, especially in earlier albums. The arrangements frequently were flavored with hints of bluegrass as well as international (especially middle-eastern) sounds, the playing could be hot, and sometimes, they even rocked with surprising authority! Nowadays they are generally dismissed by the critics as lightweight, "lite-rock" pabulum, and frankly a good deal of their material (mostly the later stuff) warrents this reputation, but if you separate the wheat from the chaff you will find a sizable body of great music. Unfortunately, you won't find much of it on the slight "Greatest Hits". Yes, in 1975 when this collection first appeared on vinyl, it was a reasonable sampling of their biggest hits to date, but by the time it was reissued on CD, the record label really did Seals & Crofts and their fans a major disservice by not taking advantage of the extra capacity of the CD format to flesh out the collection with later hits ("Get Closer", "My Fair Share") and key album tracks (Such as the instramental "Wisdom" from the "Diamond Girl" LP, or more selections from the wonderful side 1 of their best album, "Year of Sunday"). Nonetheless, for the time being most of the Seals and Crofts catelog is unavailable on CD, so this collection is the best that's out there. But it could have been, and should have been, so much better.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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This is likely the most under-appreciated of the groups populating the popular music scene in the late sixties and early seventies. Like another fringe duo, Brewer and Shipley, whose evocative lyrics and memorable arrangements (which are largely unavailable today, especially their terrific "Shake Off The Demon" album) propelled them into the spotlight with its like "One Toke Over The Line" and "Tarkio Road", Brewer and Shipley were never taken as seriously as the content of their music deserved. Much of what they write and sing is organized around their religious beliefs, and this is easy to discover in most of what they say in the songs populating this greatest hits album. Their problem seemed to be that they encased a lot of meaningful lyrics into a very sweet and light sound that critics mistook for lightweight material, and they consequently scoffed at them. Yet their fame and popularity endures, and is deserved for a group who dominated the charts with "Diamond Girl", "Hummingbird", "I'll Play For You", and "We May Never Pass This Way Again", all chart-toppers and mainly from a single album, "Summer Breeze". Of course, "Summer Breeze" itself was a number one hit, and is till a perennial favorite for FM play. Do yourself a favor and read the lyrics as you listen along, though, and you will discover what sweet, loving, and compassionate human beings these two erstwhile escapees from the deep poverty of the rural South really are. If you listen you just can't miss it. My personal favorites here are "Ruby Jean and Billie Lee" (their wives' names), and of course, "I'll Play For You". Let them play for you too, real soon. Add this wonderful compilation to your collection, and then enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 2 days ago by S. Kowalczyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it as much now as I did back when ...
Enjoyed it as much now as I did back when it first came out. Replaced an old cassette with CD.
Published 12 days ago by Raymond Porter
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
They didn't include "Horse without Name" in their "greatest hits"!! What idiocy!?
Published 14 days ago by fat girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 16 days ago by BILL
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great music
Published 19 days ago by David Berthiaume
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Takes me back to the year I graduated from high school.
Published 19 days ago by Kathy D. Krasley
5.0 out of 5 stars The years have been kind
What is there to say about a duo with perfect pitch harmony and songs as smooth as silk? Ah as warm as a Summer Breeze and as light as a Hummingbird.
Published 1 month ago by Nebby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
If you enjoy 70's music, you can't omit Seals and Crofts from your collection. I really enjoy this CD and recommend it highly.
Published 1 month ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars grew up with seals and croft
I remember diamond girl and the other songs growing up this album reminds me of this era when I was younger natural not phoney and I can still to this day appreciate it even more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Wonderful selection of songs. Glad I purchased this for a friend. There was one particular song he was looking for and it sounded great on this CD
Published 2 months ago by Conchetta Coucinatta
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