Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

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by Seals & Crofts
     
 

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Summer Breeze offered an unusually ambitious array of music within a soft rock context -- most artists tried to avoid weighty subjects in such surroundings (except, of course, CSN or Simon & Garfunkel, who could pretty much get away with anything). The title track is one of those relentlessly appealing

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Summer Breeze offered an unusually ambitious array of music within a soft rock context -- most artists tried to avoid weighty subjects in such surroundings (except, of course, CSN or Simon & Garfunkel, who could pretty much get away with anything). The title track is one of those relentlessly appealing 1970s harmony-rock anthems, in the same mode as the Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music" and appropriately ubiquitous on the radio and in the memory; the guitar (electric and acoustic) and vocal hooks are all well-nigh irresistible. The rest varies in sound and focus. "Hummingbird" quotes from the Baha'i scriptures and has a segmented structure with a chantlike opening and a sharp change in tempo, which didn't stop it from becoming a hit, and for all of its beauty, the soaring Marty Paich-arranged orchestral accompaniment, highlighted by lofty strings and a gorgeous horn part, never eclipses the core sound of the duo's singing and their acoustic guitar/mandolin combination. "Funny Little Man" mixes understated harmonies and acoustic instruments into an extended break that could almost pass for a classical piece. "Say" asks a lot of serious philosophical questions amid its rapid beat and playful tone. "East of Ginger Trees" is a hauntingly beautiful excursion into more Baha'i scripture, with delectable harmonies, a gorgeous mandolin part, and one of the most exquisitely restrained uses of orchestra of its era. "Fiddle in the Sky" shifts the album into purer country territory, while "The Boy Down the Road" moves listeners into a country-folk vein with a spookily melodramatic tale. "The Euphrates" picks up the tempo, providing an upbeat take on the meaning of life that loses none of its inherent sense of wonder. "Advance Guards" has that same sense of wonder, conveying it in a slower, more luxuriant setting, and the record ends on a rougher-hewn note with the more beat-driven, electric guitar-heavy "Yellow Dirt." Summer Breeze was the most highly regarded of all of Seals & Crofts' albums, a fact reflected by its reissue as part of the all too short-lived Warner Archives series in 1995, which also accounts for its far better than average sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227991272
catalogNumber:
2629
Rank:
10429

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seals & Crofts   Primary Artist
John Hartford   Banjo
King Errisson   Conductor,Conga
Red Rhodes   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Louie Shelton   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Harvey Brooks   Bass
John Ford Coley   Piano,Vocals
Dash Crofts   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass
John Guerin   Drums
Del Higgins   Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion,Tabla,Tamboura
Jim Horn   Flute,Wind
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Michael Lang   Piano
Larry Lichtig   Piano
Robert Lichtig   Bass,Clarinet,Flute,Wind
Clarence McDonald   Piano
Michael Omartian   Piano
Don Shelton   Vocals
Jim Seals   Fiddle,Guitar,Violin,Saxophone,Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Louie Shelton   Producer
Val Garay   Engineer
David Hassinger   Engineer
Marty Paich   String Arrangements
Ed Thrasher   Artwork,Art Direction
Mark English   Illustrations

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Summer Breeze 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
A nice album from the 70's that will bring back many memories for those of us of a certain age. Two big hits with the title track and Hummingbird.
TamiRR More than 1 year ago
I remember hearing Seals and Crofts the first time as a warm-up act for Chicago in 1968. They were then and still are an very enjoyable duo to sit back and relax and listen to. As they progressed from songs such as "Tin Town" (not on this album) to their more well-known selections such as "Summer Breeze" and "Hummingbird", their songs became richer and deeper, but always retained a smooth, easy-listening quality. The subjects range from the personal (Summer Breeze, Fiddle in the Sky) to the spiritual (Hummingbird) to social commentary (Funny Little Man). Glad I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listened to Seals & Crofts in highschool & as a young adult. My favorite group. Love the sound & the words bring me back to my youth. Glad to find it on CD. For a remake, it seems to have a great sound, although I am no expert.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago