Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Summer-Seals and Crofts

Today in Music History:

In 1959, Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women, (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Patters records from their playlists.
Seals and CroftsJim Seals and Dash Crofts were one of the 1970s' most successful soft-rock acts, yet finding any of their stuff on CD would be tremendously hard to do since the powers to be have deemed that only three of their albums are worthy for CD. One of them being a greatest hits album issued way back in the 70's. What a shame and what the hell is up with that? Today's song is like the epitome of summer. When one listens to this song you can almost feel the summer breeze blowing through your hair. Summer Breeze was released in 1972 and still holds the test of time. Maybe it was the controversy of their 1974 album Unborn Child, in which the tile song is an anti-abortion song written from the fetus' point-of-view, that caused disfavor with the record company. It was a total critical and commercial flop. Warner dropped them shortly after their 1980 LP The Longest Road, but by this time, both Seals and Crofts were more interested in devoting themselves fully to the Baha'i religion they had converted to back in 1969. The two have reunited occasionally at Baha'i gatherings, and for a short 1991-1992 tour; Crofts has lived in several different countries, while Seals moved to a Costa Rican coffee farm in 1980. Whatever man, release the whole catalog. One of my favorite albums was Get Closer, and you're only gonna find that suckker on vinyl or 8 track in some thrift store somewhere. Damn you Warner. I for one would like to see their catalog reissued, flops and all.

Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts

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