- This shootout winning White Hot Stamper side two will show you just how good this album can sound
- Side two has space and energy like no other, with plenty of weight down low (an L&M trademark)
- Side one is richly Tubey Magical, with the kind of breathy vocals that are critical to the better copies
- The last of the good Loggins and Messina albums and well worth a listen
The reading here of A Lover’s Question is one of my favorite tracks on any L&M album. The music on side two might be somewhat better than side one, so start your listening on that side to get the most from this collection of favorite early rock and roll tracks.
This copy is so big, clean, clear and rich it makes the mix work like magic. Here everything is laid out perfectly. No other copy could do what this copy was doing, which is basically showing you just how good the master tape must be.
Rich vocals, an extended top end, with good clarity and presence, this side was getting the heart of the music right.
Oh, Lonesome Me
My Baby Left Me
Wake Up, Little Susie
I’m Movin’ On
Hello Mary Lou
Hey, Good Lookin’
A Lover’s Question
You Never Can Tell
I Like It Like That
Honky Tonk Part II
1972 – Sittin’ In
1972 – Loggins & Messina
1973 – Full Sail
1974 – On Stage [live]
1974 – Mother Lode
1975 – So Fine
1976 – Native Sons
1977 – Finale
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina were the most successful pop/rock duo of the first half of the ’70s. Loggins was a staff songwriter who had recently enjoyed success with a group of songs recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band when he came to the attention of Messina, a record producer and former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Messina agreed to produce Loggins’ first album, but somewhere along the way it became a duo effort that was released in 1972 under the title Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In. The album was a gold-seller that stayed in the charts more than two years.
In the next four years, Loggins & Messina released a series of gold or platinum albums, most of which hit the Top Ten. They were all played in a buoyant country-rock style with an accomplished band. Loggins & Messina (1972) featured the retro-rock hit “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” Full Sail (1973), On Stage (a double live album, 1974), and Mother Lode (1974) all hit the Top Ten. So Fine was an album of ’50s cover songs. The pair’s last new studio album, Native Sons, came out at the start of 1976.