ARTIST: Seals & Crofts
TITLE: Seals & Crofts’ Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #11
SINGLES: Top 40: Summer Breeze (#6), Hummingbird (#20), Diamond Girl (#6), We May Never Pass This Way (Again) (#21), I’ll Play for You (#18)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh no, unless your parents were soft-rock Baha’i hippies.
LINEUP: Jim Seals, Dash Crofts, and the best LA session dudes.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Long time writers and sidemen get together and create a string of 70’s hits that are ubiquitous and annoyingly hooky.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This compilation album (not in any order, really) summed up their first seven albums, and wisely focused on their hits and some of the more harmless tree-hugging hippie stuff while avoiding the controversial tracks and the songs about their faith.
The big hits are ones that everyone knows from their parents, or their dentist, or soundtracks, and they have a tendency to stick into your ears – that’s how well crafted and hooky they are. Their full length records, though, are slogs so this is definitely one to stick with.
It’s not comprehensive, though – a full comprehensive overview is not streaming. So this misses their last big big hit.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Get Closer” (#6) was released the year after this collection came out. It’s on a smaller Rhino comp. The best part of that song is the vocal by Carolny Willis, who used to be in Honey Cone.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: Downgraded for being incomplete and out of order, and somewhat for being full of ear worms.