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Takin It Easy
Seals & Crofts
Takin It Easy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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One of the most request catalogs for CD reissue we have ever had is the Seals & Crofts catalog. This duo consisting of Jim Seals & Dash Crofts had numerous charting albums in the 1970's. We are now proud to present pretty ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Seals & Crofts
Title: Takin It Easy
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Wounded Bird Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 9/18/2007
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 664140316324, 603497978724

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One of the most request catalogs for CD reissue we have ever had is the Seals & Crofts catalog. This duo consisting of Jim Seals & Dash Crofts had numerous charting albums in the 1970's. We are now proud to present pretty much their entire catalog of albums, beginning with their first eponymous album from 1969, all the way through their last charting album, "Takin' It Easy" from 1978.

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CD Reviews

Past their commercial prime, but still a high quality album
Dave | United States | 09/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In a sense, Seals & Crofts' 1978 album "Takin' It Easy" is the proper follow-up to 1976's "Get Closer". However, in between those two, the 1976 'live' album "Sudan Village" was released, as was the 1977 "One on One" soundtrack which Seals & Crofts were significantly involved in.

By the time "Takin' It Easy" was finally released, it seems that the record buying public had lost a lot of interest in the duo. Compared to the several gold-selling albums that preceeded it, "Takin' It Easy" was a commercial disappointment, peaking at (coincidentally enough) number 78 on the Billboard album charts.

One gets the sense that even during the recording of "Takin' It Easy", there was concern of how Seals & Crofts would be received in the midst of the changing musical climate, and there are some clear attemps at 'keeping up with the times'. The most notorious example is the disco-fied Top 20 hit "You're The Love", which Dash Crofts himself claims that he "Hated it!"; that's a somewhat understandable, albeit harsh and unfair critique, because it's not really THAT much of a disco tune, and beyond that, the song is upbeat, insanely catchy, and downright FUN. They also take a half-hearted stab at a New Wave-ish rocker with the album-opening title track--it's a passable tune, and it was a minor hit in its own right, but the guys don't sound like their hearts are really in it, and the result feels forced. Note that neither of these two songs were at all written by the duo ("You're The Love" was written by David Batteau and their producer Louie Shelton).

Apart from the two aforementioned singles though, Seals & Crofts basically stick with the tasteful soft-rock approach of their '76 masterpiece album "Get Closer", and they offer up a bunch of great songs in the process. The Dash Crofts vocal spotlight "One More Time" is a sublime ballad with a somewhat hard-to-define appeal--it seems a tad schlocky on the surface, sort of like it's waiting to be resurrected for American Idol (again, it wasn't at all written by the duo), but Dash totally puts it over with his fantastic vocals, which, in typical fashion, are commanding yet mellifluous at the same time, plus to be fair, the melody is really gorgeous, and the harmonious intro will have you instantly thinking, "Whoa, who put on The Beach Boys?" (it's not them, but those ethereal harmonies sure sound like prime Beach Boys, definitely a compliment). Likewise, the epic, philisophical ballad "Sunrise" has a load of atmosphere with its swirling electric piano and synthesizer textures, and it features an excellent saxophone solo from Jim Seals. The bouncy "Breakin' In A Brand New Love" is an absolutely brilliant pop-rock song, the kind of thing that's a joy to rediscover and gets you thinking, "Geez, why wasn't this a huge hit?" "Forever Like The Rose" is another one of their great, heartstring-tugging ballads along the lines of "Don't Fail".

Of the remaining tracks, "Midnight Blue" is quite good, with its moody, minor-keyed, country-blues feel, but it's somewhat annoying due to the overwrought, melodramatic story-song lyrics. "Nobody Gets Over Lovin' You" has a somewhat curious blend of tormented lyrics with an upbeat-sounding tune, and Jim hits a great vocal climax on the song's fade. "Magnolia Moon" is a pleasant low-key ballad, if rather forgettable. Likewise, the 5+ minute album-closer "A Tribute To Abdu'l-Baha'", though again loaded with atmosphere, and obviously very much from Jim & Dash's hearts, just fails to stick in the memory even after repeated listens.

On the whole, I wouldn't quite rank "Takin' It Easy" at masterpiece level, but any fan who seeks this album out definitely ought to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Thanks to Wounded Bird Records for finally getting it out on CD."
An Overlooked Gem
A. Bentivegna | 09/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is dominated by the disco (or disco-like) hit You're the Love, which is not your typical S&C song. There is an extended club mix of this too, which would have been a nice bonus track. The high quality of the production gives this song merit but I just can't get over the jaw-dropping sweep of strings that takes over in the middle. It makes me cringe every time. The high marks for this album are based on the other tunes. The title track fairly rocks. Dash's solo ballad One More Time is top notch. Forever Like the Rose is a really excellent showcase for their voices, once again. I do take issue with the other reviewer's take on Magnolia Moon. This is a deeply moving Deep South reverie. I love the keyboard work and Jimmy's vocal phrasing. And the lyrics fascinate with just the right hint of abstract meaning. Someone is being idolized and we don't know why. I also love the minor key guitar intro to Tribute To Abdu'l Bah'a and the unabashed devotion in the melody. This is an album to savor and reveals more with each listen."
Finally - Takin' It Easy
Jerry G. | Leesburg, VA | 09/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've anticipated this release for years, much as an antsy child waits for Christmas morning. It took way too long to arrive on CD.
Favorite amongst all is Sunrise - which seems to have originated in and floated down from heaven. What a treasure this song is.
Other favorites include the title track, and the maligned You're The Love.
Who really care what style a song is in? Who cares who wrote it or not? If a song sounds good to the listener and becomes a part of their life, you've successfully created an important song!
As we send our children out into the world, do we not do so with the hopes that someone will find them, love them and cherish them?
Mission accomplished!"