Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Seals & Crofts|
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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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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.
ONE OF THEIR BETTER CD's
charlie bear | 09/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
Unborn Child followed the immensely popular Diamond Girl project which sported 2 big hits: The title song and "We May Never Pass This Way Again".
As an album though Diamond Girl was a bit inconsistent, and this follow-up is actually the better one. However it tanked and failed miserably on the charts and the reason is purely political.
The 1973 Roe vrs Wade decision legalizing abortion had just been handed down months earlier. It was not only hot topic/hot debate, but the landmark ruling caught millions by shock and surprise. In the wake, Seals & Crofts were brave. Courageous enough to voice their view in opposing it. The title cut is all about giving that unborn child a chance at life. It's not full of hate, nor is it condemning. Rather it simply allows the duo to express their viewpoint. Isn't that what free speech is all about?
None-the-less the radical early day PC elite were chagrined. Rolling Stone and the way-too-cool establishment of counter culture types were totally condemning. How DARE Seals and Crofts offer their perspective on the issue? (Never mind that scores of other artists constantly promote their own liberal agenda!)
It's a shame that so many people caved in to the critics and stayed away from this album. It's loaded with top drawer S&C songs (even if you can't handle the one song) Windflowers, Desert People, The Story of Her Love, King of Nothing (ESPECIALLY King of Nothing) and Ledges are some of the finest compositions in their canon.
The Unborn Child Would Be 33 Now!!! We've waited about 20 Ye
D. R. Saxton | Bemus Pt. N.Y. USA | 09/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was 1974 and Seals and Crofts was at their commercial peak! "Diamond Girl" was their 1973 masterpiece and "Summer Breeze",(1972) was the LP that really jump-started their career. Things were really going their way! Or were they?
I bought this album in late January of 1974 and thought at the time that "Unborn Child" was somewhat of an odd title for an album. The cover was sort of eerie with those sad, forlorn eyes looking out of a sillouette of blue skies and a odd-shaped rainbow. I had loved "Diamond Girl" so much, I couldn't wait to get this one on the record player! All I can say is that I loved this album. Even on the first listen-through, I liked it better than "Diamond Girl" and much better than "Summer Breeze".
Now, being 18 years old at that time, I gave little thought to the message of the title song. I actually was a pro-choice person, but that didn't sour me one bit on the title track. It's a beautiful and powerful song and it really makes you think. The instrumentation is fantastic and the song bleeds with emotion. How can anyone hate this song? Unfortunately, it was a pretty big log in the road for Seals and Crofts because the title hit stalled in the 60's on Billboard and they had to quickly release the excellent tune, "King of Nothing" that spring. "King of Nothing" did better but it wasn't the hit that "We May Never Pass This Way Again" from the previous Fall.
Now, the album. "Unborn Child" was by far my favorite Seals and Crofts album. YES! The CD does contain the title track, "Unborn Child" (THANK-GOD!!) I have the CD and it sounds great!! I think the quality is better on this CD than it was on "I'll Play For You" (1975) Their follow-up record to "Unborn Child". It starts with the haunting, "Windflowers", a very unusual piece with spoken word and orchestration. It does go into some classic Seals and Crofts harmonies with that trademark mandolin strumming throughout. "Desert People" is another interesting tune that has some strange lyrics but the music is great and the upbeat, but laid-back feel of the song puts you in a pleasant mood.
"Unborn Child" follows and the it goes to "The Story of Her Love", another pleasing but distant sounding piece with some nice mood-setting instrumental fills near the end of the song. "Dance to the Light of the Moon" is a jazzy, off-beat, rocker all mixed into one song. The rhythm changes several times and check out the boys getting down with the heavy guitar that ends the song.
Before I forget, the album features one half of the Musicians that will make up the group "TOTO" in 1978! Louie Shelton plays guitar and produces them as he did on "Diamond Girl". The second side leads with a cute little one minute piece called "Rachel". Once again, very unique vocals. "King of Nothing", the CD's only true radio hit is next. "29 Years From Texas" is one of my favorites that really portrays the story of them growing up. (I think) "Ledges" is a fantastic song with a laid back sax in the background. It should have been a hit!
Finally, there's "Follow Me" and the only song that I didn't care for as much, "Big Mac".
If you like Seals and Crofts, especially during their TOP 40 years, you will love this album. It is well produced and it features great studio musicians. It's a crime that the political issue of pro-life, verses pro-choice marred the greatness of the album. Regardless of your beliefs, just enjoy the music, it's worth it."
Unborn Child title track makes the CD worth buying
John Gilmer | Texas | 09/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was a high school sophomore in 1974. At that time, I had not thought much about abortion and I hadn't yet chosen sides. I don't remember even being aware of Roe v Wade. Nevertheless, I found the song Unborn Child very compelling. The music and arrangement are soulful. The chorus (Mama stop! Turn around ...) is dramatic and builds into a short but sorrowful guitar solo. The music really matches the subject matter of the lyrics IMO. I think the song is art ... good art.
This song made me temporarily pro-life. I changed my mind when I was older, but I don't hold the pro-lifers in low esteem, and I think that's partly because of this song.
I'm not crazy about most of the other tracks on the CD, but Unborn Child alone makes it worth the price for me. I've thought of this song many times since the last time I heard it probably 30+ years ago. I was so disappointed that I couldn't buy it on iTunes. I could never quite remember the melody or the guitar intro, and that was really aggravating because I did remember that I really liked it. I'm so glad they finally released it on CD and so annoyed they didn't do it earlier.