Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts

The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).

Summer Breeze, by Seals & Crofts

  • Fourth studio album by Seals & Crofts, released in 1972.
  • Seals & Crofts remains today one of my favorite artists of all time. See my post from June 18, 2017 for more information on this 70s mellow rock duo.
  • The Summer Breeze album was their most successful studio album. It was certified 2x platinum, and it reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The 2 singles from the album were the title track (peaking at #6 on the Hot 100) and Hummingbird (which reached #20 on the chart).
  • The album features everything that is great about Seals & Crofts. Of course, what’s most incredible are the harmonies. Jim Seals handles the low notes, Dash Crofts hits the high ones, and together they are magical. The songs on the album have a wide array of soft rock music – ranging from songs based on Baha’i Scriptures to folk pieces to funky songs to country songs.
  • The song Summer Breeze was easily their biggest hit. It has been covered by over 30 artists, and in 2013 it was put at #13 by Rolling Stone of their list of the best summer songs of all time.
  • While everyone still can sing along with Summer Breeze, Hummingbird is what got me hooked on Seals & Crofts. I was 12 years old, and a neighbor friend had the record and played it for me. Hummingbird is the first song on the record, and I was immediately hooked. You must listen to the vocals here! I put their harmony up against Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash anyday. And…how often do you see someone playing the mandolin anyway. And…it’s fun to see a clip of something from the old Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Enjoy!

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