FINALLY REUNITED WITH THIS EXQUISITE ALBUM
I bought this album in '72, about a year after first hearing/seeing Seals and Crofts on the Smothers Brothers show. Seals and Crofts were pretty much unknown artists from the Bay area back then. This album predates ALL of their hits that would come later: Summer Breeze, Get Closer, Diamond Girl, etc. In some ways, I believe this is their best work.
I'll tell you this much: as a 15 year old, wannabe musical artist in the '70s, I was DEEPLY moved by this album. It not only inspired me to keep playing, but fed my growing spiritual hunger and helped me to be unafraid, in an era of turmoil and skepticism, to say "I am a person of faith."
Personal Faves: "Irish linen," "Paper Airplanes," and "Sudan Village," (especially now, at this point in my life, when I occasionally go to Sudan to teach classes in a little village).
THANK YOU, iTunes, for bringing back this genuine treasure.
Seals & Crofts' best!
Their initial album release - Summer Breeze - solidified them among some of the most "adventurous" of the soft rock genre and made them an AM/FM mainstay. Actually, they're difficult to "pigeon hole" because their music has many influences, especially an interesting touch of the east, predicated by the influence of their Bahai faith.
This album cuts deeper to their core, highlighting those influences. Each song stands on its own and there isn't a "booger" in the bunch. On tour, they always met with fans after the concert to proselytize their faith and share musical insights. One interesting thing I learned was that they actually thought Leningrad was in Ireland, thus the opening line in "Irish Linen".
The most interesting element of their work is their use of middle eastern scales in their harmonies and instrumental work. They use it consistently in their simple, yet haunting harmonies, which generally feature only their two voices, but produce an evocative effect and rapture that is hard to describe. Play this album in its entirety and you'll never forget it!
- Bill McNichols Gilbert AZ
Year Of Sunday
By Daniel McCoy
Fantastic album, The Year of Sunday helped me become a Bahai .When they said, 'Bahaullah" in those harmonizing voices. I was toast.
The others song like Cause you love, Hurt Me!
High on a Mountain ,Ouch! Great l.p.
Daniel McCoy St Louis
I Wore Out My Old Vinyl of This One
Nothing but great memories of this album playing late into the night. Four grandkids later, I recall how Paper Airplanes gave me a game plan with my own kids. Each and every song communicates a message. Listen to it in its entirety.