On Stage

On Stage

by Loggins & Messina


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Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina's combined talents reached a kind of apotheosis in concert, all based on the same relationship they'd had in the studio -- Loggins' songwriting and singing, supported by Messina's performing and his long experience with Poco, came to a head on the tour leading up to this concert album, recorded at two East Coast venues in March of 1973 and at Winterland in San Francisco the following month. After a gorgeous yet subdued introduction by Loggins as a solo performer on a handful of numbers, Messina and the band take the stage and loft the proceedings into a bracing mix of folk- and country-rock. And they break those boundaries, soaring into psychedelic territory on the 21-minute "Vahevala," which took up all of side three on the original LP. One would think that everything after that would be anti-climactic, but all involved are just as sharp on the fourth side of more modestly proportioned gems. As praiseworthy as the duo's playing and singing is, one must also credit the rhythm section of Larry Simms (bass) and Merle Brigante (drums), and Al Garth (violin, horns) and Jon Clarke (flute, horns) for their performances. This is a live album that hits on all cylinders, and its only flaw, if there is one, is actually a byproduct of one of its virtues: On Stage was recorded so early in their history that it only really represents the songs off the duo's first two albums (Full Sail wouldn't be out until six months after these shows). Otherwise, it could easily have copped the "best-of" designation in substance, if not actual name.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646548820
catalogNumber: 65488
Rank: 54782

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loggins & Messina   Primary Artist
Kenny Loggins   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Messina   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Merle Brigante   Drums
Jon Clarke   Flute,Horn
Garth   Violin,Horn
Milt Holland   Percussion
Larry Sims   Bass

Technical Credits

Kenny Loggins   Composer
Jim Messina   Composer,Producer
Richard White   Graphic Design
John Fiore   Engineer
Garth   Composer
Dan Loggins   Composer
Quaglieri   Reissue Producer
Ron Jaramillo   Artwork
Ron Coro   Artwork
Ellen Wolff   Liner Notes

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On Stage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD/Album is a collection of the finest live versions of Jimmy and Kennys best. From House at Pooh Corner to Vahevala, the range is awesome. I would rate this album as the best Classic live album of all time. Ya'll need to re-unite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must-have item, if only for the definitive version of ''Angry Eyes'' -- I wore out my vinyl copy.