DI takes its role as edutainers seriously, and in that spirit weâ€™re spotlighting great albums and choice cuts from 1970-1999 to edify our readersâ€™ musical breadth of knowledge. Each week will focus on a single year and some of the sweetmeat it produced.
Seals and Crofts arrived a hellaciously good band just as the 60s crested into the stonier skipping malaise of 1970s. Working the fertile ground between Crosby, Stills & Nash and James Taylor, 1970â€™s sophomore album Down Home is radio friendly and back porch savvy, a pickinâ€™ party with a lilâ€™ electricity and a healthy dollop of sophistication. Thereâ€™s oodles of standouts – DI especially digs â€œHand-Me-Down Shoe,â€ â€œCotton Mouthâ€ and slamming, mandolin-driven opener â€œRidinâ€™ Thumbâ€ included here â€“ and those only familiar with S & Câ€™s big hits later in the decade will be surprised at their chops, jazz inflections and roots credibility on this album.
Weâ€™ve given y’all the full road trip on this cut with the studio version, a King Curtis cover from 1972â€™s Everybodyâ€™s Talkinâ€™, and a slamminâ€™ live version of â€œRidinâ€™ Thumbâ€ from the California Jam – dig the Nudie suit jacket and coke shades on Dash Crofts! And eat it String Cheese Incidentâ€™s Michael Kang: Dash blazed the distorted electric mando decades before you!