Kenny Loggins - vocals, guitar, keyboards; Jim Messina - vocals, guitar; Larry Sims - bass; Al Garth - horns, violin; Jon Clarke - horns, flute; Merle Bregante - drums
Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina were enjoying the success of several straight hit albums at the time this recording was made at the Berkley Community Center in 1974. The band was promoting its double live On Stage album, which had been recorded over a one year period in San Francisco, New York City and Boston. At the time this show was recorded, Loggins and Messina were among the biggest pop duos of the '70s, with a string of gold and platinum albums.
Messina had been a member of both Buffalo Springfield (with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furray) and Poco before becoming a record producer. Loggins had been a staff writer at Liberty Records in Los Angeles, and when he Messina met up, the highly successful partnership began.
The duo's first album, initially a Loggins solo effort but later dubbed a Loggins and Messina project, scored two acoustic ballad hits with "Danny's Song" and "House At Pooh Corner." By the time the second album came out, the two had become a bonafide duo and, shortly thereafter, enjoyed their first Top 10 hit, "Your Mama Don't Dance." A number of other hits followed over the next two and a half years - including "Angry Eyes," "Thinking Of You" and "Nobody But You."
All those hits are represented here, in addition to several other songs from the first and second albums. The group continued to have hits for another two years, but the constant cycle of writing, recording and touring eventually took its toll, and the duo quietly stopped working together in late 1976. The following year, both embarked on solo albums and tours, though Loggins would end up having the more successful independent career.
The two remained friends but worked independently for nearly 30 years, until 2005, when they reunited for a successful reunion tour.