Album of the Day
Jim Seals and Dash Crofts were among the most popular duos of the 1970s, with eight Top 40 singles during the decade. That the pair were a bit more ambitious than the average soft-rockers is clear from their sole live album, SUDAN VILLAGE, which doesn't include any of those hits. Instead, the 1976 collection features deep album cuts like the beautiful “Advance Guards” and new material, including successful single “Baby I'll Give It To You.” The latter track is basically a studio recording, and while there's some post-concert sweetening in other places as well, banter with the audience and the crowd-pleasing fiddle hoedown that closes the set convey the feel of a Seals & Crofts show quite effectively. Essential for fans, SUDAN VILLAGE is also a rewarding listen for anyone interested in exploring the duo's work beyond a greatest hits album.