THE ORIGINAL: Seals & Crofts (1972)

It opens with 16 of the most recognizable seconds of music ever played by an acoustic guitar, toy piano, and some kind of wind instrument… the opening to a soft rock classic that instantly lowers your blood pressure. Jim Seals and Dash Crofts take you away faster than Calgon.

This song is like a lullaby with some of the best harmonies ever. It makes you want to go out and buy a bunch of jasmine and sit in front of an open window. You know what I mean. This song was on the radio every five minutes back then. 3:24 of perfect production and amazing arrangement. Sit back and take a listen right now.

THE COVER: The Isley Brothers (1974)

The slow, slinky, sexy opening lasts for slightly over a minute before the full-blown arrangement kicks in. This is piano heavy, with Ronald Isley puttin’ his thang down, totally owning this song.

They follow the Seals & Crofts lead, but the brothers turn this into a soul/rock scorcher that is perfect for making love to. The harmonies by Ronald, Rudolph, and O’Kelly Isley Jr. (you read that right) are smooth, but the guitar solo by Ernie… it is one of the best ever. You can tell Prince studied it. Ernie is one of the most underrated guitar players ever, which is a damned shame.

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WHO DOES IT BETTER?

As much as I just love Jim and Dash, I have to give this up to the brothers Isley. They absolutely steal this song from that duo. Listen to them back to back, and I guarantee you’ll like this one better. Oh, and definitely make love with it playing in the background. And do not forget to watch that performance on Soul Train. You’ll thank me later.

NOW YOU DECIDE!

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5 Comments

  1. I always prefered soft rock to R&B, and there’s waaay too much going on in the Isleys version. Like a triumph of production over substance.
    It’s great that they brought an incredible song to a wider audience, but Jim & Dash 💯for me.

  2. Doug Shingler on

    I’ve actually ALWAYS hated that seals & Croft version. I never knew the isleys covered. I was skeptical of it before I pressed play but I’m happy to tell you…That is such an improvement on the original. To me the cover is more of a summer jam! Thank you for bringing this one onto my radar Crystal!

  3. Respectfully disagree. The original wins out for me. I really dislike the intro to the Isley Brothers version (it’s too repetitive) and my favorite part of the song is the harmonies right after”not a care in the world” which are so strong in the Seals and Crofts and lacking in the other.

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