1974 Loggins & Messina – Mother Lode

Mother Lode is the fourth studio album (fifth release overall) by singer/songwriter duo Loggins & Messina, released in late 1974. It was their final album with their original backing band, because multireedist and violinist Al Garth would soon leave the band, but multireedist Jon Clarke, bassist Larry Sims and drummer Merel Bregante remained, and saxophonist Don Roberts made his debut on this record. Future Toto keyboardist David Paich plays keyboards on this album while percussionist Milt Holland is augmented by Victor Feldman and the album was recorded on location at Jim Messina’s California ranch. The Jim Messina composition “Keep Me in Mind” was sung by bassist Sims, whom Messina praised for having a phenomenal voice in a 2009 interview with Loggins for KCTS-TV.


Growin’ (Kenny Loggins, Ronnie Wilkins) 2:39
2  Be Free (Jim Messina) 7:01
Changes (Jim Messina) 3:53
4  Brighter Days (Kenny Loggins, Dona Lyn George) 3:42
5  Time To Space (Kenny Loggins, Dona Lyn George) 5:48
6  Lately My Love (Jim Messina) 3:32
7  Move On (Jim Messina) 7:29
8  Geat A Hold (Kenny Loggins) 3:37
9  Keep Me In Mind (Jim Messina) 3:38
10  Fever Dream (Kenny Loggins, Maury Muehleisen) 3:03



BassLarry Sims
DrumsMerel Bregante
GuitarJim Messina
GuitarKenny Loggins
MandolinJim Messina
KeyboardsDavid Paich
SynthesizerDavid Wallace
HarmonicaKenny Loggins
ViolinAl Garth
FluteJon Clarke
HornsDon Roberts
SaxAl Garth
PercussionMilt Holland
PercussionVictor Feldman

Liner Notes

Producer – Jim Messina
Engineer – Alex Kazanegras, Corey Bailey
Mastered By (Runout Etch) – Allen Zentz
Recorded By – Jim Messina, Haji Sound
Technician (Technical Assistance) – Lou Shatzer

Art Direction, Design – Ron Coro
Artwork (Color Prints) – Ted Staidle And Associates
Photography By – Tyler Thornton

Manufactured By – Columbia Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Inc.