Vinyl Dynamite #24: One on One Soundtrack

Seals & Crofts started out as quality musicians and songwriters. "Summer Breeze" is one of my favorite songs of all time - the feeling it evokes is overwhelming for me. No song brings back memories so vividly.  The duo rode the wave of the Singer-Songwriter explosion at the beginning of the seventies, exemplified by James Taylor. By the end of the decade, Seals & Crofts had become, well, sort of a joke. They began on par with James Taylor and ended up more like Christopher Cross. What happened?

Fans of Freaks and Geeks may remember that Seals & Crofts were the favorite band of the prudish Milly. Indeed, their lame reputation was well earned. Their music had lost its edge, and their Unborn Child album angered many pro-choice listeners.

Then there's this album. I found it at Peaches in New Orleans, and had to grab it. It's an amazingly bland album, but almost impossible to find. Plus there's this photo on the back cover - I couldn't pass it up. (click to enlarge)

I won't comment on the movie itself. It's your typical 70s teen movie - kid gets bullied, kid overcomes adversity, blah, blah, blah. Of course, we ate this sort of thing up back then, so I can't knock it. I should, however, mention that the music was composed by none other than Paul Williams - hands down, the most omnipresent musician of the 70s.

Fleetwood Mac, Elton John and The Bee-Gees may have had the most success in that decade, but Paul Williams was the most omnipresent.  His name seemed to be on the credits for every soundtrack. He was on variety shows, Cannonball Run, The Phantom of Paradise, Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, CHiPs,....he was EVERYWHERE.

And now he's here on Retrospace. The album skips a little at times, but overall the recording isn't too bad. It's probably worth a listen if you're into this kind of music. Download the album here or just listen to a sample below. Enjoy!

Track Listing

  1. the love theme from one on one

  2. this day belongs to me

  3. janet's theme

  4. john wayne

  5. picnic

  6. flyin'

  7. reflections

  8. love conquers all

  9. it'll be all right

  10. hustle

  11. time out

  12. the party

  13. the basketball game

  14. this day belongs to me (reprise)


  1. I LOVE One on one, especially as it features one of my favorite character actors of the 1970s as the evil coach: G. D. Spradlin. (He specialized in southern and/or midwestern heavies) I'll never forget his tells at poor Robby Benson chock full of old school vernacular "You ain't nothing but a showboating hot dog! You gotta stick with the team". There is some good jazz rock fusion influence on this particular score too which at times reminds me more of bands like Chicago than Seals and Crofts.

  2. Seals & Croft style of music is what I like to call "California Mellow". 70's bands like Bread, America, & Lobo also fall into that category, too, IMHO.

  3. I love Seals and Croft, but that Paul Williams was always such a scary looking little guy to me!

  4. Summer Breeze is one of the most nostalgic songs for me too. Few other songs evoke the 1970s for me like that one.

    Paul Williams' greatest role had to be in Smokey and the Bandit. But his number of songwriting credits is pretty amazing also.


  5. I have the same reaction to that song (Summer Breeze).

  6. Hey Gil, did you get those crochet pictures I sent? I'd forgotten about them.

  7. Been looking for these songs for ages and thanks so much for sharin!

  8. I've always enjoyed this album and I enjoyed your write up. I did want to mention that the actual music for this record was written by Charles Fox, a really great film and television composer. Probably the most prolific TV theme writer of the 70s (The Love Boat, Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, The Bugaloos, Love American Style, Wonder Woman, Wide World of Sports).

    1. huh,interesting to know he and Williams worked on the Love Boat theme together to, always neat to see that happen. And it is indeed too bad that Paul usually gets the main credit for a lot of the songs he wrote lyrics to, he was always just more of a crazy weirdo armed with tacky 70s wit and a curling iron that the other name never really registered as well