Jonathan Livingston Seagull (album)

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Soundtrack album by Neil Diamond
Released 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Film Soundtrack
Length 43:29
Label Columbia
Producer Tom Catalano
Neil Diamond chronology
Hot August Night
(1972)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
(1973)
Serenade
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone (mixed)[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the Grammy Award winning soundtrack album to the 1973 American film Jonathan Livingston Seagull, recorded by singer-songwriter Neil Diamond and produced by Tom Catalano. The album was released on Columbia Records. The album grossed more than the film itself. It was Diamond's ninth studio album, and his first album after his successful 1972 live album Hot August Night. It won the 1974 Grammy as Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Line notes Length
1. "Prologue"   And here begins our story – the sky, the sea, the flock. 3:19
2. "Be"   Introduction of Jonathan – his flight and fall. 6:28
3. "Flight Of The Gull"   Jonathan is carried to the heights of ambition, and to near catastrophe. 2:23
4. "Dear Father"   Battered, and near death, Jonathan asks for reasons. 5:12
5. "Skybird"   Returning home to show what he has learned, his acrobatics only serve to anger the flock elders. He is put on trial, and forever…outcast. 1:12
6. "Lonely Looking Sky"   Alone and adrift. 3:12
Side two
No. Title Line notes Length
1. "The Odyssey (Be – Lonely Looking Sky – Dear Father)"   And so begins a journey, an odyssey, a test of the spirit. 9:28
2. "Anthem"   "Transcend, purify, glorious." 3:03
3. "Be"   Jonathan returns to teach the flock. 1:06
4. "Skybird"   The lesson 2:18
5. "Dear Father"   Rebuked again by the elders, Jonathan attempts to rally the flock. 1:14
6. "Be"   Recapitulation and farewell to Fletcher 3:26

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by Tom Catalano
  • Engineered by Armin Steiner
  • Executive Art Director: Ron Coro
  • Art Direction and Design: David Larkham, Michael Ross
  • Album Design and Photography: Ed Caraeff
  • Inside Cover Portrait Photo by Tom Burke

Orchestra[edit]

  • Arranged and Conducted by Lee Holdridge
  • Musicians: Paulo Alencar, Phil Azelton, Israel Baker, Marilyn H. Baker, Paul Beaver, Myer Bello, Arnold Belnick, Richard Bennett, Dixie Blackstone, Hal Blaine, Harry Bluestone, Samuel Boghossian, Hoyt Bohannon, Owen Wilson Brady, Larry E. Carlton, Donald Christlieb, Gene Cipriano, Gary L. Coleman, Chase Craig, William Criss, Rollice Dale, Isabelle Dashkoff, Vincent N. DeRosa, Assa Drori, Robert Dubow, David A. Duke, Jesse Ehrlich, John Ellis, Gene P. Estes, Victor S. Feldman, Henry Ferber, Ronald P. Folsom, Norman Forrest, James Getzoff, Caesar Giovannini, Philip Goldberg, Harris Goldman, Emory L. Gordy, Jr., Ralph E. Grierson, Allan Harshman, William Henderson, Thomas R. Hensley, Arthur Hoberman, Claire Hodgkins, Luella Howard, Selene Hurford, Harry Hyams, Jules Jacob, John T. Johnson, Yukiko Kanei, George Kast, Pearl Kaufman, Richard S. Kaufman, Raymond J. Kelley, Jerome A. Kessler, Louis Kievman, Lou Klass, Robert Konrad, Jacob Krachmalnick, Raphael Kramer, Bernard Kundell, William Kurasch, Carl LaMagna, Michael Lang, Diana Lee, Gayle Levant, Marvin Limonick, Abe Luboff, Arthur Maebe, Leonard Malarsky, Jack Marsh, Lew McCreary, Ida Sue McCune, Peter A. Mercurio, Joseph Mondragon, Milton E. Nadel, Wilbert Nuttycombe, Michael S. Omartian, Joe Osborn, Robert Ostrowsky, William B. Peterson, Hugo Raimondi, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich, David B. Roberts, Nathan Ross, Johnny Rotella, Sheldon Sanov, Ralph Schaeffer, Gordon Schoneberg, David Schwartz, Sidney Sharp, Stan Sheldone, Thomas N. Shepard, Ray Siegel, Henry Sigismonti, Louis Singer, Arthur C. Smith, Clark E. Spangler, Julian Spear, Sally Stevens, Robert K. Stone, Anthony Terran, Joseph DiTullio, John DeVoogdt, Jackie Ward, Andra Willis, Tibor Zelig
  • Bob Mitchell's Singing Boys
  • Bob Mitchell (Director), Mark Anchor Albert, Kirk F. Alley, Timothy John Butala, Christopher J. Cartwright, Michael DeWayne Clark, Dale A. Cohen, John Robert Coniglio, Sean Patrick English, Clement Shuji Hanami, Jeffrey M. Kennedy, Matthew James Leum, Michael Richard Leum, Bruce Douglas MacLeod, Martin Shunji Nomura, Brian Tatsuo Okamoto, Bradford S. Ralston, Jaime Rodriguez, Timothy J. Schmidt, Erik Stanton Simmons, Tracy L. Thielen, Eric M. Williams, Sherman A. Williams III, Paul Watson Wims, Jr., Ronald Trimby Young
  • Burbank Staff
  • Will Abar - stage man
  • Jim Atherton - stage man
  • Donn Fallenbuchel - electrician
  • Andy MacDonald - recorder
  • Bill Gernand - recorder
  • Bill Lambert - maintenance
  • Tom Beckert - maintenance
  • Richard Hayden - projectionist
  • Jim Winfree - record recording administrator
  • Doc Siegel - mixer

References[edit]

Preceded by
Goats Head Soup by The Rolling Stones
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
January 28 - February 24, 1974
Succeeded by
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John