The Best of Friends

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The Best of Friends
Compilation album by Loggins and Messina
Released Nov 1976
Genre Rock
Length 38:16
Label Columbia
Loggins and Messina chronology
The Best of Friends
The Best: Sittin' In Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Best of Friends is a compilation album (9th release) by singer/songwriter duo Loggins and Messina, released in late 1976.

It consists of 10 of their most popular and best loved songs in what is essentially a "greatest hits" LP.

The CD release featured the same tracks as the original 1976 LP; "Angry Eyes" is still the edited version and no additional tracks were added to fill the CD to the 80 minute limit.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Angry Eyes" (Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina) – 2:23
  2. "Be Free" (Messina) – 6:57
  3. "Vahevala" (Daniel Loggins, Dann Lottermoser) – 4:45
  4. "Peace of Mind" (Messina) – 4:04
  5. "My Music" (Loggins, Messina) – 3:03
Side Two
  1. "Thinking of You" (Messina) – 2:18
  2. "House at Pooh Corner" (Loggins) – 4:20
  3. "Watching the River Run" (Loggins, Messina) – 3:25
  4. "Danny's Song" (Loggins) – 4:14
  5. "Your Mama Don't Dance" (Loggins, Messina) – 2:47


  • Kenny Loggins - vocals, background vocals, rhythm & acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Jim Messina - vocals, background vocals, bass, guitar, mandolin, dobro
  • Merle Brigante - drums, vocals
  • Jon Clarke - flute, horn, oboe, recorder, baritone, soprano & tenor saxophone
  • Victor Feldman - percussion
  • Al Garth - fiddle, violin, horn, recorder, alto & tenor saxophone
  • Milt Holland - percussion
  • Michael Omartian - organ, piano, keyboards, clavinet
  • Larry Sims - bass


  • Producer: Jim Messina
  • Engineers: Alex Kazanegras, John Fiore
  • Photography: Annie Leibovitz
  • Design: Ken Anderson
  • Liner Notes: Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina

Special thanks to Jann and Jane Wenner


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 61