Jonathan Livingston Seagull (album)

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1973
GenreFilm soundtrack
ProducerTom Catalano
Neil Diamond chronology
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
His 12 Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(mixed)[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 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, Diamond's debut for that label after his contract with MCA Records' Uni subsidiary had expired, and 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.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLine notesLength
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.TitleLine notesLength
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 lesson2:18
5."Dear Father"Rebuked again by the elders, Jonathan attempts to rally the flock.1:14
6."Be"Recapitulation and farewell to Fletcher3:26



  • 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


  • 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, Dennis St. John, 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


  1. ^ Rolling Stone review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Grammy nominations and wins". Grammy. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Golden Diamond" (PDF). Billboard. March 6, 1976. p. 58. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Fong-Torres, Ben (September 23, 1976). "The Importance of Being Neil Diamond". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 19, 2019..
  6. ^ Anthonissen, Juul (May 1, 1976). "From the Music Capitols of the World - Brussels" (PDF). Billboard. p. 69. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
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  9. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Neil Diamond; 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  10. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1978". IFPI Hong Kong.
  11. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Neil Diamond – Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 7 March 2019. Enter Jonathan Livingston Seagull in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Neil Diamond – Jonathan Livingston Seagull". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Jonathan Livingston Seagull in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Diamond, Neil – Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Soundtrack)". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.