Seals & Crofts
' highest-charting album, Diamond Girl
went up to number four on the strength of its Top Ten title cut and the follow-up, "We May Never Pass This Way (Again)." A well-produced collection of songs ranging from the personal to the spiritual, this LP captured the twosome in their commercial and artistic prime. "Ruby Jean and Billie Lee" is an attractive autobiographical ballad written to the duo's wives. "Nine Houses" and "Intone My Servant" invoke the religious faith so important to them that they would stay after concert performances to share it with those who cared to listen. "Standin' on a Mountain Top" is a flashback from their early-'60s days with the Champs
, and "Dust on My Saddle" is a cowboy story also written by Seals
in the '60s. Louie Shelton
's production is impressive throughout, making Diamond Girl
an appealing collection of radio-friendly '70s soft rock.