Jim Messina's Watching The River Run is more than a collection of greatest hits, though it's eleven selections have indeed accounted for millions of record sales. And it's no simple stroll through the past, though many of it's songs have become integral parts of people's lives.
As a member of such seminal rock legends as Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Loggins & Messina, Jim has had his hand - as writer, singer, guitarist, producer and engineer - in some of the definitive music of the Rock Era.
Assembling for the first time his classic songs from the various super-groups he helped foster, Jim brought together some of the most seasoned and celebrated touring musicians from the pop, country and rock worlds and recorded almost the entire album live in the studio, bringing it a welcome freshness and spontaneity, and in some cases even giving new faces to songs that are as close as old friends.
"These songs on this album are a chronology of all that's part of me - past, present and future," Jim explains. "I was looking for a title that would tie that together. Metaphorically, looking at my life as a river, and watching it run through all the valleys and mountains and stages that it goes through until it finally reaches the ocean, giving perfect picture of what I'm trying to say."