Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Steve Miller - Born 2 B Blue (1988)

This CD is a departure for Steve Miller. First, there's no Steve Miller Band, second, there's no original material, third, there's no rock and roll. It's an over-produced CD of jazz standards that's more smooth jazz than anything else. It has the sound of a Michael Franks release. I thought it would be bluesier, but what's here is good for what it is. Makes for relaxing background music, but it doesn't stand up to repeated active listening. I guess the big disappointment is that Miller doesn't really show off his guitar skills at any point on this release.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #108 (Oct 22, 1988)

Tracks: Believe it or not, Miller makes Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah work in this context. Filthy McNasty is, well, let's call it an interesting experiment. There's a nice take on When Sunny Gets Blue with nice sax work from Phil Woods.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I remember reading about this release in '88 in a Rolling Stone review. However, I didn't purchase it until I saw it in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart in the mid-90's.

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