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.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Al Jarreau - L is for Lover (1986)

Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

This album marked the beginning of the end for Al Jarreau in my book. I can understand an artist wanting to go in new directions, but sometimes their fans just want more of the same ol' stuff. The good tracks are very good, but the bad tracks are just forgettable. Bringing in Nile Rodgers to produce is never a bad idea, but he made a poor choice by getting rid of the Jerry Hey-arranged backing horn section that made Jarreau's previous albums a treat. The music seems aimed at a pop audience, not Jarreau's R&B/jazz fans. Still, he's got a fantastic voice that finds several songs that spotlight it on this release.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #81 (Oct 25, 1986)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #30

Tracks: the first 4-5 tracks are stellar, but then the album seems to fall apart. Particularly bad is (We Got) Telepathy.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I remember listening to side one of this album in the Lee St house in Commerce, Spring 86.

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