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.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Earl Klugh - Soda Fountain Shuffle (1985)


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

Earl Klugh plays acoustic guitar, mostly on smooth jazz recordings although he has ventured into straight-ahead jazz and pop music as well. For this release, which he wrote and produced, Klugh put together a top-notch group of session players for his backing band. Over the years, this has proven to be one his more popular releases. I hadn't given it much thought since college, but found a used copy within the past few years. I must have listened to this album quite a bit back then because I easily remembered all the tunes.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #110
Peak on Billboard's Jazz LPs chart: #3
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #23   
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #105

Tracks: Just Pretend, Moonlight Dancing, and Some Other Time are all good cuts. The drum machine and synth sounds of '85 have really dated songs like Baby Cakes and Rainbow Man.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Reminds me of Room 156 in Berry Hall and the mall in Greenville (named Crossroads Mall, maybe?), which is probably where I purchased the album originally.

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