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, March 16, 2011

Earl Klugh and Bob James - Two of a Kind (1982)

NUMBERS WEEK (MARCH 14-20, 2011)While neither artist was ever extremely popular, these two were at the height of their popularity at the time this album was recorded. Bob James is more of an easy listening keyboardist than a jazz musician (his most famous work is the theme from the TV show Taxi), while Klugh is a laid back acoustic guitarist. Not surprisngly, the best tracks are those that Klugh wrote and James just noodles around on the Fender Rhodes. This was actually the duo's second collaboration; they released One On One in 1979. That one isn't in my collection.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #44
Peak on Billboard's Jazz LPs chart: #1
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #23  
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #44

Tracks: The opening track, The Falcon, is not a good way to start off an album, but the duo bounces back quickly with Whiplash. Sandstorm, Where I Wander, and Wes are all good Klugh tunes.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None.

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