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.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Take 6 - So Much 2 Say (1990)

NUMBERS WEEK (MARCH 14-20, 2011)

Take 6 is a fantastic a cappella gospel vocal sextet. They later abandoned their a cappella roots and recorded with instruments. Fortunately, this CD is a cappella save for the final track. The tight vocal harmonies are extraordinary (and all this was before the dreaded auto-tune was invented). I highly recommended listening to this CD with high quality noise reduction headphones. This album was the group's second and following its release, one of the original members left and the group started using more and more instruments in their recordings. So, IMHO, the group's first two CD's are their best. This doesn't quite measure up the debut, but a solid effort nonetheless. Would love to see these guys live.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #72 (Nov 10, 1990)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #22

Tracks: The best tracks are I L-O-V-E U, Come Unto Me, and I Believe, but all are worth a listen. Come Unto Me is absolutely gorgeous and probably the best cut on the CD. Sunday's On The Way paints the hilarious picture of Satan having an ultimately doomed party in hell to celebrate the crucifixion. The final track, Where Do The Children Play?, is a depressing way to end the CD, unfortunately.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In fall 1990, I listened to this album often in my dark gray Nissan truck as I travelled down Nichols Ave from Meadow Chase apartments to my new job in BCISD.

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