Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this music junkie 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. Compact Discs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no files.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Various Artists - MCA Master Series Sampler '86 (1986)

Back before iTunes, back before streaming samples on Amazon, back before Napster, if you wanted to hear new music that wasn't normally played on the radio or MTV, record companies would issue samplers of new music to help you out and, of course, to increase sales. This particular sampler is for music in the smooth jazz and new age genres that were becoming increasingly popular at that time. If memory serves, it was about this time that a radio station that played this type of music debuted in the Dallas area: KOAI 'The Oasis' 106.1 FM.

Tracks: 10 tracks by 6 artists. Most is harmless new age doodling by artists I've never heard of before or since. I bought this for Larry Carlton's Smiles And Smiles To Go, so obviously I like that track. I also like A Month Of Seasons by John Jarvis. The country-new age fusion music by Jerry Douglas isn't for me. I can't figure out what Edgar Meyer is trying to do with his two tracks.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Even though this is a 1986 sampler, it reminds of student teaching in 1988. Those 4 months were exhausting and exciting. But I remember coming home from student teaching and listening to this CD because I thought I was stressed and needed to relax (I was 22 and had NO idea what stress was). Back then, of course, I couldn't listen to a CD in my '85 Olds Firenza so I had to listen at home on a huge component stereo system. I don't miss those bulky components a bit.

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