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, September 19, 2011

Lee Ritenour - On The Line (1983)


Ritenour may be the most technically adept guitarist on the planet which often makes him fun to listen to. Here, however, the songwriting turns into a so-so blend of smooth jazz and LA studio rock with the occasional synth drum and bass. That's too bad because Rit puts on a show at times. Another mistake was recording this CD direct-to-disk. The lack of overdubbing and studio editing leaves us with a few uninspired and out of tune solos, mainly from saxophonist Ernie Watts, who I would normally consider one of the better session musicians of the era. Let's just say on this release, Rit's songwriting skills didn't measure up to his playing skills.

Earlier released on the Elektra Musician label with this cover:


Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: Of the 8 here, the only ones worth ripping to the computer are Starbright and Dolphin Dreams, which is a rehash from Ritenour's 1977 album, Captain Fingers. The Rit Variations, Heavenly Bodies, and Pedestrian are to be avoided.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: none

Previously revisited for the blog:
Rio (1979)

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