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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance (1979)


This was the band's breakthrough album. The title track actually stayed in the Top 40 for 8 weeks, peaking at #24 - the rare smooth jazz crossover hit. This wasn't the first Spyro Gyra album I purchased; in fact, I dubbed a cassette copy of a friend's LP. In was, however, the first Spyro Gyra I heard because of the radio airplay. You would recognize music from this album not only from the radio, but also as background music from The Weather Channel and, for a short time in the '80s, as prize cue music from The Price Is Right. I will complain about the liner notes because they are non-existent. The only information given is a track listing, leaving you to guess at the musicians and production team.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #27
Peak on Billboard's Jazz LPs chart: #2
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #33    
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #32

Tracks: 9 tracks clocking in at just over 41 minutes. I've listened to these songs so often that I can look past the rusty '70s synth experiments and enjoy the music and performances. Stronger tracks are Morning Dance, Jubilee, Even the disco goodness of Starburst is a welcome listen. The weakest track is End Of Romanticism, their attempt at real Miles Davisesque fusion. In the '70s and '80s you could always count on at least one track like that on every album. I always skip 'em (except this time, of course).

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: In 1979, my primary means of transportation was a blue 10-speed bicycle. I had been given an AM radio which attached to the handlebars. It provided me company as I wove in and out of traffic without a helmet. I must have heard Morning Dance on that radio, because every time I hear that song I think of riding down Marguerite St. on that bike.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Good To Go-Go (2007)
Original Cinema (2003)
20/20 (1997)
Stories Without Words (1987)
Breakout (1986)
Access All Areas (1984)
Incognito (1982)

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