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, November 9, 2011

David Sanborn - Backstreet (1983)

Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by a CD.

In the early to mid '80s, I was a big Sanborn fan. I'll still pick up his stuff if I see it, but I'm not as compulsive about the latest releases as I once was. In any case, because I listened to him often in high school, I always think that particular period of his career, when he teamed up with Marcus Miller, was his best. Whether that's actually true or not is another discussion entirely. Anyway, this release fits into that era. If you edit out 2 of the weaker tracks, this is a great late-night album.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #81
Peak on Billboard's Jazz LPs chart: #1
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #21
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #76

Tracks: I like 6 of the 8 tracks. The only ones I'll usually skip are Believer and Blue Beach. Highlights are I Told U So, A Tear For Crystal, and a cover of the Gladys Knight hit, Neither One Of Us.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This cassette got a lot of playing time in the Markmobile. But only if I was alone. When my peers rode with me, I had to put on my cooler-than-you New Wave hipster front.

With other members of the high school jazz band, I saw Sanborn in support of this album in October 1983 at the Kool Jazz Festival in Jones Hall, Houston. In total, ten of us attended. I think we just all piled into Dr. Johnston's station wagon and flew down the Southwest Freeway on our way to downtown Houston. Check out the price on the ticket stub below: $12.50! That wouldn't even cover Ticketmaster's "convenience charge" these days.

Previously revisited for the blog:
The Best of (1994)
A Change of Heart (1987)
Voyeur (1981)

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