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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

David Sanborn - Love Songs (1995)

This compilation may be one of the best make-out albums released since Al Green's Greatest Hits.  We get 11 instrumentals and one vocal track (featuring Linda Ronstadt) from albums released in the years 1976-1988.  Even though I have a number of Sanborn albums from that time span, there are only 5 tracks from those owned albums on this disc.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did Not Chart

Tracks:  I've already raved about All I Need Is You from the 1981 album Voyeur.  I love that tune (warning: you get a 3:38 edited version on this album compared to 5:47 on Voyeur).   Also good are Straight To The Heart, One In A Million, It's You, and Lisa.  My least favorite tune is Imogene.  I'm also not wild about the inclusion of The Water Is Wide with vocal by Linda Ronstadt.  It's a beautiful song based on a traditional British folk song; it just doesn't fit with the rest of the album.  And while it is a love song, the lyrics tell the tale of a love gone sour: "but love grows old and waxes cold and fades away like the morning dew."  Is that how you really want to end an album of love songs?

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Track 5, The Seduction, was the "Love Theme" from the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo.  It was a minor Top 40 hit in 1980 (it peaked at #28), but I was drawn to it and bought the 45 single.  Perhaps that was my first purchase in the smooth jazz genre. If I remember correctly, the flip side was an instrumental version of Blondie's Call Me, another track from the movie.  Man, I wished I had kept all my vinyl.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Timeagain (2003)
The Best of (1994)
Upfront (1992)
A Change of Heart (1987)
Backstreet (1983)
As We Speak (1982)
Voyeur (1981)

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