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.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Larry Carlton - Fingerprints (2000)

Carlton is an exceptional guitar player, no question.  However, his material here is so weak that we rarely get a chance to hear what he's capable of.  The music here seems to value groove above melody and chord structure.  Perhaps seeking help for the material, Carlton calls in some markers and has some great guests on this album, including Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, and Vince Gill. It's well-produced and sounds clean, but he's just playing it safe with this one.

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

Tracks:  The best two tracks are the last two, Gracias (a guitar duet with Vince Gill) and Crying Hands.  As for the rest, its so bland that it doesn't excite, but it doesn't offend either.  Full album here.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Picked this up from a used CD bin for background music at work.  It certainly fits the bill for that.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Collection (1990)
Larry & Lee (1995)

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