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, June 19, 2013

Spyro Gyra - Down The Wire (2009)


Fortunately, the music is much better than the album cover art.  I've often written that my favorite Spyro Gyra music comes from albums released in the late '70s and early '80s. The allmusic review sums up this music nicely: "there is no fluff on this 65-minute CD, which finds the Spyro Gyra of 2009 acting a lot like the freewheeling Spyro Gyra of the '70s and early '80s."  That's all I need to hear.  The more energetic, upbeat sound and solid writing that the band brought back on Good To Go-Go is also a welcome presence on this disc. It also sounds like Tom Schuman dug up some old analog synths to use and I like that.  Sure, some of this sounds like instrumental pop music you might hear on The Weather Channel or at the supermarket, but I enjoy it so that's all that matters to me.

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

Tracks:  Top cuts are the title track, Unspoken, and What It Is. La Zona Rosa has its moments as well. There's a straight-ahead neo-bop tune, The Tippin' Point, which is fine on its own, but disrupts the flow of the album.  Skip the final track, a funk tune with needless vocals titled Make it Mine.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Good To Go-Go (2007) Stories Without Words (1987)
Wrapped In A Dream (2006) Breakout (1986)
Original Cinema (2003) Access All Areas (1984)
In Modern Times (2001) City Kids (1983)
Got The Magic (1999) Incognito (1982)
Road Scholars (1998) Freetime (1981)
20/20 (1997) Carnaval (1980)
Love & Other Obsessions (1995) Catching The Sun (1980)
Dreams Beyond Control (1993)Morning Dance (1979)
Fast Forward (1990)Spyro Gyra (1978)
Point Of View (1989)

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