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.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dave Grusin - Collection (1989)


A "best of" collection that includes some smooth jazz as well as music written for various TV shows (St. Elsewhere) and movie soundtracks (Tootsie, On Golden Pond).  Selections on this compilation are a little dull at times, but what a supporting cast:


Grusin is more well-known for his soundtrack work and, understandably, some of his other work is heavily orchestrated and sounds like it could have been written for a soundtrack of some sort.  Grusin has been recording since 1962, but this album was compiled from his work on the GRP label, 1977-87. The music here is somewhat pleasing, but quite often a bit too cinematic.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #110

Tracks:  11 tracks, 59 minutes.  The better tracks include She Could Be Mine, Early A.M. Attitude, and Mountain Dance.  I usually skip Playera, Serengeti Walk, and Bossa Baroque.  Grusin's theme to St. Elsewhere is good, but to me, it's strange hearing it apart from the show's opening credits.


Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  None.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Harlequin (1985)
Out Of The Shadows (1982)

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