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, March 25, 2015

Yellowjackets - Greenhouse (1991)


After several strong smooth jazz albums, this album marked the beginning of their the group's transition to more "serious" traditional straight-ahead jazz.  The critics and hardcore fans loved the new direction.  We smooth jazz aficionados did not (and be "we" I mean me).  Oh well, despite the addition or strings and a focus on more acoustic instruments, there are a few good tunes here because while the approach was changing, the group still consisted of writers who knew the value of a good melody.  The musicians work hard and I'd go see them in concert if they were appearing nearby.  Not a bad album by any means, but I'll continue to favor the group's '80s output.

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

Tracks:  My picks for this album include Freedomland, Seven Stars, Liam/Rain Dance, and the Methenyish Invisible People.  Skip the rambling, self-indulgent title track.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Collection (1995)
Like A River (1993)
Politics (1988) 
Mirage à Trois (1983)


3 comments:

  1. Though I admit being a fan of the Yellowjackets since their first album, I did bail on them before this one came out. So this will be my first time listening to it. Wish me luck.

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    1. Maybe its the time of day or my lack of shirt, sittin' out back watching the sun go down, but none of the songs have grabbed me at all. Only four songs in and sticking with it.

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    2. While none of the songs immediately grabbed me, several did have me humming along so ol' HERC starred this album for future listening.

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