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.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Yellowjackets - Shades (1986)
Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.
Back in April, I listened to Steve Winwood's Back In The High Life CD, and the memories came flooding back from 1986. I listed this Yellowjackets CD in that post and immediately located purchased a used copy of the CD. I thought I'd remember a few tunes. Turns out that I must have listened to the crap out of this thing during the summer of '86 because I was singing/humming along with every darn track and vocalizing every darn solo. My second favorite Yellowjackets disc to Mirage à Trois, this one is slightly different: Mirage's melodies were synth-driven whereas Shades is led by alto sax, often doubled by bass. Glad I picked this one up (again) - what took me so long?!?
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #195
Peak on Billboard's Jazz LPs chart: #4
Tracks: The high energy lead track, And You Know That, is worth the price of admission (it also won a Grammy award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance). Revelation runs a close second. Also good are One Family and Oasis. The final two tracks were new to me as they didn't appear on the vinyl release; both are good. Why they would cut the Donald Fagen-penned title track of the album for the vinyl release is beyond me. And it's a good track to boot. Go figure. In any case, I don't skip any tracks.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Same as Back In The High Life.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Like A River (1993)
Mirage à Trois (1983)