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, November 30, 2016

Brenda Russell - Get Here (1988)

Note: this release was originally purchased as a CD which was either sold, stolen, traded or lost, then replaced by another CD.

Singer/songwriter Russell's most successful album and the only one I've ever heard because I'm either hard-headed, lazy, or (most likely) both. Some of the production has harshly dated a few of the tracks (e.g., Just A Believer, Make My Day) which makes them sound like generic late '80s R&B if you like that sort of thing. But make no mistake: the highlights of this album are the ballads. So much so that you don't even mind the 36 minute running time.

Billboard, February 13, 1988, p. 68

Bonus points for not including the album title on the cover - way to stick it to the man, Brenda. 

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #49
Peak on the US Billboard R&B Albums chart: #20

Tracks: Top tracks are Gravity, Piano In The Dark, Le Restaurant (featuring David Sanborn), and the gorgeously simple title track, strategically placed as the album closer.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This is a Lost Summer of Mark album, which means it must have been one of the first 25 CDs I ever purchased. But my main memory comes from discovering Brenda through her video for Piano In The Dark, a song I'd short-list for one the best R&B songs of the '80s.

 U.S. charts:
 Hot 1006
 Adult Contemporary3

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