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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Spyro Gyra - Rites of Summer (1988)


This is the 28th appearance of Spyro Gyra on this blog and I can't think of anything to add to what I've already written about the group and their music. I like it and that's that (as if having 28 CDs by one group didn't already hint at that fact).

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #104
Peak on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart: #1 (4 consecutive weeks, September 3 - 30, 1988)

Tracks: No surprises here but more of the same is just what I'm looking for from this group. My preferred tracks on this on are Claire's Dream, Daddy's Got A New Girl Now, Shanghai Gumbo, and Yosemite. The album weakens near the end, so I usually stop after 7 tracks.

Billboard, June 25, 1988, p. 76

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I don't complete trust my memory on this one, but I think I had this album on cassette and it was stolen from my car one night, along with Thomas Dolby's Aliens Ate My Buick. Now there's an interesting coupling.

Since this was released in the summer of '88, faithful readers are probably expecting a Lost Summer of Mark story here, but there isn't one to be had. Sorry.

Previously revisited for the blog:
A Foreign Affair (2011)
Down The Wire (2009) Point Of View (1989)
Good To Go-Go (2007) Stories Without Words (1987)
Wrapped In A Dream (2006) Breakout (1986)
Original Cinema (2003) Alternating Currents (1985)
In Modern Times (2001) Access All Areas (1984)
Got The Magic (1999)City Kids (1983)
Road Scholars (1998)Incognito (1982)
20/20 (1997)Freetime (1981)
Love & Other Obsessions (1995)  Carnaval (1980)
Dreams Beyond Control (1993)Catching The Sun (1980)
Fast Forward (1990)Morning Dance (1979)
Three Wishes (1992)Spyro Gyra (1978)

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