A "best of" compilation, covering the flugelhornist's years on the A&M label (1975-82). These were his most commercially successful years; I myself became a fan in '78 as I was just learning to play trumpet while Chuck was hitting #4 on the pop chart with "Feel So Good." Bonus points for using the longer cuts rather than the single edits.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: I dig 'em all and have for years. The Grammy voters seemed to like his stuff, too.
- Feels So Good (#4 pop, #1 AC) - from the Feels So Good album (1977). Mangione's signature tune, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, losing out to Billy Joel's Just the Way You Are.
- Hill Where The Lord Hides (original version #76 pop, #32 AC) - from the live album Tarentella (1981). Original version appears on Friends & Love...A Chuck Mangione Concert, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1971.
- Bellavia (#49 AC) - title track from the Bellavia album (1975). Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Composition.
- Fun And Games (#49 AC) - title track from the Fun And Games album (1980), which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, losing out to Birdland by The Manhattan Transfer.
- Children of Sanchez Theme (#44 AC) - title track from the soundtrack album for Children of Sanchez (1978). The tune won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
- Land Of Make Believe (#86 pop, #44 AC) - from the live album An Evening of Magic: Live at The Hollywood Bowl (1979) - my personal favorite album of Mangione. The tune was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
- Give It All You Got (#18 pop, #1 AC) - from the Fun And Games album (1980). ABC commissioned this tune to be used as the official theme of the 1980 Winter Olympics, held in Lake Placid, New York. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, losing out to composer John Williams and his score to the film The Empire Strikes Back.
- Chase The Clouds Away - title track from the Chase The Clouds Away album (1975). The tune was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Instrumental Composition and Best Pop Instrumental Performance, losing to Michel Legrand's Images and Van McCoy's The Hustle, respectively.
- Cannonball Run Theme - taken from the movie soundtrack of The Cannonball Run (1981). The track later appeared on his 1982 album 70 Miles Young.
- Doin' Everything With You - taken from the Main Squeeze album (1976).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None. Just purchased the disc for the (admittedly bland) Cannonball Run Theme. If I've seen that movie in its entirety, I don't remember it. Never seen the Children of Sanchez movie, either.
Land Of Make Believe has been a staple of marching band shows for almost 40 years. I've personally taught marching drill to that song twice myself.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Everything For Love (2000)
An Evening of Magic: Live at The Hollywood Bowl (1979)
Feels So Good (1977)
Land Of Make Believe (1973)