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, May 13, 2017

Perrí - Celebrate! (1986)

The debut album from a vocal group made up of four sisters that were still finding their niche. Jazz, gospel, R&B? Let's try a bit of everything then.

Billboard, January 25, 1986, p. 66
Cash Box, January 25, 1986, p. 14

Despite being described as a mentor, there's not much Metheny support on this offering although two of his compositions are among the 8 tracks. I also found an unconfirmed report of the group supporting Anita Baker while she was on tour for the epic Rapture album.

Overall, a slightly better than average attempt; the group just lacked focus and the producer was unable to bring that to the party. It's a fun trip back to '86 because the sound is unmistakably of the time (see track 5, You Take Me To Heaven).

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Peak on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart: #14
Peak on Cash Box's Top 40 Jazz Album chart: #8

Tracks: The better tracks are Maybe Tomorrow, He Never Sleeps, and the Metheny covers (Jaco Two and Airstream Two). The only true misstep is the original Alone; the rest is harmless, forgettable R&B in which the material doesn't live up to the sisters' talents.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None, but for the true CD geek, the jewel case for this CD is one of those original old cases with "Patent pending" on the lower right corner of the back of the case.

In the CDP Archives, Perrí is currently filed between Michael Penn and Pet Shop Boys.

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