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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Various Artists - GRP and The Oasis 106.1 FM present Oasismusic 1 (1990)

I picked this up out of the $1 clearance bin recently simply because I listened to 106.1 FM when I lived in the Dallas area in the late '80s. Looks like I already had many of these tracks on other CDs, so I'm betting the rest are of a similar ilk. Let's see.

I could find no evidence of the release of a Oasismusic2 sequel.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart


Pleasant "new-to-me" cuts were Through The Test Of Time by Patti Austin, Hope by Kevin Eubanks, and The Chief by Gary Burton which was written by Pat Metheny and features him on a fine solo.

Oldies but goodies: Minute By Minute by Larry Carlton and Alexandra from Spyro Gyra.

The rest work well in this sampler context; nothing I want to skip.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I've mentioned KOAI "The Oasis" a few times already on this blog, but it was the first commercial New Age/smooth jazz station I'd ever heard. Sadly, it was only on the air from 1987-92 (I left Dallas in summer 1990).  Currently, 106.1 in Dallas is the Top 40 station that produces the nationally syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show (which my wife loves) and a Phoenix soft rock station uses the KOAI call letters as well as "The Oasis" moniker.

I still get a kick from early GRP releases that include the info "Digital Master" because I remember how special that was back then. Now I've probably got more digital mastering capabilities on my smartphone.

1 comment:

  1. There used to be an Oasis smooth jazz station here in the Sonoran desert though I believe it was in the late Nineties. We have two local stations 97.5 and 104.1 that have undergone probably more than a dozen collective format/callsign changes over the past three decades.

    My only memory of the station is one day I went to the dentist and it was playing and then the next day I had doctor's appointment and they were also playing the station. There was a distinctive soothing female voice with wind chimes doing the station ID: "The Oasissss"