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Chris Isaak’s longstanding desire to musically salute his inspirations was fast-tracked when he read a 2000 interview with the great Sun Records producer Sam Phillips that appeared in the Oxford American. Near the end of the Q&A, Phillips was asked if any contemporary recording artists grabbed his attention. His response blew Chris away. “I don't keep up with the business ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Isaak Store

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  • Audio CD (October 8, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • Run Time: 38 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002N9X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pretty Girls Don't Cry
2. Back On Your Side
3. Only The Lonely
4. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)
5. I Wonder
6. Wrong To Love You
7. Waiting For My Lucky Day
8. Yellow Bird
9. Two Hearts
10. Return To Me
11. Dancin'
12. Sweet Leilani
13. Think Of Tomorrow

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 8-OCT-1996

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Chris Isaak's Baja Sessions was inspired by a surfing trip the singer took with his band to the Baja California section of Mexico. As the salt in their hair dried in the sun, the four musicians sat around with acoustic guitars and a small drum set, and played some tunes from Isaak's previous albums, some of his unrecorded originals, and some of his favorite old songs by the likes of Roy Orbison, Gene Autry, and Arthur Lyman. The quartet so enjoyed the laid-back, mostly acoustic, Spanish-tinged flavor of these vacation jams that when they got home to the Bay Area, they recreated them in the studio. Baja Sessions is like an Unplugged album, except the sun-drenched, south-of-the-border mood gives these remakes a far fresher twist than most such projects. --Geoffrey Himes

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Very smooth and cool.
Connie in Texas
It is a more light-hearted album which is good as it show some diversity ( even though he covers himself).
Robynn Lee Wagner
It certainly does bring warm summer breezes to mind! =)
Erin

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hodges on January 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Chris Isaak has one of the most beautiful voices in pop music. Here's a crooner who can really deliver, with a versatile instrument that can rise to powerful heights one minute, or sound as hushed as Chet Baker the next. He's also surrounded by just the right musicians and production values.
Highlights are "Yellow Bird" and a plaintive version of Orbison's "Only the Lonely," although I also like the more uptempo hit, "Dancin'" and oh all right -- pretty much everything else. Throughout, Isaak's voice is a joy, and if you are in the mood for his gentle tropics-influenced sound, you won't be disappointed.
The recorded sound is excellent -- with a slight reverb here and there -- and only adds to the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. This is an ideal CD for a relaxing summer day, with or without a margarita.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dave Stout on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have collected all of Chris Isaak's CD's. In my opinion, by far, Baja Sessions is the best. Every song is a winner. " Pretty Girls Don't Cry " is my favorite on this disk and it is better than the original. The fact that he does all these 'cover' tunes is great. Roy Orbison's " Only The Lonely ", Dean Martin's " Return To Me " are just a few. I cannot recommend this CD enough. There is not one clunker song on the list. Chris Isaak has taken the ' Rockabilly ' edge and shaved it off and turned it into a lovely, pleasing sound that is his own distinctive style. I love Rockabilly music but if you want a new, fresh style of singing, Chris Isaak is it and Baja Sessions is one of the best albums ( CD's ) I have ever bought.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Sullivan on May 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Forget Buffett. Mix yourself a big pitcher of margaritas and find yourself a hammock, back porch swing, lawn chair or whatever you have. Then, sit back and let the sounds of Baja Sessions carry you away to Southern California or any other paradise you're long overdue for. The Roy Orbison cover is worth the price of the CD alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Jack Elliot on July 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I once read in a review of a Creedence album that their music is "about as contrived as the weather." That's a good take on Isaac's Baja Sessions album. These songs are so honest, unpretensious, expressive, and well-performed that they seem to be something Isaak must have discovered, rather than written and recorded himself. As many other reviewers have observed here, he has one of the best voices in the history of popular music (personally, I think it's THE best). And I love the sense of place, the sense of location, the blend of southern Californian and Mexican cultures here. As with the blues and the Mississippi delta, or bluegrass with Kentucky and Apallachia, it's art that is expressive not just of the artist but of his culture as well, of the people around him rather than only of him, that is really worth something. The original material here is as good as the covers, which are done so well they seem as though Isaak might as well have written them, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob Damm on March 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In some senses, this may be the best Chris Isaak album. It's very easy to listen to all the way through, the low-key arrangements of torch-songs-- both classics and originals-- are the perfect fit for Isaak's bluer-than-blue delivery. His pharsing is so carefully wrought, the playing so sympathetic, it's hard not to love this album. Best listened to alone, in the dark. If you can listen to his reading of "Waiting for my lucky" without getting a lump in your throat, there is something wrong with your soul!
The recording quality reminds one of Orbison's early 60's work-- it has the "Living Stereo"-like quality--- a liquid, almost "splashy" midrange, what sounds like plenty of warm, room-reverb, vocals that sound like they are 2 feet in front of you, lots of spatial cues. This sonic motif adds to the album's overall coherence.
Wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
In his followup to his carreer masterpiece, "Forever Blue", Chris Isaak takes you with him,to the sand and surf...mostly surf, of Baja California. Re-doing some of his best work, particularly "Two Hearts" and "Back on Your Side", with a tropical twist, Isaak adds some pretty originals ("Think Of Tomorrow", "Waiting For My Lucky Day"), and some gorgeous remakes ("Yellow Bird", "Only The Lonely"). The coolest remake, most would agree, is The Roy Orbison one, but I have to say that Isaak's cover of "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)" is my favorite. So sit back, sip that margarita, and relax....let Chris and the Band take you to Baja....in style
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Baja Sessions is something of an unplugged album from Chris Isaak & Silvertone. It is an acoustic based album that includes reworkings of older songs, unreleased songs and covers, but they all have a Latin flavor to them. The album was inspired by jam sessions the band had on a surfing trip in Baja, Mexico and it has an appropriate loose feel. The reworked songs are all quite interesting. "Two Hearts" has a samba feel to it, "Dancin'" sounds down right lively compared to its downbeat original version and "Wrong To Love You" is slowed down to a shuffle. "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" is quite good as is the song that sums up the feel of the album "South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)". It was only a matter of time before he recorded a song by his prototype, Roy Orbison and his take on "Only The Lonely" is reverential and dead on. The album works on every level and shows why Mr. Isaak's continues to be an artist of high regard.
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