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Breakin' Away [Original recording reissued]

Al JarreauAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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As the title suggests, My Old Friend, Grammy-award winning singer and song stylist Al Jarreau pays a loving tribute to one of his longtime kindred spirits – the legendary keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke, who unexpectedly passed away last year. By gathering an impressive list of special guests that include bassists Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke; saxophonists Gerald ... Read more in Amazon's Al Jarreau Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Closer To Your Love
2. My Old Friend
3. We're In This Love Together
4. Easy
5. Our Love
6. Breakin' Away
7. Roof Garden
8. (Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo A La Turk
9. Teach Me Tonight

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does anyone wanna go waltzin' in the garden? July 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first borrowed the vinyl of Breakin' Away while in high school and never gave it back. This was my introduction to a man who would later make up a great portion of my music collection.
Al Jarreau's songs are timeless. He has a unique, rich sound and it's almost impossible to name only one favorite. Breaking Away has incredible tracks. "Roof Garden" has a funky groove with that famous break down and scatting. "Blue Rondo a la Turk" is a musical masterpiece refreshed in a style all his own. "Teach Me Tonight" is a laid-back, relaxing on a summer night kinda song that still gets massive air play.
Lyrics and delivery are what make us love Al Jarreaus music. ("and like berries on the vine, it gets sweeter all the time", he sings on "We're in This Love Together"). "My Old Friend" is simply beautiful.
I could go on and on here but won't. This is what makes a wonderful artist; when there is a story behind each song. Get this album if you don't have it already. It's "Easy" to see why Al Jarreau is one of the best loved performers in the world.
Peace. CLB.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking Away Will Take You Away August 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's a shame that anything that is pleasant is dismissed immediately as being shallow or inferior. But anyone who dismisses Al Jarreau is simply ignorant of great music. Al Jarreau is one of those rare vocalists who actually seems to be creating a song as he sings it. And this album has many fine creations, even when they are not written or co-written by him. The favorite 'We're In This Love Together' still shines even though it is and was an obvious single. The wonderful 'My Old Friend' and 'Breaking Away' can evoke images from a perfect fall day or the best summer day. And 'Blue Rondo A La Turk' is fantastic in it's lyrical and vocal gymnastics. But the song that is the absolute highlight to this album for me is "Our Love". This song entwines the lofty ideal of love with the uncommon poetry of lovers. The melody slowly builds until the listener is soaring with the song. In concert, this is one of the most powerful songs I have ever witnessed, and all the time Al was singing as if he were creating the song on the spot, the gift of some divine muse.
I first heard this album when I was 14 a few years after its release. Not a year goes by without me near wearing the tape out. Fortunately, the cd wears out a lot more slowly...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Vocalists September 1, 2004
By Melissa
Format:Audio CD
Many moons ago, I lived with the man I was destined to marry and a big hearted room mate, both whom were Marine Lts at the time. We would play this CD over and over again... it was our 'Morning Music' of choice.

I've sung all my life, professionally for much of it, currently perform, work as a Vocal Coach and remain inspired by the excellent work of Al Jarreau. His vocals demonstrate examples of what's possible.

Had the glorious opportunity to see/hear him perform last weekend and am happy to report, he continues to grow and amaze... he is at the top of his game.

This is positive music, in its truest sense. For those who realize the importance of filling your soul with good fuel, listen in!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Taste of Brother Al... March 10, 2005
By Honey
Format:Audio CD
It was my 2nd year of High School and as I was trying to do homework and my older brother threw on this album he'd just purchased. I thought wonderful, he's going to wreck my concentration now, hope he keeps the volume down! But of course, he didn't, couldn't! As I sat there, I suddenly realized I couldn't concentrate because of the music! I was hooked instantly! Found myself toe tapping, finger popping and just swaying with the melodies! My favorites on this classic masterpiece are: Teach Me Tonight and Roof Garden! There have been many wanna-be Al's over the years, but there is still only one!

My older brother introduced me to some great music in those days and this is one of those Classic Masterpieces!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! August 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I just heard WE'RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER on my headset at work.
It's still as good as it was the first time I heard it (on vinyl) in the early 80's...
I've seen Jarreau in concert and he's quite the entertainer.
The songs on this CD will make you smile...you can't help yourself...when you hear ROOF GARDEN, you'll be tapping your toes and grinning from ear to ear.
Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jarreau's best October 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This was the second album Al Jarreau did with the multi-talented Jay Graydon. Not only is Jarreau the star but many of the big name L.A. session players of the day take part: David Foster (who played on four of the Graydon-Jarreau album) the Pages (Richard Page and Steve George), Dean Parks, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Jerry Hey and the so called Seawind horn section, Bill Champlin, etc. Highlights include "We're in This Love Together", "My Old Friend", "Our Love" and "Roof Garden". This along with Bill Champlin's Runaway, Boz Scaggs' Middle Man and Airplay is one of the true west coast masterpieces of the day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moonlight Margarita April 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this for Jarreau's classic "WE'RE IN THIS LOVE TOGETHER" but discovered so much MORE. Every cut is just TERRIFIC! The venerable "TEACH ME TONIGHT" has never been arranged or performed so beautifully and "OUR LOVE" is a sensuous treat for the ears. Listening to this CD is like a moonlit evening on a Caribbean beach - warm, breezy, and unforgettable. Bring your margarita, settle back on the sand and enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars " This CD is so cold blooded that it could be a greatest hits CD of AJ
"Atta Boy Al! Play one for me and the old lady!" This CD is so cold blooded that it could be a greatest hits CD of AJ. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Duane L Lumpkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
Every Al Jarreau fan has to have this cd for their collection... love it from beginning to end..
Published 8 days ago by Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS EARLY ALBUM
LOVE THIS EARLY ALBUM. IT IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL JARREAU. I HAD THIS IN DISC A LONG TIME AGO AND DECIDED TO GET THE CD. Read more
Published 12 days ago by SANDRA COTNOIR
5.0 out of 5 stars The MASTER of vocal Jazz!!!
Though this is an older album from Al, it's still has all the fun and spirit that makes this man such a crowd pleaser and a huge draw in concert!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
2.0 out of 5 stars bad sound
The service from the company was great, The music on th DC was also great, But my only complaint is that the sound recording it's self was terriable.
Published 1 month ago by amos johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fave artist
Great cd. Al Jarreau is one of my favorites. The quality of the recording is great too. Buy this cd!
Published 1 month ago by Joey Jalandoni
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album.
I was glad to find that i could get a hard, CD copy of this album since i owned the vinyl but wanted to get the cd for a friend. I appreciate it. it's a good one! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakin
This is one of my favorite Al Jarreau albums of all time. Great afternoon relaxation by the pool or beach listening party.
Published 5 months ago by KMADC
5.0 out of 5 stars Play it again & again..
My all-time favorite Al Jarreau album .. find myself singing along .. love the jazz mix .. scat singing .. take it on the road & sing along .. ezmusak
Published 6 months ago by ec
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite cd's
You can't miss with Al. He takes you to another place. I have so many of his albums it's not even funny.
Published 8 months ago by Theresa Johnson-jones
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