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Jarreau

April 8, 2008

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 1983 Warner Bros. Records
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  • Total Length: 43:49
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  • ASIN: B0016O6ZYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,838 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It's a must-have for any Al Jarreau fan out there!
"gretlcello"
This is one cd where every track is well worth another listen and easily one of the absolute best albums I have ever heard!
Christopher M.
Very strong song writing and great production values.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you only own one Al album, then this should probably be it. 'Breakin' Away' is undeniably superb too, but THIS album simply has no low points at all.
There cannot be a finer way to kick off an album than with 'Mornin' - play it in the car on the way to work every morning and your day will be that much better - it's just so uplifting. From there, 'Step by Step' and 'Save Me' are just typical brilliant Jarreau - the tempos vary but Al's voice just dances across the top of the melody and weaves vocal patterns that have to be heard to be believed.
This truly is the album where Jay Graydon's production (which is always described in reviews as 'sympathetic') really complements Al's voice to the full - there are no deep bass or drum sounds, just shallower percussion and light electric pianos to allow Al's voice to create the depth itself. 'Black and Blues' and 'Trouble in Paradise' are the sort of singalong catchy stuff that win Al so many R'n'B awards, but the outstanding moment for me is 'Not Like This' - barely more than 2 minutes long, the emotional depths Al reaches in this song are breathtaking.
Really, this album is special.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven Swain on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I went into the purchase of this album on the strength of the hit single "Mornin' " and had few, if any, expectations for the rest of it. Though I'm a huge contemporary jazz fan, Al Jarreau's early '80s output, especially pre- "Breaking Away" leaves me cold. Needless to say, when I discovered "Jarreau" is a soildly carfted slice of pop jazz heaven, I was astonished.

Detractors point to the other hit from this album, "Boogie Down," and call the whole album R&B fluff. I wholehartedly disagree, and even if I'm wrong, it's some awesome R&B fluff. Sublime songs like "I Will Be Here for You (Nitakungodea Milele)" and "Step by Step" are rarely attempted these days, and usually don't come out as well as they do here.

This album is hard to find, and isn't for everybody, but if you've read this far, you know you want it. Start your search and be rewarded with excellence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on May 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In these increasingly cynical times, it does a body good to return to a time when "feel good" music flooded the airwaves. No better perveyor of that principal was Al Jarreau. This 1983 release exudes FUN and is guaranteed to get the listener into a positive frame of mind from the first sunny "'Mornin'" to the last encouraging "Love is Waiting". Along the way Jarreau waxes poignant with "I Will Be Here for You (Nitakungodea Milele)" and "Save Me". Jarreau's co-writing of six of the album's nine songs demonstrates the singer's skills as both song stylist and lyricist. Backed by studio legends Jay Graydon, Jerry Hey and Toto's Jeff and Steve Porcaro, along with other exceptional musicians, the singer "takes wing" and ascends to wonderful heights of jazzy pop.

Jarreau proves that "lightness" can be quite "heavy" when the spirit needs uplifting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hudson G TANNIS on May 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Why is it taking so long to re-release this beautiful Gem..digitally remastered i will buy it in split seconds..Al Jerreau has so many albums that needs to be remastered and release again for public consumption..iam very frustrated...ITS FINALLY HERE AT LONG LAST BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE...GRAB IT OR FOREVER HOLD THY MOUSE.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "gretlcello" on November 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What can I say? I think the review title pretty much sums it up. I bought this album a little over a year ago, and so far I've no regrets. I love all the funky rhythms, the upbeat tunes, and the ability to take a slow love song and kick it up a notch. I still can't resist! I listen to it all the time. It's a must-have for any Al Jarreau fan out there!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Jarreau" is Al's follow-up to the blockbuster "Breakin'
Away" and true to it's detractors claims it isn't heavy on the
jazz but in funkified uptempo urban R&B like "Boogie Down"
and "Black And Blues" maintain ones interest.It is the leadoff
track "Mornin'" that more or less says it all for this album-a
sprightly collection of urban contemporary music fashioned by
a stylish and talented singer.Most AC artists today STILL don't
quite know how to compete with Al Jarreau because only HE can
do it all at once!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa Bolding on July 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This phrase starts a song that is simply beautiful. "I Will Be Here for You" is a wonderful gem speaking on unconditional love. Al Jarreau has a voice that can spark many emotions from listening. Not to mention incredible musicians who accompany him on his projects.
Jarreau is one of my favorite albums. The moods of these tracks range from the exuberance of "Morning" with its famous reference to touching the face of God, to the fun in "Boogie Down" and deep longing in "Not Like This", another powerful ballad.
The remaining songs on this album are as lively as the ones mentioned above. Of course we all have our favorites. Get this and find yours. :o)
Peace. CLB.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Curtis on October 16, 2009
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If you want to be up lifted, for the day, start the day playing this CD!! It will get your "BOOGIE DOWN". All of AL's very best--just for us!!!--WHAT A TREAT for the ears!! even on the way back, from work!! Enjoy!!! It's an eargazim!!!
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