Love Songs
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2008
This is quite a stunning collection because it goes beyond the boundaries of the typical love song and gives you some insightful and perceptive perspectives on love and romance. The hits are here - "We're In This Love Together", "After All", and "So Good" - but this collection digs deeper and offers for some of his most interesting and original love songs, including wonderful tracks from his early CDs and some songs from CDs that listeners might have missed. A collection of love songs where not a single track comes off as sappy or overly sentimental is a rarity. These songs are beautifully written and approach love from a wide range of perspectives. "Wait For The Magic" is about waiting for the real thing and not settling for less, "Let it Rain" covers the trials and truths of maintaing a long term relationship, in concert, "Your Song" has always been his show-stopping show of love for his audiences, a lot of fans missed the intensely emotional "Heaven And Earth" because it didn't get the promotional push it deserved, so here it is as fresh as the day it was originally released, "My Foolish Heart" could make a die hard anti-romantic want to sneak a glimpse at the hearts and flowers and "Bright and Sunny Babe" is one of the most original, fun, and funky love songs ever written.

The press release comes on with the usual "turn the lights down and put this CD on" gambit but this is not your standard seduction soundtrack. These songs are wise, poignant, and perceptive, with melodies that get under your skin and well...Al is singing them! Long time Jarreauniacs will enjoy having these songs all in one place and new or casual fans will get a chance to catch up on some of the earlier gems and low-profile CD tracks that they may have missed.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2008
Few singers convey the joy of romantic love the way Al Jarreau does. His distinctive voice is imbued with happiness and hopefulness. When he wraps his vocal cords around a love song, he fills it with all the optimism of a new infatuation and the contentment of long lasting love.

For this collection, released just in time for Valentine's Day, Jarreau personally picked his favorite Love Songs from his 30-year discography. There's not a clunker in the lot. "We're in This Love Together," one of his signature tunes, is an obvious opening choice that sets the stage for an hour's worth of sweet romance, elastic vocal note bending and oh-so-cool scatting.

The only performer to win Grammy awards in pop, jazz and R&B, Jarreau's versatility is on display here. Chestnuts from his hitmaking heyday in the `80s like "After All," "So Good" and "Teach Me Tonight" may sound dated with their electronic keyboards and Sanborn sax, but they contrast nicely with the Brazilian acoustics of "My Foolish Heart" from 2004's Accentuate the Positive and the Fender Rhodes with string section on Elton John's "Your Song" from back in '76.

A virtual "Greatest Hits of Love," this CD is the perfect Valentine's soundtrack, a sensual accompaniment d'amour for those special moments when the irresistible scent of romance is in the air.

Originally published in Port Folio Weekly, 2/19/08
copyright © 2008 Jim Newsom/Port Folio Weekly. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Please... this is fantastic. This is the best collection of Al Jarreau songs, and I have them all, so I know. This was just a wonderful trip down memory lane for me, all these great songs on one CD.
Buy it... you won't be disappointed!!!!!!
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on December 31, 2013
I have listened to Al Jarreau for as long as I can remember and I have never been disappointed! This is a smooth grooving cd. Just listening to "So Good", "After All", and really the whole cd transports you to another place and time. This cd will not disappoint you! It's a must have for Al Jarreau fans, old and new.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2008
Always his special touch on every song he sings. He can do not wrong. If you are a true blue Al Jarreau fan, you will love this CD. And get his "Christmas" CD for a new sound of Christmas!
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Considering that almost the whole Al Jarreau catalog of albums is currently unavailable (most of them were originally issued under the Warner Bros. label, and Rhino is now part of the Time/Warner group) the geniuses of Rhino/WEA should have considered to issue a 4-CD Box collection instead! C'mon...!!!!
This "Love Songs" collection, in addition with some re-recorded tunes, is really a very cheap one! Even one star is too much for it!
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on September 16, 2014
Item arrived as described, within a few days after placing the order. Thank you!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
My all time favorite vocalist. I own every album and most CDs. If you are a Jarreau follower, buy it! He never disappoints the true jazz listener/collecter.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2008
I believe that if this album is indeed a "Love Songs" album, then it should include the theme from "Moonlighting", cause that is a love song in my mind.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2008
This is a compilation of all the love songs from different Al Jarreau albums. its OK but not fantastic.
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