- Audio CD (December 14, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- ASIN: B000044TYH
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The comparison with (the very best of) Stevie Wonder is also appropriate: these are beautifully wrought, durable melodies that in some cases (the unforgettable "Your Love,") eclipse even Stevie in terms of richness and complexity. I love the variety of styles on the record as well. By turns spacey, funky, rocked out, almost all of the songs on "Melodies" are melodic to the max, regardless of the style. The only drawback is the instrumentation, which 30 years later sounds quite dated. Still, the almost overwhelming strength of the songs more than compensates. I've owned many hundreds of LPs and CDs in my life and since this record was released in '77, it's ALWAYS been in my personal Top 10. Best cuts: "Don't You Know," "Peaceful Sundown," "Just for Fun" and "Your Love."
Know" are tunes that will pop into your head 30 years after the fact and get you as excited as the first time you heard them-in fact they recall Stevie Wonder's enraptured use of synthesizers
and unconventional chord structures.But keep in mind much of this material is very catchy and pop oriented;not exactly jazz of any kind so there's no improvisation here.But on EVERY cut (
I haven't mentioned three fabolous funk numbers) Hammer is an
ace composer and even of the electric violin freak out of
"Hyperspace" this albums truely lives up to it's title.
Incidentally, some of those other CBS releases for a "Winning Season..." included Stan Getz THE PEACOCKS, George Duke REACH FOR IT, Bob James HEADS, The Quintet V.S.O.P., Freddie Hubbard BUNDLE OF JOY, and ten more, including MELODIES. I collected them all, then set about the business of finding the gold among the vinyl.
I loved the melodies on MELODIES, but was it jazz? Or was it just sophisticated pop music, or for the times, just funky pop 'n soul? Side one of the LP got in my head and has never left. But who were these musicians backing Jan Hammer, who was famous for his TV theme at the time?
Questions like these have fallen by the wayside as the years have passed. The melodies on MELODIES remain little pieces of art, crafted for the microphone by Jan and his gang of unknowns. And slowly, enough critics and others have come to rate this LP/CD more highly than back in 1977 when it would come in around 2.5 on a 5.0 scale.
While a new version on CD sounds like remastering treatment has been given to two or three of the songs, the entire LP/CD is worth acquiring. You too can then enjoy this fascinating music while trying to decide how to categorize it! But.........enjoy!
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The CD well worth to listen to jan Hammer writing musics that also Feature Fernando Saunders soulful voice. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Peppino
Back in the late 70's I worked in a record store where a fellow employee recommended this album to me. I bought the 8-track tape and listened to it on the way home. Read morePublished on January 23, 2010 by Robert A. Jensen