Various Artists: Smooth Sounds (2002)
Offering Muzak classics like George Benson’s "Breezin’" and Swing Out Sister’s "Am I The Same Girl," this one-of-a-kind collection goes a bit far afield with David Benoit’s over-percussed version of Vince Guiraldi’s sacred "Linus & Lucy," a de-vocalized "Let’s Stay Together" and Pat Metheny’s guitar-less "Chris," but snaps back with Chuck Mangione’s timeless mood-lifter "Feels So Good" and other TV themes including Dave Grusin’s "St. Elsewhere" and the short synthesized bass pops of "Seinfeld" (by Jonathon Wolf, for you trivia buffs!). In addition to S.O.S., the album also offers lyrcial offerings from Oleta Adams, a tune by the Crusaders which is perhaps more appropraite for R&T’s funk collections, plus Grammy-worthy spins from Vanessa Williams and the equally, though differently beautiful Bobby McFerrin. As Dave Koz might say (or blow) on Smooth Sounds, "You Make Me Smile!"
Track Listing: 1. Breezin' - George Benson 2. Am I the Same Girl - Swing Out Sister 3. Linus and Lucy - David Benoit 4. Dreamwalk - Peter White 5. Save the Best for Last - Vanessa Williams 6. Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione 7. 101 Eastbound - Fourplay 8. Valentine - Jim Brickman 9. You Make Me Smile - Dave Koz 10. Chris - Pat Metheny Group 11. Street Life - The Crusaders 12. Theme from Seinfeld - Jonathan Wolff 13. Mister Magic - Grover Washington, Jr. 14. Simple Pleasure - Bobby McFerrin 15. Let's Stay Together - Carl Anderson 16. Get Here - Oleta Adams 17. Theme from St. Elsewhere - Dave Grusin 18. Shaker Song - Spyro Gyra
Record Label: RazorTV