You’ve heard them in malls. You’ve heard them in elevators. You’ve heard them while waiting for everything from concert tickets to plumbing supplies. Now, thanks to Razor & Tie Direct and the ubiquitous UMG, you can hear the smooth sounds of Smooth Sounds in the comfort of your own home and car!
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
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.