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The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure

Al Jarreau

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Vocalist Al Jarreau is one of the most successful singers in history. He has scored hits on Billboard's Jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Contemporary Jazz charts. He's won multiple Grammys and sold millions of records. Rhino has assembled 15 tracks that represent his long career with Warner Brothers and even cross-licensed a couple from Universal's GRP and Verve imprints. In addition to the 15 career-spanning cuts ranging roughly from 1975 to 1988 with a couple of tunes thrown in from the current decade, there is a new song entitled "Excellent Adventure," produced by the team of Amhir "?uestlove" Thompson and James Poyser, the same pair that produced Al Green's successful Lay It Down. Fiona Frawley assembled this compilation and did a stellar job, including not only all the chart hits, but those that truly represent Jarreau's range as a singer and composer. There is an edited version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" here from his successful 1977 album Look to the Rainbow LP, as well as "We Got By," from his self-titled debut album. There are three cuts from 1981's multi-platinum Breaking Away, and his monster theme from the television series Moonlighting. But it's the inclusion of several tracks such as Chick Corea's "Spain," from 1980's This Time album, and Eddie Harris's "Cold Duck," from his 2004 set Accentuate the Positive that make this a special compilation -- neither cut made the charts, but both are nonetheless representative, even signature performances in Jarreau's recording career. Fans who already have comps can ditch them for this, and those who are curious would do well to actually begin their education with The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
After All (Single Version; 2009 Remaster)
Al Jarreau
00:04:00

Jeremy Lubbock, Arranger - Robbie Buchanan, Arranger - DAVID FOSTER, Arranger, Writer - Foster, Writer - Graydon, Writer - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - Jarreau, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1984 Rainbow Bridge, Inc., Courtesy of Rainbow Bridge, Inc.

2
Moonlighting (Theme) (2009 Remaster)
Al Jarreau
00:03:03

LEE HOLDRIDGE, Writer - Al Jarreau, Writer, MainArtist

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1987 Rainbow Bridge, Inc., courtesy of Rainbow Bridge, Inc.

3
Never Givin' Up (2009 Remaster)
Greg Mathieson
00:03:57

Jerry Hey, Flugelhorn, Horns Arranger - Bernie Grundman, Masterer - JAY GRAYDON, Producer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer Programmer, Remix - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Greg Mathieson, Arranger, Piano, Synthesizer - Ralph Humphrey, Drums - Abe Laboriel, Bass - Debbie Thompson, Second Engineer - Joe Bogan, Engineer - Oscar Neves, Guitar

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1980 Warner Records Inc.

4
Roof Garden
Al Jarreau
00:06:20

Jerry Hey, Horns Arranger - DAVID FOSTER, String Arranger - Graydon, Writer - JAY GRAYDON, Arranger, Writer - Jarreau, Writer - Canning, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

5
Spain (I Can Recall) (2009 Remaster)
Larry Williams
00:06:35

Bernie Grundman, Masterer - Steve Gadd, Drums - LARRY WILLIAMS, Rhodes Guitar, Synthesiser - JAY GRAYDON, Producer, Arranger, Remix - CHICK COREA, Writer - TOM CANNING, Arranger - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, MainArtist - Abe Laboriel, Bass - Debbie Thompson, Second Engineer - Joe Bogan, Engineer - Artie Maren, Writer

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2009 Warner Records Inc.

6
Take Five (Edit Version)
LYNN BLESSING
00:03:31

LYNN BLESSING, Vibes - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - MATT PIERSON, Producer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Paul Desmond, Writer - TOM CANNING, Keyboards - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist - Joe Correro, Drums - Abe Laboriel, Bass

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1977 Warner Records Inc.

7
We're in This Love Together
Al Jarreau
00:03:46

Roger Murrah, Writer - Michael Omartian, Electric Piano, Synthesizer - Keith Stegall, Writer - Steve Gadd, Drums - JAY GRAYDON, Producer, Arranger, Electric Guitar - Lon Price, Alto Saxophone - TOM CANNING, Arranger - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist - Abe Laboriel, Bass - Stegall, Writer - Murrah, Writer

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

8
Rainbow in Your Eyes (2009 Remaster)
Wilton Felder
00:03:05

WILTON FELDER, Bass - Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Leon Russell, Writer - Doug Sax, Masterer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Dale Oehler, Conductor, String Arranger - Larry Nash, Synthesizer - Don Henderson, Assistant Engineer - TOM CANNING, Electric Piano - Al Jarreau, Vocals, MainArtist - Joe Correro, Drums - Linda Tyler, Assistant Engineer - Steve Forman, Percussion - LARRY CARLTON, Guitar

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

9
Just To Be Loved
Al Jarreau
00:04:19

BILL CHAMPLIN, Writer - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - Greg Mathieson, Writer

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1999 The Verve Music Group

10
Cold Duck
Al Jarreau
00:03:45

EDDIE HARRIS, Writer - Al Jarreau, Writer, MainArtist

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2004 The Verve Music Group

11
We Got By (2009 Remaster)
David Grusin
00:05:04

David Grusin, Keyboards - Paul Stallworth, Bass - Doug Sax, Masterer - Al Schmitt, Producer, Engineer - Al Jarreau, Flute, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Joe Correro, Drums - Linda Tyler, Assistant Engineer - Larry Bunker, Vibes

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1975 Warner Records Inc.

12
Boogie Down (2009 Remaster)
Al Jarreau
00:04:03

Michael Omartian, Composer - Al Jarreau, Composer, MainArtist

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1983 Rainbow Bridge, Inc., Courtesy of Rainbow Bridge, Inc.

13
(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo a La Turk
Al Jarreau
00:04:44

JAY GRAYDON, Vocal Arranger - TOM CANNING, Vocal Arranger - Al Jarreau, Arranger, Writer, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist - Dave Brubeck, Writer - Milchio Leviev, Arranger

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1981 Warner Records Inc.

14
Mornin' (2009 Remaster)
Al Jarreau
00:04:16

Jeremy Lubbock, String Arranger - DAVID FOSTER, Composer, Arranger, Writer - JAY GRAYDON, Composer, Arranger, Writer - Al Jarreau, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1983 Rainbow Bridge, Inc., Courtesy of Rainbow Bridge, Inc.

15
So Good (2009 Remaster)
Al Jarreau
00:04:16

Waters, Writer - Vale, Writer - Al Jarreau, MainArtist - MILES WATERS, Writer - Pater Vale, Writer - Sue Schfrin, Writer - Shiffron, Writer

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 2009 ℗ 1988 Rainbow Bridge, Inc., Courtesy of Rainbow Bridge, Inc.

16
Excellent Adventure
Al Jarreau
00:03:51

Al Jarreau, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Ravel, Writer

© 2009 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2009 Rainbow Bridge, Inc., Courtesy of Rainbow Bridge, Inc.

Album Description

Vocalist Al Jarreau is one of the most successful singers in history. He has scored hits on Billboard's Jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Contemporary Jazz charts. He's won multiple Grammys and sold millions of records. Rhino has assembled 15 tracks that represent his long career with Warner Brothers and even cross-licensed a couple from Universal's GRP and Verve imprints. In addition to the 15 career-spanning cuts ranging roughly from 1975 to 1988 with a couple of tunes thrown in from the current decade, there is a new song entitled "Excellent Adventure," produced by the team of Amhir "?uestlove" Thompson and James Poyser, the same pair that produced Al Green's successful Lay It Down. Fiona Frawley assembled this compilation and did a stellar job, including not only all the chart hits, but those that truly represent Jarreau's range as a singer and composer. There is an edited version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" here from his successful 1977 album Look to the Rainbow LP, as well as "We Got By," from his self-titled debut album. There are three cuts from 1981's multi-platinum Breaking Away, and his monster theme from the television series Moonlighting. But it's the inclusion of several tracks such as Chick Corea's "Spain," from 1980's This Time album, and Eddie Harris's "Cold Duck," from his 2004 set Accentuate the Positive that make this a special compilation -- neither cut made the charts, but both are nonetheless representative, even signature performances in Jarreau's recording career. Fans who already have comps can ditch them for this, and those who are curious would do well to actually begin their education with The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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