Chuck Mangione - Save Tonight For Me (1986)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 256.73 Mb | 41:10 | Covers
Smooth Jazz | Country: USA | Label: CBS - CK 40254
Lambasted by some (both here and elsewhere) for being blatantly commercialized, it's true that this 1986 album is a sharp change of direction from the days of "Feels So Good" (perhaps the single most recognized song in the world of elevator jazz), but like most Chuck Mangione albums, the production and musicianship is near flawless, and as always, undeniably melodic. The cool and haunting "Sweet Cheryl Lynn" (which may or may not be named in honor of the famous disco singer; I'm really not sure) is, in any case, one of the album's strongest selections, also excellent is the slick, smooth "Secret Of Love" which gets a lot of help from an anonymous but pleasant sounding female vocalist. The album's finest moment, however, is the crisply atmospheric and uber-funky "Rockin' At Red Rocks," which not only incorporates hip-hop of all things, but does so surprisingly well for an artist who would normally be less than enthusiastic to tread such territory.