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The smooth jazz supergroup's characteristically tasteful set of sophisticated easy listening music includes guest vocals from Michael McDonald on the slow-burning "My Love's Leaving" as well as impeccably played instrumentals like the delicate "Sunday Morning" and the silky smooth "Twilight Touch." Audio Mixer: Ken Freeman. Recording information: Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Studio 22, Canton, OH. Photographer: Michael Waring. ...See Full Description
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|2||Cinnamon Sugar||4:48|| $0.99|
|3||Eastern Sky||6:34|| $0.99|
|4||Kid Zero||4:51|| $0.99|
|5||My Love's Leavin' |
with Michael Mcdonald
|7||Twilight Touch||4:56|| $0.99|
|8||Be My Lover|
with Michele Pillar, Nathan East
|9||Sunday Morning||3:53|| $0.99|
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||NEVER A SURPRISE|
they just get better and better
By jdsa48 (DAYONA BEACH SHORES, FL, USA)
|New verb Forplaying|
Now after this album there should be a new verb in use FOURPLAYING:used for absolute enjoyment. Now I can say for example: It was my most forplaying Sunday or this is such a Forplaying feeling.
By Iavor (Bulgaria)
Fourplay is one of the most boring "smooth" jazz group I've heard. Plus the songs and production on this CD are mediocere at best.
By Timmy (Los Angeles)
This record should have a statement on the CD insert that says “Warning, do not listen to this music while operating heavy machinery as it will cause drowsiness” This is a terrible recording, a real snore festival.
By Pat (Philadelphia)
||quintessential smooth jazz|
There are different opinions but for me their best album up to now is "Elixir" (95), however this one is the best since Fourplay "4", i.e. when Larry Carlton joined the group. It is indeed a very pleasent and relaxing album - just extraordinary - quintessential smooth jazz.
By Janusz (Poland)
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Arrangers: Peter White ; Paul Rayner-Brown; Jeff Carruthers; Chuck Cymone.
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Recording information: Starlight Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/2006-05/2006); Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA (01/2006-05/2006).
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Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA; Sear Sound Recording Studio, New York, NY; Studio 101, Tarzana, CA.
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Recorded at Royaltone Studios, North Hollywood, California and at O'Henry Studios, Burbank, California.
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