Al Jarreau – All Fly Home (1978)

LPFrontCover1Alwin Lopez Jarreau (March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017) was an American singer and musician. His 1981 album Breakin’ Away spent two years on the Billboard 200 and is considered one of the finest examples of the Los Angeles pop and R&B sound. The album won Jarreau the 1982 Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In all, he won seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more during his career.

Jarreau also sang the theme song of the 1980s television series Moonlighting, and was among the performers on the 1985 charity song “We Are the World.” (wikipedia)

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With a restrained yet potent funk band and a few cameos from luminaries in the jazz world, Al Jarreau gets plenty of opportunities to wrap his rubbery, ever-changing timbre around an agreeable collection of tunes, the majority of which he wrote or co-wrote. Of the cover tunes, Jarreau completely transforms Kenny Loggins’ “Wait a Little While,” the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” and Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” into personal vehicles for vocal acrobatics, and his own “Fly” revives his uncanny ability to skitter and sail along with a Brazilian-based rhythm track. Freddie Hubbard puts in a soulful guest appearance on flugelhorn on Dave Frishberg’s “I’m Home” and applies a more outgoing obligato to “Fly”; Lee Ritenour and Paulinho Da Costa also make appearances on the record. While Jarreau could still be technically classified as a jazz singer at this point, he is really inhabiting a zone of his own. (by Richard S. Ginell)

What a line-up !


Lynn Blessing (keyboards, vibrtaphone, synthesizer)
Tom Canning (keyboards, synthesizer)
Joe Correro (drums)
Paulinho da Costa (percussion)
Freddie Hubbard (flugelhorn)
Al Jarreau (vocals)
Reggie McBride (bass)
Lee Ritenour (guitar)
Larry Williams (keyboards, synthesizer)

01. Thinkin’ About It Too (Jarreau/Canning) 3.22
02. I’m Home (Mathieson/Frishberg) 5.23
03. Brite ‘N’ Sunny Babe (Jarreau) 3.31
04. I Do (Jarreau/Canning) 4.28
05. Fly (Jarreau) 3.52
06. Wait A Little While (K.Loggins/E.Loggins) 3.40
07. She’s Leaving Home (Lennon/McCartney) 7.06
08. All (Jarreau/Canning) 3.52
09. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay (Redding/Cropper) 4.02



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Yves Duteil – En public (1978)


Yves Duteil is a French singer-songwriter. He was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), on 24 July 1949 and is the third child to be born in the family.[1] Duteil is a noted proponent of the French language, the rights of children and the respect of environment. Duteil is the mayor of Précy-sur-Marne in Seine et Marne.

In 1972, Yves Duteil had first minor hit with a song called “Virages” (English: Turns). Included on his 1974 debut album L’Écritoire, it shares fame with such songs as the title track and from his next album, “J’attends” (1976), “Tisserand”, “Les Batignolles” (an area of Paris), etc.

His 1977 album “Tarentelle”, which would become his most classic, included not only his most famous song (“Prendre un Enfant”) but also such songs as the title track, “Le Petit Pont de Bois”, “Le Mur De La Prison D’En Face” which have all become classics.


Duteil’s ability to write love-filled, touching lyrics on sweet or catchy melodies have made him a singer much more loved than he is adulated by the public.[citation needed] He is probably not the first one to have achieved to stay outside of the show business spirit while managing to be very popular, after all Hugues Aufray did this too. But this is probably a touching side to know the man lives the simple life of a husband and father, doing concerts which are closer to a friendly grouping where pure emotions are shared.[citation needed]

In 2001, Duteil released “Sans Attendre”, more introspective than ever and with much modesty, he tackles some aspects of his life in a way that can bring a deep sight on life, understood in the light of spiritual love. In a simple way, he sings about friendship in tough times (“Les Gestes Délicats”), compassion for a father who never showed him that much affection, which never prevents Duteil to answer with love and sings all the kind words he found to his father, no matter what his childhood was like (“Lettre À Mon Père”).


And probably the most touching song: “Pour Que Tu Ne Meures Pas”, which, for those who understand the lyrics, will bring tears of emotion as it deals with Yves Duteil’s wife’s disease, still in a very modest way and which brings a deep joy and belief in life and love as so much love is contained in this song. This is probably one of the most love filled, hope filled recording he has made. And leaves us, at the end of the listening, with a smile of joy and thankfulness that life is such a wonderful gift.


In Germany songs of Duteil are interpreted in French and German language by the Belgo-German singer Didier Caesar of the quartet Stéphane & Didier et Cie, who has translated in German the songs “La tarentelle” (Die Tarantella), “La puce et le pianiste” (Der Floh und der Pianist), “Lucile et les libelulles” (Sibyll und die Libellen), “Il me manquait toujours” (Es fehlt mir immer noch) and “Prendre un enfant par la main” (Nimm ein Kind an deine Hand). This song had been translated and sung in 2001 by the famous German Liedermacher Reinhard Mey with his title “Gib einem Kind deine Hand”. The German song texts can be found on website Duteil has written a total of 208 songs to current date. (wikipedia)


And here´s a pretty good live album …  full with his charming melodies, very intimate, very fresh … and a real great voice: soft and gentle.

Some said that this is “one of the best live-albums ever by one of the best French singers ever.” (Tamme Bergsma)

Recorded live
at the Théâtre De La Ville, Paris, November 11, 1977
at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, April 3, 1978


Marc Chantereau (percussion)
Benoît Charvet (bass)
Yves Duteil (vocals, guitar, piano)
Joël Favreau (guitar)
Bernard Teissier (bass)
string section 1:
Hervé Derrien – Jean-Yves Rigaud – Pierre Llinarès – Pierre Louis

string section 2:
Jean-Jacques Évrard – Jean-Philippe Audin – Vincent Cozzoli – Éric Chouteau


01. Le Petit Pont De Bois 2.51
02. Le Fruit De Mon Verger 3.10
03. L’Écritoire 3.22
04. Les Batignolles 1.48
05. Quand Les Bateaux Reviennent 3.13
06. Le Labyrinthe 3.50
07. J’ai Le Cœur En Bois 2.55
08. La Tendre Image Du Bonheur 3.16
09. Les Mots 2.37
10. Je Suis Une Larme 2.25
11. Un Lilas Pour Eulalie 2.03
12. Prendre Un Enfant (À Martine) 4.48
13. Tarentelle 2.07
14. Dans Les Jardins Des Baladins 3.00
15. La Puce Et Le Pianiste 1.23
16. J’ai Caché Ton Mouchoir 1.44
17. Le Mur De Lierre 1.59
18. Petit Patron (En Hommage Au Petit Docteur) 2.18
19. Les Bonheurs Perdus 1.02
20. Lucille Et Les Libellules 2.14
21. Tisserand 2.41
22. Il Me Manquait Toujours 3.39
23. J’attends 1.54
24. Le Mur De La Prison D’en Face 3.31
25. Les P’tites Casquettes 2.48
26. Et Te Quittant 3.13
27. Virages 3.43
28. Les P’tites Casquettes (Rappel) 3.43

Music and lyrics: Yves Duteil





Mitch Ryder – Sings The Hits (1968)

FrontCover1Mitch Ryder (born William Sherille Levise, Jr.; February 26, 1945) is an American musician who has recorded more than 25 albums over more than four decades.

Ryder is noted for his gruff, wailing singing style and his dynamic stage performances. He was influenced by his father, a musician. As a teenager, Ryder sang backup with soul-music group The Peps, but racial animosities interfered with his continued presence in the group.

Ryder formed his first band, Tempest, when he was at Warren High School, and the group gained some notice playing at a Detroit soul music club called The Village. Ryder next appeared fronting a band named Billy Lee & The Rivieras, which had limited success until they met songwriter / record producer Bob Crewe. Crewe renamed the group Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and they recorded several hit records for his DynoVoice Records and New Voice labels in the mid to late 1960s, most notably “Devil with a Blue Dress On”, their highest-charting single at number four, as well as “Jenny Take a Ride!”, which reached number 10 in 1965, and “Sock It to Me, Baby!”, a number six hit in 1967. The Detroit Wheels were John Badanjek on drums, Mark Manko on lead guitar, Joe Kubert (not to be confused with the comic book illustrator Joe Kubert) on rhythm guitar, Jim McCarty (not to be confused with the Yardbirds drummer of the same name) on lead guitar and Jim McAllister on bass.

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In December 1966, producer Bob Crewe’s vision for Mitch as a blue-eyed soul singer backed by a horn band (a la Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, etc.) was put into motion. They assembled a 10 piece band of white R&B musicians: from Baltimore, MD — Jimmy Wilson (trumpet), Bob Shipley (sax), Jimmy Loomis (sax), Don Lehnhoff (trombone), Frank Invernizzi (organ); from Chicago, IL — John Siomos (drums), Bob Slawson (guitar), Carmine Riale (bass guitar);j from Miami, FL, Andy Dio (trumpet); from New York — Johnny ? (lead guitar). The band rehearsed for a month in a dance studio above the Cheetah, a night club at Broadway and 53rd, then hit the road as The Mitch Ryder Show in February, 1967.

Ryder was the last person to perform with Otis Redding, they performed the song “Knock On Wood”, on December 9, 1967, in Cleveland, Ohio, on a local TV show called Upbeat. Redding and four members of his touring band, The Bar-Kays, died in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin the following day, December 10, 1967.

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Ryder’s musical endeavors would see less success after the early 1970s. Ryder’s participation with the Detroit Wheels ended just as the counterculture was becoming dominant in 1968. During 1968, trumpeters Mike Thuroff and John Stefan were hired to tour with his horn section and band. (wikipedia)


And here´s his second album:

Mitch Ryder Sings the Hits has much better balance than What Now My Love, the album which yielded his last and least-potent of six Top 30 singles. Detroit rockers covering the Supremes’ Motown smash “Come See About Me” seemed to be in vogue — Mark Farner and Don Brewer’s excellent version showed up on Monumental Funk — and Ryder does the song justice as well, the two blue-eyed soul copies fun and worthy of comparison. There’s only one Bob Crewe original on this collection of covers, and that tune, “Peaches on a Cherry Tree,” is combined to good effect with Leiber & Stoller’s “Ruby Baby,” an R&B hit for the Drifters in the ’50s, a post-Belmonts smash for Dion in 1963. The music has that extra something that eluded the What Now My Love album, a little more intensity on songs like “Let Your Lovelight Shine,” and the pop/blues version of Rufus Thomas’ 1963 hit “Walking the Dog.”


Crewe mixes vibes in with the earthy keyboard/guitar sound, and it’s just great. There are intriguing black-and-white photographs of Mitch Ryder in his prime inside the gatefold, his trademark open-mouth howl on the cover, as it is on All Mitch Ryder Hits and What Now My Love. It’s a distinctive voice and sound on these recordings, more refined even than “Devil With a Blue Dress On” and “Sock It to Me Baby.” Bob Crewe certainly had the magic, and it is all over tracks like Toussaint’s “I Like It Like That” as well as “Sticks and Stones.” Ryder even takes on James Brown with very credible renditions of “Please, Please, Please” and “I Got You,” and revitalizes the Bing Crosby/Ray Charles classic “You Are My Sunshine” with a uniquely identifiable arrangement that only Ryder could give it. Mitch Ryder Sings the Hits doesn’t get the attention it deserves, but is a solid effort from start to finish and makes for a good party record. (by Joe Viglione)


Johnny Badanjek (drums)
Joe Cubert (guitar)
Earl Eliot (bass)
Jimmy McAllister (bass)
Jim McCarty (guitar)
Mitch Ryder (vocals)
Mike Thuroff (trumpet)
John Stefan (trumpet)
unknown organ player


01. Let Your Lovelight Shine (Robinson/Smalls/Blackett/Burton) 3.13
02. Walking The Dog (Thomas) 2.22
03. Sticks And Stones (Glover/Turner) 2.34
04. I Like It Like That (Toussaint/Kenner) 2.43
05. Please, Please, Please (Brown/Terry) 3.40
06. Ruby Baby & Peaches On A Cherry Tree (Crewe/Lieber/Stoller) 3.07
07. Come See About Me (E. Holland/Dozier/B. Holland) 3.20
08. Walk On By (Bacharach/David) 2.45
09. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Gordy/Gaye/Stevenson) 3.10
10, You Are My Sunshine (Mitchell/Davis) 3.04
11. I Got You (Brown) 2.35


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