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BBR is thrilled to release BREAKIN’ AWAY in a newly remastered and repackaged edition with five bonus track and a brand new interview with Al Jarreau.
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• In a career spanning five decades, Al Jarreau has maintained a prolific presence from the emergence of jazz-fusion in the mid-1970s to the sound of L.A. pop and R&B which would flourish throughout the 1980s.. From 1975, Jarreau’s career was a critical and commercial success beginning with nine studio albums released via Warner Bros.
• 1981s BREAKIN’ AWAY was Jarreau’s fifth release for Warner Bros. and his biggest commercial success. Whilst Jarreau began crossing over from jazz to L.A. pop/R&B with his previous effort (1980’s THIS TIME), BREAKIN’ AWAY completes that journey wonderfully.
• First single ‘We’re In This Love Together’ (Pop #15 AC #6 R&B #6) pleasantly cements this while the title track (Pop #43, AC #30, R&B #25) is the breeziest groove on the set. The final single ‘Teach Me Tonight’ (#70 pop, #19 AC, #51 R&B) boasts a gorgeous, wistful arrangement whilst other highlights abound in tracks like ‘Roof Garden’ and ‘(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo A La Turk’ which playfully hearken back to Jarreau’s inimitable early work. The latter work rightfully earned Jarreau a Grammy for Best Male Jazz Vocal Performance as well one for Best Male Vocal Performance for the overall record.
• Also included in this first ever expanded edition are three live duets with Randy Crawford, recorded at the Montreux Jazz festival in 1981, a rare soundtrack only recording and a 12” extended mix of ’Closer To Your Love,’ the second UK single release which followed the double A side hit ‘We’re In This Love Together’/’Easy.’
• BBR is thrilled to release BREAKIN’ AWAY in a newly remastered and repackaged edition with five bonus track and a brand new interview with Al Jarreau.
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