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Tom Scott - Blow It Out, Intimate Strangers, Street Beat [2CD] (2013) FLAC

20-08-2014, 16:36
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Tom Scott - Blow It Out, Intimate Strangers, Street Beat [2CD] (2013) FLAC

Artist: Tom Scott
Title Of Album: Blow It Out, Intimate Strangers, Street Beat [2CD]
Year Of Release: 2013 (1977, 1978, 1979)
Label: BGO Records | BGOCD1121
Genre: Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Fusion
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue+.log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 02:08:58
Total Size: 834 MB (Covers)

AMG Review:
BGO's 2013 double-disc set gathers three late-'70s albums from Tom Scott: 1977's Blow It Out, 1978's Intimate Strangers, and 1979's Street Beat. This is the moment when Scott entered the mainstream, leaving behind his backing band the L.A. Express, and getting progressively pop. Opening with "Gotcha," the theme from Starsky & Hutch, Blow It Out is one of his slickest sets, which should come as no surprise given that it has a song called "Smoothin' On Down." It is heavily redolent of 1977, filled with gossamer electric pianos and percolating soul rhythms, as the funk jams alternate with open-necked seduction; the saxophone itself seems to be wearing a leisure suit. Intimate Strangers picks up on that slick seduction and runs with it, its song cycle telling the tale of a one-night stand. That concept alone provides one of the pinnacles of the era of disco-jazz, but the album itself isn't as tacky as Blow It Out; it's still certainly mood music, with the groove taking precedence over the improvisations, but Scott plays it cool, as if he's worried about frightening away his paramour. That leaves Street Beat, which is the weirdest of the bunch, as it ratchets up the fuzz guitars, the synthesizers, the funk, and the backing vocals; it's as jaw-droppingly ugly as its airbrushed album cover. It's hardcore Bob James music, sounding as if it could score any number of forgotten cop thrillers -- "Car Wars" indeed was used in Americathon -- and while that means it has very little merit for jazz purists (or indeed almost anyone with taste), it is certainly a worthwhile artifact for cultural crate-diggers.



Blow It Out
01. Gotcha (Theme From 'Starsky & Hutch')
02. Smoothin' On Down
03. Dream Lady
04. I Wanna Be
05. Shadows
06. You've Got The Feel'n
07. Down To Your Soul
08. It Is So Beautiful To Be

Intimate Strangers
09. Hi Steppers
10. Lost Inside The Love Of You
11. Getaway Day
12. Nite Creatures
13. Lost Inside The Love Of You (Reprise)
14. Do You Feel Me Now
15. Hi Steppers (Reprise)


Intimate Strangers (continued)
01. Breezin' Easy
02. You're So Good To Me
03. Puttin' The Bite On You
04. Beautiful Music

Street Beat
05. Street Beat
06. Greed
07. Come Closer, Baby
08. Heading Home
09. Car Wars
10. We Can Fly
11. Give Me Your Love
12. The Shakedown

Tom Scott - Blow It Out, Intimate Strangers, Street Beat [2CD] (2013) FLAC

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