In contrast to Jarreau’s entirely self-written debut, this album consists mostly of covers, but that turns out not to be such a bad thing, as Jarreau demonstrates great taste in material, covering everything from Leon Russell’s “Rainbow in Your Eyes” to the Jobim standard “Aguas de Beber” and breathing some fresh life into Elton John’s “Your Song,” which takes on a jazz twist, and James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” the latter of which is radically re-arranged into a funk number with surprisingly good results. Jarreau’s still in fine form as a writer, too, and the lite funk of “Have You Seen the Child” and “Milwaukee” is just as appealing, while the acapella original “Hold on Me” is a dazzling vocal showcase for Jarreau, who’s multi-tracked here and provides all the voices and percussive effects. The biggest standout, though, is his cover of the relatively obscure Sly & the Family Stone song “Somebody’s Watching You” (an album cut from Stand!), which he makes all his own.
1. Rainbow In Your Eyes 2. Your Song 3. Aqua De Beber 4. Have You Seen The Child 5. Hold On Me 6. Fire And Rain 7. Somebody's Watching You 8. Milwaukee 9. Glow
*1988, 1976 Reprise Records 254 073
Personnel: Vocal - Al Jarreau Bass - Wilton Felder, Willie Weeks, Paul Stallworth Percussion - Steve Forman, Ralph MacDonald Strings, Synthesizer (Ensemble) - Larry Nash Synthesizer - Larry Nash Electric piano - Tom Canning Guitar - Larry Carlton Acoustic piano, Organ - Joe Sample Drums - Joe Correro