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Breathe - 1987 All That Jazz




ARTIST: Breathe
ALBUM: All That Jazz
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: CD 5163
YEAR: 1987

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Glasper - vocals * Marcus Lillington - guitars * Michael Delahunty - bass * Ian Spice - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Jonah * 02 All That Jazz * 03 Monday Morning Blues * 04 Hands To Heaven * 05 All This I Should Have Known * 06 Any Trick * 07 Liberties Of Love * 08 Won't You Come Back? * 09 Don't Tell Me Lies * 10 How Can I Fall?


Background
1988 was a big year for the London based group Breathe with chart singles on both sides of the Atlantic, and America in particular took a shine to these freshly scrubbed youngsters giving the group three top ten hits. Life was good or so it seemed. Formed in 1984, Breathe began recording demos through Siren Records which led to the deal with A&M. With the release of 'All That Jazz', the band were on their way to big things, but for some reason bassist Michael Delahunty left the group midway through the record's promotion. Bad timing to say the least, but Breathe carried on as a trio releasing a second disc 'Peace Of Mind' in 1990 and as good as it was with two minor hit singles, it failed to set the world on fire and the group disappeared into the ether of British pop history.


The Songs
Breathe on 'All That Jazz' offer up a classy set of sophisticated pop in the style of Level 42, Spandau Ballet and late period Roxy Music and is a perfect record for Sunday afternoon listening, or before heading out on a night in the big city with that significant other. As the title alludes to, there's plenty of lite jazz mixed with brilliant pop here and the title track wraps it all up in a nice little package. David Glasper's voice isn't as soulful as one would associate with this type of material, but he does have a slight Bryan Ferry quaver which is charming to say the least. 'Hands To Heaven' deserved to be the giant hit it was. A smoky ballad with a killer hook, I remember hearing it on smooth jazz radio which is just another example of the group's wide appeal. 'Liberties Of Love' has a definite Spandau Ballet feel which is always welcome in my book, but side two is dominated by the other major hits, the upbeat 'Don't Tell Me Lies' and 'How Can I Fall?', both of which are masterworks of late 80's pop song craft.


In Summary
'All That Jazz' is a brilliant record with a timelessness that belies the fact its over twenty years old. Currently it's out of print, but there is a 'Best of Breathe' compilation that's still easy to find. Highly recommended!


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#1 | gdazegod on December 22 2008 03:06:21
I liked these guys. Much like Shakatak, Level 42, and later on Chesney Hawkes. Very smooth pop. Good call Eric!
#2 | trillion1999 on October 20 2011 14:32:13
I have this one with a different cover.A nice little disc.
#3 | george_the_jack on December 03 2011 21:13:21
Some very favourite tunes from the glorious 80's on this one.

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