Compilation Pick of the Month: Starbucks customers in 2014 were delighted

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If you are a keen follower of business news like I am, you would know that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is quite a visionary.

He has accomplished so much through the last several years in making Starbucks relevant not just here in the United States, but the world over.

To nobody’s surprise in the summer of 2014, customers were probably either pleasantly surprised or quite stunned when they purchased this commemorative compilation in what the company simply termed as, “Summery Pop Tunes.”

Zuco 103 is part of this album, and yes there is Astrud Gilberto again on Track 10 with “The Girl from Ipanema”.  Even Seu Jorge and Almaz might have thought that the moonwalk was cool as they did a bossa nova take on the late, great Michael Jackson’s memorable light rock tune (also covered impeccably well by longtime fan of this blog in Fabiana Passoni) in “Rock With You.”  Some other songs in this album originated from the 1970’s right up to the release in 2014.

The liner notes by David Legry are very cool to read and with the true tropical backdrop, the cover is sweet.  The pace is both fast and slow at points, and even Starbucks gave out their website for those fans interested in picking up the same sounds they hear when they pick up their usual morning coffee or latte fix.

Although this is a nice compilation pick to clean your house or just to kick off your heels after a rough day at work–sadly, after a nearly eight year run, Starbucks baristas will be streaming their own favorites in-house via a Spotify app instead of selling CD’s:

I am sure eBay and Amazon should have some copies of past CD’s available for purchase online.

While most of you will be celebrating the Easter holiday this coming weekend, I will have some more cool album reviews for April.

Look for the likes of Kleber Jorge, Yutaka, and a really neat sounding album by Caibedo Island to fill up your inbox.

To close out the month, my compilation choice is again another selection from 2014.  One record label thought it would be cool to mix classic jazz and R&B tunes of the 1960’s and 1970’s from the likes of Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye and put them all in a bossa nova breezy style of mind.  Similar to using your top-of-the-line blender and mixer to bake that perfect bunny good Easter surprise dessert, this album is sure to be a definite keeper.

And yes, you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Please have a good rest of the day.


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