Joe Sample

Rainbow Seeker / Carmel / Voices In The Rain

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Three classic albums from Crusaders’ original member Joe Sample from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

At 15 Joe Sample had become an accomplished jazz pianist and started making a name for himself alongside school classmates and future Crusaders Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson and Nesbert “Stix” Hooper. As The Jazz Crusaders they released their first album back in 1962 before shortening their name.

Sample recorded his debut solo LP ‘Rainbow Seeker’ in 1978. The stand out tracks were the title track and the pulsating Latin Groove of ‘There Are Many Stops Along The Way’ which also features Ray Parker Jr on guitar.

‘Carmel’ was released later that same year and featured a more relaxed sound. The final album in this trilogy, ‘Voices In The Rain’ features ‘Burnin’ Up The Carnival’ arguably Sample’s best known solo track, with vocals by Josie James, Flora Purim and Pauline Wilson.

The package also features three seven-inch single versions of ‘Melodies Of Love’, ‘Burnin’ Up The Carnival’ and ‘Dream Of Dreams’ with sleeve notes by Charles Waring of MOJO & Record Collector.


DISC ONE – ‘Rainbow Seeker’
Rainbow Seeker
In All My Wildest Dreams
There Are Many Stops Along The Way
Melodies Of Love
Fly With Wings Of Love
As Long As It Lasts
Islands In The Rain
Together We’ll Find A Way

Cannery Row
A Rainy Day In Monterey
Midnight And Mist

DISC TWO ‘Carmel’ (Continued)
More Beautiful Each Day

‘Voices In The Rain’
Voices In The Rain
Burnin’ Up The Carnival
Greener Grass
Eye Of The Hurricane
Dream Of Dreams
Sonata In Solitude

Bonus Tracks
Melodies Of Love (7” version)
Burnin’ Up The Carnival (7” version)
Dream Of Dreams (7” edit