Chuck Mangione - Fun And Games [A&M Records SP-3193] (1979)

Released: 1979
Country: US
Label: A&M Records
Catalog: SP-3193
Genre: Country

Item# SR-AMSP3193
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

Note: 1983 Reissue of SP-3715

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Give It All You Got
02 You're The Best There Is
03 Pina Colada
04 I Never Missed Someone Before
05 Give It All You Got, But Slowly
06 Fun And Games

Fun And Games
Chuck Mangione

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Album Review

Richard S. Ginell []

Armed with just his ''Feels So Good'' quintet and occasionally a couple of brass players, Mangione's more grandiose ambitions are pretty much behind him on his final A&M release. The emphasis is almost entirely on spinning pretty tunes for his new mass audience without alienating or challenging it much. Not that this collection is completely soporific or lacking the jazz touch; ''Pina Colada'' revives things with some uptempo flights for Mangione's flugelhorn and Chris Vadala's tenor, and the title cut is an amiably jumping, if repetitive funk workout for the quintet. The major push, however, went to ''Give It All You Got'' -- another upbeat, optimistic, good-times motivating tool, heard extensively at the 1980 Winter Olympics -- and Chuck gives it to us again at a listless tempo with the title, ''Give It All You Got, But Slowly.'' As things transpired, this would be his last halfway decent studio album for at least the next decade.