The latest CD from this talented Colorado (now all-male) quintet is chock full of your favorite pop tunes from the 70’s and 80’s. With fresh arrangements by the group themselves, the guys bring you on a trip “back in the day” – opening cover of Level 42’s “Something About You” is very smooth, has a funky breakdown that makes it all theirs, and Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie Eleison” is well-done, indeed (get out your parachute pants and rubber bracelets, folks); right on the heels of that comes Tony Huerta’s take on “Ride Like the Wind” (no mullet required); and perhaps my favorite track on the album, the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” transports you right to the beach. Other standouts include disco “Let’s Groove Tonight,” with a killer “horn section,” The repertoire veers into the 21st century with a jazzed-up version of Los Lonely Boys’ “Heaven” and Jesse McCartney’s “Beautiful Soul” is tender and sweet. The album closes with a rousing cover of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” the ultimate cheesy early-80’s party song. Take a trip in the not-so-way-back machine with this one, and enjoy the ride! (47:37 2006)

The 17th Avenue Allstars – Blend

  1. Something About You
  2. Ride Like the Wind
  3. Good Vibrations
  4. Let’s Groove Tonight
  5. My Best Friend’s Girl
  6. Heaven
  7. Kyrie Eleison
  8. Beautiful Soul
  9. Should’ve Known Better
  10. You Can Call Me Al
  11. You Can Do Magic
  12. All Night Long