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Chris Isaak's Baja Sessions was inspired by a surfing trip the singer took with his band to the Baja California section of Mexico. As the salt in their hair dried in the sun, the four musicians sat around with acoustic guitars and a small drum set, and played some tunes from Isaak's previous albums, some of his unrecorded originals, and some of his favourite old songs by the likes of Roy Orbison, Gene Autry, and Arthur Lyman. The quartet so enjoyed the laid-back, mostly acoustic, Spanish-tinged flavour of these holiday jams that when they got home to the Bay Area, they recreated them in the studio. Baja Sessions is like an Unplugged album, except the sun-drenched, south-of-the-border mood gives these remakes a far fresher twist than most such projects. --Geoffrey Himes
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Shortly after FOREVER BLUE, Chris took his band on a vacation to the California coast of Baja, where along with surfing & catching the waves, they jammed a little bit. Playing old Chris Isaak songs, some covers & a few brand-new songs, the band went back into the studio after returning to the mainland to recapture the ambience on record. The result: 1996's BAJA SESSIONS.
As a Chris Isaak album, it's not quite a stunner, but when you get the idea that this was done more for fun than as business as usual, BAJA SESSIONS is quite a good time to begin with. It was the first album of Chris's that I bought & sure enough, it turned me from casual fan to connosseiur. Hopefully, it will do that for others as well.
Opening with three songs from Chris's overlooked 1985 debut SILVERTONE, "Pretty Girls Don't Cry", "Dancin'" & "Back On Your Side" are the best way to hear music from when Chris was a starving artist as opposed to the household name he was by the time he did BAJA SESSIONS. The fact that those were probably the three best songs on SILVERTONE only makes their success on BAJA SESSIONS even more surprising.Read more ›
Simply because it exudes romance. Isaac is the messiah of cover tracks he pays homage to Roy Orbisons 'Only The Lonely' and Dean Martins 'Return to Me' is a beautifully crafted track that serenades you into a pit of romantic escapism. This album is reminiscent of 'San Francisco Days' and both are what i call 'beach albums' perfect for chilling out next to the sea with a tequila and bronzed babes playing bat n ball (badly).
Its also a very consistent album and has the theme tune 'Two Hearts' which was chosen as the track for Tarantinos 'True Romance' he has covered dozens of movies and i wonder how many people have heard and loved Chris Isaac music without realizing who the hell he is.
Hers a tip for you Isaac fans , in the same year he released 2 tracks similar to the ones on this album , so check out his 2 songs on the Kevin Costner film soundtrack 'Perfect World'. ****BAJA SESSIONS IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO WHO HAS COOL TASTE , ITS MODERN MIXED WITH OLD IN THE STYLE OF ELVIS / ROY ORBISON.
can you believe Isaacs 46 years old ,Orbison would be proud of his prodigal son.
Instead, Baja Sessions strives to create an upbeat and mellow musical mood with a distinct Mexican flavor. For starters, Isaak reworks some of his favorite early recordings like "Wrong To Love You," "Dancin'" and "Pretty Girls Don't Cry" which adhere closely to the originals, albeit somewhat stripped down. All of these remakes are fine, but they suffer without the usual uptempo Isaak material surrounding them.
Where the leisure suit-like taste shows up is in Isaak's choice of covers. "Sweet Leilani," "South of the Border," and "Yellow Bird" are about as cheesey as popular music gets. If you have the audacity to record music in the '90s that was popularized previously by the likes of Gene Autry and Lawrence Welk, you had better do something drastic with the arrangements. Instead, Isaak remains faithful to the originals and appears to be making a bid for a lounge act in Vegas.
Which is a shame, since Isaak shows on the final number "Think Of Tomorrow" (one of only three new songs on this album) that he can still rock with the best of them when he wants to. "Think" also provides a much needed wakeup call after twelve mild numbers offering little variation. If your idea of a romantic evening is watching reruns of the Love Boat on TV, then this is the album you've been waiting for. Otherwise, skip this "side project" and stick to the rest of Isaak's first-rate catalog.
What's Isaak's motivation for covering Isaak? Apparently a desire to apply his signature sound to compositions recorded before his penmanship was so refined. The double tracked vocals of earlier versions have been replaced by the fuller, more confessional stylings of Chris Isaak circa 1996. The production is stripped of mid-80s gloss and given Isaak's now characteristic sound: sparse arrangements with a bass-heavy balance and crystalline guitars that compliment Isaak's languorous vocals. Given the explosive popularity of 1989's Heart Shaped World, the reworked songs provide a fan-friendly introduction to some of Isaak's earlier material.
More of an Isaak-snack than a full meal. But it's a tasty snack.
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I was drawn to buy this album for the track Sweet Leilani, my grand-daughter's name, but totally love the whole albumPublished 19 months ago by Marilyn Macqueen
Absolutely fantastic. Hard to believe this album is over 10 years old. I bought this for my brother for Christmas this year who has become a huge Jack Johnson fan, and recently... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2008 by All About Music
Chris Isaak has one of the most beautiful voices in pop music. Here's a crooner who can really deliver, with a versatile instrument that can rise to powerful heights one minute,... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Bruce Hodges
I'm not one of CHRIS ISAAK's biggest fan. I've only got one other CD of his - Blue. That being said, I did like this CD, but I'm still not a fan. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by LEE
Two and one-half stars is more like it.
I'm writing this review on a steamy August day in Philadelphia. My wife and I are planning a BBQ. Read more
Forget Buffett. Mix yourself a big pitcher of margaritas and find yourself a hammock, back porch swing, lawn chair or whatever you have. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by Paul C. Sullivan
This is his best in my opinion. Its a little less contemporary than his others but the music is just perfect to listen to while you're doing something relaxing. A must havePublished on May 7 2003 by K. Nelson
I heard part of the song while watching "Fools Rush In" I new instantly it was Chris Isaak because of the smooth calming effect of the song. Read morePublished on April 27 2003
This release by Chris Isaak has a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere to it. You get a strong sense that the musicians really enjoyed themselve when they recorded this, making this... Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Damian P. Gadal