Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Do You Like Piña Coladas?


Hit after mellow hit, a few things have become apparent. There is a formula to Yacht Rock. All these easygoing tunes share the following:

• Groovy electric piano
• Vibraphone, flugelhorn and/or flute
Congas, congas and more congas
• A breezy sax solo
• Themes of love, boating, exotic locations or all of the above
• White men with falsetto voices, bad hair and ill-fitting clothes

I'm just sayin'.

Yacht Rock Vol.3- Sail On

If You Leave Me Now- Chicago
Listen To What The Man Said- Wings
Diamond Girl- Seals & Crofts
Dance With Me- Orleans
Please Mr. Please- Olivia Newton John
The Best Of My Love- The Eagles
Wildfire- Michael Murphy
On And On- Stephen Bishop
If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot
I'm Not In Love- 10cc
Thank You For Being A Friend- Andrew Gold
Smoke From A Distant Fire- Sanford & Townsend
Whenever I call You Friend- Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks
Love Will Find A Way- Pablo Cruise
Ride Captain Ride-Blues Image
Chevy Van- Sammy Johns
Tin Man- America
Margaritaville- Jimmy Buffet
Life's Been Good- Joe Walsh
Maybe I'm Amazed- Wings
Sail On- The Commodores
Where Is The Love- Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway
Breezin'- George Benson
Just The Two Of Us- Grover Washington Jr. & Bill Withers
Sailing- Christopher Cross
Minute By Minute- The Doobie Brothers
Give Me The Night- George Benson
Escape (The Piña Colada Song)- Rupert Holmes
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Ca Do)- Christopher Cross
I'm Alright- Kenny Loggins

If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot (Midnight Special, 1974)


I'm Not In Love- 10cc (1975, UK Records)


Wildfire- Michael Murphy (Midnight Special, 1976)


If You Leave Me Now- Chicago (Live, 1977)


Love Will Find A Way- Pablo Cruise (Live, 1978)


Escape (The Piña Colada Song)-Rupert Holmes (Midnight Special, 1979)


Just The Two Of Us- Grover Washington Jr. Feat. Bill Withers (Elektra, 1981)


Aviance by Prince Machibelli


Martini & Rossi


1975 Chrysler Cordoba