Look to the Rainbow is a live album by Al Jarreau, released on May 27, 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. It marked a breakthrough for his career in Europe and later also in the US. In 1978 it won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
In 1976 Jarreau made his first live appearances in Europe, starting with concerts at the jazz festivals in Montreux and Berlin. The following year he began his first tour through 16 cities in Europe starting with a gig at Onkel Pö’s in Hamburg. Look to the Rainbow is a set of recordings from that tour.
The title song “Look to the Rainbow” is from the musical Finian’s Rainbow, a Broadway production from the late 1940s. The most recognized song on this album is Jarreau’s interpretation of Paul Desmond’s classic jazz number “Take Five”, which was also released as a single in an edited version in 1977.
Both tour and album brought him enthusiastic reviews in Germany, where he immediately became a darling of the public, while his recognition in the US remained low until he received his first Grammy in 1978.
1 Letter Perfect (Al Jarreau) 5:29
2 Rainbow In Your Eyes (Leon Russell) 6:29
3 One Good Turn (Al Jarreau) 6:44
4 Could You Believe (Al Jarreau) 6:54
5 Burst In With The Dawn (Al Jarreau) 6:00
6 Better Than Anything (Bill Loughborough, David Wheat) 5:12
7 So Long Girl (Al Jarreau) 4:06
8 Look To The Rainbow (Yip Harburg, Burton Lane) 8:17
9 You Don’t See Me (Al Jarreau) 5:43
10 Take Five (Paul Desmond) 6:44
11 Loving You (Al Jarreau) 4:57
12 We Got By (Al Jarreau) 6:55
|Bass||Abraham Laboriel Sr|
Producer – Al Schmitt, Tommy LiPuma
Producer (Assistant) – Noel Newbolt
Engineer (Assistant – Recording And Mixing) – Don Henderson
Engineer (Assistant) – Douglas Hopkins, Merryn, Tim Summerhayes
Mastered By – Mike Reese
Mixed By – Al Schmitt
Recorded By – Al Schmitt
Art Direction – John Cabalka
Design – Eric Monson
Photography – Gesine Petter, Jim Rakete, Spiller, Valentine
Mixed At Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, February and March 1977
Recorded in Europe, January and February 1977
Remote Recording by RAK Records Mobile
Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Phonographic Copyright Warner Bros. Records Inc