Breakin' Away (album)

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Breakin' Away
Studio album by Al Jarreau
Released June 30, 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Crossover Jazz, Rhythm and blues, Funk
Length 41:07
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jay Graydon
Al Jarreau chronology
This Time
Breakin' Away

Breakin' Away is an album by Al Jarreau, released on June 30, 1981, through the Warner Bros. Records label. To cite Allmusic, "Breakin' Away became the standard bearer of the L.A. pop and R&B sound."[1]

The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[2]

Charts & Awards[edit]

Breakin' Away was the best performance Al Jarreau had on the charts. It stayed on the Billboard 200 for 103 weeks and peaked at #9.[3] The album also hit #1 on both the Jazz and R&B charts.

Three single releases made the charts: "We're in This Love Together" (#15 pop, #6 AC, #6 R&B), "Breakin' Away" (#43 pop, #30 AC, #25 R&B), and "Teach Me Tonight" (#70 pop, #19 AC, #51 R&B).

At the Grammy Awards in 1982 the album was given the prize for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, while "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk" received the award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male. The album was also nominated for Album of the Year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Closer to Your Love"   Tom Canning, Jay Graydon, Al Jarreau 3:54
2. "My Old Friend"   Steve George, John Lang, Richard Page 4:26
3. "We're in This Love Together"   Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall 3:44
4. "Easy"   Canning, Graydon, Jarreau 5:23
5. "Our Love"   Canning, Graydon, Jarreau 3:53
6. "Breakin' Away"   Canning, Graydon, Jarreau 4:12
7. "Roof Garden"   Canning, Graydon, Jarreau 6:19
8. "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk"   Dave Brubeck 4:44
9. "Teach Me Tonight"   Sammy Cahn, Gene De Paul 4:13



  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "RIAA – Searchable Database: Al Jarreau". Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top Pop Albums 1955-1985, Record Research Inc., 1985, p. 183, 495.