This is the Patti Austin album I wore out on cassette form ! Boy, was I heartbroken after that. I could not find it on c.d. ( not even sold as an import back then)! To find it in l.p. form was even a rarity back in the early 90's.Her only other album to sound remotely like this one is her current In and Out of Love album.
Anyway, moving along, Gettin' Away With Murder has remained to this day my ultimate-favorite Austin album. From the first track to the last each song is excellent ( not a single disappointing song on this one)! For me the highlight is the sensual The Heat of Heat (talk about an outstanding and well crafted song from Jam and Lewis); I can really feel a day at the beach with this one ! Even though Honey for the Bees was Allison Moyet's tune, Patti does a more freely based funky and sophisticated version ( not tightly constricted or heavily synthesized as Moyet's). Big Bad World is a very cool r&b groove as well with Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, and other equally talented artists for backup. Anything Can Happen Here is refreshing and the track Summer is the Coldest Time of Year gives you a warm-chill (almost as good as The Heat of Heat)!
This was to be Patti's last R&B, pop album for Qwest Records (the next Qwest effort would surface with re-makes of old romantic standards and jazz ballads). Her next move was to GRP Records; This was the period where I missed her Qwest material immensely. However, her voice still remained to sound very much like silk and satin; very smooth indeed Ms. Austin !
Finally, about a year ago, I was able to purchase Gettin' Away With Murder as a c.d. import ! Hallelujah, Praise Be ! It is now one of the most valued c.d.s in my collection (I hope I don't wear the c.d. out as well--I know you can't wear c.d.s out unless you scratch them or play frisbee with them)!
If you have never heard of Patti Austin (get out from underneath that rock) or are a fan, this album is a must. It is worth purchasing as an import only c.d. (not expensive at all) !