On this day in music history: March 14, 1984 -…

On this day in music history: March 14, 1984 – “Body And Soul”, the seventh album by Joe Jackson is released. Produced by Dave Kershenbaum and Joe Jackson, it is recorded at Vanguard Recording Studios and Atlantic Studios in New York City from January – February 1984. Following the major success of “Night And Day” and his acclaimed soundtrack for the film “Mike’s Murder” not yet released, Joe Jackson begins planning his next album in the Summer of 1983. Working again with David Kershenbaum, Jackson decides he wants to go for a completely different sound and feel. Having previously recorded an entire album of swing and jump blues songs (“Joe Jackson’s Jumpin’ Jive” in 1981) after his first two new wave/pop genre releases, Joe Jackson’s restless creative spirit takes him down yet another road. A big fan of jazz music, particularly of artists from the famed Blue Note label, he looks to recreate the live sound and warm ambience of those recordings in his own work. After looking at several recording studios, they settle on the landmark Vanguard Studios in located on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. A former church converted into a recording studio by the Vanguard record label in the 50’s, it becomes famous for the sound of its main room which was used to record numerous classical, folk and jazz recordings released by the label. After deciding on the studio, they decide to go a few steps further in realizing their goals sonically for the album. Jackson and Kershenbaum use vintage tube microphones and outboard gear to capture the sound they’re looking for, while also using modern technology, recording with a 3M 32-track digital multi-track tape machine and mixing down to a 3M DMS-81 4-track digital tape machine. Cut in just under four weeks, the basic tracks are recorded at Vanguard, virtually live with few overdubs after the fact. The final vocals, overdubs and mixing are completed at Atlantic Studios, with the final masters assembled on February 7, 1984. As further nod to the jazz legends that have influenced the album, the cover is designed to look like a Blue Note jazz LP, with the musician recreating the cover of saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ 1957 album “Sonny Rollins, Volume 2”. Led by the single “You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)” (#15 Pop, #13 AC, #14 Club Play), “Body And Soul” is another hit for Joe Jackson. It spins off two more singles including “Be My Number Two” and “Happy Ending” (Featuring Elaine Caswell) (#57 Pop). Jackson also mounts an extensive tour in support of the album with live recordings from that tour later surfacing on the double live album “Live 1980/86” in 1988. First released on CD in 1985, it is remastered and reissued (Europe only) in 1997, though the remastered disc suffers from clicks and various audio glitches throughout, not present on the original release. “Body And Soul” peaks at number twenty on the Billboard Top 200.