Body and Soul

Body and Soul

Joe Jackson's broad spectrum of influences intermingled in an unusual way on this 1984 outing. Reprising the Latin jazz touches and cosmopolitan pop of Night and Day, he adds hints of everything from Gershwin to '60s pop, for a more organic, old-school feel and a surprisingly cohesive sound. The album's hit was the breezy R&B tune "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)". It's surrounded by tracks that mate Jackson's sophisticated pop savvy with moments of Phil Spector–tinged grandeur ("The Verdict," "Be My Number Two"), dashes of New York City salsa ("Cha Cha Loco"), and a cinematic, orchestral-style jazz instrumental ("Loisaida").

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