Adult Contemporary Music in Japan

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Many Adult Contemporary Music CDs are still being released every month. So, I would hereby show you Adult Contemporary Music CD New Releases ( also including Reissues) information as "Recommended Discs of The Month". I would highly recommend you to buy several albums by reading my personal reviews. In addition, I would also give you release information regarding other remarkable recent releases supported by one of the well-known on-line music stores "CD Now" and "Amazon.com" as "Noteworthy Discs of The Month".


 

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Cool Sound released 3 Alan Sorrentti's Italian AOR/Westcoast albums in November. Alan Sorrentti challenged to sing in English on his 4th album "Sienteme, It's Time To Land" ('76) recoreded in San Francisco. "Figli Delle Stelle" ('77) recorded in Los Angeles featuring Jay Graydon and David Foster, the two Westcoast giants, followed. In 1979, "L.A. & N.Y.", A-side of which was produced by Jay Graydon, was released. To our regret, "Di Notte" ('80) could not been reissued due to the copyright matters. But, you can experience Italian AOR/Westcoast goodies.
 

Alan Sorrentti / Sienteme, It's Time To Land

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  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-080) (Original: EMI Italiana S.p.A, Italy)
  • Release Date: November 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1976)
  • Producer: Corrado Bacchelli
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Jeff Neighbor, Mike Howlett
    • Drums: Steve Mitchell, John Lingwood
    • Percussion: Bobbye Hall, Kent Middleton, Larry Blackshere
    • Vibes: Larry Blackshere
    • Keyboards: David Kahne, Gianni Leone
    • Clavinet: Mike Deacon
    • Guitars: Corrado Rustici, Roger Voudouris, Gianni Leone
    • Hors; Mike Buetra, Bob True, Al Bent
    • Background Vocals: Maxine Waters, Alex Waters, Julia Waters
Alan Sorrenti / Sientime, It's Time To Land

Tracks:

  1. Alba
  2. The Prisoner And The Dancer
  3. Island Queen
  4. Sienteme
  5. Try To Imagine
  6. Seagull Song
  7. Sliding On The Wire
  8. Listen
  9. Your Love Is Magic
 

Alan Sorrentti / Figli Delle Stelle

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  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-081) (Original: EMI Italiana S.p.A, Italy)
  • Release Date: November 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1977)
  • Producer: Corrado Bacchelli
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Nicola Di Stasio
    • Keyboards: David Foster
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Walter Martino
    • Bass: David Hungate, Dino Cappa
    • Percussion: Steve Forman, Antonio Carlos Sylva
    • Sax: Quitman Denis
    • Background Vocals: Jolanda, Monna Lisa, Marilou, Judith, Francoise, Naimy, Lella
Alan Sorrenti / Figli Delle Stelle

Tracks:

  1. Figli Delle Stelle
  2. Donna Luna
  3. Passione
  4. Notte Di Stelle
  5. E Tu Mi Porti Via
  6. Un Incontro In Ascensore
  7. C'è Sempre Musica Nell'aria
  8. Tu Sei Un'aquila E Vai
 
Alan Sorrentti / L.A. & N.Y. <ACM Rating: >
  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-082) (Original: EMI Italiana S.p.A, Italy)
  • Release Date: November 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1979)
  • Producers: Jay Graydon, Lance Quinn, Brad Baker
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Hiram Bullock, Cliff Morris
    • Piano: Jai Winding
    • Synth: Richard Trifan
    • Bass: Mike Porcaro, Will Lee
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Richard Crooks
    • Percussion: Victor Feldman, Sammy Figueroa
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Joe Shepley, Marvin Stamm
    • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach, Barry Rogers
    • Sax: Ronnie Cuber, David Tofani
    • Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, Steve Kipner, Bobby Kimball, Gordon Grody, Diva Gray, Lani Groves
Alan Sorrenti / L.A. & N.Y.
 

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Tracks:

  1. Tu Sel L'unica Donna Per Me
  2. Per Sepre Tu
  3. Dancing In My Heart
  4. Provaci
  5. Look Out
  6. Take A Chance
  7. Love Fever
Polystar, Japan was one of the most aggressive labels releasing AOR/Westcoast new-recording albums in early 90's. Unfortunately they changed their company management policy and thus never release brand-new AOR//Westcoast albums since late 90's. However, they have reissued their out-of-print collections on December 21, 2001 and now you can experience good 90's AOR/Westcoast albums again. Here is the reissued CDs;
NED DOHENY
Love Like Ours
 
Postcards From Hollywood
 
Between Two Worlds

Love Like Ours

   
1991
 
1991
 
1993
PSCR-6014
 
PSCR-6015
 
PSCR-6016
 
Walking On Water
 
ROBBIE DUPREE
 
Smoke And Mirrors
   
1993
   
1995
PSCR-6017
   
PSCR-6018
 
JIM PHOTOGLO
 
GERRY BECKLEY
Pure Love
 
Passage
 
Van Go Gan

Pure Love

 
Passage
 
Van Go Gan
1993
 
1993
 
1995
PSCR-6019
 
PSCR-6020
 
PSCR-6022

 

 

 

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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF DECEMBER 2001 / JANUARY, 2002


NEW RELEASES

 

MARILYN SCOTT / WALKING WITH STRANGERS

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Marilyn Scott's 7th album "Walking With Strangers" is now on sale and this is her first for L.A.'s newest label, Prana. As usual, Marilyn intimate music fellow such as Russell Ferrante and Jimmy Haslip are tightly backing up her on this brand-new album. When Marilyn released recent albums under Warner Jazz, those were much more jazz-oriented than her 80's and early 90's albums full of R&B and/or Free-Soul flavors. As regards this brand-new album "Walking With Strangers", she reveals variety of her talent as a singer. The Opening track "Loving You" is a good pop-jazz tune and the following "I Always Think Of You" written by herself would be good-old Marilyn R&B flavored tune. "Give In" reminds me of her early 90's sophisticated Adult Contemporary tunes. Very good!

 
    • Label: Prana Entertainment, USA (8 06863001-2)
    • Release Date: November 6, 2001
    • Producers: Jimmy Haslip, Renato Neto, Russell Ferrante, Joe Vannelli, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patrice Rushen, Kattise Buckingham and herself
    • Musicians:
      • Keyboards: Renato Neto, Russell Ferrante, Joe Vannelli, Jimmy Haslip, Patrice Rushen, George Duke
      • Guitars: Ray Fuller, Richard Silveira, Ramon Stagnaro, James Hara
      • Bass: Jimmy Haslip,
      • Drums: Joey Heredia, Vinny Colaiuta, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kattise Buckingham, Michael White
      • Percussion: Daryl "Munyungo" Jackson
      • Duet Vocals on track 6: Frank McComb
      • Background Vocals: Lori Perry, Dorlene Perry, Carolyn Perry, Leslie Smith, Maxine Lewis, Ross Vannelli
Marilyn Scott / Walking With Strangers

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Listen Before You Buy !

  • Tracks:
    1. Loving You
    2. I Always Think Of You
    3. Give In
    4. All Of The Above
    5. Beginning With You
    6. You Don't Know What Love Is
    7. Walking With Strangers
    8. Don't Let Love Get Away
    9. Who's Looking For Me?
    10. No Room For Hate

 

 

 


 

THE HOWLAND - IMBODEN PROJECT / THE HOWLAND - IMBODEN PROJECT

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The Howland/Imboden Project is an all instrumental rock/jazz/fusion project featuring Keith Howland (guitar) and Tris Imboden (drums), both current members of the Chicago. The debut album from the band features 10 tracks ranging from straight ahead rock to Latin tinged jazz. Now available at CD Baby and you can listen to several soundclips there.

    • Label: Gracenote Records, USA
    • Release Date: October 21, 2001
    • Producers: Keith Howland and Tris Imboden
    • Keith Howland: Guitars, Keyboards
    • Tris Imboden: Drums
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Keyboards: Jeff Babko, Bill Champlin, David Garfield, Robert Lamm, Steve Weingart, Horace Williamson, Lance Morrison
      • Bass: Jimmy Earl, Jason Scheff
      • Trumpet: Lee Loughnane
      • Trombone: James Pankow
      • Sax: Mark Russo
      • Percussion: Kevin Ricard
The Howland / Imboden Project
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  • Tracks:
    1. Don't Wake The Baby
    2. Theme From A Love Dream
    3. Cement Mixer
    4. Your Old Thingy
    5. Fallin' In A Hole
    6. Philly Blue
    7. Friday The 13th
    8. Sharp Funk 5
    9. Inching Towards....?
    10. Mr. Ceiling Fan


 

 


 

LARRY WILLIAMS & FRIENDS / THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE

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To my surprise, this is the very first solo project of Larry Williams, known as Sax / Keyboard player of the legendary group "Seawind". Although everyone assume that Larry's solo album would be smooth jazz / contemporary jazz one, Larry did straight-ahead jazz. The album is opened by "Nefertti In Blue And Green" written by Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis, a tribute to them and Bill Evans."Invitation", a standard tune featuring Pauline Wilson, follows. This album includes very famous tune "'Round Midnight" written by Thelonious Monk. In addition, Larry performs 3 tunes of his own; "The Beautiful Struggle", "Love Lost" and "Straight, No Changes".

    • Label: Sony Music Distribution (Japan) Inc.,Japan (SSCL-1)
    • Release Date: December 5, 2001
    • Producer: Larry Williams
    • Larry Williams & Friends are:
      • Larry Williams: Piano, Synthesizers, Sax, Flute
      • Dave Carpenter: Bass
      • Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Chuck Findley
      • Flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
      • Trombone, Bass Trumpet: Bill Reichenbach
      • Drums: Aaron Serfaty
      • Percussion: Cassio Duarte
      • Acoustic Guitar: Hector Pereira
      • Lead Vocals: Pauline Wilson
Larry Williams & Friends / The Beautiful Struggle

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. Nefertiti In Blue And Green
    2. Invitation
    3. Soul Eyes
    4. The Beautiful Struggle
    5. Grayheart
    6. Inner Urge
    7. Love Lost
    8. Calling You
    9. 'Round Midnight
    10. Starlight, No Changes


 


  

LABORIEL MATHIESON / LABORIEL MATHIESON

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Greg Mathieson seems to be very aggressive recently for releasing CDs. Following the great live album "Live At The Baked Potato" with Abraham Laboriel, Michael Landau and Vinnie Colaiuta. New duet album with Abraham Laboriel has just been released. The liner notes on the CD says "This project has a simple origin. Poet Quincy Troupe invited Greg and Abraham to play as a duet to provide musical counterpoint for an evening of poetry readings by such gifted artists as Amiri Baraka. Their dialogue was a joy for them and for those who listened. They decided to experiment more with this format and wrote pieces to highlight that dialogue, to accent and interaction of just two voices. These tunes were recorded in a single take without overdubs to capture the intimacy and excitement of the conversation. Enjoy."

    • Label: LMNOP Music, USA (CD Serial #: none)
    • Release Date: October, 2001
    • Producers: Greg Mathieson and Abraham Laboriel
    • Laboriel Mathieson are:
      • Greg Mathieson: Piano
      • Abraham Laboriel: Bass
Laboriel Mathieson

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  • Tracks:
    1. Rosita De Abril
    2. Doublin'
    3. Time Has No Green Card
    4. Con Alma
    5. QT
    6. Inspiration
    7. Savada
    8. Givers
    9. Seeing Is Believing
  

 

 


 

SNEAKER / EARLY ON

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Cool Sound presents you another rare material collection CD. This time, you will have the Sneaker's early years rare materials including demos for their sensational debut album "Sneaker" and unreleased materials selected by Toshi Nakada. Toshi selected 12 tunes out of 23 candidates including "More Than Just The Two O Us" alternative version featuring Mitch Crane on the lead vocal and a little bit classical instrumental piece. This collection album mainly includes early-years demos before releasing their 1s album as the title shows. And, it should be noted that the closing tune "Without Your Love" is the demo recorded in 1983 after the sudden bankrupt of the record company. You will find out how the Sneaker got a deal by listening to this album.

    • Label: Cool Sound, Japan (COOL-083)
    • Release Date: December 10, 2001
    • Producers: Themselves except track 7 &8 by Al Schmitt and Shelly Weiss,track 12 by Mitch Crane, Michael Carey Scheneider and Tim Torrance
    • Sneaker are:
      • Mitch Crane: Guitars, Vocals
      • Michael Carey Schneider: Keyboards, Vocals
      • Michael Cottage: Bass, Vocals
      • Mike Hughes: Drums
      • Jim King: Keyboards
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Robert Pina: Drums
Sneaker / Early On

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Melody Blvd.

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  • Tracks:
    1. Cinderella
    2. Keri
    3. Looking For Someone Like You
    4. Head Jazz
    5. Loose In The World
    6. If You Should Want Me (1st version)
    7. If You Should Want Me (2nd version)
    8. One By One
    9. Just For You
    10. Millionaire
    11. Did You Order One
    12. Without Your Love
  

 

 

 


 

KARIZMA / LOST & FOUND

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Karizma, the L.A. based super fusion band David Garfield formed, has a long long history. "Fusion" is widely recognized as music blended many musical elements from Latin, Jazz, Funk and Rock. In this sense, Karizma is the leader of this music category. This collection CD includes early years demos including the interesting 1982 demos with James Felix on vocals, two of which were re-recorded on their first CD "Dream Come True" released in 1983 and one of which, "I Guess I'll Just Move On" was later recorded instrumentally as "Hungry Dogs" on their 2nd album "Cuba". And you can also listen to 1983 live tracks done at Baked Potato in North Hollywood which were broadcasted on FM Tokyo in Japan in those days.

    • Label: Creatchy Records, USA (CR-014)
    • Release Date: December, 2001
    • Producer: David Garfield
    • Karizma are:
      • David Garfield: Keyboards (1st incarnation<'75> - current)
      • Carlos Vega: Drums (1st incarnation<'75> - 3rd incarnation<'78>, 7th incarnation<'82> - 12th incarnation<'88>)
      • Ralf Rickert: Trumpet (1st incarnation<'75>)
      • Domenic Genova: ? (1st incarnation<'75>)
      • Richard Tokatz: ? (1st incarnation<'75>)
      • Larry Klimas: Sax (2nd incarnation<'78> - 5th incarnation<'80>, 9th incarnation<'83> - 13th incarnation<'99>)
      • Jim Henken: Guitars (2nd incarnation<'78>)
      • Pat Murphy: Percussion (2nd incarnation<'78>)
      • Michael Landau: Guitars (3rd incarnation<'78> - 6th incarnation<'81>, 10th incarnation<'86>, 12th incarnation<'88>, 13th incarnation<'99> - current)
      • Dean Cortez: Bass (3rd incarnation<'78> - 4th incarnation<'79>, 7th incarnation<'82> - 9th incarnation<'83>)
      • Lenny Castro: Percussion (3rd incarnation<'78> - 4th incarnation<'79>, 7th incarnation<'82> - 13th incarnation<'99>)
      • Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums (4th incarnation<'79> - 6th incarnation<'81>, current)
      • John Pierce: Bass (5th incarnation<'80>)
      • Steve Tavaglione: Sax (6th incarnation<'81> - 8th incarnation<'83>, 12th incarnation<'88>)
      • Eric Wallengren: Bass (6th incarnation<'81>)
      • James Felix: Lead Vocals (7th incarnation<'82> - 8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Kevin Dukes: Guitars (7th incarnation<'82>)
      • Dean Parks: Guitars (8th incarnation<'83> - 9th incarnation<'83>)
      • Jimmy Johnson: Bass (10th incarnation<'86>)
      • Mike Miller: Guitars (11th incarnation<'87>)
      • Nathan East: Bass (11th incarnation<'87>)
      • Toss Panos: Drums (13th incarnation<'99>)
      • Neil Stubenhaus: Bass (current)
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Dennis Herring: Guitars (7th incarnation<'82>)
      • Tom Scott: Sax (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Ernie Watts: Sax (8th incarnation<'83> - 9th incarnation<'83>)
      • David Paich: Keyboards (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Neil Larsen: Organ (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Steve Lukather: Guitars (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Jeff Porcaro: Drums (8th incarnation<'83>)
Karizma  / Lost & Found
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Creatchy Records

  • Tracks:
    1. Prophecy
    2. Natural Phenomenon
    3. Deep Inside
    4. Limbs
    5. Tell Me
    6. I Want You So
    7. Say You Will
    8. I Guess I'll Just Move On
    9. Blues For Ronnie
    10. Dream Come True
    11. Sting
    12. Corbitt Van Brauer
    13. Heavy Resin
    14. Fun In Tokyo
    15. Studio Jam

 

  


 

GIANT / III

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Dann Huff is recently known for his producing works with pop / pop-country artists like Faith Hill and Jewel, otherwise with heavy metal rockers like Megaddeath. After recording 2 commercially unsuccessful albums "White Heart" ('82) and "Vital Signs" ('84) as the member of Christian Rock Band "White Heart", Dann Huff moved to L.A. and started session works, eventually becoming the most requested guitarist. But after years he decided to start his own band, forming Giant with his brother David Huff on drums, Alan PASCAL on keyboards, and Mike Brignardello on bass. They signed with A&M Records and released "Last of the Runaways" in 1989, featuring a melodic hard rock sound with US Top 20 hit "I'll See You in My Dreams." Although the album sold well for a long period, the band found themselves on Epic for their 2nd album "Time to Burn" in 1992. Soon after the 2nd album release, Alan Pasqua let and the band itself soon dissolved. Dan Huff has returned to sessions and producing works in Nashville, and besides working with big artists including Shania Twain and Michael W. Smith. Suddenly in late 2001, we have again faced the band "Giant" with this reunion album "III", the high-tension melodic rock album. At last but not least, it should be noted that Japanese version includes 4 bonus live performance tracks.

    • Label: Frontiers Records, Italy / Now & Then, UK (Japan: Marquee / Avalon <MICP-10277>)
    • Release Date: December 19, 2001
    • Producers: Terry Thomas, Dann Huff, David Lyndon Huff, Mike Brignardello
    • Giant are:
      • Dan Huff: Guitars, Keyboards, Lead&Background Vocals
      • David Lyndon Huff: Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
      • Mike Brignardello: Bass, Background Vocals
Giant / III

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  • Tracks:
    1. Combustion
    2. You'll Be Mine
    3. Over You
    4. Don't Leave Me In Love
    5. Love Can't Help You Now
    6. The Sky Is The Limit
    7. It's Not The End Of The World
    8. Oh Yeah
    9. Can't Let Go
    10. Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
    11. I'm A Believer (Japanese Bonus Track)
    12. Chained (Japanese Bonus Track)
    13. The Big Pitch (Japanese Bonus Track)
    14. Cause We've Ended As Lovers (Japanese Bonus Track)

 

 

  


 

MICHAEL McDONALD / IN THE SPIRIT - A CHRISTMAS ALBUM -

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Michael McDonald's Christmas album has just been released under MCA Nashville, one of major labels, not under Michael's own label. As you know, many Christmas albums tend to be a collection of traditional songs. However, this album includes 7 new songs written by Michael with other talented songwriters for the album. And Michael covers "On Christmas Morning" written by David Foster and Kenny Loggins in 1989. Only 3 songs are traditional tunes. Enjoy this great holiday music throughout your prosperous 2002 year!

    • Label: MCA Nashville, USA (088 170 230-2)
    • Release Date: October 16, 2001
    • Producers: Marc Harris and himself
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Andrew Ramsey, Eric Struthers
      • Keyboards: Marc Harris
      • Bass: Tommy Sims
      • Drums: Rick Jordan, Dan Needham
      • Percussion: Crystal Taliefero
      • Sax: Jim Horn, Sam Levine, Kirk Whalum
      • Trumpet: Mike Haynes
      • Trombone: Barry Green
      • Synth Strings: David Hoffner
      • Violin: Conni Ellisor
      • Cello: John Catchings
      • Background Vocals: Amy Holland, Scarlett McDonald, Jams Ingram, The Delegation Choir, Chris Farren, Michelle Warren, Gail Mayes West, Ann McCrary, Alfreda McCrary, Jovaun Wood
Michael McDonald / In The Spirit
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  • Tracks:
    1. Angels We Have Heard On High
    2. To Make A Miracle
    3. Children Go Where I Send Thee
    4. Every Time Christmas Comes Around
    5. Peace
    6. White Christmas / Winter Wonderland
    7. One Gift
    8. On This Night
    9. House Full Of Love
    10. On Christmas Morning
    11. World Out Of A Dream

 

 

  


 

 

MARI FALCONE / UNTO HIM THIS CHRISTMAS

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Mari Falcone began her professional career in the 80's touring with Donna Summer, and since then has toured with Amy Grant, Deniece Williams and Kevyn Lettau. And since moving to LA, Mari started writing and playing for Christian artists like Debby Boone and Kim Hill. In 2000, Mari created her all-instrumental solo debut CD "And All This", which is a perfectly blend of all kind of musical sensibilities. And foe 2001 Christmas, Mari competed her 2nd solo effort "Unto Him This Christmas" with her message "May the Prince of Peace visit your heart and home as you listen to this music. Merry Christmas".

    • Label: GIC Productions, USA (088 170 230-2)
    • Release Date: November, 2001
    • Producers: Herself
    • Mari Falcone: Piano
Mari Falcone / Unto Him This Christmas
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GIC Production
  • Tracks:
    1. Unto Him
    2. O Come Little Children
    3. Away In A Manger
    4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
    5. Silent Night
    6. O Come All Ye Faithful / Good Christian Men Rejoice
    7. Lully, Lullay (Coventry Carol)
    8. Jesu Bambino
    9. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
    10. The First Noel
    11. Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring
    12. O Come, O Come Emmanuel

 

 

 


 

JANEY CLEWER & BRUCE GAITSCH / ONE ON ONE

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It was the late summer of 1998 that I had reported Bruce Gaitsch (Guitar) and Janey Clewer (Piano) completed their collaborated works, on which you would find the perfect peace between the piano and guitar. However, the CD release had been postponed for almost 2 years. And now, I am pleased to let you know that this beautiful album will be available through Angelynn Records in the Fall of 2001. Bruce explains this album as follows: "This record is a labor of love... my love for Janey and her music. I've never met anyone half as talented as my wife. She not only writes amazing music, but here is the proof that she can play it too. All of her piano performances are one takes, no punching in. Not so for the guitar... Some of these songs have been sitting in her piano bench for years... Now we can share them with you... Enjoy." I admit from the bottom of my heart that all the performances on this album are most sophisticated music, they make us calm and gentle. No words needed... Excellent. This work may be categorized as New Age or Healing Music if I have to do so. Worthwhile listening if you should not like such type of music. You can order this long-waited album now at Angelynn Music website.

    • Label: Angelynn Music, USA (ANG-005)
    • Release Schedule :November, 2001
    • Producer: Janey Clewer
    • Strings arranged and conducted by Randy Waldman
    • Guest Musicians:
      • Solo Cello on track 13: Sachi Patitucci
      • Strings for track 3:
        • Concertmaster: Ralph Morrison
        • Violin: Juliann French
        • Viola: Simon Oswell
        • Cello: Armen Ksajikian, Sachi McHenry, Dane Little
      • Strings for track 7:
        • Concertmaster: Christian Teal
        • Violins: David Davidson, Pamela Sixfin, Mary Kathryn Vanosdale, Juliann French
        • Violas: Kristin Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean
        • Cello: John Catchings
      • Strings for track 10:
        • Concertmaster: Christian Teal
        • Violins: David Davidson, Connie Heard, Pamela Sixfin, Mary Kathryn Vanosdale
        • Violas: Kristin Wilkinson, Jim Grosjean
One On One
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  • Tracks:
    1. Dawn
    2. Cafe L'Amour (based on Paganinni's Caprice #20 for solo violin)
    3. Love Like No Other I've Known
    4. Reflection
    5. Janey's Theme
    6. Promenade
    7. The Longing
    8. Blue Mountain
    9. Beginning Ballet (based on Paganinni's Caprice #3 for violin)
    10. For Miya
    11. A Little Prayer
    12. Dusk
    13. There Is A Quiet Place

 

 

  


 

 

REISSUES

 

FOOTLOOSE / FOOTLOOSE

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Another long-waited reissue will soon be achieved. Canadian AOR / West Coast leading singer, Tim Feehan's sensational debut album as the band Footloose is it. Compared to his solo albums, Footloose is more West Coast vein one. The opening track "Leaving For Maui" is very good soft and mellow piece, which were covered by many artists in Hawaii.

    • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-084) (Original Label: Mustard, Canada <M-1003>)
    • Release Date: December 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1980)
    • Producers: Garry McDonall and themselves
    • Footloose is:
      • Tim Feehan: Vocals
      • Terry Medd: Guitars
      • Curt Smith: Keyboards
      • George Goodall: Bass
      • Dwayne Feland: Drums
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Trevor Dunn, Doug Jenson
      • Keyboards: Ted Baroweick
      • Bass: Rick Erickson
      • Percussion: Brian Feland
      • Sax: P.J. Perry
      • Background Vocals: Brenda Jackson
Footloose / Footloose
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Melody Blvd.

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  • Tracks:
    1. Leaving For Maui
    2. Just Enough Love
    3. Dancin' Feelin'
    4. I'll Take Some Time
    5. Put On The Dog
    6. Time Is Right
    7. Jamie
    8. Line-Ups
    9. Thanks I Needed That

 

 

 


 

 

DICK ST. NICKLAUS / SWEET AND DANDY

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It was 1979 that Dick St. Nicklaus's 1st album "Magic" was a kind of boom in Osaka, the second largest city of Japan located in western part of Japan, near Kyoto. Osaka has a diffent atmosphere and their own cluture and in those days thet were keen to find out some unfamiliar artists by themselves. One was Dick St. Nicklaus. Sony Music Osaka branch A&R decided to release "Magic" limited in Kansai (western part of Japan surrounding Osaka) and this trial was succeded. The album sold well and thus "Magic" was released all over Japan. Dick St. Nicklaus got a deal for his 2nd album "Sweet And Dandy" with Sony Music Japan. This album is opened by the catchy tune "Bye Bye Baby" clearly inspired by the keyboard rhythm pattern used by Doobie Borthers on their smash hit "What A Fool Believes". The beautiful ballads tune "Love, Love, Love" was covered by Bill Medley on his 1981 album "Liberty" later.

    • Label: Epic Records International, Inc. Japan (EICP 7017)
    • Release Date: December 19, 2001 (Original Release: November 21, 1980)
    • Producers: Velton Ray Bunch and himself
    • Dick St. Nicklaus: Vocals, Drums, Keyboards
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Steve Schaeffer
      • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
      • Guitars: Steve Lukather
      • Synthesizer: Ian Underwood
      • Background Vocals: Billy Thomas, Alex Cash
      • Horns: Charles Findley, Steve Madaio, Peter Christner, William Reichenbach, Terry Harrington
      • Sax: Jim Horn
Dick St. Nicklaus / Sweet And Dandy
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  • Tracks:
    1. Bye Bye Baby
    2. Can't Say Love
    3. Love, Love, Love
    4. Lies
    5. You Better Run
    6. Osaka Moon
    7. You're Living A Lie
    8. Stuck In The Mud, Again
    9. I'm Tired

 

 


 

 

BILL HUGHES / DREAM MASTER

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Bill Hughes is another artists besides Dick St. Nicklaus who were strongly supported by Sony Music Japan Osaka Branch in the autumn of 1979. Bill Hughes started his professional music career as a member of the soft rock band "Lazarus" in early 70's under Bearsville Records. In 1977, Bill got a deal as a solo artist with CBS Records Canada. Thus "Dream Master" had been created. As you can see the below, great Westcoast studio musicians were involved. Bill performed soft and mellow tunes all through this album. We had to wait for Bill Hughes next album until 1991. It was "Welcome To The Edge", which was released under the name of Billie Hughes and as you may know Bill changed not only his first name but also music style....

    • Label: Epic Records International, Inc. Japan (EICP 7018)
    • Release Date: December 19, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1979)
    • Producer: Henry Lewy
    • Bill Hughes: Acoustic Guitar
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Russ Kunkel, Jeff Porcaro, John Dell, Rick Shlosser, Kat Hendrike
      • Bass: Wilton Felder, Allen Soberman, Joel Wade, Mike Porcaro
      • Guitars: Will McFarland, Jay Graydon, Mitch Holder, Tony Peluso, Oscar Castro-Neves, Terry Frewer, Brett Wade
      • Keyboards:Mike Melvoin, Randy Kumano, Gary Lyons, Lincoln Mayorga, Ian Underwood, Dale Jacobs, Doug Louie
      • Harpsichord & Vibes: Victor Feldman
      • Percussion: Gary Lyons, Steve Foreman, Victor Feldman, Jose Feliciano
      • Sax: Earnie Watts, Ray Pizzi
      • Background Vocals: Renee Armand, Laura Creamer, Clark Burroughs, Collen Peterson, Brett Wade, Joanie Taylor, Terry Frewer, Ventta Fields, Sherlie Mathews, Paulette Brown, Jose Feliciano, Ian Freebairn-Smith
Bill Hughes / Dream Master
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  • Tracks:
    1. Stealin' My Heart Away
    2. Dreams Come True
    3. Waiting For You To Fly
    4. Only Love
    5. Lower Lights
    6. Gypsy Lady
    7. Quiet Moment
    8. Catch Me Smilin'
    9. Only Your Heart Can Say
    10. Dream Master

 

 


 

 

DAVID GARFIELD AND FRIENDS / MUSIC FROM RIDING BEAN

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You may assume that this album should be a kind of typical soundtrack for Japanese animation video, when you see the artwork of this album. Answer is definitely "No"! Once you start to listen to this album, you are obliged to change your basic stance when you come across this kind of soundtrack album. I am fully aware that some of AOR/Westcoast lovers seems to avoid buying soundtrack or concept albums due to their prejudice and I should point out how they lost chances to listen to good music. This soundtrack album can prove that my observation would be right. This music was written and recorded for a Japanese animation video called "Riding Bean" in 1988 featuring the L.A. "west coast" musicians mainly involved in David Garfield's project band "Karizma". Therefore, this might be said to be alternative or hidden Karizma album. In addition to very very excellent instrumental tunes such as "Bean Bandit Boogie" featuring super guitar performance by Michael Landau, you are able to enjoy several vocal tunes featuring Phil Perry. This CD had been one of the hardest-to-get CDs for a long time. Now is the chance to experience this hidden treasure!

    • Label: Creatchy Records, USA (CR-015) (Original Label: Futureland / Toshiba EMI, Japan <CD:LD32-5091, Vinyl: LB28-5091>)
    • Release Date: November, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1989)
    • 1st Reissue: May 19, 1993 (Futureland / Toshiba EMI, Japan <TYCY-5303>)
    • Producers: David Garfield and Alan Hirshberg
    • Co-Producer: Junji Fujita
    • Musicians:
      • Keyboards: David Garfield
      • Vocals: Phil Perry, Andrea Robinson
      • Drums: Carlos Vega
      • Bass: Jimmy Johnson
      • Guitar: Michael Landau, Teddy Costellucci
      • Percussion: Lenny Castro
      • EWI: Steve Tavaglione
      • Flute: Larry Klimas
      • Sax: Brandon Fields, Larry Klimas
      • Background Vocals: Paulette Brown, Leslie Smith, Kate Markowitz, Phil Perry
Music From Riding Bean

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Creatchy Records
  • Tracks:
    1. Road Buster
    2. Bad Girl
    3. Dealin' Down
    4. Bean Bandit Boogie
    5. Brewy's Bag
    6. King Of The Road
    7. Hit The Highway
    8. Get Out Of My Way
    9. Kickin' Booty
    10. Runnin' The Road

 

 


 

 

KELLY WILLARD / WILLING HEART

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"Willing Heart" is CCM female singer Kelly Willard's 2nd album. Kelly sings all the tunes with her beautiful female voice. Kelly wrote all songs by herself except "Comfortable With You", " Faithful Love" and "Hold On" with Hadley Hockensmith, "A Million Ways" with Pita Delamater and "Only You" with Bruce Hibbard. Fabulous CCM album!

    • Label: Willing Heart Music, USA (WHD0022) (Original Label: Maranatha Music, USA <MM0079A>)
    • Release Date: November, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1981)
    • Producers: Dan Willard and herself
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Keith Edwards
      • Bass: Darrel Cook, Abraham Laboriel
      • Guitars: Hadley Hockensmith, Anthony Dean
      • Keyboards: Kelly Willard
      • Acoustic Piano: Harlan Rogers
      • Steel Guitar: Al Perkins
      • Percussion: Alex McDougall
      • Sax: John Phillips
      • Background Vocals: Michele Pillarm, Bruce Hibbard, Bob Bennett, Hadley Hockensmith, Steve Archer, Harlan Rogers, Janice Archer
      • Strings Arrangement: Stan Endicott
      • String Players: Jonice Gower, Daniel Shindaryou, Bob Lipsett, Razdon Kuyundion, Bill Hybel, Arthur Zadinsky, Vanessa Kibbe, Glenn Grab, Gloria Strassner, Steve Gorden, Carol Landon, Pavel Farkas (Concert Master)
Kelly Willard / Willing Heart

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  • Tracks:
    1. Willing Heart
    2. To Obey Him
    3. Comfortable With You
    4. Faithful Love
    5. A Million Ways
    6. Hold On
    7. Jesus
    8. Only You
    9. Yesterday's Gone
    10. The Narrow Way

 

 


 

PARBER & KERSTEIN / STORIES FROM THE HEART +1

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Denmark is said to be one of the center of good music. Recently, we have rediscovered one of the hidden Danish treasure. The treasure is the Parber & Kerstein's early 90's debut album "Stories From The Heart" produced by Morten Munch (ex."Skagerak"). This has been the only album of Parber & Kerstein as of Jan 4, 2002. However, please note that they are still active songwriters and are expected to release their brand-new album as the Parber Kerstein Band in future. As a matter of fact, Parber & Kerstein released a CD-single "Once In A Lifetime" featuring Tommy Rasmussen (ex-Skagarak) on vocals, the anthem for the official ITU Triathlon World Championship 2001, taken place on the 4th- 5th August 2001 in Fewdericia Denmark. Parber & Kerstein show you how the Scandinavian good hard progressive Westcoast music should be! And now, Target Records Germany has just reissued the album "Stories From The Heart" with their brand-new hit "Once In A Lifetime" as a bonus track. I recommend you to try Parber & Kerstein!

    • Label: Target Records, Germany (TARGET0110) (Original Label:Pinapple Records,Denmark)
    • Release Date: November, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1991)
    • Producer: Morten Munch
    • Parber & Kerstein are:
      • Jan Parber: Vocals, Background Vocals, Keyboards
      • Jes Kerstein: Guitars, Keyboards
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Morten Munch: Keyboards, Bass, Background Vocals, Guitars
      • Tommy Rasmussen: Vocals, Background Vocals, Keyboards
      • Carsten Kolster: Drums
      • Jan Kaspersen: Sax
      • Ole Hansen: Piano
      • Jesper Gruschy: Sax
Parber & Kerstein / Stories From The Heart
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Target Records
  • Tracks:
    1. Intro
    2. Keep On Waiting
    3. You Could Be The Last
    4. I'll Love You Forever
    5. Talk Too Much
    6. Love Don't Come Easy
    7. Open Up Your Heart
    8. The World Keeps On Turning
    9. Give It From The Heart
    10. Moving In Circles
    11. In Your Eyes
    12. Angel
    13. Once In A Lifetime (Bonus Track)

 

 


 

 

DIONNE WARWICK / FRIENDS IN LOVE

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A hard-to-get CD "Dionne Warwick / Friends In Love" (1982) <BVCM- 37275> has been re-reissued at last. This is one of the best Jay Graydon producing works. This album had been reissued in Japan in 1987 (1st reissue CD serial #: 32RD-101<by Nippon Phonogram on May 25, 1987>, 2nd reissue CD serial #: A32-D4 <by BMG Victor on November 5). It is not familiar but in fact this album was also reissued in Germany by BMG Germany in 1993 (CD serial # 74321 14015 2). Anyway, this album had been out-of-print for a long time. The album includes 3 tunes written by Jay Graydon, the opener "For You" with Richard Page and Steve George, "Friends In Love" with David Foster and Bill Champlin and "What Is This". And you may be aware that Dionne sings "Never Gonna Let You Go" on this album, which is much well-known by Sergio Mendes version released in 1983. Do not miss it this time.

    • Label: BMG Funhouse Inc., Japan (BVCM-37275) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
    • Release Date: November 21, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1982)
    • Producers: Jay Graydon
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Steve Gadd, Mike Baird, Jeff Porcaro
      • Bass: Abraham Laboriel, Mike Porcaro
      • Keyboards: Steve Porcaro, David Foster, Jay Graydon, Robbie Buchanan, Michael Boddicker, Michael Omartian, Stevie Wonder, Steve George
      • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Marty Walsh, Larry Carlton, Michael Landau
      • Percussion: Victor Feldman, Jay Graydon
      • Flugelhorn: Jerry Hey, Charles Loper, Gary Grant
      • Horns: Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Charles Loper, Gary Grant
      • Duet Vocals on track7: Johnny Mathis
      • Background Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George, Bill Champlin, Vennette Gloud, Carmen Twillie
      • Strings Arrangement: Johnny Mandel, Jeremy Lubbock, David Foster, Michael Omartian
      • String Concertmaster: Assa Drori
Dionne Warwick / Friends In Love
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  • Tracks:
    1. For You
    2. Friends In Love
    3. Never Gonna Let You Go
    4. Can't Hide Love
    5. Betcha By Golly Wow
    6. More Than Fascination
    7. Got You Where I Want You
    8. With A Touch
    9. What Is This
    10. A Love So Right

 

 


 

 

MELISSA MANCHESTER / SINGIN'...

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Melissa Manchester was discovered by Bette Midler and Barry Manilow when she performed in Manhattan clubs. Bette Midler and Barry Manilow hired her as a background vocalist in 1971. Then, Melisa got a change to record her debut album "Home to Myself" in 1973. "Singin'..." is Melissa's 6th album released in 1977, on which Melissa challenged to sing 9 other songwriter's tunes out of 10 tracks on this album. Among AOR/Westcoast lovers, her next album "Don't Cry Out Loud" is much popular, but try this one also!

    • Label: BMG Funhouse Inc., Japan(BVCM-37276) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
    • Release Date: November 21, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1977)
    • Producer: Vini Poncia
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: David Spinozza, Jeff Mironov, Sid McGinnis
      • Bass: Will Lee
      • Drums: Steve Gadd
      • Keyboards: Don Grolnick, James Newton Howard
      • Percussion: Lenny Castro
      • Strings Arrangement: James Newton Howard
      • Strings Concert Master: Sid Sharp
      • Horn Arrangement: Tom Saviano
      • Sax: Tom Saviano, Stanley Schwartz, Andrew Mackintosh
      • Trumpet: Rich Felts
      • Trombone: George Bohanon
      • Woodwinds Arrangement: Tom Saviano
      • Flutes: Tom Saviano, Leo Worth Potts, Michael P. Carnahan
      • Background Vocals: Wendy Haas, Brie Howardm Vini Poncia, Claudia Cagan, Gail Kantor, The Faragher Brothers
Melissa Manchester / Singin'
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  • Tracks:
    1. Sad Eyes
    2. I Wanna Be Where You Are
    3. A Love Of Your Own
    4. No One's Ever Seen This Side Of Me
    5. You Make It Easy
    6. Stand
    7. My Love Is All
    8. Time
    9. Let Me Serenade You
    10. The Warmth Of The Sun

 


 

FRANK WEBER / FRANK WEBER

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Frank Weber is one of the best New York based Adult Contemporary artist, who performs his jazz-flavoured vocals with piano-oriented melodies. I described his music style as more jazzy Billy Joel with Marc Jordan sensitivity when I reviewed his 1st album. . Frank covered "Straight Up And Fly Right" written in 1944 by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills on his first album, and on this second album Frank covered "Take It To The Limit" originally performed by Eagles. The difference of cover tunes on both album might be properly showing the difference of album's atmosphere.

    • Label: BMG Funhouse Inc., Japan(BVCM-37277) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
    • Release Date: November 21, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1980)
    • Producer: Ed Newmark
    • The Band are:
      • Frank Weber: Vocals, Piano & Fender Rhodes
      • Tim DeHuff: Guitars
      • Ron Tierno: Drums
      • Harvey Auger: Bass
      • Armen Halburian: Percussion
      • Frank Elmo: Sax
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Guitars: David Spinozza, John Tropea
      • Bass: Tony Levin
      • Synthesizer: Chris Palmaro
      • Horns Arrangement: David Spinozza
      • Trumpet: Lewis Soloff, Jon Foddis
      • Trombone: Barry Rogers
      • Sax: Ron Cuber, Frank Elmo
      • Strings Arrangement: Joe Delia
      • Percussion: Rubens Bassini, Errol Bennett, Ed Newmark
      • Solo Vocals on track 9: David Lasley
      • Background Vocals: Gregg Hollister, Alon LeBoeuf, Tom Teely
Frank Weber / Frank Weber
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  • Tracks:
    1. Take It To The Limit
    2. The Old Man
    3. You Can Come Home To Me
    4. Between N.Y. And L.A.
    5. Who Wrote The Answers
    6. Reflections Of Myself
    7. Just Like Everyone Else
    8. Only For Tonight
    9. Between N.Y. And L.A. (Reprise - Instrumental)

 

 

 


 

 

JAMES WALSH GYPSY BAND / JAMES WALSH GYPSY BAND

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The roots of James Walsh Gypsy Band is the Progressive rock outfit "Gypsy" whose origin came from the "Underbeats" formed in 1964. The band signed to the Metromedia label, releasing their self-titled double-album in 1970. 1971's album "In the Garden" followed. Upon Gypsy's 4th album "Unlock the Gates" was released in 1973, the group disbanded. (They reformed just long enough to play the Super Jam '77 concert at St. Louis' Busch Stadium.) A year later, James Walsh formed a new Gypsy and released this album "The James Walsh Gypsy Band" on RCA. The new lineup Gypsy revealed their strong presence by this album, positioned between Chicago and Sons Of Champlin,that is to say, the mixture of rock, jazz and funk with excellent vocal harmonies backed by fabulous horns.

    • Label: BMG Funhouse Inc., Japan(BVCM-37278) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
    • Release Date: November 21, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1978)
    • Producer: James Walsh
    • Associate Producers: Richard Jorgensen, Deone Johnson
    • James Walsh Gypsy Band are:
      • James Walsh: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Synthesizer
      • Richard Jorgensen: Lead Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Vocals
      • Deone Johnson: Trumpet, Solo Flugelhorn, Vocals
      • Scott Fronsoe: Bass, Vocals
      • Todd Hansen: Trombone, Bass Trombone
      • Jim Behringer: Lead Guitar, Avitar, Vocals
      • Bob Jones: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
      • Ernie LaViolette: Drums, Percussion
James Walsh Gypsy Band
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  • Tracks:
    1. You Make Me Feel Like Livin'
    2. Love Is For The Best In Us
    3. Bring Yourself Around
    4. Don't Look Back
    5. Cuz It's You, Girl
    6. You
    7. Gray Tears
    8. My Star
    9. Whole Lotta Givin' To Do
    10. Lookin' Up I See
    11. Someday

 

 

 


 

 

 

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