Adult Contemporary Music in Japan

Monthly Recommended Discs Page

Many Adult Contemporary Music CD are releasing every month. SO, I would hereby show you Adult Contemporary Music CD New Release ( also including Reissue) information. As "Recommended Discs of The Month" , I would highly recommend to buy several albums with my personal review. In addition, I would also give you release information regarding other remarkable recent titles 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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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF JANUARY 2000


NEW RELEASES

AL JARREAU / TOMORROW TODAY

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We had to wait for this Al Jarreau's brand-new album "Tomorrow Today", the first release under Verve-GRP Records for more than 5 years! The last Jarreau album was "Tenderness"(1994) produced by Marcus Miller under Warner Bros, which was the recording of classic songs from various music genres. After releasing the best album "Best Of Al Jarreau" in 1996, he left Warner Bros. And now, Al Jarreau has returned with a little Westcoast/AOR atmosphere. "Tomorrow Today" is opened by "Just To Be Loved", our Bill Champlin's tune already familiar among us by Bill's own solo version. Bill is taking part in this album as the background vocalist for the opening track. Al Jarreau would give us the good ballads "God's Gift To The World", duet with Vanessa Williams. This album is said to be the restart of our Al Jarreau for this new millennium. For the sake of good order, track 3 "Through It All" is the different song with the same title as Bill Champlin's.

  • Label : Verve-GRP Records, USA
  • Release Date: March 7, 2000 (USA), February 9, 2000 (Japan: Verve-Polydor, Japan POCP-7461)
  • Producers: Paul Brown except track 10 by Barry J. Eastmond
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Phil Davis, Greg Mathieson, Larry Williams, John Stoddart, David "Kahlid" Woods, Randy Kerber, Tim Heintz, Barry J. Eastmond, Dan Shea, Jerry Hey, Freddie Ravel, Jimmy Johnson, Phil Davis
    • Moog and Strings: Jerry Hey
    • Additional Orchestration: Eric Jorgensen
    • Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr., Tony Maiden, Michael Landau, Phil Hamilton, Ross Bolton
    • Bass: Alex Al, Chris Walker
    • Drums: Steve Gadd
    • Drum Programming: Paul Brown, Phil Davis
    • EWI: Boney James
    • Trumpet: Rick Braun
    • Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Larry Williams,
    • Harmonica: Tollak Ollestad
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa, Luis Conte
    • Duet Vocals: Vanessa Williams (on track 9)
    • Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, John Stoddart, SueAnn Carwell, Josephine James, Phillis Williams, Donna Taylor, Andrea Martin
    • Choir: Kevyn Lettau, Mindy Stein, Reggie Burrell, Sarah Brown, Andrew Hey, Angela Munoz, Ryan Jarreau, Alexis Weatherspoon, Paizley Carwell, Susan Jarreau, Bubba Atkins, Monea Spencer, Karina Vela, Mathew Nevarez
Al Jarreau / Tomorrow Today
 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Just To Be Loved
  2. Let Me Love You
  3. In My Music
  4. Through It All
  5. Tomorrow Today
  6. Flame
  7. Something That You Said
  8. Last Night
  9. Gods' Gift To The World
  10. It's How You Say It
  11. Puddit (Put It Where You Want It)

 


BRETT WALKER / LIFT OFF

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Brett Walker coming from Oklahoma, started his music career in L.A as a songwriter. His first success was the Billboard top-10 hit song "Waiting For Love" performed by the L.A. hard rock band ALIAS in 1991. Then, Brett started to make his own album in New York and the recording materials were released in Europe and Asia in 1994. He established his popularity especially in Scandinavia, while having a hit song entitled "Lecia". In 1996, Brett released the his band album "Brett Walker And The Railbirds" with Tommy "Mugs" Cain (ds), Brian Jones (b) and Brad Zapper (g) (Key) under Westcoast Records, Sweden. "It's A Good Thing", the first single from this album reached the radio charts in Denmark as well as Sweden. Brett has just released his new solo album "Lift Off" with co-writers including Jeff Paris and Timothy Drury. Some cuts from this album are being used on the television shows such as "Touched By An Angel" and "Bay Watch".

  • Label : MTM Music, Germany (0681-07)
  • Release Date: January 24, 2000
  • Producer: David Prater, John Purdell and himself
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Drums: Tommy "Mugs" Cain, David Prater, Pat Leon
Brett Walker / Lift Off

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Tracklisting:

  1. Rain In My Heart
  2. Not About To Give In
  3. Everybody Loves To Win
  4. No One Left To Blame
  5. You Were Meant To Fly
  6. Long Way Down
  7. Far Cry
  8. Don't Mean Much
  9. Walking In My Sleep
  10. It Looks A Lot Like Rain
  11. Fooled Again
  12. It's Coming Back To Me
  13. Travelin Blues
 

 

 


 

LARRY JOHN McNALLY / LOOSE ENDS

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As written in the inner sleeves of this CD, this album is the collection of songs Larry John McNally archived his musical history -work tapes of songs in progress, live shows, demos, out-takes etc. Therefore, the sound of the materials are actually raw demos. However, as Larry explains, it is very fun to listen those materials full of the freedom and his musical origin.

  • Label : Leni Stern Recordings, USA (LSR-43)
  • Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Producers: Marvin Etzioni and Jon Lind
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Don Heffington, Denny McDermott, James Gadson
    • Bass: Jerry Scheff, Linceln Schleifer, Tim Lefebvre
    • Guitars: Leni Stern
    • Keyboards: George Whitty, Michael Ruff, Victor Feldman
    • Percussion: Denny McDermott
Larry John McNally / Loose Ends
 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Gypsy Club
  2. Black Guitar
  3. City Sing For Me
  4. Jesse
  5. So Good To You
  6. Amateur
  7. In A Lonely Place
  8. I'll See You There
  9. In My Indiscretion
  10. Tar On The Roof
  11. Katies Mood

 


 

 

REISSUES

  

AMBROSIA / SOMEWHERE I'VE NEVER TRAVELED

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As the result "Road Island", the 5 th Ambrosia album was reissued on CD in Japan in 1999, "Somewhere I've Never Traveled", the 2nd Ambrosia album has been left as the last one album which we wish is to be reissued on CD. And now, Warner Bros, USA has reissued this album with other Ambrosia albums, i.e. "Ambrosia"(1975), "Life Beyond L.A."(1978) and "One Eighty"(1980). Moreover, all those albums are digitally remastered for the reissue of this time. As you may know, Alan Parsons was the engineer of their 1st album "Ambrosia" and he produced this 2nd album "Somewhere I've Never Traveled".

  • Label: Warner Bros, USA (9-47566-2) (Original Label: 20th Century Fox Records)
  • Release Date: February 1, 2000 <Original Release Year:1976>
  • Producer: Alan Parsons
  • Ambrosia is:
    • Joe Puerta: Bass, Moog Pedals, Guitar on "Harvey", Vocals
    • David Pack: Guitars, String Ensemble, Rhodes on "George", Vocals
    • Christopher North: Acoustic and Electric Keyboards, Vocal
    • Burleigh Drummond: Drums, Percussion, Bassoon, Vocals

Ambrosia / Somewhere I've Never Travelled

 

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Tracklisting:

  1. And...
  2. Somewhere I've Never Traveled
  3. Cowboy Star
  4. Runnin' Away
  5. Harvey
  6. I Wanna Know
  7. The Brunt
  8. Danse with me George (Chopin's Plea)
  9. Can't Let a Woman
  10. We Need You Too

 

As I explained on the above, following albums are also reissued. as the result of degitally Remastering, the US Versions have much better sound qualities comparing with the Japanese version! Moreover, the price is also much lower than Japanese version. So. I recommend to buy US Version if you should not have those albums in your collection. Especially "One Eighty" must absolu be one of the Masterpieces absolutetely.
And As you may be aware, the CD jacket of the 1st album "Ambrosia" is different from the Japanese reissued CD, because the jacket of US version is the exact same one as that of the original 20th Century Fox LP record.

AMBROSIA
Life Beyond L.A.
One Eighty
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Ambrosia / Ambrosia
Ambrosia / Life Beyond L.A.
Ambrosia / One Eighty

  • Label: Warner Bros. Records, USA (9 47565-2)
  • Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1975
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records, USA (9 26870-2)
  • Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1978
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records, USA (9 23368-2)
  • Release Date: February 1, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1980
 

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RE-REISSUES 

 

BILL LaBOUNTY

The three never-missing albums in the AOR/Westcoast music history are now re-reissued on CD again. These are his 2nd - 4th solo albums released under Curb Records between 1978-1982. Bill LaBounty's soft and heartwarming melodies are essential to your calm and peaceful life. You may listen to cover versions performed by Ricky Peterson such as "A Tear Can Tell", "Never Gonna Look Back" and/or "Livin' It Up". Or, you may listen to Michael Johnson's version "This Night Won't Last Forever". You should also note that LaBounty wrote "Hot Rod Hearts" and "Brooklyn Girls" performed by Robbie Dupree.
You may aware that the CD jacket of his 4th album "Bill LaBounty" is different from that of the original release. Yes, this jacket is the one used only for Japanese vinyl in 1982. Anyway, if you should not have any LaBounty albums, BUY those CDs, especially his 4th album "Bill LaBounty" is the masterpiece of the masterpieces.

This Night Won't Last Forever
Rain In My Life
Bill LaBounty
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Bill LaBounty / This Night Won't Last Forever
Bill LaBounnty / Rain In My Life
Bill LaBounty / Bill LaBounty

  • Label: Curb Denon Records, Japan (COCB-83234)
  • Release Date: January 21, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1978
  • Producer: Jay Senter
  • Label: Curb Denon Records, Japan (COCB-83235)
  • Release Date: January 21, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1979
  • Producer: Jay Senter
  • Label: Curb Denon Records, Japan (COCB-83236)
  • Release Date: January 21, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1982
  • Producer: Russ Titelman
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Larrie Londin, Mike Baird, Jim Gordon, David Garabaldi, Jeff Porcaro
    • Bass: Jack Williams, Jim Hunghart, Lee Sklar, Stu Woods, David Shields
    • Guitars: Steve Gibson, Dean Parks, Lee Ritenour, Ray Parker Jr.
    • Keyboards: Shane Keister, Mike Melvoin, Larry Knechtel
    • Sax: Michael Miller
    • Back Vocals: Janie Fricke, Bergen White, Ginger Keister, Brenda Gooch, Gerald Lee, Deborah Lindsay
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Jack White
    • Bass: David Jackson, Reggie McBride
    • Guitars: Ron Culbertson, Steve Gibson
    • Keyboards: Randy Hart, Shane Keister
    • Percussion: Mike Harvey, Jack White, Oliver Brown
    • Sax: Jim Gordon
    • Harmonica: Tommy Morgan
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Andy Newmark
    • Bass: Chuck Rainey, Willie Weeks
    • Guitars: Dean Parks, Steve Lukather
    • Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes, Clarence McDonald, Ian Underwood, Nyle Steiner
    • Sax: David Sanborn
    • Horns: Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Chuck Findley
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro
    • String Arrangement: Nick DeCaro, Jonny Mandel
    • Claves, Tambourine: Russ Titelman
    • Background Vocals: Patti Austin, Stephen Bishop, Leslie Smith, James Taylor, Jennifer Warnes, Gwen Dickey
  • Tracklisting:
    1. This Night Won't Last Forever
    2. Room 205
    3. In 25 Words Or Less
    4. Open Your Eyes
    5. Little Girl In Blue Jeans
    6. Lie To Me
    7. Who's Gonna Hold You
    8. Crazy
    9. A Tear Can Tell
    10. I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without me
  • Tracklisting:
    1. Dancin' Tonight
    2. Trail To Your Heart
    3. Isn't It A Cry
    4. Drops Of Water
    5. I'm Hurtin'
    6. Sometimes Love Songs Make Me Cry
    7. What About You
    8. Clap Me In Irons
    9. To Hear The Band
    10. Little Rivers
  • Tracklisting:
    1. Livin' It Up
    2. Didn't Want To Say Goodbye
    3. Dream On
    4. Slow Fade
    5. Comin' Back
    6. Look Who's Lonely Now
    7. Never Gonna Look Back
    8. It Used To Be Me
    9. Nobody's Fool
    10. Secrets
 

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