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 "Music Boulevard"/ "CD Now" and "Amazon.com" as "Noteworthy Discs of The Month" .


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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF OCTOBER 1999


NEW RELEASES

BOBBY KIMBALL / ALL I EVER NEEDED

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Bobby Kimball, the voice of TOTO released his 2nd solo album full of Classic TOTO-like tunes, totally different from the former Bobby's solo album "Rise Up". It is my opinion that the first track of the album is most important because it would heavily influence listners how they are impressed. In this sense, "'Til Tomorrow", the first track of this album is perfect one. And Buzzy Feiton's guitar play on this album is much better than recent Luke's too-much-heavy one on TOTO's albums. The third track "My Kinda Lover" is very good tune which shows how Bobby can sing emotionally with R&B taste.

For your information, this album was released as the special limited edition CD(5,000 coipies) for Harley-Davidson Euro Bike Week 99 taken place in Carinthia, Austria during the first week of September 1999. Bobby had a special live performance there on September 4 (Saturady) as the main act !

  • Label : Torika Music LLC, Austria (29347051055)
  • Release Date: September, 1999
  • Producers: John Zaika and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Buzzy Feiten, Dave Barnett, Mike Barnes
    • Piano, B-3: Mitchell Foreman, Marc Hugenberger
    • Bass: Brian Bromberg, Alec Milstien
    • Drums: Joel Taylor
    • Horns: Dave Butler, Jim Foster, Fulton Turnage, Doug Webb
    • Mpc-programming: John Zaika
    • Strings arrangement: Karl Eagan
    • Background Vocals: Mickey Thomas, Larry Batiste, Jeanie Tracy, Tony Lindsay
Bobby Kimball / All I Ever Needed

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Tracklisting:

  1. 'Till Tomorrow
  2. All I Ever Needed
  3. My Kinda Lover
  4. Two Souls
  5. This Time
  6. Kristine
  7. Live The Groove
  8. Do You Ever
  9. Loves Gonna Find You
  10. Hand In Hand

 


LIONEL'S DAD / IN A DREAM

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Lionel's Dad = Mark T. Williams released his 3rd solo project album "In A Dream". Comparing with his 1st and 2nd album, this is a little hard-edge one. Without Joseph Williams' featuring vocals, the opening track "Scream" is the average-level heavy blues rock tune I think that 3rd track "Rhythm Of Love" has too heavy melody for Mark T.'s soft voice. 4th track "Take Your Time" is very comfortable tune and this is what I expected for Mark T. Williams. 6th track "I Don't Want To Say Goodbye" and 7th track "All That Heart" are very good. I do not like 8th one "I Desire You" because this is not melodic, like punk-rock. After boring track, the killer track "Don't Ask Me" would follow. 10th track "Forver" is typical Mark T's tune. 11th and 12th track is not my taste. The last track "The Children Are Singing" is very good. After all, how should I grade this album? From the viewpoint of unity as an album, I could not give this album the average rating because I know Mark T. could make better album like his 1st and 2nd solo album.

  • Label : Andromeda Discs, USA (AND 033)
  • Release Date: September, 1999
  • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Hammond Organ: Mike Finnigan
    • Guitars: Michael Jones, James Welch
    • Pedal Steel: Robert Battaglia
    • Trombone: Barry Keys
    • Featured Vocals on Track #1: Michael Finnigan, Joseph Williams
    • Backing Vocals: Joseph Williams, Diane Adams, Barry Keys, Cliff Rehrig
Lionel's Dad / In A Dream

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Tracklisting:

  1. Scream
  2. In A Dream
  3. Rhythm Of Love
  4. Take Your Time
  5. Gave Away My Heart
  6. I Don't Want To Say Goodbye
  7. All That Heart
  8. I Desire You
  9. Don't Ask Me
  10. Forever (Left All You Love Behind)
  11. Get Away
  12. I Do This Every Night
  13. The Children Are Singing
 

 

 


 

MICHAEL SCIUTO / EDGE

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Michael Sciuto, the brother of Tony Sciuto has released his own solo album "Edge", which he started to prepare in 1989. As you may know, Sciuto brothers had done a little bit too alternative / grange taste project Banging Rush. This solo is different from the Banging Rush album, that is to say, I should explain to you that this is straight hard-edge melodic rock album or mainstream melodious hard rock with pop feeling, not Westcoast nor A.O.R. under Japanese definition, but A.O.R. under European definition. If you like hard-edge type of Rick Springfield, Bon Jovi's pop tune, Mr. Big's pop tune or something like that, this album may be good for you.

The last 2 tracks "One Love To Give" and "Livin' In The 60's" can be recommended to A.O.R. <under Japanese definition> / Westcoast music fans. Especially the keyboard arrangement on "One Love To Give" is the essential element why I can recommend. "Livin' In The 60's" is a typical mid 60's Beatles-type pop song which you can point out which Beatles tune is used for this song concept.

  • Label : 7th Floor Records, USA (CD-0221)
  • Release Date: September, 1999
  • Producers: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Tony Sciuto, Tony Phillips
    • Drums: Taso Kotsos, David Prater, Jon Schwartz
    • Keyboards: Don Jackson
    • Background Vocals: Tony Sciuto, Vicki Childs
    • Samples: DC Mor
Michael Sciuto / Edge

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Tracklisting:

  1. Edge
  2. Broken Heart In Paradise
  3. Every Night I Wonder
  4. I Had A Dream Last Night
  5. Perfect Weather
  6. Our Love
  7. Human Race
  8. Art Of Love
  9. Stand By Me
  10. One Love To Give
  11. Livin' In The 60's

 


 

 

REISSUES

 

WILSON BROS. / ANOTHER NIGHT

<ACM Rating: 5 Stars (Perfect)>

This Reissue CD is most wanted and long-waited one among Japanese A.O.R. lovers for a long time. Last year, we got Maxus reissued CD and in this year, we have got this "Wilson Bros / Another Night" at last. This album is said to be one of the not a many perfect A.O.R. albums. I admit this album is the true masterpiece among those said to be as the masterpiece album. Their melodic tunes with harmony vocals are perfet. And Steve Lukather's incredible melodic guitar solos give this album vital and emotional flavors. From the 1st track "Feeling Like We're Strangers Again" to the last track "Like Yesterday", there is no boring tunes on this album. This is what we call as A.O.R. here in Japan. There is no question whether this album is masterpiece one or not. Yes, this is the perfect masterpiece album not at all inferior to "Airplay / Airplay" or "Maxus / Maxus".

  • Label: EastWest Japan (AMCY-6041)(Original Label: ATCO Records, USA)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999 (Original Release: 1979)
  • Producer: Kyle Lehning
  • Wilson Bros. is:
    • Steve Wilson: Lead & Back Vocals / Guitars
    • Kelly Wilson: Lead & Bacl Vocals / Guitars / Keyboards
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Kenneth Buttrey
    • Bass: Jack Williams, Bob Wray
    • Keyboards: Shane Keister
    • Guitars: Jon Goin, Steve Lukather, Steve Gibson
    • Sax: Earnie Watts, Billy Puett
    • Trumpet: Don Shefield
    • Trombone: Dennis Good
    • Background Vocals: Sherri Kramer, Diane Tidwell, Lisa Silver, Donna Sheridon, Denny Henson
Wilson Bros / Another Night
 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Feeling Like We're Strangers Again
  2. Another Night
  3. Thanking Heaven
  4. Shadows
  5. Just Like A Lover Knows
  6. Lost And A Long Way From Home
  7. Can We Still Be Friends
  8. Ticket To My Heart
  9. Take Me To Your Heaven
  10. Like Yesterday


 

LE ROUX / SO FIRED UP

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Le Roux appeared from Louisiana as the Cajun flavored pop-rock group in late 70's. After releasing two albums under Capital Records, they changed their music style on their third album "Up" more Journey-esque, mainstream production. In 1981, Le Roux moved to RCA and succeeded with the top-20 hit "Nobody Said It Was Easy (Looking For The Lights)" on their 4th album "Last Safe Place". However, the lead singer left the group and as the result Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen joined for this 5th and final album "So Fired Up" released in 1983. Yes, as you know, Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen joined TOTO as the lead singer replacing Bobby Kimball. On this "So Fired Up" album, Fergie reveals his genious talent as a vocalist with excellent high-tone voice. You may be aware that the reissued CD jacket is the different from the original LP's. Furthermore, you may be aware that the order of the tracks are also different from the original order. And one bonus track "Back In America" (lead vocal by Terry Brock, not Fergie!) is added. You can reconfirm the young powerful Fergie's vocal talent with energy when you listen to this reissued CD.

  • Label: >^< Records (JAC-2000) (Original Label: RCA Records, USA <AFL-4510>)
  • Release Date: September, 1999 (Original Release: 1983)
  • Producer: Leon Medica
  • Le Roux is:
    • Leon Medica : Bass
    • Rod Roddy : Keyboards / Background Vocals
    • Tony Haselden : Guitar / Lead & Background Vocals
    • Fergie Frederiksen : Lead & Background Vocals
    • David Peters : Drums
    • Jim Odom : Guitars / Background Vocals
LeRoux/ So Fired Up

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Tracklisting:

  1. Turning Point
  2. Carrie's Gone
  3. Wait One Minute
  4. Yours Tonight
  5. Back In America
  6. Let Me In
  7. Lifeline
  8. Line On Love
  9. Don't Take It Away
  10. Look Out
  11. So Fired Up


 

ANDREW GOLD / ALL THIS HEAVEN TOO

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ANDREW GOLD / WHIRLWIND

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You may feel the mid-60's Beatles, especially the influence from Paul McCartney when you listen to Andrew Gold's 3rd album "All This Heaven Too". And when you listen to the song "Oh Urania (Take Me Away)", you would understand the music background why Andrew Gold did "Wax" project with Graham Goldman in mid 80's. Moreover, when you listen to his 4th album "Whirlwind", you would be sure that Andrew really would like to do "Wax" project at that time. As regards "All This Heaven Too", you can enjoy very good Westcoast Pop heavily influenced by Beatles. And you would be surprised to find out the big change of Andrew's sound style when you listen to "Whirlwind" at the same time.

ALL THIS HEAVEN TOO

  • Label: EastWest, Japan (AMCY-6042) (Original Label: Elektra/Asylum, USA)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999 (Original Release: 1978)
  • Producers: himself with Block Walsh
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Rick Marotta, Russell Kunkel, Jeff Porcaro, Beau Segal
    • Bass: Kenny Edwards, Leland Sklar, Brad Palmer
    • Guitars: Waddy Wachtel
    • Percussion: Brock Walsh, Mr. Six Akimbo
    • Sax: Earnie Watts
    • Background Vocals: Brock Walsh, John David Souther, Mark Safan, Jennifer Warnes
Andrew Gold / All This And Heaven Too

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Tracklisting:

  1. How Can This Be Love
  2. Oh Urania (Take Me Away)
  3. Still You Linger On
  4. Never Let Her Slip Away
  5. Always For You
  6. Thank You For Being A Friend
  7. Looking For My Love
  8. Genevieve
  9. I'm On My Way
  10. You're Free

WHIRLWIND

  • Label: EastWest, Japan (AMCY-6043) (Original Label: Elektra/Asylum, USA)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999 (Original Release: 1980)
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Micahel Botts, Rick Marotta
    • Bass: Bryan Garotaio, Kenny Edwards
    • Guitars: Waddy Wachtel
    • Piano: Don Grolnick
    • Background Vocals: Brock Walsh
Andrew Gold / Whirlwind
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Tracklisting:

  1. Kiss This One Goodbye
  2. Whirlwind
  3. Sooner Or Later
  4. Leave Her Alone
  5. Little Company
  6. Brand New Face
  7. Nine To Five
  8. Stranded On The Edge
  9. Make Up Your Mind


ENGLAND DAN SEALS / STONES

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DAN SEALS / HARBINGER

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England Dan Seals started his solo artist works in 1980 after his success as the duo unit with John Ford Coley in late 70's. (Most popular hit tune by England Dan Seals and John Ford Coley is "I'd Really Love To See You" ranked #2 on US Chart in 1976. Or, you may know the tunes like "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again" and/or "Love Is The Answer".) "Stones" is his first solo album produced by Kyle Lehning, the producer for England Dan Seals and John Ford Coley. In 1982, Dan Seals released his 2nd solo album "Harbinger" which includes "Can't Get You Out Of My Mind" written by Steve Wilson and Kelly Wilson known as Wilson Bros. The other remarkable songwriting credit is Rick Bowles for "In My Heart". And on this 2nd solo album "Harbinger", Dan Seals covered an Airplay's tune "It Will Be Alright". Those 2 albums are very good Westcoast album with a little country music taste, but commercially it was difficult to say those were successful. As the result, his 3rd solo album "Rebel Heart" (1983) could not be recognized as West Coast Pop album anymore, that was the good Pop Country Music. He is still contnuing to release country music albums......

STONES

  • Label: EastWest, Japan (AMCY-6044) (Original Label: WEA/Atlantic, USA)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999 (Original Release: 1980)
  • Producers: Kyle Lehning
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Ray Parker Jr., Paul Jackson Jr., John Goin, Steve Lukather, Rafe Van Hoy, Paul Worley, Richie Zito, Charles Fearing, Steve Gibson, Bobby Thompson
    • Bass: Nathan East, Bob Wray, Jack Williams
    • Drums: Mike Baird, Larry Londin, Ed Greene, Kenneth Buttrey
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa, Farrell Morris
    • Keyboards: Shane Keister, David Foster, Bill Paine
    • French Horns: Eberhard Ramm
    • Fiddle: Buddy Spicher
    • Strings: Shelly Kurland Strings
    • Background Vocals: Dave Loggins, Shari Kramer, Lisa Silver, Diane Tidwell, Tom Kelly, Denny Henson, Sealatron
Dan Seals / Stones

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 Tracklisting:

  1. Stones (Dig A Little Deeper)
  2. Late At Night
  3. Love Me Like The Last Time
  4. Getting To The Point
  5. How Do I Survive
  6. Holdin' Out For Love
  7. You Could've Been The One
  8. Take You Home
  9. When It's Over
  10. Lullaby

HARBINGER

  • Label: EastWest, Japan (AMCY-6044) (Original Label: Elektra/Asylum, USA)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999 (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: John Goin, Dan Huff, Larry Byrom, Rafe Van Hoy, Steve Wilson, Steve Gibson, Bobby Thompson, Duncan Cameron
    • Bass: David Hungate, Tom Robb, Bob Wray, Jack Williams
    • Drums: Jams Stroud, Larry Londin
    • Percussion: Farrell Morris
    • Keyboards: Shane Keister, Kelly Wilson, Randy McCormick, Bobby Ogden
    • Strings: Shelly Kurland Strings
    • Background Vocals: Sherri Huffman, Lisa Silver, Daine Tidwell
Dan Seals / Harbinger
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Tracklisting:

  1. Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
  2. I Could Be Lovin' You Right Now
  3. It's Not Gonna Be That Easy
  4. In My Heart
  5. It Will Be Alright
  6. I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Again
  7. Once In A While
  8. Up To Me
  9. Not Every Heart Succeeds
  10. Bad News
  11. Harbinger, Sage Or Fool


 

Re-Reissue 

MICHAEL RUFF / ONCE IN A LIFE TIME
ALESSI / LONG TIME FRIENDS
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Michael Ruff / Once In A Life Time
Alessi / Long Time Friends

  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10544)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999
  • Original Release Year: 1984
  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10543)
  • Release Date: September 29, 1999
  • Original Release Year: 1982
Review / Credit / Tracklisting as one of the AOR/Westcoast Masterpiece Albums
Review / Credit / Tracklisting as one of the AOR/Westcoast Masterpiece Albums
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