Adult Contemporary Music in Japan

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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 NOVEMBER 1999


NEW RELEASES

TOTO / LIVEFIELDS

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This is the live recording album of TOTO 1999 World Tour. Their 1999 Tour started from Feb. 23 in Warsaw Poland and ended on Nov. 8 in Paris France. And this live recording was done in France (March 1999). You may be surprised that Bobby Kimball's vocals are superior when you compare with his 80's works with TOTO. I am happy because Luke's too long guitar solo performance has shortened on this CD. On the contrary, I am not happy because "99", "Africa" and "Children's Anthem" are not on this CD.

This CD was released in Europe first. And Japanese version release was postponed twice (first: from original release schedule October 21, second: from November 10) and on December 22 Japanese version has released as double CD album (serial number : SRCS-2136, 2137) including "Child Anthem" as a bonus track only for Japan on Disc 2, which contains the same other tracks as Limited Edition Bonus CD including "I Will Remember", "Hold The Line" and "Won't Hold You Back" also recorded live in France (March 1999) plus QuickTime Video tracks of "Melanie" promotion video and "Cruel" recorded live in Yokohama, Japan on April 24, 1999. French Limited Edition would also include "Spanish Steps Of Rome", the "Mindfields" Japanese version bonus track.

  • Label : Columbia <Sony Music Entertainment> 496204-9
  • Release Date: October, 1999
  • Producers: Elliot Scheiner and themselves
  • TOTO is:
    • Steve Lukather : Guitars/Vocals
    • David Paich: Keyboards/Vocals
    • Mike Porcaro: Bass
    • Simon Phillips: Drums
    • Bobby Kimball: Vocals
  • Supporting Musicians:
    • Tony Spinner: Backing Vocals/Guitars
    • Buddy Hyatt: Backing Vocals/Percussion
    • John Jessel: Keyboards Technician/Backing Vocals
TOTO / LIVEFIELDS

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Tracklisting:

  1. Caught In The Balance
  2. Tale Of A Man
  3. Rosanna
  4. [Luke Solo]
  5. Million Miles Away
  6. Jake To The Bone
  7. [Simon Solo]
  8. Dave's Gone Skiing
  9. Acoustic Set <Out Of Love - Mama - You Are The Flower - The Road Goes On>
  10. Better World
  11. Girl Goodbye
  12. [Dave Solo]
  13. White Sister

 


CHICAGO / CHICAGO XXVI - Live In Concert -

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Many Chicago fans are really looking forward to having their whole brand-new studio recording album for a long time since their famous 22nd album "Stone Of Sisyphus" became unreleased. On this live album, you can listen to 3 new studio recording tracks, "Back To You", "If I Should Ever Lose You" written by Burt Bacharach, and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" known for Jackie Wilson's 68 version. I believe they can do make their original new studio recording full album only if they will stop touring for a while, because Bill Champlin, Jason Scheff and Robert Lamm made really excellent solo album during 90's as a matter of fact. From such viewpoint, this album is meaningful so that Chicago fans can wait for new Chicago by listening to this live album instead of expecting them to do live performance. Don't you agree with my opinion?

  • Label : Chicago Records, USA (CRD 3026)
  • Release Date: October 12, 1999
  • Producer: Marvin Warren and Roy Bittan <New Studio Recording Tracks only>
  • Chicago is:
    • Walt Parazider: Woodwinds
    • Lee Loughnane: Trumpet
    • James Pankow: Trombone
    • Tris Imboden: Drums
    • Robert Lamm: Keyboards/Guitars/Vocals
    • Jason Scheff: Bass/Vocals
    • Keith Howland: Guitars/Vocals
    • Bill Champlin: Guitars/Keyboards/Vocals
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Michael McDonald : Lead Vocals on "Higher & Higher"
Chicago 26

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Tracklisting:

  1. The Ballet
    • Make Me Smile
    • So Much To Say, So Much To Give
    • Anxiety's Moment
    • West Virginia Fantasies
    • Colour My World
    • To Be Free
    • Now More Than Ever
    • (I've Been) Searchin' So Long
  2. Mongonucleosis
  3. Hard Habit To Break
  4. Call On Me
  5. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
  6. Just You 'n' Me
  7. Beginnings
  8. Hard To Say I'm Sorry / Get Away
  9. 25 or 6 to 4
  10. Back To You
  11. If I Should Ever Lose You
  12. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
 

 

 


 

MARC JORDAN / THIS IS HOW MEN CRY

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Marc Jordan's creative contemporary Jazz album is now on sale. You can fully enjoy jazzy Marc Jordan's vocals on all the tracks of this new album. As you know, Marc Jordan changed his music style more jazzy after releasing his "C.O.W" album in 1990. When I listened to this brand new album, I felt that Marc has completed his jazz-oriented music style. This album is really a creative calm and sophisticated Jazz Vocal album. Do not misunderstand! This is not a little bit boring Jazz Standard Vocal album, really creative one. Marc's good melodies is unchanged and remain the same comparing with his 70/80's tunes and at the same time Marc' emotional vocals are really harmonized with the jazz-style instrumental performance.

  • Label : Blue Note Records, Canada <EMI Music Canada> (72435-20419-2-3)
  • Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Producers; Steven MacKinnon and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards, Piano: Steven MacKinnon
    • Piano: John Capek, Phil Dwyer, Dave Restivo
    • Guitars: Kevin Breit
    • Nylon String Guitars: James McCollum
    • Acoustic Bass: Kieran Overs, Scott Alexander, George Koller
    • Drums: Kevan McKenzie, Archie Alleyne, Mark Kelso
    • Sax: Colleen Allen, Kirk MacDonald, Phil Dwyer
    • Clarinet: Don Byron, Bob Leonard
    • Flute: John Johnson
    • Flugelhorn: Guido Basso
    • Trombone: Josh Brown
    • Trumpet: David Travers-Smith, Chase Sanborn, Kevin Turcotte, Michael White
    • Harmonica: Toots Thielemans
    • Cello: Richard Armin
    • Electric Violin: Hugh Marsh
    • Accordion: Tom Szczesniak
    • Sarangi: Aruna Narayan Kalle
    • Backing Vocals: Sue-Ann Carwell
Marc Jordan / This Is How Men Cry

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Tracklisting:

  1. This Is How Men Cry
  2. Charlie Parker Loves Me
  3. Crazy
  4. Slow Bombing The World
  5. I Must Have Left My Heart
  6. Let's Get Lost
  7. Let It Be Me
  8. Almost Blue
  9. London In The Rain

 


 

JOHN ELEFANTE / DEFYING GRAVITY

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John Elefante, CCM singer/songwriter/producer, continues to offer us fine AOR/Melodious Rock since he left the band "Kansas". His related well-known album "It's A Jungle Out There" under the name of the legendary CCM project "Mastedon" was released in 1989. Since then, we keep our eyes what he would do as a producer and/or as a recording artist. In 1997, John released his solo album "Corridors" under Pamplin Music (USA). And this year, John Elefante completed and released another fine album "Defying Gravity".

  • Label : Frontiers Records, Italy / Point Music, Germany / Now&Then Records, UK (FRCD 034), Pamplin Music, USA (PMCD 9952)
  • Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Producers: Dino Elefante and himself
  • Executive Producers: Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. and Gary Randall
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Chris McHugh
    • Percussion: Eric Darken
    • Guitars, Mandolin: Gary Bumett, Tony Palacios
    • Bass: Matt Pierson
    • Piano & Synth: Jeffrey Roach
    • B3 Organ: Larru Hall
John Elefante / Defying Gravity

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Tracklisting:

  1. If You Just Believe
  2. Pass The Flame
  3. The Stream
  4. Defying Gravity
  5. The Truth, The Life
  6. The Way That You Love Me
  7. Exit 39
  8. Home With A View
  9. Don't Leave The Band
  10. Give It All Away
 

 

 


 

METROPOLIS / THE POWER OF THE NIGHT

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Metropolis is Stan Meisnner's new project with Peter Fredette. This project was started back in 1987 with the recording of the demo of the song "Wild And Blue" when Meissner was looking for the right dynamic rock vocalist to sing it. Over the next few years the two worked together on a few more songs but couldn't get around to completing the recording of the Metropolis album until MTM encouraged to complete this project album in 1999 as the result of the 12 year collaboration between Meissner & Fredette. This is really one of good AOR/Melodic Rock project we have encountered at the last moment before coming Millennium.

Stan Meissner, Canadian Singer/Songwriter is well-known for his tunes recorded by many major artists such as Celine Dion, Eddie Money, Rita Coolidge, BJ Thomas, Alias, Triumph,, Eric Clapton, and Lara Fabian. As a recording artist, Stan Meissner has also released 3 good AOR albums "Dangerous Games"(1983), "Windows To Light"(1986) and "Undertow"(1992). Peter Fredette, a top Canadian vocalist backing vocals for artists such as Ian Thomas, has performed and recorded 7 albums with Kim Mitchell since 1984 as a vocalist and bass player, and continues to record and tour with Mitchell as well as the reunion of Kim's original band Max Webster.

  • Label : MTM Music 0681-03(distributed by SPV in Germany & East Europe, Phonag in Switzerland, Edel in Sweden, Playground in Denmark, Frontiers in Italy, Cargo in UK, Arcade in Norway, K-Tel in Finland)
  • Release Date: October, 1999
  • Producer: Stan Meissner
  • Metropolis is:
    • Peter Fredette: Vocals, Bass
    • Stan Meissner: Guitars, Keyboards, Drums
Metropolis /The Power Of The Night

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Tracklisting:

  1. Wild And Blue
  2. The Darkest Side Of The Night
  3. Never Look Back
  4. Walk Through The Fire
  5. Restless Moon
  6. A Million Miles Away
  7. Whatever It Is
  8. The Eyes Of Love
  9. The Best Is Good Enough
  10. Running After A Dream
  11. The Power Of The Night
 

 

 


 

 

REISSUES

 

MARILYN SCOTT / DREAMS OF TOMORROW

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Marilyn Scott was born and grew up in southern California. Marilyn moved to San Francisco in early 70's and Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power recognized her gifts as a vocalist and hired her to do backing vocals on Tower Of Power albums such as "Back To Oakland" (1974).

Marilyn Scott's first recording as a solo artist was a single version of Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows'' in 1977 that hit #61 at the highest on the Billboard Chart and this led to her first album, "Dreams of Tomorrow" for Atco/Atlantic. This first album is full of R&B Jazz funk tastes all through the album. After releasing this first solo album, she released her masterpiece album "Without Warning" as you may be aware.

  • Label: EastWest Japan (AMCY-6059)(Original Label: ATCO Records, USA)
  • Release Date: October 27, 1999 (Original Release: 1979)
  • Producer: James Stroud
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Dan Ferguson, Ray MacCarty
    • Keyboards: Russell Ferrante
    • Drums and Percussion: Mark Sanders
    • Bass: Chip Benson
    • Conga: Chuck Wike
    • Horns: Emilio Castillo, Greg Adams, Lenny Pickett, Steve Kupka, Mic Gillette
    • Background Vocals: Tweedy Woodard, PeterWatkins
Marilyn Scott / Dreams Of Tomorrow
 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Let's Be Friends
  2. Dreams Of Tomorrow
  3. Highways Of My Life
  4. Why-Oh-You
  5. Let's Not Talk About Love
  6. You Are All I Need
  7. You Made Me Believe
  8. The Beach
  9. Yes I Can (I Can Get Along Without Them)


 

 

EYE TO EYE / EYE TO EYE

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EYE TO EYE / SHAKESPEARE STOLE MY BABY

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"Eye To Eye" is the duo comprising of Julian Marshall, keyboard player coming from UK, and Deborah Berg, female vocalist coming from Seattle,USA. Julian Marshall had done another duo with female singer, "Marshall Hain" in late 70's, which released the album "Free Ride" in UK (same album released in USA was titled as "Dancing In The City". The reason why this unknown pop duo "Eye To Eye" was remarked was, as you guess, the works produced by Gary Katz known for his producing works with Steely Dan. It is said that "Eye To Eye" started its duo activity in 1979 by releasing their single record "Am I Normal ?" c/w "Tonight Insomnia" under Automatic Records UK.

In 1982, they released 1st album "Eye To Eye" produced by Gary Katz and first single "Nice Girls" hit Billboard Top 40. Only one year later, they released their 2nd album "Shakespeare Stole My Baby" including the Billboard Top 100 single hit tune "Lucky". If I explain to their music style, "Eye To Eye" was "Basia-vein pop heavily influenced from Steely Dan."

EYE TO EYE

  • Label: Warner Bros, Japan (WPCR-10562) (Original Label: Warner Bros., USA)
  • Release Date: October 27, 1999 (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producer: Gary Katz
  • Eye To Eye is:
    • Julian Marshall: Keyboards
    • Deborah Berg: Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner
    • Bass: Chuck Rainey, Abraham Laboriel
    • Guitars: Rick Derringer, Elliott Randall, Dean Parks
    • Keyboards: Ian Underwood
    • Percussion: Starz Vanderlocket
    • Marimba: Rush Underwood
    • Background Vocals: Timothy B. Schmit
Eye To Eye / Eye To Eye

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 Tracklisting:

  1. Hunger Pains
  2. Life In Motion
  3. Nice Girls
  4. More Hopeless Knowledge
  5. Progress Ahead
  6. Physical Attraction
  7. Time Flys
  8. On The Mend

Shakespeare Stole My Baby

  • Label: Warner Bros, Japan (WPCR-10562) (Original Label: Warner Bros., USA)
  • Release Date: October 27, 1999 (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producer: Gary Katz
  • Eye To Eye is:
    • Julian Marshall: Keyboards
    • Deborah Berg: Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Art Wood
    • Bass: Jimmy Haslip
    • Keyboards: Donald Fagen
    • Guitars: Domenic Troiano, Steve Lukather, Larry Carlton
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley
    • Sax: Larry Williams, Kim Hutchcroft
    • Percussion: Martin Ditcham
    • Handclaps: Martin Ditcham. Prasant, Joe Salvo, Ben Marshall
    • Background Vocals: Frank Floyd, Zac Sanders, Daniel Lazerus
Eye To Eye / Shakespeare Stole My Baby
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Tracklisting:

  1. Shakespeare Stole My Baby
  2. Tonight Insomnia
  3. Falling For A Funny One
  4. Jabberwokky
  5. Lucky
  6. T.W.A. Sari
  7. Something Good
  8. Mermaid Man
  9. Are You Listening?


 

WHITREN & CARTWRIGHT / RHYTHM HYMN

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Jaki Whitren and John Cartwright coming from UK got a recording deal with Elektra when they were making demo materials in New York. And they released this album "Rhythm Hymn" which has crossover sound between British Pop and New York sophisticated blue-eyed soul music. When you listen to this album, I believe you feel New York City Pop of mid 80's. Track 9 "New York" and Track 10 "Goodbye Joe" are really good and they sounds like the tune recorded very recently.

  • Label: EastWest Japan (AMCY-6060)(Original Label: Elektra / Asylum Records, USA)
  • Release Date: October 27, 1999 (Original Release: 1983)
  • Producer: Jim Boyer and Phil Ramone
  • Executive Producer: Phil Ramone
  • Whitren & Cartwright is:
    • Jaki Whitren: Vocals, Percussion
    • John Cartwright: Percussion, Bass, Keyboards, Guitars
  • Musicians
    • Drums: Buddy Williams, Steve Gadd
    • Percussion: Lee Goodall, Roland Vezquez
    • Bass: Will Lee, Marcus Miller
    • Piano, Keyboards: Mac Rebannack, Rob Mounsey
    • Guitars: Teddy Irwin, Lee Goodall, David Brown
    • Horns: Ray Maidonado, Bob Franceschini, Lenny Pickett
Whitren & Cartwright / Rhythm Hymn
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Tracklisting:

  1. Angel
  2. That Will Be That
  3. You Are The Sweetest Thing
  4. First Class
  5. On Thru The Nite
  6. Put Away Your Gun
  7. Dancin
  8. Je Veux Pas Dancer
  9. New York
  10. Goodbye Joe


 

Re-Reissue 

LAUREN WOOD / LAUREN WOOD
LAUREN WOOD / CAT TRICK
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Lauren Wood's 1st and 2nd solo albums, which have been out of print for a long time, are re-reisssued on CD!

Lauren Wood started her professional musical career as a member of the group Chunky, Novi & Ernie, who had released their first album produced by Ted Templeman under Warner Bros in 1973. (In 1977, the group also released "Chunky, Novi & Ernie".) But they did not get commercial success. So Lauren restarted as a solo singer and released her 1st album "Lauren Wood" in 1979, which ranked #24 on US album chart.

On her second album "Cat Trick", you can find out the hit tune written by Lauren and covered by famous artists such as "In The Dark" performed by Lani Hall, "Breakin' Too Many Hearts" and "Fallen" performed by Nicolette Larson on her album "In The Nick Of Time" (1979).

Lauren Wood / Lauren Wood
Lauren Wood / Cat Trick

  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10564) <Original: Warner USA>
  • Release Date: October 27, 1999 (Original Release: 1979)
  • Producer: Michael James Jackson and Ted Templeman
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Alvin Taylor, Michael Baird, Rick Shiosser
    • Bass: Ernie, Abraham Laboriel, David Hungate
    • Keyboards: Jai Winding, Novi, Bill Payne, Duncan Mackay
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, Ronnie Montrose, Summer Mering, Fred Tackett
    • Violin: Novi
    • Sax: John Klemmer, Andrew Love, Jerry Jumonville
    • Percussion: Paul Lani, Steve Foreman, Bobby Lakind, Michael Jackson, Sinclair Rogers Lott III, Rahn McDow, Isabel Tapanes, Debbie Beall
    • Background Vocals: Michael McDonald, Arno Lucas, Ricardo de Campos, Ki-Ki Koury, John Townsend, Bill Champlin, Rosemary Butlerm Pat Simmons, Bobby LaKind, Bobby Kimball, Adam Mitchell, Nicolette Larson, Ted Templeman
  • Tracks:
    1. Please Don't Leave
    2. Save The Man
    3. Hollywood
    4. Nothin' But A Heartache
    5. Gotta Lotta
    6. Where Did I Get These Tears
    7. Dirty Work
    8. Time Zone
    9. Overload
  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10565) <Original: Warner USA>
  • Release Date: October 27, 1999 (Original Release: 1981)
  • Producers : Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff
  • Musicians :
    • Drums: Peter Bunetta
    • Bass: Rick Chudacoff, Carrie Baron
    • Guitars: Brian Ray, Joe Kelly, Larry Tradwell, George Sopuch
    • Keyboards: Bill Elliot, Michael Boddicker
    • Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Gary Herbig, David Woodford
    • Violin: Novi
    • Percussion: Alan Estes, Arito Moreria, Arno Lucas.
    • Background Vocals: Arnold McCuller, Arno Lucas, Leslie Smith, Tommy Funderburk, Tata Vega, Kindra Koury
  • Tracks:
    1. Breakin' Too Many Hearts
    2. In The Dark
    3. Work On It (duet with Robbie Dupree)
    4. Half As Much
    5. Never Been So In Love
    6. What I'd Give For Love
    7. Fallen
    8. We're On To Something
    9. Ain't Got Nothin' For Me
    10. Dark December Night

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MISSING PIECE

 

TERRENCE BOYLAN / TERRENCE BOYLAN

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Terence Boylan did a group named "Boona Boylan" with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan in his college days in New York. He recorded his first album "Alias Boona" in 1969 with Fagen and Becker. And after long silence, he returned in 1977 with a self-titled album "Terence Boylan" for Asylum Records which had pure Westcoast sound but his music was said to be more sophistcated than Jackson Browne's works. In 1980 Terence released his 3rd solo album "Suzy" for Asylum Records.

This is the collection album picking up from both Asylum albums plus 3 brand-new songs "True Love Isn't Cool", "Coming Home" and "Keep Shining On". I believe this CD is worth buying for Westcoast fans.

  • Label: Spinnaker Records, USA (SP-A307)
  • Release Date: July 7, 1999
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Russell Kunkel, Jim Gordon, John Guerin, Dennis Whitted, Mickey McGee
    • Bass: Leland Sklar, Michael Porcaro, Chuck Rainey, David Jackson, Max Bennett, John Holbrook, Tom Christopher, Scott Petito, Bob Glaub
    • Guitars: Steve Lukather, Jeff Baxter, Larry Carlton, Dean Parks, Will McFarlane, Tom Christopher, Ben Benay, Don Evans
    • Piano: Jai Winding, Donald Fagen, David Paich, Paul Harris
    • Keyboards: Michael Omartian, Al Kooper, Bob Leinbach, Jai Winding
    • Sax: Gary Foser, John Klemmer
    • Percussion, Fender Rhodes, Vibes; Victor Feldman
    • Background Vocals: Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Tom Kelly
    • Strings: Arnold Belnik, Don Palmer, Joy Lyle, Illke Talvi, Barbara Thomason, Frederick Seykora
Terrence Boylan
 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Hey Papa
  2. Tell Me
  3. Dancing Shoes
  4. Sundown Of Fools
  5. Rain King
  6. Shame
  7. Dump It In The River
  8. True Love Isn't Cool
  9. Ice And Snow
  10. Coming Home
  11. Shake It
  12. Keep Shining On
  13. The War Is Over
  14. End Of The World
  15. Trains


 

 

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