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" .


 

Past CD review index
by Artist Name
 

Contents

 

 

 


RECOMMENDED DISCS OF FEBRUARY, 2001


NEW RELEASES

 

LARRY CARLTON - STEVE LUKATHER / NO SUBSTITUTION - Live in Osaka

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Larry Carlton, top of the top contemporary jazz guitarists and Steve Lukather, top of the top rock guitarists have finally perform together almost 25 years after first crossing paths on the burgeoning Los Angeles scene. These two great guitarists deliver a live album that highlights their soulful interplay and astounding musicianship now. Listening to this album, you can enjoy their astonishing live performance covering Jeff Beck’s "The Pump" with deep moods, the legendary Miles Davis' tune "All Blues", Larry’s "Don't Give It Up", "(It Was) Only Yesterday" and Larry's signature piece “Room 335”. I believe that everybody would recognize how Steve Lukather respects Larry Carlton by listening to this live album recorded in Osaka Japan in November 1998.

  • Label: Favored Nations Entertainment, USA (F2060-2) < Japan: Victor Entertainment VICP-61240>
  • Release Date: March 20, 2001 (Japan: February 21, 2001)
  • Producers: Steve Vai and Steve Lukather
  • Band:
    • Guitars : Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather
    • Drums: Gregg Bissonette
    • Bass: Chris Kent
    • Keyboards: Rick Jackson
Carlton-Lukather / No Substitution
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  • Tracks:
    1. The Pump
    2. Don't Give Up
    3. (It Was) Only Yesterday
    4. All Blues
    5. Room 335
 

 

 


  

MARINO / THE UNEXPECTED ALLIANCE

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Marino, UK guitarist now emerges in front of us with his stunning US debut release "The Unexpected Alliance" with many guest including Bill Champlin and Alex Ligertwood. According to his biography, Marino released several Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana vein albums "Northern Sky" and "Blues For Lovers" which went Top 10 in South Africa and Malaysia, bringing him a broader international fan base. His follow-up album "The Endless Enigma - A Musical Tribute to Salvador Dali" featured for the first time Marino's exquisite Spanish guitar playing. Marino moved to Los Angels and now present you this album "The Unexpected Alliance".

  • Label: Rainflower Music, USA (Marino Sounwave LLC., USA 00000)
  • Release Date: February, 2001
  • Producers: Alan Abrahams, Tommy Eyre and himself
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Lead Vocals: Mike Finnegan (Track 1), Carol Dennis Dylan (Track 2), Jim Gilstrap (Track 2, 3), Maxayn Lewis (Track 3), Alex Lighterwood (Track 4), Margaret Fowler (Track 5), Bill Champlin (Track 6), Margaret Fowler (Track 8), Geal MacGregor (Track 9)
    • Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr.
    • Drums: J.R. Robinson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Xavier Marshall
    • Bass: Abraham Laboriel, Mark Noryeko
    • Keyboards: Bobby Lyle, Les McCann, Greg Phillinganes, Margaret Fowler, Tommy Eyre, Xavier Marshall
    • Sax: Keith Anderson
    • Percussion: Alan Abrahams
    • Background Vocals: Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Oren Waters, Jim Gilstrap, Maxayn Lewis, Carol Dennis Dylan, Margaret Fowler, Lani Groves, Alvin Chia, Bill Champlin, Tamara Champlin, Alex Lighterwood, Geal MacGregor
Marino / The Unexpected Alliance
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Melody Blvd.

  • Tracks:
    1. Eastcoast (Get Back To You)
    2. Baby When I Want You
    3. Everything's Comin' Our Way - It's All About Love
    4. Pray
    5. Angelique
    6. Who Said
    7. Meano Marino
    8. Day Of Redemption
    9. At A Racing Standstill
    10. Vanilla Light
  

 

 

 

 


 

 

REISSUES

  

CAROLE BAYER SAGER / SOMETIMES LATE AT NIGHT

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Carole Bayer Sager's 3rd album "Sometimes Late At Night" (1981) is now reissued in the States. Many music lovers regarded hopeless for the reissue of this album because this album was released with Boardwalk USA, which had been bankrupted. However, Boardwalk label was reestablished in 2000 and started to reissue their unforgettable albums. At last, we are now having "Carole Bayer Sager / Sometimes Late At Night" on CD at last! The original street date was set on January 30, 2001 and several retailers started to sell this reissued CD and actually I have just got this reissued CD in my hand, while many major retailers stated the street date was postponed till March 27, 2001.
However, please be advised that you should note the following defects on this reissue CD at least for 1st pressing edition, I do not know whether the RKO Records will solve those problems on their second pressing edition;
  1. Sound defect on track 12 "You Don't Know Me": lacking several tones 2 times (around 3 min 10 sec and 3 min 12 sec).
  2. Musicians credit is not accurate: Jay Graydon and some other names are deleted.
  3. Tracklisting on the jacket is not accurate: Track 5 "On The Way To The Sky" is missing.

  • Label: Boardwalk Music,USA (RKO Records BOA1048) (Original Label: Boardwalk Music, USA)
  • Release Date: January 30, 2001 or March 27, 2001 (Original Release: 1981)
  • Producers: Burt Bacharach, Brooks Arthur
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Dennis St. John
    • Bass: Lee Sklar, Reinie Press
    • Guitars: Lee Ritenour, Paul Jackson Jr., Neil Diamond, Richard Bennett, Doug Rhone, Steve Lukather, Tim May, Fred Tackett, Jay Graydon
    • Keyboards: David Foster, Michael Lang, Burt Bacharach, Tom Hensley, Ed Walsh, Ian Underwood, Alan Lindren
    • Horn Arrangement: Jerry Hey
    • Sax: George Young
    • Flugel Horn: Warren Luening
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Background Vocals: Michael Jackson, Franne Golde, Joann Harris, Melissa Manchester, Bruce Roberts, Richard Page, Steve George, Vennette Gloud
Carole Bayer Sager / Sometime Late At Night
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  • Tracks:
    1. Prologue
    2. I Won't Break
    3. Just Friends
    4. Tell Her
    5. Somebody's Been Lying
    6. On The Way To The Sky
    7. You And Me (We Wanted It All)
    8. Sometimes Late At Night
    9. Wild Again
    10. Easy To Love Again
    11. Stronger Than Before
    12. You Don't Know Me
    13. Reprise
 

 


  

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 remember that this album was reissued in the fall of 1999 with the different artworks and different order of the tracks with one bonus track "Back In America" (lead vocal by Terry Brock, not Fergie!). At last you are be able to get K2 Mastering CD "So Fired Up" with the original artworks!

  • Label: RCA - BMG Funhouse, Japan (BVCM-37197) (Original Label: RCA Records, USA <AFL-4510>)
  • Release Date: February 21, 2001 (Original Release: March, 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
Le Roux / So Fired Up
 

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  • Tracks
    1. So Fired Up
    2. Lifeline
    3. Let Me In
    4. Yours Tonight
    5. Carrie's Gone
    6. Wait One Minute
    7. Turning Point
    8. Don't Take It Away
    9. Look Out

 


FRANK WEBER / AS THE TIME FLIES

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Frank Weber is one of the best New York based Adult Contemporary music creators. Frank Weber delivers us his jazz-flavoured vocals with piano-oriented melodies. His music style should be said to be more jazzy Billy Joel with Marc Jordan sensitivity. You can easily how Frank Weber performs by seeing who backed up, that is to say, John Tropea, David Spinozza, Will Lee, Richard Tee and Steve Gadd. On this album, it might be noted that Frank covered "Straight Up And Fly Right" written in 1944 by Nat King Cole and Irving Mills. After releasing this album, Frank released another nice album "Frank Weber" in 1981 also produced by Ed Newman.

  • Label: RCA- BMG Funhouse, Japan (BVCM-37198) (Original Label: RCA Records, USA <AFL1-2963>)
  • Release Date: February 21, 2001 (Original Release: August, 1978)
  • Producer: Ed Newman
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: John Tropea, David Spinozza
    • Bass: Will Lee, Anthony Jackson
    • Keyboards: Richard Tee
    • Drums: Steve Gadd
    • Vibes, Percussion: Mike Mainieri
    • Percussion: Freddy Diaz, Armen Halbburian
    • Sax: George Young, Ron Janelli, Leonard Hambro, Lou Marini
    • Trumpets: Burt Collins, Richard Perry
    • Trombones: Wayne Andre, Jimmy Knepper, George Flynn
    • Background Vocals: David Lasley, Luther Vandross, Arnold McCuller, Ula Hedwig
    • Violins: David Nadien, Barry Finclair, Diana Halprin, Richard Sortmme, Tony Posk, Louis Eley, Robert Rosek, Herbert Sorkin,
    • Cellos: Charles McCracken, Richard Locker, Jonathan Abramowitz
Frank Weber / As The Time Flies
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  • Tracks:
    1. '71
    2. Regina
    3. So Many Sides
    4. As The Time Flies
    5. Complicated Times
    6. I Know, You Know
    7. Straighten Up And Fly Right
    8. Parents
    9. Shining In You

 


 

GINO CUNICO / GINO CUNICO

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Gino Cunico was born in Sydney on February 26, 1949, whose parents you can easily guess from his family name are both Italian. To our surprise, Gino started his professional job in the Australian entertainment industry at the age of 11. In 1967, Gino participated in the band "Executives" with three #1 hits in 1967 and embarked to invade the United States in 1969, but did not succeed very much. In 1972, Gino released the album "Strive, Seek , Find" with Ray Burton, the ex-guitart of Executives. In 1974, Gino started his solo artist career by releasing the album "Gino Cunico" under Kama Sutra. In those days, Gino came across famous Clive Davis, the founder of Arista Records. Therefore, Gino Cunico got a deal with Columbia Records which Clive Davis had been working for at that time. However, when Clive Davis left Columbia Records, Gino also left Columbia Records without releasing any albums there. Once Clive Davis established Arista Records, you can easily understand that Gino signed the contract with Arista Records. Thus, Gino Cunico released this excellent pop album in 1976. Needless to say, Arista Records of late 70's was well-known for their pop albums alike those by Barry Manillow and/or Eric Carmen. This album has almost same atmosphere as those artists' albums.

  • Label: Arista- BMG Funhouse, Japan (BVCM-37199) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA <AL-4117>)
  • Release Date: February 21, 2001 (Original Release: August, 1978)
  • Producer: Vini Poncia
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Stanley Schwartz, Jim Mandell, James Newton Howard, Kevin Crossly
    • Guitars: David Wolfert, Johnny Vastano, Caleb Quaye
    • Bass: Cooker Lo Presti, Gene Kurtz
    • Drums: Kirk Bruner, Gerry Reba, Jim Keltner
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro
    • Sax: Tom Saviano
    • Trumpets: Rich Felts
    • Trombone: Doug Wintz
    • Flute: Stanly Schwartz
    • Backing Vocals: Vini Poncia, Melissa Manchester, The Faragher Bros, Brie Howard, Wendy Haas, Joe Bean, Paul Nauman
Gino Cunico / Gino Cunico
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Melody Blvd.

  • Tracks:
    1. DayDreamer
    2. She's Sweet, She's Somebody
    3. Can't Hold On Any Longer
    4. When I Wanted You
    5. Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)
    6. Can't Smile Without You
    7. Don't Throw It All Away
    8. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    9. Emptiness
    10. Can't Hold On Any Longer
  

 


 

RANDY EDELMAN / YOU'RE THE ONE

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Randy Edelman is recently known as one of big Hollywood movie score composers. This is his 6th solo album released in 1979 produced by Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin known for their works with Dan Hill and Jimmy Webb. Comparing with his 5th solo album "If Love Is Real" also reissued, the total atmosphere became more sophisticated L.A. one because of the backing musicians listed as below.

  • Label: Arista- BMG Funhouse, Japan (BVCM-37199) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
  • Release Date: February 21, 2001 (Original Release: August, 1979)
  • Producer: Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Mike Porcaro, Lee Sklar, Lyle Ritz
    • Guitars: Dean Parks, Jay Graydon, Ben Benay, Steve Lukather, Al Kooper
    • Drums: Mike Baird, Rick Marotta
    • Keyboards: Matthew McCauley, David Paich
    • Percussion: Fred Mollin
    • Harp: Erica Goodman
    • Autoharp: Ben Benay
    • Sax: Doug Masek
    • Victim: Tim McCauley
    • Background Vocals: Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Faragher, Tommy Faragher, Danny Faragher, Leah Kunkel, Fred Mollin, Matthew McCauley, Michael McDonald, Bobby Kimball, Tom Kelley
Randy Edelman / You're The One
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Melody Blvd.

  • Tracks:
    1. Don't Let Go Of Me
    2. You Can Always Buy Her Pearls
    3. If This Is Love
    4. Thirty Years Old (Mom)
    5. Night Music
    6. You're The One
    7. Time Changes People
    8. A Potato In The Rain
    9. My Heart Got In The Way
    10. All Along The Rhine

 


PETE CARLSON

It was 1974 that Pete Carlson's first effort "Jesus, Your Name" was released under a semiprivate label named "Pinebrook". Then, Pete got a deal with Tempo, Kansas City based midsize CCM label and released 3 albums "You Were There"(1976), "Hideaway"(1977) and "Off The Beaten Path" (1979). To be honest, I did not listen to those 70's works because those are said to be too folky and acoustic for AOR/Westcoast lovers. Pete Carlson sought for the change, and Pete decided to work with Keith Thomas, who became well-known later for his producing works with big names including Amy Grant, James Ingram, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton. Keith Thomas well-arranged keyboard-oriented production brought Pete into the different dimension. Thus, Pete released 2 Keith Thomas produced albums "Dreamer's Dream"(1982) and "Child Of The Heavenly"(1984) with Day Spring, one of the major CCM labels, which are now reissued on CD by COOL SOUND. I believe that Dunn Huff's guitar solo on the track " The Love Of God" from "Dreamer's Dream" is one of his best sessions in early 80's. On the other hand, Please note that the album "Dreamer's Dream" includes a typical not-well-arranged Christian Music tune "Thanksong" and on several tunes, Pete's vocal style had not been well-sophistcated as yet. That's the reason why I cannot rate the album "Dreamer's Dream" as 4 stars. It might be generally said that "Dreamer's Dream" is better than "Child Of The Heavenly" but personally I prefer the later one. Therefore I dare to recommend you to buy "Child Of The Hevaenly" rather than "Dreamer's Dream" if I have to choose one of which. And please be advised that Pete released one more album "Living In The Names Of Love"(1988) in 80's with Diadem, USA.
DREAMER'S DREAM

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  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-064) (Original Label: Day Spring, USA <DST-4101>)
  • Release Date: February 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1982)
  • Producer: Keith Thomas
  • Executive Producer: Neal Joseph
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Dun Huff, Jon Goin, Brent Rowan
    • Bass: Bob Wray
    • Drums: Mark Hammond
    • Percussion: Mark Hammond, Terry McMillan, Farrell Marris
    • Sax: Dennis Solee
    • Background Vocals: Melodie Tunney, Brown Bannister and Jack Joseph Puig
Peter Carlson / Dreamer's Dream
  • Tracks:
    1. Let Him Hold Your Heart
    2. Run Inside
    3. Dreamer's Dream
    4. The Love Of God
    5. Warm Fire In A Cold World
    6. Take Me Away
    7. Lead Me In Your Love
    8. What A Friend
    9. Lord Of The Universe
    10. Thanksong

CHILD OF THE HEAVENLY

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  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-065) (Original Label: Day Spring, USA)
  • Release Date: February 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1984)
  • Producer: Keith Thomas
  • Executive Producer: Neal Joseph
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Keith Thomas, Mike Brignardello
    • Guitars: Greg Jennings, Jon Goin
    • Bass: Mike Brignardello, Bob Wray, Gary Lunn
    • Drums: Mark Hammond
    • Percussion: Terry McMillan
    • Horns: Terry Townsend
    • Strings Arrangement: John Darnall
    • Background Vocals: Meldoy Tunney, Bonnie Keen, Neal Joseph, Keith Thomas, Denny Henson, Randy Guidry
Pete Carlson / Child Of The Heavenly
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  • Tracks:
    1. One Last Goodbye
    2. Child Of The Heavenly
    3. Show Me
    4. See Me Through Your Eyes
    5. Look To The Lord
    6. Let The Love Flow
    7. Time To Begin Again
    8. Can Someone Hear My Heart ?
    9. All The World Should Know
    10. My Lord

 


 

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