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 store "Music Boulevard" as "Noteworthy Discs of The Month" .



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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF FEBRUARY, 1999

NEW RELEASES
 
John Keane is one of the most expected next generation AOR musicians, known not only for his drum session works but also his film soundtrack composition. He started his professional music career with Tom Keane, his elder brother in 1977 at the age of 12 as the Keane Brothers. In 1981, Keane Brothers released the band album under the name of "Keane". After releasing "Today, Tomorrow and Tonight" in 1982, John has been playing as one of the busiest session drummer in L.A. music scene. In 1996, John has completed and released privately his first solo instrumental album "Any Other World". And now, he is about to release the vocal-featured solo album "Straight Away" under the Intercord Record Service, Germany.
 

John Keane

 

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Georg Siegl, Landshuter Str. 11 84051 ALTHEIM, Germany
Phone / Fax +49 8703 8517
Website: http://www.aorheaven.com

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115 North 10th Street, #3A, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
Tel: 1-800-435-6185
Website:
http://www.thoughtscape.com

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John Keane's Official Website

 

 


Kyle Vincent is known for his solo debut album "Kyle Vincent" (1997) charted at # 18 on Radio & Records Hot AC, # 26 on Billboard's Adult Alternative and finished at # 69 for the entire year on Radio and Records 1997 Hot AC Chart. Kyle formed the band "Candy" in the mid-80's. Candy released their only album'Whatever Happened To Fun..." on the Mercury label and toured with Rick Springfield. The group disbanded a couple years after. For your information, Candy guitarist Gilby Clarke went on to join Guns'n Roses.Vincent signed a solo deal with MCA in'92, recorded his first solo album entitled "Trust", and opened for Barry Manilow on his entire U.S.'93 Greatest Hits Tour. However, as sometimes happens, the project was shelved and the album was never released. In 1998, the never-released album "Trust" has been released on a cassette only for his crazy fans in the United States. And now in 1999, "Trust" has been released on CD here in Japan as the album "A Night Like This". Very good melodic rock album this is. If you like Richard Marx, this album is for you.

Kyle Vincent / A Night Like This

 

Georg Siegl, Landshuter Str. 11 84051 ALTHEIM, Germany
Phone / Fax +49 8703 8517
Website: http://www.aorheaven.com

 


Billy Ward 

 

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115 North 10th Street, #3A, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
Tel: 1-800-435-6185
Website: http://www.thoughtscape.com

More Information including Soundfiles and CD Order

Billy Ward Official Website

 


Janey Clewer, who I believe is the best of the best female singer-songwriter during the second half of the 1990's has just released the collection album picking from her 3 solo albums, "Janey", "Call Me Romantic" and "When Stars Collide" in the United States. Her 1st solo album "Janey" was released in Scandinavia in 1996 and 2nd solo album "Call Me Romantic" was released in the United States from Thoughtscape Sounds label in 1997. However her 3rd album "When Stars Collide" are not still on sale in the United States and Europe. Therefore, you can listen to her excellent tunes on this CD at the reasonable price, comparing with the Japanese pressing CD titles. If you have not listen to Janey Clewer's beautiful melodies and warm vocals as yet, you should buy this CD now without hesitation!!

Janey Clewer

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115 North 10th Street, #3A, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
Tel: 1-800-435-6185
Website: http://www.thoughtscape.com

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Angelynn Music
425 Cooks C1., Brentwood TN. 37027, USA
Phone: +1 615 846 5966

 
 

 

REISSUE

 

Sneaker, known for their Billboard Top 40 Hit "More Than Just The Two Of Us" from their 1st album "Sneaker" (1981) is one of the unforgettable Westcoast group in early 80's. We felt their music were influenced by Steely Dan, Eagles and Doobie Brothers. It is the well-known fact that he group name "Sneaker" is taken from the Steely Dan's tune "Bad Sneaker",that their 1st album was produced by Jeffrey Baxter (ex Steely Dan and ex Doobie Brothers) and the opening cut of the 1st album is the cover version of Steely Dan's "Don't Let Me In". The 1st album "Sneaker" is nothing but one of the masterpiece album in early 80's. After the big success of their debut album, they released their 2nd album " Loose In The World" which is also produced again by Jeffrey Baxter in 1982. This is it. Unfortunately, Handshake Records who released both of their albums were obliged to be closed while they did Japanese tour with this brand-new album "Loose In The World" in the autumn of 1982. Thus, this album was not well-promoted and as the result, did sell well as their 1st album. And then, Sneaker had disbanded...
 
Generally speaking, "Loose In The World" is said to be the uncompleted album comparing with the masterpiece album "Sneaker", because some tunes such as "The Fight" (interlude tune for "Voices") and the instrumental tune titled "Pour It Out" seemed to be included on the album. Many people says that "Believe Me Tonight" , the hard-driven tune was not needed, but I like this tune. It was interesting that there were tracklisting difference between US original release LP and Japanese LP. The track order were different from each other and "I Can't Imagine" was included on the Japanese LP instead of "Someone To Blame It On". When the album "Loose In The World" is reissued on CD, both "Someone To Blame It On" and "I Can't Imagine" are included and furthermore 3 other bonus tracks including the album titled-tune "Loose In The World" which was not strangely included on the original release. "Never Get Over You" is a killer song and "Where You Gonna Run" is really good tune influenced by Steely Dan. "Loose In The World", one of the bonus tracks is worth listening and I cannot understand why this tune had not been on the original release.
 

For your information, Michael Carey Schneider, the lead singer of Sneaker is now doing gig with his country-rock band named "Spaghetti Western" in Los Angeles area now.

 
Sneaker 2nd (1982)
 

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115 North 10th Street, #3A, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
Tel: 1-800-435-6185
Website: http://www.thoughtscape.com

Georg Siegl, Landshuter Str. 11 84051 ALTHEIM, Germany
Phone / Fax +49 8703 8517
Website: http://www.aorheaven.com


  Roby Duke was one of the most popular Contemporary Christian Music singer among Japanese who liked AOR music in early 80's. His voice was so soft and his melodies were very friendly to us. This album is his solo debut album originally released under the label named MCA / Songbird, USA, which was established as the Contemporary Christian Music label distributed by MCA. After closing Songbird label, Roby continued to release 4 albums("Come Let Us The Reason"(1984), "Blue Eyed Soul"(1986), "Down To Business"(1989) and "Bridge Divine"(1994) ) with Good News Records, USA. Among his albums, 1st album "Not The Same" (this album) and 2nd album "Come Let Us The Reason" (1984) featuring Richard Page, Steve George and other talented musicians are said to be masterpiece albums among AOR/Westcoast Pop Music freaks.
 
"Not The Same" had been reissued on CD once in the United States under Ocean Records in 1992 (out of print at present). However, the CD tracklisting was different from the original release. That is to say, the Good News Records reissued CD included "You Love Me" (duet with Kelly Willard" instead of "Feel It Comin'". This Vivid Sound Corp's version has the original tracklisting.

 Roby Duke 1st

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115 North 10th Street, #3A, Fort Smith, AR 72901, USA
Tel: 1-800-435-6185
Website: http://www.thoughtscape.com

Georg Siegl, Landshuter Str. 11 84051 ALTHEIM, Germany
Phone / Fax +49 8703 8517
Website: http://www.aorheaven.com

 


 

 

Many visitors asks me where these recommended CDs can be bought via internet. So, I would give you the the several retailers links from this page also as bellow.

A.O.R. Specialized CD/LP Mailorder Retailers Page

 

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