Adult Contemporary Music in Japan

Monthly Recommended Discs Page

Many Adult Contemporary Music CDs are still being released every month. So, I would hereby show you Adult Contemporary Music CD New Releases ( also including Reissues) information as "Recommended Discs of The Month". I would highly recommend you to buy several albums by reading my personal reviews. In addition, I would also give you release information regarding other remarkable recent releases 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 / March / April, 2002


NEW RELEASES

 

BRETT RAYMOND / FEEL LIKE RIO

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In Recent years, we could listen to several Brett Raymond's albums by finding that he continues to work on his music in Salt Lake City, his hometown under Desert Books / Shadow Mountain. However, I never expect that he would release his album here in Japan again. His 1st solo album "Only Love" in 1986 was released only for Japan and this is one of the hardest to get. On this brand-new album, Brett shows his passion to Latin Music, much more exactly to Antonio Carlos Jobin. On this album, Brett covers 4 classic Jobin's tunes; "Waters Of March", "Agua De Beber (Water To Drink)", "Dindi" and "Favela" and shows us 3 original tunes (1 instrumental and 2 vocal tunes). Probably you will recall Sting when you listened to this album. Very good sophisticated album. Worth listening. If you would like to know about Brett Raymond, please see my Brett Raymond page and/or his official website.

 
    • Label: Aosis Records - Victor Entertainment Japan (VICL-69067)
    • Release Date: February 21, 2002
    • Producers: Kaz Masumoto and himself
    • Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Percussion: himself
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
      • Bass: Pat Smith, Eric Wallengren, Rob Honey
      • Guitars: Michael Dowdle, Tom Hopkins, Grant Geissman
      • Guest Vocalist: Katherine Nelson Thompson, Angela Winston
      • Sax: Brandon Fields, Brian Booth, Ray Smith, Andy Suzuki
      • Trumpets: Tony DeLorenzo
      • Percussion: Todd Sorensen
      • Background Vocals: Tanya Barkdull, Jenny Frogley, Dandy Porter
      • Violins: Meredith Campbell, Natalie Reed, Tammie Gallup, Bryan Hernandez-Luch
Brett Raymond / Feel Like Rio

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  • Tracks:
    1. Waters Of March
    2. Agua De Beber (Water To Drink)
    3. Comfortable
    4. Vince Goes To Rio
    5. Dindi
    6. Feel Like Rio
    7. Favela
 

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DAVID FOSTER / THE BEST OF ME - A Collection of David Foster's Greatest Works -

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Probably you need not require any reviews regarding this album. Therefore, I made only simple comment here. You can enjoy David Foster's magical music world by this collection album as David says " This is actually a collection of songs that have followed me throughout my life. It's actually my career in one album". And you should note that you can listen a brand-new tune "I Will" performed by David Foster featuring Chris Kirkpatrick from N'sync and written by David with his wife Linda Thompson and Richard Marx.

    • Label: : Warner Music, Honking (0927 41297 2)
    • Release Date: March 18, 2002
    • Tracks (Asian Version):
      1. I Will - David Foster & Chris Kirkpatrick
      2. I Swear - All-4-One
      3. Un-Break My Heart -Tan Braxton
      4. You'll See - Madonna
      5. Goodbye - Air Supply
      6. I Learned From The Beat - Whitney Houston
      7. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
      8. You're The Inspiration - Chicago
      9. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
      10. Unforgettable - Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
      11. Runaway - The Corrs
      12. Love Theme From "St. Elmo's Fire" - David Foster
      13. After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
      14. The Best Of Me - Olivia Newton-John & David Foster
      15. Through The Fire - Chaka Khan
      16. The Prayer -Josh Groban & Charlotte Church
David Foster/Greatest Works

David Foster / Love Stories

  • Label: : Warner Music,Japan (WPCR-11250)
  • Release Date: April 17, 2002
  • Tracks (Japanese Version):
    1. You're The Inspiration - Chicago
    2. The Best Of Me - Olivia Newton-John & David Foster
    3. Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion
    4. Unforgettable - Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
    5. I Learned From The Beat - Whitney Houston
    6. After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
    7. Through The Fire - Chaka Khan
    8. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
    9. Un-Break My Heart -Toni Braxton
    10. You'll See - Madonna
    11. Runaway - The Corrs
    12. I Swear - All-4-One
    13. You Can Never Ask Too Much (Of Love) - Take 6
    14. Goodbye - Air Supply
    15. I Will - David Foster & Chris Kirkpatrick
    16. So In Love With You - U.N.V.
    17. Love Theme From "St. Elmo's Fire" - David Foster
    18. The Prayer -Josh Groban & Charlotte Church

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PATRICK YANDALL / BACK TO THE GROOVE

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Patrick Yandall, one of the underrated guitarists in spite of his marvelous music, grew up in Bay City, Michigan. In 1982, Patrick moved to San Diego and started many studio sessions in L.A including works with Carl Evans Jr. of Fattburger. In 1995, Patrick released his first solo album "That Feels Nice" under EDP Records USA. Patrick's 1998 release, "A Lasting Embrace" under BrainChild Records followed and Patrick became known internationally. His music continues to grow and expand with this artists wide variety of musical styles and his undying love for the guitar. His 3rd album "Of Two Cities" (2000) shows how he grew with a rhythmic and melodic blend of rock, R&B, jazz funk and fusion and received high praise in JAZZIZ magazine, Smooth Jazz News, and many more media. And now Patrick is back with another awesome smooth-jazz album featuring not only excellent guitar-instrumental tunes but also 2 great vocal tunes "Got To Love" and "Slow Change". Especially "Got To Love" must be a killer for you! Furthermore, his instrumental version of "You're The Only Woman" written by David Pack and originally performed by Ambrosia is really incredible one. Now is the time to try Patrick Yandall!!

    • Label: Zangi Records, USA (Ang-1370-2)
    • Release Date: March 28, 2002
    • Producer: himself
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Carl Evans Jr.
      • Keyboards: Carl Evans Jr., Kamau Kenyatta
      • Bass: James East, Richard Adkins
      • Drums: Michael Evans, Duncan Moore
      • Percussion: Monette Marino, Duncan Moore
      • Sax: Hollis Gentry III
      • Lead Vocals (track 12): Roosevelt Carter
      • Vocals: Rachel Evans, Roosevelt Carter, Cicily Johnson, Denny Allison, Keni Yatrborough
Patrick Yandall / Back To The Groove

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  • Tracks:
    1. Mr. Mikio
    2. Your Move
    3. Yukiye
    4. You're The Only Woman
    5. Slow Change
    6. The Joy Of You
    7. Back To The Groove
    8. Crying In The Dark
    9. On The Cool Side
    10. Dr. Smoothe
    11. For The Soul
    12. Got To Love


 


  

URS WIESENDANGER / THE REAL ME

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Urs Wiesendanger, the producer / songwriter in Switzerland has been playing piano since he was four years old. Among many others, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Robbie Buchanan and Jeff Lorber were his main influences. His passion and strength lies in writing/producing "West Coast Main Stream Pop-Music" influenced by R&B and Jazz. At this time his own Fast Peak Studio is located in his hometown Zurich, but he keeps on traveling in Europe and to California. He recorded his first album in 1986 and since then has been working and producing with several artists and musicians like Jeff Lorber, Warren Hill, Robbie Buchanan, Warren Wiebe, and many more. Ten to nine, you feel interested in this album because of the Warren Wiebe featured Foster-touch ballads "Another Chance For Love". In addition to this track, I am confident you will be satisfied with Robbie Buchanan's style tune "Separate Ways" featuring Robbie himself and Jeff Pescetto on vocals. "For You And..." reminds me of Janet Jackson's beautiful ballads. His long-awaited solo album "The Real Me" is really worth for everybody.

 

  • Label: Fast Peak Recordings, Switzerland (6666 9098032 1)
  • Release Date: January, 2002
  • Producers: Himself (except track11: Balthasar Zimmermann and himself)
  • Urs Wiesendanger: Drum Programming, Keyboards
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Chris Muzik, Claudio Cervino, Mark Woodman
    • Drums: John Robinson, Daniel Stern
    • Bass: Wolfgang Zwieauer
    • Acoustic Bass: Paul Buchmeier
    • Sax: Eric Marienthal, Tomy Geiger, Warren Hill
    • Keyboards: Robbie Buchanan, Jeff Lorber
    • Percussion: Bathasar Zimmermann
    • Vocals: Greg Galli (track2), Jeff Pescetto (track3), Janet Dawkins (track4), Mark Antony (track6), Thierry Condor(track10, 14), Warren Wiebe (track13), Jerrie Lynne (track13), Michelle Anderle (track17)
    • Backing Vocals: Thierry Condor, Janette Dawkins, Sabina Stoke, Renee Rousseau, Yasmine Meguid
    • Rap: Renee Rousseau (track1), King Tall Man & Lee Sye (track11)
Urs Wiesendanger / The Real Me

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. Intro
    2. California
    3. Separate Ways
    4. For You And...
    5. Nowhere
    6. Something Special
    7. Move (Interlude)
    8. Prisca
    9. Move On (Interlude)
    10. Waiting
    11. Ragga-Real
    12. Mr. Jones
    13. Another Chance For Love
    14. Turn Down The Lamp Light
    15. J&U
    16. Ventura Blvd.
    17. Best Friend

 

 


WARREN HILL / LOVE SONGS

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Warren Hill, the Toronto-born saxophonist, singer, songwriter, released debut album "Kiss Under The Moon" in 1992 almost a year after his graduation from Berklee. 2nd album "Devotion" soon followed in 1993. In 1994, Warren’s third album called "Truth" reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and thus Warren established his firm status in NAC / Contemporary Jazz field in mid 90's. 1997 album "Shelter" shown another talent of Warren. Warren reveals his remarkable ability as a vocalist, it was really surprising to me when I listened to this album. Warren released 2 sax-oriented album "Life Through Rose Colored Glasses" in 1998 and "Love Life" in 2000 after this masterpiece. And now, Warren just released his 7th record in over 10 years and one that he has wanted to make for quite some time, the collection of Warren's favorites; from "Fallen" originally performed by Lauren Wood to Paul McCartney's "My Love".

    • Label: NaradaJazz,USA (72348-11583-0-3)
    • Release Date: March 26, 2002
    • Producers:
    • Musicians:
      • Keyboards, Wurlitzer: John Beasley
      • Guitars: Randy Jacobs, Tim Pierce, Marc Antoine, Jeff Gloub
      • Bass: Andre Berry
      • Drums: Curt Bisquera
      • Percussion: Ronnie Gutierrenz
      • Harmonica: Tollack Ollestad
      • Keyboards & Background Vocals: Ellis Hall
Warren Hill / Love Songs

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  • Tracks:
    1. September Morning
    2. Fallen
    3. Because Of You
    4. Oh Girl
    5. My Funny Valentine
    6. Wonderful Tonight
    7. You Are So Beautiful
    8. Dancing With You
    9. At Last
    10. My Love
  

 

 


 

CORY WELLS / AHEAD OF THE STORM

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Needless to say, this is not purely a new album of Cory Wells but very first time to be officially released all over the world. Cory Wells was born on Feburary 5, 1942 in Buffalo, NY. As widely known, in 1967 Cory Wells and Danny Bhutan thought that they would form the new band with three lead vocalist for one group and thus with the addition of Chuck Negron, the legendary rock group Three Dog Night started. "One" became the first Top 10 hit in 1969, and "Joy to the World" became the band's biggest hit in 1971. Cory Wells was part of Three Dog Night until about 1976. Cory embarked on his solo career with a solo album "Touch Me" in 1978, which must be a masterpiece for us but no commercial success in the United States. "Touch Me" is the one of the wanted album to be reissued on CD because of its excellent quality of the album, but by now would be on hold due to various reasons. On the album "Touch Me", Jay Graydon, David Foster, Bill Champlin, Steve Lukather, Jay Gruska and other top session musicians supported and created great music. Cory also worked on one another album called "Ahead Of The Storm", but it was to never see daylight until 2002. I should warn you that there is a big difference between this 2nd solo album between the album "Touch Me". As the jacket shows, this 2nd album is more rock-oriented album in spite of the same producers; David Anderle with Cory himself and with almost same supporting musicians including Jay Graydon, David Foster. We could enjoy several tracks such as "Y.O.U" written by Jay Gruska and Leffrey Sprit which was later covered by Marilyn Scott in 1979 but should note that some of them would not be worth listening for us.

    • Label: A&M Records - Universal International Japan (UICY-3359)
    • Release Date: March 27, 2002 (Original Release Schedule: 1978 <A&M Records, USA SP-4736>)
    • Producers: David Anderle and himself
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, Danny Weis, Jeff Baxter, Peter McRae
      • Keyboards: Bob Hogins, Jay Gruska, Jai Winding, David Foster, Booker T. Jones, Steve Porcaro
      • Bass: Lee Sklar,John "Bay" Pierce
      • Drums: Mike Baird
      • Percussion: Steve Forman
      • Background Vocals: Jay Gruska, Carmen Twillie, Vennette Gloud, Oren Waters, Luther Waters, Jim Gilstrap
Cory Wells / Ahead Of The Storm

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  • Tracks:
    1. Comin' Home
    2. Why-Oh-You (Y-O-U)
    3. Hold On And Do It Right
    4. Jail Break
    5. One Jump Ahead Of The Storm
    6. Hard Times
    7. Maggie
    8. You Don't Know Like I Know
    9. Goin' Down Down
    10. I Just Can't Turn My Heart Into Love
  

 

 

 


 

KARIZMA / LOST & FOUND - Japanese version -

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Karizma, the L.A. based super fusion band David Garfield formed, has a long long history. "Fusion" is widely recognized as music blended many musical elements from Latin, Jazz, Funk and Rock. In this sense, Karizma is the leader of this music category. This collection CD includes early years demos including the interesting 1982 demos with James Felix on vocals, two of which were re-recorded on their first CD "Dream Come True" released in 1983 and one of which, "I Guess I'll Just Move On" was later recorded instrumentally as "Hungry Dogs" on their 2nd album "Cuba". And you can also listen to 1983 live tracks done at Baked Potato in North Hollywood which were broadcasted on FM Tokyo in Japan in those days. Japanese version specially includes "Say You Will" (live version) instead of "Heavy Resin" which has already been appeared on Larry Klimas's solo album "Retro-spec(t)" Japanese version.

    • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-087) (Original: Creatchy Records, USA <CR-014>)
    • Release Date: February 10, 2002 (Original US Version: December, 2001)
    • Producer: David Garfield
    • Karizma are:
      • David Garfield: Keyboards (1st incarnation<'75> - current)
      • Carlos Vega: Drums (1st incarnation<'75> - 3rd incarnation<'78>, 7th incarnation<'82> - 12th incarnation<'88>)
      • Ralf Rickert: Trumpet (1st incarnation<'75>)
      • Domenic Genova: ? (1st incarnation<'75>)
      • Richard Tokatz: ? (1st incarnation<'75>)
      • Larry Klimas: Sax (2nd incarnation<'78> - 5th incarnation<'80>, 9th incarnation<'83> - 13th incarnation<'99>)
      • Jim Henken: Guitars (2nd incarnation<'78>)
      • Pat Murphy: Percussion (2nd incarnation<'78>)
      • Michael Landau: Guitars (3rd incarnation<'78> - 6th incarnation<'81>, 10th incarnation<'86>, 12th incarnation<'88>, 13th incarnation<'99> - current)
      • Dean Cortez: Bass (3rd incarnation<'78> - 4th incarnation<'79>, 7th incarnation<'82> - 9th incarnation<'83>)
      • Lenny Castro: Percussion (3rd incarnation<'78> - 4th incarnation<'79>, 7th incarnation<'82> - 13th incarnation<'99>)
      • Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums (4th incarnation<'79> - 6th incarnation<'81>, current)
      • John Pierce: Bass (5th incarnation<'80>)
      • Steve Tavaglione: Sax (6th incarnation<'81> - 8th incarnation<'83>, 12th incarnation<'88>)
      • Eric Wallengren: Bass (6th incarnation<'81>)
      • James Felix: Lead Vocals (7th incarnation<'82> - 8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Kevin Dukes: Guitars (7th incarnation<'82>)
      • Dean Parks: Guitars (8th incarnation<'83> - 9th incarnation<'83>)
      • Jimmy Johnson: Bass (10th incarnation<'86>)
      • Mike Miller: Guitars (11th incarnation<'87>)
      • Nathan East: Bass (11th incarnation<'87>)
      • Toss Panos: Drums (13th incarnation<'99>)
      • Neil Stubenhaus: Bass (current)
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Dennis Herring: Guitars (7th incarnation<'82>)
      • Tom Scott: Sax (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Ernie Watts: Sax (8th incarnation<'83> - 9th incarnation<'83>)
      • David Paich: Keyboards (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Neil Larsen: Organ (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Steve Lukather: Guitars (8th incarnation<'83>)
      • Jeff Porcaro: Drums (8th incarnation<'83>)
Karizma  / Lost & Found

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  • Tracks:
    1. Prophecy
    2. Natural Phenomenon
    3. Deep Inside
    4. Limbs
    5. Tell Me
    6. I Want You So
    7. Say You Will
    8. I Guess I'll Just Move On
    9. Blues For Ronnie
    10. Dream Come True
    11. Sting
    12. Corbitt Van Brauer
    13. Say You Will (live version)
    14. Fun In Tokyo
    15. Studio Jam

 

  


 

TWO FIRES / IGNITION

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Kevin Chalfant, the awesome vocalist known for his project "Storm" with the past and present members of Journey and/or solo works, are about to return with the second "Two Fires" album with Josh Ramos in February!As I reviewed their debut album in June 2000, the album "Two Fires" emerged with the perfect quality as those found on early 80's Journey's mega-hit albums "Departures" (1980), "Escape"(1981) and "Frontiers"(1983). If you would like to enjoy the good-old powerful Journey vein, do not miss their second effort "Ignition" also! However I dare to say that sound quality should be much improved during the recording session and/or mixing/mastering process.

    • Label: Frontiers Records, Italy / Now & Then, UK (Japan: Marquee / Avalon <MICP-10286>)
    • Release Date: February 21, 2002
    • Producers: Kevin Chalfant (with Rick Powell, associate producer)
    • Musicians:
      • Lead Vocals: Kevin Chalfant
      • Guitars: Josh Ramos, Jerry Lee Gingery, Alby Odum, Michael "Ralph" Gardner
      • Drums: Atma Anur, Kenny Aronoff
      • Bass: Rick Powell, Jerry Lee Gingery
      • Keyboards: Jeff Jacobs, Rick Powell, Chuck Giacinto
      • Background Vocals: Kevin Chalfant, Jenny Way, Mike Higgins, Tony Diluciano, Katie Robinson, The September 11th-911 Memorial Choir
Two Fires / Ignition

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  • Tracks:
    1. Ignition
    2. Somewhere Far Away
    3. More Than A Mystery
    4. You're Bringing Me Down
    5. I'm Falling
    6. I See Red
    7. This Night
    8. The Man I Want To Be
    9. I Will Remember You
    10. What The Whole World Needs To Know
    11. All That (All Night Long) <Japanese Bonus Track>

 

 

  


MISSING PIECES

 

DAVID POMERANZ / ON THIS DAY

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David Pomeranz seems to find out his 2nd home in Philippine. It was 1971 when David appeared in front of us with his debut album "New Blues". "Time To Fly" (Decca) and "It's In Every One Of Us" (Arista) followed. As you know, David succeeded in the States and also in Japan with his 4th album "The Truth Of Us" (Pacific/ WEA) in 1981. After long silence as singer, David Pomeranz signed with Universal Music, Philippine and restarted to release his beautiful music since 1999."On This Day" is his third album for the label. David Pomeranz is accompanied by not only Philippine musicians but also by US musicians including Jim Peterik for this album. David Pomeranz's romantic and mellow, easy-on-the-ears music remains the same as before. And we can listen to his 80's masterpiece song "The Truth of Us" self-remake version here.

    • Label: Universal Music International, Philippine (00440 016 536 2)
    • Release Date: November, 2001
    • Producers: Jim Peterik, Lorrie Ilustre , Ted Perlmanand himself
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars:Jim Peterik, Mike Aquino,Cezar Aguas, Danny Jacob
      • Keyboards: Lorrie Ilustre, Dave Loeb, Ed Tossing
      • Bass: Jim Peterik, Sonny Azurin, Rick Shaw
      • Drums: Ed Breckenfeld, Nino Regalado, Sammy K.
      • Drum Programming: Ted Perlman
      • Percussion: Lorrie Ilustre
      • Sax: Brian Scanlon
      • Background Vocals: Heidi Thompson, Terry Bradford
David Pomeranz / On This Day
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  • Tracks:
    1. On This Day
    2. My Safe Harbor
    3. Rainbows And You
    4. Until I Fall In Love Again
    5. The Truth Of Us
    6. Devoted To You
    7. Oh Stephanie
    8. The Distance Between Us
    9. My Romance
    10. Shangri-La Girl
    11. Tangled And Tied
    12. Where Do We Go From Now?
    13. Trail Of Broken Dreams

 

 

  


 

 

BJÖRN SKIFS / BACK ON TRACK

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Björn Skifs is a Swedish veteran pop singer who might be known among Westcoast music lovers by his 1982 performance on Norwegian TV series called "Songwriters for the stars" with David Foster, which became available on vinyl and cassette and later in 1994 on CD by DFF Records, i.e. David Foster Friends. At that time, Björn sung Boz Scaggs' "Simone" and "If It's Not What You're Looking For" originally performed by Kenny Loggins. However, Björn is also known for his 1974 US #1 hit "Hooke On A Feeling" originally recorded by B.J. Thomas with the band "Blue Swede", a partial video clip was featured on the popular US television program "Ally McBeal" late in 90's. You should also note that Björn started his solo career in Sweden before Blue Swede years with several hits including very beautiful ballads "Blä, Blä Vindar" released in 1972. After Blue Swede success over the world, Björn restarted his solo activity with the album "Shiffs" (1975) and since then he released several albums including "Spilt Vision" (1979) featuring 7 English vocal tunes and supported by top L.A. session musicians; Dean Parks, Ed Greene, Scott Edwards and others. In 1980, Björn formed the band called "Zkiffs" and released an album including a beautiful song "Stjärnor". Björn's music style seems to be very versatile but usually maintains high qualities. For example, 1981's hit tune "Stackare, Stackare" reminds me of Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster (Jammin')". Right after the 1984 solo album "If Then" release, Björn was again widely exposed to the world. It was the well-known musical "Chess". The concept album for this musical produced by Tim Rice with 2 ABBA members, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The cast for the album contained both British and Swedish singers: Elaine Paige as Florence, Barbara Dickson as Svetlana (The Russian's wife), Tommy Korberg as The Russian, Murray Head as The American, and Björn Skifs as The Arbiter. Probably you recall US #9 hit tune "One Night in Bangkok"(sung by Murray Head. In 1986, the stage version of "Chess" opened in London featuring many singers from the concept album but Björn Skifs was not there.And now, he is back on track with the brand new album "Back o Track" produced and arranged by Douglas Carr known for his works with Ace of Base, Maja and The Corrs. Our Bill Champlin and his intimate fellows including Joseph Williams and Tom Saviano are deeply involved. Bill Champlin is not only singing background but also writing 2 songs; "Starlight Back To You" featuring Jessica Folker an "Like It Was Nothing At All".

    • Label: EMI Svenska AB, Sweden (7243 5 34703 2 6)
    • Release Date: November, 2001
    • Producers: Douglas Carr, Ulric Johansson, Pontus Söderqvist, Nick Rice, Leif Larson
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Tris Imboden, Jeff Roach
      • Drum Programming: Nick Nice
      • Bass: Ulric "Puzzlet" Johnson, Douglass Carr, Dennis Belfield
      • Keyboards: Douglas Carr, Jeff Roach, Leif Larsson, Pontus Söderqvist, Bill Champlin, Christer Karlsson
      • Guitars: Sebastian Nylund, Kjelle "Frenchette" Carlsson, Douglass Carr, Steve Diamond, Rick Price, Esbjörn Öhrwall, Chino "snobbar som jobbar" Mariano
      • Trumpet & Trombone: Mic Gillette
      • Sax: David Boruff, Tom Saviano
      • Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, Tamara Champlin, Carmen Twillie, Douglas Carr, Joseph Williams, Gary Falcone, Linda Östergren
      • Female Vocal: Becca Bramlet (track3) Jessica Folker (track 10)
      • Strings: Stockholm Session Strings
Bjorn Skifs / Back On Track

  • Tracks:
    1. New York City Is Waiting
    2. Sweet Soul Sister
    3. Right Where We Left Off
    4. Trapped In A Moonlight
    5. Fixing A Broken Heart
    6. To Love And Be Loved
    7. Don't Stay It's Over
    8. I Can't Stand The Rain
    9. Nature Plan
    10. Stright Back To You
    11. Brief
    12. What's The Beig Deal
    13. Like It Was Nothing At All

 

 

 


 

REISSUES

 

JAY GRAYDON / AIRPLAY FOR THE PLANET +1

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Graydon's "Airplay For The Planet", the perfect AOR/Westcoast album in the decade of 1990's is now re-released with an unreleased beautiful ballad called " "I Do" featuring Bill Cantos on vocals. As far as I heard, Jay did not satisfy with the mastering of the original release (1993), specifically Japanese version which Jay was obliged to rush its mastering due to the release schedule. If you have both Japanese version and Swedish or German version of the original release, you will find that several songs on Swedish / German versions sounds better than those on Japanese version. Under the circumstance, Jay decided to remeaster this album for this re-release for the perfect completion in the true sense. Absolutely you should buy this album without hesitation. For your information, Japanese version by COOL SOUND is available with special paper sleeve package.

Jay Graydon / Airplay For The Planet 02
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  • Tracks:
    1. Walk The Wire
    2. She Just Can't Make Up Her Mind
    3. History
    4. After The Love Has Gone
    5. Holdin' On To Love
    6. One Way Or Another
    7. Roxann
    8. Show Me The Magic
    9. You're Not Alone
    10. When You Look In My Eyes
    11. I Do

 

 

 


 

TIM FEEHAN
 

Cool Sound's 2002 openers are Tim Feehan's hard-to-get solo albums; "Sneak Preview" and "Carmalita". Those are exactly what I asked Toshi Nakada to reissue for a long time. Now, both albums are available on CD. The album "Carmalita" was one of the first album I managed to get right after the days I restarted to collect AOR/Westcoast albums around '95. I remember that I was totally knocked out by the killer duet ballad tune "Never Say Die" featuring Vickie Moss, and also remember that I was touched so much when I finished to listen to the last tune "Sadie J". This is one of the masterpiece AOR/Westcoast album for me at that time and now I reconfirm this is really the masterpiece one.

SNEAK PREVIEW

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  • Label: Cool Sound Inc., Japan (COOL 085) (Original Label: Mustard, Canada)
  • Release Date: January 10, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1981)
  • Producer: Rick Erickson
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Darrell Mayes
    • Bass: Rick Erickson
    • Guitars: Doug Jenson, Trevor Dunn
    • Keyboards: R.J.Smart, Adrian Chornowol, Curt Smith, Donovan Reimer
    • Sax: Ian Sadler
    • Background Vocals: Randy Broadhead, Vickie Moss, Susan Gilmour, Keniworth Grade 7 music class, Rick Erickson

Tim Feehan / Sneak Preview

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  • Tracks:
    1. Backseat - Backbeat
    2. Go Ahead And Break My Heart
    3. Sneak Preview
    4. Nightspin
    5. Don't Be Shy
    6. Friday Night
    7. Give Us Your Name
    8. Up - Turned - Down And Around
    9. Try Harder

CARMALITA

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  • Label: Cool Sound Inc., Japan (COOL-086) (Original Label: Mustard, Canada)
  • Release Date: January 10, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1983)
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Holm-Pedersen, Donovan Reimer
    • Guitars: Trevor Dunn
    • Sax: Jim Pinchin
    • Trumpet: Bob Tildesly
    • Trombone: John Machpherson
    • Violins: James Keene, Tom Johnson, Broder-Yck Olson, Marlin Wolfe, Mary Cockell, Delores Vann
    • Cello: Colin Ryan
    • String & Horn Arrangements: Doug Rusu
    • Duet Vocals on track 9 : Vickie Moss
    • ???: Torben, Ma Fletcher, Ron Vaugeois, Cliff Minchau

Tim Feehan / Carmalita

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  • Tracks:
    1. Carmalita
    2. January
    3. Wrong Number
    4. Alone
    5. Bad Sister
    6. Over And Over
    7. Take Her By Surprise
    8. Wait One More Day
    9. Never Say Die
    10. Sadie J

 

  


 

 

PLAYER / ROOM WITH A VIEW

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At last, all the Player's albums are now available on CDs! "Room With A View" is the third album of the Player originally released in 1980. As shown below, Player members in those days were Peter Beckett, Ronn Moss and John Friesen, which means that J.C. Crowley (Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals) a founder of the group and the co-writer of their debut hit "Baby Come Back" had left. We can enjoy Beckett's good ballads "It's For You" and "Givin' It All" on this album.

    • Label: Universal International, Japan (UICY-3345) (Original Label: Casablanca - Mercurry Records, USA)
    • Release Date: January 30, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1980)
    • Producers: Tony Peluso, Peter Beckett
    • Player is:
      • Peter Beckett: Guitars, Lead Vocals
      • Ronn Moss: Bass, Vocals
      • John (Hub) Friesen: Drums
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Miles Joseph
      • Keyboards: Gabriel Katona
      • Background Vocals: Miles Joseph, Gabriel Katona
Player / Room With A View
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  • Tracks:
    1. Room With A View
    2. It's For You
    3. Upside Down
    4. Why Do You Think You Are
    5. Bad News Travel Fast
    6. All Tied Up
    7. Givin' It All
    8. It May Never Happen
    9. Tip Of The Iceberg

 

 

 


 

GORDON MICHAELS / STARGAZER

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I could not find any detailed information including biography regarding Gordon Michaels. He suddenly appeared with the album "Stargazer" and gone somewhere. His music style is said to be such like "Paul McCartney meets Billy Joel". The opener "Stargazer" would be very pop but its arrangement would be very complicated and sophisticated. I admit that "Monkey Mother" must be heavily influenced by Paul Simon as many people says. And, "Indoor Lovers" reminds me of Paul McCartney's "Another Day" very much. This album is one of hidden treasure you should buy. Do not miss this re-reissued CD. (This album was reissued but had been out of print for a long time.)

    • Label: Universal International, Japan (UICY-3340) (Original Label: Horizon Records / A&M Records, USA <SP-737>)
    • Release Date: January 30, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1979)
    • Producer: Hugh McCracken
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Hugh McCracken
      • Drums: Rick Marotta
      • Bass: Tony Levin
      • Piano: Richard Tee
      • Marimba: Mike Mainieri
      • Sax: David Sanborn, George Young
      • Flute: George Young
      • French Horn: Bill Brown
      • Oberheim: Ed Walsh
      • Percussion: Arthur Jenkins
      • Background Vocals: Lisa Gilkyson, Linda Reddwolf
      • Strings:
        • Concert Master: Ida Kavafian
        • Violin: Lucy Stoltzman, Guillermo Figueroa, Richard Hendrickson
        • Viola: Tina Pelikan, Judy Geist
        • Cello: Fred Sherry, Richie Sher
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  • Tracks:
    1. Stargazer
    2. Monkey Mother
    3. Indoor Lovers
    4. This Is Love
    5. Turnin' Brown
    6. Find The Angle
    7. Bermuda
    8. Ugly Ramona
    9. Danny Dies In Dublin
    10. Favorite Songs

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

ALESSI BROTHERS

Alessi Brothers, Billy and Bobby Alessi were the incredible twins born on July 12, 1953 in New York. In 1970, they participated in the famous antiwar musical "Hair" and then they formed their band "Barnaby Bye" with Peppi Castro and Mike Ricciadella, Barnaby Bye released 2 albums "Room To Grow" (1973) and ""Touch" (1974) and then disbanded. Billy And Bobby soon got a deal with A&M Records in 1975 and it only took a year before their duo 1st album "Alessi". In the summer of 1977, "Oh Lori" on the album suddenly was climbing up the UK pop chart and thus their 2nd album "All For A Reason" were welcomed not only in the United Kingdom but also other European countries. I believe I need not they were very popular here in Japan. However US music lovers did not still care about them, which was really pity.... Their 3rd album "Driftin'" followed. And in 1979, "Words And Music", their last album released under A&M Records, was on the street but no commercial success in US again. In those days they seemed to fight with A&M Records who demanded them to make more disco-oriented album in order to achieve more commercial success. After leaving A&M, this genius twins gave us another piece "Alessi" in 1982 on Qwest Records- Warner Bros. Records, which was found that it would be the perfect material for Quincy Jones' new imprint, Qwest Records. Since mid 80's, both Billy and Bobby enjoy writing the hottest jingle campaigns in the United States including the Diet-Coke theme for 14 years, Kentucky-Fried Chicken, Dr. Pepper, Sears and Seven-Up known by everyone! In 2001, we could find their names on Debbie Gibson's album "M.Y.O.B" as proucers / songwriters / backing vocals for its title track. Please also note that they are still preparing their long awaited their own brand-new album "Hello Everyone". In any event, we are very happy to get their A&M days albums on remastered CDs now!

 

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  • Label: Universal International, Japan (UICY-3346) (Original Label: A&M Records, USA)
  • Release Date: Januar 30, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1976)
  • Producer: Bones Howe
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Mike Melvoin
    • Guitars: Dennis Budimir, Ray Parker
    • Bass: Scotty Edwards, Jim Hughart
    • Drums: Hal Blaine, Jeff Porcaro, John Guerin, Frank Ravioli
    • Sax, Flute: Tom Scott
    • Vibes: Vic Feldman, Emil Richards
    • Percussion: Hal Blaine, Bones Howe

Alessi Bros / All For A Reason

Alessi Brothers /Alessi
  • Tracks:
    1. Do You Feel It?
    2. You Can Have It Back
    3. I Was So Sure
    4. Big Deal (Live Without You)
    5. Don't Hold Back
    6. Too Long To Forget
    7. Sad Songs
    8. Oh, Lori
    9. Joanna
    10. Seabird
    • Label: Universal International, Japan (UICY-3347) (Original Label: A&M Records, USA)
    • Release Date: Januar 30, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1977)
    • Producer: David Lucvas
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Steve Gadd, Andy Newmark
      • Bass: Will Lee, Raphael Godfield
      • Keyboards: Richard Tee, Adam Ipolito, Bob Riley
      • Guitars: John Tropea, Charlie Brown, David Spinozza, Jimmy Rippetoe
      • Harmonica: Michael Chimes
      • Background Vocals Dana Karl
      • Sax: David Sanborn, Michael Brecker George , Ronnie Cuber
      • Trumpet: Rand Brecker, Alan Rubin
      • Trombone: Wayn Andrea
      • Horn: Joe DeAngeles
    • Tracks:
      1. All For A Reason
      2. Love To Have You Love
      3. Farewell
      4. Avalon
      5. Air Cushion
      6. London
      7. Hate To Be In Love
      8. You Can Crowd Me
      9. Make It Last
      10. Here Again
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Alessi Bros / Driftin' Alessi Bros / Words And Music
  • Label: Universal International, Japan (UICY-3348) (Original Label: A&M Records, USA)
  • Release Date: Januar 30, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1978)
  • Producer: Louie Shelton
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: James Divisek, Ed Greene, Mike Baird
    • Bass: Dennis Belfield, David Hungate, Abe Laboriel
    • Guitars: Louie Shelton, Lee Ritenour, Melvin "Wah Wah" Watson, Paul Stanley
    • Keyboards: Brian Whitcomb, Steve Porcaro, Greg Phillinganes, Greg Mathieson
    • Percussion: Alan Estes, Vince Charles
    • Sax: Don Menzam, Jim Seals
    • Guest Vocals: Richie Havens
    • Background Vocals: Dash Crofts
    • Strings Arrangement: Gene Page

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  • Label: Universal International, Japan (UICY-3349) (Original Label: A&M Records, USA)
  • Release Date: Januar 30, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1979)
  • Producer: Louie Shelton
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Rick Schlosser, Yogi Horton, James Gadson
    • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus, Mike Porcaro, Chuck Rainey, Raphael Goldfield, James Jamison Jr.
    • Guitars: Lee Ritenour, Jeff Baxter, David T. Walker, Jimmy Rippertone, Paul Jackson Jr., Carlos Rios
    • Keyboards: Jai Winding, Al Kooper, Ian Underwood, Peter Reilich, Jinmy Studer
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Sax: Bill Green, Tom Scott, Earnie Watts
    • Trumpets: Chuck Findley, Steve Madaio, Ollie Mitchell, Oscar Brashear
    • Trombone: Dick "Slyde" Hyde, Alan Kaplan
    • Woodwinds: Tom Scott, Bill Green
    • Vibes: Gary Coleman
    • Background Vocals: Peppy Castro, Venetta Fields, The Waters Family, David Lucas, Frankie Valli, Gene Morford, Gary Garrett
    • Rhythm Arrangement: Tom Saviano
    • Orchestral Arrangement: Gene Page, Bill Elliot
    • Arrangement: Nick DeCaro, Bob Gaudio, Tom Saviano
      • Tracks:
        1. Dancin In The Halls Of Love
        2. Driftin'
        3. Believer
        4. Rainbows Go On Forever
        5. Space
        6. You're Out Of Love
        7. That's When She Touched Me
        8. I Don't Wanna Lose You
        9. Not Tonight
        10. Just Can't Stop It
      • Tracks:
        1. Gimme Some Lovin'
        2. Lover Boy
        3. Words And Music
        4. As Long As I Still Have You
        5. Midnight Low
        6. Evilman
        7. Wait For Me
        8. I Wish That I Was Maiking Love (To You Tonight)
        9. Hot Fun In The Summertime

 

 


 

 

TREASURE / TREASURE

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Treasure is the band related to Felix Cavaliere, the organist and one of the lead singers in the Young Rascals (later the Rascals), a successful pop/rock group of the mid-'60s. After Rascals disbanded in 1972, Felix Cavaliere went solo and released his first solo album "Felix Cavaliere" in 1974 and "Destiny" followed in 1975. Suddenly in 1977, we came across the new band with Felix Cavaliere named "Treasure" in 1977. The music style of this band is a little apart from the one you expect, more rock-oriented and hard-driven American rock-n-roll coming from the color of the band guitarist Vinnie Cusano. Therefore, I should say that Treasure is not the new band of Felix Cavaliere, but Vinnie Cusano oriented band. Vinnie Cusano, coming from Connecticut did session work for Laura Nyro, Dan Hartman and writing music for the TV show "Happy Days" after Treasure days in late 70's. However, this was not his true music style. Vinnie loves more heavy metal oriented music. Actually Vinnie joined Kiss from 1982 to 1984 instead of its original guitarist Ace Frehley. For your information, Vinnie Cusano changed his name to Vinnie Vincent in those days. After Kiss days, Vincent soon formed his own band "Vinnie Vincent Invasion" and released a self-titled debut in 1986.

    • Label: Epic Records International, Japan (EICP-7031)
    • Release Date: February 20, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1977)
    • Producer: Felix Cavaliere
    • Treasure is:
      • Felic Cavaliere: Vocals, Keyboards
      • Vinnie Cusano: Vocals, Guitars
      • Jack Scarangella: Drums
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Bass: Rick Laird
Treasure / Treasure
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  • Tracks:
    1. I Wanna Love You
    2. Innocent Eyes
    3. Love Me Tonight
    4. Jubilation
    5. When The Sun Shines
    6. My Lady Once Told Me
    7. Turn Yourself Around
    8. Think It's Love
    9. Treasure

 

 


 

BATTEAUX / BATTEAUX

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Batteaux is the duo collaboration works done by David Batteau and Robin Batteau in 1973. David Batteau is known for not only his 1976 solo album "Happy In Hollywood" under A&M Records but also his over hundred songwritings performed by many great artists; "One Needs Another" (Joe Chemay Band 1981), " If I Hurts Just A Little" (Donna Summer 1982), "The Discipline Of Love" (Robert Palmer 1985), . Next to You (Someday I'll Be)" (Wilson Phillips 1990), "Wild For You Baby" (Trisha Yearwood 2000) and others. You may be interested in David's mid 80's activity with Tony Humecke and Eric Nelson Pressly; they released an album "The Great Unknown" as the band "Nomo" with Michael Sembello as a guest musician, which was clearly influenced by the hit music style of those days i.e. Men At Work. In 1993, David participated in CCM project "Soul Mission" and released an album in 1993. As regards this album "Batteaux", it is worth listening after almost 30 years the album was originally released. Very sophisticated singer-songwriter's soft rock album done in early 70's.

    • Label: Sony Music Japan International (SICP-8013) (Original Label: Columbia Records, USA)
    • Release Date: February 20, 2002 (Original Release Year: 1973)
    • Producers: Stuart Love and Henry Lewy
    • Batteaux are:
      • David Batteau: Lead Vocals, Guitar, Melodica, Cello
      • Robin Batteau: Lead Vocals, Violin, Guitar
    • Musicians:
      • Bass: Peter Freiberger
      • Keyboards: Doug McClaran
      • Drums: Andy Newmark, John Guerin
      • Percussion: Milt Holland
      • Flutes and Reeds: Tom Scott
      • Background Vocals: Robin Lane, Jackie Ward, Sally Stevens, Shelby Flint
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  • Tracks:
    1. Tell Her She's Lonely
    2. Living's Worth Loving
    3. Wake Me In The Morning
    4. Mirror
    5. Joe Arnold
    6. Dig Up The Love
    7. Katy
    8. Lady Of The Lake
    9. Treat Me Right, Treat Me Wrong
    10. High Tide
    11. Wishing My Father
    12. Maybe I'll Run Away

 


 

SONS OF CHAMPLIN / WELCOME TO THE DANCE

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"Welcome To The Dance" is the fourth album of the Sons Of Champlin came out of legendary Psychedelic San Francisco rock movement. This album is sometimes said to be the restart album of the group because the original rhythm section were replaced by David Schallock (bass) and James Preston (drums and percussion). On this album, Sons apparently established their own soul-funk boogie rock style based on their roots in blues, R&B and Jazz. Now, Japanese version also reissued!

  • Label: Sony Music Japan International (SICP-8014) (Original : Columbia Records, USA)
  • Release Date: February 20, 2002 (Original Release: April, 1973)
  • Producer: Themselves
  • Sons Of Champlin are:
    • Bill Champlin: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Baritone Sax
    • Terry Haggerty: Guitars, Vocals
    • Geoffrey Palmer: Keyboards, Sax, Tablas, Vibes, Bass, Vocals
    • James Preston: Percussion
    • David Schallock: Bass, Guitars, Vocals
Sons Of Champlin / Welcome To The Dance
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  • Tracks:
    1. Lightin'
    2. For Joy
    3. Who / Heaven Only Knows
    4. Right On
    5. No Mo'
    6. The Swim
    7. Welcome To The Dance
      1. Silence
      2. Sound/Turn Aorund
      3. Healthy Woman
      4. Welcome To The Dance

 


 

 

 

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