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" .


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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF APRIL 2000


NEW RELEASES

KYLE VINCENT / SWEET 16

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Kyle Vincent, ex the lead singer in a mid 80's California pop group called Candy debuted his first solo Self-Titled CD in 97 along with the hit single "Wake Me Up (When the World's Worth Waking Up For). You may recall the super hit of 1999 AOR/Melodic Rock release "Night Like This", his unreleased first solo album "Trust" recorded in early 90's for MCA. This is another Kyle Vincent's unreleased archives for you.
I would quote Kyle's comment about this album; "This is a collection of songs that for one reason or another have slipped through the cracks over the past few years. Some were slated for the albums, but we simply ran out of space or time (or money!), while other were just personal demos never meant to be released."

  • Label : Air Mail Recordings, Japan (SongTree Records, USA)
  • Release Date: March 28, 2000
  • Producer: himself

Musicians: No Credit
 

US Version is available via CD NOW

Sweet 16 US Version 

 

Kyle Vincent / Sweet 16

 

Tracklisting:

  1. One Soul (94)
  2. I Can Still Love You (90)
  3. Back Off! (96)
  4. One Ticket Home (91)
  5. Same Old Heartache (86)
  6. I Only Know How To Love You (95)
  7. Any Other Girl (94)
  8. Man In The Moon (90)
  9. Just A Matter Of Time (86)
  10. If You Were My Love (88)
  11. When I Close My Eyes (92)
  12. When I Need A Miracle (88)
  13. Rockin' Radio (87)
  14. Rita (90)
  15. Running Away (93)
  16. Where Memories Go (88)
  17. On The Beach (98) <Bonus Track>
  18. If I Could Fly (87) <Super Bonus Track>

 

 

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This is Kyle's brand-new solo album, following his super-hit album "Kyle Vincent" released under Hollywood Records in 1997. Although the album "Kyle Vincent" was ranked #63 on the US national annual album chart, Kyle lost the recording deal with Hollywood Records. It was really stupid thing which was caused by the fact that there is very few person at US Major labels who could understand what the good music is......
Under the circumstances, Kyle is now starting his own label "SongTree Records".
 
  • Label: SongTree Records, USA (STR-69001-2) / AirMail Recordings, Japan (AIRCD-017)
  • Release Date: March 29, 2000
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals: Tommy Dunbar
    • Bass: Colby Pollard
    • Drums: Jamie Wollam, Ray Brinker, Nick D'Virgilio, Rick Menck
    • Background Vocals: Gerry Beckley, Jon Rubin, Parthenon Huxley
  • Remarks:
    Bonus CD single "Tell It Goodbye" c/w "The First Thing On My Mind" is available with Japanese version.

Kyle Vincent / Wow & Flutter

Tracks:

  1. The First Thing On My Mind
  2. Taking Over Me
  3. Somewhere Between Hello & Goodbye
  4. No Matter What Will Be
  5. She's Top 40
  6. The Day The World Changed
  7. Before The Winter Comes
  8. Leave It Alone
  9. Jennifer
  10. Everyday Thing
  11. Van Gogh Sunset
 


CHRISTIAN TOLLE PROJECT / BETTER THAN DREAMS

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Christian Tolle, the guitarist born 1970 in Leverkusen Germany is heavily inspired by Los Angeles big guitarists such as Steve Lukather, Tim Pierce and/or Michael Thompson., He decided to record his own CD in his own studio with all his friends and heroes he met over the years. Christian flew to L.A. and recorded with Steve Lukather, Tim Pierce, Michael Thompson, and Lauren Scheff. And, this CTP first album "Better Than Dreams" features a lot of his friends and former band mates like Mathias Dieth (Ex-UDO, Ex-Sinner). The 10 songs on this album are basically hard-edge melodic rock (Euro AOR) with a little westcoast and jazz influences.

  • Label : none (CTM-001)
  • Release Date: March, 2000
  • Producer: himself
  • Supporting Musicians:
    • Lead Vocals: Stephen Scheuss
    • Bass: Lauren Scheff, Dieter Heinshon
    • Guitars: Steve Lukather, Markus Mengen, Klaus Spangenberg, Michael Thompson, Mathias Dieth, Tim Pierce
    • Mandolin: Guido Lehmann
    • Keyboards: Jens Hartmann, Eddy F. Mueller
    • Background Vocals: Klaus Opree, Steve Barnes
Christian Tolle Project

International Order

 

http://www.aorheaven.com

Tracklisting:

  1. Changed
  2. She Doesn't Know
  3. Taking A Risk
  4. One Night Alone
  5. Angel
  6. Monkey Park
  7. Back To You
  8. I Know
  9. 87 99
  10. Out In The Night
 

 

 


 

LARRY KLIMAS / RETRO-SPEC (T)

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Larry Klimas, the sax player whose performances you have listened to on many David Garfield related works such as "Tribute To Jeff Porcaro", Luis Conte's solo albums and etc., released his first solo album "Retro-Spec(t)" last summer under Creatchy Records in the United States and also been distributed in Europe by Intercord Record Germany. This album is one of the best urban contemporary Jazz albums of 1999. And for the AOR-maniacs, "What's Goin' On" featuring Jason Scheff on the lead vocals with Bill Champlin and Joseph Williams on the background vocals. Cool Sound version includes bonus tracks, one is "Quiero Hablar Espanol" and the other is "Heavy Resin", which is the unreleased 1987 Japan live performance recording tracks of Karizma!

  • Label: Cool Sound, Japan (COOL-044) (Original Release: Creatchy Records, USA (CREATCHY012) <Germany: distributed by Intercord Records>)
  • Release Date : March 25, 2000 (Original Release: August, 1999)
  • Producer: David Garfield, Michael Landau, John Pena, Simon Phillips, Jason Scheff and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: David Garfield, Glenn Charvat, Doug Lofstrom
    • Keyboards, Drum Programming: Arthur Barrow
    • Guitars: Michael Landau, Ricardo Silviera, Mike Miller, Steve Farris, Tim Pierce, Steve Lukather
    • Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Ferrone
    • Drums and Cymbals: Carlos Vega
    • Snare Drums: Dave Karasony
    • Bass: John Pierce, Jimmy Johnson, John Pena, Jason Scheff, James Earl, Nathan East
    • Lead & Backing Vocals (on track 4): Jason Scheff
    • Backing Vocals (on track4): Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams
    • Cameo Vocal "Latina": Mary Ann Cascella
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Pat Murphy, Lenny Castro, Greg Ellis
    • Tenor Sax Solo (on track 8): Earnie Watts
    • Alto Sax (on track 8): Brandon Fields
    • Trumpet: Rick Braun, Walter Fowler, Jim Teister
    • Trombone: Nick Lane
    • Flugelhorn: Ralf Rickert, Walter Fowler
Larry Klimas / Retro-spec(t)

Tracklisting:

  1. Bawls
  2. Off The Beaten Path
  3. Ganja
  4. What's Goin' On
  5. Desire
  6. Stranger Things Have Happened
  7. Under Your Spell
  8. That's The Beauty Of It
  9. Old For The Old Man
  10. Quiero Hablar Espanol (Bonus Track)
  11. Heavy Rain (Bonus Track)

 


 

DAVID GARFIELD and the CATS / I AM THE CAT, MAN

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David Garfield, one of the best music creators released this album in February 1998 under his own label, Creatchy Records with talented musicians such as Michael Landau, John Pena, Jimmy Johnson, Nathan East, Carlos Vega, Phil Perry and Jason Scheff. This album would remember you of his 80's project "Karizma".
Cool Sound Version includes a bonus track titled "Down On My Luck" featuring Steve Lukather on the lead vocal. This tune may be already very familiar in Germany because "Down On My Luck" is recorded in Feb. 1995 as "Los Lobotomys" and used for a theme music of TV program.

  • Label: Cool Sound, Japan (COOL-043) (Original Release :Creatchy Records (CR-010) <distributed by Intercord Record Service in Europe> )
  • Release Date: March 25, 2000 (Original Released: February, 1998)
  • Producer: Himself
  • Musicians:
    • Vocals: Jason Scheff, Phil Perry, Paulette Browne
    • Sax: Larry Williams, Larry Klimas, Brandon Fields, Ernie Watts
    • Trumpet and Fluelhorns: Walt Fowler, Harry Kim, Ramon Flores
    • Trombones: Arturo Velasco, Bob McChesney
    • Guitars: Michael Landau, Mike Miller, Ricardo Silveria, Steve Lukather
    • Bass: John Pena, Jimmy Johnson, Nathan East
    • Drums: Gregg Bissonette, Vinnie Colaiuta, Carlos Vega, Simon Phillips
    • Percussion: Michito Sanchez, Luis Conte, Lenny Castro
David Garfield and the Cats

Tracklisting:

  1. Saturday Fields
  2. Down On My Luck (Bonus Track)
  3. Memories of Rio
  4. Blues for Mr.J
  5. Deep Within Each Man
  6. Layla
  7. Night Of The Frothing Comas
  8. From Above
  9. Sexual Harassment
  10. All We Got To Do Is Try

 


 

 

REISSUES

  

JAYE P. MORGAN / JAYE P. MORGAN

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Sometime, we come across the incredible unfamiliar past masterpiece, most of which are really hard to get and actually very difficult to be reissued because of copyright matters. Erik Tagg's 2nd solo album "Rendez-vous" was one of those albums. This Jaye P. Morgan album must be another one and/or much more rare and difficult to reissue because this album. To my surprise, Dreamsville Records succeeded to reissue this Jay P. Morgan's album on CD.
Jaye P. Morgan is a 1950's well-known popular singer, actress and comedienne. Especially during the '50s, she made quite a name for herself as a vocalist, surprisingly she had 9 US Top20 hits during one year from November 1954 . And she hosted her own TV show, "The Jaye P. Morgan" in mid 50's. Jaye P. Morgan re-emerged in the '70s as a comedienne and/or entertainer rather than a singer. Jaye is probably best-known as a panelist on "The Gong Show".
Although not as prevalent a personality as a singer, Jaye P. Morgan continued to be the singer in 70's. This album is the proof of this fact and at the same time one of the best late 70's session works done by Jay Graydon and David Foster. Other supporting musicians are also marvelous as listed below. I recommend this album as the stepping stone album toward the A.O.R / West Coast golden years around 1980.

  • Label: Dreamsville Records, Japan (YDCD-0023) (Original: Candor Records <C-1001>)
  • Release Date: March 25, 2000 <Original Release Year:1976>
  • Executive Producer: Joe Gottfried
  • Producer: David Foster
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: David Foster, Bill Mays
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Lee Ritenour, Ray Parker Jr.
    • Bass: David Hungate, Chuck Domonico, Henry Davis
    • Drums; Steve Schaeffer, Jeff Porcaro, Harvey Mason, Ed Green
    • Percussion: Steve Forman
    • Harmonica: Les Thompson
    • Trumpet: Mic Gillette, Greg Adams, Chuck Findley
    • Trombone: Mic Gilette, George Bohanan, Lew McCreary
    • Sax: Ernie Watts, Steve "Doc" Kupka, Emilio Castillio, Lenny Pickett
    • Backing Vocals: Bill Champlin, Kenny Loggins, Carmen Twillie, Nette Gloud, B.J.Cook Foster, Donny Gerard
    • Strings: Jimmie Haskell(conductor), Jim Hugart, Raymond Kelley, Arman Kaproff, Murray Adler, Israel Baker, Harvey Bluestone, James Getzoff, Bernald Kundel, Joy Lyle, Nathan Ross, Sheldon Sanov. Paul Shure, Gareth Nuttycombe
Jaye P. Morgan

Tracklisting:

  1. I Fall In Love Everyday
  2. Keepin' It To Myself
  3. Here Is Where Your Love Belongs
  4. Closet Man
  5. It's Been So Long
  6. Let's Get Together
  7. Can't Hide Love
  8. You're All I Need To Get By
  9. It All Goes Around

 


 

BRUCE HIBBARD / NEVER TURNIN' BACK

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BRUCE HIBBARD / A LIGHT WITHIN

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One of the unforgettable CCM masterpieces is again reissued on CD under Cool Sound, the leading AOR/Westcoast reissue label here in Japan. It was 1980 when Bruce Hibbard's 2nd solo album "Never Turnin' Back" was originally released. 1980 might be the special year for AOR/westcoast lovers because many masterpieces were released in that year, such as "Airplay / Airplay", "Christopher Cross / Chritopher Cross", "Robbie Dupree / Robbie Dupree", "Ambrosia / One Eighty" and "Steely Dan / Gaucho". It may not be too much to say that 1980 was the year the music genre or music style called "AOR / Westcoast" among Japanese was perfectly established. Among those masterpieces, Bruce Hibbard's "Never Turnin' Back" should be one of candidates for the best "AOR/Westcoast" albums of the year 1980.
 
Bruce Hibbard,born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1953, started his professional music career as a songwriter first. Bruce wrote "Lord Bless This Day" for Sharman Andrus' album "Soon Coming" in 1976. And "Lord Bless This Day", "All I Want To Be" and "Hem Of His Garment" were recorded by Pam Thum for the album "Bless This Day", all of which are also included on Bruce's first solo album "A Light Within". This first solo album is soft and mellow comparing his second album "Never Turnin' Back". 3 years later from the released of "A Light Within", Bruce Hibbard completed the perfect album "Never Turnin' Back" with the almost same musicians who supported "A Light Within", i.e. Hadley Hockensmith, Bill Maxwell and Harlan Rogers. Later, as you ma know, they formed "Koinonia". And you should note that the guitarist named Dean Charts played on the album "Never Turnin' Back" is the well-known guitarist "Dean Parks".

NEVER TURNIN' BACK

  • Label: Cool Sound Inc. Japan (COOL-046) (Original: Myrrh, USA <MSB-6623>)
  • Release Date: April 8, 2000 <Original Release Year:1980>
  • Executive Producer: Michael Blanton
  • Producer: Hadley Hockensmith
  • Musicians:
    • Guitar: Hadley Hockensmith, Dean Charts
    • Keyboard :Harlan Rogers
    • Drums : Keith Edwards, Bill Maxwell
    • Bass : Hadley Hockensmith, Chuck Fiore
    • Percussion : Alex MacDougall
    • Sax : Glen Myerscough
    • Background Vocals : Bryan Duncan, Randy Thomas, Kelly Willard, Judy Cotton, Hadley Hockensmith

Bruce Hibbard / Never Turnin' Back

Tracklisting:

  1. Never Turnin' Back
  2. Calling
  3. You'll Never Let Me Go
  4. It's A Shame
  5. You're So Good To Me
  6. Forgiven
  7. Straight And Narrow
  8. All Of Me
  9. Love Will Always Make A Way
  10. We Are All His Children

A LIGHT WITHIN

  • Label: Cool Sound Inc. Japan (COOL-046) (Original: Seed, USA)
  • Release Date: April 8, 2000 <Original Release Year:1977>
  • Producer: Bobby Cotton and Paul Clark
  • Musicians:
    • Guitar: Hadley Hockensmith
    • Keyboard :Harlan Rogers
    • Drums : Steve Wright, Lanney Hanson,, Bill Maxwell
    • Bass : Hadley Hockensmith, Chuck Fiore
    • Percussion : Keith Edwards Alex MacDougall
    • Sax : Glen Myerscough
    • Horns: Fetch Wiley, Joe Davis
    • French Horns: Mel Lieb
    • Oboe: Sandra Hangendale
    • Rhythm: Curt Bartlett
    • Background Vocals : Terry Blackwood, Sherman Andrus, Kelly Willard, Rick Gordon
    • Strings Arrangements: Fetch Wiley
Bruce Hibbard / A Light Within

Tracklisting:

  1. Questions
  2. Rescue Me
  3. All That I Want To Be
  4. Given Myself Over
  5. Only God(Can Put A Song In Your Heart)
  6. Peace
  7. A Nation's Prayer
  8. Hem Of His Garment
  9. Lord Bless This Day
  10. Make Me A Blessing

 


 

 Noteworthy Discs (Reissues)

 

Warner, Japan has launched to reissue Black Contemporary Music 16 finest albums on CD under the campaign called "Black Contemporary Music Explorer" from March 2000 to May 2000. I would hereby pick up several albums for you as "Noteworthy Discs" this month.
 
DIONNE WARWICK / LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN/ AWAKENING
NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN / THE DANCE OF LIFE
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Dionne Warwick / Love At First Sight
Narada Michael Walden / Awakening
Narada Michael Walden / The Dance Of Life

  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10659)
  • Release Date: March 25, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1977
  • Producers: Steve Barri & Michael Omartian
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Ed Green
    • Bass: Scott Edwards
    • Guitar: Jay Graydon, Ray Parker
    • Keyboards: Michael Omartian etc...
  • Label: Eastwest, Japan (AMCY-6092)
  • Release Date: March 25, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1979
  • Producers: Patrick Adams and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Hiram Bullock, Ray Gomez
    • Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes, Bobby Lyle
  • Label: Eastwest, Japan (AMCY-6093)
  • Release Date: March 25, 2000
  • Original Release Year: 1979
  • Producers: Bob Clearmountain and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Corrado Rustici
    • Bass: T.M. Stevens
    • Keyboards: Frank Martin
    • Sax: Marc Russo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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