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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  1. Peter Allen / I Could Have Been A Sailor <ACM Rating: >
    • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3117) (Original: A&M Records, USA)
    • Release Date: May 30, 2001 (Original Release: 1979)
    • Producers: Marvin Hamlisch and Mike Post
    • Musicians (excerpted):
      • Drums: Rick Marata, Ed Greene, Steve Schaefer
      • Bass: Will Lee, Abraham Laboriel, Lee Sklar, Jim Pierce
      • Guitars: David Spinozza, John Tropea, Ray Parker Jr., Dan Ferguson, Jay Graydon, Dan Sawyer, Fred Tackett
      • Keyboards: Richard Tee, Larry Knechtel, Michael Boddicker, Greg Phillinganes
      • Percussion: Jim Maeulin, Victor Feldman, Paulinho Da Costa
      • Background Vocals: Bruce Roberts, Marti McCall, Joey Scarbury
Peter Allen / I Could Have Been A Sailor

 

  1. Felix Cavaliere / Castles In The Air <ACM Rating: >
    • Label: Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (ESCA-7871) (Original: Epic Records, USA)
    • Release Date: June 20, 2001(Original Release: 1980)
    • Producers: Cenfiz Yaltkaya and himself
    • Musicians (excerpted):
      • Guitars: Hiram Bullock, Buzzy Feiten, Steve Kahn, Vinnie Cusano
      • Drums: Steve Jordan, Steve Ferrone
      • Bass: Will Lee, Marcus Miller
      • Percussion: Raphael Cruz
      • Horn Section: Mike Lawrence, George Young, Seldon Powell, Barry Rogers, Ronnie Cuber
      • Flugelhorn; Randy Brecker
      • Background Vocals: Luther Vandross, Yvonne Lewis, Annie Sutton, Dennis Collins, Eddie Brigati, David Brigati, David Lasley, Arnold McCuller

Felix Cavaliere / Castles In The Air

 

  1. Russ Ballard / At The Third Stroke <ACM Rating: >
    • Label: Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (ESCA-7868) (Original: Epic Records, USA)
    • Release Date: June 20, 2001(Original Release: 1978)
    • Producer: Keith Olsen
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird
      • Guitars: Fred Tackett
      • Bass: Mike Porcaro, David Hungate, Lee Sklar, Dennis Bellfield
      • Keyboards: David Foster, David Paich, Craig Doerge
      • Percussion: Bobbye Hall, Keith Olsen
      • Horns: Steve Frediani, Tom Scott
      • Background Vocals: Tom Kelly, Danny Henson

Russ Ballard / At The Third Stroke

 

  1. David Battau / Happy In Hollywood <ACM Rating: >
    • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3309) (Original Label: A&M Records, USA)
    • Release Date: June 27, 2001 (Original Release: 1976)
    • Producer: Ken Scott
    • Musicians (excerpted):
      • Bass: Willie Weeks, Kenny Aliman
      • Drums: Jeff Porcaro
      • Percussion: Milt Holland
      • Keyboards: David Paich, Roy Davis
      • Guitars: David Spinozza, Robert Ahwai
      • Flute: Steve Gregory
      • Trumpet: Martin Drover, Michael Baily
      • Sax: Chris Mercer
      • Background Vocals: Deniece Williams, Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard

David Battau / Happy In Hollywood

 

 


RECOMMENDED DISCS OF MAY / JUNE, 2001


NEW RELEASES

 

BROCK WALSH / SONGS FROM THE MOON ROOM

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Brock Walsh is very good songwriter and close relationship with Andrew Gold and Karla Bonoff. You may be aware that he is the member of the project "Brothertime" with Trevor Gordon and Michael Sembello. Brock released his solo album "Dateline: Tokyo" in 1983 only for Japanese market. We had to wait for the next Brock Walsh solo materials till the CD single only for Japanese market in 1989 "Little Shiba" c/w "My Lonely One" as the TV Commercial song for the beer "Coors". And now in 2001, I am pleased to let you know that this is the Brock Walsh's unreleased songs collection album recorded in recent years. The Opening tune "Blessed" is self-cover version of the tune known by Christina Aguilera on her debut album. Track 2 "Lullaby In Blue" is also self-cover version of the tune originally performed by Bette Midler on her 1998 album "Bathhouse Betty".

  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-071)
  • Release Date: May 10, 2001
  • Producer: himself
  • All Instruments by himself except:
    • Guitar & Backing Vocal on Track 2: Adam Cohen
    • Piano on Track 3: Phil Galdston
    • Piano and strings arranged on Track 5: Bill Elliott
    • Drums on Track 11: Sticks Akimbo
    • Accordion on Track 11: Reggie Hogwind
  • Bass on Track11: Chaz Plazmatini
Brock Walsh / Songs From The Moon Room
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  • Tracks:
    1. Blessed
    2. Lullaby In Blue
    3. When I Was Rich
    4. Wishing Well
    5. Don't Forget My Name
    6. One World
    7. A Map Of Paris
    8. I Could Go On Forever
    9. Castaway
    10. Little Love
    11. Everyone Goes
 

 

 


  

PRISONER / PRISONER II

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Prisoner is a Tommy Denander's related melodic rock project with his good musical partner Ricky B. Delin. As you may know, Tommy, the Swedish Guitar Dude, has many different projects including his solo activities; Sayit, Rainmaker, Prisoner and Radioactive. Each project would have different colors / characters. That is to say, Rainmaker is a little bit too heavy for Westcoast / AOR fans, Sayit is relatively soft AOR heavily influenced by Westcoast Music. Prisoner seems to be the TOTO vein hard-edge AOR placed between Rainmaker and Sayit. Therefore, I was guessing that Prisoner II would be a harder one as their 1st album. However, this new Prisoner album is much softer than expected and more TOTO-vein Westcoast sound with some European hard melodic rock touches. The music styleon this album is really more like Sayit. In this sense, I can recommend this album more than their 1st album for Westcoast / AOR fans who frequently visit my website. I dare to say the problem for this album would be Drum machine sounds and as I always say, Tommy should use real Drums instead in order to be this album more completed one. Tommy challenges one interesting track "You Drive Me Crazy" a cover of the Britney Spears tune. Nice try!

  • Label: Z Records, UK (ZR1997044)
  • Release Date: May, 2001
  • Producers: Ricky B Delin and Tommy Denander
  • Prisoner are:
    • Tommy Denander: Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, Background Vocals
    • Ricky B Delin: Keyboards, Background Vocals
    • Pierre Wensberg: Lead Vocals
    • Geir Ronning: Lead and Background Vocals
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Background Vocals: Kristoffer Lagerstorm, Bert Ek, Jessa Slatter
Prisoner / Prisoner II
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  • Tracks:
    1. Dead-end
    2. Jasmine
    3. Hold On
    4. One Way
    5. Return My Heart
    6. Prisoners
    7. One Step Closer
    8. I Am Right Here
    9. Standing On The Outside
    10. You Drive Me Crazy
    11. Just To Think (Ltd.EdVersion Bonus)
    12. Woke Up Dead [Again] (Ltd.EdVersion Bonus)
    13. Susan (Ltd.EdVersion Bonus)
  

 

 

 


 

GENAI / REJOICE

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"GENAI", the New Jazz 'n' Soul unit, was started as the duo unit comprising Ginai K. Johnston, a female singer, and Oliver Wendell, a Chicago-born multi-instrumetnal player in 1999 with their debut album "Heaven On Earth", Hawaii-flovered Jazzy Soul & AC album. And last summer they released the 2nd album "Heavens Not So Far Away" featuring Robbie Danzie, new female lead singer joins this project, which makes GENAI much more attractive. Robbie took a lead on 7 tracks out of 10. You should know that Robbie is known for not only her works with female R&B trio vocal group "Krystol" who had a smash hit "Passion From A Woman" ranked # 18 on Billboard R&B Chart in 1986, but also her own solo albums "So Special" (1995) and/or "Only You" (1997). And her featuring vocal works on Masters of Funk's "Gotta Work" was also acclaimed. On this album, we cannot find any vocal works by Ginai K. Johnson and instead Robbie Danzie takes all the lead. You can enjoy GENAI's New Jazz 'n' Soul world this summer!

  • Label: VideoArts Music, Japan (VACM-1174)
  • Release Date: June 27, 2001
  • Producer: Oliver Wendell
  • Executive Producer: Yukihiro Hattori
  • Genai is:
    • Oliver Wendell: Programming and All Musical Instruments
    • Robbie Danzie: Vocals
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Keith Howard: Drum Kit
    • Edward Beard: Piano
Genai / Rejoice
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  • Tracks:
    1. Rejoice
    2. Breakout
    3. Living Inside Your Love
    4. Feel Like Makin' Love
    5. The Gift
    6. Always On My Mind
    7. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
    8. Beauty I See
    9. I'm Loved
    10. I Want You
 

 

 


AOR / NEXT STOP: L.A.

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Frederic Slama, French guy released the good old 80's Westcoast / AOR vein acclaimed album "L.A. Concession" under the project name of "AOR" last year In spite of the good quality of music, it was very regrettable that this album was only available on a not-good packaging CD-R. And now Frederic offers us another album "Next Stop: L.A." again under the name of AOR as a proper release with a 4 page booklet including lyrics and an official CD pressing. Frederic present you good-old 80's Westcoast sounds again. I feel that this album has several little bit hard-driven tunes than I expected. And it might be a little regrettable for me that "Leave Her To Heaven" and "Never Gonna Let Her Go" which are taken from "L.A. Concession" album as bonus tracks, are seemingly the best tracks on this CD....

  • Label: None (AOR1)
  • Release Date: June, 2001
  • Producer: Frederic Slama
  • Project members:
    • Guitars, Keyboards: Frederic Slama, David Chamberlin, Peter Hume
    • Lead and Background Vocals: Michael Kisur, John Fluker, David Chamberlin
    • Drums, Bass: Peter Hume
AOR / Next Stop: L.A.
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  • Tracks:
    1. You're My Obsession
    2. Just Like A Shadow
    3. Desperate Dreams
    4. Let Her Go
    5. It's Just Too Easy
    6. The Way You Love Me
    7. Teach Me How To Love You Again
    8. Can One Of Your Kiss Do All This?
    9. On A Distant Path
    10. The Only Thing I Ask
    11. Leave Her To Heaven (Bonus Track from "L.A. Concession")
    12. Never Gonna Let Her Go (Bonus Track from "L.A. Concession")

 

  

 


 

 

REISSUES

 

  

BROCK WALSH / DATELINE: TOKYO

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This is one of the Japanese market only A.O.R / Westcoast album released in early 80's. Brock Walsh is very good songwriter and close relationship with Andrew Gold and Karla Bonoff. You may be aware that he is the member of the project "Brothertime" with Trevor Gordon and Michael Sembello. This album was released in 1983 under Warner Pioneer Japan. Remarkable supporting musicians on this album are Kenny Edwards, Faragher Bros, Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro. For your information, Brock Walsh also released CD single only for Japanese market in 1989 "Little Shiba" c/w "My Lonely One" under Canyon International Japan as the TV Commercial song for the beer "Coors".

  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-070) (Original Label: Warner Music, Japan <P-13018>)
  • Release Date: May 10, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1983)
  • Producers: Andrew Gold and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Andrew Gold, Steve Lukather, Dennis Herring, Ira Ingber
    • Keyboards: Bill Elliott, Tommy Faragher, Paul Fox, John Van Tongeren, Andrew Gold, Ricky Lyon
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Michael Botts, Beau Segal
    • Bass: Kenny Edwards, Davey Faragher, Scott Chambers, Andrew Gold, Veyler Hildebrand, Brad Palmer
    • Percussion: Andrew Gold
    • Sax: Bryan Cumming, Jay Leslie
    • Background Vocals: Greg Prestopino, Matthew Wilder, Joy Walsh
Brock Walsh / Dateline Tokyo
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Dateline:Tokyo
    2. After The Lights Go On
    3. Mystery Girl
    4. Mystified
    5. This Time
    6. Paper Doll
    7. Radical Moves
    8. Sweet Emotion
    9. Getting Over Losing You
    10. Our Special Love

 

 


 

RUSS TAFF

Russ Taff got a chance to join the big name of CCM "Imperials" when he performed with his band-fellow of "Sounds Of Joy" as the opening act for the Imperials. Thus, Russ Taff joined the Imperials and released 6 albums <from the album "Sail On" (1977) till "Priority" (1980)> as the lead singer. During the Imperials days, Russ Taff was awarded twice as the Best Male Vocalist of The Year at Dove Awards, the famous CCM Awards. After leaving the Imperials, Russ Taff started to record his own solo project with Bill Schnee, one of the great sound creator in Los Angeles. Thus Russ Taff completed the great masterpiece album "Walls Of Glass"(1983) featuring L.A. top session musicians including great vocalists alike Bill Champlin, David Lasley, Frank Previte (of Frankie and the Knockouts). Then another great album "Medals" (1985) was followed, which was opened by "Vision" also well-known for Chris Eaton's own performance version. Those two are really the essential albums for us. Russ Taff constantly continue release his solo albums since then ( "Russ Taff" <1987>, "The Way Home" <1989>, "Under Their Influence" <1991>, "A Christmas Song" <1992>, "We Will Stand" <1994>, "Winds Of Change" <1995> and "Right Here Right Now" <1999>), but the music style has been changed into more country one and/or earthy rock which you do not want to buy.
WALLS OF GLASS

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  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-072) (Original Label: Myrrh Records, USA <CD Serial#: 7-01-670661-3>)
  • Release Date: June 25, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1983)
  • Producer: Bill Schnee
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Mike Baird, Jeff Porcaro, John Hammond
    • Bass: Nathan East, Richard Hopkins, Abraham Laboriel
    • Keyboards: Robbie Buchanan, James Newton Howard, Bill George, Michael Omartian
    • Guitars: Marty Walsh, Michael Landau, James Hollihan
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro
    • Background Vocals: David Lasley, Arnold McCuller, Bill Champlin, Tamara Champlin, Carmen Twillie, Joann Harris, Chrlotte Crossley, Don Cason, Gary Whitelock, Cynthia Previte, Bobby Messano, Harry Browning, Laury Boone, Susan Heard, Tori Taff, Bonnie Bramlett, Frank Previte, Russell Taff, Reba Ranbo, Dony MC Guire, Laury Boone
    • Horns: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Carlie Loper, Ernie Watts
Russ Taff/ Walls Of Grass
  • Tracks:
    1. Tell Them
    2. Walls Of Glass
    3. I Want To Change
    4. Pure In Heart
    5. We Will Stand
    6. Jeremiah
    7. Inside Look
    8. Just Believe
    9. Kathryn's Song
    10. Unto The Lamb

MEDALS

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  • Label: COOL SOUND Inc., Japan (COOL-073) (Myrrh Records, USA <CD Serial#: 7-01-679227-7>)
  • Release Date: June 25, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1985)
  • Producer: Jack Joseph Puig and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Paul Leim
    • Bass: Nathan East, Neil Stubenhaus
    • Guitars: Dann Huff, Paul Jackson Jr., Michael Landau
    • Keyboards: Robbie Buchanan, James Newton Howard, Rhett Lawrence
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro
    • Sax: Larry Williams
    • Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, Tommy Funderburk, Tamara Champlin, Carmen Twillie, Tata Vega, Harry Browning, Lynn Nichols
Russ Taff/ Medals
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  • Tracks:
    1. Vision
    2. I'm Not Alone
    3. Medals
    4. Not Gonna Bow
    5. Here I Am
    6. I've Come Too Far
    7. Silent Love
    8. How Much It Hurts
    9. Rock Solid
    10. God Only Knows

 


 

BYRNE & BARNES / AN EYE FOR AN EYE

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As you may remember, we were very glad to have the great Robert Byrne's solo album "Blame It On The Night" on CD last late Autumn. And now another great Robert Byrne's missing masterpiece with Brandon Barnes "An Eye For An Eye" is now available on CD. The acclaimed Robert Byrne's 1st solo album "Blame It On The Night" original LP version was deleted from Mercury USA Catalogue within several months strangely. (In September 1980, this album was released in Japan.) In spite of the rapid deletion of his first album, Robert Byrne started to make his 2nd album around then. In December 1981, Tokuma Musical Industries released "An Eye For An Eye" under the name of the duo unit "Byrne & Barnes". All the tunes on this album are really fashionable and sophisticated pop tunes. This is the AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) we, Japanese defined around 1980, which is more sophisticated than the Westcoast pop music with a little Jazzy tastes and/or sometimes Fusion, Black Contemporary flavors. On this reissued CD, we are very surprised because two unreleased materials "That's The Way She Goes" and "Who's That Look In Your Eye" are included. Those two songs were originally prepared for this album and the master tape of those materials was lost due to the fire of the studio. After Byrnes & Barnes project, we could find Robert Byrne producing works like Pointer Sisters and/or Patti Austin and his songwriting works for Pop Country singers such as Ronnie Milsap. Brandon Barnes is also known for his producing and songwriting works with Brian McKnight.

  • Label: Dreamsville Records. Japan (YDCD-055) (Original Label: Climax Records -Tokuma Musical Industries, Japan <CMC-2502>)
  • Release Date: May 25, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1981)
  • Producers: Clayton Ivey and Terry Wishbone
  • Byrne & Barnes are:
    • Robert Barnes: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars, Trumpets
    • Brandon Barnes: Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Background Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Andrew Gold, Steve Lukather, Dennis Herring, Ira Ingber, John Wills, Jerry Wallace
    • Keyboard: Clayton Ivey, Randy McCormick, Curtis Burttram
    • Bass: Lenny LeBlanc, Clayton Ivey
    • Drums: Milton Sledge, Roger Clark
    • Sax: Jim Horn
    • Percussion: Mickey Buckins
    • Claps: Lee Daley
    • Vibes: Clayton Ivey
    • Accordion: Clayton Ivey
    • Additional Back Up Vocals: Hershey Reeves
Byrne&Barnes / An Eye For Eye
 

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Byrnes and Barnes Original LP Jacket

 

This is the original LP version jacket which could not be used for this reissue CD because the designer of the artwork could not be found and thus Dreamsville had to give up using this wonderful jacket....

  • Tracks
    1. An Eye For An Eye
    2. Standby Lover
    3. Crack The Whip
    4. Keep On Running
    5. One More Try For Love
    6. Never Gonna Stop Lovin' You
    7. Love You Out Of Your Mind
    8. I'll Try A Little Everyday For You
    9. Making Love For The First Time
    10. Be My Baby
    11. Right Through The Heart
    12. That's' The Way She Goes (Bonus Track)
    13. Who's That Lookin' Your Eye (Bonus Track)

 


 

ALAN GORRIE / SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

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Alan Gorrie (Lead Vocals, Bass), known as a founding member of Average White Band, released his one and only solo album in 1985 after releasing Average White Band's album "Cupid's In Fashion" (1982) which was the last album of the band before they reunited in 1988. On this album, Alan aggressively challenged the latest digital instruments of those days and succeeded to harmonize the human-oriented basic tracks with good melodies.

  • Label : Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3116) (Original :A&M Records, USA <SP-5037>)
  • Release Date: May 30, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1985)
  • Producers: Jay Gruska and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitar: Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Dennis Herring, Michael Mugrage
    • Keyboards: Larry Williams, Jay Gruska, Randy Kerber, Jeff Bova, Gary Chang, Michael Boddicker, David P. Bryant
    • Acoustic Piano: Jai Winding
    • Bass: Nathan East
    • Drums: John Robinson
    • Steiner Solo: Steve Tavaglione
    • Sax: Larry Williams, Ernie Watts
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Background Vocal: Alex Ligertwood, Joe Pizzulo, David Bryant, Marc Jordan, Joseph Williams , Michelle Gruska
Alan Gorrie / Sleepless Night
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Up
    2. Electric Between Us
    3. Dirty Of A Fool
    4. That Kinda Girl
    5. I Can Take It
    6. The Girl Upstairs
    7. Sleepless Night
    8. The Age Of Steam
    9. In The Jungle

 


 

PETER ALLEN / BI-COASTAL

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Peter Allen, born and raised in Sydney, Australia, started his successful musical career with Chirs Bell as a duo "the Allen Brothers" on the television in early 60's. In 1964, Judy Garland was impressed by their performance and brought them to London as her opening act. Peter engaged her daughter Liza Minnelli and thus Peter moved to New York. After a lengthy engagement, Allen and Minnelli married on March 3, 1967. After the Allen Brothers broke up in the spring of 1970, Allen started as a solo act and wrote songs for the Off-Off-Broadway. In 1974, Peter wrote "I Honestly Love You", a sad ballad recorded by Olivia Newton-John and became a #1 hit. Thus, Allen was signed to A&M Records, releasing his third album "Continental American". In the fall of 1978, Melissa Manchester scored a Top 10 hit with another of Peter's ballads, "Don't Cry Out Loud". His self-peformance version of this song was featured on his 4th album "I Could Have Been a Sailor". His 5th album "Bi-Coastal" followed at the end of 1980. This album was exceptional masterpiece for us because of David Foster's marvelous producing works featuring great musicians including the genius Jay Graydon and perfect harmony vocal works done by Richard Page and Steve George. For your information, Peter died of complications from AIDS in 1992.

  • Label : Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3118) (Original : A&M Records, USA <SP-4825>)
  • Release Date: May 30, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1980)
  • Reissue CD 1 <Japanese 1st Reissue>: Sept. 5, 1987 (Pony Canyon, D32Y-3542)
  • Reissue CD 2 <US Reissue>: August, 1989 ? (A&M Records, CD-3315)
  • Producer: David Foster
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Mike Porcaro, Dave McDaniel
    • Guitars: Steve Lukather, David Williams, Richie Zito, Jay Graydon, Dann Huff, Michael Landau, Dennis Herring, Michael Mugrage
    • Keyboards: David Foster , Tom Keane, Larry Williams
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Ralph Humphries, Jeff Porcaro, Carlos Vega
    • Percussion: Paulinho DaCosta, Jose Rossy
    • Sax: Eugene Meros, Gary Herbig, Lon Price, Larry Williams, Louis Cortelezzi
    • Trumpets: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Larry Hall
    • Trombone: Lew McCreary, Bill Reichenbach
    • Woodwinds: Gary Herbig
    • Background Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George
Peter Allen / Bi-coastal
 

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  • Tracks
    1. One Step Over The Borderline
    2. Fly Away
    3. Bi-Coastal
    4. I Don't GO Shopping
    5. Hit In The Heart
    6. I Could Really Show You Around
    7. Somebody's Angel
    8. Simon
    9. Pass This Time
    10. When This Love Affair Is Over

 


DENNE AND GOLD / DENNE AND GOLD

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It was 1976 that we could probably recognize Micky Denne's and Ken Gold's names on Clif Richard's album "I'm Nearly Famous" as the songwriters and/or background vocalists of "I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You". And their name became widely known around then as the writers of UK #1 hit "You To Me Are Everything" performed by Real Thing. And much more hit they wrote in mid 70's.Those made them possible to release their own album "Deene and Gold". This album's musical atmosphere should be criticized as UK White Philly Soul with Mellow pop of those days.

  • Label : Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3119) (Original : MCA Records, USA <MCA-2303>)
  • Release Date: May 30, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1978)
  • Executive Producer: George Lee
  • Denne and Gold are:
    • Micky Denne: Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitars
    • Ken Gold: Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Nigel Wilkinson
    • Bass: Alan Tarney
    • Keyboards: Lynton Naiff, Dave Lawson
    • Guitars: Paul Keogh, Ray Russell
    • Percussion: Ray Cooper
Denne and Gold / Denne and Gold
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Let's Up Our Love Back Together
    2. It Hurts To Watch A Good Thing Die
    3. Midnite Creeper
    4. Don't Go Away (And Take Your Love Out Of Town)
    5. You've Got To Give Me All Your Lovin'
    6. We've Got It Jumpin' Now
    7. I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You
    8. Why Do We Hurt Each Other
    9. Uncertain
    10. If I Could Just Be With You Tonight

 

 


 

JIM PHOTOGLO

Jim Photoglo, growing up in Los Angeles, started his solo career when he was signed to 20th Century Fox Records in 1979 featuring Top 40 single hit "We Were Meant To Be Lovers". His 2nd album "Fool In Love With You" followed in 1981 including Top 40 single hit "Fool In Love With You". Photoglo hit the TV talk show circuit, toured over the world, and opened for the Beach Boys on a national tour. By the time his 3rd album "The Thin Man" was released, the financially- troubled Fox label was unable to properly launch the project. However Jim Photoglo managed to release this album under Casablanca Records, USA in 1983 but did not sell well. And once again Photoglo took to the road and we had to wait for Jim Photoglo's 4th album till 1993. We could also enjoy Photoglo's new-recording best "Passage" at the same time. In 1999, Photoglo released his 5th original album "Fly Straight Home" under Grifftone Records, his own label . Among all the Photoglo albums, I strongly recommend you to listen to his 1st and 2nd album reviewed here. Especially his 2nd album "Fool In Love With You" is one of the best early 80's Westcoast mellow pop albums.
PHOTOGLO

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  • Label: Celeste, Japan (distributed by Vivid Sound, Japan <CMYK-6140>) (Original Label: 20th Century Records, USA <T-604>)
  • Release Date: June 3, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1980)
  • Producer: Brian Neary
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Ed Green, Willy "Clausen" Ornellas
    • Bass: Dennis "Bellis" Belfield
    • Keyboards: Bill Cuomo, Bill Meyers, Brian Whitcomb, James Calire, Dark Dalton, Brian Neary
    • Guitars: Fred Tackett, George Marinelli Jr., Joe Kelly, Johnny Staccato
    • Percussion: Willy "Clausen" Ornellas, Dark Dalton
    • Harp: Gayle Levant
    • Background Vocals: Dennis "Bellis" Belfield, Tony Dance, Joe Kelly, Jack Carrone, Lisa Soble, Maxayne Lewis
    • Strings Arrangement: David Campbell
    • Orchestration: Gene Page
Jim Photoglo / Photoglo
  • Tracks:
    1. We Were Meant To Be Lovers
    2. The Best That I Can Be
    3. 20th Century Fool
    4. Steal Away
    5. Beg Borrow Or Steal
    6. When Love Is Gone
    7. I Don't Want To Be In This Movie
    8. Faded Blue
    9. Young Girl
    10. Don't Be Afraid To Love Somebody

FOOL IN LOVE WITH YOU

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  • Label: Celeste, Japan (distributed by Vivid Sound, Japan <CMYK-6140>) (Original Label: 20th Century Records, USA <T-621>)
  • Release Date: June 3, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1981)
  • Producer: Brian Neary
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Carlos Vega
    • Bass: Dennis Belfield
    • Keyboards: Bill Cuomo, Dirk Dalton, Bill Champlin, Brian Neary
    • Guitars: Fred Tackett, George Marinelli Jr., George Doering
    • Sax: Thom Mason
    • Background Vocals: Castle Hubbard
Jim Photoglo / Fool In Love With You
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  • Tracks:
    1. Fool In Love With You
    2. Tonight Will Last Forever
    3. More To Love
    4. Won't Let You Do It To Me
    5. Ruled By My Heart
    6. Angelina
    7. I Can't Let Go Of You
    8. Run To Me
    9. Try It Again
    10. There's Always Chance Left For Love

 


 

CHINA / CHINA

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China was one of the not-famous but good Canadian AOR/Westcoast band with typical Jay Graydon's harmonized guitar sounds but not done by Jay himself. Let me allow to introduce the band members' career for your information based on Toshikazu Kanazawa's liner notes for this CD. (Thank you in advance for Toshikazu Kanazawa! Without your guidance, I cannot say any information about the background of the members.) Chris Kearney released 3 solo albums categorized as Canadian Swamp in early 70's under Capitol Records, Canada; "Christopher Kearney" (1972), "Pemmican Stash"(1973) and "Sweetwater" (1974). Danny McBride participated in the musical "Jesus Christ, Super Star" and released his solo album "Morningside" recorded in London. At last but least, Bill King, the only American nationality released 2 solo albums including "Goodbye Superdad" (1973) under Capitol Records, Canada. Bill also participated in the musical "Jesus Christ, Super Star" and met Danny there...

  • Label : Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (ESCA-7866) (Original : Epic Records, USA)
  • Release Date: June 20, 2001 (Original Release: October 21, 1981)
  • Producer: Bob Johnston
  • Creative Arranger: Jay Graydon
  • China are:
    • Bill King: Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
    • Danny McBride: Guitars, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
    • Chris Kearney: Lead Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Abraham Laboriel, Gene Falbo
    • Drums: Mike Baird, Andy Newmark, Gord Neave
    • Keyboards: Michael Boddicker
    • Guitars: Lee Ritenour, Albert Lee, Bernie Labarge, Jeff Baxter
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
China / China
 

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This is the original US LP version jacket which is not used for this reissue CD because Sony Japan believe that Japanese LP version jacket is much better. How do you think?

  • Tracks
    1. You Can't Rent Love That Way
    2. Runnin' Around
    3. Fast Livin'
    4. There Was A Time
    5. Shootout In The Parking Lot
    6. Never Gonna Let You Go
    7. Roll Me Over
    8. Little Dancer
    9. Come And Take My Love
    10. Days And Nights

 

 
 

THE BLISS BAND / NEON SMILES

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The Bliss Band appeared in fornt of us in 1978 with their debut album "Dinner With Raoul" produced by Jeff Baxtor.Paul Bliss, born and raised in the United Kingdom, started his professional musician's career as the bass player / vocalist with the British hard rock band "Dog Soldgier" which released an album in 1975. After leaving this band, Paul started his own band and made demos for the contract but in vein in the UK. Thus Paul sent out their demo tapes to the man working for ABC / Blue Thumb Records. When the Doobie Borthers came to UK and by accident had a chance to listen to the demo tape and touched it. Thus, the Bliss Band got a chance to perform as the opening act for Doobies and got a deal with Columbia Records, USA. Jeff Baxtor gave their first album a touch of Steely Dan. Compared with this acclaimed 1st album "Dinner With Raoul", this 2nd album "Neon Smiles" rocks. And you can enjoy the original version of "How Do I Survive",well-known by Amy Holland's version, on this album.For your information, Peter Bliss released his own solo album "The Edge Of Coincidence" in 1997. And Phil Palmer continues to play as a guitarist supporting Sheena Easton, Celine Dion and Eric Clapton. Alan Park also continues to perform with Clif Richard.

  • Label : Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (SRCS-9841) (Original : Columbia Records, USA)
  • Release Date: June 20, 2001 (Original Release: August 14, 1979)
  • Producer: Geoff Westley
  • The Bliss Band are:
    • Paul Bliss: Vocals, Keyboards
    • Andy Brown: Bass, Vocals
    • Phil Palmer: Guitars, Vocals
    • Alan Park: Keyboards
    • Nigel Elliott: Drums, Percussion
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards, Flute: Geoff Westley
    • Percussion: Frank Ricotti
    • Sax: Raphael Ravenscroft
The Bliss Band / Neon Smiles
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Stagefright
    2. How Do I Survive?
    3. Hollywood
    4. Someone Else's Eyes
    5. Doctor
    6. Chicago
    7. We Never Had It So Good
    8. If I Takes Until Forever
    9. Something About You

 

 
 

S.S. FOOLS / S.S. FOOLS

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Let me allow to start by explaining the famous story of the band, i.e. where the group name of S.S. Fools was coming from. I believe that you should at least hear the name of the famous rock group "Three Dog Night". Three Dog Night released their 8th album "Seven Separate Fools" scored #6 on the Billboard Top 100 Album Chart in 1972. Joe Schermie, Floyd Sneed and Michael Allsup, three members of S.S. Fools was the member of Three Dog Night and the album "Seven Separate Fools" was the last album which all of those 3 members were involved. S.S. Fools was banded at the end of 1975, around when Floyd Sneed left Three Dog Night. Those 3 ex. Three Dog Night members started their new group album with the producer named Richard Podolor, who were also involved in Three Dog Nights albums before 1974. Bobby Kimball, known later as the original lead singer of TOTO came from Louisiana to Los Angeles and joined the group. (It might be interested that Bobby Kimball left the Louisiana band named "The Levee Band", which was the origin of "Louisiana Le Roux" because Fergie Frederiksen, the 2nd singer of TOTO, joined "Le Roux" much later.) Thus S.S. Fools completed their one and only album "S.S. Fools" in 1976. You can enjoy pre-TOTO Bobby Kimball's funky soulful rock vocals on this album.

  • Label : Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (SRCS-9842) (Original : Columbia Records, USA)
  • Release Date: June 20, 2001 (Original Release: April 20, 1976)
  • Producer: Richard Podolor
  • S.S. Fools are:
    • Bobby Kimball: Vocals, Keyboards
    • Joe Schermie: Bass, Vocals
    • Floyd Sneed: Drums, Vocals
    • Michael Allsup: Guitars, Vocals
    • Stan Seymore: Guitars, Vocals
    • Wayne Devillier: Keyboards, Vocals
S.S. Fools / S.S. Fools
 

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  • Tracks
    1. First Things First
    2. Desert Dancin'
    3. Tearbanks
    4. Baby's Callin' Me Home
    5. Fool Hard-E
    6. I Just Love The Feelin'
    7. SunnyRidge
    8. Whatever Happened To America
    9. Why Can't You Be Mine

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT / BY APPOINTMENT OF

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There were several good AOR/Westcoast albums, on which we could not find neither big Los Angeles studio musicians nor the excellent Westcoast producers. The President's album "By Appointment Of" was one of them without question. However, the member of this awesome unit "The President" are much well-known among popular music fans for the following works they involved. Pim Koopman was the drummer of rock group "Kayak" in early 70's and then joined the group "Diesel" as the drummer and keyboard player in late 70's. In Netherlands, Pim participated in many sessions and produced many artists. I believe that you had probably a chance to listen to the lead vocal works done by Okikie Huysdens. Okikie was the man who sang on the Paul McCartney's part of "Stars On 45" Beatles Medley in early 80's. Toshikazu Kanazawa, the writer of this reissue CD reviewed that Okikie Huysdens' voice is much more alike Don Henley's than Paul McCartney's, about which I agree when I listened to "Don't Put Me On Hold", very good Eagles-vein mid-tempo rock tune. This album is one of the must-item for AOR/Westcoast pop lovers. Do not miss the chance to get the CD this time!! For your information, The President also released their 2nd album "Muscles" in 1985, whcih was not so good as this masterpiece.

  • Label : Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (ESCA-7870) (Original : CBS Records, Holland <Original Japanese CD Serial: 35-8P-53>)
  • Release Date: June 20, 2001 (Original Release: 1983)
  • Producers: Pim Koopman and Okikie Huysdens
  • The President are:
    • Pim Koopman: Keyboards, Drums, Background Vocals
    • Okikie Huysdens: Lead and Background Vocals, Keyboards
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Bas Krumperman
    • Bass: Frank Papendrecht
    • Background Vocals: Hans Vermeulen
The President / By Appointment Of
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Hot-Blooded Lady
    2. Workin' Girl
    3. Makin' Millionaires
    4. Don't Put Me On Hold
    5. Turn Me On
    6. That's The Way That It Is
    7. Only Once Is Enough
    8. You're Gonna Like It
    9. Outland
    10. Goin' Places
 
 
 

FAR CRY / THE MORE THINGS CHANGE...

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It was July 1973 when Phil Galdston, a songwriter born in New York in September 1950, met Peter Thom coming from Montreal, Canada, who had already released his solo album "Peter Thom" in 1972 under United Artists. Those two talented musicians started songwriting collaboration and made demos for label shopping. "Why Don't We Live Together" performed by Barry Manillow in 1975 was successful enough to get an album deal. They completed their album "American Gypsies" produced by John Simon as the duo Galdston & Thom in 1977. However, this album did not sell well in spite of good reviews among true music lovers. They seemed to consider how they should do for much more highly acclaimed review and good sales. As Far Cry, Phil Galdston and Peter Thom succeeded to complete the perfect album "The More Things", the Steely Dan's "Aja" vein album by getting Elliot Scheiner known for his works with Steely Dan and also Donald Fagen himself on the backing vocals. True masterpiece album I admit.

  • Label : Sony Music Entertainment, Japan (SRCS-9840) (Original : Columbia Records, USA <NJC-36286>)
  • Release Date: June 20, 2001 (Original Release: April, 1980)
  • Producer: Elliot Scheiner
  • Executive Producer: Phil Ramone
  • Far Cry are:
    • Phil Galdston: Keyboards, Background Vocals
    • Peter Thom: Background Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Rob Mounsey
    • Guitars: Steve Kahn, Mark Doyle, Jeff Mironov, Elliot Randall
    • Bass: Doug Stegmeyer, Will Lee, Neil Jason, Tony Levin
    • Drums: Liberty DeVitto, Bernard Purdie, Chris Parker, Ed Greene
    • Percussion: Ralph McDonald
    • Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm
    • Trombone: Barry Rogers
    • Sax: Timmy Cappello, Ron Cuber, Dave Tofani
    • Background Vocals: Donald Fagen, Rob Mounsey, Frank Floyd, Patti Austin, John Barranco, William Eaton, Zach Sanders
Far Cry / The More Things Change...
 

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  • Tracks
    1. The Hits Just Keep On Comin'
    2. Eldorado Escape
    3. The One And Lonely
    4. Because It's There
    5. It's Not As Simple As That
    6. Fight, Fight, Fight
    7. Ocean Eyes
    8. Suddenly Strings
    9. Tell Jack
    10. Some Things Will Never Change

 


 

 

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