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 "Music Boulevard"/ "CD Now" and "Amazon.com" as "Noteworthy Discs of The Month" .



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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF JULY, 1999

NEW RELEASES
 
Michael Franks has just delivered us an unchanged but excellent works under Windham Hill Jazz which Michael chose as his new partner, after saying good-bye to his long partner Warner Bros Records. To be honest, the former original album "Abandoned Garden" (1995) tribute to the late Antonio Carlos Jobim was basically the bosa-nova album due to the album concept, which could not satisfy my expectation to Michael Franks as one of the excellent Adult Contemporary Music singers. As regards "Dragonfly Summer", I was not so impressed with the album due to high expectation to Michael. Now, I am very satisfied with this sophisticated but passionate album. From the opening track "Barefoot On The Beach" to the ending track "Like Moon Behind A Cloud", Michael does fully show his talent as a singer and a songwriter on this album. If you like mid-80's Michael Franks albums, you are aware that Michael self-covers his own tune "Double Talk" on this album. This is another debut album of new Michael Franks towards Y2K under Windham Hill Jazz.
 

 Michael Franks / Barefoot On The Beach

 

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Ricky Peterson, the keyboard player and musical director of David Sanborn Band has released his 4th solo album after 4 years of silence since 1995. As many of you has already know, Ricky is not only one of the excellent keyboard player but also one of the man with good voice. On his former 3 solo albums, he shown his talent as a lead vocalist by singing Bill LaBounty's tunes such as "Livin' It Up" and Bobby Caldwell's tune "What You Won't Do For Love". On this album, Peter does sing "All I Ask Of You" written by Chris Eaton, the good Contemporary Christian Music singer-song writer and "Let Me Down Easy" written and originally performed by Richard Page on his solo album. This is the "Souvenir" from Ricky to us as the album title....
 

Ricky Peterson / Souvenior 

 
 

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"GENAI" is the duo unit comprising Ginai K. Johnston, a female singer, and Oliver Wendel, a multi-instrumetnal player. Based on the biography, Oliver Wendell, this Chicago-born guy started to work in Chicago music industry in 1979 and arrange and produce 3 musicals such as "Dream Girls" (1982), "Guys and Dolls" (1983) and "Tribute To Hollywood" (1983). He moved to Valencia California to study music theories and composition, video production from 1984 to 1986. Then, He made many sessions in Los Angeles with George Duke, Ray Parker Jr, and Ruth Pointer and you might see him on TV as the keyboard player appeared on the popular TV drama "Fame". Ginai K. Johnston, also born in Chicago and grown up in Hawaii has been performing many gigs in Hawaii and they met each other in 1996. And in 1999, this two talented musicians has completed their debut album "Heaven On Earth", Hawaii-flovered Jazzy Soul & AC album. You can easily find 6 cover tunes of fine Adult Contemporary Music such as "Africa" (TOTO), "Biggest Part Of Me" (Ambrosia), "It's Too Late" (Carol King) and "Human Nature" (Michael Jackson). Needless to say, they are really good, but more than those, GENAI's original tunes are excellent.

GENAI / Heaven On Earth

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

 

 


 

 
HAMISH STUART known as ex-member of Average White Band and the supporting works with Paul McCartney just released his solo album "Sooner Or Later" which includes 14 new tracks, from romantic ballads to sophisticated slices of urban funk music. You can reconfirm the reason why Paul McCartney collaborated with Hamish only if you will listen to this album. Now is the time to check Hamish's own webpages at http://1212.com/a/stuart/hamish.html where you can listen to the sound clips and order this album.
 

 Hamish Stuart / Sooner Or Later

 

 


 

 
I guess you would like to ask me "Who is Mark McMillen?" Here is my answer: Mark McMillen is the last newly-appeared Adult Contemporary Singer / Songwriter in front of us before Year 2000. Otherwise you might already be aware of his name on your huge Adult Contemporary Music CD collection. Yes, he is touring with Bobby Caldwell as the keyboard player for the last 6 years. He also toured with Randy Crawford in Europe and U.S. And you might also find that Mark wrote "So Not To Worry" recorded by Chaka Khan, "I Give In" (on the album "Soul Survivor" 1995) recorded by Bobby Caldwell and "Sense Of Humor" (on the album "City Lights" 1998) recorded by Mark Winkler. As a producer, Mark McMillen produced Mark Winkler's album "City Lights" in 1998. As you guess, music style of this album is very similar with Bobby Caldwell's good AOR. If you would like to listen to good-old Bobby Caldwell, not traditional Jazzy Bobby Caldwell, this album is highly recommendable.

Marc McMillen / It's About Time

 

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

 


 

 

"Latin On The Flip Side" is the Cool Latin-flovered Smooth Jazz unit by Leon Bisquera and Alfred Rubalcava, both of whom are L.A. based session musicians. Leon Bisquera is touring with Randy Crowford since 1993 and performing on the album of the Sax player Boney James'. As regards Alfred Rubalcava, you can find his name on Michael Sembello's album "Backwards In Time". This is one of the recommendable cool smooth Jazz CD for 1999 summer, if you like Latin-funk Jazz.

Latin On The Flip Side

 

 


 

 

REISSUE

 

 
Bugatti & Musker are known as the UK songwriter team for their smash hit such as "Modern Girl" performed by Sheena Easton. "Every Woman In The World" performed by Air Supply was ranked # 5 on US Single Chart in 1980. Patti Austin performed "Every Home Should Have One" in 1981 as the title track of her album. In 1981, Chaka Kahn performed "Fate" which was included on Bugatti & Musker's own album afterwards. This is the only one commercial release album of this melody-maker team, one of the eternal masterpiece album.

Bugatti & Musker / The Dukes

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

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


 

  
Crackin' is also a legendary group of Peter Bunetta and Rick Chudacoff featuring Leslie Smith. Their 1st album "Crackin'" was released in 1975 without Peter Bunetta. Therefore, this 2nd album "Makings Of A Dream" was the steppingstone album Peter Bunetta joined. If you have a chance to listen to their 3rd album "Special Touch" reissued CD, you may find the difference of their music style. That is to say, this 2nd album music style is to be said as San Francisco Bay Area Music, on the other hand, their 3rd and 4th album produced by Michael Omartian which made their sound Los Angeles' one.

Crackin' / Makings Of A Dreams

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


 

Muscle Shoals, Albama (USA) is well-known among music lovers as the place produced the funky soul sound known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Pete Carr was one of the main guitarists of Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section. In 1973, Lenny LeBlanc moved to Muscle Shoals and started session works as a bass player and vocalist. In 1975, Pete Carr succeeded to deal with Big Tree Records and released his solo album. On the other hand, Lenny LeBlanc also signed with the same label and released 2 solo albums in 1976 and 1977. However those albums did not sell well. Lenny and Pete started LeBlanc-Carr Band and released this album in 1977. The first single "Something About You" ranked # 48 and then "Falling" ranked # 13 on the US single chart in 1978. On this album, you can enjoy various music style from Rock'n Roll like Dobbie Brothers to Melodious Ballads full of harmony vocals. Without saying, "Desperado" is the cover tune originally performed by Eagles.
 

LeBlanc & Carr / Midnight Light

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


 

 
This is the only one solo album of Brian Elliot, one of the singer / songwriter who has the soft & mellow and free-soul feeling. In late 70's, many soft & mellow city-pop style albums strongly influenced by Boz Scaggs' "Silk Degrees" were released. Brian's solo album deserves one of the masterpiece albums among them. If you like Kenny Lankin, try this album too. For your information, Brian wrote 1986 # 1 hit tune "Papa Don't Preach" performed by Madonna.

Brian Elliot

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Donny Gerrard is known as the lead vocalist of the legendary group "Skylark" featuring David Foster. "Wild Flower" from the first album of Skylark ranked #9 on the US single chart. After Skylark disbanded, Danny started as a session singer and had a chance to release a single "(Baby) Don't Let It Mess Your Mind" under Rocket Records established by Elton John in 1975. In 1976, Danny released this first solo album under Greedy Records whose executive were Henry Marx, the producer of this album and now the president of Sin-Drome Records known for Bobby Caldwell's release. It should be stated for you that "Peace For Us All" on this album is the composition of Bobby Caldwell before his making solo debut album in 1978. And It might be remarkable that this album is the early year producing works of Robbie Buchanan known as the member of Maxus. Furthermore, you can enjoy Jay Graydon's super guitar play on this album too.
 

Donny Gerrard

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


 

 

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

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

 

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