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" .


 

Past CD review index
by Artist Name
 

Contents

 

 

  1. David Foster with Lara Fabian / O Canada 2001

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David Foster with Lara Fabian / O Canada 2001

 David Foster with Lara Fabian created the special CD wgich is the first and only commercially available contemporary version of the National Anthem of Canda in conjunction with the Vancouver Symphony.
  • Label: Warner Music Canada (2 40050)
  • Release Date: June25, 2001
  • Producer: David Foster
  • Tracks:
    1. O Canada 2001 (Short Version French Lyrics)
    2. O Canada 2001 (Short Version English Lyrics)
    3. O Canada 2001 (Short Version French & English Lyrics)
    4. O Canada 2001 (Short Version Instrumental)
    5. O Canada 2001 (Long Version Instrumental)
    6. O Canada 2001 (Long Version French & English Lyrics)
  1. Wondergap / Wondergap <ACM Rating: >
    • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3316) (Original: A&M Records, USA SP-4674)
    • Release Date: July 25, 2001 (Original Release: 1978)
    • Producer: John Anthony
    • Wondergap is:
      • Andy Goldmark: Lead Vocals, Keyboards
      • Holly Sherwood: Lead&Background Vocals
      • Jim Ryan: Guitars, Background Vocals
    • Musicians (excerpted):
      • Drums: Chris Parker, Rick Shlosser
      • Bass: Anthony Jackson, Francisco Centeno, Will Lee IV
      • Guitars: Cornell Dupree
      • Keyboards: Leon Pendarvis, Richard Tee, Paul Glanz, Billy Alessi
      • Sax: David Sanborn
      • Strings Arrangement: Gene Page
Wondergap/ Wondergap

 

  1. Ben Sidran / The Cat And The Hat <ACM Rating: >
    • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UICY-3313) (Original: A&M Records, USA )
    • Release Date: July 25, 2001 (Original Release: 1980)
    • Producers: Mike Mainieri and himself
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Steve Gadd
      • Bass: Abraham Laboriel
      • Keyboards: Don Grolnick
      • Guitars: Lee Ritenour, Buzzy Feiten
      • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
      • Sax: Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Tom Scott, Pete Christlieb, Jim Horn
      • Flute: Tom Scott, Pete Christlieb, Jim Horn
      • Trombone: Dick "Slyde" Hyde
      • Trumpet: Tom Harrell, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
      • Background Vocals: Luther Vandross, Frank Floyd, Gordon Gordy, Mike Finnegan, Max Gronanthal, Tisha Cambell, Craig Davis, Claude Brooks, Gerard Randell

Ben Sidran / The Cat And The Hat

 

 

 


RECOMMENDED DISCS OF JULY / AUGUST, 2001


NEW RELEASES

 

MICHAEL RUFF / SHOW THE WORLD

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Michael Ruff now completed his solo album "Show The World" which follows "Lovesongs + Lullabies" released in 1999. Compared to "Lovesongs + Lullabies", Michael plays more aggressive and funky. "Show The World" , the title track opens this album with a little bit heavy distorted guitar sound. Bluesy tune "When You Come Home" would follow. "Bring You To Jesus" is very beautiful ballads featuring Olivia Ruff on harmony vocal, whose vocal is very impressive. "Listen To Your Woman" is a Latin-touch one."Standing On The Rock" must remind you of Stevie Wonder. "Testimony" is the killer track for AOR / Blue-eyed soul lovers. Really recommendable one for this summer!

  • Label: RuffMix Music (Cd-002)
  • Release Date: July 1, 2001
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Marty Walsh, James Harrah, Tim Pierce
    • Slide Guitar: Kenny Emerson
    • Bass: Randy Carnivali, Jimmy Johnson
    • Drums: Joey Heredia, Garin Poliahu (extra hi hat), Tony Rodarte (extra hi hat)
    • Background Vocals: Maxayn, Olivia Ruff, Patti Rich, Mark Lennon, Michael Lennon, Leslie Smith
Michael Ruff / Show The World
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  • Tracks:
    1. Show The World
    2. When You Come Home
    3. Bring You To Jesus
    4. Just A Moment Alone
    5. Listen To Your Woman
    6. Hanalei
    7. Savannah
    8. Testimony
    9. Standing On The Rock
    10. Heaven Bound
 

 

 


 

ROBBIE DUPREE / VINTAGE V0L.2

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Robbie Dupree, the one of the most popular early 80's Westcoast / AOR singers has just released his 2nd rare materials collection album "Vintage Vol.2". This collection CD contains great stuff including the songs from the first album recorded in Spanish (Track 3,4,5,6), which never came out. Also, a live track (Track7) recorded on June 18, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan and demo's from the early and mid-80's (Track 1,2,8) are included Everybody must think it is really cool! Please note that Only 1000 copies have been made and featuring 4 never-released songs and a video clip. Don't miss it!!

  • Label: n/a (CD serial #: n/a)
  • Release Date: July 12, 2001
  • Producer: himself
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Tony Levin, Rick Chudacoff, Carl Adami
    • Guitars: Larry Hoppen, Robert Palmer, Kal David, Brian Ray, Dennis Herring, Andrew Essex
    • Keyboards: Larry Hoppen, Bill Elliot, Michael Boddicker, Debbie Lan. Harvey Jones, Tom Nicholson, Kenny Nemiroff
    • Drums: Jerry Marotta, Peter Bunetta, David Beebe
    • Percussion: Miguel Rivera
    • Sax: Josh Shneider
    • Background Vocals: Larry Hoppen, Kal David, Leslie Smith, Arno Lucas, Ann Lang
Robbie Dupree / Vintage Vol.2
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  • Tracks:
    1. Lucky Day
    2. All Your Love
    3. Naveguemos (Steal Away)
    4. Tu eres solitaria (Lonely Runner)
    5. Autos de Amor (Hot Rod Hearts)
    6. Siento que he Fallado (It's A Feeling)
    7. Carried Away
    8. Why
    9. This Is Life (Bonus Video Clip)

 

 


  

PATTI AUSTIN / ON THE WAY TO LOVE

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Patti returns to Warner Bros, for which she released her early 80's excellent works with Quincy Jones under Qwest label. Needless to say, music included on this brand-new album would be not the same as early 80's one. She performed strictly-selected Smooth Jazz tunes produced by Paul Brown, the one of the top-level producers under the current Smooth Jazz field.

  • Label: Warner Bros, USA (47911) (Japan: Warner Music Japan <WPCR 11075>)
  • Release Date: June 26, 2001 (Japan: August 8, 2001)
  • Producers: Paul Brown
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Bill Meyers, Allen Hinds, Tim Heinz, Robert Vally, Jerry Hey, Larry Williams, David Woods, Greg Phillinganes, Ricky Peterson, Carl Burnett
    • Bass: Bill Meyers, Allen Hinds, Tim Heinz, Robert Vally, David Woods, Carl Burnett
    • Guitars: Carl Bunett, Allen Hinds, Mike Sims, Paul Jackson Jr., Tony Maiden, Carl Burnett
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa
    • Drum Programming: Paul Brown, Steve Dubin, David Woods, Carl Burnett
    • Vibes: Greg Phillinganes
    • Sax: Boney James
    • Flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
    • Flute: Larry Williams
    • Background Vocals: Siedah Garrett, Tony Maiden, Sue Ann Carwell
Patti Austin / On The Way To Love
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  • Tracks:
    1. Girlfriend
    2. What Can I Say?
    3. On The Way To Love
    4. Love's Been Kind To Me Lately
    5. Make It Right
    6. If You Really Need Me Now
    7. Playin' Around
    8. Let Me Be Me
    9. Southern Rain
    10. Tell Me Why
    11. Love's Been Kind
    12. To Me Lately (Unplugged)
  

 

 

 


 

NIGEL OLSSON - Nigel Olsson's Drum Orchestra & Chorus - / MOVE THE UNIVERSE

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Nigel Olsson, known not only for his drumming with Elton John but also for his own albums just released his solo album "Move The Universe" in Japan under Sony Music Entertainment on July 3. In addtion to Nigel Olsson's own lead vocal tracks, we can listen to Kiki Dee and Gigi Worth's lead vocal tracks. This is the really good mellow Westcoast pop album.Welcome back, Nigel!!

  • Label: 81 Records / Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc., Japan (SRCS 352)
  • Release Date: July 4, 2001
  • Producers: Davey Johnstone and Guy Babylon
  • Executive Producer: himself
  • Nigel Olsson's Drum Orchestra & Chorus is:
    • Lead Vocals: Nigel Olsson, I Miyakawa, Kiki Dee, Ken Stacey, Windy Wagner, Gigi Worth, Christina Vierra, Kai Olsson
    • Drums: Nigel Olsson, Curt Bisquera
    • Bass: Guy Babylon
    • Guitars: Davey Johnstone
    • Keyboards: Guy Babylon
    • Piano: Fred Mandel
    • Cellos: Martin Tillman
    • Violin: Craig Eastman
    • Harmonica: Jimmy Z.
    • Percussion: John Mahon
    • Strings Arrangement: Guy Babylon, Davey Johnstone
    • Background Vocals; Gigi Worth, Billy Trudel, Davey Johnston, Nigel Olsson, Kathy Brown Babylon, Joanna Pennock, Reggie Burrell
  • Additional Muscians:
    • Bass: Bob Birch
Nigel Olsson / Move The Universe
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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
 

 

 


 

RADIOACTIVE / CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE

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Radioactive, the Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander's main project for the last 10 years is now finally taking shape with the album release "Ceremony of Innocence" for March -01. European leading melodic rock label, MTM will proudly present you one of the long long awaited melodic rock album very soon. As a matter of fact, the first song "On My Own" featuring Fergie Frederiksen from Toto on lead vocal has been released on the new MTM compilation Volume 5 CD. It is reported that this version is just a PREVIEW one and the final version will have real drums plus David Hungate (Toto) on bass. And another TOTO vocalist, Bobby Kimball is also on lead vocals for "Crime Of Passion" and "When You're In Love" written by him with Tommy. Fee Waybill, Jason Scheff and an amazing set of guest musicians are participating in this project. Don't miss the amazing RADIOACTIVE album. Japanese version includes a bonus track "Remember My Conscious". One more thing I would like to say here..... I dare to point out that there is one error on Japanese version liner-notes caused by the writer's lack of knowledge. On the liner notes, the writer says " 'Haunt Me Tonight' is the ballads penned by Richard Marx, Bruce Gaitsch and Fee Waybill, which seems to be an unreleased tune for Fee Waybill's solo album 'Don't Be Scared By These Hands'. " This is clearly wrong! This beautiful ballads is recorded by Bruce Gaitsch featuring Richard Marx on the lead vocal for Bruce's first solo album "A Lyle In A Windstorm" (1995). Moreover, probably the basic track of Radioactive is the common one. Tommy added his electric guitars and solo and Geir Ronning sings instead of Richard Marx lead vocals.

Radioactive / Ceremony Of Innocence
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  • Tracks:
    1. The Story Of Love
    2. Crimes Of Passion
    3. On My Own
    4. Grace
    5. Waiting For A Miracle
    6. LA Movies
    7. Ceremony Of Innocence
    8. Liquid
    9. Haunt Me Tonight
    10. A Case Of Right Or Wrong
    11. Silent Cries
    12. When You're In Love
    13. Remember My Conscious <Japanese Version Bonus Track>

 

 


 

SHEM / SON OF ARTHUR

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First of all, you should know that Shem is the current Ambrosia member and his high tone clear voice is really awesome and never inferior to David Pack, the lead singer of Ambrosia. Actually I could see Ambrosia live performance without David Pack who was sick and Shem did replace David perfectly. Really perfect. It was the Autumn 1997 when Ambrosia participated in the legendary West Coast Festival in Disneyland Paris. Around the very beginning of 1996, I had a chance to listen to his several demo tracks cassette copy fortunately, which was really excellent and could not wait for the day his solo album would be released. It tool almost 6 years to have got this "Son Of Arthur". To be honest, Shem performs more acoustic than I expected when I listened to his past demos. However, his melodies are really good and this CD is one of the highly recommended albums for you.

  • Label: Ancient Games Records, USA (34479 65082)
  • Release Date: June, 2001
  • Producers:
  • Shem plays: Guitars, Bass, Drums, Diembe, Darbuka, Bodhran, Niquara, Percussion, Vocals
  • Muscians:
    • Guitars: Doug Jackson
    • Dime Cymbal: Kim Edmundson
    • Violin: Joelle Dunn, Hurbert Pralitz, Roberto Cani
    • Sax: Jim Wheeler
    • Viola: Mario Miragliotta
    • Cello: Waldemar De Almeida
    • Blues Harp: Tollak Ollestad
    • Harmonica: Tollak Ollestad
    • Jaw Harp: Snoopy
    • Orchestra: The Von Schroeck Orchestra
Shem / Son Of Arthur
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  • Tracks:
    1. Feel It
    2. Trapped Inside Myself
    3. What She Doesn't Say
    4. The Happy Song
    5. Serious
    6. Someone I've Never Been
    7. Until She Comes Home
    8. Useful Place On This Earth
    9. Reality / Fantasy
    10. Born To Take The Fall
    11. Tiffany

 

 


 

KEVYN LETTAU / LITTLE THINGS

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Kevyn Lettau was born in Boston in 1960, and raised in Germany where her mother came from. When she was 15, she moved to San Diego and started to support herself by house-keeping and singing on the street corners of Del Mar, California while in high school. In 1984, Brazilian music became the next dominant force in her life. Kevyn started touring and recording with Sergio Mendes. At last in 1991, Kevyn established her own solo career with the album "Kevyn Lettau" on Nova Records, which shoud be discribed as Contemporary Jazz with Brazilian pop flavor. She also released another album "BrazilJazz" recorded with Michael Shapiro and Peter Sprague.Since then, Kevyn costantly released her solo album for JVC; "Simple Life" (1992), "Another Season" (1994), "Universal Language" (1995). Kevyn is especially in Asian coutries including Japan, which makes her possible to release the pop album "The Language Of Flowers" only for Asia in 1998. In 1999, JVC Music released a greatest hits collection entitled "Miracle Voice - The Best Of Kevyn Lettau" also only for Asiain market. In 2000, Kevyn released "The Police" which included her "Police" covers in 2000 under VideoArts Music Japan and later under Metronome Records - Universal Music, Germany. And now Kevyn present you fine varsatile-style vocal album "Little Things" a little apart from her Brazilian music oriented style.

  • Label: Metronome - Universal Music, Germany (Japan: Universal Music Japan <UCCM-1022>)
  • Release Date: June 11, 2001 (Japan: July 25, 2001)
  • Producer: Mike Shapiro
  • Muscians:
    • Keyboards: Russell Ferrante, Darrell Smith, Jeff Babko
    • Guitars: Jimmy Mahlis, Mike Miller, Dwight Sills
    • Bass: Jerry Watts Jr.
    • Drums: Mike Shapiro
    • Percussion: Luis Conte
    • Sax: Gary Meek
    • Violins: Gina Kronstadt, Peter Kent, John Wittenberg, Norm Hughes, Eddie Stein, Kristen Fife
    • Violas: Darrin McCann, Novi Novog
    • Cellos: Stefanie Fife, Rudy Stein
    • Bass Strings: Dave Carpenter
    • Background Vocals: Arnold McCuller, Valerie Pinkston, Mindy Stein, Fred White, Scott Mayo
Kevyn Lettau / Little Things
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  • Tracks:
    1. Heroes Of The Day
    2. You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio
    3. Little Things
    4. Far Away
    5. Your Own Sweet Way
    6. The Language Of Flowers
    7. Thin Skin
    8. What My Eyes Have Seen
    9. Fathers

 

 

 


 

BOBBY CALDWELL / TIME & AGAIN -The Anthology Part II -

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Bobby Caldwell, the one of the AOR / Adult Contemporary Music giants has just released his 2nd anthology best album "Time & Again" in the States, which is not released in Japan.Needless to say, this album includes 14 hit AOR tunes from Bobby Caldwell's great works; "What You Won't Do Love For Love", "Heart Of Mine", "Stay With Me" and Next Time (I Fall)". It should be much remarked that we can listen to 2 brand-new AOR/Westcoast type tunes (not Jazz tunes!) "Rain" and "Every Time You Say My Name". To be honest, we were a little wondering whether Bobby would not publish AOR / Westcoast type tunes anymore because Bobby recently released the Jazz Vocal oriented albums. Yes, our Bobby is back with those 2 great tunes!! Please note that another Bobby Caldwell's compilation album "Songmaster" will be released in Japan on August 22, but this Japanese version does not include one of the new tune "Rain". Therefore, I recommend you to buy this US version "Time & Again" instead of Japanese version.

  • Label: Sin-Drome Records, USA (SD8956)
  • Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Producer: himself
  • Executive Producer: Henly Marx
Bobby Caldwell / Time & Again
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  • Tracks:
    1. What You Won't Do For Love
    2. Open Your Eyes
    3. In The Name Of Love
    4. Next Time (I Fall)
    5. All Or Nothing At All
    6. Heart Of Mine
    7. Stay With Me
    8. Saying It's Over
    9. Janet
    10. Without Your Love
    11. Cry
    12. Where Is Love
    13. Love Lite
    14. Shape I'm In
    15. Rain
    16. Every Time You Say My Name
 

 

 


 

COOL TREASURES - THE UNRELEASED TRACKS

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Cool Sound now proudly presents you the unreleased rare tracks as "COOL TREASURES - THE UNRELEASED TRACKS" this summer. The opener is the Sneaker 's early years unreleased material "Head Jazz". Tony Sciuto's 1993 ballad tune follows. And David Lasley shows you his hidden talent by 80's unreleased materials. And Bruce Gaitsch offers you many unreleased treasures with the great guests alike Michael Sembello, Jim Photoglo, Jason Scheff and Bill Champlin ! Please note that some materials are very raw, thus you may feel that something would be missing when you listen to such kind of tracks. Typically, real drum sound should replace the tentative drum-machine track. However, you can enjoy artists' original concept with their high potential energy for new tunes. For example, "Falling In Love" performed by Bruce Gaitsch featuring Bill Champlin is the very original version of "Show Must Go On" which was recorded for the famous unreleased Chicago 22 album " Stone Of Sisyphus".

Cool Treasures 200
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  • Tracks:
    1. Head Jazz
    2. Diamond In The Rough
    3. If I Can Dream
    4. Just A Girl I Used To Know
    5. One Chance
    6. Second To No One
    7. Alcatraz
    8. That's What I Get
    9. One By One
    10. The Wings Of Desire
    11. Just That Simple
    12. Falling In Love

 

 


 

ISLAND MELLOW - HAWAIIAN AOR NOW & THEN

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Cool Sound also proudly presents you another compilation album "Island Mellow - Hawaiian AOR Now & Then" this summer. This collection album includes 5 best tracks from the Cool Hawaii series CDs and 8 good late 90's Hawaiian AOR tunes plus 2 brand-new Hawaiian AOR tunes!

  • Label: Cool Sound, Inc. Japan (COOL-075)
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001
  • Performers:
    1. Jon Basebase
    2. Island Band
    3. Ben Vegas
    4. Mackey Feary
    5. Johnson Enos
    6. Lance Jyo Project
    7. Ray Gooliak
    8. Tender Leaf
    9. Jon Basebase and Tiffany Catalfano
    10. Zanuck Lindsey
    11. Joanne Miles
    12. Ben Vegas and Darla Short
    13. Johnson Enos
    14. Lance Jyo
    15. Mackey Feary
Island Mellow
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Melody Blvd.

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  • Tracks:
    1. Tropical Breeze
    2. How Can I Make You See ?
    3. Whenever I
    4. Love Is On My Mind
    5. Or Girl
    6. Who's Fooling Who
    7. All Alone
    8. Countryside Beauty
    9. What Your Love Has Done
    10. Every Minute Every Hour
    11. I Can't Stop My Heart
    12. You're The Love
    13. Now That You're Gone
    14. Diamond
    15. I'm Not Worth The Hurt

 

  

 


 

 

REISSUES

 

  

RICK BOWLES / NO MAN'S LAND

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Rick Bowles, born and raised in North Carolina released his acclaimed debut album "Free For The Evening" under Polydor Records USA in 1982 featuring a beautiful ballads tune "(Tonight I'll Be Your) Fool Again". And this album became well-known as one of Robert Byrne and Brandon Barnes related works among AOR / Westcoast freaks. It has been believed that "Free For The Evening" is the only one album Rick Bowles released because he lost his deal with Polydor before releasing his next album. Rick had not succeeded so much as a solo singer but does well as a songwriter. His materials are recorded by many big names in Pop Country field such as Alabama and/or Terry Clark through 1990's. To our surprise, Rick had released his 2nd solo album "No Man's Land" in 1984 under Applause Records, US minor label, otherwise custom label for private releases. According to Rick's comment appeared on the liner notes of this reissued CD, "No Man's Land" was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the summer of 1984. Robert Byrne produced the album and he also played guitar and keyboards, sang background vocals, and co-wrote six songs on the record. And the recording session was done originally for Polydor Records, by which the quality of the recording sessions were never the cheap alike self-released demo materials. Therefore, you can enjoy this album as one of the fine mid 80's AOR/ Westcoast works.

  • Label: Dreamsville Records. Japan (YDCD-058) (Original Label: Applause Records, USA)
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1984)
  • Producer: Robert Byrne
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Owen Hale, Milton Sledge
    • Bass: Gary Baker, Mike Chapman
    • Keyboards: Steve Nathan, Richard Putnam, Brandon Barnes, Clayton Ivey, Robert Byrne
    • Guitars: John Willis, Mac McAnally, Robert Byrne
    • Background Vocals: Hershey Reeves, Cindy Richardson, Robert Byrne
Rick Bowles / No Man's Land
 

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Melody Blvd.

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  • Tracks
    1. Shame On Me
    2. No Man's Land
    3. In The Meantime
    4. Who's That Look In Your Eye
    5. Baby Lied
    6. I Have The Way I Love You
    7. Night Blind
    8. One Life Stand

 


 

PIECES / PIECES

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Can you identify who Geoffrey Leib is? Geoffrey Leib is known as one of good keyboard session player of early 80's. You can find his name on many albums' songwriters & musicians credits such as "Leon Ware / S.T.." (1982) and other Urban Contemporary R&B artists albums including Geoffrey Osbone. And Geoffrey performs White Soul Music also on his own group "Pieces" only one album. If you like Blue-eyed Soul alike Average White Band and Night Flyte, this album is highly recommendable. On this album, I love "Where Did Our Love Go" best because this tune is a little bit hard-edge arrangement with impressive keyboards riff. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Leib is now known for his melodious hard rock works with the different artist's name. His name is Jeff Paris!! What do you say?

  • Label: Toshiba EMI, Japan (TOCP-53193) (Original Label: Liberty / United Records, USA)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1979)
  • Producers: Barry Bregman and themselves
  • Pieces are:
    • Geoffrey Leib: Keyboards, Synthesizers, Vocals
    • Mike Linge: Drums, Vocals
    • Larry Lingle: Guitars, Vocals
    • Kenny Lee Lewis: Bass, Vocals
  • Additional Musicians:
    • Percussion: Steve Forman, Lenny Castro
    • Synthesizer Programming: Robbie Robinson
    • Strings: Sid Sharp
    • Background Vocals: Diane Steinberg
Pieces / Pieces
 

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Melody Blvd.

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Cruisin' Music at GEMM

  • Tracks
    1. Dances So Good
    2. Magazine Lover
    3. That's Way Of Love
    4. Love's Winning Me Over
    5. Heaven Must Have Made You
    6. Who You Been Doin'
    7. You Made Me Believe
    8. Can't Turn Down Love
    9. Where Did Our Love Go

 


 

PAGES / PAGES

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The most wanted CD, which was once reissued and has been out of print for a quite a long time, has just been reissued at last. Needless to say, the re-reissued CD is the digitally remastered version. Therefore, even if you already have got the hard-to-find 1st reissued CD (1989 version), you should replace the CD with this excellent sound version. The CD is the "Pages / Pages" (1981), the masterpiece of the AOR/West Coast masterpieces. Everybody admit that Pages completed their own marvelous music style with Jay Graydon, the producer of this album but not sold well before Richard Page and Steve George would release "Welcome To The Real World" in 1986 as Mr. Mister. Never hesitate to get this historically important album now!

  • Label: Toshiba EMI, Japan (TOCP-53189) (Original Label: Capitol Records, USA 12123 )
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1981)
  • Producers: Jay Graydon and Bobby Colomby
  • Pages is:
    • Richard Page: Lead Vocals, Back Vocals
    • Steve George: Fender Rhodes, Mini-moog, Yamaha CS-80, Oberheim, Clavinet Piano, Back Vocals
    • John Lang
  • Guest Musicians:
    • Guitars: Steve Khan, Charles Johnson, Jay Graydon
    • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus, Abraham Laboriel
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Vince Colaiuta, Mike Baird
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Sax: Tom Scott
    • Vocal Effect: Al Jarreau
Pages / Pages (1981)
 

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Melody Blvd.

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  • Tracks
    1. You Need A Hero
    2. Tell Me
    3. O.C.O.E. (Official Cat Of The Eighties)
    4. Come On Home
    5. Sesatia
    6. Only A Dreamer
    7. Automatic
    8. Fearless
    9. Midnight Angel

 


 

AMY HOLLAND / ON YOUR EVERY WORD

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Amy Holland, known as the partner of Michael McDonald released 2 solo albums in early 80's, both of which were reissued in France by Magic Records in June 1999. And now in the summer of 2001, Japanese version is also reissued by Toshiba EMI. Both reissued CD (French version and Japanese Version) are digitally remastered, but I feel that Japanese version has much clearer when I listen to the drum attack tone on the opening track ""Anytime You Want Me" carefully. Michael McDonald fully supported Amy all through the album not only as the producer/ keyboard player but also as a songwriter on her 1st album. Again, Michael fully supported her 2nd album "On Your Every Word". The second track "I Hang On Your Every Word" may be more widely familiar by Michael McDonald's version but personally I love Amy's version better. The highlight of this album must be the beautiful ballads "I Still Run To You" written by Michael McDonald and David Pack who duets with Amy on this tune.

  • Label: Toshiba EMI, Japan (TOCP-53190) (Original Label: Capital Records, USA)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001 (Original Release: 1983)
  • Producers: Michael McDonald and Patrick Henderson
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Michael Baird
    • Bass: Mark Leonard, Bob Glaub, Louis Johnson, Nathan East, Willie Weeks
    • Guitars: Robben Ford, John McFee, Steve Lukather, Robert Akers Terry
    • Sax Solo: Tom Scott, Vince Denham
    • Lyricon: Tom Scott
    • Horns: Jim Horn, Larry Williams, Chuck Finley, Dick Hyde, Jerry Hey, Ernie Watts
    • Simmons Drums: Chet McCracken
    • Keyboards, Synthesizers, Pianos: Brian Mann, Michael McDonald, Peter Henderson, James Newton Howard, Kathy Walker
    • Handclapping: Paul Medeiros
    • Background Vocals: Maureen McDonald, Michael McDonald, Denny Henson, Jeff Day, David Pack, Richard Page, Steve George, Ed Sanford
Amy Holland / On Your Every Word
 

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  • Tracks:
    1. Anytime You Want Me
    2. I Hang On Your Every Word
    3. I'll Never Give Up
    4. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)
    5. Hurt A Little Bit
    6. You & I
    7. So Sentimental
    8. I Still Run To You
    9. Rollin' By
 

 

 


 

TAVARES / SUPERCHARGED

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The five-brother R&B singing group Tavares are Arthur Tavares, Ralph Vierra Tavares, Perry Lee Tavares, Antone Tavares, and Feliciano Tavares who are nicknamed "Pooch," "Tiny," "Chubby," and "Butch" may be much more familiar. In 1974, their debut album "Check It Out" was issued with Capitol Records. In the summer of 1974, their 2nd album "Hard Core Poetry" followed with the first hit version (number one R&B) of "She's Gone" written by the then relative unknown duo of Darryl Hall and John Oates. In 1975, 3rd album "In the City" produced by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter scored # 26 on pop chart in addition to # 8 on R&B chart. After they released acclaimed R&B album "Sky High" in 1976 and "Love Storm" in 1977, "More Than A Woman" specifically written for them by Bee Gees was issued as a single from the soundtrack album "Saturday Night Fever". "More Than a Woman" was also on their 6th album "Future Bound" in 1978, and was followed by the 1979 album "Madame Butterfly" produced by well-known Philly Soul arranger/producer Bobby Martin.
By reading the above biography, you may wonder why I recommend "Supercharged" album here so much... On this album "Supercharged", Tavares embarked new voyage with our musicians including David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin. The opener "Bad Times" scored #47 on pop chart and "We Both Tried" followed, which written by David Foster and Bill Champlin and well-known for Bill Champlin's version on his album "Single" (1978). Another cover of the song from Bill Champlin 's album "Single" is "I Don't Want You Anymore", also written by David Foster and Bill Champlin. You must be touched when you listened to this album, if you unfortunately did not have a chance to listen until now.

  • Label: Toshiba EMI, Japan (TOCP-53198) (Original Label: Capitol Records, USA)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1980)
  • Producers: Bobby Colomby, David Foster, Benjamin F. Wright Jr.
  • Tavares are:
    • Chubby Tavares: Vocals
    • Ralph Tavares: Vocals
    • Pooch Tavares: Vocals
    • Butch Tavares: Vocals
    • Tiny Tavares: Vocals
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Timothy James May, Paul Jackson Jr., Steve Lukather, Jay Graydon, David Williams
    • Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes, Dale Oehler, Steve George, David Foster, John Barnes, Bill Champlin, Patrick Henderson
    • Bass: David Shields, David Hungate, James Jamerson Jr.
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Harvey Mason
    • Percussion: Ed Mann, Bobby Colomby, Paul Lani
    • Sax: Peter Christleib
    • French Horns: Brian D.A. O'Connor, Arthur N. Maebe, Henry Sigismonti
    • Horns: Jerry Hey, Kim S. Hutchcroft, Gary Grant, Lawrence Lowell Williams, Larry G. Hall, William Frank Reichenbach, Lew McCreary
    • Benjamin Wright Orchestra:
      • Reeds: Fred Jackson, Jeff Clayton
      • Trumpets: Bobby Bryant, Oscar Brashear, Nolan Smith
      • Trombones: George Bohanon, Garnett Brown, Maurice Spears, Don Cook
      • Synthesizer: Jim Hirsen
      • Percussion: Eddie Brown, Frederick Walker
    • Strings: Joseph Goodman, Gina Kronstadt, Mark Cargill, Robert Lipsett, Pavel Farkasm Ronald Clark, Harris Goldman, Rollice E. Dale, Marilyn Hanthorn Baker, James V. Ross, Brenton B. Banks, Roberleigh Barnhart, Miguel Matinez
Tavares / Supercharged
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Bad Times
    2. We Both Tried
    3. Can't Get Enough
    4. Why Can't We Fall In Love
    5. I Can't Go On Living Without You
    6. I Don't Want You Anymore
    7. Paradise
    8. Got To Have Your Love

 


 

PERRY & SANLIN / FOR THOSE WHO LOVE

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I believe you are familiar with Phil Perry, who performs good many smooth jazz vocal session works with David Foster, David Garfield and many others on various albums and releases his own solo albums "The Heart Of A Man" (1991), "Pure Pleasure" (1994), "One Heart, One Woman" (1998) and "My Book Of Love" (2000). Phil Perry started his musical journey with Kevin Sanlin in late 60's as Montclairs, who released several singles; "Hey You" (1969), "All I Really Care About Is You" (1971) and "Dreaming Out Of The Season" (1972) and also released an album in 1973. In late 70's, Phill and Richard moved to Los Angeles and did many background vocal sessions while seeking for the deal. In 1980, they got a chance to release an album "For Those Who Love" under Capitol as a duo, Perry & Sanlin. Their first single "Just To Make You Happy" stalled at #81. In 1981, 2nd album "We're The Winner" followed, but they became "the winner" commercially.

  • Label: Toshiba EMI, Japan (TOCP-53197) (Original Label: Capitol Records, USA)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001 (Original Release Year: 1980)
  • Producers: Charles Jackson, Dr. Cecil Hale
  • Perry & Sanlin are:
    • Phil Perry: Vocals, Keyboards
    • Kevin Sanlin: Vocals, Bass
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Leon Nduqu Chancelor
    • Guitars: Charles Fearing, Michael McGlory
    • Bass: Scott Edwards, Nathan East
    • Keyboards: Patrice Rushen, Michael Lang, John Barnes, Tony Coleman
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Background Vocals: Maxine Waters Willard, Julia Waters Tillman, Marty McCall, Edy Lehman, Myrna Matthews, Sherrie Perry
Perry & Sanlin / For Those Who Love
 

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  • Tracks
    1. Off On Your Love
    2. It's Alright
    3. Since You (Came Into My Life)
    4. Just To Make You Happy
    5. Keep Dancing
    6. You Can't Hide Love
    7. We Belong Together
    8. With You
    9. I'm So Glad There's You
 

 

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.

  • Label: Acadia, Evangeline Recorded Works Ltd.UK (ACA 8007) (Original : Columbia Records, USA)
  • Release Date: June, 2001 (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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