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" .


Contents

 

 



RECOMMENDED DISCS OF AUGUST 1999

NEW RELEASES

ROBERT LAMM / IN MY HEAD

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Robert Lamm, one of the Chicago's lead vocalists has released his 3rd solo album. The Lamm's music style is a little different from his one shown on the Chicago albums as Bill Champlin and Jason Scheff did so on his solo works. By listening to this album, you can understand why Mr. Lamm and the other members of Chicago made the legendary unreleased masterpiece album "Stone Of Sisyphus". As you know, several songs recorded for the "Stone Of Sisyphus" can be listened now on the best albums "Heart Of Chicago Volume II" Japanese version and so on. If you like those tunes for the "Stone Of Sisyphus" album, you will be fond of this solo album of Mr. Lamm very much.

If you should not, "Watching The Time Go By" featuring Carl Wilson and Gerry Beckley will be one of your favorite tune. And "Standing At Your Door" is also very good for Chicago fans. Moreover, "Swept Away" written by Mr. Lamm with Bruce Gaitsch is the impressive duet song with Phoebe Snow, which reminds me a little of the melody of "What's Goin' On" of Marvin Gaye and/or "Mornin" performed by Al Jarreau, very very good tune!!

  • Label: Mystic Music, USA distributed by Wea (54335-2)
  • Release Date : June 29, 1999
  • Producer: John Van Eps
  • Vocal producer: Phil Galdson, Phil Ramone
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion Programming: John Van Eps
    • Guitars: Ross Traut
    • Harmony Vocals and Duet Vocals: Gerry Beckley, Carl Wilson, Phoebe Snow
    • Background Vocals: Gerry Beckley, Peter Castro, Vivian Cherry, Peter Greco, Gerard McMahon, Vanese Thomas, Eric Troyer, John Van Eps, Carl Wilson
Robert Lamm / In My Head
 

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Listen Before You Buy !

Tracklisting:

  1. Will People Ever Change?
  2. The Love You Call Your Own
  3. Sacrificial Culture
  4. Watching The Time Go By
  5. Sacha
  6. The Best Thing
  7. The Love Of My Life
  8. Standing At Your Door
  9. Swept Away
  10. Sleeping In The Middle Of The Bed (Again)

 


VENICE / SPIN ART

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Venice beach is the beach located between Santa Monica and Marina Delray in L.A. coast area. The name of the group is taken from this beautiful California Beach Area where Lennon Family, the members of the band are living in. The sound style of the Venice is really Westcoast one, full of beautiful harmony vocals. It is my personal impression that their former album "Born And Raised" was a little bit too much folky comparing with their great live performance and their 2 Demo CDs "Garage Demos" released between their a little bit too much hard-edge 1st album and the aforementioned 2nd album "Born And Raised". On this 3rd album, they fully show their talents as the number one Westcoast Live Performing Band. Yes, This is the real Venice's music which only can be heard on "Garage Demos" and/or their live performances in L.A. local clubs. Now listen to the song titled "Garden Wall"! How about "Mary On My Mind" co-written by Bruce Gaitsch? How's the beautiful ballads "The Family Tree" closing this album ?

  • Label: Vanguard Records (VCD 79529-2, USA), ZYX Music (Germany & Benelux), Lace Records (UK), Wea Music (France), Nuevos Medios, S.A. (Spain), OMM (Italy), Amigo (Scandinavia), Festival (Australia), Dargil (Portugal)
  • Release Date : August 24, 1999 (USA) <Germany: June, 1999>
  • Producer: Michael Lennon
  • Venice is;
    • Kipp Lennon: Vocals
    • Mark Lennon: Vocals
    • Michael Lennon: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
    • Pat Lennon: Vocals, Guitars
  • Additional Musicians:
    • Bass: Mark Harris, Alexis Sklarevski, Jim Hanson
    • Drums: Mat Laug, Dann Gillen
    • Guitars: John Vester, Bruce Gaitsch
    • Hammond B3 Organ: Mike Finnegan
    • Percussion: Kevin Richard Scott Cargo
Venice / Spin Art
 

Listen Before You Buy !

 

Listen Before You Buy !

Tracklisting:

  1. The Man You Think I Am
  2. Always
  3. Garden Wall
  4. Mary On My Mind
  5. The Road To Where You Are
  6. End Of The World
  7. So Bad
  8. More Of A Miracle
  9. LandSlide
  10. Poor You Poor Me Poor Love
  11. One Quiet Day
  12. World Upon My Back
  13. The Family Tree
 

 

 


 

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 so on has just released his first solo album "Retro-Spec(t)" this summer. This 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

  • Label: Creatchy Records, USA (CREATCHY012) <Germany: distributed by Intercord Records>
  • Release Date : August, 1999
  • Producer: David Garfield, Michael Landau, John Pena, Simon Phillips, Jason Scheff and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: David Garfield
    • 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
    • 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
    • Trombone: Nick Lane
    • Flugelhorn: Ralf Rickert, Walter Fowler
Larry Klimas / Retro-Spec(t)

International Order

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

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

 


 

LARRY JOHN McNALLY / DANDELION SOUL

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Larry John McNally, known for his 1981 masterpiece 1st solo album and/or his songwriting works performed by big names such as "Somewhere, Someday" performed by Aron Neville and "The Motown Song" performed by Rod Stewart. This is his 5th solo album which includes 2 songs already released on the 1998 mini-album "I Love To Wake Up In New Orleans". Larry is mainly performing at the night clubs in New York area from around 1997 and this seems to make his music more simple and folky one comparing with his 1st and 2nd albums.

  • Label: Dreamsville Records, Japan (YDCD-0008)
  • Release Date: July 25, 1999
  • Producers: Lincoln Schleifer
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Lincoln Schleifer
    • Drums & Percussion: Denny McDermott
    • Guitars: John Leventhal
    • Baritone Guitar, Mandolin: Larry Campbell
    • Accordion: Bob Telson
    • Vocals: Warren Haynes, Maura McCabe
Larry John McNally / Dandelion Soul

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. I Love To Wake Up In New Orleans
  2. Dandelion Soul
  3. Tomboy
  4. Over Fences
  5. Richie
  6. Richie Reprise
  7. Black Guitar
  8. Goodbye To Chinatown
  9. For My Wedding

 
 


 

  

SAYIT / SAYIT

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"Sayit" is the project featuring Tommy Denander, Swedish guitarist heavily influenced by TOTO with many talented vocalists such as Andy Eklund, the lead singer of HOUSE OF SHAKIRA known as Journey vein AOR band and Geir Roning. The vocal tunes sung by Andy Eklund such as "Hear Me Heaven" remind you of Young Steve Perry's vocals and he perfectly covers the Journey's tune "Once You Love Somebody", On the other hand, the vocal tunes sung by Geir Ronning remind you of mid-80's TOTO. Very comfortable Hard-driven American progressive album. Only if the real Drummer played on this album, this album had been much better.

  • Label: Noble House Records
  • Release Date: July, 1999
  • Producer: Tommy Denander and Ricky B. Delin
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars, Keyboards & Bass: Tommy Denander
    • Guitars: Bruce Gaitsch (Track 5) , Sayit
    • Lead Vocals: Geir Ronning (Track1, 3, 4, 6, 8,10), Piere Wensberg (Track1, 2, 5), Andy Eklund (Track7, 9, 11), Annika Burman (Track 10)
    • Background Vocals: Thomas Vikstrom, Mikael Erlandsson, Andy Eklund, Mikael Eriksson, Kristoffer Lagerstrom, Annika Burman, Tommy Denander
SAYIT / SAYIT

International Order

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

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. A Second Start
  2. House Of Glass
  3. Standing On The Outside
  4. One Unguarded Moment
  5. Could You Love Me Again
  6. Garden Of Eden
  7. You're My Inspiration
  8. She's The One
  9. Hear Me Heaven
  10. You
  11. Once You Love Somebody
 


 

 

DAVID DIGGS / WESTCOASTAL

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First of all, I would notice of you that this CD is the 80's unreleased demo recordings collection album and therefore some tracks reveal the limitations of the original recordings master source tape in terms of the sound quality. However, all the tunes on this CD are really great and worth listening. I believe you would be surprised to see the below-mentioned musicians credit featuring this collection such as Bob Carlisle and Rick Riso. David Diggs is well-known as the keyboard player / composer / producer for his own instrumental solo albums "Streetshadows" (1985) etc. otherwise Richie Furay (ex Poco) solo albums. But it is not so well-known fact that he also produced many CCM albums in mid 80's such as Bob Bailey's "I'm Walkin'" (1983), Sweet Comfort Band "Hearts Of Fire" (1981). And under this relationship with CCM music scenes in early and mid 80's, the materials on this collection CD were recorded and kept unreleased by today. I believe we should express our gratitude to David and COOL SOUND to give us the opportunity to listen such a excellent Westcoast tunes today. Now, enjoy the good music without any unnecessary critics!

  • Label: Cool Sound Inc, Japan (COOL-033)
  • Release Date : August 10, 1999
  • Producers: himself (Track3 & 6: with Tom Saviano)
  • Musicians:
    • Lead Vocals: Rachel Diggs (Track1), Bob Bailey (Track2), Bob Carlisle (Track3, 5, 6 & 9), Mary Ella Meek-Cummings (Track4, 7, 8 & 10), Rick Riso (Track5),
    • Flugelhorn: Larry Hall
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ron Aston
    • Bass: Louis Johnson, Nathan East, Dennis Belfield, Leon Gaer
    • Guitars: Paul Jackson Jr., Jay Leach
    • Sax: Tom Saviano, Dave Boruff
    • Trumpets: Terry Winch, Danny Ackermann
    • Trombone: Bob Edmondson
    • Background Vocals: Tamara Champlin, Rachel Diggs, Ed Whiting, Bob Carlisle, Mary Ella Meek-Cummings
David Diggs / Westcoastal

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Lonely Weekend
  2. Framed By Love
  3. Easier Said Than Dance
  4. Fallen Angel
  5. Backbone
  6. Don't Look Back
  7. Jamie
  8. Say Goodbye
  9. Light The Light
  10. Love Won't Always Pass You By
  11. Backbone <extended mix version>
 


 

  

JOSEPH WILLIAMS / EARLY YEARS

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"Early Years" CD Limited 200 copies edition were released secretly on "Not for Sale" basis only for Japanese fan club <A.O.R. CLUB> members as a special gift project in December 1998. Someone may read this fact on several AOR websites such as French famous "Westcoast Rendez-vous" website or Official Michael Landau Website or e-mail posted on TOTO Mailing List. I have been noticed by Joey Carbone, the producer of Joseph's 2nd/3rd Solo albums and the coordinator of this special project , that the "Early Years" CD would be released on commercial basis this year by Intercord, Germany, Cargo, UK and Thoughtscape Sounds, USA. Now, time has come. The tracklisting is the same as the A.O.R. CLUB version which includes 10 tracks as bellow. This is a collection of Joseph's unreleased demo recorded between 1981 to 1990.

  • Label: Nubieboyz Records (NB42951) <distributed by Intercord (Germany), Cargo (UK) , Thoughtscape (USA)>
  • Release Date: July, 1999
  • Producer: Joseph Williams
  • Executive Producer: Joey Carbone
  • Musicians:
Joseph Williams / Early Years

International Order

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

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Running On A Deadline
  2. Never Be The Same
  3. Pump Jockys
  4. Fire Power
  5. I'm Holding On To You Forever
  6. Pretty Face
  7. Running In The Dark
  8. Reckless Heart
  9. Hold Me Down
  10. Times Have Changed
 


 

 

REISSUES

 

GREG MATHIESON PROJECT / THE BAKED POTATO SUPER LIVE!

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"The Baked Potato Super Live!" Vinyl was released only in Japan in 1982 and was reissued on CD once but has been out of print for a long time. Therefore, the reissue of this album must be the one of the most important incidents of 1999 for us. This album is a kind of the historical record showing how Jeff Porcaro performed gigs with super musicians. The live performance tracks were recorded at the famous "The Baked Potato" in Los Angeles on December 13, 14, 15, 1981 for showing the unlimited passion of four top L.A. musicians on the vinyl. At the reissue of this album, the jacket has been changed due to the copyright reason, but the all the tracks are the same as the original release vinyl. And if you have the original vinyl or the rare first time-reissued CD, you may be surprised to find how this reissue CD mastered by Bob Stone sounds better. Another important information I should notice of you is that there were mistakes of tracklisting info of original release; Track 3 was not "Go" but "First Time Around" and track 4 was not "First Time Around" but "Goe" (not "Go"), which are confirmed by Greg Mathieson at the time of this renewal.

  • Label: Cool Sound Inc, Japan (COOL-035) (Original Label: CBS Sony, Japan)
  • Release Date: August 5, 1999 (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producers: Greg Mathieson, Steve Lukather, Jeff Porcaro, Robert "Pops" Popwell and Jay Graydon
  • Greg Mathieson Project:
    • Greg Mathieson: Keyboards
    • Steve Lukather: Guitars
    • Drums: Jeff Porcaro
    • Bass: Robert "Pops" Popwell
  • Other information:
    • Recording Engineer: Jay Graydon
    • Mix Engineers: Steve Lukather and David Leonard (Mixed at Sunset Studio Sound, January 25, 30, 1982)
Greg Mathieson Project / The Baked Potato Super Live!
International Order

 

International Order

Tracklisting:

  1. Bomp Me
  2. Thank You
  3. First Time Around
  4. Goe
  5. I Don't Know
  6. I'm Home
  7. The Spud Shuffle


 

MICHAEL GONZALES / FIRE IN MY SOUL + MOUNTAINTOP

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I guess 95 of 100 visitors to my website does not know who Michael Gonzales is. Michael Gonzales was born in Los Angeles on October 14, 1953 in Latino family. He got a chance to release his solo CCM album "Fire In My Soul" produced by David Diggs in 1980. On this album, Michael covers "Love Is Forever" originally performed by Bill Champlin on the album "Single". In 1983, Michael released his 2nd solo CCM album "Mountaintop" with Bill & Tamara Champlin and heavily influenced by Champlin's music style. Both albums are really very fine CCM album and deserve the hidden masterpiece albums. Really worth buying!

  • Label: Cool Sound Inc, Japan (COOL-034) (Original Label "Fire In My Soul": Instant Joy Records USA, "Mountaintop": Ministry Records USA)
  • Release Date: August 5, 1999 (Original Release: 1980 & 1983)
  • Producers: "Fire In My Soul" by David Diggs "Mountaintop" by David Diggs and himself
  • Musicians ("Fire In My Soul"):
    • Keyboards: David Diggs
    • Guitars: Bud Nuanez, David Diggs
    • Bass: Kenny Wild, Dennis Belfield
    • Drums: Willie Ornelas
    • Percussion: David Diggs
    • Trumpet and Flugelhorn: Steve Madaio, Ron King
    • Sax: Jim Coile
    • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach
    • Background Vocals: Bob Carlisle, Joyce Everson, Shawn Engemann, Karen Wright, Millie Juarez
  • Musicians ("Mountaintop"):

Michael Gonzales

Michael Gonzales

International Order

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

Tracklisting

(Tracks1-9: from the album "Fire In My Soul", Tracks10-19: from the album "Mountaintop")

  1. Paradise
  2. On Judgment Day
  3. My God Above
  4. We Will Meet Again
  5. Eternity
  6. By The Jordan
  7. Love Is Forever
  8. God Given Love
  9. Wait For The Day
  10. Thank You Jesus
  11. Let It Go
  12. Father
  13. I Praise You
  14. Come Home
  15. Mountaintop
  16. Waiting For Love
  17. I Wanna Be Loved By You
  18. Let Your Light Shine
  19. Heaven's Home


 

TONY SCIUTO / ISLAND NIGHTS

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It may be hard to imagine for non-Japanese that Tony Sciuto was one of the most successful AOR artists selling an album in Japan at the opening year of 80's and that on the FM radio, Japanese boys and girls could listen to his smash hit "Island Nights" many times every day. After selling quite a large number of "Island Nights" LP copies here in Japan, Tony did Japanese tour which was very successful too. Unfortunately, Tony's "Island Nights" did not sell well in the States and as the result, neither his 2nd album which was ready to go nor his live-recordings of Japanese tour had been released by 1999. As you know, his 2nd album "Be My Radio" has been released under Cool Sound with several bonus tracks of alternative version of this "Island Nights" album. And now, Tony himself made it possible to listen to this masterpiece album "Island Nights" as the 20th Anniversary Limited Edition CD with 4 bonus tracks <2 live recordings and 2 unreleased tunes>. Now is the only chance to add this masterpiece to your AOR/Westcoast CD collection.

  • Label: none <exclusively distributed by Thoughtscape, USA> (Original Label: Epic Records, USA NJE-36152)
  • Release Date: July, 1999 (Original Release: 1980)
  • Producers: Steve Dorff and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Ben Benay, Tom Rotella, Steve Lukather, Larry Herbstritt
    • Steel Guitar; Jaydee Maness
    • Keyboards: Bill Cuomo, Gary Griffin
    • Synthesizer: Steve Dorff
    • Bass: Michael Sciuto, Mike Porcaro, Scott Edwards
    • Drums: Ed Greene, Ron Tutt
    • Percussion: Steve Warehime, John Raines
    • Lyricon: Tom Scott
    • Sax: Tom Scott, Jim Horn
    • Flugelhorn: Chuck Findley
    • Background Vocals: Ginger Blake, Venetta Fields, Shirley Mathews, Joe Chemay, Curt Betcher, Peter Noone, Michael Sciuto, Larry Herbstritt
Tony Sciuto / Island Nights

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Island Nights Theme
  2. Island Nights
  3. Hold Back A License (To Drive Me Crazy)
  4. Cafe L.A.
  5. Trapeze
  6. Angel
  7. Captain Wonderful
  8. Street Dancer
  9. Butterfly
  10. Hold Back The Night (live in Japan) <Bonus Track>
  11. Cafe L.A. (live in Japan) <Bonus Track>
  12. On The Cold Street <Bonus Track>
  13. Black & Blue Heart <Bonus Track>


 

VAPOUR TRAILS / VAPOUR TRAILS

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The music of Vapour Trails may make you feel that they are one of typical late 70's Westcoast Pop. However please be advised that Vapour Trails was the British group of 3 session musicians! In 1979, this one and only album, recorded at Room 335 Hollywood, Larry Carton's private studio, was on sale. In spite of the excellent contents, this album did not sell well in the States at that time. In April 1981, the epoch-making TV programme, "The Best Hit U.S.A.", which played "Don't Worry Baby" every week at the opening of the programme, had started. The programme continued by September 1989 and "Don't Worry Baby" was also used as the opening theme by the last broadcasting, which made this song one of the most well-known non-Japanese song among Japanese. In 1981, this album was on sale as "The VT's / Autumn Breeze" with the different track order and the different LP jacket under Polystar Records here in Japan because Warner Bros USA had already ended their contract with Vapour Trails.

  • Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10478)(Original Label: Warner Bros Records, USA BSK-3363)
  • Release Date: July 28, 1999 (Original Release: 1979)
  • Producers: Larry Carton and themselves
  • Vapour Trails is:
    • John McBurnie: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Harmonica, Percussion
    • Andy Dalby: Guitars, Percussion
    • Phil Curtis: Bass
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: John Ferraro, Steve Holly
    • Keyboards: Brian Mann, William D. Smith, Michael Omartian, Dave Rose, Brian Chatton, David Benoit
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Sax: Tom Scott
    • Background Vocals: Vivienne McAuliffe, Besty Cook, Bill Champlin, Steve Holly
Vapour Trails
International Order

 

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Do The Bossa Nova
  2. Don't Worry Baby
  3. Night People
  4. True Love
  5. It's All Right
  6. Slow Dancing
  7. Modern Love
  8. Non Merci
  9. Hold On To Something Good
  10. Strange Conversations
  11. Throw Down The Dice
  12. Falling


 

AMY HOLLAND / AMY HOLLAND

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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 are now reissued in France. Amy's 1st solo album is opened by the one of the unforgettable tunes for AOR/West Coast fans "How Do I Survive" written and also performed by Paul Bliss of Bliss Band. Michael McDonald fully supported her all through the album not only as the producer/ keyboard player but also as a songwriter. On her 2nd album "On Your Every Word" (1983), much more and more musicians such as Richard Page and Steve George <of Pages>, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Lukather <of TOTO>, David Pack of Ambrosia took participation in the project, which is almost enough to listen to the 2nd album.

AMY HOLLAND

  • Label: Magic Records, France <distributed by EMI Music France> (Original Label: Capital Records ST-12701, USA)
  • Release Date: June, 1999 (Original Release: 1980)
  • Producers: Michael McDonald and Patrick Henderson
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: John Bay Pierce, Donald Boyette, Mike Porcaro, Trey Thompson
    • Drums: Mike Baird, Michael Hossack
    • Guitars: Hadley Hockensmith, Jim Petteway
    • Pedal Steel & Acoustic Guitars: John McFee
    • Electric Piano & Acoustic Piano: Michael McDonald, Patrick Henderson
    • Synthesizer: Bill Payne
    • Accordion: Brian Mann
    • Vibes: Chet McCracken
    • Harmonica: Norton Buffalo
    • Percussion: Lenny Castro
    • Sax: Tom Scott, Plas Johnson, Cornelius Bumpus
    • Lyricon: Tom Scott
    • Trumpets: Gary Grant, Ollie Mitchell
    • Trombone: Richard "Slide" Hyde
    • Strings: Nick DeCaro
    • Background Vocals: Wendy Waldman, Michael McDonald, Linda McCrary, Charity McCrary, Bill Martin, Maureen McDonald
Amy Holland / Amy Holland

 

Tracklisting:

  1. How Do I Survive
  2. Strengthen My Love
  3. Here In The Light
  4. Stars
  5. Don't Kid Yourself
  6. I'm Wondering
  7. Looking For Love
  8. Holding On To You
  9. Show Me The Way Home
  10. Forgetting You

ON YOUR EVERY WORD

  • Label: Magic Records, France <distributed by EMI Music France> (Original Label: Capital Records, USA)
  • Release Date: June, 1999 (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

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  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


 

MICHAEL JOHNSON / LIFETIME GUARANTEE

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This is 8th solo album of Michael Johnson, which was the last album released under EMI America. As you may be aware, the rest 4 albums "Michael Johnson Album"(1978), "Dialogue"(1979), "You Can Call Me Blue"(1980) and "Home Free"(1981) released under EMI America has been reissued by Vivid Sound Japan, so this 8th album is the missing one we would like to add to our AOR/West Coast CD collection. After releasing this album,, it was regrettable for us that Michael had changed his music style more countrylike one (but recently he seemed to be back to AOR/West Coast music style a little, which is the clever decision I believe.) Anyway, this album is really worth listening by getting support of great songwriters such as Chris Montan and Randy Goodrum!

  • Label: Magic Records, France <distributed by EMI Music France> (Original Label: EMI America, USA)
  • Release Date: June, 1999 (Original Release: 1984)
  • Producers: Michael Colina, Ray Bardini, Jeremy Lubbock
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Andy Newmark, Harvey Mason, Yogi Horton
    • Bass: Wayne Pedzwater, Roscoe Beck, Marcus Miller, Neil Jason
    • Piano: Steve Foreman, Jai Winding
    • Keyboards, Synthesizer: Rob Mounsey, Randy Waldman, Jeremy Lubbock, Chris Montan, Michael Colina, Randy Goodrum, Richard Tee
    • Guitars: Nick Moroch
    • Sax: Dave Boruff, Dave Sanborn
    • Percussion: Ray Bardani, Ted Moore
    • Background Vocals: Gordon Grody, Kurt Yaghjian, Nick Uhrig, Marc Piscitelli, Chris Montan, Sherilyn Huffman, Diane Tidwell, Lisa Silver, Kacey Cisyk, Vivian Cherry, Lani Groves, Ullanda McCullough
Michael Johnson / Lifetime Guarantee

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. There's A Love
  2. If You Can't Feel Love
  3. Lifetime Guarantee
  4. We Can Live On Love (Baby You're Just Like Me)
  5. I'm Gone
  6. Q.T.
  7. Temptation
  8. Who's That Look In Your Eye
  9. City Of The Angels
  10. I Still Love You

 


 

JACK WAGNER / ALL I NEED

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JACK WAGNER / LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT

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Jack Wagner is generally well-known as a U.S. television drama programme actor rather than an AOR/West Coast singer. In fact, his acting as Peter Burnes in the popular drama "Merlose Place" on Fox Television was very impressive for me. However, I could not ignore his AOR/West Coast music works in the mid 80's on the other hand. Jack Wagner got a chance to release his 1st album "All I Need" when he performed as the rock singer in the soap opera "General Hospital" in 1984. The single "All I Need" written by Clif Magness, Glen Ballard and David Pack was ranked at #2 on Billboard Pop Chart in the beginning of 1985. The 1st album "All I Need" is well-produced album and includes bunch of good songs written by many good songwriters. Yes, this album was produced by Glen Ballard and Clif Magness and on the other hand, rest of "Planet3" members Jay Graydon wrote the ending tune"Lady Of My Heart" with Glen Ballard and David Foster. On the 2nd album "Lighting Up The Night", Jay Graydon wrote a song titled "Too Young" with David Foster, Steve Kipner and Donny Osmond. There are other remarkable tunes including this 2nd album such as the album title tune "Lighting Up The Night" was written by Diane Warren and Jeff Lorber and an beautiful ballads "I'll Be There" was written by Michael Caruso and Geoff Leib who is known as Jeff Paris now. Jack released other 2 albums after those albums and I hope he will release the brand-new album in future again when I heard the news which "Merlose Place" series had ended at last in the spring of 1999....

ALL I NEED

  • Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10481) (Original Label: Qwest Records, USA distributed by Wea Records, USA)
  • Release Date: July 28, 1999 (Original Release: 1984)
  • Producers: Glen Ballard and Clif Magness
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Pat Mastelotto
    • Bass: Davey Faragher
    • Keyboards: Tom Keane, John Van Tongeren, Sam Bryant, Bill Elliot, Mark Vieha
    • Guitars: Clif Magness, Michael Thompson
    • Sax: Jerry Peterson
    • Background Vocals: Clif Magness, Siedah Garrett, Edie Lehmann, Rosemary Butler

International Order

 

Jack Wagner / All I Need

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Premonition
  2. What You Don't Know
  3. Whenever Hearts Collide
  4. Fighting The Nights
  5. All I Need
  6. Make Me Believe It
  7. Sneak Attack
  8. After The Fact
  9. Tell Him (That's You Won't Go)
  10. Lady Of My Heart

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT

  • Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10481) (Original Label: Qwest Records, USA distributed by Wea Records, USA)
  • Release Date: July 28, 1999 (Original Release: 1985)
  • Producers: Glen Ballard and Clif Magness
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Tommy Faragher, Jai Winding, John Van Tongeren, Marcel East, David Foster, Greg Phillinganes, Glen Ballard, Larry Williams
    • Guitars: Clif Magness, Dan Huff, Dennis Herring, Michael Landau
    • Drums: Hercules Dinwiddie, Mike Baird
    • Bass; Davey Faragher, Nathan East, Dennis Belfield
    • Electric Woodwind Instrument, Sax: Joel Peskin
    • Sax: Larry Williams
    • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Duet Vocal on Track 10: Varie Carter
    • Background Vocals: Clif Magness, Siedah Garrett, Edie Lehmann, Jon Joyce
    • Strings: Murray Adler, Beri Garabedian, Mary Lundquist, Ronald Folsom, Gordon Marron, Jay Rosen, John Wittenberg, Peter Kent, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Allan Harshman, Raymond Kelley, Paul Hochhatler
Jack Wagner / Lighting Up The Night
International Order

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Keep Holdin' On
  2. Lighting Up The Night
  3. I'll Be There
  4. Just Tell Her
  5. Too Young
  6. Let's Start All Over
  7. If She Loves Like She Looks
  8. I Never Said Goodbye
  9. With Your Eyes
  10. Love Can Take Us All The Way (duet with Varerie Carter)


 

NED DOHENY / LIFE AFTER ROMANCE

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1988 was the special year for AOR/West Coast Music fans in Japan because Ned Doheny restarted his musical life. This must be one of the late 80's best AOR/ West Coast albums and I strongly recommend to listen to Ned Doheny's music again now if you should not have an opportunity. After releasing 3 original albums by 1993, coming to Japan as a member of Jay Graydon Allstars in the winter of 1996 and then playing the guitar on Joseph Williams 3rd solo album "3", we have no chance to listen to his vocals and new materials performed by himself unfortunately. Hey Ned, if you would see this, please give us your message and new tunes to your fans all over the world!

  • Label : Dreamsville Records, Japan (YDCD-0012) <Original Label: Polystar Japan>
  • Release Date: July 23, 1999 (Original Release: November 25, 1988)
  • Producers: Michael B. and himself
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: James Harrah
    • Keyboards: Jai Winding, Alan Pasqua
    • Bass: Jimmy Haslip, Abraham Laboriel
    • Drums: John Robinson, Gary Mallaber
    • Percussion: Luis Conte
    • Horns: Rick Baptistm Charles Davis, Bobby Militello, Bob McChensney
    • Background Vocals: Leslie Smith, Marilyn Scott, Timothy Schmit, Tony Galla
Ned Doheny / Life After Romance

International Order

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

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Whatcha Gonna Do For Me ?
  2. Love's A Heartache
  3. 'Til Kingdom Come
  4. Follow Your Heart
  5. Back to the world
  6. Heartbreak In The Making
  7. Can't Help But Love Her
  8. Life After Romance
  9. Whatcha Gonna Do For Me ? (TV Mix)
  10. Whatcha Gonna Do For Me ? (Acoustic)
  11. Get It Up For Love (Acoustic)
  12. If You Should Fall (Acoustic)
  13. Postcards From Hollywood (Acoustic)
Track9-13: Bonus Tracks


 

BILL LaBOUNTY / THE RIGHT DIRECTION

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This is the 5th album of Bill LaBounty originally released in 1991. It took 9 years to listen to this album after the release of his masterpiece 4th album "Bill LaBounty" featuring the evergreen tune "Livin' It Up". In July 1991, he performed wonderful live performances here in Japan and the live-recording had done at the time. At the reissue of the CD this time, 4 live-recording material are added, only 2 tracks of which could be listened on "The Right Direction" US version. So this reissue CD is worth listening again if you have this CD already.

  • Label : Dreamsville Records, Japan (YDCD-0013) <Original Label: Village Green -Pony Canyon>
  • Release Date: July 23, 1999 (Original Release: April 21, 1991)
  • Producers: Robbie Dupree and himself.
  • Musicians:
    • Guitars: Larry Carlton, Brian Ray, Paul Viapiano
    • Drums: John Robinson, Tom Walsh
    • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus, Domenic Genova
    • Acoustic Piano: Bill Elliot
    • Sax: Jim Horn
    • Featuring Vocalist: Tata Vega
    • Harmonica: Robbie Dupree
    • Background Vocals: Larry Hoppen, Thomas Cain, Michael Mishaw, Kenneth "Scat" Springs, J.D. Martin
Bill LaBounty / The Right Direction

International Order

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

 

Tracklisting:

  1. The Good Life
  2. Mr. O
  3. Emily
  4. The Right Direction
  5. Holding Out
  6. Burn Down The Night
  7. Be There
  8. Time Starts Now
  9. Mr. O (TV Mix)
  10. Time Starts Now (TV Mix)
  11. Trail To Your Heart (Sailing Without A Sail) (Live In Japan)
  12. Dream On (Live in Japan)
  13. This Night Won't Last Forever (Live in Japan)
  14. Drops Of Water (Live in Japan)

Tracks 9-12 and Tracks 13 -14 are Bonus Tracks!


 

AMBROSIA / AMBROSIA

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This is the first time reissue of Ambrosia's debut album on CD in the world, which I believe is the news! I believe you had a chance to listen to the several tunes on this 1st album because their "Anthology" album was released in 1997. "Nice, Nice, Very Nice" is really nice, nice,very nice tune and I am very surprised to confirm the fact that this album original release year was 1975! Meanwhile I wonder if you may feel the CD jacket is different from the original vinyl. Yes, you are right, this reissued CD is the one Warner Bros. USA reissued this album in 1978 when their 3rd album "Life Beyond L.A" <also reissued again on July 28,1999 (WPCR-10480)>.

  • Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10479) (Original Label: 20th Century Records, USA)
  • Release Date: July 28, 1999 (Original Release: 1975)
  • Producer: Freddie Piro
  • Ambrosia is:
    • Joe Puerta: Bass & Vocals
    • David Pack: Guitars, Keyboards & Lead Vocals
    • Christopher North: Keyboards & Vocals
    • Burleigh Drummond: Percussion, Basson & Vocals
Ambrosia / Ambrosia
International Order

 

 

 

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Nice, Nice,Very Nice
  2. Time Waits For No One
  3. Holdin On To Testerday
  4. World Leave Me Alone
  5. Make Us All Aware
  6. Lover Arrive
  7. Mama Frog
  8. Drink Of Water


 

STEVE ARCHER/ ...SOLO

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STEVE ARCHER / ACTION

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It was 1973 when Steve Archer joined his family CCM group "Archers which released 12 albums during 1973 to 1992 and "Archers" was nominated for the Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational" in 1980 and 1981. In 1982, Steve started his solo artist life by releasing the album "...Solo" produced by Chris Christian under Home Sweet Home Records. After releasing 2nd solo album "Through His Eyes" in 1983, he had again concentrated on his activity as the member of "Archers" in 1984 when they released "All Systems Go". In 1985, Steve completed his 3rd solo album "Action" featuring the ballads "Safe" duet with Marilyn McCoo.

...SOLO

  • Label: Cool Sound Inc, Japan (COOL-031) (Original Label: Home Sweet Home Records USA)
  • Release Date: August 5, 1999 <delayed from original schedule release date June 25, 1999> (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producer: Chris Christian
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Carlos Vega, Clay Caire, David Huff
    • Bass: Dennis Belfield, Mike Brignardello, Gary Lunn
    • Guitars: Hadley Hockensmith, Michael Landau, Jon Goin, Dann Huff
    • Keyboards: Harlan Rogers, Bobby Ogdin Smiley, Kurt Howell
Steve Archer / ...Solo

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Treasyre
  2. Living In The Hands
  3. He's Coming Back For Me
  4. Armor Of The Land
  5. Evermore
  6. But You Didn't
  7. Good News
  8. Bring Me Closer
  9. Unto Me
  10. Live It

ACTION

  • Label: Cool SOUND Inc, Japan (COOL-032) (Original Label: Home Sweet Home Records USA)
  • Release Date: August 5, 1999 <delayed from original schedule release date June 25, 1999> (Original Release: 1985)
  • Producers: Skip Conte, Keith Thomas and Chris Christian
  • Executive Producer: Chris Christian
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Paul Liem
    • Linn Drums Programming: Skip Conte
    • Percussion: Lee Kix
    • Bass: Bob Parr, Chris Christian, Neil Stubenhaus, David Hungate, Mike Bringnardello
    • Guitars: Michael Thompson, Dann Huff, Paul Jackson Jr., Glen Allen Green
    • Keyboards: Jeremy Dalton, John Schriener, Alan Pasqual, Robbie Buchanon, Skip Conte, Dan Cutrona, Keith Thomas
    • Duet Vocals on track 3: Marilyn McCoo
    • Background Vocals: Tim Archer, Howard Smith, Chris Christian, Jeremy Dalton, Denny Henson, Glen Allen Green, Keith Thomas
Steve Archer / Action

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. I Can Do All Things
  2. Everything I Am
  3. Safe
  4. Action
  5. Loves Finest Hour
  6. Run
  7. Holy, Holy
  8. Who Will Own Your Hearby
  9. Make A Joyful Noise


 

 

HARVEY MASON / FUNK IN A MASON JAR

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HARVEY MASON / GROOVIN' YOU

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Harvey Mason is not only a super drummer but also a excellent producer. These 2 albums released in late 70's shows the sound-style of those days, which means these are a kind of cross-over fusion/ light funk albums. Especially when you listen to the album "Funk In A Mason Jar" I believe you may feel this album is heavily influenced by Earth, Wind & Fire. You may be excited to find out both name of Jay Graydon and David Foster on the musicians credit of both albums. On the album "Groovin' You", Bill Champlin sings "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" very funky.

FUNK IN A MASON JAR

  • Label: BMG Funhouse, Inc. Japan (BVCJ-37069) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
  • Release Date: July 23, 1999 (Original Release: 1977)
  • Producer: himself
  • Additional Musicians:
    • Keyboards & Pianos: David Foster, Bob James, Dave Grusin, David Paich, Jerry Peters, Ronnie Foster, Jorge Dalto, Ian Underwood
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Al Mckay, Ray Parker Jr., Lee Ritenour, Mike Sembello, David T. Walker, Phil Upchurch, George Benson
    • Bass: Louis Johnson, Mike Porcaro, Anthony Jackson, Stanly Banks, Verdine White, Nate Watt
    • Horns: Emilio Castillo, Dick "Slide" Hyde, Tom Scott, Larry Williams, Greg Adams, Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Bill Watrous, Chuck Finley, Mic Gillette, Gary Grant, Lenny Picket, Kenny Mason
    • Vibes: Victor Feldman
    • Harp: Dorothy Ashby
    • Percussion: Ralph McDonald, Steve Foreman
    • Lead & Background Vocals: Art Wilson, Merry Clayton, Paullete McWilliams, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Stephanie Spruill, Charles Veal
Harvey Mason / Funk In A Mason Jar

 

Tracklisting:

  1. Pack Up Your Bags
  2. Till You Take My Love
  3. Space Cadets
  4. Freedom Either Way
  5. Funk In A Mason Jar
  6. What's Goin' On ?
  7. Set It Free
  8. Phantazia
  9. Liquid

GROOVIN' YOU

  • Label: BMG Funhouse, Inc. Japan (BVCJ-37070) (Original Label: Arista Records, USA)
  • Release Date: July 23, 1999 (Original Release: 1979)
  • Producer: himself
  • Associate Producer: Kenny Mason
  • Additional Musicians:
    • Bass: Dennis Belfield, Stanly Clarke, Tony Dumas, Neil Jason, Mike Porcaro, David Shields, Verdine White
    • Drums: David Williams
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, Ray Paker Jr., Lee Ritenour, David Spinozza, Phil Upchurch, Melvin "Wah-Wah" Watson
    • Keyboards & Pianos: Peter Chaikin, David Foster, Bob James, Bill Meyers, Phil Moores, Jerry Peters, Richard Tee, Randy Waldman, Jai Winding
    • Horns: Kenny Mason, Wilfredo Wilson
    • Percussion: Sheila Escovedo (known as Sheila E.), Ralph McDonald
    • Lead and Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, James Gilstrap, Jim Haas, Ron Hickland, Bunny Hill, Roger Saint-Kennerly, Stephanie Spruill, Jerry Whitman, Charles Veal Jr.
Harvey Mason / Groovin' You
"Funk In A Mason Jar"

"Groovin' You"

Tracklisting:

  1. I'd Still Be There
  2. Groovin' You
  3. The Race
  4. We Can
  5. Never Give You Up
  6. Say It Again
  7. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  8. Wave
  9. Kauai


 

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