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(LAST UPDATE: September 24, 2008)

Many Adult Contemporary Music CD's are continuously being released every month. So, I would hereby show you Adult Contemporary Music new releases ( also including Reissues) information as "Bi-Monthly Recommended Discs" (Sorry, sometimes Quaterly...) . I would highly recommend you to buy several albums by reading my personal reviews. Recently, there are not so many Adult Contemporary releases comparing with before. Thus, sometime this page might not be so much updated as before. Instead, please check my blog for the most updated infromation.

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Journey / Revelation

The new era of the Journey has just started. The brnd-new full studio recording album "Revelation" which includea 11 new songs and 11 re-recorded their classics must be far beyond our expectation. Revelation is the first Journey album to feature the angelic voice of Philipino singer Arnel Pineda whose voice is almost exactly same as young Steve Perry's one. Neal Schon (guitar) and Jonathan Cain (keyboards) really wrote great songs for this album and as a result, on its first week of release, Revelation sold over 107,000 copies and the album debuted at at No. 5 on "The Billboard 200".

  • Label: Nomota LLC, USA (exclusively through Wal-Mart), Frontiers Records, Italy
  • Release Date: June 3, 2008 (USA) / June 8, 2008 (Europe)
  • Producer: Kevin Shirley

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Richard Marx - Matt Scannell / Duo


Richard Marx and a Vertical Horizon band member Matt Scannell team up for this intimate, acoustic 10-song download, featuring a brand new song titled "Always On Your Mind" they wrote together. Also included are reinventions of mega-hits "Hazard," "Everything You Want," "Endless Summer Nights" and more. The digital download sale fisrstly started from May 12, 2008 but many fans would wish the phisical disc version, and thus the phisical CD was made available exclusively through RichardMarx.com from June 1, and is now available for sale at their concerts together as well. The album is predominantly done on acoustic guitar aside from the track "Give You Back" performed on piano. "Give You Back" was featured on Vertical Horizon's album "Everything You Want".

  • Label: n/a, USA
  • Release Date: June 1, 2008
  • Producers: Richard Marx and Matt Scannell

 

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David Roberts / Better Late Than Never

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It is really my great pleasure to review the David Roberts 2nd solo album "Better Late Than Never" released early summer of 2008! As you fully know, David Roberts' 1982 masterpiece album "All Dressed Up" was reissued in July 2006 on CD by VIVID SOUND, Japan and many AOR / West Coast fans are expecting his brand-new album since then. The wait is over! The first recording session of this 2nd solo album was done in the Summer of 2007 in Los Angels with Greg Mathieson as the producer, who was the one producing "All Dressed Up" in 1982! David recorded 5 songs including self-cover version of "Before I Go" originally recorded by STARSHIP for their smash hit album "Knees In The Hoopla" (1986) and a song titled "Stay WIth Me", unreleased material recorded by John Waite (ex Babys) in early 90's. The backing up musicians are awesome; Michael Landau (guitar), Greg Mathieson (keyboards), Abe Laboriel (bass), Mike Baird (drums) and Luis Conte (percussion) gathered to record 5 tunes for this David's come-back album. The rest half of the album was done in Nashville in March 2008, with Fred Mollin as the producer, best-known for America's 1980's album "Alibai" and/or Jimmy Webb's 1996 album "Ten Easy Pieces". It is not too much to say that David's voice are tremendous and perfect. Greg Mathieson's producing are really great as before. And Michael Landau rules! Last but not least, you should note that David is now very active for the future. Once his Japan tour starting on October 4, 2008 at Club Quatro Shibuya, Tokyo (and perforom also in Osaka and Nagoya, and again in Tokyo on October 8) would be successfully done with huge applause by audience, and many fans would buy this album as a token of your further expectation to David's next musical effort, David must not wait you so long. Therefore, please show the flag to David now by attending to his gigs and buy this brand-new album! The history will be made by your action!

    • Label: Vivid Sound Corp., Japan (VSCD-3364)
    • Release Date: July 23, 2008
    • Producers: Greg Mathieson, Fred Mollin
    • David Roberts : Lead and Background Vocals
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Michael Landau, Brent Mason, J.T. Corenflos, Fred Mollin
      • Bass: Abraham Laboriel Sr., Larry Paxton
      • Drums: Mike Baird, Shannon Forest
      • Keyboards: Greg Mathieson, Pat Coil
      • Percussion: Luis Conte
      • Tambourine: Fred Mollin
      • Banjo: Fred Mollin
      • Background Vocals: Tim Buppert, Lyle Gudmunsen

David Robers / Better Late Than Never

International Order

  • Tracks
    1. Best Thing I Never Had
    2. Better Late Than Never
    3. Someone Else's Song
    4. Before I Go
    5. Stay With Me Tonight
    6. Be Gentle With My Heart
    7. Eighth Wonder
    8. This Is How I Say Goodbye
    9. If I Woulda' Been There
    10. What I've Been Missing

 

 


Chicago / Stone Of Sisyphus

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Most long-awaited release in the rock histroy must be the Chicago XXII "Stone Of Sisyphus". Recorded in 1993. The album's original release date in the United States was scheduled for March 22, 1994. However, Warner Bros. Records was displeased with the album, and thus dismissed Stone of Sisyphus as being "unreleasable." On the booklet of this album, detailed stories are shown. Briefly speaking, when the album was finished, the new executives of the label, who might not understand how this album was awesome musically, declared "This is the worst Chicago album yet. We can put it out, but we're not going to do anything with it, promotion-wise." Chicago left the label, taking the album with them. The sequential XXII was subsquently assigned to 1995's "Night & Day". Thus, "Stone Of Sisphus" is now officially, "Chicago XXXII". Even though most of the tracks from the album, and/or alternative versions surfaced on several kinds of Chicago's best albums or Chicago band member's solo works, but the complete album release had been eagered by many music lovers. Comparing with the original shape of "Stone Of Sisyphus" as of 1994, this official release seems to be a little bit diffrent. Track-order has been changed for this time official release. For example, the 1994 version opens with "All the Years", a horn-less version had appeared on Lamm's 1993 solo album, "Life Is Good In My Neighbourhood". And you should note that 1994 version includes one more song Dwayne Baily' penned "Get On This" featuring hard driving guitars, soaring vocals. This tune was said to be the type of song Chicago had never done before and will, more than likely, never do again. Probably, that's the reason why current Chicago members decided not to include on the official release. Instead, this momentous release also features 4 bonus tracks including "Love Is Forever", the unreleased demo material from "Chicago 21".

    • Label: Rhino Records, USA <491580> (Japan: Warner Music Japan <WPCR-12970>)
    • Release Date: June 17, 2008 (USA), July 23, 2008 (Japan)
    • Producer: Peter Wolf
    • Chicago (as at 1993) was:
      • Robert Lamm: Keyboards, Lead & Backing Vocals
      • Walter Parazaider: Woodwinds, Backing Vocals
      • Lee Loughnane: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Backing Vocals
      • James Pankow: Trombone, Backing Vocals, Horn Arrangements
      • Bill Champlin: Keyboards,Rhythm Guitars, Lead & Backing Vocals
      • Jason Scheff: Bass, Lead & Backing Vocals
      • Dawayne Baily: Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Lead & Backing Vocals, Horn co-arrangement
      • Tris Imboden: Drums, Percussion, Harmonica
    • Guest Musicians:
      • Bruce Gaitsch: Guitar
      • The Jordinaires: Backing Vocals
      • Sheldon Reynolds: Guitar
      • Jerry Scheff: Bass
      • Joseph Williams: Backing Vocals
      • Peter Wolf: Arranger, Keyboard Bass, Keyboards

Chicago / Stone Of Sisyphus

 

International Order

  • Tracks:
    1. Stone Of Sisyphus
    2. Bigger Than Elvis
    3. All The Years
    4. Mah-Jong
    5. Sleeping In The Middle Of The Bed
    6. Let s Take A Lifetime
    7. The Pull
    8. Here With Me (A Candle For The Dark)
    9. Plaid
    10. Cry For The Lost
    11. The Show Must Go On
    12. Love Is Forever (Demo)
    13. Mah-Jong (Demo)
    14. Let s Take A Lifetime (Demo)
    15. Stone Of Sisyphus (No Rhythm Loop)

 


 

Robert Lamm / The Bossa Project

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Robert Lamm, the founding member of Chicago, has been enthusiastic musically in recent years. After the success of his 2003 solo release "Subtlety & Passion", it is not so long to start thinking about what to do next. The result is the Bossa Project. Robert and John Van Eps began writing and choosing jazz standard songs by late 2005. Robert explains how the concept of this project has been decided as follows; " We couldn't decide if this was going to be Bossa Electronic, or Organic/Acoustic, both approaches were sounding good in the early going. We decided to show both sides with John's great 're-mixing' skills, on 3 tracks: Girl Talk, Samba in Your Life, and Nice 'n' Easy. " Robert adds "I really loved exploring the lower ranges of my vocals, and lower volume and velocity of the Bossa Nova style. I have always had the greatest respect for the Brasilian artists who emerged in the 60's and 70's. This album is my bow of acknowledgment."

    • Label: Blue Infinity, USA
    • Release Date: June 3, 2008
    • Producer: John Van Eps
    • Executive Producer: Mark Fried
    • Robert Lamm: Vocals, Co-producer
    • Musicians:
      • John Van Eps: Piano, Percussion, Bass, Orchestral Programming
      • Ross Traut: Guitar
      • Sax: Larry Klimas
      • Flute: Ze Luis
      • Vibraphone: Dave Samuels
Robert Lamm / The Bossa Project

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. A Man And A Woman
    2. The Possibility Of Life
    3. Aguas De Marco
    4. Girl Talk
    5. Samba In Your Life
    6. Nice 'N' Easy
    7. Send Rain
    8. Speak Low
    9. Haute Girl
    10. Girl Talk (JVE Remix)
    11. Nice 'N' Easy (JVE Remix)
    12. Samba In Your Life (JVE Remix)

 

 


 

 

Martin Page / In The Temple Of The Muse

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Martin Page, one of the most successful early / mid 80's songwriters, is well-recognized for his not-a-few Top-40 hits for Kim Carnes and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. The best-known must be “We Built This City,” a Number One Hit for Starship in 1985. Or someone insists that it must be “These Dreams,” recorded by Heart. Page also wrote “King Of Wishful Thinking" for Go West, which was featured in the movie “Pretty Woman” and became a Top Ten hit for the duo in 1990. As a Recording Artist, Page gained success in the United States for his own band Q-Feel, with the dance hit, “Dancing In Heaven,” which brought him to Los Angeles from London, his naitive country in March 1983. After his huge success as mentioned above, Page had a chance to release his own solo album “In The House Of Stone And Light” in July 1994 for Mercury Records. In 1995, its title track "The Temple Of The Muse" became a substantial pop and adult contemporary hit ( positioned at # 12 on the Billboard Pop Chart) – breaking the record as the longest charting single in Billboard’s A/C Chart history; over 55 weeks, and garnering Billboard’s “1995 Top Adult Contemporary Single Of The Year” Award. In 2003, Pge wrote, arranged, produced and played on "Mi Morena" on the Josh Groban's multi-platinum album "Close" Special-Limted Edition. Martin Page is now releasing his 2nd solo album, “In The Temple Of The Muse”, the first release from Page’s independent label, IroningBoard Records. This soulful work is spiritually charged with Page's trademark layers of melodic atmosphere and emotive vocal performances.

    • Label: IroningBoard Records, USA (IB00101-07)
    • Release Date: April 14, 2008
    • Producer: himself
    • Martin Page : Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Percussion
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Jimmy Copley
      • Guitars: Neil Taylor, Russell Broom, Jack Hues, Brian Fiarweather, Bill Dillon

Martin Page /  In The Temple Of The Muse

 

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  • Tracks
    1. I Guess I Will
    2. Everything You Do
    3. Mi Morena
    4. Try
    5. Man In The Moon
    6. Blessed
    7. The Long Walk Home
    8. Song For Ruth
    9. When Johnny Sang The Blues
    10. Where The Sun Is Buried

 

 


 

 

Ole Børud / Shakin' The Ground

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In Norway, where the musical diet consists almost entirely of white rock&roll, an artist such as Ole Børud is indeed a welcoming spice. With one leg planted in American West Coast / AOR music, and the other in soul and funk, his solo debut original studio recording album entiltled "Shakin' The Ground", will shake the country’s musical fundament, and most importantly, the dance floor. The album, however, is not merely a defining musical moment on these latitudes: "Shakin' The Ground" sounds unique by any standards, and showcases an abundance of musical qualities that are rarely heard these days. Ole Børud is far from a newcomer in the Norwegian music scene. Few artists are as widely experienced. Starting his singing career at the age of five, Ole appeared on his first record already the year after. From the age of sixteen, he has been a full-time musician, both singing and playing guitar, with numerous bands and artists in a variety of genres and settings. Ole has toured every continent, and starred on almost twenty album releases, ranging from the gospelgroup Arnold B Family to Extol, the internationally acclaimed Christian metal band from Oslo in Norway. His musical résumé also includes national luminaries as Sofian and Torun Eriksen, and he has shared the stage with international artists such as Andrae Crouch. Besides hard working with the band Extol, Ole released a solo project CD " Chi-Rho" featuring 10 CCM (Contemporary Christiain Music) tunes originally performed by Whiteheart and Rebecka St James in 2002. In June of 2004, Ole left Extol because he would like to pursue his versatile music activities and for the past years before releasing this album, Ole has been working as a session musician/singer in Norway. "Shakin' the Ground" is Ole Børud’s true debut as a solo artist. His music is a result of his diverse background, and is just as exciting. Close harmonies and sophisticated arrangements bears proof of his love for late 70's or early 80's West Coast / AOR music, whereas the rhythms are deeply rooted in funk and R&B. The album is in many ways a musical encounter between west coast sunshine and a gritty east coast urbanity, where you can hear inspiration from artists as different as Steely Dan and D´angelo. But what really gives the album its distinctive stamp, is Ole Børud’s incomparable voice: As crystal clear as it is funky, it leaves a unique personal signature, carrying the tunes with nerve, heart and soul. With some of the best Norwegian musicians in the band, the stage is set for one of the most groundshaking musical experiences of the year.

    • Label: OBM Records, Norway (MUD2095)
    • Release Date: June 5, 2008
    • Producers: Ruben Dalen and himself
    • Ole Børud: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Ruben Dalen, Per Erik Tørfoss, Espen Mangen
      • Bass: Lars Erik Dahle, David Fjelde
      • Guitars: Andre Berg, Markus Lillehaug Johnsen
      • Keyboards: Frode Mangen, Stein Austrud
      • Horns: Jens Petter Antonsen, Børge Are Halvorsen, Torbjørn Sunde
      • Background Vocals: Hilde Stavnem Børud
Loe Borud / Shakin' The Ground

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. Backyard Party
    2. All Because Of You
    3. The Vow
    4. King Of The Road
    5. Spreading The News
    6. This Blood
    7. Under Control
    8. Shakin' The Ground
    9. Sanctified By Love
    10. One More Try
    11. Your Love
    12. City Lights

 


 

 

Arnold McCuller / Sabor

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Arnold McCuller's first latin-jazz flavored project album "Sabor" has arrived. "Sabor" is Arnold's very first project of all original material, every word and melody, which is produced and arranged by Jon Gilutin. Arnold says, "A Latin-flavored collection with enough feeling that I hope will inspire people of all musical tastes. I chose to name this project Sabor because it means “flavor” or “tasty.” Although these songs don't strictly qualify as Latin Jazz, I love the genre and I wanted to pay homage to this beautiful style of music. I hope Sabor makes you want to move, be inspired, and, most of all feel the love of self-expression." Arnold McCuller is acknowledged as one of the first-call backing vocalists for big names including James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler, and Brenda Russell. Lionel Ritchie, Dave Koz, Billy Idol, Lyle Lovett and Beck to name only a few. Born and raised inOhio, Arnold began his professional musical career when he joined the national touring company of HAIR. In 1984, Arnold had a chance to record his own solo album " A Part Of Me That's You" co-produced by David Benoit. The 2nd one "Exception To The Rule" followed in 1990. Since then, Arnold has kept releasing his solo albums including "You Can't Go Back" co-produced by Bill Cantos ,"Back To Front" and "Circa 1990".

    • Label : What's Good Records, USA (6974485005-2)
    • Release Date: June 3, 2008
    • Producers: Jon Gilutin and himself
    • Arnold McCuller: Lead & Background Vocals
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Michael Landau, Kleber Jorge, Juan Carlos Quintero, Danny Jacob, Dori Caymmi, Andy Abbad, Marquis "Hami" Dair
      • Keyboards: Jon Gilutin, Bill Cantos
      • Bass: Rene Camacho, Hussain Jiffry
      • Drums: John Ferraro, Michael Shapiro
      • Programming: Matt Cusson, Matty Pendergast
      • Percussion: Michael Shapiro
      • Harmonic: Tollak Ollstead
      • Flugel Horn: Harry Kim
      • Background Vocals: Bill Cantos, John Gilutin, Dori Caymmi, Gabby Moreno, Matt Cusson, Bridgette Bryant, Fred White, Lamont Vanhook, Kleber Jorge Cavalquinho
Arnold McCuller / Sabor

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. Chance
    2. Oil On My Skin
    3. Long Explanation
    4. Start All Over Again
    5. Benja-Flor
    6. You Forgave Me (Me Perdonaste)
    7. Love Will Prevail
    8. Let's Go Back
    9. Guru N U

 


 

Barnaby Bye / Thrice Upon A Time

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It was 1970 when Billy and Bobby, the Alessi Brothers, met Blues Magoos guitarist Peppy Castro, whileperforming in the Broadway musical Hair in 1970. The 3 guy soon decided to form a band. The trio were found by an Atlantic Records talent scout when they did an acoustic show . After adding Mike Ricciardella, the drummer to the band, Barnaby Bye released 2 records for Atlantic, "Room to Grow" and "Touch". They disbanded in 1975, and then Alessi Brothers continued to release their albums. Following a 30-year hiatus, Barnaby Bye reunited in 2004 and has now completed their 15-track 3rd album, "Thrice Upon a Time" in the spring of 2008. Barnaby Bye were heavily influenced by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the vocal harmonies of the Bee Gees.

    • Label: Pink Records /Eden Roc Records, Netherland (PRCD200825)
    • Release Date: May, 2008
    • Producer: themselves
    • Barnaby Bye is
      • Peppy Castro: Vocal, Guitars, Bass
      • Mike Ricciardella: Vocals, Drums
      • Billy Alessi: Vocals, Keyboards
      • Bobby Alessi: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Guitars: Beau Alessi

Barnaby Bye / Thrice Upon A Time

 

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  • Tracks
    1. Where Do We Stand
    2. Ditz About You
    3. In Another World
    4. Oh My
    5. It's Alright
    6. Bye
    7. There's A Hope
    8. Two Geminis
    9. You're Not Alone
    10. You & I
    11. Help's On The Way
    12. Angels
    13. Do It Suite
    14. Just Like That (Live) <Bonus Track>
    15. No Gettin Around My Love (Live) <Bonus Track>

 

 


 

 

Various Artists

Richard "Dick" Rudolph , legendary American composer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, musical director for numerous Hollywood movies over decades. Rudolph is also known as the husband of late soul singer Minnie Riperton, noted for her five-and-a-half octave vocal range, with her 1975 single "Lovin' You." Otherwise, among Westcoast / AOR music lovers, Rudolph is also known as the producer for Micheal Sembello's albums "Without Walls" (1986) and "Backwards In Time" (1997). It is a little bit sudden suprise for me that one of the Japanese cafe and bar chain stores has released Rudoplh producing 2 compilation CDs "Love In The Twilight" and "Starting Of Love" on their 20th anniversary. Theme of both compilation CDs would be "Love". The album "Love In The Twilight" is for the morning coffee drinking time, and "Love In The Twilight" is complied for the evening bar time. The CDs includes 3 songs from Bill Cantos' latest album "Love Wins". You should remark the special unit named "The Bossa Nova Hotel". Probably you recall the masterpiece album of Micheal Sembello. Yes, this is the project featuring Micheal Sembello. So, How about The Bossa Nova Hotel featuring Janey? Right, this project is featuring Janey Clewer and Bruce Gaitsch. How about "After The Love Is Gone" The Bossa Nova Hotel's version?

Love In The Twilight

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Love In The Twilight

  • Label : Bai-le-la Tree Music, Japan (distributed by PRONTO Corp. <PRONTO-001>)
  • Release Date: July 4, 2008
  • Producer: Richard Rudolph
  • Performers:
    • Ellis Hall: Track 1
    • Ronny Jordan: Track 2
    • Yusa: Track 3, 10
    • Bill Cantos : Track 4
    • Steve Khan: Track 5
    • The Bossa Nova Hotel: Track 6, 13
    • The Bossa Nova Hotel geaturing Janey: Track 14
    • Bebel Giberto-Cottonbelly: Track 7
    • Day And Night: Track 8
    • Ital Shur: Track 9
    • Kimiko Kasai: Track 11
    • Hallie: Track 12
  • Tracks:
    1. Lovin' You
    2. A Brighter Dat
    3. A Las Doce
    4. Go 'Way Moon
    5. Face Value
    6. Tainted Love
    7. Aganju - Don't Move
    8. Feelin' Alright
    9. My Funny Valentine
    10. De Colotes
    11. Melody Of Love
    12. Crazy He Calls Me
    13. Through A Child's Eyes
    14. Lovin' You

Starting Of Love

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Starting Of Love

  • Label : Bai-le-la Tree Music, Japan (distributed by PRONTO Corp. <PRONTO-002>)
  • Release Date: July 4, 2008
  • Producer: Richard Rudolph
  • Performers:
    • Tishiana: Track 1
    • Bah Samba: Track 2
    • Bill Cantos: Track 3, 12
    • Flying Monky Orchestra: Track 4, 17
    • The Bossa Nova Hotel: Track 5, 8, 11, 15, 18
    • Candido Fabre: Track 6
    • Ashley Poole: Track 7
    • Rebecca Pidgeon: Track 9, 13
    • Steve Khan & Rob Mounsey: Track 10
    • Bobby McFerrin: Track 14
    • Yusa: Track 16
  • Tracks:
    1. Lovin' You
    2. Inner Soul
    3. Morning Coffee
    4. When The Moon People Come
    5. After The Love Is Gone
    6. Al Ritmo de la Banda
    7. The Tide Is High (Boost Mix)
    8. Feelin' Alright
    9. Tangerine
    10. Viajar y Viajar (Radio Edit)
    11. It's All In The Game
    12. Love Wins
    13. Learn To Pray
    14. Pat & Joe
    15. That's The Way Of The World
    16. La Fabula
    17. Back In The Pool
    18. Lovin' You

 

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REISSUES

Jacob Magnusson / Special Treatment

<ACM Rating: FourStars>

Denmark born, Iceland raised keyboardist Jakob Frimann Magnússon moved to London in early 70's and Jacob formed the band "Empire" with Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist in 1974 and then he played keyboards for Kevin Ayers's 1975 album "Sweet Deceiver". In 1979, Jacob found himself as a solo recording artist for Warner Bros, USA. This is the album released in 1979 produced produced by Henry Lewy, featuring Carlos Rios (guitar), Richard Elliot (sax), Tom Scott (sax), Gary Herbig (sax), Jerry hey (trumpet), Bill Champlin (background vocals), Venette Gloud (background vocals) and Carmen Twille (background vocals).We could see the comment on the sticker with this album as follows; "A First! The album you have in your hands is really only Jakob Magnusson's FIRST RECORD! But it's as seasoned as any fusion effort out there. It's a sophisticated, expertly-played marriage of jazz and rock, featuring Jeff Baxter, Michal Urbaniak, Ernie Watts, and Jokob's own hot young band.". You should note that this album is a fusion album even though you found Bill Champlin's name. As you may know, Jacob suddenly released a vocal-oritend masterpiece album "Jack Magnet" in 1981, which was only released in Sweden at that time Then, Jakob released another leader album "Time Zone" in 1986 for Golden Boy Jazz in the States, which was an instrumental fusion album. After all, Jacob Magnússon participated in the project with Ragnhildur Gísladóttir (aka Ragga), Icelandic internationally known to the audience as a singer and actress. When the project ended up in London, it is said that Magnusson worked as Icelandic cultural attache while Ragga attended drama school. Later, they formed Ragga & The Jack Magic Orchestra with Mark Davies, English sampling wizard . In 1997, their debut album was released for EMI Records, UK. Meanwhile, Jakob Magnússon was appointed Cultural Attaché of the Icelandic Embassy in London 1991-1995. He founded the Green Army in 1999, an initiative for the embellishment of Iceland. At present he is owner of the advertisement company "Bankastraeti" and works also for "Reykjavik Records". In 2006, Jacob completed an instrumental jazz album titled "Piano" only released in Iceland.

    • Label : Wounded Bird Records, USA <WOU 324 > (Origial: Warner Bros Records, USA <BSK3324>)
    • Release Date: June 25, 2008 (Original Release Year: 1979)
    • Producers: Henry Lewy and himself
    • Jacob Magnusson: Keyboards, Piano, Rhodes, Synthesizers, Clavinet, Vocoder, Harpsichord, Accordion, Programming
    • Musicians:
      • Synthsizer Programming: Michael Boddicker, Larry Williams
      • Drums: David Logeman
      • Guitars: Carlos Rios, Peter Banks, Jeff Baxter
      • Bass: Steve Anderson
      • Steel Guitar: Rick Smith
      • Sax: Mike Bolivar, Tom Scott, Richard Elliot, Gary Herbig, Ernie Watts
      • Lyricon: Tom Scott
      • Trumpet: Jerry Hey
      • Cralinet: Abe Most
      • Tuba: Tommy Johnson
      • Electric Violin, Lyricon: Michael Urbaniak, Paul Brown
      • Percussion: Monolo Badrena, Steve Foreman
      • Marimba, Vibes, Orchestra Bells: Victor Feldman
      • Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, Carmen Twillie
Jakob Magnusson / Special Treatment

 

International Order

  • Tracks:
    1. Special Treatment
    2. Bop Along
    3. Magnetic Strom
    4. Burlesque In Barcelona
    5. Ode To Abe
    6. Ginger Man
    7. Porky
    8. Say, Fool!
    9. Madagascar

 

 


 

 

James Vincent

James Vincent raised in Chicago, the windy city. In mid 60's playing in many of Chicago's well-known clubs and then joined a popular local rock band named The Exceptions,, originally founded by Kal David, Marty Grebb and Peter Cetera, They soon became one of the most in demand club acts in town and released 2 albums and several singles. Cetera later left to pursue other avenues, eventually winding up as the lead singer for Chicago. Vincent's talents were much in demand as a studio musician, laying down tracks for Minnie Ripperton, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and many notable Chess Records recording artists.Along the way Vincent met rock promoter Bill Graham, who at the time was managing a band called H.P. Lovecraft. The band needed a guitar player and Vincent needed a change, so he took the job and moved to San Francisco. What James Vincent really liked around then was the work of the Mahavishnu Orchestra featuring John McLaughlin. Their fusion style inspired Vincent and once again he found himself spinning in a new direction. Thus, James Vincent finished his first solo album "Culmination" in 1971, and then signed with Columbia/Caribou Records and in 1974 "Culmination" was finally released to the public. Next step was The album "Space Traveller" recorded in 1975. The album was released in 1976 was definitely Vincent's most commercially successful album ,which sounds a slightly R&B jazz fusion style. If you like the funky sounds of the mid 70's you should love this record. On this album, David "Hawk" Wolinski, the keyboard player from Rufus & Chaka Kahn, and Jack Nitzche, known as the arranger and conductor for the influential producer Phil Spector, well performed to express spacy sounds. The next effort of James Vincent was 1978's album titled "Waiting For The Rain". The music on this album was still very much R&B jazz fusion the lyrics boldly reflectedhis newfound Christian conversion while staying in Hawaii. James Vincent restarted his musical effort for Sparrow Records, one of the emerging CCM label in 1980. The album "Enter In" had basically the same musical style as "Waiting For The Rain". While Contemporary Christian Music was still developing in the marketplace, this album was quite unusual because it had a strong jazz style compared to the pop rock styles of that time. It was never the less warmly embraced by the more musically sophisticated listeners.

Space Traveller

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James Vincent / Space Traveller

  • Label : Vivid Sound Corp. Japan (VSCD-3367) (Original: Caribou Records / CBS Inc., USA <PZ34237>)
  • Release Date: August 20, 2008
  • Producer: Bruce Botnik
  • James Vincent: Lead Vocals, Guitars
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards: Ronald Stockert
    • Drums: Harvey Mason, Clyde Stubblefield, Freddy White
    • Bass: Verdine White
    • Percussion: Patrick M. Murphy, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Carla May, Mayuto
    • Synthesizer: David "Hawk" Wolinski
    • String & Horn Arrangement: Jack Nitzsche
    • Sax: Jay Migliori
    • Background Vocals: Shirley Mathews, Clydle King, Vinetta Fields, Peter Cetera
  • Tracks:
    1. The Garden / Mankind
    2. Drifting Into Love
    3. Alone / Space Traveller
    4. Firefly
    5. Song For Jayme
    6. How I'm Gonna Miss You
    7. Steeping Up / Walkin On Higher Ground
    8. Moonday

Waiting For The Rain

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James Vincent / Waiting For The Rain

  • Label : P-Vine Records. Japan (PCD-93137) (Original: Caribou Records / CBS Inc., USA <JZ34899>)
  • Release Date: July 4, 2008
  • Producer: himself
  • James Vincent: Lead Vocals, Guitars, Synthesizers
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Steve Evans
    • Keyboards: Ron Stockert
    • Drums: Tom Dondelinger:
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey
    • Sax: Larry Williams, Kim Hutchcroft
    • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach
    • Horn Arrangements: Seawind Horns: Horn
    • Marimbas: Tom Dondelinger
    • Percussion: Pat Murphy, Carla Vincent
    • Whistling: Vincent Dondelinger:
    • Background Vocals: Carla Vincent
  • Tracks:
    1. What Does It Profit A Man?
    2. Resistance
    3. Etude #20
    4. Daniel, Daniel
    5. People Of The World
    6. How Can I Thank You Enough
    7. Soon Comes The Son
    8. Waiting For The Rain
    9. The Seventh Day
    10. Babylon Is Fallen

Enter In

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James Vincent / Enter In
  • Label : Vivid Sound Corp. Japan (VSCD-3368) (Original: Sparrow Records, USA <1032-2>)
  • Release Date: August 20, 2008
  • Producer: himself
  • James Vincent: Lead Vocals, Guitars
  • Musicians:
    • Bass: Kenny Wilde
    • Drums: Bob Wilson
    • Keyboards: John Rosasco
    • Percussion: Pat Murphy
    • Harp: Veryle Mills
    • Horns: Larry Williams, Chuck Findley, Bill Reichenbach,Gary Herbig
    • Background Vocals: Carla Vincent,Michael & Tamara Conlan & James Vincent Jr.
    • Strings and Horn Arrangements: John Rosaso
  • Tracks:
    1. You'll Be Right There
    2. Don't Trust Your Feelings
    3. In You I'm Free
    4. Take My Life
    5. Spritual Israel
    6. Make A Joyful Noise
    7. Hearken
    8. Come Follow Me
    9. Enter In
    10. What's Goin' On
    11. Walkin' In The Light

 

International Order

 

 

 


 

Greg Phillinganes / Pulse

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Detroit born first-call keyboard player, Greg Phillinganes, firstly found himself as a member of Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove band from 1976 to 1981. This led to work with Michael Jackson and thus Greg played on Michael Jackson 's 3 smash hit albums "Off The Wall", "Thriller" and "Bad". In 1981, Phillinganes made a deal with Planet Records, which was created by producer Richard Perry in 1978, for his first solo album "Significant Gains". 3 years later, he released his follow-up album "Pulse", which featured a cover of Yellow Magic Orchestra's song "Behind the Mask." This single was much more successful on the Dance music charts. When he later joined Eric Clapton's backing band, Phillinganes would introduce the tune to Clapton, who covered it on his 1986 "August" album. Thus Greg Phillinganes became well-known as a prominent session musician for a multitude of different artists, performing on many albums of the time. During 2004, Phillinganes were welcomed by TOTO as a replacement for David Paich on tour. In 2005, he joined the band and set to helping Toto with their albums, as you know. The album "Pulse" was once reissued on CD early 90's in Germany but being for a long time not available since then. Now in 2008, you will have the remastered CD which is released as a limited edition with paper sleeve. Do not miss this chance to grab!

    • Label: BMG Japan, Inc. (BVCM35429) (Original: Planet Records /RCA, USA <L-84698>)
    • Release Date: September 24, 2008 (Original: 1984)
    • Producer: Richard Perry
    • Associate Producers: Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks, Brook Walsh, Robbie Nevil
    • Greg Phillinganes : Lead & Background Vocals,, Keyboards, Claps
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: David Williams, Robbie Nevil, Carlos Rios
      • Bass: Nathan East
      • Drums: Carlos Vega, John Robinson
      • Synthesizers: Michael Boddicker, Howie Rice
      • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
      • Synthesizer Programming: Michael Boddicker, Brian Banks, Anthony Marinelli, Bo Tomlyn
      • Special Guest Vocals (Track 2): Pointer Sisters
      • Special Guest Vocals (Track 3): James Ingram, Howard Hewett, Philip Ingram
      • Background Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George, Julia Tillman, Maxine Willard, Clydene Jackson, Darryl Phinnessee, Phil Perry, Maxi Anderson, Gwen Matthews
      • Horns: Jerry Hey, Jackie Jackson
      • Claps: Cherron Taylor-Phillinganes, Shyra Mason, Howard Dresden

Greg Phillinganes /  Pulse

 

International Order

  • Tracks
    1. Behind The Mask
    2. Won't Be Long Now
    3. Playin' With Fire
    4. I Have Dreamed
    5. Come As You Are
    6. Lazy Nina
    7. Signals
    8. Countdown To Love
    9. Shake It

 

 

 


 

 

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