Adult Contemporary Music in Japan

Monthly Recommended Discs Page

Many Adult Contemporary Music CD are releasing every month. SO, I would hereby show you Adult Contemporary Music CD New Release ( also including Reissue) information. As "Recommended Discs of The Month" , I would highly recommend to buy several albums with my personal review. In Addition, I would also give you release information regarding other remarkable recent titles supported by one of the well-known on-line music stores "Music Boulevard"/ "CD Now" and "Amazon.com" as "Noteworthy Discs of The Month" .


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RECOMMENDED DISCS OF SEPTEMBER 1999


NEW RELEASES

JONATHAN BUTLER / SIGN OF LIFE

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Jonathan Butler, the talented vocalist / guitarist / songwriter coming from South Africa, setteled in Los Angeles after releasing 6 albums including the awesome instrumental guitar album "Introducing Jonathan Butler" (1985) and "Jonathan Butler" (1987) full of his soft and sophistcated vocal tunes, via London and then in New York. On the former album "Do You Love Me?" (1997), Jonathan revealed his songwriting talent matched with the L.A. City-Breezing atomosphere. And on this album, Jonathan plays gentle and melodious acoustic guitar and also sings soft and mellow but with passion and soulfulness. This is one of the best Westcoast Black AOR album in this decade. For your information, Japanese version includes one extra guitar instrumental tune "Butterfly Lane" as a bonus track.

  • Label: N-Coded Music/Warlock Records, USA (WRL-0004203) <Japanese Version: Victor Entertainment Inc., Japan (VICP-60829)>
  • Original CD Release Date: September 7, 1999 <Japanese Version: September 10, 1999>
  • Executive Producer: Carl Griffin, Bill Siddons
  • Producer: himself
  • Co-Producers: Peter Mokran, David Reitzas
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Will Kennedy
    • Drum Programming: Peter Mokran,
    • Drum Programming, Keyboards: Gregory Watcher
    • Keyboards: Greg Phillinganes, Richard Page, George Duke
    • Guitars: Michael Landau, Michael Thompson
    • Bass: Neil Stubenhaus, Larry Kimpel, Abraham Laboriel, Nathan East
    • Sax: Candy Dulfer
    • Cello: Suzy Katayama
    • Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa
    • Background Vocals: Tracy Nelson, Earl Buffington, Mervyn Warren
    • String Arrangement: David Diggs
Jonathan Butler / Sign Of Life
 

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Tracklisting:

  1. Story Of Life
  2. Let's Stand Together
  3. What Would You Do For Love?
  4. After All This Time
  5. Suite 830
  6. Can't Let Go
  7. Through It All
  8. Following The Light
  9. Sunset Ride
  10. So In Love
  11. Butterfly Lane <Bonus Track for Japanese Version>

 


ELT SONGS FROM L.A.

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This album is the special compliation album gathering cover versions by Westcaost musicians. of Japanese pop group "Every Little Thing" known as "ELT", comprising of 1 female vocalist with 2 male supported musicians/songwriters. This kind of project was very popular in early 90's here in Japan as you may know the series of compilation albums compilating Japanese pops cover versions such as "Tatsuro Songs From L.A." in mid 90's, so, if you are insterested in such kind of project albums, this album would be another one for you. the most popular Japanese pop group"Every Little Thing".

The players featuring this album are really awesome as you can see as below!! I believe you will be knocked out by Jay Graydon's incredible super guitar play on the track 2 "Ima Demo Anata Ga Suki Dakara",which means "Don't Ever Forget Why I Love You", featuring Tommy Funderburk on the lead vocal. And when you will listen to the track3 "Over and Over" featuring Jason Scheff on the lead vocal with Bill Champlin, you may be touched as you listen to Chicago's "Will you still love me?" or "If She Would Been Faithful". First 3 tracks which means the beofre-entioned 2 tracks plus Marliyn Martin lead vocal track "Tatoe Toku Hanaretemo (Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere You Are <noncommital tranlated title>)"are perfect. If the all the tracks included on this album had same quality as those, I gave 5 star to this album. Amy Sky tried to sing wonderful as usual, although the arrangement of the tune is far from the ine she can receak her real talent as a voalist. Joseph Williams's lead vocal track "Dear My Friend" is not bad. Lalah Hathaway and Philip Ingram did well. But some tracks reveals the difference of their vocal talent comparing with the best vocalists featuring on this album. So, I gave only 3 stars to this album. But if you are really fond of Jay Graydon's awesome guitar, you must buy this album without any hesitation.

  • Label : Avex Trax, Japan (AVCD-11728)
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999
  • Musicians:Musicians:
    • Guitars: Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour, Michael Landau, Tim Pierce, Paul Jackson Jr., Lee Ritenour, Keith Henderson
    • Keyboards: Tom Keane, Patrice Rushen, Jamey Jaz, Chris Bolden, Patrice Rushen, Jamy Jaz, Chris Bolden, Matthew Gerrard
    • Prgramming: Bertrand Richard
    • Bass: Jason Scheff, Mike Porcaro, Neil Stubenhaus, Aboraham Laboriel
    • Drums: John Robinson, Curt Bisquera, Vinnie Colaiuta
    • Percussion: Rafael Padila
    • Lead Vocals: Marilyn Martin, Tommy Funderburk, Jason Scheff, Amy Sky, Philip Ingram, Mary Ramsey, Tanya Kelly, Joseph Williams, Natalia, Lalah Hathaway, Jevetta Steele, Kuk Harrell Choir
    • Background Vocals: Bill Champlin, Sherwood Ball, Terry Wood, Angie Jaree, Afile Silas, Maxi Anderson, Kuk Harrell, Michael North, Quincy McCrary, Mika Lett, Carmen Hernandez, Marilyn Martin, Tommy Funderburk Jason Scheff , Philip Ingram, Mary Ramsey, Tanya Kelly, Joseph Williams, Jevetta Steele, Kuk Harrell Choir
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Burgess Gardner
    • Trombone:Bill Reichenbach
    • Sax: Larry Williams, George Patterson, Tyrone Hines
ELT Songs From L.A.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Tatoe Toku Hanaretemo (Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere You Are <noncommital tranlated title>)
  2. Ima Demo Anata Ga Suki Dakara (Don't Ever Forget Why I Love You <noncommital tranlated title>)
  3. Over And Over (Now click for listening to sound clips!)
  4. Face The Change
  5. Future World
  6. For The Moment
  7. All Along
  8. Dear My Friend
  9. Time Goes By
  10. Looking Back On Your Love
  11. Here And Everywhere
  12. Deatta Koro No Yohni (My Love Won't Ever End <noncommital tranlated title>
 

 

 


 

A TRIBUTE TO GARTH BROOKS - new friends in love -

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This album seems to be attractive when you see the involved singers in this tribute project. They did well basically, but the problem is that this is the tribute to Garth Brooks, the country music star. On some tribute albums or complilation albums gathering cover versions, we can enjoy the difference of arrangement between the original version and covered or tributed version. But, this is not. So, if you would like to collect all the related lead vocal works by your favourite artists. That's all why I dare to review this album. This is not a recommendable album for AOR/Adult Contemporary Music nor Melodious Hard Rock fans, just for Country Music fans.

  • Label: Purple Pyramid Records, USA (CLP 0557-2)
  • Release Date : August 24, 1999
  • Producers:
  • 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
A Tribute To Garth Brooks
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Tracklisting:

  1. Friends In Low Places (feat. Teddy Zig Zag from "Guns N' Roses")
  2. Papa Loved Mama (feat. Al Jardine/Matt Jardine from The Beach Boys)
  3. She's Every Woman (feat. Herb Pedersen from The Desert Rose Band)
  4. Summer, The (feat. Robin McAuley from MSG)
  5. Fever, The (feat. Jason Scheff)
  6. Dance, The (feat. Bobby Kimball)
  7. Shameless (feat. Dave Amato from REO Speedwagon)
  8. To Make You Feel My Love
  9. Thunder Rolls, The (feat. Denny Laine from Wings)
  10. River, The
  11. Mr. Blue
  12. Standing Outside The Fire (feat. Spencer Davis/The Carmine Apples)

 


 

ANDREW GOLD / WARM BREEZES

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"Warm Breezes" is the Andrew Gold's special works collection album. It means that this album is featuring 2 brand-new CM songs running on Japanese TV "Warm Breezes" for Budwiser Beer and "This House This Home" for NTT Communications plus 7 CM songs which were released on his CM Collection CD. I can say that All the songs on this album make all the Westcoast AOR fans feel so good.

  • Label: Maus (Toshiba EMI, Japan) TOCP^65285
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999
  • Producers: himself
  • Musicians: No Credit
Andrew Gold / Warm Breezes

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Warm Breeze
  2. Where The Heart Is
  3. Makin' Friends
  4. I Wonder What She's Like
  5. No Place Like Home
  6. Where Did I Go Right
  7. Don't Give Your Heart
  8. Goin' Home
  9. A Cozy Place

 

 


 

 

REISSUES

 

DAVID LASLEY / MISSIN' TWENTY GRAND

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When you listen to David Lasley's falsetto vocals and his songwritings heavily influenced by black music, you might not think he is a blue-eyed soul singer songwriter. (I don't know whether his eyes is blue or not.....) David's professional music career was started as the lead vocalist of "Rosie" which released the album "Better Late Than Never" in 1976 and 2nd album "Last Dance" in 1977. David moved to Los Angeles and wrote many Westcoast hit tunes such as "Jojo" performed by Boz Scaggs and this gave him a chance to get a deal as a solo artist. In 1982, David released this 1st solo album "Missin' Twenty Grand" containing the hit tune "If I Had My Wish Tonight" written by Randy Goodrum and David Loggins ranked # 36 on the US chart. On this reissued CD, 4 songs taken from his 2nd solo album "Rain Dance" (1984 EMI America, ST-17118) are added as bonus tracks. For your information, David released his 3rd solo album "Soldiers On The Moon" only in Japan in 1989 under Pony Canyon Japan.

  • Label: Vivid Sound Corporation, Japan (VSCD-578) (Original Label: EMI America ST-17066)
  • Release Date: September 15, 1999 (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producers: Willie Wilcox, Joe Wissert and himself
  • Associate Producers: Bill Schnee, Dave Iveland
  • Musicians:
    • Keyboards and Piano: David Benoit
    • Guitars: Marty Walsh, Chuck Cochran, Osamu Kitajima, Pete Townshend
    • Bass: Wade Short, Bobby Watson, Dave Williams
    • Drums: Willie Wilcox
    • Percussion: Judy Linscott, Victor Feldman
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley
    • Sax: Joel Peskin, Bryan Cumming, Earnie Watts
    • Trombone: Bill Reichenbach
    • Harp: Gayle Levant
    • Background Vocals: Arnold McCuller, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Cochran, Luther Vandross, Charlotte Crossley, Joann Harris, Susan M. Collins
    • Strings Arrangement: Nick De Caro
  • Producer for Bonus Tracks: Don Was
  • Musicians on Bonus Tracks:
    • Bass: Wade Short, Tinker Barefield, Jason Scheff, Bobby Watson
    • Guitars: Pat Kelly, Chuck Cochran, David Williams
    • Lynn Drum: Don Was
    • Drums: Michell Roberts, Yogi Horton
    • Percussion: Larry Fratangelo
    • Keyboards: Aaron Zigman, Craig Siegal, David Benoit, Don Was, Aaron Zigman
    • Over Heim: Luis Resto
    • Sax: Joel Peskin, David McMurray
    • Background Vocals: Jason Scheff, Carmen Grillo, Arnold McCuller, Joann Harris, Ulan Hedwig
    • Strings Arrangement: Nick De Caro
David Lasley / Missin Twenty Grand
 

International Order

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

Tracklisting:

  1. Got To Find Love
  2. If I Had My Wish Tonight
  3. Looking For Love On Broadway
  4. On Third Street
  5. Take A Look
  6. Treat Willie Good
  7. Never Say
  8. Roommate
  9. Where Is Charlie And Joanne
  10. Take The Money And Run
  11. On Third Street - reprise
  12. Next Time (Bonus Track)
  13. Saved By Love (Bonus Track)
  14. Where Does That Boy Hang Out (Bonus Track)
  15. Oh (Bonus Track)


 

AMBROSIA / ROAD ISLAND

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This is Ambrosia's 5th album. After releasing this album, Ambrosia had stopped their band activity until 1990. As you know, Ambrosia has restarted their live performances and also released their Anthology album including 2 brand-new songs in 1997. On this 5th album, you can listen to more British progressive Ambrosia sounds, their musical roots shown on their 1st and 2nd albums. So, do not complain to me that this is not pure Westcoast album comparing their masterpiece albums "One Eighty" or "Life Beyond L.A.".

  • Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10508) (Original Label: Warner Bros, USA)
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999 (Original Release: 1982)
  • Producer: James Guthrie
  • Ambrosia is:
    • Joe Puerta: Bass & Vocals
    • David Pack: Guitars, Keyboards & Lead Vocals
    • Christopher North: Keyboards & Vocals
    • Burleigh Drummond: Percussion, Basson & Vocals
    • David Cutter Lewis: Keyboards
    • Royce Jones: Backing Vocals
Ambrosia / Road Island
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Tracklisting:

  1. For Openers (Welcome Home)
  2. Still Not Satisfied
  3. Kid No More
  4. Feelin' Alive Again
  5. How Can You Love Me
  6. Fool Like Me
  7. Ice Age
  8. Endings


 

JERRY CORBETTA / JERRY CORBETTA

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Jerry Corbetta got known by his activity with the band named "Sugerloaf" released the same title album including Billboard #3 hit "Green-Eyed Lady" in 1970. Jerry disbanded Sugerloaf in 1977 and at the same time got the solo artist deal with Warner Bros. On this first solo album "Jerry Corbetta" released in 1978, Jerry revealed his talent as a singer-songwriter very much and you can enjoy not only Jay Graydon's exellent guitar paly but also well-known wonderful tune "I Wish That I Was Making Love (To You Tonight)" covered by Alessi in 1979. Fine Pop Westcoast album this is.

  • Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-10506) (Original Label: Warner Bros, USA BSK-3230)
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999 (Original Release: 1978)
  • Producer: Steve Barri
  • Musicians:
    • Drums: Myron Pollock, Mike Baird
    • Bass: Rusty Buchanan, Mike Porcaro
    • Guitars: Bob Webber, Jay Graydon
    • Oberheim & Arp: Michael Omartian
    • Piano: Greg Mathieson
    • Percussion: Victor Feldman, Chet McCracken
    • Sax: Jim Horn
    • Trumpet: Chuck Findley
    • Flute: Ernie Watts
    • Background Vocals: Phyllis Murray, Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, Carmen Twilley, Kathy McKee, Marie Franklin, Nancy Franklin, Larry Wilkins, Jim Haas, Jon Joyce, Cindy Bullens
Jerry Corbetta
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Tracklisting:

  1. Sensitive Soul
  2. If I Never Had Your Love
  3. I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter
  4. Caribbean Lady
  5. Free Man
  6. I Wish That I Was Making Love (To You Tongiht)
  7. Green-Eyed Lady
  8. Celebrate Our Love
  9. Between A Rock And A Hard Place


 

Re-Reissue 

DAVID PACK / ANYWHERE YOU GO
JAY GRUSKA / WHICH ONE OF US IS ME
STEVE KIPNER / KNOCK THE WALLS DOWN
<ACM Rating: 5 Stars (Perfect)>
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David Pack / Anywhere You Go
Jay Gruska / Which One Of Us Is Me
Steve Kipner / Knock The Walls Down

  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10509)
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999
  • Original Release Year: 1985
  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-10510)
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999
  • Original Release Year: 1984
  • Label: Eastwest, Japan (AMCY-6035)
  • Release Date: August 25, 1999
  • Original Release Year: 1979
Review / Credit / Tracklisting as one of the AOR/Westcoast Masterpiece Albums
Review / Credit / Tracklisting as one of the AOR/Westcoast Masterpiece Albums
Review / Credit / Tracklisting as one of the AOR/Westcoast Masterpiece Albums

International Order

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International Order

http://www.thoughtscape.com


 

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

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

 

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