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Compilation Albums 3


ELT Songs From L.A.

This album is the special compliation album gathering cover versions of Japanese pop group "Every Little Thing" known as "ELT" by Westcaost musicians. This kind of project was very popular in early 90's here in Japan as you may know the album like "Tatsuro Songs From L.A.", so, if you are insterested in such kind of project albums, this album would be another one for you.

  • 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.

  • Tracks:
    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
    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>)

LIGHT MELLOW AOR-Groovin' and Breezin'

Warner Bros Japan, BMG Japan, Cool Sound and Universal Music are now releasing most sophisticated, groovin' AOR compilation CDs under the common concept over the labels in 2000. Those compilation series is called as "Light Mellow AOR-Groovin' and Breezin'". On July 26, "Light Mellow AOR-Groovin' and Breezin" Warner Edition, BMG Edition and Cool Sound Edition has been released. And Universal Music Edition will be followed this autumn (probably in October) after those! All the tunes are selected by Toshi Nakada, the label owner of Cool Sound.
BMG Edition should be noted because it includes several tracks from hard-to-find CDs such as "Perfect World" performed by What If, which is the Tommy Funderburk's project with Bob Wilson and Larry Williams, well-known Airplay's masterpiece tune "It Will Be Alright" performed by Odyssey from their album "I Got The Melody" (1981) and "I Believe" performed by Chilliwack. BMG Edition also includes a first-time on CD track in the world "Touching In The Dark" performed by Brooklyn Dreams from the album "Sleepless Nights" (1979) backed by Jay Graydon.
Cool Sound Edition cannot be ignored because it includes 2 previously unreleased tracks! One is "Heart Don't Change My Mind" by Robbie Buchanan featuring Warren Wiebe on lead vocal. Another one is Greg Guidry's "Goin' Down" brand-new re-recording version by himself.
Universal Music Edition is also interesting. It includes "My Love" by Puzzle, "To Know" by Lani Hall, "That Kinda Girl" by Alan Gorrie and "You're My Day" by Cory Wells.
Please note that all editions of "Light Mellow AOR-Groovin' and Breezin" CDs are strictly prohibited to be exported from Japan due to various reasons. Sorry for non-Japanese AOR/Westcoast Lovers.


Light Mellow BMG Edition

  • Label: BMG Funhouse, Japan (BVCM-31051)
  • Release Date: July 26, 2000

BMG Edition

  1. Lost In Love / Air Supply
  2. Wait For Me / Daryl Hall & John Oates
  3. Sara / Starship
  4. Love Or Let Me Be Lonely / Paul Davis
  5. Perfect World / What If
  6. Should We Carry On / Airplay
  7. It Will Be Alright / Odyssey
  8. Till You Take My Love / Harvey Mason
  9. Can't Hide Love / Dionne Warwick
  10. I'd Rather Be Gone / Player
  11. Safe Harbor / Rosie
  12. Touching In The Dark / Brooklyn Dreams
  13. Wham Bam / Silver
  14. I Believe / Chilliwack
  15. Nobody Said It Was Easy / Le Roux
  16. Waiting For A Love / Warren Hill
  17. Living Inside Myself / Gino Vannelli

Light Mellow Cool Sound Edition

  • Label: Cool Sound, Japan (COOL-051)
  • Release Date: July 26, 2000

Cool Sound Edition

  1. Don't You Walk Away / Heat
  2. Never Turnin' Back / Bruce Hibbard
  3. There's A Song In It Somewhere / Rosie featuring Lynn Pitney
  4. Heart Don't Change My Mind / Robbie Buchanan
  5. Goin' Down / Greg Guidry
  6. Lonely Weekend / David Diggs
  7. How Do I Survive / Paul Bliss
  8. Island Night (alternative mix) / Tony Sciuto
  9. You Bring Me Joy / David Lasley
  10. Consider The Greatest Love / Sibling Revelry
  11. Is That The Way To Your Heart / Kazu Matsui Project
  12. Letting Go / Bruce Gaitsch
  13. Love Is Forever / Michael Gonzales
  14. Did You Order One / Sneaker
  15. I Didn't Do It / Joseph Williams
  16. Lovin' Arms / King Of Hearts

Warner Edition

  1. You're My The Only Woman / Ambrosia
  2. The Lady Wants To Know / Michael Franks
  3. I Wish That I Was Making Love (To You Tonight) / Jerry Corbetta
  4. On The Boulevard / The Manhattan Transfer
  5. Minute By Minute / Doobie Brothers
  6. Don't Worry Baby / Vapour Trails
  7. Steal Away / Robbie Dupree
  8. It's Something / Brenda Russell
  9. All I Need / Jack Wagner
  10. Slippin' Away / Leon Ware
  11. Beautiful People / Marc Jordan
  12. Fallen / Lauren Wood
  13. Cancun / Jay Gruska
  14. Let's Just Live Together / Braian Elliot
  15. Put Away Your Love / Alessi
  16. Falling / Le Blanc & Carr
  17. Once In A Lifetime / Michael Ruff
  18. Take Me To Your Heaven / Wilson Bros.
  19. Sailing / Christopher Cross
Light Mellow Warner Edition
  • Label: Warner, Japan (WPCR-10759)
  • Release Date: July 26, 2000

Universal Music Edition

  1. Life Is Love / Faragher Brothers
  2. I Want Let Go / Brooklyn Dreams
  3. To Know: Lani Hall
  4. My Love / Puzzle
  5. Bermuda / Gordon Michaels
  6. Pass This Time / Peter Allen
  7. You're My Day / Corey Wells
  8. Livin' It Up / Peter Pringle
  9. Savin' It Up / Randy Goodrum
  10. So Beautiful I Hurts / Rupert Holmes
  11. Only You / Marliyn Scott
  12. That Kinda Girl / Alan Gorrie
  13. Your Loss / Rick Bowles
  14. You're So Beautiful Tonight / Kenny Nolan
  15. Baby Come Back / Player
  16. That Didn't Hurt Me So Bad / Robert Byrne
  17. Wait For Me / Alessi
  18. I Just Wanna Stop / Gino Vannelli
LightMellow Universal Edition
  • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UICY-4016)
  • Release Date: November 22, 2000



AOR Light-Mellow 2001

In the summer of 2001, we have again 7 "AOR Light-Mellow" CDs this year! In addtion to Warner Edition and Cool Sound Edition, we have Sony Music Edition, EMI edition on July 25. On August 8, BMG Edition, Victor Edition and Universal Edition will follow. This year, Toshi Nakada and Toshikazu Kanazawa decided to use sipmple title "AOR Light Mellow" without any sub title. Here is the full tracklisting of each edition.


  • Tracks:
    1. If You Should Sail (Nielsen and Pearson)
    2. You Can Do Magic (America)
    3. Hearts (Marty Balin)
    4. This Night Won't Last Forever (Michael Johnson)
    5. Reminiscing (Little River Band)
    6. The Only Things You Said (Erik Tagg)
    7. Part Of My Life (Jackie Lomax)
    8. Sexy Eyes (Dr Hook)
    9. If I Had My Wish Tonight (David Lasley)
    10. We Both Tried (Tavares)
    11. Sad Eyes (Robert John)
    12. Heaven Must Have Made You (Pieces)
    13. Hypnotic Lady (Future Flight)
    14. I Still Run To You (Amy Holland)
    15. Caribbean Sunset (Fee Waybill)
    16. The Writing On The Wall (Avalon)
    17. Only A Dreamer (Pages)
    18. Classic (Adrian Gurvitz)
Light Mellow EMI edition
  • Label: Toshiba EMI, Japan (TOCP-65778)
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001


  • Tracks:
    1. Figli Delle Stelle (Alan Sorrenti)
    2. Lay It Down (Roby Duke)
    3. Lullaby In Blue (Brock Walsh)
    4. Up 2 Us (Greg Guidry)
    5. Whaterver It Is (Heat)
    6. I Fell Out Of Magnolias (David Lasley)
    7. Jazz Life (Mark Winkler)
    8. I Owe Everything To You (Tommy Coomes)
    9. Gimme A Sign (Tony Sciuto)
    10. I Want You, I Need You (Chris Christian)
    11. Let Him Hold Your Heart (Pete Carlson)
    12. Any Other Fool (Robbie Buchanan)
    13. Easier Said Than Done (David Diggs)
    14. Don't Call My Name (King Of Hearts)
    15. Treasure (Steve Archer)
    16. That's What It Takes (James Felix)
    17. Deep Within Each Man (David Garfield)
AOR Light-Mellow Cool Edition 2001
  • Label: Cool Sound, Japan (COOL-074)
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001

Light Mellow Warner Edition
  • Label: Warner Music, Japan (WPCR-11030)
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001


  • Tracks:
    1. We're In This Love Together (Al Jarreau)
    2. Genevieve (Andrew Gold)
    3. Who'll Be The Fool Tonight (Larsen-Feiten Band)
    4. Is It You? (Lee Ritenour)
    5. It's Te Falling In Love (Carole Bayer Sager)
    6. Too Young (Crackin')
    7. The One You Love (Glenn Frey)
    8. You Belong To Me (The Doobie Brothers)
    9. Why I Came To California (Leon Ware)
    10. Stay With Me (Peter Cetera)
    11. Ride Like The Wind (Christopher Cross)
    12. Hot Rod Heart (Robbie Dupree)
    13. Let's Be Friends (Marilyn Scott)
    14. You're Secret's Safe With Me (Michael Franks)
    15. How Much I Feel (Ambrosia)
    16. Love Is The Answer (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
    17. Who, What, When, Where, Why (The Manhattan Transfer)
    18. Sara (Bill Champlin)

Light Mellow SMEJ edition
  • Label: Sony Records Int'l, Japan (SRCS- 2495)
  • Release Date: July 25, 2001


  • Tracks:
    1. Lowdown (Boz Scaggs)
    2. Do Right (Paul Davis)
    3. Seeing You For The First Time (Jimmy Messina)
    4. Falling In Love (Balance)
    5. Magic (Dick St. Nicklaus)
    6. Casablanca (Dane Donohue)
    7. Here's That Feeling (The McCrarys)
    8. If I Saw You Again (Pages)
    9. Sing To Me (Ned Doheny)
    10. Nothing In This World (Googie and Tom Coppola)
    11. Just For The Moment (Ray Kennedy)
    12. You're Only Lonely (J.D. Souther)
    13. Goin' Down (Greg Guidry)
    14. Lovin' And Losin' You (Dwayne Ford)
    15. What Good Is Love (Bill Champlin)
    16. Wait A Little While (Kenny Loggins)
    17. Why Can't We Fall In Love? (Deniece Williams)
    18. Georgy Porgy (TOTO)


  • Tracks:
    1. Prelude - Vagabond From Heaven (Stephen Bishop)
    2. Why Do We Hurt Each Other (Denne & Gold)
    3. Do You Wanna Make Love (Peter McCann)
    4. Breakaway ( Gallagher & Lyle)
    5. The Two Of Us (Seawind)
    6. Who Do You Think You Are (Player)
    7. We're So Close
    8. Crazy Life (Gino Vannelli)
    9. Less Is More (Rupert Holmes)
    10. Baby When You Make It With Me (Faragher Brothers)
    11. I'll Put Some Love Back In Your Life (Booker T. Jones)
    12. Driftin' (Alessi)
    13. Sleepless Nights (Alan Gorrie)
    14. Blame It On The Night (Robert Byrne)
    15. California 1 (Con Funk Shun)
    16. Steal Away (Photoglo)
    17. You Can't Hide Love (Hodges, James & Smith)
    18. Where Is The Key (Marilyn Scott)
Light Mellow Universal edition
  • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UICY-4034)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001


  • Tracks:
    1. Just When I Needed You Most (Randy VanWarmer)
    2. Whatcha' Gonna Do For Me (Average White Band)
    3. Seeing Is Believing (Paulinho Da Costa)
    4. Love Is The Answer (Utopia)
    5. Great Communicator (Nick De Caro)
    6. Is It Over (Bobby Kimball)
    7. Business As Usual (Rupert Holmes)
    8. Fallin' (Nicole Willis)
    9. What We Have Is Right (The Blackbyrds)
    10. Time Out For Love (Lou Pardini)
    11. Another Season (Kevyn Lettau)
    12. Julie Ann (Don Grusin)
    13. Never Felt Love Before (Felix Cavariere)
    14. Love Is Gonna Find A Way (Tommy James)
    15. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (Todd Rundgren)
    16. Changing Man (Angelo)
    17. Teasin' Eyes (Hiram Bullock)
    18. Earthbound (Conner Reeves)
Light Mellow JVC Edition
  • Label: Victor Entertainment, Japan (VICP-61443)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001

Light Mellow BMG edition
  • Label: BMG Funhouse, Japan (BVCN-31078)
  • Release Date: August 8, 2001


  • Tracks:
    1. Single, Solo (Robert Kraft)
    2. If I Believe (Toby Beau)
    3. Waiting For A Star To Fall (Boy Meets Girl)
    4. Broken Wings (Mr. Mister)
    5. Lazy Nina (Greg Phillinganes)
    6. When You Smiled At Me (Michael Franks)
    7. I Wanna Be Where You Are (Melissa Manchester)
    8. Cool Night (Paul Davis)
    9. All Out Of Love (Air Supply)
    10. Take A Little Love (Evie Sands)
    11. It Only Hurts When I Breathe (Player)
    12. Take It To The Limit (Frank Weber)
    13. Nothin' You Can Do About It (Airplay)
    14. I Won't Change (John Valenti)
    15. Let The Love On Through (FCC)
    16. Georgy Porgy <Remixed Version> (Charme)
    17. Boats Against The Current (Eric Carmen)



  • Label: Avex Trax, Japan (AVCD-11907)
  • Release Date: March 7, 2001
  • Producer: Kaz Matsumoto
  • Musicians:
    • Lead Vocal: Frank Sinatra Jr., Jason Scheff, Anna McMurphy, Tata Vega, Cindy Braggs (En Vouge), Marilyn Martin, Nobody's Angel <Ali Navarro, Sarah Smith, Jennie Kwan, Tai Woo>, Jay Graydon, Pauline Wilson, Patrice Ruchen, Rachel Ham
    • Guitars: Michael Landau, Alex Van Houten, Tom Strahle, Jay Graydon
    • Keyboards: Tom Keane, Kuk Harrell
    • Programming: Kurk Harrell, Michael North, Randomized Blocks, Christopher Faizi
    • Drums: Curt Bisquera
    • Trumpet: Jerry Hey, Gary Grant
    • Sax: Larry Williams
    • Trombone: Steve Holtman
    • Background Vocals: Jason Scheff, Tom Keane, Jeff Pescetto, Anna McMurphy, Kuk Harrell, Dave Petway, Kristina Hamilton, Tata Vega, Michael North, Carmen Hernander, Tyren Perry, Marilyn Martin, Terry Wood, Wendy Fraser, Janis Foxworth, Warren Ham
    • Strings Arrangement: Tom Washington
United Sates Of Avex Artists
International Order


Melody Blvd.

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  • Tracks (Lead Vocalist):
    1. Departures (Frank Sinatra Jr.)
    2. Sakebi (Jason Scheff)
    3. Break Out! (Anna McMurphy)
    4. Seasons (Tata Vega)
    5. Give Me A Shake (Cindy Braggs)
    6. We Can't Stop The Music (Marilyn Martin)
    7. Movin' On (Nobody's Angel)
    8. Oasis (Jay Graydon)
    9. By Myself (Pauline Wilson)
    10. Time Goes By (Patrice Ruchen)
    11. Overnight Sensation (Rachel Ham)



VARIOUS ARTISTS / SINCERELY... Mariya Takeuchi Songbook

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    • Label: Universal Music, Japan (UUCH-1053)
    • Release Date: July 10, 2002
    • Producer: Ken Shiguma
    • Executive Producer: Atsushi Kitamura
    • Musicians:
      • Lead Vocals: Lisa Loeb (Track 1), Tiffany (Track 2), Richard Marx (Track 3), Ann Wilson (Track 4), Roberta Flack (Track 5), Phobe Snow (Track 6), Marilyn Martin (Track 7), Bobby Caldwell (Track 8), Laura Branigan (Track 9), Rita Coolidge (Track 10), The Pointer Sisters (Track 11), Marilyn Martin & Joe Pizzulo (Track 12)
      • Keyboards: Hiroshi Shinkawa, Tatsuya Nishiwaki, Tom Keane, Tadashi Nanba, Makoto Matsushi
      • Guitars: Makoto Matsushita, Frank Simes
      • Sax: Andy Suzuki
      • Rap: Yogie Kuk Harreell
      • Background Vocals: Wendy Fraser, Angie Jaree, Kristina Hamilton, Chrisian Ebnerm Scott Reed, Dante, Tom Keane, Tadd Taylor, Kuk Harrell
Sincerely... Mariya Takeuchi Songbook


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  • Tracks:
    1. Love Storm
    2. Manhattan Kiss (Just Another Dream
    3. At The Station
    4. My Sweet Home
    5. Confession
    6. Single Again
    7. Plastic Love
    8. Camouflage
    9. Time Strangers
    10. Everyday Is Special
    11. Hearty Party Tonight
    12. When Angels Cry


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