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LeBlanc&Carr / Midnight Light

First time in the States on CD for this 1977 album from the duo, which was reissued on CD only in Japan in 1999 but had been out-of-print for a long time. The first single "Something About You" ranked # 48 and then "Falling" ranked # 13 on the US single chart in 1978. On this album, you can enjoy various music style from Rock'n Roll like Dobbie Brothers to Melodious Ballads full of harmony vocals. Without saying, "Desperado" is the cover tune originally performed by Eagles.
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records, USA
  • Release Date: November 10, 2009


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Timothy B. Schmit / Expando

  • Label: Lost Highway/UMG Recordings USA (B0013493-02)
  • Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Producer: himself
  • Timothy B. Schmit: Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Drums

 

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Joe Chemay / Unformattable

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Joe Chemay, acclaimed bass player and singer is well known for his recording session and touring with big names including The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd ("The Wall" tour) to name a few. Among AOR/Westcoast music lovers, Joe is one of the legendary solo artists known for his 1981's release "Joe Chemay Band / The Riper The Finer" for Unicorn Records, distributed by MCA. Otherwise, you should know that Joe has been touring with Peter Cetera these years. In 2008, Joe Chemay released his solo venture entitled "Unformattable" on digital download only at Amazon.com and/or i-Tunes Store. I am very pleased to inform that this brilliant album has just been released on physical CDs finally here in Japan!

Joe expalins the reason why this album is entitled "Unfomattable" as follows;  "This collection of songs wasn't targeted for any specific genre. I couldn't see how it would fit into one "Format" (Pop, Jazz, Country, etc.) as specific as radio is today. So, I titled it 'Unformattable' ".  He contnued,  "I'm not one who's drawn to the spotlight, so I haven't been out there selling myself all these years. Because of that I have lost contact with many friends and fans, but have not forgotten your love and support. This album was a way for me to offer a reconnection point. Thanks." Enjoy long-awaited Joe Chemay's album!
    • Label: Vivid Sound Corp. Japan  (VSCD-3338)
    • Release Date: January 20, 2010 (Original digital download release: Jan. 2008)
    • Producers: himself
    • Joe Chemay: All instruments

Joe Chemay / Unformattable

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  • Tracks
    1. Look At Us Now
    2. Dream On
    3. Words
    4. Room Full Of Blues
    5. The Lost And Formal
    6. Easy To Love
    7. Rockin' The Boat
    8. It's Hot Down Here
    9. One Man's Meat
    10. A Changed Man

 


 

 

Blanc Faces / Falling From The Moon

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We are now having one of the greatest AOR/Melodic albums over the dacades in 2009. It is Blanc Faces's new album entitled “Falling from The Moon” in November 6th in Europe and November 26th in the USA. Japanese release followed in January 2010.  In July of 2005,  Blanc Faces, headed by the brothers duo, Robbie and Brian La Blanc world-wide major debuted with their self titled album showing the world that the time for big harmonies was not over. Following the huge responses, Blanc brothers started putting together musical material for their second album which they completed in the summer of 2009.  This is an astonishing album that restores the faith in Classic AOR / Melodic Rock music. If you are a fan of Journey, Foreigner and Survivor, you will love this recording!
Many AOR/Melodic Rock lovers know the fact that the brothers recorded and relelased an album as "Fury" in 1985, produced by renowned lead singer, Felix Cavaliere from the group "Young Rascals", which was so amazing. In addition to this, before world-wide first album release as Blanc Faces in 2005, they released an album entitled "When The World Comes Down" as Blanc Faces in 1999, which was also with full of excellent harmonies.
    • Label: Frontiers Records, Italy (FRCD431), King Records, Japan (KICP-4155)
    • Release Date: November 6,  2009 (EU), Novermber 26, 2009 (USA), January 27, 2010 (Japan)
    • Producer: Brian & Robbie LeBlanc
    • Blanc Faces is:
      • Robbie LeBlanc: Lead Vocals, Guitars
      • Brian LeBlanc: Bass
    • Musciains:
      • Drums: Kyle Woodring
      • Guitars: Butch Taylor, Michael Patzig
      • Keyboards: Jeff Batter
Blanc Faces / Falling From The moon

 

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blanc faces: when the world comes down
  • Tracks:
    1. I Come Alive
    2.  Falling From The Moon
    3. I Swear To You
    4. Everything
    5. It's All About The Love
    6. Goodbye Summer Goodbye
    7. Deep In The Heart
    8. Don't Take It Away
    9. Like A Believer
    10. Light Of The World
    11.  I Will
    12. Fly
    13. Deep In The Heart (Acousic Verision) (bonus track only for Japan)

 

 





Mastedon / 3

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Mastedon is the Hard Rock band put together by ex KANSAS singer John Elefante, together with his brother Dino in the late 80’s. The band's name was a pachyderm-inspired reference to the brothers' last name. Although John was an accomplished vocalist and performer, the first two Mastedon albums featured multiple lead singers and performances by other artists, creating an eclectic sound anchored by John’s songwriting. His brother Dino played a prominent role, contributing songwriting and handling most of the guitar work. In 1996, John Elefante started a solo career that brought him to release three successful albums more in the Adult Contemporary - Pop Rock vein. After a few years of hiatus, John decided to go back to his roots sound with a brand new Mastedon album that - contrary to the predecessors – would only feature his amazing lead vocals. Musically, the new album, simply entitled “3” harkens back to the best of Mastedon and to his work with Kansas. None other than main Kansas songwriter Kerry Livgren appears on lead guitar on this new release, collaborating on a 11 minute piece of music that any Kansas fan will surely love! Rich melodic harmonies and melodies are the keys to a Mastedon record and “3” is clearly an instant winner in all its moments and will remain as an hallmark in John Elefante's career for many years to come.
    • Label: Frontiers Records, Italy (FRCD432), King Records, Japan (KICP-1452)
    • Release Date: November 6,  2009 (EU), Novermber 26, 2009 (USA), January 27, 2010 (Japan)
    • Producer: John Elefante
    • Musicians:
      • Drums and Percussions: Dan Needham
      • Bass: Anthony Sallee, Tim Smith
      • Keyboards: John Elefante
      • Guitars: John Elefante, J.R. McNeely, Dave Amato, Kerry Livgren, Dino Elefante
      • String Arrangements:  Daniel Dee John, John Elefante
      • Backing Vocals: John Elefante, Dave Amato, Dino Elefante, Samantha Nicole

Mastedon / 3

 

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  • Tracks
    1. Revolution Of Mind
    2. Slay Your Demons
    3. Nowhere Without Your Love
    4. One Day Down By The Lake (See You Real Soon)
    5. Water Into Wine (Fassa Rokka)
    6. Questions (It's About Time)
    7. You Can't Take Anything
    8. Lying
    9. Western World
    10. That's What You Do
    11. Dust In The Wind (bonus track)
    12. Questions  (Acoustic Remix) (bonus track only for Japan)

 

 


 

 

Peter Mayer / Goodbye Hello

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Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Peter Mayer's latest long-await album is Beatles covers entitled "Goodbye Hello". Peter Mayer, along with very special musical guests including 2 original PM members Jim Mayer and Roger Guth performs their spectacular versions of "The Beatles' classic tunes".
    • Label: LittleFlock Music, USA (LFM-1011)
    • Release Date: November 4, 2009
    • Producer: himself
    • Peter Mayer: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Roger Guth
      • Bass: Jim Mayer
      • Guitars:  Mac McAnally, Dan Rublight
      • Mandolin: Mac McAnally
      • Keyboards: Mike Utley, Chris Walters
      • Accordion: Jeff Taylor
      • Tabla: Jim Feist
      • Flute, Bamboo Flute: Mark Holland
      • Trumpet: John Lovell
      • Percussion: Robert Greenridge, R. Scott Brian
      • Violin: Amy Oshiro, Angie Smart Magie Estes, Juliana Walter
      • Viola: Morris Jacob, Linda Davis
      • Cello: Melissa Brooks, David Vanderkool
      • Lead Vocals, Guitar on track12: Jimmy Buffett
      • Background Vocals: Tim Gullickson, R. Scott Brian, India Mayer
Peter Mayer / Goodbye Hello

 

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LittleFlock Music Store

  • Tracks:
    1. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    2. Come Together
    3. Here Comes The Sun
    4. Penny Lane
    5. Michelle
    6. I Feel Fine
    7. Fixing a Hole
    8. Norwegian Wood
    9. Strawberry Fields Forever
    10. Fool on the Hill
    11. We Can Work It Out
    12. Rocky Raccoon
    13. Blackbird
    14. Hello Goodbye
    15. Something

 


 

 

Alessi Brothers / All Our Life + Pure Alessi

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Alessi Brothers would proudly present you their collectors edition live DVD, "All Our Life" Performing all the Classic Alessi Songs with their new studio recording brand new CD, "Pure Alessi". The DVD captures Alessi Brothes hot live performances recorded at Brasserie/Jazzcafé Wakker in Eemnes Netherlands in April 2009, featuring their well-known 21 tracks including the "All For A Reason", "Seabird", "Avalon" and "Oh Lori".
    • Label: Home Of Jazz, Netherlands (HOJ-1006, 1007)
    • Release Date: October , 2009
    • Producers;
    • Alessi Brothers:
      • Bobby Alessi: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
      • Billy Alessi: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards
    • Musicians (CD "Pure Alessi")
      • Drums: Danny Sahupala, Mike Ricciardella, Gino van Ligten
      • Bass: Lene te Voortwis
      • Guitars: Ervin van Ligten, Mike Barberich, Peppy Castro
      • Keyboards: Mike Ricciardella
      • Piano: Julia Bamm
      • Sax: Joel Scannell
      • Lead Vocals: Ervin van Ligten, Julya Lo'ko
      • Background Vocals: Julya Lo'ko, Ervin van Ligten, Mike Campi, Jon Hicks, Mike Martino, Steve Alkermis

Alessi Brothers / All Our Life + Pure Alessi

 

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  • Tracks (DVD "All Our Life")
    1. Do You Feel It
    2. You Can Have It Back
    3. Joanna
    4. Sad Songs
    5. Oh Lori
    6. Medley Don't Hold Back/Big Deal
    7. Seabird
    8. Avalon
    9. Rainbows Go On Forever
    10. I'll Remember
    11. Livin' With A Broken Heart
    12. Sunrise
    13. Forever
    14. Soulmates
    15. Blue Skies
    16. What A Way To Go
    17. All For A Reason
    18. Quarter Of A Man
    19. Little One
    20. Just Like That
    21. Oh Lori (extra)

  • Tracks (CD "Pure Alessi")
    1. Love Won't Let Go
    2. I Believe
    3. I Try
    4. I'll Remember
    5. If I Could
    6. Jackie Paper
    7. Keep On Lovin' Me
    8. A Place In Time
    9. One Again
    10. Wait Till Morning
    11. Little One
    12. One Heartbeat At A Time
    13. Darla Moon
    14. Livin' With A Broken Heart (bonus track)

 

 


 

 

Lava / Symphonic Journey

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In their 30th anniversary, The leading Scandinavian AOR/Wesrcoast band LAVA their first live album  "Symphonic Journey", 30 years after the debut. LAVA was started in Årdal in Sogn in 1977 by Svein Dag Hauge (guitars) and Per Hillestad (drums), and was at first an instrumental jazz / rock band. The debut album "LAVA" was released in 1980. Their 2nd album "Cruisin" came out in 1981with Rolf Graf (bass), Per Kolstad (keyboards), and both are now remaining original members, in addition to Egil Eldøen (vocals). Eldøen joined the band in 1982 when guitarist Marius Müller withdrew in favor of his solo career. In addition, the band with the keyboardist Stein Austrud and saxophonist Kåre Kolve as associate members. On stage you will se the normal line up extended with trumpet player Marius Haltli.
As the album title indicates, the album is the live recordings with The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK), which was recorded at Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, March 16, 2007.  The title "Symphonic Journey" indicates that the album has an orchestral and symphonic twist to it. Thus, you can fully enjoy the different aspects of the band playing songs taken from all of the band's 7 studio albums.  The album comes with a bonus DVD which is a complete concert where LAVA performs at Oslo Jazz Festival at Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo on August 15, 2005.  The DVD is region free but PAL format only. Therefore, in case your DVD player can play NTSC format only, you cannot see this DVD.
 
    • Label: Tyden & Co AS, Norway (GTACD8462)
    • Release Date: November 16, 2009
    • Producers:  Svein Dag Hauge and Rolf Graf
    • Lava is:
      • Egil Eldøen : Lead Vocals
      • Rolf Graf : Bass, Background Vocals
      • Svein Dag Hauge : Guitars, Background Vocals
      • Per Hillested : Drums, Percussion
      • Per Kolstad: Keyboards
    • Associate members:
      • Stein Austrud: Keyboards
      • Kaare Kolve: Sax
    • Musicians (CD)
      • Backing Vocals - Mariann Lisland, Per Øystein Sørensen
      • Norwegian Radio Orchestra
        • Conductor - Paul Bateman
    • Musicians (Bonus DVD)
      • Trumpet - Marius Haltli

     
Lava / Symphonic Journey

 

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  • Tracks (CD):
    1. Empty Shadows
    2. Closet
    3. The Rhythm Of Love
    4. Cover Me
    5. I Guess You Broke My Heart
    6. Shine A Little Light
    7. Aquilo Blow
    8. Breaking Away
    9. Hard Times
    10. Take Your Time
    11. Losing You
    12. Journey
    13. Transition Man
    14. You
  • Tracks (Bonus DVD):
    1. Aquilo Blow
    2. Fly Like An Arrow
    3. Another Yesterday
    4. The Woman I Want
    5. Closet
    6. Cover me
    7. Tears are not enough
    8. Alibi   
    9. 2.12
    10. Transition Man
    11. Boogie Down
    12. The Rhythm Of Love
    13. Sophie
    14. The Ratter
    15. You

 

  

 
 

Venice / Electric Live And Amplified

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Venice, one of  the best active Westcoast bands, established their firm status in Netherlands in ealry 2000's. Since then, they regularlily performs live there. This is the result; "Electric - Live and Amplified" CD recorded in the Netherlands Spring 2009. Electric – Live and Amplified" offers the hard proof that Venice can still turn the amps up and rock out with the best of them.  The CD features 15 songs nearly 80 minutes, which opens with four quality vintage materials in a row and followed by "Pushed Her Too Far" from their 1990 self-titled major debut album for Atlantic Records. The second last song of the CD is "All My Life" again taken from their 1990 debut album.
    • Label: Lennon Records, USA (LR-1002)
    • Release Date: November, 2009
    • Producer: Michael Lennon
    • Venice is:
      • Kipp Lennon: Lead & Background Vocals
      • Mark Lennon: Lead & Background Vocals
      • Michael Lennon: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
      • Pat Lennon: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
    • Additional Musicians:
      • Mark Harris: Bass
      • Nick Bult: Keyboards
      • Jamie Wollam: Drums

Venice / Electric Live And Amplified

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. The Water
    2. Bleeding
    3. Circus In Town
    4. My Town
    5. Pushed Her Too Far
    6. Evolve
    7. Things You Are
    8. Baby′s Calling
    9. High So High
    10. Very Real
    11. My Own House
    12. One Quiet Day
    13. Think Again
    14. Au My Life
    15. If I Were You

 


 

 

David Pomeranz / A Personal Touch

<ACM Rating: FourStars>

David Pomeranz’s new 12-song CD compilation of his most beloved Romantic hits including, “On This Day”, “Born For You”, “The Old Songs” and special intimate versions of his classic compositions, “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again” and “If You Walked Away”. David expains about this album as follows; "This is a compilation album of love songs containing previously released material (though some with alternate vocal takes and mixes), along with some new and surprising versions that I thought you might enjoy."
 
    • Label: Upward Spiral Records, USA (USR-1004)
    • Release Date: October, 2009
    • Producers:  Jim Peterick, Lorrie Illistre, Kurt Howell and himself
     
David Pomeranz / A Personal Touch

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. On This Day (alternative mix)
    2. Tangled And Tied
    3. A Personal Touch
    4. I Learned It All From You (alternate vocal)
    5. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again
    6. Old Home Town
    7. I Still Believe In You
    8. The Smile U Save 4 Me
    9. Born For You (alternate vocal)
    10. If You Walked Away
    11. The Old Songs
    12. My Romance

 

 

  

 

 

Lionel's Dad / You Got That Movie

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Mark T Williams released his 8th album under Lionel's Dad titled "You Got That Movie". The album contains 14 songs  including intersting old material such as  "I've Made Lovin' You A Habit" (best known as a demo with his brother Joseph Williams for the unreleased Bond project) and/or "That Girls Heart" featuring Joseph Williams  on lead vocal. It also features  2 cover songs, "Forget me not" originally performed by Pratrice Rushen and Elton John's "Blue eyes".
    • Label: Andromeda Discs, USA (LD088)
    • Release Date: October 10, 2009
    • Producer: Mark Towner Williams
    • Mark Towner Williams: Lead & Background Vocals, Guitars
    • Musicians:
      • Guitars: Eric Sopanan, Terrance Hansen, Bruce Gowdy, Mike Reilly
      • Keyboards: Joseph Williams, James Newton Howard
      • Lead Vocals (track 10): Joseph Williams
      • Steel Drum: Eric Rodig
      • Background Vocals: Jeanette Clinger, Robert Battaglia, Barry Conley, Jed Moss, Eric Rodig
Lionel's Dad / You Got That Movie

 

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  • Tracks:
    1. You're the One
    2. Forget Me Nots
    3. Need A Miracle
    4. Black Eyes, Blue Tears
    5. I Was Runnin' Away From You 
    6. Now I Know
    7. Still My Girl
    8. You Got That Movie
    9. When I Fell In Love With You
    10. That Girls Heart (tk 1)
    11. Turn Away
    12. I've Made Lovin' You A Habit
    13. The Truth (tk 1)
    14. Blue Eyes

 


REISSUES

 

Omega Sunrise / Feel The Change

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I wonder if I said that there is not so many hidden treasures left to be reissued on CD. This recognition has not changed for me, however, OMEGA SUNRISE's 1983 album "Feel The Change" must deserve the hidden treasure for AOR / Westcoast / Fusion / Contemporary Christian music lovers. Omega Sunrise was a band that recorded and toured from 1979 through 1986. In 1983 they recorded their first album on New Jerusalem Records titled "Feel the Change" produced by Kim Hutchcroft well-known as the sax/flute player of the legendary "Seawind". The music of OMEGA SUNRISE was very close to that of Seawind featuring Debbie Seibert who sang like Pauline Wilson, backed by good horn section. On this album, you can listen to the cover versionof "Follow Your Road" originally performed by Seawind on their 1979's album "Light The Light". The band released another album titled "Run from the Night" on Morada Records, USA in 1985. The album "Run from the Night" did fairly well with several songs charting in localized markets around the US. Unfortunately, this album seems to be hard to be reissued due to various contractual reasons at this moment. After touring for 3 years with a schedule of about 8 months on the road each year, Omega Sunrise played its last concert in the Summer of 1986 in Fresno, California.
    • Label: Vivid Sound Corporatio, Japan <VSCD3336> (Original: New Jerusalem, USA <NJR-001>)
    • Release Date: October 21, 2009 (Original Release Year : 1983)
    • Producer: Kim Hutchcroft
    • Omega Sunrise:
      • Debbie Seibert: Vocals
      • Mark Seibert: Guitar, Vocals
      • Mike Gonzales: Bass
      • Reggie Turner: Keyboards
      • Paul Thaxter: Drums
      • Ron Pierce:Trumpet, Flugelhorn
      • David H. Neece: Sax
      • Paul Natzke: Trombone, Vocals, Synth

Omega Sunrise / Feel The Change

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  • Tracks
    1. Renewal
    2. Your Love
    3. Spot Light
    4. Can You Hear Him
    5. Too Hip
    6. Celestial Funk
    7. No Disguise
    8. First Love
    9. Eternal Day
    10. Feel The Change Comin'
    11. Follow Your Road





 

 

Alan O'Day

Hollywood born singer songwriter, Alan O'Day started playing clubs with his bandmates as The Archers in early 60's and recorded for Dunhill Records in 1966, entertaining US troops throughout Europe & the Far East in 1967. In 1969, Alan cleared his head to try songwriting full force. He stopped performing, and survived by working part time at a Hollywood recording studio.  Signing as a writer with E.H. Morris Music in 1969, & Warner Brothers Publishing in 1971, led to his first hitas a writer: Bobby Sherman's "The Drum" which climbed on the single chart and ranked #29 highest. Alan also wrote Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby", which hit #1 in December of 1974. In 1976, Alan O'Day signed as an artist with Pacific Records. Distributed by Atlantic, his solo album "Appetizers" was released in 1977 including the single "Undercover Angel" which zoomed to the top of the charts in July 1977, selling about two million copies. His next next effort was 1979's album entitled "Oh Johnny!" featuring a single, "Skinny Girls" which became a #1 song in Australia in 1980 but not so sucessful in the States. And Alan became well-known in 1981 by his co-wroting  "Your Eyes" with singer-songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita, which became a smash  hit for him in Japan. Both albums are really great and so had been tried to be reissued on CD but no success. Now, first time on CDs !!

Appetizers
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    • Label: Victor Entertainment Inc., Japan <VICP-70137> ) (Original:  Records, USA <PC4300>)
    • Release Date: January 1, 2010 (Original Release Year: 1977)
    • Producer: Steve Barri, Michael Omartian
    • Alan O'Day: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Jeff Porcaro
      • Bass: Scott Edwards, Lee Sklar
      • Keyboards: Michael Omartian
      • Guitars: Dean Parks, Jay Graydon 
      • Percussion: Steve Barri, Victor Feldman
      • Background Vocals: Carol Parks, Jim Haas, Michael Omartian
      • Horns: Tony Terran, Steve Madaio, Fred Seldon, Jim Horn
      • French Horns: David Duke, Barbaea Korn
      • String Concert Master: Sid Sharp

Alan O'Day / Appetizers

  • Tracks:
    1. Soldier Of Fortune
    2. Satisfied
    3. Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love
    4. Gifts
    5. Slot Machine
    6. Undercover Angel
    7. Do We Wrong, But Do Me
    8. Catch My Breath
    9. Angie Baby
    10. Caress Me Pretty Music
    11. Just You (bonus track)
 
Oh Johnny!
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    • Label: Victor Entertainment Inc., Japan <VICP-70138> ) (Original:  Records, USA)
    • Release Date: January 1, 2010 (Original Release Year: 1979)
    • Producer: Steve Barri and himself
    • Alan O'Day: Lead & Background Vocals, Keyboards
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird
      • Bass: Mike Porcaro, Lee Sklar
      • Keyboards: Michael Omartian
      • Guitars: Dean Parks, Jay Graydon 
      • Percussion: Steve Barri, Victor Feldman
      • Background Vocals: Brooks Hunnicut
      • Sax: Jim Horn
      • String Concert Master: Assa Dion
Alan O'Day / Oh Johnny!

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Appetizers  [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] / Alan O'Day Oh Johnny [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] / Alan O'Day
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  • Tracks
    1. How To Pick Up Girls
    2. Tonight You Belong To Me
    3. Oh Johnny!
    4. Skinny Girls
    5. England
    6. Love At First Sight
    7. Telephone Lovers
    8. People Who Talk To Themselves
      9. Ain't That Crazy Baby

 
 

 


 
 

Marilyn Scott

Marilyn Scott, known as an American jazz vocalist, got her start singing in both jazz and pop ensembles in San Francisco. She was found out by Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power, and she got  hired to do backing vocals for the group.This led to further work as a session musician in Los Angeles, working with The Yellowjackets, Hiroshima, and Bobby Womack to name a few.
In 1979, Marilyn Scott released her 1st solo album "Dreams of Tomorrow". The next one was 1983's "Without Warning" produced by Michael Sembello. Before she got acclaimed again as one of the best female Jazz vocalists in the states with her 1996 album "Take Me With You" for Warner Bros., she found herself as a guest voclaist on many of other artists' albums including
Bobby Caldwell's album "Solid Ground" (1991). And this collaboration gave her opportunities to release her own solo albums mainly for Japanese market. "Sky Dancing"(1991) was the one featuring her duet with Bobby Caldwell,"Show Me Your Devotion". She toured all over Japan with Bobby Caldwell in those days, which followed her success. Another effort in those days was "Smile" (1992).  Both albums had been out of print over the years in spite of her continued successful CD releases since late 90's. Now, we can revisit her early 90's excellent albums remastered version.

Sky Dancing
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    • Label: Victor Entertainment Inc., Japan <VICP-70138> ) (Original:  Emotion / Bandai VIsual Co., Japan <BCCY-1001> / SinDrome, USA )
    • Release Date: January 1, 2010 (Original: March 21, 1991)
    • Producers: Russell Ferrante, James Haslip, Bobby Womack and herself
    • Marilyn Scott: Lead & Background Vocals
    • Musicians:
      • Duet Vocals: Bobby Caldwell (Track 1) Bobby Womack (Track 8)
      • Keyboard: Russell Ferrante, Michael Wycoff, Aaron Zigman, Rusty Hamilton
      • Guitar: Michael Landau, Carlos Rios, Bobby Womack
      • Pedal Steel Guitar: Sneaky Pete Kleinow
      • Bass:James Haslip, David Shields
      • Drums: Ricky Lawson, James Gadson
      • Percussion: Bobby May
      • Sax: Mark Russo, Ferrnando Hartless
      • Flugelhorn: Jerry Hey
      • Trumpet: Wayne Bergeron, Steve Smith
      • Trombone: Bernard Basden
      • Background Vocals: Jim Gilstrap, Karin Patterson, Diano Sorrels, Merry Clayton, Vesta Williams,  Bobby Caldwell

Marilyn Scott / Sky Dancing

  • Tracks:
    1. Show Me Your Devotion
    2. Till I See You Again
    3. You Only Come Around
    4. It's Only A Heart
    5. Sky Dancing
    6. The Restless Own The Night
    7. Turn On The Moon
    8.  Inside Of Love
    9. Suspicious Minds
    10.  Keep Sayin' No
    11. The Visitor
 
Smile
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    • Label: Victor Entertainment Inc., Japan <VICP-70139> (Original:  Emotion /Bandai Visual Co., Japan <BCCY-1005> / SinDrome, USA )
    • Release Date: January 1, 2010 (Original: March 21, 1992)
    •  Producers: Russell Ferrante, James Haslip, Brenda Russell, Larry Williams and herself
    • Marilyn Scott: Lead & Background Vocals
    • Musicians:
      • Duet Vocals: Brenda Russell (Track 2)
      • Keyboard: Russell Ferrante, Tom Snow, Larry Williams, Eric Hanson
      • Bass: Jimmy Haslip
      • Guitars: James Harrah, Donald Griffin
      • Drums: William Kennedy, Vinnie Colaiuta
      • Percussion: Paulinho De Costa
      • Sax: Steve Taylione, Jim Marentic
      • Flugelhorn: Walt Fowler
      • Harmonica: Tollak Ollestad
      • Background Vocals: Maxayne Lewis, Brenda Russell, Petsey Powell, Bunny Hull, Jim Gilstrap, Mary Ann Mattiello,  Leslie Smith
Marilyn Scott / Smile

International Order

Sky Dancing / Marilyn ScottSmile / Marilyn Scott
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  • Tracks
    1. Smile
    2. Got That Man On My Mind
    3. Walking My Way To You
    4. Me Surrounded By You
    5. Giving Up On Love
    6. Photograph
    7. You Don't Know Me
    8. Love Understands
    9. Goldmine
    10. Sadness

 
 

 


 

Mastedon / It's A Jungle Out There!
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Mastedon is the Hard Rock band put together by ex KANSAS singer John Elefante, together with his brother Dino in the late 80’s. The band's name was a pachyderm-inspired reference to the brothers' last name. Although John was an accomplished vocalist and performer, the first two Mastedon albums featured multiple lead singers and performances by other artists, creating an eclectic sound anchored by John’s songwriting. His brother Dino played a prominent role, contributing songwriting and handling most of the guitar work. "It's A Jungle Out There" was the first full-length album released in 1989, together with superb musicians including REO Speedwagon's Dave Amato, Alan Parsons and Ambrosia's David Pack. Long out-of-print, this remastered reissue adds three bonus tracks;  "Wasn't It Love" originally released on the compilation "California Metal Vol.1" in 1987, and live versions of "Islands In The Sky" and "Right Hand", recorded in 1991.
    •  Label: Frontiers Records, Italy (FRCD433)
    • Release Date: November 6,  2009 (Original Release: 1989)
    • Producer: John  & Dino Elefante
    • Musicians:
      • Drums: David Raven, Phil Rowland, John Elefante
      • Bass: Dino Elefante, John Pierce, John Patitucci, Jimmy Johnson
      • Guitars: Dino Elefante, Dave Amato
      • Keyboards: John Elefante
      • Lead Vocals: John Elefante (Track3, 5, 6), Dave Amato (Track 2, 7, 10), Perry Lee (Track 4, 8), Dave Robbins (Track 1) David Pack (Track 9)
Mastedon / It's A Jungle Out There!

 

International Order


  • Tracks:
    1. It's A Jungle Out There
    2. Glory Bound
    3. This Is The Day
    4. Love Inhalation
    5. Islands In The Sky
    6. Get Up
    7. Love That Will Survive
    8. Innocent Girl
    9. Shine On
    10. Right Hand
    11. Wasn't It Love (bonus track)
    12. Islands In The Sky (Live at Cornerstone '91) (bonus track)
    13. Right Hand (Live at Cornerstone '91)  (bonus track)

 

 


 

 

 

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