Wednesday, July 30, 2014



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

JOSEPH WILLIAMS - Joseph Williams [Complete Edition +3] Cool-092 (2002)

JOSEPH WILLIAMS - Joseph Williams [Complete Edition +3] Cool-092 (2002) obi
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Son of one of the most important film score composers in Hollywood's history, JOSEPH WILLIAMS started his musical career in the seventies singing singles, backing vocals as sessionist and recording countless demos.
John became famous, of course, as Toto's lead singer since 1986, but he recorded his first, self-titled solo album in 1981-82.

"Joseph Williams", the LP, is a faithful representative of the L.A. session / AOR Westcoast sound of its era, featuring excellent musicians like Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Robbie Buchanan, Jay Gruska and many more.
Strangely, it wasn't pressed on CD until Japanese label Cool Sound reissued the album in 1998, on one of their first efforts as 'record reissue' company. It was augmented by themselves in 2002, with this "Joseph Williams [Complete Edition +3]" including three bonus tracks - yes, there's a print error on the cover.

JOSEPH WILLIAMS - Joseph Williams [Complete Edition +3] Cool-092 (2002) back cover

Although not reaching the full vocal potential he developed later in Toto, this 1981 recording shows Joseph Williams colourful set of pipes and great sense for melodic harmonies.

01 - What Is She Hiding
02 - That First Night
03 - Takin' It
04 - One More Chance
05 - I Didn't Do It
06 - This Girl
07 - Something Special
08 - Nothing's Lost
09 - Make Some Time
10 - Anything You Say (bonus track)
11 - You Forever (bonus track)
12 - I Didn't Do It [Alternate Take] (bonus track)

Vocals: Joseph Williams
Keyboards: Robbie Buchanan, David Garfield, Michael Omartian
Guitars: Steve Lukather, Michael Landau
Bass: Jay Gruska, Dean Cortez Moog
Drums: Mark T. Williams
Percussion: Lenny Castro
Sax: Steve Tavaglione
Horns: Jerry Hey, Chuck Findley, Larry Williams, Jim Horn
Background Vocals: Richard Page, Steve George, Tommy Funderburk

Joseph Williams [Complete Edition +3]

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Monday, July 28, 2014

VELOCITY - Impact 1997 / Activator 2001

VELOCITY - Impact 1997 / Activator 2001 Japan release
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It was not easy to make Melodic Hard Rock in the USA during the second half of the '90s, but guitarist / vocalist David Victor (now in Tom Scholz's Boston) was one of the few carrying the flag with his band VELOCITY.

Their debut "Impact" truly does justice to its name, full of punchy melodic rockers and killer mid-tempo / ballads.
Victor is an awesome vocalist and arranger, Chris Dodge delivers some assasin six-string solos, while the kickin' drumming is provided by Pat Torpey (Mr. Big). There's not a single weak track on this record, very well produced with a crisp sound.
As curiosity, this should be one the albums with more distinct artwork versions in Rock history. Originally issued in the US in 1997, it was released in Europe, Japan and again in America in 1998, all with different covers.

VELOCITY - Impact 1997 / Activator 2001 US and European covers

This is a HQ rip from the Japanese press, but the artwork from all are included just for fun.
Additionally, there's VELOCITY's second effort from 2011, the EP "Activator", not melodic as the debut but still interesting, a little more modern sounding and heavy riff-oriented, where David Victor plays all the instruments.
Killer stuff.

Impact 1997
01 - You Don't Amaze Me Anymore
02 - Julia Ann
03 - Supernatural Lover
04 - She's Been Around
05 - Janine
06 - Riot Goin' On
07 - More Than Tonight
08 - Love Is Dangerous
09 - One Minute To Midnight
10 - Open Road

David Victor - lead & backing vocals, guitar, bass
Chris Dodge - lead guitar
Pat Torpey - drums

Activator 2001
VELOCITY Activator 2001

01 - Stay
02 - Beautiful and Useless
03 - Alive
04 - You
05 - Stranger

David Victor - vocals, all instruments

VELOCITY - Impact 1997 / Activator 2001

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHICAGO - Twenty 1 [Full Original Unreleased Ron Nevison Mix] (1990)

CHICAGO - Twenty 1 [Full Original Unreleased Ron Nevison Mix] (1990)
Requested in "REQUEST & FILL CORNER" section...

There's an interesting story behind "Twenty 1", the album released officially in 1991 by all-star band CHICAGO.
Originally the record was produced, engineered and mixed by the - in my humble opinion - best producer in rock & pop history; Ron Nevison. But at the eleventh hour, the project was handed to Humberto Gatica to re-mix, because the record company wanted a more poppy, polished sound.

Often regarded as a black sheep in Chicago's discography, I always liked "Twenty 1". It has some truly great songs on it and a delicate sound.
However, some years ago, the original Ron Nevison Mix surfaced among collectors and I was shocked. Is it the same album? Is that different.
"Twenty 1" is a perfect example on how a sound engineer is able to completely change a recording. Kudos to Humberto Gatica because he really modified the final product.

But let's get back to the original, unreleased Ron Nevison Mix. This is an entirely different beast.
I mean, Ron Nevison is a 'Rock' producer, and all his work for diverse bands has his distinctive touch, and I love it. Take as example Ozzy's 'Ultimate Sin', Survivor's 'When Seconds Count', Heart's 'Bad Animals', Damn Yankees albums, Icon's 'Night Of The Crime', and countless other gems.
And with "Twenty 1" was not an exception. Ron's mixing is far cleaner, crisp, less effects-laden than the material finally released and re-mixed by Gatica.

Done in 1990, Nevison's "Twenty 1" is more rocking I'd say. His 'studio approach' is not technical, it's very emotional, and you can tell that listening this mix.
The most notable, instant difference are the drums. All tracks feature real drums, played by talented John Keane (most of them were deleted by Gatica, who used electronic samples).
The vocals are more visceral, direct, less processed, while the guitars have a lively, valvular feel.

Just listen "Somebody Somewhere", it's simply a new song on this mix, where Bill Champlin comes more tight and the keyboards grasp much firmly to the melody, whilst the guitar solo rocks.
There's also a song not present on the official release, the velvety "Secrets Of The Heart" penned by Jason Scheff, replaced by "Explain It To My Heart" opening the disc.
Additionaly, Nevison opted for this tracklist sequence, which works far better in my opinion.
As bonus, at the end it's included "Love Is Forever", a song demoed during the "Twenty 1" sessions but never properly recorded / published.

Chicago's "Twenty 1 Unreleased Ron Nevison Mix" is a must have for collectors and AOR aficionados.
It's that kind of rare gems that worth to be discovered and enjoyed by fans.
Disclaimer: these are lossy, compressed files presented here for educational / entertainment purposes. Rights belong entirely to Mr. Ron Nevison.

01 - If It Were You
02 - Chasin' The Wind
03 - Who Do You Love
04 - You Come To My Senses
05 - One From The Heart
06 - What Does It Take
07 - Holdin' On
08 - God Save The Queen
09 - Man To Woman
10 - Only Time Can Heal The Wounded
11 - Secrets Of The Heart
12 - Somebody, Somewhere
13 - Love Is Forever (Twenty 1 sessions Demo) [bonus]

Bill Champlin – keyboards, lead & background vocals
Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead & background vocals
Jason Scheff – bass, lead & background vocals
Dawayne Bailey – guitars, background vocals
Tris Imboden – drums, percussion
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, flugelhorn, background vocals
James Pankow – trombone, background vocals
Walter Parazaider – woodwinds, background vocals
Additional personnel:
John Keane – drums, percussion
Robbie Buchanan, Tom Keane, Efrain Toro – keyboards
Steve Porcaro – keyboard programming
David Foster – acoustic piano
Michael Landau – guitar
Stephen "Doc" Kupka – baritone sax

CHICAGO Twenty 1 Ron Nevison Mix

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RUSS TAFF - Walls Of Glass [Japanese remaster] (1983)

RUSS TAFF - Walls Of Glass [Japanese remaster] (1983)
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Singer and composer RUSS TAFF made a name by himself as vocalist for The Imperials and stated a solo career with is record from 1983: "Walls Of Glass".
Taff is one of the more versatile artists from Christian music movement with a highly respectable success into the secular charts, specially during the '80s.

I have already posted on the blog Russ Taff's second album 'Medals', a true AOR little gem. This "Walls Of Glass", as said, was released previously and cemented his abilities as composer and performer.
Seems when Taff announced he quit The Imperials there were many 'big cats' eager to record with him on his debut "Walls Of Glass". Just check the personnel: master Michael Landau on guitar, king of groove Jeff Porcaro, Nathan East, Abraham Laboriel, Bill Champlin, James Newton Howard, even Franke Previte from Franke & The Knockouts contributing harmony vocals... impressive session musicians.

Conducted & arranged by talented Robbie Buchanan (who also play several instruments) and produced with a crystal clear sound by Bill Schnee (Huey Lewis, Boz Scaggs, Franke & The Knockouts), "Walls Of Glass" is a wonderful record.
This one is more Westcoast oriented than 'Medals' (more radio-AOR), but the exact definition would be 'L.A. session' sound.
Long time deleted, Russ Taff's "Walls Of Glass" was remastered some years ago by the specialzed Japanese label Cool Sound. But it's out to print again, and it's really hard to find.
First half of the '80s quality AOR.

01 - Tell Them
02 - Walls Of Glass
03 - Jeremiah
04 - Pure In Heart
05 - We Will Stand
06 - I Want To Change
07 - Inside Look
08 - Just Believe
09 - Kathryn's Song
10 - Unto The Lamb

Vocals – Russ Taff
Keyboards, Synth Bass – Robbie Buchanan
Guitar – Marty Walsh, Michael Landau, James Hollihan
Keyboards, Synths, Piano – Robbie Buchanan
Keyboards – Bill George
Piano, Synths – James Newton Howard
Synths – Michael Omartian
Bass – Nathan East, Richard Hopkins, Abraham Laboriel
Drums – Jeff Porcaro, Mike Baird, John Hammond
Horns – Charlie Loper, Ernie Watts, Gary Grant, Jerry Hey
Saxophone [Sax Solo] – Ernie Watts
Harmony Vocals – Franke Previte
Backing Vocals – Bill Champlin, Carmen Twillie, Tamara Champlin, Arnold McCuller, David Lasley, Bonnie Bramlett, Russell Taff

RUSS TAFF Walls Of Glass Japanese remaster

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

GREG GUIDRY - Private Session (2000)

GREG GUIDRY - Private Session (2000) obi
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St. Louis born GREG GUIDRY signed a deal with CBS Records at the end of the seventies as songwriter artist, providing songs for many acts such as Climax Blues Band, Robbie Dupree, Exile, Reba McEntire, etc.
Greg also did backing vocals as session musician until Columbia offered him the opportunity to record his first own LP entitled Over The Line, featuring David Hungate (Toto), Dan Huff, Bobby LaKind, David Sanborn and other great L.A. recording studio cats.

Despite the good sales and a respectable #17 Billboard single, there was not second album. But Guidry continued recording material which remained unreleased for almost twenty years, when in 2000 finally saw the light of day.
"Private Session" is a professionally recorded, mixed and produced bunch of wonderful tunes with all the AOR / Westcoast magic from the '80s.
Some cuts are stylized, smooth L.A. sounding songs akin Chicago, Robbie Dupree, John O'Banion, while the more radio friendly AOR compositions, Brock Walsh, Tommy Funderburk, Tom Keane, etc.

GREG GUIDRY - Private Session (2000) back cover

Released by Japanese label Cool Sound but now out of print, Greg Guidry's "Private Session" is a delicious slice of pure '80s spell.

01 - You're Good For Me
02 - I Got This Thing
03 - I Believe
04 - Heart To Heart
05 - Don't Let Go
06 - It Happens Everytime
07 - I Get High
08 - It's Only Love
09 - Say When
10 - First Time
11 - Think About It
12 - Suspicious Heart

Greg Guidry: vocals, keyboards
Dann Huff, Jon Goin, Tom Hemby: guitars
Keith Thomas, Phil Naish: keyboards
Mike Brignardello, Keith Thomas, Gary Lunn: bass
Mark Hammond: drums
Mark Hammond, Keith Thomas: programming
Sam Levine, Mark Douthit: sax
Cathy Guidry, Sandra Guidry, Denny Henson, Joe Hogue: background vocals

GREG GUIDRY Private Session