SOLEIL MOON is a duo formed in mid-nineties by two career/session musicians; Larry King and John Blasucci.
More rock, Larry wrote songs and sung backing tracks for other artists, and even composed a rock opera staged in the US East area. John is a trained session keyboardist and orchestrator, but has a completely different background, as he came from the jazz scene where recorded on countless albums and played with big names of the genre.
What they have done (and still do these days) with Soleil Moon is pure magic.
Both took enough time to compose one of the best West Coast AOR / Adult Contemporary albums of all time. Yes, it's that good.
For this magnificent recording, they secured the contribution of top session players to give these superb songs the quality playing they deserved.
Masters of the highest caliber such as guitar maestro Michael Thompson (just listen the track "I'd Die For You", possibly, his best recording ever), Kenny Aronoff, Warren Hill, Lenny Castro and even the London Symphony Orchestra. That's what I call 'got contacts'.
I can write ten thousand lines (and more) threshing a track-by-track, as all are so marvelously composed, arranged, executed, produced, etc. that you can't find enough words to describe this masterpiece.
Instead of this, I beg you not to miss this golden CD, which easily ranks in my Top 50 of all times.
You have it all here; smooth West Coast, AOR, Adult Contemporary, stylized Pop, Classic Rock... everything.
Just BRILLIANT, with Capitals.
As bonus, I've added an extra track recorded by Soleil Moon in November, 2000, for that year holidays; "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". Never released commercially, just for the fans, the song became the Number One most added Christmas song in the East area radio stations.
Essential album. A Must Have.
01 - Willingly
02 - Never Say Goodbye
03 - Ohio
04 - Warm Summer Rain
05 - Worlds Apart
06 - I'd Die For You (Orchestral Intro)
07 - I'd Die For You
08 - You And Me
09 - Calling On The World
10 - I Need You Close To Me
11 - Love Me Like You Used To
12 - What Are You Dreaming
13 - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (bonus)
Larry King - vocals
John Blasucci - keyboards
Michael Thompson, Paul Jackson Jr. - guitars
Ricky Petersen - organ
Warren Hill - sax
Lenny Castro - percussion
Kenny Aronoff, Todd Sucherman - drums
London Symphony Orchestra
SOLEIL MOON - Worlds Apart