Thursday, January 27, 2011

JEFF PARIS - Lucky This Time [Japan version] (1993)

JEFF PARIS Lucky This Time Japan version
Prodigious songwriter Geoffrey Leib aka JEFF PARIS has written songs with/for countless artists in the music business like Alias, Mr.Big, Brett Walker, Lita Ford, Vixen, Y&T, Paul Stanley, Michael Thompson, Sheena Easton, etc.
Accomplished musician as well, his opportunity as main artist came in the mid eighties with a major label deal releasing 2 superb albums; 'Race To Paradise' ('86) and 'Wired Up' ('87).
During 1987 Paris toured successfully in the States on a ‘Double Thunder’ co-headlining package with the canadian outfit REFUGEE.

But next year his label drop the contract, then Jeff settle to work on demos for a future next album, amongst them the tapes recorded with his old friend, vocalist and songwriter Moon Calhoun (Moon Over Paris demos).
Other show biz colleagues attended these sessions, guitarists Michael Thompson, Mike Gray, Bett Walker, Jan Kuehnemund, but most the instruments are performed by Paris in person.
By 1993 a now defunct small UK label offered Jeff to release these recordings under the name "Lucky This Time".

This is an awesome collection of american melodic rock / AOR tunes to die for.
"Wrong Side Of Love" and "House On Fire" were written in conjunction with the band MR. BIG.
"Jump The Gun", which sound like a mix between Def Leppard and Kiss, was co-written with Paul Stanley.
"Baby Break Mine" is a collaboration with Skin's guitar-man Mike Gray and the incredible "State Of The Heart" penned together with Vixen's Jan Kuehnemund.
The mind-blowing "Stop Playin' With My Heart" is simply one of the best MR / AOR melodies ever written / recorded.

"Lucky This Time" is pretty easy to find on the web, but not the japanese edition featuring 4 bonus tracks.
Here it is, complete with artwork.
Curiously, asians have left over 2 songs from the european edition. Both are included into the file.
As said, a Must Have.
Highly Recommended

JEFF PARIS Lucky This Time Japan version
Lifeline (european release only)
Gypsy Heart (european release only)

Jeff Paris : Vocals, All Instruments
Michael Thompson : Guitar
Jan Kuehnemund : Guitar
Brett Walker : Guitar
Mike Gray : Guitar
Moon Calhoun, Brett Walker : Backing Vocals

JEFF PARIS - Lucky This Time [Japan version]


Olivr said...

~love love

Juba.San said...

A mandatory album in any AOR lover's collection. This is Jeff's album I like the best and I highly recommend it to anyone!

SOFIA said...

I would like to know who did the production of this gem? Himself maybe? I rarely have the pleasure to listen to some great songs so well produced. Thanks for the opportunity you're giving us Camelblue! If I was to grade this I would give it a 9/10. Great job Jeff! This should be a pilot of how it should be done. Respect.

PS. Except the songs you've mentioned which are great I'm adding "Touched by Love". Great guitar work and instruments arrangement!

Miguel Angel said...

Hi Sofia, All Tracks produced, engineered and mixed by Jeff Paris

SOFIA said...

Thanks for the info Miguel. I kinda thought that was the case.