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
Requested in "REQUEST & FILL CORNER" section...

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]


T.P said...

Indeed, a great musician with the special touch for memorable melodies who has performed so many earworms over the years.

So if I wouldn't know most of the songs already, you definitely had made my day with this post! But even then, you still made my day, haha! And again, your overall background knowledge is fabulous.

Bye for now,

RMD said...

Thanks for the fill. I've had the previous Cool Sound reissue for a long time but only became aware they did a second reissue a few years after the first. Had higher hopes for the bonus tracks considering the two alternates that were included on the first reissue to be as strong if not a little stronger than what made the official tracklist. Strange of Cool Sound not to include those two extra tracks on the second release.