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"Dancin' in the moonlight", Orleans's first in-studio album of new songs in nearly 10 years


Best known for their hits "Still the One" and "Dance With Me," Orleans was founded in New York in 1972 by John Hall, Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly. Hoppen's brother Lance joined before the group signed with ABC Records in 1973. In 1974 Orleans recorded a self-produced album in New York's Bearsville Studio. Then the band move for Asylum records to release the album Let There Be Magic in 1974, featuring the group's first big hit, 1975's "Dance with Me." Read more...

The new ORLEANS CD "Dancin' in the moonlight" is helping the city of New Orleans !
The band have committed to donating 10% of ALL CD SALES (not only the new CD) to Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and ACORN relief programs for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"Dancin' in the moonlight" is Orleans' first in-studio album of new songs in nearly 10 years.


1 Mission of Mercy 
2 Dancin' in the Moonlight 
3 Heaven 
4 Yestertime 
5 In My Dream 
6 The Walking Wounded
7 Get A Life 
8 (I Need a) Break from My Vacation 
9 What Was I Thinkin' 
10 (Love's Not Just For) Other People 
11 Issues

Steve Lukather on new INXS album

After months of heated speculation, INXS have embraced Canadian singer J.D. Fortune as their new lead vocalist. The new INXS will immediately head into the studio with producer Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams) to begin work on their Epic Records debut, entitled SWITCH. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for a 29 November release.

Steve Lukather (from Toto): "I was at the INXS final taping and after party, you would think *I* was famous, hahaha. JD is actually a nice guy. I think he took a "humble pill", hahaha. He is from where Shawn is from in Canada and was way cool. Different than on TV... thank God. I LOVE those guys and I would do anything for them. I am gonna play on the new record for a laugh. They did the right thing and I wish them ALL the success."

Giorgia's MTV unplugged new cd & dvd.


She is without any doubts my favorite italian singer. Giorgia comes back with a collection of her greatest hits, recorded live in 2005 for European MTV.
Her Physical Beauty is Stunning and her Voice is the Champion of Two San Remo Festivals. She Has Recorded Duets with the Likes of Ray Charles, Sugar (Zucchero), Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Ritchie and Michael Mcdonald and More.


1/ Love's In Need Of Love Today
2/ Girasole
3/ So Beautiful
4/ Strano Il Mio Destino
5/ Il Senso
6/ La Gatta (Sul Tetto)
7/ L'Eternita
8/ Credere
9/ Vivi Davvero
10/ Di Sole E D'Azzurro
11/ I Heard It Through The Grapevine
12/ Veloce Giorgia (V.G.)
13/ E Poi
14/ Infinite Volte
15/ Who's Lovin You?
16/ Gocce Di Memoria
17/ Spirito Liberto
18/ I'll Stand By You

Sheryl Crow New Album "Wildflowers"


Sheryl Crow is back to her beautiful best with the release of her new studio album Wildflower, her fifth and her first since 2002's C'mon C'mon.

Wildflower will provide the perfect soundtrack to a balmy summer evening, with Crow producing an album of instant classics. Its ten tracks are a set of beautifully crafted songs rich with soaring choruses, heartfelt lyrics and wonderfully lush orchestration, courtesy of master arranger David Campbell (also father to a certain Beck Hansen).

First single Good Is Good is instantly recognisable as Sheryl Crow, and sees her once again writing with long-time collaborator Jeff Trott, who also co-penned Everyday Is A Winding Road, If It Makes You Happy and My Favourite Mistake. Trott also plays some Dylan-esque slide guitar on Good Is Good, lending the whole track a mid-tempo 70's feel.

In November, across only a handful of cities, including London, a very special live show is planned where Sheryl Crow and her band will play a concert of two halves. The first will be a full run through of Wildflower, complete with a local symphony orchestra, with the second featuring some of Crow's greatest hits. The show is sure to be a very hot ticket for any Sheryl Crow fan but for those who miss out, a more extensive tour is planned for 2006.

Wildflower will add to Sheryl Crow's tally of 25 million record sales around the world to date and comes after 2003's greatest hits collection, which reached double platinum status in the UK. Also in the Crow back-catalogue are 1994's Tuesday Night Music Club, 1996's Sheryl Crow and 1998's The Globe Sessions. During her career, Crow has won a Brit Award and a remarkable nine Grammies.

1   I Know Why  
2   Perfect Lie  
3   Good Is Good  
4   Wildflower  
5   Chances Are  
6   Lifetimes  
7   Letter to God  
8   I Don't Wanna Know  
9   Always on Your Side  
10   Where Has All the Love Gone  
11   Live It Up

Will Downing New Album "Soul Symphony"


Soul Symphony opens with the seductive beat of “Put Me On” and winds through a range of grooves and emotions.  The first single from the album is the hit-bound slow jam, "Crazy Love”.  Other songs on the album include the emotive “A Promise,” “Make Time for Love,” a romantic ballad, and a rendition of Brian McKnight’s “What’s It Gonna Be,” from his album Superhero (Motown Records).

Will Downing co-wrote several of the songs featured on Soul Symphony, including the beautiful “Heart of Mine,” “Soul Steppin” with its danceable groove, and “Will Still Loves You,” a respectful dedication to hard-working women and mothers everywhere.

One of the album’s highlights is “Superstar,” a song originally made famous by The Carpenters and later closely associated with one of Downing’s idols, the incomparable Luther Vandross.  In fact, Downing brought down the house when he performed this song at the “Forever, For Always, For Luther” tribute and benefit concert held in New York at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in October 2004.
It will be out the october 4th 2005.
Produced by Will Downing, Chris “Big Dog” Davis, Rex Rideout, and Ronnie Garrett

1. Put Me On
2. Crazy Love
3. What's It Gonna Be
4. A Promise
5. Make Time For Love
6. Soul Steppin'
7. Will Still Loves You
8. Superstar
9. Heart Of Mine

George Benson New Album "Best Of Live"


Though most people would first think to categorize George Benson as a jazz guitarist, (despite the fact that he has sold millions of records as a soulful pop singer)the term that best describes the man is entertainer. Since the age of 4 when he sang and danced for pennies on the streets of Pittsburgh as “Little Georgie Benson: The Kid From Gilmore Alley” (later recording on RCA’s short-lived X imprint at age 10), he has relished putting a smile on people’s lips by working every angle of his musical charms. This new GRP Records CD, The Best of George Benson Live, captures his essence in a richly satisfying 10-song microcosm that gives audiences a taste of everything that has made George Benson among the most internationally sought after performers for three decades now.

The music was taken from the Eagle Vision DVD, George Benson: Absolutely Live, which documented Mr. Benson during his 2000 tour for his third GRP Records release, Absolute Benson. Recorded live at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Ireland, the set features seven of Benson’s greatest hits along with three selections introduced on Absolute Benson featuring special guest Joe Sample on keyboards as well as the BBC Big Band and members of the Ulster Orchestra. Benson’s touring band at this juncture consisted of Musical Director/pianist David Witham, second keyboardist Thom Hall, rhythm guitarist/background vocalist Michael O’Neill, drummer Michael White, percussionist Dio Saucedo and his longtime bassist Stanley Banks (who was present back on Benson’s classic 1977 live album, Weekend in L.A.). Of course, Mr. George Benson is front and center singing and wearing out his custom Ibanez hollow body electric guitar. And the sound was handled by Benson’s long-standing Grammy-winning associate, Al Schmitt.

The CD kicks off with George laying into his 1981 R&B chart-topper “Turn Your Love Around” (a Best R&B Song Grammy-winner for writers Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather and Bill Champlin – all guitarists as well), then slips smoothly into the chestnut that changed Benson from a jazz legend to a pop sensation, “This Masquerade” (penned by rock great Leon Russell). Benson’s now classic arrangement was originally conceived by saxophonist David Sanborn, but Tommy LiPuma – who was producing them both at the time – convinced Sanborn to let Benson run with it as the sole vocal of his Breezin’ album. Benson nailed it in one astounding one take and became an overnight vocal sensation. Audiences never let him leave a stage until they hear his tandem guitar/scat soloing on this gem…as you can hear on the magnificent new live version here.

Next up is George’s instrumental classic “Breezin’,” the title track of his multi-million-selling 1976 album (which was written by soul legend Bobby Womack, who originally recorded it as a duet with Hungarian guitar great Gabor Szabo). But that duo didn’t have the delicate balance of grace and groove that Benson and company brought to it, making it one of the last instrumental melodies to scale the charts and capture the imaginations of listeners around the world. It is followed here by “Love X Love” (pronounced “love times love”), the mid-tempo boiler from George’s platinum smash album Give Me The Night (produced by Quincy Jones and written by English songsmith Rod Temperton).

The concert detours into jazzier territory once George introduces a special guest to the stage, Joe Sample: a jazz legend known as a founding member of influential soul/jazz pioneers The Crusaders as well as a composer/performer in his own right.  One of the special angles of George’s Absolute Benson album is that Joe not only was a guest performer on the record, he composed four of its nine numbers as well. They start off with one of those in “Deeper Than You Think,” featuring Joe on acoustic piano. Then they segue into George’s burning rendition of the late great Donny Hathaway’s funk classic “The Ghetto” (which Hathaway composed in the early `70s with his then-Howard University roommate Leroy Hutson, who also became a mid-level soul star).

Next up is bit of uplifting advice in the realm of love titled “Never Give Up On a Good Thing,” a single that was a Top 20 R&B hit in the U.S. and a much bigger “across the board” pop smash throughout Europe – thus it’s inclusion on the set here in Belfast. It gives way to the evening’s jazziest highlight, “Hipping the Hop,” an infectious and playful romp that Joe composed, emphasizing the root similarities (as opposed to polarities) of jazz and hip hop at their cores. It still stands as among the “freshest” pieces Benson can pull out of his trick bag to flash the chops his jazz fans are ever eager to hear.

The set’s final two numbers find Benson and his band jammin’ on two of the fiercest cuts in his catalog. First up is “Give Me The Night,” another Rod Temperton-penned marvel that the group stretches past the 7-minute mark.

Leavin’ `em anticipating an encore, George returns to tear the roof off with the The Drifters’ 1963 classic “On Broadway” (penned by the famed Brill Building quartet of Barry Mann, Cynthia Weill, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller) that he song-jacked in the summer of `78 on his live album, Weekend in L.A. Benson’s original recording was an anomaly as one of the rare live songs from the late `70s on to become a crossover smash. It was #2 R&B for two weeks straight and peaked at #7 pop. And since it is the one song on this new live CD that was already a hit in a live version, Benson goes all-out to make his already fresh rearrangement of the gem even more thrilling. He adds a call and response audience participation section to the mix, a vocal percussion scat a la Al Jarreau in the middle, then whisks the audience off on a Latin escapade before slammin’ back into the lockstep R&B groove to bring it on home.

And you can be sure that at the end of the show, Benson snatched his guitar from around his neck, holding it in one hand while stretching his arms out wide as if to say, “I have just given you 200% of the very best of me, I love you all, good night!”

Across five decades now, George Benson has proven himself to be one of the finest all around musicians the jazz and pop music worlds have ever known. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 22, 1943, he didn’t begin playing guitar seriously until his teen years…and THEN only to take over from the guitar player of the vocal group he was in, The Altairs. But he swiftly blossomed into a player of uncanny speed, precision and feel. From juke joints to jazz halls, he had the goods that kept the people swingin’. Key encounters first with Wes Montgomery and later organist Jack McDuff set him on a serious path and he soon became an in demand sideman and session guitarist - the equivalent of a musical gunslinger who could steal a headliners thunder with a few flicks of the wrist within a killer solo.

Solo recordings for the Prestige, Columbia, Verve, A&M and CTI labels documented his growth and versatility as he became a perennial Downbeat Magazine Critics and Readers’ Poll winner. But it was when he joined the burgeoning jazz roster of Warner Bros. Records under executive Tommy LiPuma in the mid-`70s that his ship truly came into its own with the release of the triple-platinum album Breezin’, then the biggest selling contemporary jazz album of all-time (topping Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters from a few years before). He has enjoyed immense international superstardom from that point forth with here more platinum-plus releases, five gold sellers, sold out concert tours and eight Grammy Awards, among countless other accolades and honors.

When Tommy LiPuma became president of Verve Records in 1994, George Benson was his first signing – three months into the gig. George was signed to the GRP imprint, and released his first CD for the company, That’s Right, in 1996. It was followed by Standing Together (1998), Absolute Benson (2000) and Irreplaceable (2004).

1. Turn Your Love Around
2. This Masquerade
3. Breezin’
4. Love X Love
5. Deeper Than You Think
6. The Ghetto
7. Never Give Up On A Good Thing
8. Hipping The Hop
9. Give Me The Night
10. On Broadway

Barbra Streisand Barry Gibb New Album "Guilty Pleasures"


Guilty Pleasures," the eagerly-awaited new collaborative album by legendary singer Barbra Streisand and producer/songwriter/vocalist Barry Gibb, will be released as both a traditional CD and as a DualDisc, on Tuesday, September 20.
Produced by Barry Gibb and John Merchant and Executive Produced by Barbra Streisand and Jay Landers, "Guilty Pleasures" will debut the original songs "Come Tomorrow" (Duet with Barry Gibb), "Stranger In A Strange Land" (the album's first single), "Hideaway," "It's Up To You," "Night Of My Life," "Above The Law" (Duet with Barry Gibb), "Without Your Love," "All The Children," "Golden Dawn," "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away," and "Letting Go."

The DualDisc edition of "Guilty Pleasures" will include the album in its entirety on the audio-only side while the DVD side will showcase all 11 songs in PCM Stereo, an exclusive interview with Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb, and music videos for the songs "Above The Law" (Duet with Barry Gibb), "Hideaway," "Stranger In A Strange Land," and "Letting Go."

The audio side of the 25th Anniversary Edition of "Guilty" will include the nine classic tracks -- "Guilty" (Duet with Barry Gibb), "Woman In Love," "Run Wild," "Promises," "The Love Inside," "What Kind of Fool" (Duet with Barry Gibb), "Life Story," "Never Give Up," and "Make It Like A Memory" -- that comprised the original "Guilty" album.

The DVD side of the 25th Anniversary Edition of "Guilty" will include all nine songs in PCM Stereo, an exclusive interview with Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb (containing footage not included in the "Guilty Pleasures" interview), live performance videos of the Barbra Streisand-Barry Gibb duets "Guilty" and "What Kind of Fool," and "Stranger In A Strange Land," an exclusive video preview of the "Guilty Pleasures" album."

The much-anticipated release of "Guilty Pleasures" comes 25 years after the pair's first multi-platinum album, "Guilty," made pop music history as a worldwide chart-topping smash which helped define the emerging Adult Contemporary pop music genre following its release in 1980.

The album generated three hit singles: "Woman In Love" (#1 Adult Contemporary, #1 Pop) and the duets with Barry Gibb, "Guilty" (#5 Adult Contemporary, #3 Pop) and "What Kind of Fool" (#1 Adult Contemporary, #10 Pop). The album's title track, "Guilty," took home the coveted Grammy Award for "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group."

Songs :
1. Above The Law
2. Stranger In A Strange Land
3. Hideaway
4. Golden Dawn
5. If Only (You Were Mine)
6. Night Of My Life
7. Come Tomorrow
8. It's Up To You
9. Without Your Love
10. All The Children
11. Don't Throw It All Away
12. Letting Go

Latoya London Love And Life New Album


With her stunning voice and illuminating beauty, songstress LaToya London captivated audiences across the country when she delivered show-stopping performances week-after-week on the 2004 season of the hit TV show "American Idol." Now, for her millions of loyal fans, the long wait for the singer's debut CD is finally over. LaToya will release Love & Life, a collection of 14 songs that touches the worlds of pop, urban, and hip-hop, on September 20.
Proving that's she's as smart as she is talented, London co-wrote several songs on the CD, including the album's explosive first single "Appreciate." A hip-hop ode to the opposite sex, this youthful, cross-over bound track features the rap talent of Black Thought from "The Roots." The single is in stores this August.
One listen to the amazing breadth Love & Life reveals a remarkably assured new artist who has only begun to show the world what she is made of. Given LaToya's powerful and stunning vocal talent, the debut is loaded with love songs ("Every Part of Me," "State of My Heart," "Meet Me Halfway," and more) written and produced by industry powerhouses like Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey), Barry J. Eastmond (Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker) and David Foster (Barbra Streisand and Quincy Jones).
With Love and Life, however, LaToya sets out to prove that she is more than just a master of delivering show-stopping ballads. Along with the album's first single, the CD features the hip hop-spiked, "None-a-Whatcha-Do (Bling)," and the steamy, eye-brow-raising "Scandalous." For the super-spicy "Anything," LaToya runs down a list of things she will do for her man to keep him faithful?over a seductive sound bed dripping in deep bass, jazzy electric piano, and teasing guitar licks?that is earlobe-scorching.

1 Scandalous
2 Every Part of Me
3 Learn to Breathe
4 Appreciate
5 State of My Heart
6 Practice Makes Perfect
7 Meet Me Halfway
8 Waiting for You
9 Anything
10 Non a Whatcha Do
11 I Can't Hide
12 More
13 How I Love the Rain
14 All by Myself [*]

Bonnie Raitt New Album "Souls Alike" and Fall Tour


Bonnie Raitt is gearing up for the late-summer release of her first new studio set in three years, and has unveiled plans for a supporting tour that will keep her on the road for much of the fall.
Meanwhile, a Sept. 13 release date is set for "Souls Alike," Raitt's first collection of new material since 2002's "Silver Lining."
"This record was a matter of stretching and not repeating myself," Raitt said in a statement. "Some of the songs are clearly terrain that people have come to know and appreciate from me, but the rest are about finding some new direction and something new to say."
Though the album is Raitt's 18th, it is the first to bear the credit "Produced by Bonnie Raitt," according to a press release. The 11 tracks housed on the set were penned by "lesser-known writers with whom Raitt feels a deep affinity and whose work she wants to champion."
"I Will Not Be Broken," the new album's first single, is scheduled to hit radio stations in August.
Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Jeffrey Osborne From The Soul New Album


On October 4th, Koch Records will release From The Soul, the eagerly-awaited new soul album from legendary singer/songwriter Jeffrey Osborne.
With his distinctive baritone voice, Osborne confirms why he remains one of R&B's enduring talents with his rendition of Teddy Pendergrass' sexy "Close The Door," featuring the saxophone of smooth jazz giant Bony James; Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions' anthemic "People Get Ready;" Aretha Franklin's melodious "Until You Come Back To Me" and Roberta Flack's stark "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
Produced by none other than king of today's popular smooth jazz genre Paul Brown, From The Soul delivers wonderful songs from the '60s, '70s and '80s, such as the Gerry Goffin/Carole King soul standard, "Hey Girl, Stevie Wonder's tender "Knocks Me Off My Feet, the coy "Yes, I'm Ready" and the melancholy Brenda Holloway classic, "Every Little Bit Hurts," as they've never been heard before, in the sultry style of smooth jazz.
On From The Soul, Osborne delivers a soulful remake of the iconic '60s rock band Buffalo Springfield's biting "For What It's Worth." Released by the band in 1967 as commentary on the social unrest of an era, Osborne transforms the song into a modern R&B masterpiece that is as musically and lyrically relevant today as when it originally hit the charts.
From The Soul, a sultry classic, breathes sassy new life into renowned compositions while maintaining the artistic integrity of the originals that any music lover would enjoy.

1. Close The Door
2. Till U Come Back To Me
3. Yes, I'm Ready
4. For What Its Worth
5. People Get Ready
6. First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
7. Knocks Me Off My Feet
8. Every Little Bit Hurts
9. All At Once
10. Hey Girl