Tommy Shaw "Ambition" - 1987
Tommy Shaw is best known as the lead guitarist for the iconic band Styx, and he also penned some of their most classic songs. Before joining the band Damn Yankees, Shaw released a string of solo projects. The long out-of-print Ambition (originally released in 1987) would be the last solo release from Shaw for nearly a decade. American Beat records is re-releasing that album considered by fan as one of the best AOR melodic rock album from the 80's. It featured the song "Ever since the world began" written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan of Survivor.
Patti Austin - 1984
Patti Austin's self-titled album follows 1982's smash hit pop album "Every Home Should Have One" including #1 pop hit single "Baby Come To Me" duet with James Ingram for Quincy Jones' Qwest label. Patti got a significant airplay with the singles "It's Gonna Be Special" (also on the VOST "Two of a kind" with Olivia Newton John & John Travolta) written by Clif Magness and Glen Ballard.
This album had been reissued once in 1991 only for Japan but have been out-of print for very long time. Mosaic Records will reissue this album under their Contemporary Reissues series presenting the definitive versions of the most important recordings in contemporary jazz and Adult Contemporary Music.
Lee Ritenour "Rit" - 1981
This classic Lee Ritenour album from 1981 was produced by the man himself alongside Harvey Mason and David Foster. The album features a list of guests including Greg Mathieson, Bill Reichenbach, Don Grusin, David Foster, Bill Champlin, Alejandro "Alex" Acuña, Michael Boddicker, Paulinho Da Costa, Jerry Hey, David Hungate, Louis Johnson, Abe Laboriel, Greg Phillinganes, John Pierce, Joe Porcaro, Eric Tagg, Chuck Finley, just to name a few :-)
"Is it you" is surely my favorite track sung by Eric Tagg with the Bill Champlin on backing vocals.