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Marc Jordan Live At El Mocambo reissued


This is the perfect collector for the fans. Vivid Sound label in Japan is gonna re-released on February 20, 2008 (in the Light Mellow's Choice collection), the classic Marc Jordan album "Live At El Mocambo" initially out back in 1980 on Warner Record in The U.S.A. and in Canada on RCA Records (1981). The album has been rereleased in France on La Califusa Records in 1992 (Wotre Music Distribution).

Recorded live April 11, 1980 at El Mocambo, a Toronto (Ontario, Canada) famous concert hall, the album is produced by Keith Whiting and Marc Jordan and engineered by Rick Capreol.

Tracklisting of the LP "Live At El Mocambo" (9 tracks): Secrets, I'm A Camera, Potential and Air, New York New York, You're Not Greater Than God, Satin Dolls, Survival, Lost In The Hurrah, From Nowhere To This Town. A few songs were already known like great tunes from Marc past albums: "Mannequin" (1978) and "Blue Desert" (1979).

Musicians contributions: Dave M. Morrow, Rick Grattan, Peter Mueller, John Johnson, Michael Farquharson, Sharon-Lee Williams and Colina Phillips.

Carly Simon new album produced by Jimmy Webb


The legendary Jimmy Webb is producing Carly Simon next album that will be released in 2008 (no tentative release date yet announced). 4 songs are penned by Carly Simon and his son Ben Taylor (his father is James Taylor!). According to different sources, Carly Simon new CD will be influenced by South America and Brazilian music styles like Bossa Nova.

Carly Simon and Jimmy Webb (producer, arranger, songwriter, piano player and singer) have already worked together in the past. Jimmy Webb sung an original duet with Carly Simon "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year" on her "Film Noir" album back in 1997.

In 2007, Jimmy Webb has released his own CD in concert (19 sequences) : "Live and at Large: Jimmy Webb Live in the U.K." singing and playing greatly some of his classic stuff more known by interpretations of artists like Richard Harris, Art Garfunkel, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney. This album can be ordered at CDBaby.

Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 2 soon available


In october 2006, Jackson Browne had released the album "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1" with live acoustic versions of his own songs. On March 4, 2008, Jackson Browne will do the next step with the release of a new CD: "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2" always on his own label Inside Recordings. This CD will be out in Japan on February 27, 2008 in Japan (on Sony Music).

Jackson Browne "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2" will feature 12 songs and can be pre-ordered now at This CD also will be based on live versions of Jackson Browne classic songs.

Tracklisting of Jackson Browne "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2":
Never Stop
Night Inside Me
Enough Of The Night
Something Fine
Sky Blue And Black
In The Shape Of A Heart
Alive In The World
Casino Nation
All Good Things
Somebody's Baby
Redneck Friend
My Stunning Mystery Companion

Al Jarreau Love Songs


Al Jarreau "Love Songs" Best Of CD (14 tracks) will be released January 29, 2008 (on Rhino Records/WEA). It is his first ever compilation of music celebrating romance; Al Jarreau "Love Songs". Featuring fourteen soulful songs spanning three decades - all culled from his definitive Warner Bros. years (1979 to 1996) - the album's smooth flow proves just how fluent Jarreau is in the language of the heart.

Please remember Al Jarreau is the only singer ever to win Grammy Awards in 3 different genres-R&B, pop, and jazz (his latest Grammy came at the 2007 ceremony).

Al Jarreau magical formula becomes a concentrated musical love potion on "Love Songs", featuring highlights including "So Good," "Wait For The Magic," "Let It Rain" (a duet with Patti Austin) and from Jarreau's Grammy-winning Warner Bros. album classic "Breakin' Away" - "Teach Me Tonight" and the hit "We're In This Love Together."

Al Jarreau "Love Songs" tracklisting (14 tracks):
We're In This Love Together
Teach Me Tonight
So Good
After All
Wait for the Magic
Your Song
Heaven and Earth
Through It All
Let It Rain
Not Like This
Brite 'N' Sunny Babe
Secrets of Love
My Foolish Heart
Goodhands Tonight (George Benson & Al Jarreau featuring Patti Austin)

CSNY Deja Vu film at 2008 Sundance Film Festival


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "CSNY/Déjà Vu" film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in late January. The film is directed by Bernard Shakey and produced by L.A. Johnson.

"CSNY/Déjà Vu" features 1996 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tour and is about Neil Young album "Living With War", a LP clearly against US President George W. Bush. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's "CSNY/Déjà Vu" film features a documentary part (Vietnam war...) and also the performances of the band.

The complete band (David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young) will be at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival for the premiere :
January 25th, 9.30pm at Eccles Theatre, Park City
January 26th, 9.15am at Eccles Theatre, Park City
January 27th, 12.30pm at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC

Although the chronicle of that tour, "CSNY Déjà Vu" film, is indeed a look back at the politics and anti–Vietnam War sentiment, its real value lies in its rejection of simple nostalgia and its ability to focus on the present day.

As both a portrait of a band and an examination of artistic process, "CSNY Déjà Vu" is filmmaking that is self-centered, yet fresh and critical. Featuring music from Neil Young’s controversial "Living with War" CD, this evocative and edgy film documents reactions from fans to a band that has remained committed to issues of politics and art for more than four decades.

Stephen Stills Undergoes Successful Surgery


Stephen Stills Undergoes Successful Surgery. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist and legendary guitarist Stephen Stills was successfully operated on today for prostate cancer in Los Angeles. "Stephen's procedure went remarkably well and he couldn't be better. Stephen Stills will be home by noon tomorrow and the pain will be minimal," his wife Kristen Stills said.

The legendary artist is scheduled to attend the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for the January 25th world premiere of "CSNY / Deja vu." The feature movie, directed by Bernard Shakey, was filmed during the 2006 Freedom of Speech tour by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. It is a moving tribute to the power of music to provoke and provide inspiration.

Stephen Stills is also scheduled for a North American solo tour this spring in support of his recently released "Just Roll Tape" album on Rhino Records.

Robbie Dupree Time And Tide, his new album


In the very new issue of his email newsletter, Robbie Dupree has just announced the release date of this new album entitled "Time And Tide": February 1st, 2008. This new CD will be only available at first via his website and not before Spring in the domestic market. Robbie Dupree "Time And Tide" new album is his first studio recording since 5 years.

Robbie Dupree "Time And Tide" album

For the fans who want to preorder the CD from Robbie Dupree "Time And Tide" you can do it now at this address and via this way to obtain a special dedication from Robbie on the CD (if you order it before February 1rst).

Robbie Dupree "Time And Tide" CD features 9 songs and is produced by Robbie Dupree for Cherry 6 Productions. Musicians who contribute: David Sancious, Larry Hoppen (from the band Orleans), Leslie Smith, Rick Chudacoff and Peter Bunetta... So they are the backing band of Robbie Dupree since quite a few years.

Tracklisting of Robbie Dupree "Time And Tide" album: Wrapped Around Your Finger ; Mystery World ; Lucky ; Sugar Tree ; Blue Monday ; Secret Love (listen an MP3 of "Secret Love" here) ; Knocking On The Gates Of Eden ; Satisfied ; Judgment Day.

Robbie Dupree in concert

Robbie Dupree will do a special concert show at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock (NY, USA) on February 1st, 2008. He will play and sing his 9 new songs and more hits and favorites in the second part of the gig.

Please note Robbie Dupree will give 10 concert dates in February at The Cotton Club in Tokyo (Japan).

Kenny Rankin albums reissues in Japan, 7 first albums of Kenny Rankin rereleased

KENNY RANKIN: The Kenny Rankin Album..."Limited Edition"

The Japanese label Video Arts Music will reissue in Japan in January and February 2008 the first 7 albums of Kenny Rankin, an incredible talented Pop Rock and Folk artist, one of the main Westcoast Music and AOR artist since the sixties 'til now. All these CDs will be remastered with paper sleeves packages.

Kenny Rankin albums that will be rereleased on January 23, 2008:

* "Mind Dusters" (1967, Mercury): features "Peaceful" great song and some cover versions like Bob Dylan "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Gordon Lightfoot "Song for a Winter's Night" and Fred Neil "Dolphin",
* "Family" (his second album on Mercury): a cover version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" et "Up On The Roof", a song by Jerry Goffin and Carole King,
* "Like A Seed" (1972, Atlantic): one of the most beautiful album of Kenny Rankin with a new "Peaceful arrangement. An acoustic, Fok and Jazzy LP with Kenny amazing voice.

Kenny Rankin albums that will be rereleased on February 20, 2008:

* "Silver Morning" (1975, Little David): 2 cover versions from the Beatles "Penny Lane" et "Blackbird". One single song: "Haven't We Met",
* "Inside" (1975, Little David): features a fantastic version of "Creepin'" from Stevie Wonder,
* "The Kenny Rankin Album" (1976, Little David): album with a grand orchestra (60 musicians) and features Don Costa (Frank Sinatra), one version of the standard "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "On And On" from Stephen Bishop,
* "After The Roses" (1980, Atlantic): great production from Don Costa and Arif Mardin.

Please note that Kenny Rankin has reissued in 2006 et 2007, 3 of his past albums in limited edition : "The Kenny Rankin Album", "Silver Morning" (with one bonus track) and "Like A Seed".

Blue Desert website: Westcoast Music in 2007 and more!

Our friends at the excellent Blue Desert website (Home Of Westcoast Music) have had the excellent idea to publish in one page the new west coast music and compilations that has been released 2007 from the artists: just check it out here: Peter Brander, Terence Boylan, Eagles, Fury, Joseph Williams, Paul Carrack, James Taylor, Christopher Cross...

Just also remind you that Blue Desert is one of the finest place on the Web to find complete discographies of Westcoast Music and AOR artists. See their great work at this address.

Blue Desert guys also take their valuable time to mention The Encyclopedia of West Coast Music & A.O.R… on the frontpage of their website. Thank you so much!

If you have a website and if you mention permanently the Encyclopedia of Westcoast Music & A.O.R. with this name and link :

Encyclopedia of Westcoast Music & A.O.R.

on your website, please send us a note at : [email protected]
and we will mention a permanent link about your website in the Encyclopedia presentation article!

Stay tuned for more Westcoast Music & A.O.R.!

Joshua Kadison, his last 4 albums to download for free on his website


Do you remember the hit song "Jessie" by Joshua Kadison? It was back in 1994. Joshua Kadison is a very talented singer-songwriter-author and pianist. His first album "Painted Desert Serenade" released in 1993 on EMI features very cool and great songs like "Jessie", "Beautiful in My Eyes" and "Postcards from L.A.". His second album "Delilah Blue" (1995) features the hit "Take It On Faith"...

Joshua Kadison is still composing, singing and writing too like in 1998, his first novella "17 Ways To Eat A Mango: A Discovered Journal Of Life On An Island Of Miracles" and he is still doing albums...

... And more interesting, Joshua Kadison offers to the fans of his songs on his official website his last 4 albums to download for free (mp3 format songs) with nice and pleasant songs... You can download Joshua Kadison albums here (with booklet covers!):

* "Saturday Night In Storyville" (1998),
* "Troubadour In A Timequake" (1999),
* "The Venice Beach Sessions - Part 1" (2005)
* and "The Venice Beach Sessions - Part 2" (2006)...

A very pleasant gift or lovers of goof music that we are happy to share with you for the New Year.

In 2006, EMI has released a Best CD of Joshua Kadison first albums and hits entitled "Essential".

Happy New Year 2008 with great Westcoast Music and AOR!