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"Clifton Hill", Honeymoon Suite's new album.

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Frontiers Records is excited to announce the European release of the brand new HONEYMOON SUITE album entitled “Clifton Hill” on October 10th 2008.

Formed in 1982 by Derry Grehan (guitar) and Johnnie Dee (vocals and guitar), HONEYMOON SUITE have achieved well over a million album sales worldwide earning them multiple gold and platinum awards, thus becoming one of the most successful Canadian acts on the international markets. Albums such as the self-titled debut, “The Big Prize”, “Racing After Midnight” and “Monsters Under the Bed” are considered by press and fans like real classics of the Melodic Rock genre.

During the last 20 years the band had been touring with the likes of Heart, Journey, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Saga, Status Quo, Aerosmith, Jethro Tull, Night Ranger and other successful classic Rock and Hard Rock bands.

Honeymoon Suite’s original line-up reformed in 2007 and after a very successful year of touring, is now on the road again for the summer of 2008. The band will continue their non-stop touring schedule with summer shows alongside Loverboy, April Wine, Kim Mitchell and other classic rock acts.

In the meanwhile Derry and Johnnie started working on a new album together with the collaboration of original debut album producer Tom Treumuth and deciding to call it “Clifton Hill,” after the Niagara Falls, ON location where the band was formed 25 years ago. Derry Grehan explains “Clifton Hill is a famous landmark right dead centre of all the tourist activity in Niagara Falls. The picture on the album cover was taken there back around the mid-eighties when it was still a kind of cheesy tourist trap, and we wanted to show that side of it. We of course see the whole thing differently than the millions of tourists who visit there every year. The picture is also cool because we shot our "Burning in Love" video there in the early 80's, and that’s just what it looked like then”.

On the music included on the new album, Derry has to say that “Every time Johnnie and I sit down to write a record, the sound does progress because we have lived a lot more of life than when we were all kids. We never say “the new songs are going to sound like this or that”, but this whole new album has really been somewhat of a return musically to the sound that we had in the 80's. It's produced by Tom Treumuth who did our first record, so it seems we've all come full circle, hence the title "Clifton Hill".

The result is a incredibly mature and inspired album with all the trademarks of the classic Honeymoon Suite sound, chock full or great rock songs and fascinating mid tempos and ballads.
An amazing return of a truly great band, don’t miss it !


Billy Chinnock's "Badlands" now reissued at Collectors's choice Music!

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Like Bruce Springsteen, Bill Chinnock was discovered by legendary producer John Hammond, Sr. (who called Chinnock “The real essence of American music”), and like Bruce, he played with Garry Tallent, Vini Lopez and Danny Federici. In fact, Chinnock fronted the band that was to become the E Street Band, and while he didn’t achieve the superstardom of his successor at the helm, he still put out a series of critically-acclaimed albums, of which this one, his 1978 release for Atlantic, is considered one of the best. Includes 'Outlaw; Badlands' (not the Springsteen tune, but a Chinnock original); 'Another Man Gone Down; Lion in the Park; Something for Everybody; Is That What Love Is; Crazy Ol’ Rock ’N’ Roll Man', and 'Prisoner'. A 'Collectors’ Choice Music' exclusive!



Brian Wilson That Lucky Old Sun and a new concept album

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Brian Wilson "That Lucky Old Sun": a new album

Brian Wilson has announced his return to Capitol Records / EMI, his original label home. Brian Wilson's new album, "That Lucky Old Sun," will be released by Capitol/EMI on CD, CD/DVD, limited edition vinyl and digitally on September 2 (September 1 internationally).

A musical love letter from Southern California, "That Lucky Old Sun" shimmers with sundappled choruses and arrangements that swell and swirl as if carried by the Pacific tides. One of the songs, "Midnight’s Another Day," has been described by Mojo magazine as "glorious." The album is narrated in transitional interludes spoken by Wilson as "That Lucky Old Sun," the storyteller. The narratives, cameos on life and the heartbeat of Los Angeles, propel the album’s musical story.

Last summer, Wilson found himself singing the 1949 classic song, "That Lucky Old Sun," which became the inspiration for a unique approach to what would become his new studio release. He bought Louis Armstrong’s version of the track and was inspired to collaborate lyrically with his band mate Scott Bennett, and with Van Dyke Parks, his old "sidekick," to create vibrant spoken narratives. Brian Wilson debuted "That Lucky Old Sun" at London’s Royal Festival Hall in September 2007 in a series of six sold-out and criticallyacclaimed concert performances celebrating the theatre’s restoration.

The new release is the dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, continuing the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Brian Wilson's songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys' 1966 classic, "Pet Sounds," and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed "Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE". The album is also released as a limited Edition CD/DVD features exclusive "making of" with bonus video content. (DVD total run time: 26:00).

Stephen John Kalinich with Brian Wilson "World of Peace Must Come"

A World Of Peace Must Come was recorded at Brian's house in Bel-Air in 1969. The tapes were promptly lost, not to be heard again until now. For the first time this truly timeless snapshot of an era and an ethos are available nationally. "A World of Peace Must Come", an album recorded by Brian Wilson in 1969 based on the poetry of Stephen John Kalinich, will finally have an official release September 23, 2008. The album has been recorded most of it at Brian Wilson's house and in other studios like Wally Heider and Sunset Sound.

A World Of Peace Must Come will feature these tracks: A World Of Peace Must Come ; Candy Face Lane ; I Am Waiting/The Birth Of God ; The Deer, The Elk, The Raven ; The Magic Hand ; Lonely Man ; Be Still ; Walk Along With Love ; A World Of Peace Must Come ; If You Knew ; America I Know You ; A World Of Peace Must Come (outro) ; Leaves Of Grass.


Interview with Bill Champlin

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We're pleased to present you an interview with Bill Champlin shot in Paris on July 29th, 2008. Bill talks about Chicago's "Stone of Sisyphus" album, The Sons of Champlin, his new solo record "No Place Left To Fall" to be released soon this year and collaborations (Jay Graydon, Randy Goodrum, Michael English...).

Interview part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5

Enjoy!

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The frontcover of Bill Champlin new LP "No Place Left To Fall" is designed by our staff member Arnaud Léger.

Update : Bill Champlin has just said today on his website: "It's obvious that things are starting to move in the right direction 'cause people are putting up release dates. I heard that JVC, in Japan, has posted a Sept. 24 release. OK. That's better than just sitting here. See ya', Bill"


Toto split up confirmed

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Toto split up has just been officially confirmed by the official Toto band website Toto99.com. So Toto band ends officially:

"An Official Announcement From Toto

After a 31 year career, the current line up of Toto (Steve Lukather, David Paich, Mike Porcaro, Simon Phillips, Bobby Kimball and Greg Phillinganes) have decided to go their separate ways and begin new chapters in their lives.

The band’s final CD "Falling In Between" and subsequent tours around the world have been extremely successful and well received and we have probably been more active than ever in the band’s lifespan.

We managed to capture the last tour on a wonderful DVD ("Falling In Between Live") of which we are tremendously proud, and we all feel the time is right to disband and finish on a high.

If it were not for our loyal fans who have stuck with us through all of the ups and downs we would not have been able to have continued for as long as we did. We would like to thank all our fans all over the world who have continued to support us and we will all be very busy with our own individual projects so we hope to see many of you in the future."

What a sad piece of news!


David Roberts, Better Late Than Never, a design made in Westcoast Rendez-Vous

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Congratulations to Arnaud Leger (from Westcoast Rendez-Vous staff) who has designed the frontcover of David Roberts new album entitled "Better Late Than Never" just released on Vivid Sound label in Japan. It's David Roberts first LP since his legendary album "All Dressed Up" back in 1982 considered as a Westcoast Music/AOR masterpiece.

In early February 2008, Arnaud has imagined and designed the frontcover of Peter Friestedt "The L.A. Project II" LP for the Japanese release on Vivid Sound too.

Soon, new cover designs from Arnaud especially for another artistry in Westcoast Music. Stay tuned!

See here Arnaud's work in AOR/Westcoast Music.
You can contact him here: [email protected]


Michael McDonald concert broadcasted at RTL radiostation soon

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RTL which is the french biggest radiostation (in term of audience) will broadcast on September 2, 2008 after midnight an exclusive 5-tracks acoustic concert of Michael McDonald recorded on June 25, 2008 in Paris the day after Mike concert at The Casino de Paris.

You will be able to listen to Michael McDonald concert via the live web streaming of RTL or if you are in France via FM. It will be brodcasted during Georges Lang nightly Classic Rock radioshow "Les Nocturnes" that celebrates this year its 35th anniversary!

5 songs have been recorded including 2 songs of Michael McDonald latest album "Soul Speak" released this past February (on Motown/Universal): "Hallelujah" and "You Don't Know Me".


Boz Scaggs Speak Low, his new album

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This fall, Decca Records will release renowned musician Boz Scaggs' "Speak Low" LP, the silken-voiced singer's newest collection of standards and first studio album in five years, available on vinyl September 30 and in all other forms October 28.

Co-produced with Gil Goldstein, Boz Scaggs interprets Ellington, Mercer, Rodgers & Hart, and other classic writers and composers. In addition to Goldstein on piano/keyboards, the line up includes Alex Acuna (drums), Bob Sheppard (woodwinds), and Scott Colley (bass).

Boz Scaggs began his distinguished career as a teenager and over a dozen records later, when Boz Scaggs released "But Beautiful," the critical and fan response was tremendous, and the album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts. The Boston Globe said that Scaggs had "made one of the year's best albums of jazz vocals" (6/28/03), while Jazz Times noted that the release marked "an enticing new chapter in an already dynamic career" (September 2003). Boz Scaggs once told the LA Times (6/12/03), "I'm going to be around this music for awhile. I love its melodic and harmonic qualities, and it's going to impact what I sing and what I write. The door's been opened."

Boz Scaggs "Speak Low" track list (11 titles):

Invitation (Bronislaw Kaper)
She Was Too Good To Me (Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers)
I Wish I Knew (Mark Gordon and Harry Warren)
Speak Low (Ogden Nash and Kurt Weill)
Do Nothinf Till You Hear From Me (Edward Kennedy Ellington and Keith Sidney Russell)
I'll Remember April (Ge (Buddy Woodrow Johnson)
Save Your Love For Me (Buddy Woodrow Johnson)
Ballad Of The Sad Young Men (Frances Landesman and Thomas J. Wolf, Jr.)
Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael and John H. Mercer)
Senza Fine (Campos Cesarea, Gine Paoli, and Alec Wilder)
Dindi (Aloysio De Oliveira, Ray Gilbert, and Antonio Carlos Jobim)
This Time The Dream's On Me (Harold Arlen and John H. Mercer)


Jackson Browne new album: Time The Conqueror

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Just a few months after the release of his Best Of Live CD "Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2", Jackson Browne new album entitled "Time The Conqueror" will be out in The States, September 23, 2008 on Infinity Records. This is Jackson Browne's first studio release in six years. Recorded with his longtime band Kevin McCormick, Mark Goldenberg, Mauricio "Fritz" Lewak, and Jeff Young, along with two additional members, Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills. Look for them on tour this fall.

Tracks of Jackson Browne "Time The Conqueror" LP: Time The Conqueror ; Off Of Wonderland ; The Drums Of War ; They Can't Bring You Down ; The Arms Of Night ; Where Were You? ; Going Down To Cuba ; Giving That Heaven Away ; Live Nude Cabaret ; Just Say Yeah.

Jackson Browne will do a tour in North America next autumn and for Summer 2009. An European tour is planned for Spring 2009.