CWF 2 is OUT today! Great review by CrypticRock


The term supergroup is often used to describe a collective of musicians who have earned accomplishments elsewhere, but join forces for something new. Sometimes effective, but other times a disappointment, if anything, it shows that talent/skill is only a portion of the equation for success. That in mind, Champlin Williams Friestedt makes a case for one of the stronger conglomerates to come together in recent years.

Some might say, “What in the world is Champlin Williams Friestedt?” The answer – former Chicago Singer Bill Champlin, TOTO Singer Joseph Williams, and Swedish Guitarist/Producer Peter Friestedt. Added to that explanation, those with a more casual outlook toward music, Champlin was a key component in Chicago’s resurgence in the 1980s and the lead voice behind their most successful single “Look Away.” This is not to mention he co-penned “After The Love Has Gone” for Earth, Wind & Fire and “Turn Your Love Around” for George Benson, among many other songs. Then there is Williams who fronted TOTO from 1986 to 1988, and again from 2010 to 2019. Finally, you have Peter Friestedt, an accomplished musician/producer who has worked with Champlin on various other occasions.


Bruce Gaitsch: 1976 to 2020, a retrospective


Coming soon, new double CD from very talented Bruce Gaitsch: "1976 to 2020 a retrospective!" With new Bill Champlin, George Hawkins Jr. Randy Goodrum, etc!
Bruce Gaitsch has just announced this new double CD to Westcoast Rendez-Vous staff and everybody is eager to listen to it!

"Cherry Picking 1976-2020" could be the title of this Bruce Gaitsch retrospective!

White Flag - (New) 2020 - Kelly Keagy
Lebanon TN? - 2017 - Marc Jordan
Let’s Do Something Good - 2017 - Chis Rodriguez
Private O’Toole - 2017 - GiG
Haunt Me Tonight - 1992 - Richard Marx
Fools Cry - 1995 - Fee Waybill
Unchain My Heart - (New) 2020 - George Hawkins Jr
He’s the Moon in Spain - 2018 - Janey Clewer
Beautiful Again - 2018 - Matt McPherson
Aphasia - 1997 - Bill Champlin
Reason to Believe - (New) 2020 - Bill Champlin
Secrets of the Night - (New) 2020 - Bill Champlin
Arcturian Tenderness - 1976 - Chi Rythmn
Waltz for a Wandering Misfit 1976 - Chi Rythmn
Mary Anna - 1983 - Tim
Time Will Never Know - 1990 - Joe Pasquale
God Only Knows - 1993 - Timothy B. Schmit
Avalon Christmas - Me - 2016
Villa Lobotomy’s - Me - 2000
A Day in the Life of a Fool - The Bossa Nova Hotel - 2009
A Day in the Life of Elanor Rigby
You’re Not Alone - Jay Graydon and Warren Wiebe

George Hawkins JR, John Patitucci, Keith Carlock, CJ Vanston, Kelly Keagy, Bill Champlin, Tamara Champlin, Pat Leonard, Randy Goodrum, Richard Marx, Fee Waybill, DesI Kondova, Janey Clewer, Chris Rodriguez, Marc Jordan, Matt McPherson, Dave Innis, Ruggero Robin, Gary Smith, Dennis Johnson, Terry Fryer, Jim Peterik, Derek Wyatt, Thom Griffin, Bob Lizik, Tom Radke, Joe Pasquale, Paulinho De Costa, Marc Russo, Michael Thompson, Waters Sisters, Jimmy Haslip, Billy War, Jim Beard, Jeff Porcaro, Timothy B. Schmit, Greg Phillinganes, Michael Sembello, Jay Graydon, Warren Wiebe.

Valerie Carter "Live In Tokyo, 1994" with Yoshiyuki Sahashi


On May, 2nd was released in Japan, the Legendary performance Live of Valerie Carter At the Garden Hall in 1994 with Yoshiyuki Sahashi (Guitars & Background Vocals), Hirokazu Ogura (Guitars), Toshibumi Shibata (Keyboards), Yuta Saito (Keyboards & Background Vocals), Nobuo Ariga (Bass & Background Vocals), Yutaka Odawata (Drums), Marie Oishi (Percussion & Background Vocals).

CD available at CDjapan, Vivid sound,…

Tracklisting: Ohh Child, Heartache, A Stone Throw Away, The Blue Side, Da Doo Rendez-vous, Long Distance Love, Half Moon, Blessings In Disguise, Face Of Appalacha, Unchained.

California Volume 2 Georges Lang (RTL) - from Venice Beach to Joshua Tree


This will be a Westcoast Music must have box set for every Californian Rock music lover as well as AOR and Classic Rock aficionados. From the waves of the Pacific Ocean til the Road 66, it is music trip from Laurel Canyon to San Francisco, and a hymmn to the freeways and deserts of The USA.

Nicknamed the last Dee Jay because he is the only radio host still to airplay what he wants on an european nationwide radiostation, Georges Lang has selected blasts from the pasts and songs from the new generation of The Westcoast Music Sound.
Great to listen to!

The box set California Volume 2 Georges Lang will be available in a 4 box set CDs as well as in a digital format.
It will include a 20 pages booklet with photos from Georges, liner notes and notes from Georges Lang.

Disc One :

2. Lido Shuffle - BOZ SCAGGS
3. Love Will Find a Way - PABLO CRUISE
4. Stand Back 2019 Remaster - STEVIE NICKS
5. Light My Fire 2017 Remaster - DOORS THE
6. Me and Bobby Mcgee - JANIS JOPLIN
7. Think I'm in Love - EDDIE MONEY
8. Missing You - JOHN WAITE
9. Someone to Love - ROGER MCGUINN
10. The Warmth of the Sun 2001 - Remaster - BEACH BOYS (THE)
11. Summer Breeze 2004 Remaster - SEALS & CROFTS
12. Creeque Alley - THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
13. How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You 2019 Remaster - JAMES TAYLOR
14. Something to Talk About - BONNIE RAITT
15. Cocaine
16. Love Guarantee - YOUNG GUN SILVER FOX
17. Dixie Chicken 2013 Remaster - LITTLE FEAT
18. You're No Good 2015 Remastered Version - LINDA RONSTADT
19. I Can't Hold on - KARLA BONOFF

Disc Two :

2. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - BOB DYLAN
3. See the Sky About to Rain - BYRDS
5. The Daily Planet 2015 Remaster - LOVE
6. Seven Bridges Road - IAN MATTHEWS
7. Keep on Tryin' - VENICE
8. Ooh Las Vegas Feat Emmylou Harris Remastered Version - GRAM PARSONS
9. Two Lane Highway - PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE
11. Dust in the Wind - KANSAS
12. California Dreamin - JOSE FELICIANO
13. Danger Zone - LARSEN
14. Biggest Part of Me Remastered Version - AMBROSIA
15. Thank You for Being a Friend - ANDREW GOLD
16. When It's Over - MICHAEL FRANKS
17. Ventura Highway - GEYSTER
18. Blue Jean Blues 2005 Remaster - ZZ TOP
19. Hurdy Gurdy Man - DONOVAN
20. Caroline No - CHRISSIE HYNDE

Disc Three :

1. Legends of Laurel Canyon - RYAD KERBOUZ
2. No Time to Lose - ALAN TARNEY
3. Footloose - KENNY LOGGINS
4. Love Will Show Us How - CHRISTINE MCVIE
5. Cold As Ice 2017 Remaster - FOREIGNER
7. Still the One 45 Version - ORLEANS
8. Parachute - TIMOTHY B SCHMIT
9. She's Gone Remastered - HALL
10. Queen of California - JOHN MAYER
11. Understanding - JOEL SARAKULA
12. We Lost Our Way - CHRIS ISAAK
13. Ride Like the Wind 2001 Remaster - CHRISTOPHER CROSS
14. Back to L a - SARI SCHORR
15. Lone Rider - DYLAN LEBLANC
16. Autumn Rains - THE MARCUS KING BAND
17. California Turnaround Radio Mix - BILL LABOUNTY
18. Sweet Release - REESE WYNANS

Disc Four :

1. California Dreamin' - WILSON PHILLIPS
2. The Warmth of the Sun - RUMER
3. Desperado - DIANA KRALL
4. God Only Knows - MICHAEL BUBLE
5. Nether Lands - DAN FOGELBERG
6. After the Gold Rush - PATTI SMITH
7. Big Sur - LYLAC
8. Clear Sailin - CHRIS HILLMAN
9. Falling in Love - DON FELDER
10. Baby What a Big Surprise 2007 Remaster - CHICAGO
11. Goodbye Girl - DAVID GATES
12. Love and Mercy Remastered - BRIAN WILSON
13. Poor Poor Pitiful Me 2008 Remaster - WARREN ZEVON
15. Sunset Blvd - JONATHAN WILSON
16. The First Cut Is the Deepest - SHERYL CROW
17. Helpless Remastered - KD LANG
18. Just the Two of Us Feat Bill Withers Remastered Version - GROVER WASHINGTON JR
19. Marina Del Rey - MARC JORDAN

Marco Taggiasco "Togetherness"


Pure Westcoast like the the last decades did not happen. MARCO TAGGIASCO follows the path of MICHAEL BOLTON or PETER CETERA / CHICAGO tradition trough the material. A pristine production and lots of emotion almost in perfection bringing the songs to life. On vocals there are e.g. BILL CHAMPLIN, JOE PIZZULO and ANN MARIE BUSH.

“A collection of songs you could hear on the radio about 30 years ago“, so the artist. There’s nothing to add here.


Dhenibe by Dhenibe


Dhenibe comes from a family of musicians: Her grandmother was an opera singer and her mother a very talented guitarist. Thanks to the Philippine karaoke culture, the family recognized Dhenibe’s talent very early on: At five, she was already memorizing lyrics — she’d perch herself on a chair in the kitchen and do what she loved most: singing.

Supported and encouraged by her mother, she gradually learned to overcome her shyness to the point that she was able to perform in front of an audience. She took part in kids’ singing competitions and played the main role singing in a musical.

With numerous live performances and studio sessions having taught her so much along the way, now Dhenibe impresses everyone with her versatile voice. She can distinctively interpret a ballad in a melancholy, soft and emotional way, and then straight after, effortlessly switch to an upbeat number and give her voice an almost throaty afro-American timbre.

Musically the singer feels most at home with smooth jazz, R&B, pop and soul, and her first solo album is a combination of all of these styles. She wrote and composed the songs herself in collaboration with Urs Wiesendanger and Bruno Amatruda.The lyrics come from spontaneous thoughts and tell stories about her life — about beauty and sadness, and of course, about love.

“Dhenibe” was recorded by Urs Wiesendanger at the Powerplay Studios in Maur and is set to be released in Spring 2020 under the NiRo Sounds label.

Contributors: Urs Wiesendanger (backing vocals drums, keys, programming), Bruno Amatruda and Dominik Rüegg (guitars)

Le Flex


"Le Flex first started his music project to attract as many groupies as possible. 
Instead all he gets are DJs messaging him to collaborate on their half-finished ideas. 
He loves sunshine, Scotch, and looking under his bed Allow me to assault your ears with a collection of songs that would sour any dinner party.

After being lovingly crafted in my spare time away from my main job as a gigolo in the south of France, these albums are now available to earn me pence on streaming services. I thank you for your continued support."

Christian Gratz "1979"


Christian Gratz is a talented multi-instrumentalist and composer from Olyphant Pennsylvania. But this is not what makes him unique. Gratz was born with a rare condition called Synesthesia/Chromasthesia, which is clinically defined as the meshing of two senses. I wanted to find out how Gratz got turned on to music that was popular before his time and how his condition affects his ability to create/play music.

In the late ’70s/early ’80s, the only music that Gratz was exposed to was what he could pick up on the radio. One station he listened to played Top 40 tunes while the other played Easy Listening. Says Gratz, “I’ve always been enchanted with music because I have this thing called Synesthesia which means I see colors when I hear music. Each note has a different color.” When he was young, he thought everyone had this experience while listening to music. “I couldn’t understand why nobody else was as excited about music as I was. To me, because I have [Synesthesia] music became real, it became concrete because I see the effects of music on my brain.”

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CWF (Champlin/Williams/Friestedt) "II"


Black Lodge Records are immensely proud to present the signing of Champlin Williams Friestedt for a new milestone release in AOR. This follows on the heels of the success with “CWF” and the “Live In Concert” DVD that made it all the way to the top of the Swedish charts.

Champlin Williams Friestedt consists of renowned TOTO singer Joseph Williams, composer of film and drama scores and can also be heard in Disney’s animated feature film “The Lion King” as the singing voice of adult Simba.
Teaming up with none other than Bill Champlin formerly of the legendary band Chicago and critically acclaimed guitarist, producer and recording artist Peter Friestedt, the album “II” also includes contributions from vocalist, Michael McDonald, drummer John JR Robinson (Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones), Randy Goodrum (Toto, Chicago), Tamara Champlin and Polar price 2020 winner Diane Warren among many others.


With the TOTO haunting “10 Miles” to the CHICAGO sounding ballad “Between The Lines” and the soulflavoured “Love In The World” to the straight forward rock track “Runaway Dancer” this album really takes you on a Journey:  The album was recorded at Goldmine Studios & Friestedt Productions Studio and produced by Peter Friestedt, Bill Champlin and Joseph Williams.

“II” will be released 15 May 2020 on both digital and physical formats.

Young Gun Silver Fox "Canyons"


Canyons are places of mystery and beauty. The interesting thing is, while they are one of the great wonders in the history of planet earth and attract scientists of all kinds of disciplines, they have also been a popular retreat for artists and musicians. You will have heard of Topanga Canyon, Rickie Lee Jones and Chicago recorded here. Laurel Canyon is even more well known, a mythical place where Crosby, Stills & Nash developed their unique vocal sound while hanging around Mama Cass' place. Or was it in Joni Mitchell's house on Lookout Mountain? Ok, you get the picture. There is something unexplainable, almost magical going on in canyons.

Maybe that's why Andy Platts and Shawn Lee were thinking of "Canyons" when they wrote and recorded their third album as Young Gun Silver Fox. With "West End Coast" and "AM Waves" these two very talented musicians, singers, songwriters, arrangers and producers already explored all things Westcoast, AOR, Softrock and Boogie. But - especially if you are a into the golden age of this sound running from circa 1976 to 1984 - you will be aware that there is no return once you started digging these unconditional musical delights with their timeless compositions, untouchable musicianship and refined arrangements. The great albums from that era appeared when punk broke and the musical establishment was shaken to the ground. Today they sound more up to date than ever. Who would have thought back then?

On "Canyons" Young Gun Silver Fox turned it up to eleven. They are nothing but "Kids" cruising in the fast lane, totally over the top searching for the "Dream Woman", touching down in Tokyo caught in a "Long Distance Love Affair", imagining the theme for a lost 70s TV series starring "Danny Jamaica", being on the winning side in a "Private Paradise", getting deep and soulful in "Things We Left Unsaid" and wondering how to spread "All This Love". Their bass lines, sound layers, brass arrangements and harmony vocals are immaculate. Everything fits perfectly. Just like this. "Who Needs Words" when everything is crystal clear? Exactly!

"Canyons", after all, are magical places of rare beauty. (Mr. Mellow - Porcaroc Club/Mr. Mellow's Sunday Scene/Soho Radio).