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"Long Time Friends".

Benson, George
Jazz-funk guitarist extraordinary.

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My own tribute to a smooth jazz a singer/songwriter extraordinary.

Champlin, Bill


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What’s with the pink flamingo?

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Percussionist veteran.

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A unique vocalist.

Jones, Quincy
Truly the dude.

Jordan, Marc

Matsui, Kazu & Keiko
Jap. smooth jazz/Westcoast.

Scaggs, Boz
Blue eyed R&B.

Steely Dan
Turn that jungle music down. Just until we’re out of town".

Vannelli, Gino
The ultimate music experience!

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If you don’t find it here, – forget it!

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West Coast site.

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Gino Vannelli

Airplay: Airplay – 1980 Airplay: Nothing You Can Do About It Airplay: She Waits For Me
Produced by: Jay Graydon & David Foster
Label: RCA
The mother of all "West Coast" albums. A must if you’re into this genre. Here you’ll find the original recording of the EWF classic "After the love has gone". The album has been remastered by Graydon and will be re-issued by BMG Japan in late July 2005 as a special 25th Anniversary edition. Feat. Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon, Tommy Funderburk, Jeff and Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Pay Parker Jr. and Jerry Hey.
Alessi: Long Time Friends – 1982
Produced by: Cristopher Cross & Michael Ostin
Label: Qwest
Great album from twins Billy and Bobby Alessi. Featuring most of the L.A. studio mafia, and additional vocals by Christopher Cross and Patti Austin. Executive producer is Quincy Jones. Jap. import CD. The brothers are still in fine form on their latest offering, the 2003 "Hello Everyone". More on www.alessibros.com.
Bobby Caldwell: Bobby Caldwell – 1978
Produced by: Ann Holloway
Label: Sin-Drome
Caldwell’s debut-album containing the classic and much sampled "What You Won’t Do For Love". Also check out his "Where Is Love" from 1993. For more info, check www.homdrum.no/caldwell.
Bill Cantos: Who Are You – 1995
Produced by: Bill Schnee and others
Label: Pioneer PICP 1051
This very talented piano player has worked with Brenda Russel, Jay Graydon and Howard Hewett. Also check out his latest release "Movie in the Night Sky".
Bill Champlin: Runaway – 1981
Produced by: David Foster
Label: Elektra
Singer/songwriter/keyboard player/guitarist Bill Champlin first started out in 1966 as the leader of the San Francisco-based group The Sons of Champlin. In 1981, Champlin became a member of Chicago, with whom he has recorded and toured ever since, while releasing the occasional solo album, sometimes only in Japan. He scored two singles chart entries in 1982 with "Tonight Tonight" and "Sara", both from "Runaway". Also check out his 1978 release "Single". This is produced by David Foster and has a more R&B feeling. Extremely hard to find on CD!
Christopher Cross: Another Page – 1983
Produced by: Michael Omartian
Label: Warner Bros.
Cross (born Christopher Geppert) came out of the blue in 1980 with his self-titled debut of slight soft pop. He managed to clean up at the following year’s Grammys, beating out previous record-holder Frank Sinatra with a total of five awards. Another Page is his second album, and features additional vocals by Michael McDonald, Don Henley and Art Garfunkel. Cross also had a #1 hit with "Arthur’s Theme" from the movie Arthur. Question: What’s with the pink flamingo? Anybody?
Ned Doheny: Hard Candy – 1976
Ned Doheny: Prone – 1978
Label: Sony Japan
Produced by: Steve Cropper
Two of my personally favorite "West Coast" albums. These two titles are not in stock at amazon. Only available on import from Japan. Doheny songs also recorded by such artists like Average White Band, Chaka Khan, George Benson and Millie Jackson.
Doobie Brothers: Minute By Minute – 1978
Produced by: Ted Templeman
Label:  Warner Bros.
The Doobie Brothers (after a slangterm for marijuana) was one of the most popular Californian pop/rock bands of the ’70s. They evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop band by the end of the decade. In 1979 the Doobies released their most successful album, Minute By Minute, which spent five weeks at number one on the strength of the number one single "What a Fool Believes". For more of the same, check out "Livin’ on the Fault Line" from 1977.
Bryan Duncan: Blue Skies – 1996
Produced by: Dan Posthuma & Dan Garcia
Label:  Myrrh Records
A very good "West Coast" album from the former lead singer of Sweet Comfort Band. Great songs and an excellent production.
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Donald Fagen: The Nightfly – 1982
Produced by: Gary Katz
Label: Warner Bros.
Classic album from the one half of Steely Dan. Now also available in multichannel DVD Audio format.
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Jay Graydon: Airplay for the Planet – 1993
Produced by: Jay Graydon
Label: Insideout
Seems like this guitarist and producer has worked with about everybody in the business! Jap. import CD.
Greg Guidry: Over the Line – 1982
Produced by: John Ryan
Label: Columbia
Greg Guidry: Soul’d Out – 2000
Produced by: Greg Guidry
Label: GMG Records
The first release from this very talented singer/songwriter and pianist from St. Louisis in my opinion one of the best "West Coast" albums from the early 80’s. Featuring David Hungate (Toto) and David Sanborn. The original is very hard to find on CD, but the album has now been remastered and released with new cover on GMG Records in the US.
It took him about 18 years to release the second album Soul’d Out, but this is definitely one to get you hands on! Excellent songs and production with an early 80’s feeling.
There is also a Jap import album titled "Private Session" for the die hard fans that can’t get enough of that distinctive 80’s sound. The album is a collection of previously unreleased material that was recorded in the mid to late 80’s and the early 90’s. Most of these cuts were originally intended for Greg’s sophomore offering, but never made it to production.
Adrian Gurvitz: Sweet Vendetta – 1979
Produced by: Adrian Gurvitz
Label: Jet
Featuring Toto members Steve Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro and David Paich plus a who’s who of WestCoast session musicians like Jerry Hey etc..
Be sure to get the 2002 Jap. CD release with 10 tracks. The 1995 Jap. release has a crap sound.
Marc Jordan: Blue Desert – 1979
Produced by: Jay Graydon
Marc Jordan: Hole in the Wall – 1983
Produced by: Marc Jordan & Don Murry
Label: Warner Bros.
Originally a film student from Canada, Marc Jordan started out in 1970. He played with a band for a short time, returned to school, but then left for good to travel outside Canada. Warner Bros. signed him and released his 1978 debut album "Mannequin".
Ray Kennedy: Ray Kennedy – 1980
Produced by: David Foster
Label: Sony
Although better known for his country albums, this Foster-produced "West Coast" album is really worth checking out. Jap import CD only.
Clif Magness: Solo – 1994
Produced by: Clif Magness
Label: Empire
As far as I know, his only solo release and very hard to find on CD. (My copy was released in Sweden). Better known for his guitar-, keyboard-, songwriting and production work for artists like Al Jarreau, George Benson, Wilson Phillips and Barbra Streisand.

Kazu Matsui Project: Marine Fantasia – 1986
Produced by:  Kazu Matsui
Label: Japan Record
A master of the shakuhachi (a Japanese traditional bamboo flute), Matsui is more of a New Age artist, but his "Marine…" album is excellent smooth "West Coast". (Jap import CD only). He also contributed music to a series of major Hollywood features including Willow, Legends of the Fall and Jumanji, and producing recordings for his wife, keyboardist Keiko Matsui.
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Pablo Cruise: A Place in the Sun – 1977
Pablo Cruise: World’s Away – 1978
Produced by: Bill Schnee
Label: A&M
Pablo Cruise achieved some measure of success during the latter part of the 70’s with its mellow, easygoing California pop. The group was praised for the compositional and instrumental skill on the albums "Pablo Cruise" and "Lifeline", and were rewarded with the Top Ten hit "Whatcha Gonna Do?" in 1977 from "A Place in the Sun". "Worlds Away" went platinum, as did its predecessor, and produced three hit singles, including the Top Ten "Love Will Find a Way".  Several of the group’s songs were used as soundtrack material for sports programs on ABC, CBS and NBC.
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Lee Ritenour: Rit – 1981
Produced by: Harvey Mason, David Foster & Lee Ritenour
Label: Elektra
Lee Ritenour has long been a very busy studio guitarist in Los Angeles. He possesses an impressive technique, and has mostly played instrumental pop throughout his career, sometimes with a Brazilian flavor.
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Boz Scaggs: Middle Man – 1980
Produced by: Bill Schnee
Boz Scaggs: My Time – A Boz Scaggs Anthology – 1998
Produced by: Various
Label: Sony
Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio 1944, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs started out in the 60’s as a member of the Steve Miller Band. In 1963 after relocating to England, he sang on street corners. He recorded "Boz" in Sweden in 1965, before returning to the U.S. where he reunited with Miller two years later. After recording two acclaimed albums with the group, "Children of the Future" and "Sailor", Scaggs exited in 1968 to mount a solo career. He didn’t achieve a commercial breakthrough until 1976’s "Silk Degrees", which reached #2 on the album charts and including the hits "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle". 1977’s "Down Two, Then Left" was also a success, and 1980’s "Middle Man" reached the Top Ten on the strength of the singles "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "JoJo". However, Scaggs spent much of the 1980s in retirement, owning and operating the San Francisco nightclub Slim’s and limiting his performances primarily to the club’s annual black-tie New Year’s Eve party.
Also check out the 2001 release "Dig" on Virgin Records including the excellent "Miss Riddle". Co-produced by David Paich and a very fine adult contemporary take on R&B that showcases Scaggs in the finest voice in decades. For the ultimate Boz Scaggs collection, check out the superb double CD-set "My Time – A Boz Scaggs Anthology" on Sony.
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Steely Dan: The Royal Scam – 1976
Steely Dan: Aja – 1977
Steely Dan: Gaucho – 1980
Produced by: Gary Katz
Label: MCA
Walter Becker & Donald Fagen are hard to place in a genre. Steely Dan could just as easily been tagged jazz/rock. Anyway, these three albums are in my opinion some of their best work. Excellent songwriting and outstanding production. They’ve recently all been remastered into any Hi-Fi freak’s wet dream! "Gaucho" is also available in 5.1 channel DTS sound! For a good overview of the bands career, try the compilation "A Decade Of Steely Dan".
Gino Vannelli: Powerful People – 1974
Produced by: Gino & Joe Vannelli
Gino Vannelli: Brother to Brother – 1978
Produced by: Gino, Joe & Ross Vannelli
Label: A&M
Gino Vannelli: Nightwalker – 1981
Produced by: Gino, Joe & Ross Vannelli
Label: Arista
Maybe not that "West Coast", but I couldn’t resist recommending these 3 excellent titles by Gino Vannelli. He never really have got the recognition he definitely deserves. Gino Vannelli learned to play the drums early in life and studied music theory at McGill University. He formed an R&B band with brothers Joe and Ross in the late 60’s, but began recording solo material for RCA in 1970. Alternatively you could go for the very good 18 track "Ultimate Collection".
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