Monday, May 22, 2017

Lou Gramm [Ready or not - 1987]


Lou Gramm [Ready or not - 1987]

Origin: Rochester, New York (USA)

Lou Gramm [Ready or not - 1987] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Lou Gramm - Vocals
Nils Lofgren - Guitar
Bruce Turgon - Bass, guitar, keyboards
Ben Gramm - Drums
Philip Ashley - Keyboards, programming

Additional musicians:

Richard Grammatico - Guitar
Don Mancuso - Guitar
Eddie Martinez - Guitar
Stanley Sheldon - Bass
Mark Rivera - Saxophone, backing vocals
Ben Grammatico - Trumpet
Ben Grammatico Jr. - Trumpet
Crispin Cioe - Saxophone
Sherryl Marshall - Backing vocals
Cookie Watkins - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Ready Or Not lyrics
2. Heartache lyrics
3. Midnight Blue lyrics
4. Time lyrics
5. If I Don't Have You lyrics
6. She's Got To Know lyrics
7. Arrow Thru Your Heart lyrics
8. Until I Make You Mine lyrics
9. Chain Of Love lyrics
10. Lover Come Back lyrics

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dreamstreet


Origin: Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

DREAMSTREET
Dreamstreet

Discography:

Dreamstreet [Heartzone - 1986] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsHeartzone - 1986

Notes:

- Dreamstreet’s hard driving beat and dynamic vocals walk the line between power AOR and hook-laden CHR. Beginning as a studio project, Dreamstreet was formed in the Fall of 1987. Ron Redfield, Tony Artino & Nick LePar, fellow band mates from a local Cleveland group named Quick, teamed up and began to write new material for a side project which became Dreamstreet. Once the new songs were completed, the guys were ready to go into the studio and start recording. A good friend to the band, Kevin Valentine (Donny Iris, The Innocent), was brought on board as producer/engineer. At this point, Dreamstreet did not decide on a lead vocalist as of yet.

When the music tracks were completed and it was time to record the vocals, Kevin suggested bringing in his fellow band mate from “The Innocent”, Rodney Psyka. When Rodney came into the studio to record his tracks, everything fell into place and the Dreamstreet puzzle was completed. Dreamstreet would go on to showcase for record companies with no avail. The group disbanded the following year in the Fall of 1988.

Since then, Dreamstreet has periodically reunited to perform as an opening act for many national artists playing the Cleveland/Akron concert venues including a televised 1999/2000 New Years Eve concert at Cleveland’s Public Square for an audience of over 100,000. -

(http://melodic-hardrock.com/dreamstreet-heartzone-1986/)

Dreamstreet [Heartzone - 1986]


Dreamstreet [Heartzone - 1986]

Origin: Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

Dreamstreet [Heartzone - 1986] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Rodney Psyka - Vocals, percussion
Ron Redfield - Guitar, backing vocals
Tony Artino - Guitar, backing vocals
Nick LePar - Drums, percussion


Tracks:

1. Money
2. Power of Love
3. Heartzone
4. Head Troubles
5. Survive
6. Fade Away
7. Face to Face
8. King of the Night

Monday, May 8, 2017

Nielsen & Pearson


Origin: Los Angeles, California (USA)

NIELSEN & PEARSON
Nielsen & Pearson Reed Nielsen - Mark Pearson
Reed Nielsen - Mark Pearson
Discography:

Nielsen & Pearson [Blind luck - 1983] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsBlind luck - 1983

Notes:

- Their previous two albums (1978's 'Nielsen Pearson Band' and the self titled 1980 release) were solid, well crafted affairs, but it's their third and final album 'Blind Luck', which most AOR fans are familiar with and which is rightly lauded as a classic of the West Coast genre. As you can imagine this album received zero publicity in the UK when released in the summer of 1983 and I therefore stumbled upon this album almost by accident - or should that be 'Blind Luck'? However a quick scan of the impressive list of the supporting cast - a veritable who's who of some of the hottest session musicians of the early 1980's, told me all I needed to know.

If you check out the guys on the sleeve I think you know what to expect, quite clearly they have been taking a leaf out of the John O'Banion book of fashion tips - casual jackets and skinny ties were de rigueur for 'undercover lovers' back in the early 1980's. In fact John O'Banion is a good reference point musically, plus of course there's a dash of Toto lurking there in the mix (invariably because the ubiquitous Steve Lukather has several guest spots). The albums strength lies in the stunning harmonies of this duo coupled with their ability to pen a catchy tune  - a feast for those who like their music heavy on the melody (as opposed to the guitars).'Hasty Heart' is a good way to start proceedings, especially when the intro has Robbie Buchanan's swirling keys in perfect tandem with Mike Landau's power chords. The icing on the proverbial cake of course, being the killer vocal hook and Luke's free flowing solo on the fade out.'Sentimental' is textbook perfect AOR - pulsating keyboards giving way to some solid Mike Landau riffs and yet more sumptuous vocal harmonies.'Too Good To Last', the David Robert's penned classic (and the only cover on the album) is the equal of the original due to an immaculate performance from Reed Nielsen whose plaintive vocals encapsulate perfectly this song's introspective mood.'Break Nobody's Heart' is a fine up-tempo rocker punctuated by Mike Landau's distinctive stop/start guitar similar to that which was deployed to great effect on Steve Perry's 'You Should Be Happy'.The poignant 'I Hear You Breathing' is musically lighter fare approaching Player territory, but a pleasant way to round of side two nonetheless.'Laurelei' (not the Styx classic) sees the boys perfecting their best Toto moves. Hats off to guitarist Charles 'Icarus' Johnson who does a surprisingly good Steve Lukather impersonation with some shredding solo guitar  - no mean feat considering the guy normally keeps company with Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke.  Not exactly AOR luminaries in my book anyway! The memorable 'Expectations', is predominantly driven by Robbie Buchanan's staccato keyboards. Charles Johnson's guitar takes a back seat this time around. The undeniably haunting 'Fade Away' features some wonderfully understated guitar fills from that man Lukather and is characterized by yet more of those lush vocal harmonies.'You Got Me Where You Want Me' is perhaps the most overtly commercial fare on an album chock full of potential US top 40 material, but ironically for me the album's low point. A little too throwaway it sounds like a tune that didn't make the grade for George Benson's 'In Your Eyes' album.Fortunately album closer 'Carrie' is a pleasant, mid paced rocker and a good way to end the album.

To quote the song title it appears 'Too Good To Last' was sadly prophetic as I'm not sure what happened to these guys - there appears to be a dearth of information on the world wide web (or perhaps I'm not looking hard enough).  In short, this duo's aesthetic appearance like their music is slick, upbeat, though unthreatening - definitely an album for those who enjoy their AOR lite. -




- In the same category as Richard Page and Steve George (Pages, Mr Mister) and “Bugatti-Musker” you have Reed Nielsen and Mark Pearson and their teamwork was called “Nielsen Pearson”, and they released three albums, and re-released “Nielsen Pearson” and “Blind Luck” on one cd at the label Vivid Sound Corporation, Japan.

It started back in 1978 with the release of “The Nielsen Pearson Band”, this album is more in the country music style, but you could hear the roots to the west coast music. In 1980 they brought Peter Wolf, Richard Landis, tom Scott and David Foster into the studio to work on the second release. Same year it was relased, and the album became a big hit for Nielsen Pearson, and the tune “Annie” where on of the highlights from the album.

Their 3rd album, which is one of unforgettable albums in early 80’s, where released. This is a real west coast classic, featuring Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Carlos Vega, Neil Stubenhaus, Robbie Buchanan, Lenny Castro, Joe Chemay etc. With this Nielsen Pearson where establish and the tunes Hasty Heart, Sentimental, Fade Away and Too Got To Last where great songs, and it was too got to last, Nielsen Pearson broke up after the 3rd album. -




- Auteur de trois albums sous des appellations variables — The Nielsen Pearson Band en 1978, puis Nielsen/Pearson en 1980, et enfin sous leurs noms complets avec ce Blind Luck — le duo composé de Reed Nielsen et Mark Pearson a surtout marqué les esprits sensibles à la westcoast avec ce disque, considéré par beaucoup comme un classique du genre. En plus de combler les amateurs de musique californienne, Reed Nielsen imprégnera par la suite quelques classiques de l'AOR, au premier rang desquels l'incontournable Suspicious Heart de VAN STEPHENSON, sur lequel Nielsen signe ou co-signe plusieurs titres. En 1983, du reste, et plus que sur le précédent album, le duo Nielsen/Pearson dérivait parfois vers l'AOR, avec une certaine réussite d'ailleurs (Break Nobody's Heart, ou les plus hybrides Lauralei et Sentimental, ce dernier présentant des couplets AOR combinés à un refrain typique du genre westcoast). Compositeurs et chanteurs tous les deux, Nielsen et Pearson offrent sur ce disque une westcoast au style classique dans le genre (la reprise de DAVID ROBERTS Too Good To Last, I Hear You Breathing, Expectation...), mais parfaitement interprétée et propre à combler les amateurs par ses sonorités de clavier, ses harmonies vocales et ses rythmiques cajoleuses, le tout servi par deux voix complémentaires : assez aérienne pour Nielsen, un peu plus chaleureuse pour Pearson dont le timbre rappelle à certains moments un MICHAEL McDONALD (sur le refrain de Got Me Where You Want Me — qu'on croirait sorti d'un album de l'ancien chanteur des Doobie Brothers — ou certains passages du très bon Hasty Heart). Le principal défaut de ce disque est finalement sa rareté en cd, et une réédition ne serait donc pas malvenue... -

Nielsen & Pearson [Blind luck - 1983]


Nielsen & Pearson [Blind luck - 1983]

Origin: Los Angeles, California (USA)

Nielsen & Pearson [Blind luck - 1983] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Reed Nielsen - Vocals, backing vocals
Mark Pearson - Vocals, backing vocals

Additional musicians:

Michael Landau - Guitar
Charles Johnson - Guitar
Steve Lukather - Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus - Bass
Carlos Vega - Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta - Drums
Lenny Castro - Percussion
Steve Foreman - Percussion
Robbie Buchanan - Keyboards
Ian Underwood - Synthesizers
Richard Landis - Synthesizers
John Bowen - Synthesizers
Jai Winding - Piano, clavinet
Jim Haas - Backing vocals
Joe Chemay - Backing vocals
Jon Joyce - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Hasty Heart  
2. Sentimental  
3. Too Good To Last  
4. Break Nobody's Heart  
5. I Hear You Breathing  
6. Lauralei  
7. Expectations  
8. Fadeaway  
9. Got Me Where You Want Me  
10. Carrie

Monday, May 1, 2017

Chris Mancini


Origin: Hollywood, California (USA)

CHRIS MANCINI
Chris Mancini
Chris Mancini
Discography:

Chris Mancini [No strings - 1983] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsNo strings - 1983

Notes:

- This is a real underrated album in the AOR scene. Not many AOR fans realise how good this album is and not many AOR publishing magazines have wrote about it, so a review in our magazine is necessary. I can’t tell much about CHRIS MANCINI, because I don’t have any information about him. He is probably a New Yorker from Italian origin.


On his only (?) LP release ‘No strings’ from 1983 on the major recordlabel Atlantic Records, Chris proves to be an excellent AOR performer. Besides, he sings and wrote all the 10 songs himself, he also plays guitar and synthesizer. Still the list of additional musicians on the LP is huge and impressive. On drums appear Carmine Appice ((KING KOBRA), Jeff Porcaro (TOTO) and Anton Fig (SPIDER).


On guitar are RICK DERRINGER, Stephen Geyer and Waddy Wachtel (STEVE PERRY). Mike Porcaro (TOTO) and Lequint Jobe appear on bass. Roy Bittan (BON JOVI/Bruce Springsteen), who also played keyboards on the LP, produced the album. If you get the help of such musicians then you can’t go wrong.


The 10 songs on the LP are all very impressive and from a very high class. The LP is up there with the classic AOR releases of DAVID ROBERTS, BERNIE LABARGE or STAN MEISSNER. The album opens with “City girl”, a great laid back AOR song that is sounding like DWAYNE FORD. Next up is “(Here comes that) Hurt again”, a nice poprocker like DWIGHT TWILLEY.


Things really get going with the next track “Gonna find me a girl tonight”, this is very impressive prime-time pure AOR rock with all the ingredients to be a winner. The song sounds like BERNIE LABARGE. After this song, “Lovers in love” take things slower and this is a beautiful AOR ballad like VAN STEPHENSON in many ways.


Closing track on side-A is the sublime uptempo AOR/Radiorocker “Wild eyes” that is sounding like DAVID ROBERTS on his rockiest moments. Side-B opens with a nice hi-tech AOR song that comes close to CELLARFUL OF NOISE. “Where’s that feelin’” is one of those great laid-back AOR songs you play on a hot summernight. The song is similar in style to FRANKE AND THE KNOCKOUTS, ALLIANCE (1982), THE AUTOMATIX…


The following track “Hot streets” is a lovely uptempo AOR/Radiorocker based on the US Radiorockstations of the early 80’s. “Hot streets” is sounding like a mixture of STAN MEISSNER and STEEL BREEZE. “Let down easy” is again that laid-back AOR sound and a comparison to BERNIE LABARGE here is possible.


Closing track of this wonderful album is the wonderful AOR Ballad “I never believed” that sounds very much like VAN STEPHENSON and this song also has a lovely bridge that quite reminds me of SURVIVOR on their calmer songs. Concluded we can say that this LP is very much recommended to every AOR fan. Mostly, this LP is pure AOR and can best be compared to David Roberts’s solo-album ‘All dressed up’ without the Westcoast influences. -

(http://www.angelfire.com/ma/strutteraor/CHRISMANCINI.html)




- When you've got a pedigree like this guy, you'd be asking yourself, why isn't he following in the footsteps of his famous dad? You see, the man in question Chris Mancini, is none other than the son of.. yes.. the legendary Henry Mancini. In the world of musical score for film back in the day, Mancini Snr was the go-to guy. And still today, Henry Mancini is as well known for his works as he was in the past. Romeo And Juliet Love Theme, the Pink Panther and more.. Chris on the other hand, still in his veritable youth when this was released, probably saw this as an opportunity to express his musical output in one form or another. Due to the family name and connections, there was no problem with finding session musicians to lend a hand, nor a record label. Tis a pity then this album sat around on the shop-floor, as it was (for the day) an excellent slice west coast oriented AOR.

There are many flavors here that would tease the artery hardened AORster. Thrash a few names around like Franke And The Knockouts, David Roberts, Dwayne Ford and you'll understand where Chris is coming from. Vocally, Chris is a deadringer for Larry (L.A) Greene from Fortune and Harlan Cage. All those influences get a look in on the opener 'City Girl' - three and half minutes of period AOR. Taking the sweeping Meatloaf approach to songwriting is 'Here Comes That Hurt Again' (I'm sure Mr Steinman would be very happy with this one) while 'Gonna Find Me A Girl Tonight' blazes away in true Rick Springfield pop rock fashion. Taking a breather is the melodrama balladry of 'Lovers In Love' - not the most convincing ballad, but probably would've died in lesser hands. On 'Wild Eyes', this is where Chris sounds like L.A Greene. On any other day, he could've auditioned for Fortune and got the job!! 'Suspicions' is full of pumping keyboard and is an aggressive arrangement overall. For those of you stuck in a 1983 timewarp, check out the delicious 'Where's That Feelin', with a magic chorus that transports you back in time. 'Let Down Easy' has a commercial Atlanta Rhythm Section vibe about it, whereas the closing keyboard workout 'I Never Believed', sort of sounds like Twenty Twenty, but with less pomp.

This would be the one and only album that Chris would release. Still involved with music these days, Chris would say it might be best to look for the next generation of Mancini's to carry on the family legacy. Chris' son Luca Mancini looks set to blaze a name of glory for himself. Keep an eye on that name in the near future. -

(http://gdm.glorydazemusic.com/articles.php?article_id=1790)

 
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