Friday, February 23, 2024

Export [Contraband - 1984]

Export [Contraband - 1984]

Origin: Liverpool (England)

Export contraband 1984

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Harry Shaw - Vocals
Steve Morris - Guitar, backing Vocals
Chris Alderman - Bass, backing Vocals
Lou Rosenthal - Drums, backing Vocals


Tracks:

1. Rockin' For You
2. Destiny
3. Spotlight
4. Roll Little Sister
5. Take My Hand
6. You Gotta Rock
7. Rough Diamond
8. On The Run
9. Stay

Friday, February 16, 2024

Honeymoon Suite [The big prize - 1985]

Honeymoon Suite [The big prize - 1985]


Origin: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

Honeymoon Suite [The big prize - 1985] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Johnnie Dee - Vocals
Derry Grehan - Guitar, backing vocals
Gary Lalonde - Bass
Dave Betts - Drums
Ray Coburn - Keyboards

Additional musicians:

Ian Anderson - Flute


Tracks:

1. Bad Attitude lyrics
2. Feel It Again lyrics
3. Lost And Found lyrics
4. What Does It Take lyrics
5. One By One lyrics
6. Wounded lyrics
7. Words In The Wind lyrics
8. All Along You Knew lyrics
9. Once The Feeling lyrics
10. Take My Hand lyrics

Honeymoon Suite [st - 1984]

Honeymoon Suite [st - 1984]


Origin: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

Honeymoon Suite [st - 1984] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics


Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Johnnie Dee - Vocals, guitar
Derry Grehan - Guitar, backing vocals
Gary Lalonde - Bass, backing vocals
Dave Betts - Drums
Ray Coburn - Keyboards, backing vocals

Additional musicians:

Brian Brackstone - Bass


Tracks:

1. New Girl Now lyrics
2. Burning In Love lyrics
3. Wave Babies lyrics
4. Stay In The Light lyrics
5. Now That You Got Me lyrics
6. Funny Business lyrics
7. Heart On Fire lyrics
8. Turn My Head lyrics
9. It's Your Heart lyrics
10. Face To Face lyrics

Friday, February 9, 2024

Jack Wagner [Don't give up your day job - 1987]

 

Jack Wagner [Don't give up your day job - 1987]


Origin: Washington, Missouri (USA)

Jack Wagner Don't give up your day job 1987 aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands


Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Jack Wagner - Vocals, guitar
Nick Kirgo - Guitar
John Farrar - Guitar, bass, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals
Tony Peluso - Guitar
Michael Landau - Guitar
Dann Huff - Guitar
Paul Warren - Guitar, backing vocals
Abe Laboriel - Bass
Nathan East - Bass
Joe Chemay - Bass
Paul Leim - Drums, programming
Tony Humecke - Drums
Vinnie Colauita - Drums
David Logeman - Drums
Jack Bruno - Drums
Robbie Buchanan - Drums, keyboards, backing vocals
Paulinho da Costa - Percussion
Randy Kerber - Keyboards, synthesizers
Glen Ballard - Keyboards, backing vocals
John Van Tongeren - Keyboards, synthesizers
John Hobbs - Keyboards
Mike Egizi - Keyboards, drum programming
Marcel East - Keyboards
Jim Lang - Synthesizers
Joel Peskin - Saxophone
Joe Turano - Backing vocals
John Batdorf - Backing vocals
Brie Howard - Backing vocals
Maxine Waters - Backing vocals
Julia Waters - Backing vocals
Oren Waters - Backing vocals
Eddie Lehmann - Backing vocals
Clif Magness - Backing vocals
Joe Pizzulo - Backing vocals
Gary Falcone - Backing vocals
Roger Freeland - Backing vocals
Bryan McDonald - Backing vocals
Siedah Garrett - Backing vocals

Tracks:

1. Weatherman Says lyrics
2. Island Fever lyrics
3. Love...Find It lyrics
4. It's What We Don't say lyrics
5. Easy Way Out lyrics
6. Common Man lyrics
7. Lovers In The Night lyrics
8. Sneakin' Suspicions lyrics
9. It's Been A Long Time lyrics
10. Back Home Again lyrics

Jeff Paris [Race to paradise - 1986]


Jeff Paris [Race to paradise - 1986]


Origin: Los Angeles (USA)

Jeff Paris race to paradise 1986 aor melodic rock music blogspot bands albums



Line-up:

Jeff Paris - Vocals, guitar, synthesizers, piano, backing vocals
Roger Fiets - Bass, backing vocals
Pat Torpey - Drums, backing vocals
Bob Marlette - Synthesizers
George Young - Saxophone
Moon Calhoun - Backing vocals
Paul Kingery - Backing vocals
John Keller - Backing vocals
Michael Caruso - Backing vocals
Rick Neigher - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. I'm Better
2. Mystery Girl
3. My Girl
4. Give It Away
5. Don't Make Promises
6. Back On My Knees
7. Hot Love
8. Rock Tonight
9. Race To Paradise

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Randy Meisner [One more song - 1980]

 

Randy Meisner  [One more song - 1980]

Origin:  Scottsbluff, Nebraska (USA)

Randy Meisner  [One more song - 1980]


Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Randy Meisner - Vocals, bass, backing vocals
Craig Hull - Guitar
Wendy Waldman - Guitar, backing vocals
Bryan Garofalo - Bass
Craig Krampf - Drums
Don Francisco - Percussion, backing vocals
Sterling Smith - Keyboards
Bill Cuomo - Synthesizers
Michael Jacobson - Saxophone
Kim Carnes - Backing vocals
Don Henley - Backing vocals
Glenn Frey - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Hearts On Fire lyrics
2. Gotta Get Away lyrics
3. Come On Back To Me lyrics
4. Deep Inside My Heart lyrics
5. I Need You Bad lyrics
6. One More Song lyrics
7. Trouble Ahead lyrics
8. White Shoes lyrics
9. Anyway Bye Bye lyrics

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Glass Tiger [Diamond sun - 1988]

 

Glass Tiger [Diamond sun - 1988]


Origin: Newmarket, Ontario (Canada)

Glass Tiger [Diamond sun - 1988] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics



Take a listen on youtube


Line-up:

Alan Frew - Vocals
Al Connelly - Guitar
Wayne Parker - Bass
Michael Hanson - Drums, guitar, backing vocals
Sam Reid - Keyboards

Additional musicians:

Keith Scott - Guitar
Jim Vallance - Drums, keyboards
Rene Worst - Bass
Earl Seymour - Saxophone
Dalbello - Backing vocals
Arnold Lanni - Backing vocals
Sheree Jeacocke - Backing vocals
Colina Phillips - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Diamond Sun lyrics
2. Far Away From Here lyrics
3. I'm Still Searching lyrics
4. A Lifetime Of Moments lyrics
5. It's Love U Feel lyrics
6. My Song lyrics
7. (Watching) Worlds Crumble lyrics
8. Send Your Love lyrics
9. Suffer In Silence lyrics
10. This Island Earth lyrics

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Zinatra [The great escape - 1990]


Zinatra [The great escape - 1990]

Origin: Limburg (The Netherlands)

Zinatra [The great escape - 1990]


Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Joss Mennen - Vocals, backing vocals
Gino Rerimassie - Guitar
Ronald J. Lieberton - Bass, backing vocals
Ed Rokx - Drums
Robbie Valentine - Keyboards, backing vocals

Roko Kohlmeyer - Backing vocals
Rob Janssen - Backing vocals

Tracks:

1. The Great Escape (instrumental)
2. Take It To The Top lyrics
3. Two Sides Of Love lyrics
4. There She Was lyrics
5. Love Never Dies lyrics
6. Unknown Skies lyrics
7. Too Blind To See lyrics
8. Candyman lyrics
9. Hold On lyrics
10. Only Your Heart lyrics
11. Jekyll And Hyde lyrics
12. The Roaring Silence lyrics

Beau Geste [st - 1982]


Beau Geste  [st - 1982]

Origin: Montreal/Quebec (Canada)

Beau Geste st 1982


Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Nick Prigino - Vocals, bass
Bryan Hughes - Guitar
Rick Rice - Guitar
Asher Fisher - Drums, percussion
Rod McManus - Keyboards

Tracks:

1. Je T'aime
2. C'est Comme Ça (Qu'on Joue Du Rock-n-Roll)
3. Si Tu L'aimes
4. Toute La Nuit
5. Money Money
6. Oh! Milady (C'est Presque Le Temps)
7. Ma Chance Va Tourner
8. Attends-Moi
9. Love Dream
10. Reviens

Prophet [Cycle of the moon - 1988]


Prophet [Cycle of the moon - 1988]

Origin: New Jersey (USA)

Prophet cycle of the moon 1988 aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics


Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Russell Arcara - Vocals
Ken Dubman - Guitar
Scott Metaxas - Bass, guitar, backing vocals
Michael Sterlacci - Drums, backing vocals
Joe Zujkowski - Keyboards

Tracks:

1. Cycle Of The Moon lyrics
2. Can't Hide Love lyrics
3. On The Run lyrics
4. Sound Of A Breaking Heart lyrics
5. Asylum lyrics
6. Tomorrow Never Comes lyrics
7. Frontline lyrics
8. Hands Of Time lyrics
9. Hyperspace
10. Red Line Rider lyrics

Friday, December 1, 2023

Glen Burtnick [Heroes & Zeros - 1987]

 

Glen Burtnick [Heroes & Zeros - 1987]


Origin: North Brunswick, New Jersey (USA)

Glen Burtnick Heroes and zeros 1987 aor melodic rock music blogspot bands albums


Take a listen on Odysee


Line-up:

Glen Burtnick - Vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, harmonica
Doug Worthington - Guitar
Neal Schon - Guitar
Buddy Allen - Bass
Anton Fig - Drums
Chuck Burgi - Drums
David Prater - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Mick Gormaley - Percussion
Plinky - Keyboards
Bruce Hornsby - Piano, accordion
Southside Johnny Lyon - Harmonica
Shelly Thompson - Backing vocals
Britt Savage - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Follow You lyrics
2. Spinning My Wheels lyrics
3. Walls Came Down lyrics
4. Stupid Boys (Suckers For Love) lyrics
5. Love Goes On lyrics
6. Heard It On The Radio lyrics
7. Abalene lyrics
8. Here Comes Sally lyrics
9. Scattered lyrics
10. The Day Your Ship Gets Thru lyrics

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Michael Gleason

Origin: Wichita, Kansas (USA)

MICHAEL GLEASON
Michael Gleason
Michael Gleason

Discography:

Michael Gleason [Children of choices - 1990] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics Children of choices - 1990 (with lyrics)


Notes:

- Michael Gleason is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as one of the founding members of the 1980s rock band AD.

Gleason grew up around Wichita, Kansas. He was drawn to music at a young age. When he was in high school and early college he became increasingly interested in 1970s progressive rock music. In particular, he was an admirer of Kansas. He had performed in night clubs for years before he joined Kansas as a touring member. Despite being increasingly attracted by rock music, he did not choose a typical rock'n'roll lifestyle but he wanted to share a positive message, written from a Christian worldview. As Gleason stated in an interview in 1990, "I had the very good fortune of being raised in a home with two parents who were strong committed believers. So whether Jesus Christ was the truth or was real was never really a question. It was in my earliest upbringing. It was a natural part of me as a child. Of course, there came that moment of truth later on as an adolescent where I internalised that and made it my own. I'm committed to it, and have seen it borne out in the lives of people around me".

Being an admirer of the music of Kansas and their main songwriter, Kerry Livgren, Gleason did some multi-track studio work that he sent to a post office box, which was on Livgren's first solo album, Seeds of Change from 1980. Several months later, Livgren called him back and asked him if he could join him on a new solo record. After vocalist Steve Walsh left Kansas in 1981, Gleason was among the hopefuls to become the new Kansas frontman, along with Warren Ham and others. Although John Elefante became new lead singer and keyboardist of Kansas, both Gleason and Ham left an impression on Livgren and were invited to join Kansas in the Drastic Measures tour in 1983 as touring members. Gleason played additional keyboards and added background vocals.

In 1983, Livgren recorded his second solo release along with himself on guitar and keyboard, Michael Gleason on vocals, keyboards and guitar, Warren Ham on saxophone, flute, harmonica and vocals, David Hope on bass, and Dennis Holt on drums. While Livgren and Hope had still been members of Kansas officially during the recording process, both left the band after a final New Year's Eve performance on December 31, 1983, which was at least partly a result of their new-found Christian beliefs that they felt unable to share in a free creative way due to rising tension with other band members and with the record label, Kirshner Records. During sessions for the album, it became apparent that the musicians shared many interests, not the least of which was their Christian faith. After years of feeling isolated and artistically stifled in Kansas, Livgren found working with fellow Christians refreshing. By the end of the recording sessions, the session musicians had jelled, and Livgren decided to name the group AD. Finally, their first album, Time Line, was released in 1984 and credited to Kerry Livgren/AD. However, it received virtually no promotion from CBS Records, who probably saw the side project as a threat to the continued success of Kansas. Due to legal entanglements caused by his contractual obligations with Kansas, Livgren was unable to market AD in the mainstream secular market. After negotiating with the record label, he received a waiver to perform with AD in the Christian rock market. This would become a hindrance to commercial viability for the band.

AD released their second album Art of the State in 1985. AD toured extensively in 1984 and 1985, sometimes playing bars and clubs one night and then churches the next. In spite of favorable album reviews, the tour for Art of the State was not as successful as intended, resulting in Warren Ham's departure from the band in 1986.

After Ham's departure, Gleason handled all lead vocals alone on AD's third album Reconstructions, which was released in 1986. Because of financial difficulties and the inability to keep up with the lack of support, AD faded away after its release, though no official breakup was announced.

In 1988, Livgren released a collection of previously unreleased AD songs titled Prime Mover, which was credited once again to Kerry Livgren/AD. Livgren played most instruments, while lead vocals, saxophone and blues harp were performed by Warren Ham. Gleason wrote the song I'll Follow You for this album and performed background vocals on it. Sparrow Records also released an AD compilation including songs from Art of the State and Reconstructions in 1988 called Compact Favorites.

In 1992, Sparrow released a Kerry Livgren/AD two-CD collection called Decade that featured the whole Time Line (AD) and Seeds of Change (Kerry Livgren) albums as well as songs from Art of the State (AD), Reconstructions (AD), Prime Mover (Kerry Livgren/AD) and One of Several Possible Musiks (Kerry Livgren). In addition, two previously unreleased songs from the Time Line sessions in 1983 with Michael Gleason on vocals were included. These two songs as well as another previously unreleased track, All in Time, which was originally recorded in 1986 and written and sung by Gleason, were included in the reissue Reconstructions Reconstructed, released by Livgren's Numavox record company in 1997 and again - remastered and repackaged - in 2006. In 1997, Livgren rediscovered recordings of two AD performances from 1984 and 1985, remastered them and released them as AD Live in 1998.

In 1986, while he was still in AD, Michael Gleason recorded his first solo effort, called Voices from the Old World, an instrumental orchestral album. This album was later reissued on cd in 1998 by Numavox Records.

In 1987, he formed Pressure Point Productions in Atlanta, Georgia. He then began song writing, session and production work for other artists, including Steven Curtis Chapman, Wes King, Newsboys, Michael Card, Steve Green, Geoff Moore & The Distance, and many others. He also released instrumental songs for various compilations, including Lifetimes for the 1987 album Jazz Flavors Cats IV.

Gleason released his first rock solo album, Children of Choices, in 1990 through Pakaderm Records. The album featured an album-oriented rock sound, influenced by modern pop elements and was produced by himself as well as John and Dino Elefante. It enjoyed critical success, with two singles garnering top-five CCM chart positions.

Gleason wrote the CCM-chart-topping Say the Word for Truth's 1998 album Never Be the Same, and the #1 CCM hit The Stranger performed by Aaron Jeoffrey.

In 2001, he released his third solo project called Every Road, moving into a more mature rock/acoustic/singer-songwriter style.

In 2005, his fourth solo album, Cornerstone, came out, which is in style similar to Every Road but with a stronger contemporary praise & worship direction.

In addition, he wrote and performed songs for the Why Don't You: Songs That Teach Character (2002) and Why Don't You: Songs That Build Character (2005) children's music compilations as well as the song Throw Me a Line for the Letters to God Soundtrack (2010). -



- Michael Gleason may be an unfamiliar name, but it's likely you have heard him. Gleason was part of the touring Kansas band in '83, and was with Kansas' Dave Hope and Kerry Livgren in the band AD until its recent break-up. Gleason's new album 'Children Of Choices' is, in radio parlance, AOR-edged CHR (or, in plain English, rock that has a melody you can sing with). The best description is that it's sort of like Kansas through a modern pop filter. The touches of Kansas, and AD are everywhere, but usually they're subtle, lurking in the mix. I'm originally from the state of Kansas and I grew up around Wichita," explains Michael, "I'm considerably younger than Kerry and Dave. When I was in high school and early college I was an admirer of the music that was coming out of the band. I did some multi-track studio work that I sent to a post office box, which was on Kerry's first solo album, 'Seeds Of Change'. Lo and behold, a couple of months later, he called me back. He apparently liked what he heard, and asked me if I could join him on his next solo album."

"One thing led to another, and I ended up going on the road with Kansas, because they had a slot to fill for someone who could play and sing. I was on the road with them in '83, and then the AD records. From a pragmatic standpoint, I got a big jumping-off point from being able to work with Kerry in the studio; I owe him a great bit." "I performed for years in nightclubs before I went on tour with Kansas," says Gleason, "but obviously, it's a whole different ball game when you're playing arena rock." Not only are the audiences different, but Gleason was faced with coming in as the new guy in an established team. "From a spiritual standpoint, I guess the biggest thing was just to learn how to live with other people." Even though he was exposed to the supposed allure of the big-time rock scene for a while, don't look for one of those 'been through hell and back' stories from Gleason. "I had the very good fortune of being raised in a home with two parents who were strong committed believers. So whether Jesus Christ was the truth or was real was never really a question. It was in my earliest upbringing. It was a natural part of me as a child. Of course, there came that moment of truth later on as an adolescent where I internalised that and made it my own. I'm committed to it, and have seen it borne out in the lives of people around me."

It seems to be a natural part of his music, too. He tries not to lapse into the kind of language that waves a red flag in front of the general-audience bull, yet the point still comes through. Some people might say he's selling a line. So what does Gleason say to that? "I think everybody's selling a line, unless you consider your life to be absolutely meaningless. It doesn't matter who you are. It appears to me that the way artists live their lives comes through in their music in some way." "I think my view is viable because what I'm trying to say happens to be related to the truth I've seen borne out in my life. I think that a lot of this record is issue-orientated, which seems to be very much in vogue; we almost have a 60s revisited these days. There is a lot of issue-commentary on this record, but it is written from a very specific worldview - a Christian worldview. I believe in an Absolute, and I believe that it is found in Christianity. It's the most valuable line to be sold, and it's worth buying."

Gleason takes aim at the a la carte approach to life in the title track "Children Of Choices," by asking what (or better, who) it is that we are seeking to make ourselves into. "We are all products of a collective set of choices that we've made all our lives," as Gleason sees it. "Every day is just adding to the product, and every choice we make is pushing us in one direction or another. Being a child of choices means that I am the product of the decisions I have made. There's a direction that's implied here. But directions can be changed."

In the song "True To Myself," Gleason rebels against the attempts to bully or goad him into going a different direction.

"There are a lot of hidden agenda things in that particular tune. It has some very personal experience behind it. There's a certain amount of angry young man in that song. People, and particularly artists, will find that you have people trying to constantly turn you one direction or another, to lead you down this path or that path. Or, 'Why don't you treat your writing this way or that way?' It doesn't matter who you are, you always have somebody pulling at you. But I hope that the song reflects a 'justified rebellion,' if there is such a thing, against being tossed about to and fro. The idea that you need to follow your convictions and to stick to them."

There are other pressures on him, too, such as the pressure to follow Christian music formulas. A good artist sometimes wonders about the value of making music that grows from faith in Christ, and whether there is any power in song - especially when it aims to be heard by Christians and non-Christians alike. Awareness makes for a better understanding of what one is doing.

"I am under no illusion that music is what changes people's hearts and saves souls. I think it's a tool. The work of changing people is entirely God's and God's alone. He may do that through a number of different vehicles; I don't feel my responsibility, as a musician is to do something so powerful that it changes people. My responsibility is to be a good steward of the abilities that God has given to me, be a good steward for the ideas that I've been given, and put them out there. The Lord may choose to use them in a powerful way, but the power is His. There's a lot of emotional pull that can be accomplished in the music, but I don't think that it's an end it itself."

Gleason now spends much time producing recorded music for local artists who specialize in small-scale, personal ministry. He also does music for commercials and promotional films. No longer touring, he now has time to spend with his wife and five children, ranging in age from 10 to two. It's also a more peaceable setting for enriching one's spiritual practices. He seems quite at peace with being a child not only of his choices, but also of the One he chose to love. -

 
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