• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

French west coast music releases…

Over the years there has been many french musicians that has been playin´and recorded west coast music. Some artists has been working with many American studio musicians to give their albums the right L.A. west coast touch.

At this page you can read about some of the most interesting french west coast projects, both older and newer releases.

Some albums are still in the market, some are only released on vinyl, but you can still have luck to find them around. Not all are 100% west coast music, but more in the crooner- or international singer style.

The French guitarist and songwriter Frédéric Slama has released several albums under the name “AOR” with a high profiled lineup of L.A. musicians. Read more about his work here.

Michel Berger – Dreams In Stone

WEA Records 1982

Tracks: JFK, American Island, Walking Through The Big Apple, Street Sonata, Living Under The Gun, Apple Pie, Rooftops, Anything Can Happen Here, Innocent Eyes & Parade.

Musicians on the Dreams In Stone album: Michael Berger, Buzz Feiten, Bill Payne, David Hungate, Jeff Porcaro, David Palmer, Bill Champlin, Tom Saviano, Robben Ford, Jay Winding, Carlos Vega, Max Gronethal, Nicky Hopkins, Tom Kelly, Rosanne Cash, Steve Lukather, Neil Larsen and others.

Michel Berger – Beausejour

WEA Records 1980

Tracks: La Groupie Du Pianiste, Y a Vraiment Qu’l’amour Qui Vaille La Peine, C’est Pour Quelqu’un, Celui Qui Chante, Tout Est Possible, Attendre, Quelques Mots D’amour, Jouer Du Banjo, La Fille Des Annees 2000 & C’est Difficile D’etre Un Homme Aussi.

Musicians on the Beausejour album: Michael Berger, Paul Stallworth, Lyle Harper, Pascal Arroyo, Neil Stubenhaus, Jim Keltner, Simon Philips, Jim Gordon, Mike Baird, Alan Schwartzberg, Paulinho Da Costa, Lenny Castro, Rubin Basini, Gilles Perin, Neil Larsen, Georges Rodi, Bill Payne, Paul Griffen, Tom Saviano, Gary Herbig, David Luell, Steve Madaio, Gary Grant, Dick Hyde & Herb Pedersen.

Alain Chamfort – Rock´n Rose

CBS Records 1977

Tracks: Joujou A La Casse, Baby Lou, Prive, Disc-Jockey, Tennisman, Sparadrap, Rock´n Rose, Lucette Et Lucie & Le Vide Au Coeur.

Musicians on the Rock´n Rose album: Alain Chamfort, David Foster, Steve Porcaro, Jay Winding, Jay Graydon, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Ed Greene, Mike Baird and others.

Yves Choir – By Prescription Only

N.E.W MusiDisc 1989

Tracks are: Rush Hour, Mad About Town, After The Rain, The Far Side, Rocky Road, Follow Me To The Edge, D B, Biabca, by Prescripton Only & Morocco Juntion.

Musicians on the By Prescription Only album: Yves Choir, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Josquin Des Pres, Billy Sheehan, Scott Gorham, John Hug and others.

Richard Cocciante – Sincerité

Versailles Records 1983

Tracks: Sincerité, Deux Tickets, Sur Ta Peau, S´enfuir Pour S´enfuir, Sally, Sur La Terre, Elle Et Moi, Courir Dans La Nuit, Je Dis Des Mots…, Paradis & Il Fait beau A La Radio.

Musicians on the Sincerité album: Richard Cocciante, James Newton Howard, Steve Lukather, David Hungate, Mike Porcaro, Dean Parks, Mike Baird, Richie Zito, Paulinho Da Costa and others.

Oliver Constantin – Personal

Beverly Records 1995

Tracks: Never Be Mine, Remember Me, Shinning, In A Middle Of A Day, Shades Of You, Nobody Knows, Don’t Slow Down, Serenade, Mona Lisa & Song For Chloe.

Musicians on the Personal album: Oliver Constantin, Thierry Durbet, Arnaud Aubaille, Kamil Rustam, Frank Pilan, Jean-Marc Alexandre, Yves Sanna, Dominique Grimaldi, Mario Santangeli, Mimi Felixine, Laurence Cartier, Virginie Constantin & Natacha Gerardin.

Jean Jaques Gold – Démodé

Epic Records 1981

Tracks: A L´envers, Sans Un Mot, Brouillard, Pas l´Indifference, Il Suffira, J´T´Aimerai, Autre Historie, Quelque Chose De Bizarre, Quel Exil, Le Rapt & Just Un Petit Moment.

Musicians on the Démodé album: Jean Jaques Goldman, Max Middleton, Patrice Tison, Clement Bailly, Guy Delacroix, Georges Rodi, Bernard Illouz and others.

Grimaldi/Zeiher – Toute Ressemblance Avec Des Parsonnes Ayant

RCA Records 1990

Tracks: Seasons, Trop De Mots, Sindbad, La Star Des Couloirs, Les Mots D´adieux, Une Porte Au Fond D´un Couloir, Melo Dans La Tete, Sidonie, Debout En Haut Du Toit, Entre Chien Et Loup, Cite Des Anges & Think Twice.

Musicians on the Toute Ressemblance Avec Des Parsonnes Ayant album: Bernard Grimaldi, Bernard Zeiher, Jeff Porcaro, Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Larry Carlton, Victor Feldman, Abraham Laboriel, Lee Ritenour, Bernard Zeifer, Sid Sharp, Wilton Felder, Lee Sklar, Michael Boddicker, Jim Keltner, Bill Walker and others.

Grimaldi/Zeiher – Recidive

RCA Records 1980

Tracks: Sidonie, Derniers Moments, Une Porte Au Fond D´un Couloir, Plus Comme Avant, Cache-Toi, Debout En Haut Du Toit, Recidive, Melo Dans La Téte, La Califusa & Think Twice.

Musicians on the Recidive album: Bernard Grimaldi, Bernard Zeiher, Jeff Porcaro, Dean Parks, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Larry Carlton, Mark Gibbons, Victor Feldman, Abraham Laboriel, Lee Sklar, Michael Boddicker, Jim Keltner, Bill Walker and others.

Michel Jonasz – Ou Est La Source

EMI Records 1992

Tracks: Lune, Arthur, Vivement L´avenir, Groove baby Groove, Une Chanson Rien Ou´pour Toi, Tombent Les Feuilles, Je Descendrai La Riviere, Taj Mahal, Triste Et Bleu, Le Piano Et Le Pianiste & Ou Est La Source.

Musicians on the Ou Est La Source album: Michel Jonasz, Larry Carlton, Abraham Laboriel, Paul Jackson Jr., Luis Conte, Dean Parks, Arnold McCuller, Steve Gadd, Michael Shapiro, Brad Cole, Paulinho Da Costa and others.

Michel Jonasz – Tristesse

EMI Records 1983

Tracks: Tristesse, Big Boss, De L’amour Qui S’evapore, Une Seule Journee Passee Sans Elle, Lucille, Minuit Sonne, La Chanson Qui Detend L’atmosphere, Rock A Gogo, Quand Elle Part J’ai Le Coeur Serre & Tic Tac.

Musicians on the Tristesse album: Michel Jonasz, Jean-Yves D’Angelo, Sylvain Marc, Dominique Bertrand, Manu Katche, Marc Chantereau, Michel Coeuriot, Alain Labacci, Slim Batteux.

Manu Katche – It´s About Time

Sacre Records 1991

Tracks: Cry Of Passion, Change, Warm Doorway, Who I Am, Go Getter, Lost In You, Silence, My Inner Heart, No Country, She Is, 25th of July & Tell Me Why.

Musicians on the It´s About Time album: Manu Katche, Pino Palladino, Simon Clark, David Sancious, Dominic Miller, Daniel Lanois, David Rhodes, Roger Bolton, Gary Barker, Peter Beachill, Stuart Brooks, Phil Todd, Brandford Marsalis, Tom Robinson, Siobham Maher, Peter Gabriel, Mandy Lesley, Maz Roberts, Sting, Laurent Voulzy & Richard Galliano.

Manu Katche – It´s About Time

BMG Records 1993

Tracks: Cry Of Passion, Change, Warm Doorway, Who I Am, Go Getter, Lost In You, Silence, My Inner Heart, No Country, She Is, 25th of July & Tell Me Why.

Musicians on the It´s About Time album: Manu Katche, Pino Palladino, Simon Clark, David Sancious, Dominic Miller, Daniel Lanois, David Rhodes, Roger Bolton, Gary Barker, Peter Beachill, Stuart Brooks, Phil Todd, Brandford Marsalis, Tom Robinson, Siobham Maher, Peter Gabriel, Mandy Lesley, Maz Roberts, Sting, Laurent Voulzy & Richard Galliano.

Stephane Laugier – The Very Soul Of Me

Private 1996

Tracks : Never Let Your Chance Go By, Drive Me Wild, So Special, Gonna Miss Your Love, Linda’s Eyes, Don’t Give Up, Jam The Night, Love Is Blind, Give Me A Chance, Chains Round My Heart, Jealousy, Love Is Not An Illusion & Song For You.

Musicians on the The Very Soul Of Me album: Stephane Laugier, Benoit Clement, Pierre Hebert, Paul Brochu, Claude Arseneault, Sylvain Bolduc, Jean Jacques Cristofari, Bobby Cohen, Pierre Dumont-Gauthier, Jean St-Jaques, Michel Cyr, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Andre Leroux, Andre Verreault, Ron Dilauro, Luc Boivin, Marie Belanger, Danny Blanco, Terry McGimpsey, Linda Nile, Tessa Nile, Alan G. Prater, Lina Boudreau, Kat Dyson & Kim Richardson.

Stephane Laugier – Puzzle

SA Music 1995

Tracks: Laisse-Moi Encore Y Croire, Don’t Give Up, Magie Noire, Aime-Moi, Sans Lendemain, Casse Coule Fini, Volcan Qui Dort, Appel De Detresse, Ce Monde Est Fou & Love Is Blind.

Musicians on the Puzzle album: Stephane Laugier, Benoit Clement, Pierre Hebert, Paul Brochu, Claude Arseneault, Sylvain Bolduc, Jean Jacques Cristofari, Bobby Cohen, Pierre Dumont-Gauthier, Jean St-Jaques, Michel Cyr, Jean-Pierre Zanella, Andre Leroux, Andre Verreault, Ron Dilauro, Luc Boivin, Marie Belanger, Danny Blanco, Terry McGimpsey, Linda Nile, Tessa Nile, Alan G. Prater, Lina Boudreau, Kat Dyson & Kim Richardson.

Didier Makaga – Jamais Deux Sans Toi

WEA Records 1983

Tracks: Tant Que La Musique…, Deliretro, Jamais Deux Sans Toi, Minuit L’heure Du Swing, L’Afrique C’est Chic, Chinginigin’up, Taxi Driver, L.O.V.E. & Hommage A Jo.

Musicians on the Jamais Deux Sans Toi album: Didier Makaga, Frederic Sicart, Marcello Surace, Hugo Ripoll, Michel Allouch, Michel Denis, Jean-Marc Jaffet, Idriss Baradou, Pierre Mimran, Michel Gaucher, Tony Russo, Jacky Bolognesi, Jeff Leroux & Mireille Deiana.

Claude Nougaro – Pacifique

WEA Records 1989

Tracks: Pacifique, Energie, Kine, Los Angeles, El Dorado, Quatre Ou Cinq Jours, Vive L’alexandrin, Toulouse To Win, Le Cri De Tarzan, Toi La-haut & Stances A New York.

Musicians on the Pacifique album: Claude Nougaro, Paul Jackson Jr., Claude Gaudette, Jeff Porcaro, Paulinho Da Costa, Ernie Watts, Dennis Lambert, Jean McClain, Bunny Brunel, Katrina Perkins & Marcellina Hawthorne.

Nicolas Peyrac – Autrement

Tutti Quanti, Une Musique 1999

Tracks: Toujours Une Route, Casablanca, Demain La Vie En Rose, Elle T’attendait, Comme S’il Fallait, Santiago, Bouge-toi, La Ou Tu Vas, Son Errol Flynn, La Belle De Gardel, Tous Les Memes & T’entends Pas.

Musicians on the Autrement album: Nicolas Peyrac, Fabrice Gratien, Laurent Miqueu, Christophe Gratien, Bruce Gaitsch & Francis Dallet.

Nicolas Peyrac – J´Avance

Tutti Quanti, Une Musique 1995

Tracks: J’avance, Echec Et Mat, Marre D’etre Grand, Et Si J’parlais Des Filles, Taos, Toute Seule, Je T’aime Je T’aime, Evian, Plus Rever, On S’aimera, Amis, C’est Rien, J’laisse & Maintenant.

Musicians on the J´Avance album: Nicolas Peyrac, Bruce Gaitsch, Michael Turner, Philippe Chauveau, Tim Schaffer, Jerry Warshame, Anton Newman, Ann Elizabeth Moore, Chris Newark, Robert Elm, Cindy Berger, Sandra Bird, Peter Wainberger, John Field & James Stirwood.

Michel Polnareff – Bulles

CBS Records 1981

Tracks: Tam Tam, Elle Rit, Radio, Je T’aime, Ou Est La Tosca, Joue Moi De Toi, 365 Jours Par An & Bulles De Savon.

Musicians on the Bulles album: Michel Polnareff and others.

Michel Polnareff – S.T.

CBS Records 1975

Tracks: Fame A La Mode, No No No No Not Now, Wandering Man, So Long Beauty, Come On Lady Blue, Rainy Day Song, Jesus For Tonight, Holding On To Smoke & Since I Saw You.

Musicians on the Michel Polnareff album: Michel Polnareff, David Hungate, Lee Ritenour, Andrew Gold, Fred Tackett, Nigel Olsson, Lee Sklar, Valerie Carter, Leah Kunkel and others.

Eric Russell – Personal

Polystar Records 1993

Tracks: Song To Chloe, Never Be Mine, In The Middle Of The Day, Shinning, Nodoby Knows, Someday Somehow, Don’t Waste Your Time, Don’t Slow Down, Mona Lisa & Serenade.

Musicians on the Personal album: Oliver Constantin, Thierry Durbet, Arnaud Aubaille, Kamil Rustam, Frank Pilan, Jean-Marc Alexandre, Yves Sanna, Dominique Grimaldi, Mario Santangeli, Mimi Felixine, Laurence Cartier, Virginie Constantin & Natacha Gerardin.

Sheila – Little Darlin

East West Records 1981

Tracks: Little Darlin’, It’s Only Make Believe, Stranded, I’m Still Believin’, Put It In Writing, Waiting For The Night, Runner, Nothing Less Than Love, Saturday Night & Prisoner.

Musicians on the Little Darlin´ album: Sheila, Alan Pasqua, Dennis Belfield, Rick Phillips, Chas Sandford, Tim Pierce, Mike Baird, Tom Kelly, Richard Page, Bill Champlin, Trevor Raven, Vernette Gould.

Sirima – A Part Of Me

CBS Records 1989

Tracks: Sometimes Love Isn’t Enough, No Reason No Rhyme, His Way Of Loving Me, Kym, A Part Of Me, I Need To Know, Ticket To The Moon, I Believed, Daddy & Was It A Dream?.

Musicians on the A Part Of Me album: Sirima, Manu Katche, Pino Palladino, Serge Sallibur, Jean-Paul Celea, Yves Sana, Marc Chantereau, Jean-Yves D’angelo, Maurice Vander, Raoul Duflot Verez, Veronique Fizzman, Kahatra Sasorith, Bruno Ribera, Gilles Perrin, Jean-Jacques Milteau, Michel Gaucher, Antoine Russo, Kako Bessot, Michel Gaucher, Pierre Holassioan, Jacques Belognesi, Alex Perdigan, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Yvonne Jones, Slim Batteux, Bobby Helms & Philippe Delettrez.

Sylvian Stabile – Carte Blance

XIII Bis Records 1993

Tracks: Sorry I´ll Be Back, Always Good Enough, Somewhere (A Better Land), Welcome To Heaven, Ok Then I Love You, Forgive Them, Supernatural Girl, Break It, Never Say Never, If Ever You Fall & Wish On A Star.

Musicians on the Carte Blance album: Sylvian Stabile, Hugh Burns, Andy Caine, Gary Miller, Elliot Randall, Marc Fox, Steve Gregory, Felix Krish, Guy Pratt, Gary Miller, Chris White, Steve Sidwell, Neil Sidwell, Graham Ward, Cameron Jenkins & Danny Schogger.

Emile Wandelmer – Lover Cafe

WEA Records 1995

Tracks: Lover Cafe, Nora, A Quinze Ans, Charlie, Vends Pas Ton Blues, Seul, Feux De Paille, Dame, Je Voyage & Rien De Plus Beau.

Musicians on the Rock´n Rose album: Emile Wandelmer, Bobby Martin, J. Loup Cartier, Larry Cohn, Phil Wharton, Nathan East, Victor Ibanez, Jeff Porcaro, J. Denis RivaleauI, Peter Frampton, J.J. Cale, Dean Parks, Denys Lable, Francois Porterie, David Woodford, Jimmy Powers, Timothy B. Schmit, Jacques Cardona & Serge Guirao.

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