West Coast Music Releases Highlights from Year 2021

The West Coast AOR music is still popular and new releases, reissues and compilations.

At Blue Desert we always try to write about what is new and interesting and at the same time highlight some of the classic masterpieces. Some years a lot of material is released and other time less.

Here are some of the highlights that was released in the year 2021:

Stories To Tell: Greatest Hits And More

BMG Records 2021

Tracks: CD 1: Don’t Mean Nothing, Should’ve Known Better, Endless Summer Nights, Hold On to the Nights, Satisfied, Right Here Waiting, Angelia, Keep Coming Back, Hazard, Way She Loves Me, Through My Veins, Whatever We Started, Eyes On Me, When You Loved Me & Another One Down. CD2: Should’ve Known Better (Demo) – Recorded in 1984, Endless Summer Nights (Demo) – Recorded in 1984, Edge of a Broken Heart (Live) – Recorded in 1989, Arrow Through My Heart – Recorded in 1988, Right Here Waiting (Demo) – Recorded in 1988, Hazard (Demo) – Recorded in 1991, Better Life (Live) – Recorded in 2012, Crazy – New 2021 Recording, This I Promise You – Recorded in 2002, To Where You Are (Live) – Recorded in 2010, Dance With My Father – Recorded in 2018 & Take Me Down – Recorded in 2019.

Musicians to the Stories To Tell: Greatest Hits And More album: Richard Marx and others.

At The Movies

Columbia Records 2021

Tracks: Side A: I’m Alright (Theme From Caddyshack), Footloose (From Footloose Soundtrack), I’m Free (Heaven Help The Man) (From Footloose Soundtrack) & Playing With The Boys (From Top Gun Original Soundtrack). Side B: Danger Zone (From Top Gun Original Soundtrack), Meet Me Half Way (From Over The Top Soundtrack), For The First Time (From One Fine Day), Nobody’s Fool (Theme From Caddyshack II) & Playing With The Boys feat. Butterfly Boucher (New Recording).

Musicians to the At The Movies album: Kenny Loggins and others.

With A Little Help From My Friends

Mascot Music 2021

Tracks: CD: Till the End, Hold the Line, Pamela, Kingdom of Desire, White Sister, You Are the Flower, I Wonʻt Hold You Back, Stop Loving You, Band Introductions, Home of the Brave, Rosanna (with David Paich) & With a Little Help From My Friends? (The Beatles cover) (with David Paich). Video: Full Show, Documentary & Trailer.

Musicians to the With a Little Help From My Friends album: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams, Dominique Xavier, Robert “Sput” Sealight, Warren Ham, John Pierce, Steve Maggiora & David Paich.

Reclaiming My Time

Sunset BLVD Records 2021

Tracks: I Think of You, Alone Too Long, Mystic Blue, Lessons, Islamorada, Somebody, Another Sunset, Now More Than Ever, Save the Monarch with Dar Williams, All Up and Down from Here, World on Fire, Future Ex-wife & Welcome Home.

Musicians on the Reclaiming My Time album: John Hall and others.

Everyman A King

Rock Candy Records 2021

Tracks: Can´t Find Way (To Say Goodbye), Deeper Than The Heart, Crossfire & The Writing On The Wall, Living In The Golden Years (Bonus Track), River Of No Return (Bonus Track), Midnight Rendezvous (Bonus Track), Love´s The Only Word, Spirits Of Love (Bonus Track), A Matter Of Time (Bonus Track) & Dreamland (Live) (Bonus Track).

Musicians on the Everyman A King album: Chris Cote, Rick Neigher, Mike Mirage, Jay Winding, Mike Porcaro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mark Isham, Tim May and others.

Overrated

Kurder King Records 2021

Tracks: Lighthouse, Sexually Overrated, Out Of Control, Yesterday's News, Saviour, Running Scared, Cups Of Coffee, I'm Sorry & First Impression.

Musicians on the Overrated album: TOBB and others.

Live In Japan 1980

Timeline 2021

Tracks: Hydra, I'll Supply The Love, 99, Mama, Tale Of A Man, Georgy Porgy, Hold The Line & White Sister.

Musicians to the Live In Japan 1980 album: Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate & Jeff Porcaro.

High Fidelity

Norske Albumklassikere 2021

Tracks: Saturday Night, Gloria, (Time To Say) Goodnight, Coco, Just Like A Movie, Telephone, The Seagull, Back Door Man & Song For Lovers.

Musicians on the High Fidelity album: Svein Dag Hauge, Janne Schaffer, Pal Kolstad, Peter Ljung, Mats Ahlsberg, Per Lindvall, Egil Eldoen, Bjorn Skifs & Glen Meyerscough.

The Boy Next Door

Norske Albumklassikere 2021

Tracks: Girls, Walk Right In, Shine, Don´t Stop Do It, Right From The Start, Dancing (With No Other), Maxine, World Of Fools, Running Out Of Time & U&I.

Musicians on the The Boy Next Door album: Rolf Graf, Egil Eldoen, Per Lindvall, Svein Dag Hauge, Geir Langslet, Per Hillestad, Henrik Janson, Peter Ljung & Anita Skorgan.

Someday My Ship Will Come In

Bosco Production 2021

Tracks: Wash My Blues Away, Some More, I Apologize, Can´t Take No More & Someday My Ship Will Come In.

Musicians on the Someday My Ship Will Come In album: Troels Skovgaard, Mikael Roupé, Niels Ratzer, Dan Rasmussen, Michael Sunding, Ole Kibsgaard, Peter Kibsgaard, Mikala Bosetti, Thor Backhausen, Søren Skov, Stone Alarm & Casper Dybdahl.

The Millennium Concert

Elektra Records 2021

Tracks: SIDE A: Hotel California, Victim Of Love & Peaceful Easy Feeling. SIDE B: Please Come Home For Christmas, Ol' 55 & Take It To The Limit. SIDE C: Those Shoes, Funky New Year & Dirty Laundry. SIDE D: Funk #49, All She Wants To Do Is Dance & The Best Of My Love.


Musicians to the Millennium Concert album: Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Felder, Scott Crago, John Corey, Timothy Drury, Al Garth, Jay Oliver, Gary Grimm & Jeremy Janeczko.

Traveling Cowboys

Frontiers Records 2021

Tracks: Traveling Cowboys, Rolls Royce, VanderPump, Going, 7 Billion People, Someone Else, Kingdom Come, I Ain't Leaving, Between The Raindrops (Revisited), Dance Dance Dance, Feel Like Me, Let The Wind Decide, Nothing In Between Us, The Fisherman 3 (2020) & Still.

Musicians on the Traveling Cowboys album: Mark Spiro, Tim Pierce & Gia Sky.

Under The Radar

Delta Music 2021

Tracks: One For Horace, Under The Radar, Hey Brother, Sit This One Out, Peter, Blue Cadillac, After The Fun, I Think I´ll Be Ok, Love Is The Only Way, Maypo & Fredlip.

Musicians on the Under The Radar album: Ricky Peterson, Willard Peterson, Paul Peterson, Jason Peterson, Tom Peterson, Lee Thornberg & Ira Nepus.

CWF

Black Lodge Records 2021

Tracks: Runaway, Nightfly, Aria, Two Hearts At War, Still Around, Rivers Of Fear, All That I Want, After The Love Has Gone, Carry On, Evermore, Aria (2021), Runaway (Live) & Nightfly (Live).

Musicians on the CWF album: Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt, Steve Porcaro, Randy Goodrum, Tamara Champlin, Will Champlin, Per Lindvall, Johan Granström, Ingmar Åberg, Lars Säfsund, Stefan Gunnarsson, Herman Matthews, Jon-Willy Rydningen, Eirik-André Rydningen, Lars-Erik Dahle, Janne Peltoniemi, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Jonas Wall, Andreas Andersson, Jonas Lindeborg, Ove Andersson & Johan Franzon.

Champlin Williams Friestedt

Sony Music 2021

Tracks: Runaway, Aria, Still Around, All That I Want, Carry On, Nightfly, After The Love Has Gone, Two Hearts At War, Rivers Of Fear, Evermore, Lavender Moon (Bonus Track), Ocean Drive (Bonus Track), Aria (Bonus Track), Where To Touch You (Bonus Track), Cheyenne (Bonus Track) & The Best Day Of The Year (Bonus Track).

Musicians on the CWF album: Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt, Steve Porcaro, Randy Goodrum, Tamara Champlin, Will Champlin, Per Lindvall, Johan Granström, Ingmar Åberg, Lars Säfsund, Stefan Gunnarsson, Herman Matthews, Jon-Willy Rydningen, Eirik-André Rydningen, Lars-Erik Dahle, Janne Peltoniemi, Lou Pardini, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Jonas Wall, Andreas Andersson, Jonas Lindeborg, Abraham Laboriel, John 'JR' Robinson, Wojtec Goral & Magnus Johansson.

Livin´ For Live

Sony Music 2021

Track: I Reason To Believe, Especially Me, Livin' For Love, Show Me, Another Lie, Hey, Alone, Love Lives On, Losin' Ground, A Stevie Song, Too Good For Too Long, Love Has No Heart, The Truth Has Begun, My Time, Slave To The Medicine & A Force We Can't Fight.

Musicians to the Livin' For Love album: Bill Champlin, Bruce Gaitsch, Vinnie Colaiuta, George Hawkins Jr., Tamara Champlin, Greg Mathieson, Gorden Campbell, Lenny Castro, Marc Russo, Alan Hertz, Gorden Campbell, Jason Scheff, Gary Falcone, Tal Morris, Abraham Laboriel , Steve Porcaro, Carmen Grillo & Andreas Carlsson.

The Best Of Paul Sabu

Perris Records 2021

Tracks: 18 And Available, The Girl In The News, Victim Of My Own Desire, Out On The Streets, Give Her The Moon, Dangerous Fascination, The Pride Of Strangers, Outside Heaven, Name Of The Game, The Wisdom Of Eve, The Distance Between Us, The Sign Of Fire, Forbidden Temptations, Outside Heaven (Chasing Violets) & Jade Hearts (Chasing Violets).

Musicians on Best Of Paul Sabu album: Paul Sabu, Sarah Fontaine, Mélissa Fontaine, Frédéric Slama, Tommy Denander, Linkan Andersson, Martin Karlsson & Pete Newdeck.

I Found The Sun Again

Mascot Label Group 2021

Tracks: Along For The Ride, Serpent Soul, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Journey Through, Welcome To The Club, I Found The Sun Again, Run To Me & Bridge Of Sighs.

Musicians to the I Found The Sun Again album: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams, Ringo Starr, David Paich, Gregg Bissonette, Jeff Babko. John Pierce, Jorgen Carlsson and others.

Denizen Tenant

Mascot Label Group 2021

Tracks: Never Saw You Coming, Liberty Man, Denizen Tenant, Wilma Fingadoux, Black Dahlia, Don't Give Up, The Dream, Remember Her, No Lessons, Mistress Winter's Jump, If I Fell & World Broken.

Musicians to the Denizen Tenant album: Joseph Williams, Lenny Castro, Michael Landau, Oscar Bugarin, Simon Phillips, Leland 'Lee' Sklar, Steve Lukather, Steven Overton, Ray Williams, Weston Wilson, Barbara Gruska, Dylan Ronan, Tina Guo, Hannah Ruick, Nathan East, Jay Gruska, David Paich, Mark T. Williams, Weston Wilson, Steve Tavaglione, Jeff Babko & Rudy Boots.

Livin' For Love

Imagen Records 2021

Track:  I Reason To Believe, Especially Me, Livin' For Love, Show Me, Another Lie, Hey, Alone, Love Lives On, Losin' Ground, A Stevie Song, Too Good For Too Long, Love Has No Heart, The Truth Has Begun & My Time.

Musicians to the Livin' For Love album: Bill Champlin, Bruce Gaitsch, Vinnie Colaiuta, George Hawkins Jr., Tamara Champlin, Greg Mathieson, Gorden Campbell, Lenny Castro, Marc Russo, Alan Hertz, Gorden Campbell, Jason Scheff, Gary Falcone, Tal Morris, Abraham Laboriel , Steve Porcaro, Carmen Grillo & Andreas Carlsson.

The Ghost Of L.A.

Perris Records 2021

Tracks: The Easiest Way, Too Late For Tears, Give Her The Moon, The Edge Of The World, The Spiral Heart, The Distance Between Us, Jenny’s Gone, Sarah’s Touch, Cast Out This Wicked Dream & Good Intentions.

Musicians on the Ghost Of L.A. album: Frédéric Slama, Tommy Denander, Paul Sabu, Rick Riso, Steph Honde & Markus Nordenberg.

New Moon

Vivid Sound Corporation 2021

Tracks: Every Hour On The Hour, Maybe, Approaching Midnight, Don't Make Me Wait, She's The One, See It Fall, Your Way Back Home, Complaints, Point Of Rising, First Of April, My Angel & One Good Lie (Bonus Track).

Musicians to the New Moon album: Jeff Larson, Jeddrah, Dave Nachmanoff, Jeff Pevar, Hank Linderman, Jim McCarty, Timothy B. Schmit, Kenny Mitchell, Brian San Marco, Jonathan Mitchell, Kim Bullard, Bob Brozman & Ryland Steen.

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