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West Coast Music Releases Highlights from Year 2024

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 2024:

Gerry Beckley

Human Nature 2024

Tracks: My Life, Amnesia, Well Worn Shoes, Crazy, Everybody's Talkin', Simone, Arrow, Folly, Where There's a Will, Even If Tomorrow, Red And Blue & One Lit Window.

Musicians on the Gerry Beckley album: Gerry Beckley, Jeff Larson, Brian Eichenberger, Steve Fekete, Jason Scheff, Brian Young, Nick Lane, Matt Combs, Stan Behrens & Ryland Steen.

D

United Artists Productions 2024

Tracks: The Whole World's Better, Too Much Information, Can't Say No To You, Rather Be A Fool, Rainbow Over The Graveyard, Not The Way I Thought It Was, Walking In Between Raindrops, Why You Want To Do That (To My Head) & Break It Down To The Real Thing.

Musicians on the D album: Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart, Darrell Freeman, Isabella Tyler, Dayonna Brown, Mivelyne, Guerline Delien, Tracy Barry, Kaitlin Lederer, Greg Bieck, Jaden McPhee, Greg Bieck, Shaniqa Oliver, Mivelyne, Antonio Cartwright, Jesse Samler, Ersley Wilson, Rocky Saunders, Hannah Koppenburg & Charlie DeChant.

Sensibility

Sleepy Night Records 2024

Tracks: Sensibility, This Can't Be Love, Bull In China Shop, I'm A Believer, Love To Me, Kiss On My List, I May Be Wrong, Things We Said Today, That Sunday That Summer, No Halfway, Fly Me To The Moon & I've Always Been Here.

Musicians on the Sensibility album: Bill Cantos, Grant Geissman, Kevin Axt, Vinnie Colaiuta, Walter Rodriguez, Michael Shapiro, Ramon Stagnaro, Hussain Jiffry, Herb Alpert, Mari Falcone, Aubrey Logan & John Ferraro.

Big New Life

Vinyl Kings Records 2024

Tracks: Big New Life, Give It Away, Sunshine, Smoke Rings For Renee, Long Way Down, Change Is, So Easily Fooled, Blue Pleiadean Sky, Time To Wake Up & We Are All One.

Musicians on the Big New Life album: Jim Photoglo, Larry Lee, Harry Stinson, Michael Rhodes, Josh Leo, Dave Hoffner, John Jorgenson, Chris West, Pat Buchanan, Jun Iwasaki, Jung Min Shin, Beaty Lamb, Kim Wilkinson & Kevin Bate.

Endless Summer

Pride & Joy Music 2024

Tracks: Tokyo Woman, Kimi Wa 1000%, Futari No Melody, Say You Love Me, Holding Back The Tears, Know Me By Heart, Eye Of The Storm, Beautiful Music, Itoshi No Terra & Something In My Heart.

Musicians on the Endless Summer album: James Studer, Wayne Nelson, Michael Thompson, Buzzy Feiten, Charlic Johnson, Thom Rotella, Tris Imboden, Chris Fraizer, Mick Fleetwood, Michael Paulo, Arno Lucas, George Hawkins Jr., Richard Bryant, Mari Studer & Joseph Williams.

Les Nocturnes

UMSM 2024

Tracks: CD 1: Lowdown, Slave To Love, Sentimental Lady, Wrapped Around Your Finger, New York State Of Mind/Return To The City, Shelter, Ventura Highway, Take Me Home Country Roads, Reminiscing, Don't Dream It's Over, Everytime You Go Away, Wildflowers and Wine, Ain't No Sunshine, Magnet and Steel, Dust In The Wind, Lucky Man, Wind Of Change & Here Comes The Rain Again. CD 2: My Back Pages, Mr. Tambourine Man, Broken Wings, Baby I Love Your Way, Killing The Blues, Slip Slidin' Away, Isn't It A Pity?, Such A Shame, Summertime, Suzanne, I Will Always Love You, Up Where We Belong, Shallow, Simple Man, On And On, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, I'll Be There, After The Love Has Gone & Being With You. CD 3: California, Legends Of Laurel Canyon, On The Beach, Ocean Bay, Surfer Girl, California Dreamin', Desperado, A Horse With No Name, Mellow Yellow, Mississippi, On The Road Again, L.A. Freeway, Willin', Lone Rider, Her Town Too, The Runaway, Vincent, You Can Close Your Eyes & Year Of The Cat. CD 4: Atlantia, Jealousy, The Ghetto, Our Day Will Come, ,, Dedicated To The One I Love, If You Don't Know Me By Now, Me And Mrs Jones, Georgia On My Mind, Surviving, At Last, Baby I'm A Fool, Dream Weaver, Sailing, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Sad Lisa, Need You Now, Imagine, Black Delta Dirt & House Of The Rising Sun. CD 5: Easter, Hymn, Silverwing, Tiny Dancer, An American Trilogy, Still Loving You, Lips As Cold As Diamond, Another Way, Midnight Blues, The Night: Nights In White Satin, Love And Affection, Gaye, Let It Be Me, Feels Like Home, Crazy, Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue & Gary's Gone.

Musicians on the Les Nocturnes album: Boz Scaggs, Bryan Ferry, Bob Welch, Mark-Almond, Geyster, Little River Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bill Withers, Walter Egan, Kansas, Murray Head, Mr Mister, Paul Simon, Graham Nash, Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Earth Wind and Fire, Smokey Robinson, Chris Rea, Nightshift, The Beach Boys, America, Gregg Allman, Dylan Leblanc, James Taylor, J.D. Souther, Gallagher and Lyle, Mike Lindup, Michael Franks, Donny Hathaway, Gary Wright, Christopher Cross and others.

Adobe Home

Melody Place 2024

Tracks: Adobe Home, Something Of A Dream, Pretty Soon, Hold Inside, This Summer, The Name Of The Song, She Comes Around, Better Part Of The Morning, You Can Fly, Even Though, Week Of Rain, A Matter Of Time & Santa Ana Sunset.

Musicians on the Adobe Home album: Jeff Larson, Gerry Beckley, Jim Hoke, Levi Lowrey, Brian Young, Austin Hoke, Kristin Weber, Avery Bright, Brian Eichelberger, Rylan Steen, Nick Lane, Nathaniel Murphy, Jason Scheff, Gary Griffin, Rich Campbell, Chris Price, Robert Lamm, Hank Linderman & Brad Jones.

The Flybuster

Somekind Records 2024

Tracks: If We Can Get Away That Far,  Something's Gonna Happen, Jerome, The Flybuster, Kyle, We Could Have Been Together, Little Glow, Shoot, Precious Moments & Here And Now.

Musicians on the Flybuster album: Gaël Benyamin, Jérôme Beuret & Pierre Baillot.

Chiaro Destino

Bernoit Music 2024

Tracks: Things We Said Today, My Back Pages, Isn't It A Pity, Dino' Song, You've Got To Hide Your Love Away, All The Children Sing, Four Days Gone, Happier Than The Morning Sun, Long Long Time, Angel, Laughing, I Want To Tell You, Motor Of Love & Love.

Musicians on the Chiaro Destino album: Bernie Chiaravalle

99.3 FM

P-Vine Records 2024

Tracks: Did You Mean That, Healing Waters, Fool, In My Imagination, Heartbreak In The Making, Back Home Again, Every Time I Turn Around, Be Good To Me, Adrian, The Long Goodbye & Sunrise On The Water (Bonus Track).

Musicians on the 99.3 FM album: John H. Nixon, Russ Fitzpatrick, Duane Harlick, Andrea Di Puccio, Colton Weatherston, Carlos Severiche, Tony Guerrero, Bill Salisbury, Jillian Nixon, Dane Donohue & Chase Baird.

X

P-Vine Records 2024

Tracks: Somebody Who Knows, Jackie O, In Pieces, Blackbird, We Stand Alone, Drug To Me, Say It Isn't So, As Far As We Can Go, So Strong, Take Your Pride And Run, Adam & Eve & Blackbird (Bonus Track).

Musicians on the X album: Svein Dag Hauge, Jonny Sjo, Frode Østand Mangen, Per Hillestad, Egil Eldøen, Kåre Kolve, Jens Petter Antonsen, Stian Joneid & Per Christian Indredus.

Live From Hollywood Bowl 1975

Primary Wave Music 2024

Tracks: Side A: Miniature, Tin Man, Muskrat Love, Baby It's Up To You, Moon Song & Old Man Took. Side B: Old Virginia, I Need You, Lonely People, Don't Cross The River & Ventura Highway. Side C: Glad To See You, Woman Tonight, Story Of Teenager & Midnight. Side D: Company, Hollywood, Daisy Jane, Sister Golden Hair & Horse With No Name.

Musicians on the Live From Hollywood Bowl 1975 album: Dewey Bunnell, Gary Peek, Gerry Beckley and others.

The Second One Redux

SC 2024

Tracks: This Time, In The City, Mister White, Hard Goodbye, Scofflaws, I Got Myself Together, Finally Fair And Balanced, Center Of The Sun, California Gold, Nineteen Eighty-One, Careful With The Chainsaw, Dear, Into Something Good, Tinseltown & Calf Stoutness Two.

Musicians on the Second One Redux album: Daniel Andersson, Stefan Olofsson, Peter Olofsson, Michael Landau, Christian Thomsen, Mikael Emsing, Jay Graydon, Per Bejstam, Peter Friestedt, Pär Wretling, Sven Larsson, Peter Holmqvist, Ian Bairnson, Bill Champlin, Lars-Erik Dahle, Göran Turborn, Marcuz Granberg, Samuel Muntlin & Johan Viksten.

Columbia Rarities (1971-88)

Sony Records 2024

Tracks: We Were Always Sweethearts (Mono Single Version), Near You (Mono Single Version), I Feel So Good (Live 1970), Hollywood Blues (Live 1970), Runnin' Blue (Mono Single Version), Baby's Callin' Me Home (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - 1972), Dinah Flo (Mono Single Version), Freedom For The Stallion (Single Mix), Full-Lock Power Slide (Single Mix), What Can I Say (Live at the Greek Theater, Los Angels, CA - August 1976), Jump Street (Live at the Greek Theater, Los Angels, CA - August 1976), It's Over (Live at the Greek Theater, Los Angels, CA - August 1976), Lowdown (Single Version), Miss Sun (Single Version), You'll Never Know, Soul To Soul & Cool Running (Shep Pettibone Remix).

Musicians on the Columbia Rarities (1971-88) album: Boz Scaggs and others.

Stained Glass

Lennon Records 2024

Tracks: Call It Human, Fool's Gold, Odds and Ends, Morningstar, Blame It On The Milky Way, One Kind Word, Set My Course, Empty Avenues, Together Soon, Sorry, Sun Will Go Down, Avalon By The Sea, Beautiful Flower, Patience Of A Lion & Soul Connected.

Musicians on the Stained Glass album: Michael Lennon, Kipp Lennon, Mark Lennon, Pat Lennon, Mark Harris, Andre Kemp, Troy Dexter, Evan Dexter, Avalon Lennon, Rowdy Lennon, Roman Lennon & Dutch Lennon.

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