West Coast Music Releases Highlights from Year 2005

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 2005:

Bobby Caldwell - The Best

Polydor Records 2004

Tracks: All Or Nothing At All, Love Won’t Wait, What You Won’t Do For Love, Heart Of Mine, Next Time (I Fall), Coming Down From Love, Show Me Your Devotion, The Shape I’m In, In The Name Of Love, Sherry, Janet, Jamaica, Don’t Ask My Neighbor, Love Lite, All Of My Love, Stay With Me, Without Your Love & Come To Me.

Musicians on the The Best album: Bobby Caldwell, Marilyn Scott, Jazz Crusadors and others.

Bobby Caldwell - Perfect Island Nights

The Music Force Media Group 2005

Tracks: Perfect Island Night, Call Me Up, In The Afterlife, Donna, Extra Mile, Crazy For Your Love, Rain, Can’t Get Over You, Where Is Love, Our Day Will Come, I Need Your Love & Sukiyaki.

Musicians on the Perfect Island Nights album: Bobby Caldwell, Richard McIntosh, Deborah Avery, Rory Mazzela, Russ Capri, Christopher Maurer, Greg Bosler, Tom Keene, Tommy V., Jon Murray, Christine Miller, Christian Ebner, Deniece Williams, Mark McMillen & Jean McClain.

Bobby Caldwell - Perfect Island Nights "Japanese Release"

Victor 2005

Tracks:  In The Afterlife, Crazy For Your Love (Evening Mix), Donna, Where Is Love, Perfect Island Night, Our Day Will Come, I  Need Your Love, Can’t Get Over You, Call Me Up, Extra Mile, Rain, Sukiyaki (Forever), Crazy For Your Love (Morning Mix) & Sukiyaki (Japanese).

Musicians on the Perfect Island Nights album: Bobby Caldwell, Richard McIntosh, Deborah Avery, Rory Mazzela, Russ Capri, Christopher Maurer, Greg Bosler, Tom Keene, Tommy V., Jon Murray, Christine Miller, Christian Ebner, Deniece Williams, Mark McMillen & Jean McClain.

Bobby Caldwell - Free Soul Drive

Victor 2005

Tracks: Special To Me, Love Won´t Wait, Can´t Say Goodbye, What You Won´t Do For Love, Kalimba Song, Down For The Third Time, I Don´t Want To Lose Your Love, You Promised Me, It´s Over, Mother Of Creation, Coming Down From Love, Wrong Or Right, All Or Nothing At All, First Time, Sunny Hills, Words, Jamaica, Loving You, Once You Give In & Never Loved Before.

Musicians on the Free Soul Drive album: Bobby Caldwell and others.

Chicago - At Carnagie Hall

Rhino Records 2005

Tracks: Disc 1: In the Country, Fancy Colors, Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? [“Free Form Intro”], Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, South California Purples, Questions 67 and 68, Sing a Mean Tune Kid & Beginnings. Disc 2: It Better End Soon-1st Movement, It Better End Soon-2nd Movement [“Flute Solo”], It Better End Soon-3rd Movement [“Guitar Solo”], It Better End Soon-4th Movement, It Better End Soon-5th Movement, Introduction, Mother, Lowdown, Flight 602, Motorboat to Mars, Free, Where Do We Go from Here? & I Don’t Want Your Money. Disc 3: Happy ‘Cause I’m Going Home, Make Me Smile, So Much to Say, So Much to Give, Anxiety’s Moment, West Virginia Fantasies, Color My World, To Be Free, Now More Than Ever, A Long for Richard and His Friends, 25 or 6 to 4 & I’m a Man. Disc 4: Listen, Introduction, South California Purples, Loneliness Is Just A Word, Free Form Intro (Naseltones), Sing A Mean Tune Kid, An Hour In The Shower (A Hard Risin´), Morning Without Breakfast, Off To Work, Fallin´Out, Dreamin´Home, Morning Blues) & 25 Or 6 To 4.

Musicians on the At Carnagie Hall album: Robert Lamm, Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider & Daniel Seraphine.

Peter Cetera - Live

St. Clair Entertainment Group 2005

Tracks: Baby What A Big Surprise, Glory Of Love, If You Leave Me Now, After All, Restless Heart, Hard To Say I’m Sorry, Even A Fool Can See, Remember The Feeling, Next Time I Fall & You’re The Inspiration.

Musicians on the The Best Of Peter Cetera Live album: Peter Cetera, Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra and others.

Eagles - Limited Edition Box

Rhino Records 2005

Tracks: Disc 1: Take It Easy, Witchy Woman, Chug All Night, Most of Us Are Sad, Nightingale, Train Leaves Here This Morning, Take the Devil, Early Bird, Peaceful Easy Feeling & Tryin’. Disc 2: Doolin Dalton, Twenty-One, Out of Control, Tequila Sunrise, Desperado, Certain Kind of Fool, Doolin Dalton [instrumental], Outlaw Man, Saturday Night, Bitter Creek & Doolin Dalton/Desperado (Reprise). Disc 3: Already Gone, You Never Cry Like a Lover, Midnight Flyer, My Man, On the Border, James Dean, Ol’ 55, Is It True, Good Day in Hell & The Best of My Love. Disc 4: One Of These Nights, Too Many Hands, Hollywood Waltz, Journey of the Sorcerer, Lyin’ Eyes, Take It To The Limit, Visions, After the Thrill Is Gone & I Wish You Peace. Disc 5: Hotel California, New Kid in Town, Life in the Fast Lane, Wasted Time, Wasted Time (Reprise), Victim of Love, Pretty Maids All in a Row, Try and Love Again & The Last Resort. Disc 6: The Long Run, I Can’t Tell You Why, In the City, The Disco Strangler, King of Hollywood, Heartache Tonight, Those Shoes, Teenage Jail, The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks & The Sad Café. Disc 7: Hotel California, Heartache Tonight, I Can’t Tell You Why, The Long Run, New Kid in Town, Life’s Been Good. Disc 8: Seven Bridges Road, Wasted Time, Take It to the Limit, Doolin Dalton [“Reprise II”], Desperado, Saturday Night, All Night Long, Life in the Fast Lane & Take It Easy. Disc 9: Please Come Home For Christmas & Funky New Year.

Musicians on the The Box album: Don Felder, Bernie Leadon, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, J.D. Souther, Jimmy Buffett, Jage Jackson, David Bromberg, Phil Kenzie, David Sanborn, Joe Vitale, Jim Ed Norman, Vince Melamed & Albhy Galuten.

El Grupo - S.T.

El Grupo Records 2005

Tracks: Dismemberment, I´m Buzzed, Birdland, Little Wing & Led Boots.

Musicians on the El Grupo Live album: Steve Lukather, Steve Weingart, Joey Heredia & Oscar Cartaya.

Eye To Eye - Clean Slate

12th Street Records 2005

Tracks: Scenes By A Wishing Well, Love Is Not Blind, Last, Blue Dragonfly, Shoes, Fly Now, Mother Of A Family, Only Ever Now, How Sweet It Was, One So Unsuspecting & Clean Slate.

Musicians on the Clean Slate album: Julian Marshall, Deborah Berg, John Outnam, Ivan Bodley, Martin Ditcham & The Uptown Horns.

Andrew Gold - Whirlwind

Elektra Records 2005

Tracks: Kiss This One Goodbye, Whirlwind, Sooner Or Later, Leave Her Alone, Little Company, Brand New Face, Nine To Five, Stranded On The Edge, Why Don´t You Make Up Your Mind, Gambler (version #2), Endless Flight (live), The In Crowd & Traffic Jam.

Musicians on the Whirlwind album: Andrew Gold, Don Grolnick, Michael Botts, Kenny Edwards, Bryan Garofalo, Rick Marotta & Brock Walsh.

All This And Heaven Too

Elektra Records 2005

Tracks: How Can This Be Love, Oh Urania (Take Me Away), Still You Linger On, Never Let Her Slip Away, Always For You, Thank You For Being A Friend, Looking For My Love, Geneivieve, I´m On My Way, You´re Free, Gambler (version #1), Thank You For Being A Friend (outtake), Dr. Robert (live), Genevieve (original version) & Still You Linger On (alternate take).

Musicians on the All This And Heaven Too album: Andrew Gold, Jennifer Warnes, Stix Akimbo, Kenny Edwards, Russ Kunkel, Rick Marotta, Brad Palmer, Jeff Porcaro, Mark Saffan, Beau Segal, Lee Sklar, J.D. Souther, Brock Walsh, Ernie Watts.

Andrew Gold - What´s Wrong With This Picture

Elektra Records 2005

Tracks: Hope You Feel Good, Passing Thing, Do Wah Diddy, Learning The Game, Angel Woman, Must Be Crazy, Lonely Boy, Firefly, Stay, Go Back Home Again, One Of Them Is Me, Lonely Boy (original version), Firefly (early unfinished version), Gorilla Jam, Feel It & Hope You Feel Good (live).

Musicians on the Whats Wrong With This Picture? album: Andrew Gold, Don Menza, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Asher, Tesse Coen, Val Garay, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Clarence McDonald, Mike Botts, Waddy Wachtel, Kenny Edwards, Dan Dugmore & Brock Walsh.

Andrew Gold - S.T.

Elektra Records 2005

Tracks: That´s Why I Love You, Heartaches In Heartaches, Love Hurts, A Note From You, Restin In Your Arms, I´m A Gambler, Endless Fligh, Hang My Picture Straight, Ten Years Behind Me, I´m Coming Home. Within A Word, Sometime When A Man´s On His Own, Broken Pin Ball Machine, To Be Someone, Ten Years Behind Me (demo) & Hang My Picture Straight (live).

Musicians on the Andrew Gold album: Andrew Gold, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Bernstein, Michael Botts, Dan Dugmore, Kenny Edwards, Gene Garfin, David Kemper, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Chuck Plotkin & Don Francisco.

Michael McDonald - Through The Many Winters

Hallmark Records 2005

Tracks: Silent Night, O Holy Night, Come, O Come Emanuel/What Month Was Jesus Born, Deck The Halls, Jingle Bells, O Tannenbaum, Wexford Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Through The Many Winters, Christmas on the Bayou, Auld Lang Syne/O Tannenbaum (reprise).

Musicians on the Through The Many Winters album: Michael McDonald, Amy Holland McDonald, Tom Hemby, Josh Henson, Pat Coil, Sharron Forrest, Russ Bono, Mark Douthit, Stuart Duncan, Pat Bergenson, Drea Rhenee, Daniel Moore II, Conni Ellisor, Anthony La Marchina and others.

Michael McDonald - The Ultimate Collection

Warner Bros 2005

Tracks: Ain´t No Mountain High Enough, What A Fool Believes, I Keep Forgettin´(Every Time You´re Near), Yah Mo B There, Takin´It To The Streets, Sweet Freedom, Minute By Minute, On My Own, You Belong To Me, Real Love, I Stand For You, It Keeps You Runnin´, Take It To Heart, No Love To Be Found, I Gotta Try, No Lookin´Back, Blink Of An Eye, Open The Door (Urban Remix) & Lost In The Parade.

Musicians on the The Ultimate Collection album: Michael McDonald and others.

Michael Ruff - Love Never Fades

Ruffmix Music 2005

Tracks: Love Never Fades, When It´s Cold Outside, Poet´s Son, On This Day, The Way A Woman Works, How Special You Are, In The Hands Of God, Celia Luna, The Time Is Right, God Bless The Child, Waltz & Stella By Starlight.

Musicians on the Love Never Fades album: Michael Ruff.

Michael Ruff - Everything

Ruffmix Music 2005

Tracks: El Asador, Grace, Jazz Sermon, Everything, The Meaning Of Love, Show The World, Just A Moment Alone, Charity, Cold Rain, I Don´t Know Love & Chili Pepper Chicken.

Musicians on the everything album: Michael Ruff, Joey Heredia, Renato Neto, Marco Mendoza, Olivia Ruff & James Harrah.

David Garfield and Friends - Tribute To Jeff "Revisited"

Creatchy Records 2005

Tracks are: E Minor Shuffle, Let´s Stay Together, Twenty-One Drum Salute, Lowdown, If Six Was Nine, Bag´s Groove, My Heart Wants To Know, It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Babylon Sisters, Stuffy, Jeff´s Strut, Big Bone, Long Time No Groove, My Late Mate Nate (Studio Jam) & Lowdown (Alternate Mix).

Musicians on the Tribute To Jeff album: David Garfield, Joe Porcaro, David Sanborn, Michael McDonald, Jay Graydon, Larry Carlton, David Pack, Richard Marx, Bill Champlin, Paul Barrere, Gregg Bisonette, Michael Boddicker, Paulette Browne, Lenny Castro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Denny Diaz, Chuck Domanico, Nathan East, Luis Enrique, Peter Erskine, John Ferrro, Steve Ferrone, Brandon Fields, Mike Finnegan, Walt Fowler, Steve Gadd, John Guerin, Jimmy Haslip, Richie Hayward, Don Henley, Jerry Hey, James Newton Howard, Ralph Humprey, David Hungate, Tris Imboden, Paul Jackson Jr. , Abe Laboriels Sr., Mchael Landau, Will Lee, Steve Lukather, David Paich, John Pena, Gregg Philliganes, Simon Philips, Miles Porcaro, Chris Porcaro, Nico Porcaro, Joe Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Chase Porcaro Duddy, Bernard Purdie, Emil Richards, Joe Sample, Michito Sanchez, Boz Scaggs, Jason Scheff, Tom Scott, Bob Sheppard, Lee Sklar, Neil Stubenhaus, Fred Tackett, Benmont Tench, Chris Trujillo, Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Vega, David T.J. Walker, Freddy Washington, Dave Weckl, David Williams & Joseph Williams.

David Garfield and Friends - The State Of Things

ESC Records 2005

Tracks: Me, Five Storks, Miles, Black Cadillac, Forest For The Trees, If Six Was Nine, Aliens, Naima, Toast For Eli, Nardis, Chimo & Tsunami.

Musicians on the Giving Back album: Davd Garfield , Michael Landau, Steve Tavaglione, John Pena, Jimmy Johnson, Steve Lukather, Will Lee, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Larry Klimas, Brandon Fields, Eddie Van Halen, Mike Miller, Walt Fowler , Mike Porcaro, Allan Holdsworth, Carlos Vega, Abraham Laboriel, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, John Guerin & Lenny Castro.

David Garfield - Seasons Of Change

Creatchy Records 2005

Tracks: El Judio Magnifico, Aquas De Marcos (Waters Of March), Too Shy To Say, Summertime, Prophecy, Chino MacDonald, Harvest Time, Manha De Carnival (A Day In The Life Of A Fool), One Finger Snap & Gracias (Thank You).

Musicians on the Seasons Of Change album: David Garfield, Luis Conte & Abraham Laboriel.

Lava - Alibi

Tylden & Co 2005

Tracks: Closet, Cover Me, Tears Are Not Enough, Alibi, A Matter Of Time, Dangerous Game, Lonely Planet, Change, Breaking Away, Missing You & Wendy´s Paiting Pictures.

Musicians on the Alibi album: Egil Eldoen, Rolf Graf, Svein Dan Hauge, Per Hillestad, Per Kolstad and others.

Robert Lamm - Leap Of Faith

Blue Infinity Music 2005

Tracks: Beginnings, Intensity, The Mystery Of Moonlight, I Could Tell You Secrets, Saturday In The Park, Another Sunday, Watching The Time, Somewhere Girl, All The Years, It´s A Groove This Life, Gimme Gimme, 25 Or 6 To 4 & Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?.

Musicians on the Leap Of Faith album: Robert Lamm and others.

Kevin McCourt

McCourt Productions 2005

Tracks: Lilac Moon, Everyday People, One Song, Roll Away The Stone, Auburn Eyes & On The Other Side Of This Dream.

Musicians on the Under A Lilac Moon album: Kevin McCourt, Randy Drake, Chad Smith, Kevin Chown, Bob Birch, Tom Lilly, James Harrah, Tim Pierce, Rob Arbittier, Kevin Ricard, Gary Grant, Bill Reichenbach, Kevin Dorsey, Alex Brown, Windy Barnes, Sebastian Mego & Leslie Paton.

Peter Mayer

Little Flock Music 2005

Tracks: Deck The Halls, Echoes Of Christmas, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The Holly And The Ivy/The Greatest Gift, Bring A Torch, Jennette, Isabella/A la Nanita Nana, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, My Favorite Things, Northwind Dancing, Of The Father’s Love Begotten, We Three Kings Of Orient Are, The Light Of Christmas Day & Guiding Star/Still Still Still.

Musicians on the Echoes Of The Seasons album: Peter Mayer, Jim Mayer, Roger Guth, Chris Walters, Jon Nellen, Tina Gullickson, Nadirah Shakoor, R. Scott Bryan, Mark Holland, Emily Randle, Melissa Streuli & Gary Hodges.

Larsen/Feiten Band - S.T./Full Moon

Wounded Bird Records 2005

Tracks: Who’ll Be The Fool Tonight, Danger Zone, Further Notice, Over, She’s Not In Love, Morning Star, Make It, Aztec Legend, Phantom of the Footlights, Visitor, Twilight Moon, Sierra, Brown Eyes, Hero’s Welcome, Standing in Line & Little Cowboys.

Musicians on the Larsen-Feiten Band album: Buzz Feiten, Neil Larsen, Lenny Castro, Art Rodriguez, Willie Weeks, Larry Williams, Kim Hutchcroft, Bill Reichenbach, David Sanborn, Larry John McNally, Jimmy Haslip, Lenny Castro, Chuck Findley, Jim Horn & Vernon Porter.

Marc Jordan - A Hole In The Wall

Westwood Records 2005

Tracks: Slipping Away, Margarita, She Used To Be My World, A Hole In The Wall, Where Did We Go Wrong, It´s Only Love, Love Like A Wheel, Thieves, Dance With Me & Hold On.

Musicians on the A Hole In The Wall album: Marc Jordan, Robben Ford, David Foster, Michael Baird, Michael Boddicker, David Boruff, Robbie Buchanan, Lenny Castro, Brian Eno, Steve George, Jay Graydon, Jerry Hey, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Mike Porcaro, Neil Stubenhaus, Ian Underwood & Ernie Watts.

One Two - Greatest

Copenhagen Records 2005

Tracks: Billy Boy, Midt I En Drøm, Den Bedste Tid, Smukke Anna, Sker Så Tit, Hvis Du Kom Ud (new mix), Hvide Logne, Jeg Ka´Gi´Hva´Du Vil Ha´, Hold Fast, Getting Better, Last Day, The Wind Whispers You, Si´r Farvel, Hvornår, Det Er Sent Nu & Glemt.

Musicians on the Greatest album: Cæcilie Nordby, Nina Forsberg, Søren Bentzen, Frank Stangerup, Frede Ewert, Jesper Mattson, Jan Lysdahl, Rune Olesen, Niels Ratzer, Jan Zum Vorde, Thomas Brekling, Jesper Mejlvang, Jacob Andersen, Albert Kai, Niklas Medin & Henrik “SP” Poulsen.

Jim Messina - Oasis "Reissue"

Evangeline Records 2005

Tracks: New And Different Way, Do You Want To Dance, Seeing You (For The First Time), Free To Be Me, Talk To Me, Love Is Here, Waitin’ On You, (Is This) Lovin’ You Lady & The Magic Of Love.

Musicians on the Oasis album: Jim Messina, Wayne Nelson, Tim Studer, Tony Moreno, Milt Holland, Craig Thomas & Jeff Elliott.

Tommy Nilsson - Tiden Före Nu

BMG Records 2005

Tracks: Vi Brann, Amelia, Allt Dit Hjarta Ar, Klockan Ar 12, En Annan Vind, Vill Du Ha Sex Med Mig, God Man, Det Basta Av Mig, Karleken Ropar Mitt Namm & Farvel.

Musicians on the Tiden Före Nu album: Tommy Nilsson, Lasse Andersson & Jocke Blomgren.

Rikke Mølgaard

DaRoof Records 2005

Tracks: Without Your Smile, How Could I Be Wrong, Saving All My Love, Testimony, Hello, Tell Me Why, Let´s Stay Together, Georgy Porgy, Who´s Crying Now & Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Musicians on the One Side Of Me album: Rikke Moelgaard, Soren Reiff Jr., Lars “Danmark” Nielsen, Jannik Jensen, Anders Pedersen & Uffe Isaksen.

David Pack - Unborn

Oglio Records 2005

Tracks: Tomorrow And Forever, Natalie’s Song (In Memory of Natalie Wood), Deliver Me, Light My World, U Make Love New, Sacred Love, N 2 Deep 8. All 2 Real, I Love U Enough (To Tell You Goddbye), Beacon, Cool Down, The Last Time You Cry (Won’t Be) & Future Glory.

Musicians on the Unborn album: David Pack, Randy Kerber, David Benoit, George Perilli, Bernie Chiaravelle, Randy Kerber, Larry Antonino, Chuck Sabatino, Vince Denham, Joseph Williams & Patti Austin.

Jim Photoglo - Sparks In The Radio

Grifftone Records 2005

Tracks: Hillbilly Hollywood, This Train Keeps Rollin’, Baby Looks Good, That’s How Strong Love Is, Fishin’ In The Dark, That’s Love To Me, Paint The Town Blue, Heatwave In The Delta, Slam That Door & Sparks In The Radio.

Musicians on the Sparks In The Radio album: Jim Photoglo, Larry Michael Lee, Vince Melamed, Josh Leo & George Marinelli Jr.

Bill Champlin - Single "Reissue"

Evangeline Records 2005

Tracks: What Good Is Love, I Don´t Want You Anymore, We Both Tried, Yo´ Mama, Fly With Me, Love Is Forever, Careless, Elayne & Keys To The Kingdom.

Musicians on the Single album: Bill Champlin, David Foster, David Paich, Ray Parker Jr, Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather, David Shields, David Hungate, Larry Tolbert, Jeff Porcaro, Duris Maxwell, Paulinho Da Costa, Carmen Twillie, Venette Gloud, Bobby Kimball, Michael McDonald, Daryl Hall, Steve Porcaro, Jerry Hey, Gary Grant, Oscar Brashear, Larry Williams, Bruce Paulsen, George Bohannon & Marty Paich.

Player - Baby Come Back

Compendia Records 2005

Tracks: Baby Come Back, No More Rain, After All This Time, Footprints In The Sand, This Is Your Life, Without You, Cherry Lane, Every Time I Turn Around, Just To Be With You & Baby Come Back (remix).

Musicians on the Baby Come Back album: Peter Beckett, Ronn Moss, John Friesen, Miles Joseph & Gabriel Katona.