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L.A Cowboys - 1995 Endless Summer

ARTIST: L.A Cowboys
ALBUM: Endless Summer
LABEL: Toshiba-EMI (Japan), Intercord (Europe)
SERIAL: TOCP-7679, Int 8 53164 2
YEAR: 1995
CD REISSUE: 2010, AOR Heaven Classix, AORHC0004


LINEUP: James Studer - vocals, keyboards * Wayne Nelson - vocals, bass

Guests: Guitars - Michael Thompson, Buzzy Feiten, Charlie Johnson, Thom Rotella * Bass - George Hawkins * Drums - Tris Imboden, Chris Frazier, Mick Fleetwood * Saxophone - Michael Paolo * Percussion - Arno Lucas * Vocals - Joseph Williams, Mari Studer, Richard Bryant

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tokyo Woman * 02 Endless Summer * 03 Aubree's Melody * 04 Say You Love Me * 05 Holding Back The Tears * 06 Know Me By Heart * 07 Eye Of The Storm * 08 Walk Me On The Water * 09 Terra * 10 Something In My Heart

There are some gorgeous West Coast oriented tunes on this L.A Cowboys platter. Even more commercial than Planet 3, but more AOR than Chicago's 90's material for instance. If you think along the lines of those two, plus Airplay, Maxus etc, then we're in the same 'hood. Primarily a vehicle for keyboardist and singer James Studer, he teams up with longtime LRB and John Farnham bassist Wayne Nelson to become part of the duo L.A Cowboys.

The Songs
Some beauties on here, with rich melody being the operative phrase. The hi-tech pop of 'Know Me By Heart' would interest Messrs Magness, Ballard and Graydon no doubt, as would a Planet 3 deadringer such as 'Something In My Heart'. The beautiful ballads 'Holding Back The Tears' and 'Aubree's Melody' invoke a feeling of serenity upon listening. The latter is a poignant memory of Wayne Nelson's daughter Aubree, tragically killed in a car crash in 1992. A very personal reflection indeed. For the most part the songs roll smoothly from one to the next, and there's nigh on a weak moment. The title track 'Endless Summer', 'Terra' and 'Tokyo Woman' are strong in their own capacity, while the mid-paced 'Eye Of The Storm' is a highlight for me, sublime keyboard based melodies which melt my senses everytime I hear it.

In Summary
If you check the liner notes out, you'll see that every participating individual has a 'handle' given to them which has a 'western' theme attributed to it. e.g 'Little Joe', 'Pilgrim', 'Cody', 'Dancin Doc', 'Hoss'.. Very cool, and very clever. My understanding is that this was released in Japan during 1993 by the Toshiba/EMI Group, but received a European release during 1995 by popular request through Intercord. An essential West Coast album for all melodic/AOR fans.

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#1 | gdazegod on March 09 2017 10:57:33
I think this is definitely in the West Coast Volume 2 selection - coming up in a few weeks.
#2 | gdazegod on March 09 2017 10:58:55
L.A Cowboys - 1995 Eye Of The Storm

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#3 | gdazegod on March 09 2017 11:01:33
L.A Cowboys - 1995 Say You Love Me

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