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Ritenour, Lee - 1981 Rit
Lee Ritenour crossed over into mainstream/commercial territory, obviously buoyed by the success of guys such as George Benson, Chuck Mangiaone and A&M Records head honcho Herb Alpert. Hooking up with ex Medusa lead singer Eric Tagg proved to be a masterstroke, as these co-written songs are catchy, commercial, fun, and most importantly melodic. The jazz meets West Coast approach proved a winner.

Ritenour, Lee - 1982 Rit II
Lee Ritenour just barely scrapes into this site by virtue of his reputation, notwithstanding the fact that some of his albums are incredible slices of West Coast pop. However, his 1981-1984 period generated some wonderful moments, and perhaps was a reflection of the times when his genuine talent could be seen for crossover potential into the general pop market.

Ritenour, Lee - 1983 On The Line
Ritenour specialises in very melodic, lilting songs that drift on the ether, he can also turn a tune into a bright funky workout, as he does on this total instrumental album.

Ritenour, Lee - 1984 Banded Together
'Banded Together' features many of Lee's best friends in the L.A session scene, and they all gather around like a protective flock. I'm not quite as convinced with this material as previous albums. As it turned out, it would be Lee's last album with Elektra, before moving onto Dave Grusin's GRP Records.

The Essential Series - 2017 West Coast (Volume 1) by Gdazegod
So, kicking off, here's my first selection of 10 essential West Coast albums - Volume 1.