Tom Jans – Champion (1982)

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  One of the rarest and most sought-after vinyl records to come out of early 1980s Los Angeles is Tom Jans’ “The Champion”. Up until its recent CD release on Japanese label Pony Canyon, the only way to get to hear this mellow soft rock gem was by way of bootleg CDs – or if ...

Goings On

I finally found the time and money to get to LA, and what a great place it is. I’ve been able to secure interview appointments with some great people, and you should be able to see the results on the site shortly. Stay tuned.

Under the Radar: The Story of Avalon

When I first came in contact with the music I’m now writing about, I approached it as a listener. I appreciated the way the music made me feel. It didn’t take long to get my head involved, and the musician in me started analyzing and discovering secrets in the intricate arrangements on an intellectual level. ...

Alan O’Day Interview, Part 2

This is part two of the transcript of my talk with songsmith and recording artist Alan O’Day. You can find part one here. In this final part, O’Day talks about his musical influences, and we discuss the slickness of the westcoast sound. How do you feel about your musical output from back then? You know, ...

Alan O’Day Interview, Part 1

I recently had the great pleasure of talking to songwriter Alan O’Day about the music he made in LA in the Seventies. Having written number one hits such as his own “Undercover Angel” and Helen Reddy’s “Angie Baby,” O’Day continues to write and perform his own material. He still resides in his native Los Angeles, ...

10 Genre-Defining CDs You Must Own, Part 2

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I’m listing 10 must-own albums in an attempt to define the musical genre of the music scene this book project is all about. Read part 1 of this article here. The final five albums you need to run out and purchase ASAP are as follows: Christopher Cross: Christopher Cross (1979) Christopher Cross’ rapid slide from ...

Press coverage

It appears I’m not the only one interested in getting my favorite music more attention. The Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv ran an article today, written by Norwegian journalist and musician Ole Martin Ihle, commenting on how commercially-minded music is generally disregarded in music history. I’d post a link, but it appears to be a ...

10 Genre-Defining CDs You Must Own, Part 1

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Defining a musical genre is trickier than you might think. I’ve been poring over my music collection trying to come up with a phrase that evokes the characteristics of the music I’m writing about, but I’ve had no luck so far. Describing the style in musical terms is also pretty tough, considering the wide range ...

Mission Statement

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Welcome to the site! You’re probably wondering why you’re here. I’ll try to explain: The big bang of the LA studio scene took place somewhere half-way through the seventies. The singer-songwriter crowd crawled out of their Laurel Canyon enclosure and discovered soul music and jazz, and a handful of young but supremely skilled musicians, songwriters ...