AOR - Dreaming Of L.A.

Year of Release: 2003
Label: AOR Heaven
Catalog Number: AORH64
Format: CD
Total Time: 57:35:00

Frenchman Frédéric Slama has worked as a journalist during the late 70s and has done tremendous efforts to bring the AOR/Westcoast sounds from LA to Europe. He himself has been living in LA for over 10 years and for some reason he is very fond of LA. Check out his discography so far: LA Concession (2000), Next Stop LA (2001) and LA Reflections (2002). And if that is not enough, he just released a new album: Dreaming Of LA, with the cooperation of Steve Lukather (Toto), Bill Champlin (Chicago) Steve Overland (FM, The Ladder) and many more.

Although there are some really good songs on this album, that come very close to progressive rock, the main sound of the album is more pop-music. "Last Day In San Francisco" has a good guitar arrangement, slightly heavier than the rest. But unfortunately I don't find the rest of the songs fitting in the category progressive rock. It's a nice album, good musicians, and if you are a fan of the Bee Gees, Chicago or the more poppy Toto songs, this might be your music.

[This review originally appeared November 2003 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
You're My Obsession / Lost In Your Eyes / Malibu Escapade / On Dangerous Ground / Fly With Me / Teach Me How To Love You Again / Don't Give Up On Love / Haunted By Your Smile / Last Days In San Francisco* / Sensation* / Worlds Away* / Never Gonna Let Her Go*

*European bonus tracks

Frédérik Slama -guitar, keyboards
Tommy Denander - various instruments
David Diggs -various instruments
Bill Champlin -vocals
Dane Donohue - vocals
Steve Overland - vocals
David Roberts - vocals
Chris Demming - vocals
Rick Riso - vocals
Rachel Diggs - vocals
Michael Kisur - vocals
David Chamberlain - vocals
Goran Edman - backing vocals
Michael Ruff - backing vocals
Janey Clewer - backing vocals
Tom Bailey - backing vocals
Steve Lukather - guitar
Michael Landau - guitar
David Williams - guitar
James Harrah - guitar
Bruce Gaitsch -guitar
Andre Harold - guitar
Brandon Fields -saxophone
Tom Saviano - saxophone
Dave Boruff - saxophone
Eddie Watkins Jr. - bass
Hussain Jiffry - bass
Vinny Colaiuta - drums
Ed Greene -drums
Joey Heredia - drums
Pat Thern - drums
Peter Erskine - drums

LA Concession (2000)
Next Stop LA (2001)
LA Reflections (2002)
Dreaming Of LA (2003)

Genre: Melodic Rock - AOR

Origin FR

Added: December 8th 2004
Reviewer: Marcel Haster
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Language: english


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