Title: L.A. ConnectionLabel: Escape Music
Connection' is the latest in the AOR albums from Frederic
Slama and once again he’s picked the crop of the Melodic
and AOR world for
this new album, with the likes of Bill Champlin (Chicago), Tommy
Denander (Radioactive, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper), Paul
Sabu (Only Child, Kidd Glove), Jeff Paris, Sherwood Ball
(Jay Graydon), Philip Bardowell (Places Of Power, Unruly
Child) and more, coming along for the ride.
with the all the albums, Slama pays homage to that 80’s
AOR scene that dominated the airways for over a decade and
like its predecessor 'The Secret Of L.A.', leans towards the
edgier side of the Melodic/AOR sound.
album opens with ‘On The Edge of Glory’ and features on
vocals Chicago’s Bill Champlin. This song has that
80’s vibe running through its veins and wouldn’t have
been a miss on any of the soundtracks of that era.
one of my favourite tracks off the album has to be track two
‘The Pride of Strangers’, which features the
unmistakable vocals of Mr Paul Sabu, who delivers those
raspy tones we all know with such conviction. A
definite high point for me.
melodic tones of David Forbes are up next on the wonderful
‘Closer To Zero’, which is quickly followed by ‘Once
Off Guard’, led by the mighty Jeff Parris. Not only
is this another wonder vocal, but it also includes a great
is an undoubtedly Foreigner feel to ‘Lost Souls Don’t
Cry’, but in place of Gramm, we have the excellent
‘Philip Bardowell on vocals, before majesty of ‘Exiled
In Sadness’. A definitive slice of modern AOR at its
best. Then it's time for some keyboard driven rock
courtesy of the stunning ‘Age Of Desire’, this time
featuring Rick Riso on vocals.
of my favourite tracks has to be ‘Circle of Danger’,
which has the wonderful emotive tones of Tamara Champlin on
vocals, and as the only female vocal on the album, she
really makes her presence felt on this one.
The album closes with the balled ‘The Crystal Heart’ sung by Bob Harris, which is just such a wonderful way to round up this superb release. Album number 13 is normally associated with back luck, but this isn’t the case with this latest album, as it's very much a winner. I for one can't wait to hear albums number 14,15.16 and beyond!
Review by: Barry McMinn
On The Edge Of Glory
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