WESTCOAST MUSIC MAGAZINE Presents My Back Pages by Nick Mawson & Jim Chamberlain EP3

May 29, 2018

"My Back Pages" this month will feature songs from Jay Graydon/David Foster Productions. Having worked together across hundreds of sesions, they combined their talents on the wonderful AIRPLAY album at the begining of the 80's. Foster's first band 'Skylark' included his future wife B.J. Cook and they combined their talents and production with the great Donny Gerrard in the early 70's.The first album didn't achieve great success, but the second had a few hits "If That's The Way You Want It" and the cult classic "Wildflower". The guys were both working on an album by Maureen McGovern when the first got the idea to start writing together, It was during a break in recording that Foster was playing around with a tune on the piano and Jay just started riffing some words to go with it. The song eventually turned into "Should We Carry On", which leaned on the Bonnie Jean Cook's lyrics, and the title itself coming from Graydon. From that moment AIRPLAY was born and after the numerous sessions the two had worked on together, they had finally stumbled on something they could call their own.

Take a chance to read the full story of how Graydon & Foster put the whole album together with the help of Steve Kipner and Bill Champlin in Issue 5 of West Coast Music Magazine. And relive some of the great productions they have worked on together and separately for other artists with our playlist. Enjoy! 

01.Jay Graydon - Roxann Feat. Warren Wiebe
02.Attitudes - Promise Me the Moon
03.El DeBarge - Whos Holding Donna Now
04.Alan Sorrenti - Dancing In My Heart
05.Chicago - Along Comes A Woman
06.Ray Kennedy -  Just For The Moment
07.Sheena Easton - Crazy Love
08.Dara Sedaka - Huggin
09.The Manhattan Transfer - Spies in The Night
10.Deniece Williams - When Love Comes Calling
11.Jaye P. Morgan - I Fall In Love Everyday
12.Marc Jordan - Lost In The Hurrah
13.Lou Rawls & Tata Vega - Learn To Love Again
14.Steve Kipner - Cryin Out For Love
15.Airplay - She Waits For Me
16.Dionne Warwick & Johnny Mathis - Friends in Love
17.Average White Band - For You For Love
18.Pages - Come On Home
19.Al Jarreau  - Were In This Love Together
20.Peter Allen - Fly Away

WESTCOAST MUSIC MAGAZINE Presents My Back Pages by Nick Mawson & Jim Chamberlain EP2

April 03, 2018

“My Back Pages” is presented to you by Nick Mawson & Jim Chamberlain of West Coast Music
Magazine. Here we take the opportunity to look back at some our favorite articles and features from our past issues and bring you our new monthly mix of our favorite west coast, funk & midnight disco tracks from playlists that we have featured in the magazine over the last three years.
NORTHERN LIGHTS: The Rise of Nordic Westcoast Music
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Westcoast AOR currently resides in the Nordic countries. But why are the Northern Europeans seemingly so good at music that originates from the other side of the world, on the west coast of America? There’s no doubt that fundamentally west coast music has had for many years a far reaching influence. With its polished production, smooth delivery and outstanding musicianship at the heart of its appeal, it is not just that its great music, but its ‘music’ that reflects a feeling of hazy summer days, coastal highways, laid back lifestyles, city bars, L.A. beaches and a certain easy going vibe that we don't experience in Northern Europe. All of which might well appeal to us , as we are more used to freezing winters, drizzle and summers that seem to last no longer than about two weeks! In an attempt to help explain this trend I asked William Sikstrom for his thoughts. “Many of my friends that enjoy this type of music are Christians, not everyone, but many. We have a lot of great gospel musicians, like Per-Erik Hallin, Roland Utbult, Licence and Salt and this might be one reason why many people are familiar with this genre.” There is no doubt that there is a strong link between Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and west coast music, with many acts crossing effortlessly from one genre to the other. But is Sikstrom influenced by just American artists or have other Nordic artists had an equal amount of sway on his own music? “Yes of course, Ole Børud, Per-Erik Hallin, Andreas Aleman, Peter Friestedt. These are artists I've been listening to all my life and I'm sure I've been influenced by them in different ways”. So, there is a lineage from the past to the present crop of acts coming through.
Kenneth, from www.bluedesert.dk website has another take on it, “Scandinavia has a strong
singer/songwriter culture and several U.S. bands had a big influence on Nordic musicians in the 70’s and 80’s. If you look at Toto, Scandinavia has always had one of their biggest fan bases. It is also interesting to see that some west coast acts like Michael Ruff can still come back year after year to packed venues.
We have also seen several big acts, from Scandinavian countries, that went to Los Angeles in the 80’s to record albums, such as Ted Gardestad (Sweden), Mauro Scocco (Denmark) and Thomas Helmig
(Denmark).” In truth, there probably isn’t a single answer to explain this phenomenon, but whatever the truth is, the vibrancy of the west coast genre in the Nordic countries appears set to continue for a long time to come.
And it does give us the perfect excuse to explore and reflect on just a few of the great Nordic artists that have emerged over the years…
Check out some of the artists we included in our feature in Issue 2, it’s well worth checking out if you
missed it first time around from our back issues selection at:

 

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Nick Mawson (Editor)


01.Andreas Aleman -  I Knew It Was You
02.Soweco - Soul Searching
03.William Sikstrom - Running out of time
04.Ole Borud - Maybe
05.Newtone - Wish I Sang Like Marvin Gaye
06.The Norwegian Fords - Surfing On The Sun
07.Daniel Andersson - Glamorous Hollywood
08.PS - Saturday Night
09.Mezzoforte - DayBreak
10.State Cows - Lost in a Mind Game
11.Fra Lippo Lippi - Stitches and Burn
12.Peter Friestedt - Cheyenne
13.Tom Hansen - My Lady feat. John JR Robinson & Peter Friestedt with Kenneth Eriksen
14.Lava - Cruisin
15.Westpoint - Face To The Sea
16.Per-Erik Hallin - Don't You Put It Off Until Tomorrow
17.Corin & Edman - Keeping You On My Mind

WESTCOAST MUSIC MAGAZINE Presents My Back Pages by Nick Mawson & Jim Chamberlain EP1

March 06, 2018

I can’t quite remember how Jim and myself kind of fell into each other’s lives, but it seemed to happen quite naturally. And putting together the idea of a magazine back in 2015, I really didn’t have a clue where to start, but I was looking for ‘whoever was out there’ who was also interested in this incredible music that rarely had any coverage at all. I mean “hell”, when was the last time you saw a feature on Bobby Caldwell, Lee Ritenour & Arnold McCuller in any other magazine? It was a crazy notion, but definitely time to do something, rather than just let life slip by and regret not trying to have a go!

So, armed with Facebook, as my new window into the Universe, I set about looking for other worldly souls that might be interested in west coast music too…Anyone who knows me will tell you that I can’t do technology, mixes or other extra-terrestrial means of 21st technology. Indeed, I can’t wait for my daughter to get to the grand old age of 7yrs old to start running the website! 

But somewhere in that Universe was Jim and he reached out, as you do on FB, and somehow I clicked all the right buttons and got through to him! A miracle in itself believe me! And from the day he said “I’d love to do an article for the magazine”, a great friendship emerged…

Jim’s first article in Issue 1 was a feature on “West Coast Duo’s”. Artists that worked together in bands that predominantly featured two great lead singers, which on most occasions the whole band was named after. Think Daryl Hall & John Oates for example. There has always been a whole band behind them, but their name is on every record sleeve that they have ever released. I immediately loved his style of writing that married his great sense of humor with a fantastic knowledge of some of the classic and rare west coast music from the 70’s & 80’s. If you get the chance, I really would recommend you go back and find that first issue of ‘West Coast Music Magazine’ (back then titled “View From The West Coast”) and check out his great article that featured some of the artists and bands in our mix like Millington, Alessi, Byrne & Barnes and many more, but there are equally plenty more in the article that we haven’t got into our debut mix, so it’s well worth checking out if you missed it first time around from our back issues selection at:
 

Nick Mawson (Editor)


01.Lyons & Clark - Nothing But Sand
02.Cooper & Ross - Youre The One
03.Bugatti & Musker - So Much In Love
04.Millington - Heaven Is In Your Mind
05.Byrne & Barnes - Be My Baby
06.Tufano & Giammarese - Im In Love With You Now
07.Jacki Whitren & John Cartwright  - Goodbye Joe
08.Jolis & Simone - So Shy
09.Alessi Brothers - Not Tonight
10.Bob & Pauline Wilson - In The Spirit
11.R & J Stone - A Little Late For Love
12.Bread & Butter - Crusing On
13.Hall & Oates - (You Know) It Doesnt Matter Anymore
14.Sanford Townsend Band - Moolah Moo Mazuma
15.Nolen & Crossley - Lay It On The Line
16.Bishop & Gwinn - Dont Let the Rain Get to You
17.Ashford  Simpson - Found A Cure
18.Rhead Brothers - Sweet Sweet Heartache
19.Voudouris & Kahne - Lying To Me you
20.Dalton & Dubarri - Caught In The Act

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