Champlin Williams Friestedt II sees the legendary voices from Chicago (Tom Champlin) and Toto (Joseph Williams) linking once again with Guitarist/Producer Peter Friestedt, to produce yet another classic AOR LP.
If you are are a fan of either of the AOR giants then this is, without a doubt the LP for you. Add into the mix other legendary artists such as Michael Mcdonald (Doobie Brothers), drummer JR Robinson(Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones) and a cast of musicians from the Chicago/Toto touring bands and you know you are onto a winner.
This is, top-down, drive for miles remembering the heyday of AOR kind of music. One minute you have a Chicago-esque ballad ‘Between the Lines’ , the next it’s Toto to the fore with haunting ‘10 Miles’ and then for a mix its the smooth soul influences of Quincy Jones “All The Love in The World”.
Here we have an LP that gives your soul a caress and at the same time lifts the spirits as only an AOR classic can.
So if you are a fan of classic AOR or fancy something smooth and gentle to while away a few hours then there is no doubt that you have an LP here that fits the bill
Joseph Williams is the lead vocalist with Grammy-winning US band TOTO. He has been busy as a composer of film and drama scores, as a session vocalist, backing singer and can be heard in Disney’s animated feature film “The Lion King” as singing voice of the adult Simba (“Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”).
Guitarist, producer & recording artist Peter Friestedt has released two critically acclaimed albums “LA Project” (2002) and “LA Project II” (2008) that got top reviews. Peter has been a busy session musician plays on records with David Foster and Fergie Frederiksen and touring Europe and Japan with Joseph Williams with who he also released the “Williams/Friestedt” album that was a top 40 hit in Scandinavia!
Bill Champlin was the lead singer of the legendary band Chicago for more than 25 years and is a founding member of the band Sons of Champlin. Champlin has written Grammy award winning songs for Earth Wind & Fire and George Benson, and worked with countless artists including Elton John, The Doobie Brothers and Steve Lukather of TOTO.
Champlin Williams Friestedt II is out Friday, May 15th via Black Lodge Records.
Review: Mark Ellis
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