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Artist: Airplay

Title: Airplay

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Category: Westcoast AOR

Year: 1980

Label: BMG/RCA (Japan)

Catalog Number: BVCP-7378


David Foster keyboards, backing vocals
Jay Graydon guitars, lead and backing vocals
Tommy Funderburk lead and backing vocals

Jeff Porcaro drums
Mike Baird drums
David Hungate bass
Steve Lukather additional rhythm guitar
Ray Parker, Jr. additional rhythm guitars
Steve Porcaro synthesizer programming
Pete Robinson synthesizer programming
Bill Champlin backing vocals
Tom Kelly backing vocals
Max Gronenthal backing vocals


1.  Stranded  4:28
2.  Cryin' All Night  4:48
3.  It Will Be Alright  4:01
4.  Nothin' You Can Do About It  4:48
5.  Should We Carry On  3:46
6.  Leave Me Alone  4:35
7.  Sweet Body  4:40
8.  Bix  4:15
9.  She Waits for Me  3:41
10.  After the Love Is Gone  4:28
Total Running Time:  43:30

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Existing comments about this CD

From: koogles Date: May 21, 2003 at 12:25
No question about it: money WAS spent on this CD. LOTS of it. Production is super-slick and there's not one note out of place. I think these guys were trying to be the next Toto and, for the most part, they succeed. "Stranded" had my socks knocked off after the first 10 seconds. The soaring layered vocals remind of the mighty Touch. If you love Westcoast AOR, this is absolutely essential!!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: May 22, 2003 at 17:06
its true! koogles, hes not lying everything he says is correct,this is truly something special,without a doubt one of the best westcoast albums ever made in history!.grab yourself a copy and prepare to be amazed!!.you have been warned!.

From: XLNT Date: September 29, 2003 at 17:28
If you take the R in AOR seriously you better stay clear of this one. You have to be a hardened Westcoast fan with a dislike for guitars and passionate love of synths to play this through in one go. Even more so to enjoy it. A lot of really irritating early 80’s synths and no guitars to be heard. The best way to describe this record is to compare the music to the albumcover. The album sounds the way it looks. Also IMHO this sounds nothing like Toto. Toto is “heavy metal” compared to Airplay

From: robert Date: September 29, 2003 at 18:36
Sencillamente maravilloso, aunque suena un pelin antiguo para mi gusto. AFTER THE LOVE IS GONE es Magica!!!

From: kindheartedwolf Date: October 10, 2003 at 1:13
AIRPLAY is without question a classic! It's so good it takes your breath away!!! I only wish they made music this excellent now days instead of all this 90's crap that sounds the same note after note. If you don't like Airplay you don't know what good music is!

From: Mallorca´s Rock Date: January 2, 2004 at 12:21
Maravilloso, como dice mi amigo Robert, WestCoast de principios de los 80's sin duda una joyita y no muy accesible... Solo falta ver quien toca en este cd todo cracks... David Foster, Jay Graydon Tommy Funderburk... Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather , Steve Porcaro, Bill Champlin, Max Gronenthal... Para mi un 9/10

From: dannyrock Date: February 1, 2004 at 12:47
great aor beatiful and superb vocals use,. on average they are all what you want to find in this aor category.thanks .

From: Graydon Date: May 4, 2004 at 6:21
Probably the best and most wellwritten westcoast/AOR record ever made.

From: BWH"Indonesia" Date: August 20, 2004 at 5:43
I really love this kind of music. David Foster is genius, from his Skylark era,from Chicago to Elefante, all is great. His chords are rich, melodic and full of harmony transposition. Also Jay Graydon, I love his Planet 3. And about those Toto guys, well,they're all gods. My biggest dream is to see them all collaborating with David Pack of Ambrosia,Mike Mc Donald of The Doobie Bros and Steve Perry of Journey. herrymulyawan@yahoo.com

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From: Jez Date: August 24, 2004 at 7:52
For me ,Along with Toto 4, this is the benchmark Westcoast cd, and one i couldn't live without. Utterly essential if your a Westcoast fan. Shame it's not more widely avaliable (Jap Import only i think).

From: manos Date: September 7, 2004 at 21:53
Great, great early 80s release from a band that is 99% identical to Toto. That would mean complex, precise rythm section along with melodic guitars and upfront keyboards and some great ethereal high-pitch vocals. The result would be a fine piece of melodic rock which often flirts with R'n'B in the same style as this of Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. Grab it!

From: pinko Date: October 13, 2004 at 8:04
Fantastic.....BUY IT!!!!

From: rocketron Date: October 15, 2004 at 6:11
Fantastic indeed !! After 20 years I still listen to this regularly.

From: perry.k Date: January 26, 2005 at 13:16
If this one is as great as the I-10 cd, then i need it desperatly.And manos i was pleasantly surprised noticing that a 'patriotis'has written some lines about such an obscure aor band.The late70s/early80s melodic sound really drives me crazy!How possible is to track down a copy of this one in homeland?!?How about the DWAYNE FORD '81 album? Is it any good?

From: Harald Date: January 26, 2005 at 13:53
perry.k......if you like Airplay you will love Dwayne Fords Needless Freaking, a classic album too.

From: Harald Date: January 26, 2005 at 13:55
forgot to mention, I-Ten, David Roberts, Airplay or Dwayne Ford are all great albums but very hard to find.

From: perry.k Date: January 26, 2005 at 14:14
Hi Harald.Of the bands you mentioned i only got the I-TEN cd and is one of my most beloved items of my entire collection.But as far as it concerns the other three names,don't have a single note!Correct me if i'm wrong but i think pure westcoast/aor albums are very hard to be tracked down!

From: perry.k Date: January 27, 2005 at 7:39

From: Harald Date: January 27, 2005 at 13:50
Martin Briley "One Night With A Stranger" is ultra rare on CD and a good (but not outstanding)release in my opinion, though the cover artwork is amazing. Don´t know the others. If the I TEN is your favorite check out the classic PREVIEW-s/t, released the same year, same producer, same studio and as good as Taking A Cold Look.

From: perry.k Date: January 28, 2005 at 7:24
I've only heard soundbytes of the PREVIEW'83 and i gotta say we talk about SUPER CLASSY STUFF here!Can't wait for a remastered cd release of this baby!Boy, how i adore this sound!BTW,do you know if the 1st SURVIVOR is available on cd(except JPNversion)?

From: Harald Date: February 4, 2005 at 14:27
Don´t know about the s/t SURVIVOR album, haven´t seen it as yet.

From: TIM (2) Date: April 15, 2005 at 16:14
This album is being re-issued (again!) in July by BMG Japan in a special 25th anniversary edition. This follows the 15th anniversary edition re-issued in 1995. The first 100 of these special editions will be in a paper sleeve (like a vinyl album) and will be very collectable. It is also being re-mastered (again - despite it sounding pretty damn polished back in 1980) by Jay Graydon for this release. If you miss out don't worry, there'll probably be another re-issue for the 30th anniversary.

From: Swriter Date: April 15, 2005 at 21:42
will this be available in the U.S.????? I have been waiting 10 years to hear this one!!!!!

From: TIM (2) Date: April 16, 2005 at 5:26
Hey swriter, It's only coming out in Japan but you will be able to order it from JPOP or HMV.JP or other good Japanese on-line stores. I've seen copies of the 95 remaster go on eBay for around $20 (original copies still fetch a lot more) and if you dont plan on re-selling it - which you won't want to - then get the better sounding remastered version.

From: swriter Date: July 21, 2005 at 12:43
anyone have a link to purchase this new remaster???? thanks!!!

From: swriter Date: July 21, 2005 at 12:51
just saw this listed on Amazon, a pre-order for the 25th, only 39.99!!!!! hahahaha hmmmm

From: swriter Date: August 5, 2005 at 13:45
this is now out as of Aug 4th, have to pay the import price of 39.99!!! oh well, is it cheaper in the UK??? Thanks!!!

From: TIM (2) Date: August 10, 2005 at 10:34
Hey swriter, check ebay. There is a Japanese seller with the paper-sleeve re-issues for a reasonable price...

From: swriter Date: August 26, 2005 at 1:05
oops, missed the cheap one, the new one is released but I GUESS IN JAPAN ONLY AND IS 39.99, WHY NO US RELEASE?????? That stinks, I am sure neh would stock it!!! oh well, one day maybe I can hear this!!! hahaha

From: Kim HP Date: September 27, 2005 at 15:11
Basically as soft as AOR gets, but I still love it. The melodies are super catchy and production is top notch. Maybe not for everybody, but if you can appreciate the softer side of AOR, this is a must!

From: swriter Date: October 28, 2005 at 17:14
ok, this one was just released again, I think from Japan and the only one u can get is 39.99???? why????? oh well, guess I will never hear this one!!!!!! why don't they make it affordable cause so many people wanna hear this one!!!

From: ehyder Date: April 5, 2007 at 7:32
If you like TOTO and you don't have this record in your collection, please do not hesitate and do your best to get it. You might have to pay big money for that, but don't worry this is worth each penny. I have listened to it countless times and it still sound as fresh and inspired like the first time. This is one of the Top AOR records ever, period.

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: July 6, 2007 at 20:22
Another Classic Westcoast Album. Toto sounding, as said before, actually this album could stand as high as Toto's IV. Classic Masterpiece. 10/10

From: TONI MALLORCA Date: November 13, 2007 at 5:40
dios mio!!!! esto podria haber sido facilmente un album perdido de toto 10/10

From: juan carlos Date: January 5, 2008 at 10:44
Reedición del 2005 que si que me ha costado ya que solo hay en CD Japonés. Muy recomendable pues aparte que con los temas no hay pierde(aunque mas para los del Westcoast AOR que AOR puro) el librito está imperdible ya que contienen las letras y entrevistas con Jay Graydon/David Foster a dúo jeje y tambien a Tom Kelly y Tommy Funderburk, que mas pedir.. El album recuerda a TOTO y Boston por nombrar a dos grandes. "It Will Be Alright" "Should We Carry On" grandes baladas, de mis favoritas. 9/10

From: matutedevit Date: March 1, 2008 at 12:19
AOR masterpiece!! Not everybody knows that Miguel Bose has his own version of "Cryin' All Night"!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gALX_Bzcqck

From: aorfan700 Date: October 22, 2008 at 11:10
"XLNT".. How can you say there's no guitar to airplay? The guitar playing is brilliant and a dominant force in several of these songs. There is plenty of great guitar solo's too. And, yes, it does sound often like Toto. After all, it features a lot of Toto members.. In finishing the album does have a sense of humour and even though it is like another reviewer said, very perfection orientated, it still has this sense of fun to it, like making it the guys were having lots of fun. Anyway, it's totally essential. That's why without any dispute, it's called 'The Bible of westcoast AOR' by all sites on such music. To answer another persons question... Dwayne Ford is pretty good, but it's no Airplay. David Roberts is a little closer to Airplay in terms of how great it is but still not as good (in my opinion). AOR 4ever

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 6, 2014 at 21:10
Decent album to me...with a lot of Toto influence(no surprise as there were some members of the aforementioned band involved here as guest musicians along with some other luminaires such as Bill Champlin)...catchy Westcoast AOR that's it..."Stranded","Nothin' You Can Do About It","Should We Carry On"(nice),"Leave Me Alone","She Waits For Me"(sounds like a Leif Garret's song of that stage)& "After The Love Has Gone"(covered by the funk/jazz band Earth,Wind & Fire and for me is far better than this that is the original one)...80/100

From: Monsieur Renard Date: October 11, 2016 at 6:00
Nice uplifting, uptempo westcoast lite AOR. Reminds me of Toto. Great stuff, great vocals.

From: Thomas/Coastline Date: April 1, 2021 at 19:06
Airplay was a short-lived project formed by famous American session musicians David Foster (Keyboards & Vocals) and Jay Graydon (Guitars & Vocals), with Tommy Funderburk as the lead vocalist. Their 1980 self-titled classic was produced by Graydon/Foster and recorded by an incredible line-up of professional players and singers including David Hungate (Bass), Mike Baird/Jeff Porcaro (Drums), Steve Lukather (Guitar), Steve Porcaro (Keyboards) and Bill Champlin/Tom Kelly (Backing Vocals). It’s regarded by many as one of the finest and most important releases in the history of Westcoast/AOR music, a milestone alongside albums by genre giants such as Chicago and Toto. With a slick production and excellent performance by those involved, this album features a great collection of songs like the harmony-vocalized and hard rocking opener "Stranded", David Roberts style midtempo track "Cryin' All Night" and soft ballad "It Will Be Alright". This strong opening trio is followed by the well-known Ma

From: Thomas/Coastline Date: April 1, 2021 at 19:06
This strong opening trio is followed by the well-known Manhattan Transfer number "Nothin' You Can Do About It" and yet another calm and romantic love ballad titled "Should We Carry On". Side two takes up the pace again with the fast-rocking "Leave Me Alone", superb melodic rocker "Sweet Body" and groovy/jazzy "Bix", which features a very nice horn section. The the last pair of tracks start off with "She Waits For Me", which is a disco-like but very good song with a catchy, infectious hook and finally the album is closed by Westcoast classic and all time favorite "After The Love Is Gone". 10/10

From: gfranciscop Date: July 1, 2021 at 21:19
What else can be said about this album that hasn't been said already. Lots of massive tunes here, this could be most other bands Greatest Hits album literally. While Stranded isn't the strongest opening tune ever, it acts as a pretty good intro to Cryin' All Night. It Will Be Alright is a great ballad while the midtempo Nothing You Can Do About It is a masterclass of drumming. And that's just the first half. The second half starts a bit weaker, but Bix takes it to the highest highs again. The ending with After The Love Is Gone is stellar (even when the Earth Wind & Fire version is better). The mixing and arrangement are all top-notch. Definitely an album to recommend to anyone, not just Lite-AOR fans. Rating: 9/10. Favorite Track: Bix.

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