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AOR - L.A. Connection Award winner

L.A. Connection
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 01 July 2014, 12:39 PM

A.O.R. was formed in 2000 by guitarist / keyboardist Frédéric Slama. In 2000, the first album "L.A. Concession" was released and during the following years A.O.R. released eleven albums featuring some of the greatest talents. In 2013 Frédéric Slama’s  A.O.R. project is back with a great album called "The Secrets of L.A.", and new disk "L.A Connection” saw the light of day in 2014.
Many great guest-musicians put into this CD a very high quality experience.

My favourite track on the album is “The Pride Of Strangers” with Paul Sabu on vocals, with energetic guitars, keys, and such a melodic chorus! Opening the CD is “On The Edge Of Glory”, with Bill Champlin on the vocals is more than fantastic! Here is gentle piano, nice melodic riffs & great 80’s AOR. I love also the way the bass & drums work together. Theguitar solo is just fabulous; catchy refrain and keys create this song in a really rockin climate. Melodic riffs, dancing rhythmical section and AOR keys back the balsamic voice of David Forbes in “Closer To Zero”. It makes this song so memorable and caused me to want to listen more & more. Just listen to the brilliant sounds of keys cooperating with impressive stronger riffs in “Age Of Desire”, with singing of Rick Riso, who has tempting vocals. Here is also a great choir & melodic chorus in SCORPIONS style. Sounds similar to FOREIGNER or TOTO can be heard in “Lost Souls Don't Cry” with singer Philip Bardowell, excellent AOR keys, amazing solos and catchy refrain with choir.

Also interesteing are: "Exiled In Sadness” where keys, AOR section, wonderful voice of Sherwood Ball, and mega catchy choir refrain couldn't dig out of my mind, ballad “The Crystal Heart” singing in wonderful way by Bob Harris and amazing atmosphere of guitars in JOURNEY or KANSAS style, “Circle Of Danger” with strong female vocals by Tamara Champlin and melodic riffs, or “Once Off Guard” with vocalist Jeff Paris, working pretty well with bass and so melodic with YES or ASIA echoes.

Frédéric Slama has record another great album on a worldwide level with lots melody. Every song is a potential hit! "L.A Connection” is for Melodic Rock and AOR with spirit of the 80’s years.
These catchy melodies still dig inside my mind after I listened to the whole album. Another time, another hit, and a fantastic line-up! Surely a necessary listen for every Hard Rock and AOR fan! Sincerely recommend!

5 Star Rating

1. On The Edge Of Glory
2. The Pride Of Strangers
3. Closer To Zero
4. Once Off Guard
5. Lost Souls Don't Cry
6. Exiled In Sadness
7. Age Of Desire
8. Circle Of Danger
9. The Crystal Heart: Bob Harris
Frédéric Slama – Guitars, Keyboards
Tommy Denander - All Instruments
Bill Champlin : Lead, Backing Vocals
Paul Sabu - Lead, Backing Vocals
Jeff Paris - Lead, Backing Vocals
Sherwood Ball - Lead, Backing Vocals
David Forbes – Lead, Backing Vocals
Philip Bardowell – Lead, Backing Vocals
Bob Harris - Lead, Backing Vocals
Rick Riso - Lead, Backing Vocals
Tamara Champlin – Lead, Backing Vocals
Pete Newdeck - Backing Vocals
Colin Rodgers - Guitars, Bass
Pat Thern - Drums
Record Label: Escape Music


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