AOR – Heavenly Demos (2019)
The AOR all star project commanded by guitarist Frederic Slama is back with a new CD titled “Heavenly Demos” just released on physical CD by Perris Records. As the album title states, these are songs pre-production demos of tracks already known but featuring different vocalists, mix, and some of them are unreleased.
Curiously, some of these demo versions are better than the ones finally appeared on the different AOR official releases.
The CD features 14 tracks with some legendary singers like Paul Sabu (Only Child), Steve Overland (FM), Kevin Chalfant (The Storm), Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman), Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Chris Antblad (Spin Gallery), Philip Bardowell (Unruly Child), Göran Edman (Street Talk) & many more.
Top players also includes elite guitarists Tommy Denander, Michael Landau &, Christian Tolle, on drums there’s legendary Mike Baird, Martin Kronlund and many more.
As said, many of the demo takes of the songs are better than the final versions, because there’s a lively feel and punch somehow lost in the final production / mix. This is especially noticeable on the more rocking songs such as ‘The Name of the Game’. melodic rocker ‘Brittany’ or ‘The Smartest Girl in L.A.’
Of course you will find smooth tunes on the pretty ’80s AOR ballald ‘The Reflection of My Heart’, midtempo ‘The Price to Pay’ and the radio friendly ‘Kimberly’.
Mostly recorded during the 80s & 90s, “Heavenly Demos” contains never released versions of the AOR Project classic songs. All of them with different arrangements, extra instruments or different vocals.
01 – Sensation
02 – The Smartest Girl in L.A.
03 – The Pride of Strangers
04 – The Name of the Game
05 – Brittany
06 – One Foot in Heaven
07 – The Price to Pay
08 – Waiting in the Darkness
09 – Kimberly
10 – It’s Just Too Easy
11 – Just One Kiss on Your Heart
12 – Last Days in San Francisco
13 – Just Forget the American Dream
14 – The Reflection of My Heart
Lead & Backing Vocals:
Jeff Scott SOTO
Sarah & Mélissa FONTAINE
Guitars & Keyboards: Frédéric SLAMA, Tommy DENANDER, Christian TOLLE
Guitars: Michael LANDAUKeyboards: David DIGGS, Morris ADRIAENS
Saxophone: Colin RODGERS
Drums: Mike BAIRD, Miri MIETTINEN, Martin KRONLUND