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In May 1979.

In May 1979, “Columbia” label released “Flag”, the ninth James Taylor studio album. It was recorded January-March 1979, and was produced by Peter Asher.

Personnel:

  • James Taylor — guitar, vocals
  • Peter Asher— timbales, vocals
  • Dan Dugmore— pedal steel guitar
  • Steve Forman — percussion
  • Don Grolnick— keyboards
  • Danny Kortchmar— guitar
  • Russ Kunkel— drums, percussion
  • David Lasley— backing vocals
  • Jesse Levy — cello
  • Arif Mardin— strings
  • Arnold McCuller— backing vocals
  • Graham Nash— vocals
  • David Sanborn— saxophone
  • Ralph Schuckett— keyboards
  • Louise Schulmann — viola
  • Carly Simon— vocals
  • Leland Sklar— bass
  • David Spinozza— guitar, strings
  • Alex Taylor— backing vocals
  • Waddy Wachtel— acoustic, electric and slide guitar

Track listing:

All tracks by James Taylor except where noted.

  1. Company Man Johnnie Comes Back
  2. Day Tripper – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  3. I Will Not Lie for You
  4. Brother Trucker
  5. Is That the Way You Look?
  6. S.U.R. (S.U.C.S.I.M.I.M.)
  7. Rainy Day Man – James Taylor, Zach Wiesner
  8. Millworker
  9. Up on the Roof – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  10. Chanson Française
  11. Sleep Come Free Me
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In April 1980.

In April 1980, “Columbia” label released “Middle Man”, the ninth Boz Scaggs album. It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by Bill Schnee.

Personnel:

  • Boz Scaggs – guitars, vocals
  • Jeff Porcaro- drums
  • Carlos Santana- guitar
  • Lenny Castro- percussion
  • David Foster- synthesizer, keyboards, string arrangements
  • Don Grolnick- piano, keyboards
  • Joe Vitale- drums
  • James Newton Howard- keyboards, clavinet
  • David Hungate- bass
  • Steve Lukather- guitars
  • Rick Marotta- drums
  • David Paich- organ, synthesizer, keyboards
  • Ray Parker, Jr.- guitars
  • John Pierce – bass
  • Adrian Tapia – saxophone
  • Bill Thedford – background vocals
  • Julia Tillman Waters – background vocals
  • Oren Waters- background vocals
  • Paulette Brown – background vocals
  • Rosemary Butler- background vocals
  • Chuck “Fingers” Irwin – background vocals
  • David Lasley- background vocals
  • Bill Champlin- background vocals
  • Charlotte Crossley – background vocals
  • Venetta Fields- background vocals
  • Sharon Redd- background vocals
  • Larry Fast, Michael Boddicker, Steve Porcaro- synthesizer programming

Track listing:

All tracks by David Foster and Boz Scaggs, except where noted.

  1. Jojo – David Foster, David Lasley, Boz Scaggs
  2. Breakdown Dead Ahead
  3. Simone
  4. You Can Have Me Anytime
  5. Middle Man
  6. Do Like You Do in New York – Boz Scaggs
  7. Angel You
  8. Isn’t It Time – Boz Scaggs
  9. You Got Some Imagination – Steve Lukather, Scaggs, Bill Schnee

 

In April 1978.

In April 1978, “Elektra” label released “Boys in the Trees”, the seventh Carly Simon studio album. It was recorded in 1978, and was produced by Arif Mardin. The album won “Grammy Award” for “Best Album Package”.

Personnel:

  • Carly Simon – guitar, piano, vocals
  • James Taylor- guitar, background vocals
  • Luther Vandross- background vocals
  • Eddie Bert – trombone
  • Phil Bodner – oboe
  • Michael Brecker- tenor saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Don Grolnick- keyboards
  • David Sanborn- alto saxophone
  • George Young – alto saxophone
  • John Hall – guitar, background vocals
  • Gloria Agostini – harp
  • Rubens Bassini- percussion
  • Errol “Crusher” Bennett – percussion
  • Ken Bichel- keyboards
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet
  • James Buffington – French horn
  • David Carey – marimba
  • Cissy Houston- background vocals
  • Cornell Dupree- guitar
  • Gordon Edwards – bass
  • Harvey Estrin – recorder
  • Joe Farrell- flute
  • Steve Gadd- drums
  • Eric Gale- guitar
  • Jaroslav Jakubovic- baritone saxophone
  • Will Lee- bass
  • Tony Levin- bass
  • Alex Ligertwood- background vocals
  • George Marge – recorder
  • Hugh McCracken- guitar
  • Onnie McIntyre – guitar
  • Jeff Mironov – guitar
  • Barry Rogers- trombone
  • Margaret Ross – harp
  • Stuart Scharf – guitar
  • Lucy Simon- background vocals
  • Hamish Stuart- guitar, background vocals
  • Richard Tee- keyboards
  • Brooks Tillotson – French horn
  • Steven Dickson, Marc Embree, Ruderick George, Alyia Orme, Joanna Simon, Ken Williams – background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Carly Simon except where noted.

  1. You Belong to Me – Carly Simon, Michael McDonald
  2. Boys in the Trees
  3. Back Down to Earth
  4. Devoted to You – Boudleaux Bryant
  5. De Bat (Fly in Me Face)
  6. Haunting
  7. Tranquillo (Melt My Heart) – Carly Simon, James Taylor, Arif Mardin
  8. You’re the One
  9. In a Small Moment
  10. One Man Woman – James Taylor
  11. For Old Times Sake – Carly Simon, Jacob Brackman

On November 21, 1980.

Steely_Dan_-_Gaucho

On November 21, 1980, “MCA” label released “Gaucho”, the seventh Steely Dan studio album. “Gaucho” was recorded from 1978 to 1980, at the “Sigma Sound of Philadelphia” and “Village Records” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz.

Personnel:

  • Donald Fagen – lead vocals, synthesizer, electric piano, organ
  • Walter Becker – bass, guitar, guitar solo
  • Rob Mounsey- piano, synthesizer, horn arrangement
  • Don Grolnick- electric piano and clavinet
  • Pat Rebillot,Joe Sample  – electric piano
  • Steve Khan- guitar, lead guitar
  • Mark Knopfler,Larry Carlton – lead guitar
  • Hugh McCracken,Hiram Bullock, Rick Derringer – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey,Anthony Jackson  – bass
  • Bernard Pretty Purdie,  Rick Marotta,Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro – drums
  • Crusher Bennett,Steve Gadd , Victor Feldman, Ralph McDonald, Nicholas Marrero – percussion
  • Tom Scott- alto saxophone and clarinet; tenor saxophone, lyricon, horn arrangement
  • Michael Brecker, Dave Tofani – tenor saxophone
  • David Sanborn- alto saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • George Marge, Walter Kane – clarinet
  • Wayne Andre- trombone
  • Michael McDonald,Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Frank Floyd, Diva Gray, Gordon Grody, Lani Groves, Leslie Miller, *Zachary Sanders, Toni Wine – backing vocals
  • Rhythm arrangements:Paul Griffin, Don Grolnick, Rob Mounsey, Steely Dan
  • Horn arrangements:Rob Mounsey, Tom Scott
  • Art direction: Vartan, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design: Michael Diehl, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design assistant: John Tom Cohoe
  • Photography: Rene Burri
  • Photo research: Ryan Null

Track listing:

All compositions by Michael Becker and Donald Fagen, except where noted

  1. Babylon Sisters
  2. Hey Nineteen
  3. Glamour Profession
  4. Gaucho – Michael Becker, Donald Fagen and Jarrett
  5. Time Out of Mind
  6. My Rival
  7. Third World Man

 

On September 23, 1977.

Aja

On September 23, 1977, “ABC Records” released Steely Dan’s sixth studio album “Aja”. The album was recorded from January to July 1977, at the “Village Recorder” in  West Los Angeles, California, “Producer’s Workshop” in Hollywood, “Warner Bros” studios in Burbank, “ABC” studios in N.Y.C., “Sound Labs” in Hollywood and “A&R” studios in Manhattan, and was produced by Gary Katz.“Aja” became the band’s best-selling album, the first platinum selling over 5 million copies. In July 1978, the album won the “Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording”. In 2003 “Aja” was ranked number 145 on “Rolling Stone” magazine “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

  • Donald Fagen- lead vocals, synthesizer, police whistle, backing vocals
  • Walter Becker- bass, guitar, guitar solos
  • Victor Feldman- electric piano, vibraphone, piano, percussion
  • Joe Sample- electric piano, clavinet
  • Paul Griffin- electric piano, backing vocals
  • Michael Omartian- piano
  • Don Grolnick- clavinet
  • Larry Carlton- guitar, guitar solo
  • Denny Dias- guitar
  • Dean Parks- guitar
  • Steve Khan- guitar
  • Jay Graydon- solo guitar
  • Chuck Rainey- bass
  • Paul Humphrey- drums
  • Steve Gadd- drums
  • Bernard Purdie- drums
  • Rick Marotta- drums
  • Ed Greene – drums
  • Jim Keltner- drums, percussion
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Tom Scott- tenor saxophone, lyricon, horn arrangements
  • Wayne Shorter– tenor saxophone
  • Pete Christlieb- tenor saxophone
  • Michael McDonald, Timothy B. Schmit, Clydie King, Sherlie Matthews, Venetta Fields, Rebecca Louis – backing vocals
  • Jim Horn, Bill Perkins, Plas Johnson, Jackie Kelso- saxes/flutes
  • Chuck Findley, Lou McCreary, Slyde Hyde– brass

Track listing:

All compositions by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Black Cow
  2. Aja
  3. Deacon Blues
  4. Peg
  5. Home At Last
  6. I Got The News
  7. Josie