Yacht Rock Revisted: What Yacht Rock is—and isn't.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by LeftCoastGator, Feb 4, 2017.

  1. RoyalScam

    RoyalScam Luckless Pedestrian

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  2. zebop

    zebop Well Known Member

    I remember this question....I'm thinking seriously about attempting this, ha.
     
  3. zebop

    zebop Well Known Member


    I didn't catch that last part at first. I finally bought that Brenda Russell's Two Eyes and heard "Hello People" I could literally play that song all day, ha.
     
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  4. LeftCoastGator

    LeftCoastGator Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    That song is killer, isn't it? She put out some fantastic music.
     
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  5. broccolid

    broccolid Forum Resident

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    Austin, TX
    The Yacht rock channel is back on siriusXM for the summer, this time on ch. 17.
     
  6. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

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  7. Rosskolnikov

    Rosskolnikov Designated Cloud Yeller

    Have always thought of Gino's music being closer to jazz fusion, but with vocals.
     
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  8. NickCarraway

    NickCarraway Well-Known Member

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    Gastonia, NC
    Channel 17 from June 21 until July 6.
    Channel 13 from July 7 until Sept. 6.

    Or Channel 311 all the time (not just summer) if you have a supported radio.
     
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  9. melstapler

    melstapler Forum Resident

    Patrick Swayze is the only artist I could think of who starred in action films and played yacht rock.
     
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  10. jimmydean

    jimmydean Forum Resident

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    Vienna, Austria
    what about don johnson and bruce willis ?
     
  11. steelydanguy

    steelydanguy Well-Known Member

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    Arlington, VA, USA
    Three West Coast/Yacht Rock albums that I purchased on CD in the past year and really enjoy are Eric Tagg's "Dreamwalkin' " (1982) and Lee Ritenour's "Rit" (1981) and "Rit 2." (1982)

    The three LPs are all of a piece: Ritenour produced Tagg's album, while Tagg performs vocals on the two Ritenour discs, including on the hit (and West Coast classic) "Is It You?" The "Rit 2" album includes a slightly different version of the song "Dreamwalkin' " (also sung by Tagg) than the one on Tagg's self-titled LP. Both versions are great, IMO.

    The three albums include performances from several of the key musicians of the late 1970s/early 1980s West Coast sound: Ritenour (guitar), David Foster (keyboards), Greg Mathieson (keyboards), Jerry Hey (horns), Bill Champlin (background vocals), Richard Page and Steve George (background vocals), Abraham Laboriel (bass), Jeff Porcaro (drums), John Robinson (drums), Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) ... the list goes on. Basically, if you like well-crafted, jazz- and R&B-inflected pop/rock with that early 1980s L.A. studio sound (and who doesn't? LOL), these LPs will be right up your alley.

    The Tagg album is more obscure and can be a little harder to find. I paid a higher import price to get it on CD, but it was worth it. (Interestingly, as far as I can tell, the Tagg LP was originally released in 1982 only in Japan on the Agharta label; there was no U.S. version). I was able to snag the Ritenour albums on a two-fer CD that was priced more affordably.

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  12. LeftCoastGator

    LeftCoastGator Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Rit 2 is gold, baby, gold! Really enjoy that one. I haven't heard the Eric Tagg album, although I like is work with Rit.
     
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  13. steelydanguy

    steelydanguy Well-Known Member

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    I think you'll like the Tagg album if you like "Rit 2." Pretty similar sounding.

    For years, I searched for a used vinyl copy of Tagg's "Dreamwalkin' " because I had seen it listed in a few places as a quintessential West Coast LP. I still have never seen a vinyl copy. I now realize that the LP's scarcity is due to the fact that it was originally released in Japan in 1982 but not the U.S. I finally found an import CD version of it.

    Many of the albums that make West Coast/AOR "best-of" lists can be found cheaply on vinyl at well-stocked used record stores, but there have been a few over the years that I haven't been able to track down on that format:

    -- Dara Sedaka, "I'm Your Girl Friend" (1982) (This also was originally released in Japan and not the U.S., hence its scarcity. I eventually found a CD copy.)
    -- Rick Bowles, "Free for the Evening" (1982) (I have never seen this LP; it has a great cover, though!)
    -- David Foster, "The Best of Me" (1983) (This was originally released in Japan but eventually saw a U.S. release, although it may have been limited.)
    -- Byrne and Barnes, “An Eye for an Eye” (1981) (This is another LP I haven't tracked down on vinyl; an import CD version may be my best bet.)

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  14. RoyalScam

    RoyalScam Luckless Pedestrian

    There are a few Tagg albums, and all of them are top-notch, IMO. But Dream Walkin' is the best.
     
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  15. Haystacks500

    Haystacks500 New Member

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    Breezy, smooth, with escapism as its central theme, offshore preferably, with island spice subtly underscoring an otherwise low relaxed pulse.
    I can see why some Dan songs have been offered up, and can make a case for a few selections from their catalog (Babylon Sisters), but think their music generally is too cerebral for this genre.
    Let me throw out a curveball:
    Haircut One Hundred- Love Plus One.
     
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  16. Splungeworthy

    Splungeworthy Forum Resident

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    Jersey Shore
    VERY interesting. More of a new wave/yacht rock hybrid, but I can definitely see it. H100 were a unique band, and really no one of their time sounded like them. Pelican West was one of the best albums of the eighties, but you'll never see it show up on any best-of lists. BTW the cd of that album sounds incredible.
     
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  17. ivan_wemple

    ivan_wemple Forum Resident

    My opinion ... too "ska-oriented" and too British to be yacht rock. I'm not hearing it.
     
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  19. deville

    deville Well-Known Member

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    Riverside, CA
    If you're in SoCal, I'll be playing Yacht Rock tomorrow night (Saturday) at Slidebar in Fullerton.
    We're called Yachty By Nature!
     
  20. LeftCoastGator

    LeftCoastGator Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Man, I missed all kinds of stuff here—that'll teach me to take a vacation. So, Haircut 100. I think maybe the sax is throwing you off here, because the song is a hard "no" for yacht rock. Sort of hybrid of the era's New Romantic and Sophistipop sounds with a bit of a Caribbean "Rhythm of the Night" vibraphone or marimba thrown in. It is smooth, but it really has none of the classic yacht elements or instruments, and definitely has none of the studio stalwarts.

    As far as Steely Dan goes, as has been discussed, only the latter Steely Dan albums, particularly Gaucho, are yacht rock, although some tracks on the earlier albums definitely hint at what's to come. In terms of being cerebral, that's actually one of the hallmarks of real yacht rock tracks; dark themes and somewhat obtuse lyrics are common.
     
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  21. LeftCoastGator

    LeftCoastGator Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    I'm pretty sure this is available as an import, and it's almost certainly worth whatever it costs, because it is a stellar yacht rock album, one of the best, and might be THE cult classic among yacht rock/Westcoast collectors.
     
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  22. LeftCoastGator

    LeftCoastGator Well-Known Member Thread Starter

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    Huh. I've never heard of this album or artist. To the Interwebs!
     
  23. tcbtcb

    tcbtcb Forum Resident

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    Wonderful thread, I'm a sucker for (most) of this stuff. Post on, brothers & sisters!
     
  24. Northwind

    Northwind Well-Known Member

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    Pittsburgh, PA
    Wow... Byrnes & Barnes is incredible! Love discovering some of this more obscure west coast yacht rock!
     
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  25. snepts

    snepts Well-Known Member

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    Eugene, OR
    Back in 1977 in high school, one of my classmates' last name was Ritenour. I suppose I was known as being a "music guy" back then, so my friend sat down and starts mumbling about his cousin ... "he's kind of a famous, um, hot shot guitar player, I guess, ... I don't know ... his name is Lee, Lee Ritenour ... yeah, you probably don't know him ... I guess he's a big deal, but I don't know ..." And I'm just nodding, o-k, sure, whatever. And a few years later I start noticing Lee Ritenour popping up here and there. By golly, my old pal was right -- definitely a big deal.
     

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