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  • Airplay

    Airplay LP (1980)

    RCA

One off soft rock project by studio legends David Foster (famous for penning and producing all those 80s Chicago ballads) and Jay Graydon (who's soaring guitar leads can be heard on many a late 70s soft rock hits -- Steely Dan "Peg" anyone?).  If you are a fan of "the smooth", this is the holy grail. Airplay takes the listener on an intricate sonic adventure with sophisticated arrangements all while keeping a cheesy white boy charm (thanks to vocalist Tommy Funderburk).  It's the kind of music the Japanese love and the Westerners are adopting as a guilty pleasure.  Highlights include the uplifting "Cryin' All Night" which was a blueprint for the 80s anthem rock sound.  "Nothin' You Can Do About It" a finger snapping keyboard romper, and the delightful bonus "After the Love is Gone" which later became an adult contemporary hit recorded by Earth, Wind, and Fire.  Oh, and Jay Graydon's mustache FTW.


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