Aug 162009
 

From CLAUDIA

Written by Dennis Belfield & Jay Gruska

In the early eighties many young female singers released albums in the wake of the successful light pop trend starter by Olivia Newton John. In 1981, Erich Bulling and Humberto Gatica oversaw one of these projects for Claudia, a newcomer who was signed on the Scotti Bros. label.

“Claudia” featured ten songs that included mostly pop up-tempos with a couple of ballads and inoffensive rockers. The singer’s voice wasn’t bad but rather unimpressive. The rhythm arrangements by Bulling and the instrumental performances, however, were first class stuff. David Foster played keyboards and synths on the album accompanied by peers like Steve Lukather, Mike Baird, Carlos Vega and Dennis Belfied. The record presents ear candy mid-tempos like “Jamie” and “Back Again,” both co-written by Belfield with Jay Gruska and Don Freeman respectively. “I Want To” is extremely pleasant and prominently features Richard Page’s unique voice. “Stay” is a soulful ballad well performed by Claudia and backed up by Foster on fender rhodes. Gary Herbig on sax, Lee Ritenour and Lukather on guitars all played tasteful solos on the album. The best song on the album, “Jamie,” was also sung by Debbie Boone on her 1979 self-titled album. During the sessions for this album Claudia and Bulling also appeared on the very good pop/fusion album “Standing On The Outside” by The Kazu Matsui Project feat. Robben Ford. Claudia sung the ballad “Save Your Nights For Me” co-written by Bulling.


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Lead Vocals: Claudia
Guitars: Paul Jackson, jr., Steve Lukather, Lee Ritenour & Daniel Sawyer
Keyboards & Synths: David Foster
Drums: Carlos Vega & Mike Baird
Bass: Dennis Belfield
Percussion: Joey DeLeon
Trumpet: Bill Churchville & Michael Harris
Saxophone: Gary Herbig
Backing Vocals: Tom Kelly, Richard Page & Steve George

Produced & Arranged by Erich Bulling


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