David Gates – Lady Valentine

jazzy-tunesBread also David Gates were such great musicians, their songs still sound new today. David released 6 solo albums, Take Me Now is the fifth in 1981 with Arista. But none of them had been officially released on CD. They’re import from Japan or Canada, probably boots, I doubt if they used the original masters. Best way to hear his albums is by way of analog playback, cassettes or vinyl records. Like Bread’s recordings, his’s solo normally sound good and pretty rare. Take Me Now album had some really great tunes, including one gimmick Lady Valentine. Obviously David’s songs were much lovelier, more pleasing to listen. Almost 30 years later his music are on my constant playlists. (nDy)

Menurut referensi, profil David Gates juga kelompok Bread disebut musisi Soft-Rock. Namun secara diskografis terutama hits populer mereka lebih dominan balada akustik. Sementara album solo David bareng Elektra maupun Arista bernuansa jazz seperti Lady Valentine dan Silky yg terkenal di Indonesia 80an lewat kaset Jazzy Tunes. Terjemahan dari selera radio Amerika bagi trend Adult Contemporary awal 80an. Ketika musisi rock menyeberang ke disco atau jazz seperti Pink Floyd, Queen, Genesis. Contoh paling nyata saat vokalis Jon Anderson merilis album In the City of Angel berselera Motown didukung musisi Toto. Sebaliknya musisi jazz terasa lebih keras ala rockers seperti Toto, beberapa proyek Jay Graydon, juga Casiopea dari Jepang. Wabah inipun menjajah Eropah dalam julukan Adult Oriented Rock. Lalu tiba ke Indonesia sbg surga kaset bajakan dan amat kreatif, antara lain serial kaset Jazzy Tunes. Melalui pilihan lagu berikut grafis menarik, Jazzy Tunes juga berjasa mengorbitkan nama yg bahkan gak terkenal di negara asalnya. Sebutlah vokalis Jim Photoglo, Scott Jarrett, Johnny Logan, Kenny Nolan, maupun group Delegation, Leon Haines, Tierra, Trio Rio, Spargo, juga Heatwave. Saat Heatwave merilis album resmi The Best, ternyata gak terdapat lagu Dreaming You serta All I Am. Menjadi khabar baik bagiku, mayoritas lagu kenangan Jazzy Tunes bisa kuaplod di kanal yutub PosMusicA tanpa klaim hak cipta karena minor label. Begitulah status dan kisah video Lady Valentine dari David Gates bisa masuk perpustakaan maya PosMusicA. (nDy)

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