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Westcoast Deluxe!

This album should have made Bill Champlin a superstar in 1981. The man can play, he can write, and he can dang sure sing any style of music. In the late 70s and 80s, I found that any album which featured Bill Champlin, David Foster, and Jay Graydon was always worth picking up. Runaway lays the foundation for what would later become a whole genre: Westcoast music. The playing is awesome, featuring the cream of LA studio cats. And the background vocals should be studied by every singer and producer. There are at least three shoulda-been monster hit singles here: Sara, Tonight Tonight, and Take It Uptown (featuring & cowritten by Kenny Loggins). Why the stars did not align back then is still a mystery. But now you've got the chance to hear, in pristine quality, one of my three favorite albums of all time. Following this album, Foster would bring Chicago back from the dead and Champlin would hook up with them as a permanent member. But he coulda done it all himself. This is a GREAT record!

Underrated album

About time this gem from the early 80's showed up. This was his last solo prior to joining Chicago (though he has had a few solo albums here and there since) and his voice is as good as it ever is here. Runaway is a great song (though I never understood the need for reprises in the 80's), Sara a great ballad. My two favorates are Take It Uptown, which has Kenny Loggins on it, and Satisfaction which has a great horn sound, Chicago even played it live during the 16 tour after he joined. I hope iTunes will be getting the rest of his albums, they are all great.

If you don't own this, shame on you

If you are a serious Champlin freak, just download this. Champlin was at his best in terms of songwriting and vocals. Didn't hurt that David Foster produced it, too. The personnel on this album is simply breathtaking with Jeff Porcaro on drums, Jay Graydon and Steve Lukather on guitar, Michael McDonald, Daryl Hall and Bobby Kimball (Toto) on vocals. These guys are the best of the best. The album is simply a classic that many people will never hear because they've no idea who Bill Champlin really is. Spread the word! Stop by and say hi . . . ~Michael


Born: May 21, 1947 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter/keyboard player/guitarist Bill Champlin has been a rock journeyman in a career dating back to the 1960s. Starting in 1966, Champlin was the pivotal figure in a San Francisco-based group called the Sons of Champlin that existed and made records off and on for over a decade without gaining a great deal of notice. In 1981, Champlin became a member of Chicago, with whom he has recorded and toured ever since, while releasing the occasional solo album, sometimes only in Japan. He scored...
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Runaway, Bill Champlin
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 1981

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