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Various Artists / California Groove Volume IV / 6CD box set

Warner Music in France have so far issued three volumes of their California Groove series, multi-disc various artist sets that celebrate Californian music. Seven years after the release of the last volume comes Californian Groove IV the biggest and most extravagant release to date.

This is a six-CD promises “a unique mix of West Coast, Electronic, Proto Yacht Folk, Jazz, Blue Eyed Soul, Rock Country, AOR Disco, Balearic Pop, Soul” (!) and includes tracks from Al Jarreau, Michael Franks, Aghetha Faltskog, James Taylor, Dan Folgelberg, Randy Crawford, Air Supply, Ric Ocasek, Jennifer Warnes, Steely Dan, The Pat Metheny Group and many, many more.

Not only that, the label promise some previously unreleased titles, demos and rare remixes amongst the 116 tracks. These include four Bill La Bounty demos that were previously only issued in the now out-of-print Time Starts Now box, a series of small instrumental pieces created specifically for this project by Geyster (as well as a new track) and some rare Joey Negro mixes.

I’m loving the look of the artwork and these six discs will have their own ‘vinyl replica’ style card sleeve style and its own detailed booklet. These come in what looks like a clamshell box.

California Groove Volume IV is primarily available in French retailers like Amazon FR and FNAC, although you might see it available elsewhere as an import.

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Various Artists

California Groove IV

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California Groove Volume IV

Disc: 1

  1. Rai Thistlethwayte / San Francisco Street
  2. Christopher Cross / Ride Like The Wind (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)
  3. Yehan Jehan / Swallow The Horizon
  4. Geyster / Out On The Street (Interlude)
  5. Geyster / Everytime I’m In Love (Spring Version) – Previously Unreleased
  6. Alessi / Air Cushion
  7. Rob Mehl / House On The Rock
  8. Mike Lundy / Love One Another
  9. Nicolette Larson / Lotta Love (Joey Negro Yacht Disco Mix)
  10. LUXXURY / What Do Ya Really Want ?
  11. Michael Franks / Jealousy (Geyster Remix)
  12. Al Jarreau / Girls Know How
  13. The Brecker Brothers / As Long As I’ve Got Your Love
  14. Geyster / Back To The Motel  (Interlude)
  15. Work Drugs / Miami Nights
  16. Louis Lake / Tropical Nights
  17. Aura / Let’s Go, It’s Over
  18. Hal Bradbury / You Win, I Lose
  19. Teen Daze / Carmel

Disc: 2

  1. Zervas & Pepper / Class of ’96
  2. The Ozark Mountain Daredevils / Jackie Blue
  3. Dave Raynor / Leave Me Alone Tonight
  4. Bernie Taupin / Monkey On My Back (The Last Run)
  5. Christopher Cross / Mary Ann – Rare 7” Track
  6. Mike Post & Larry Carlton / Theme From Hill Street Blues
  7. Agnetha Fältskog / Let It Shine
  8. Louise Goffin / In The Mood
  9. Holly Knight / Sexy Boy
  10. Sheila / Little Darlin’ (Geyster California Groove Remix) – Previously Unreleased
  11. Geyster / Southbound  (Interlude)
  12. Super db / The Best In Me
  13. Burt Bacharach / Touch
  14. Byrne & Barnes / Never Gonna Stop Lovin’ You
  15. David Diggs / Cloud Shepherd
  16. Geyster / Shining Light  (Interlude)
  17. Sex on Toast / Hold My Love
  18. Monkey House / It’s Already Dark in New York
  19. Bill Labounty / Home Free – Rare Demo
  20. James Taylor / Woman’s Gotta Have It
  21. The Bliss Band / Slipaway

Disc: 3

  1. Young Gun Silver Fox / You Can Feel It
  2. Darlingside / Go Back
  3. Captain Walker / The Wrong Way
  4. Fools Gold / Runnin’ & Hidin’
  5. Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers / I’m Seventeen
  6. Bernie Leadon / Callin’ For Your Love
  7. Morrison Kincannon / To See One Eagle Fly
  8. JD Souther / Something In The Dark
  9. Dan Fogelberg / Heart Hotels
  10. Gary Wright / Love’s Awake Inside
  11. Dwight Twilley Band / Sleepin’
  12. The Marshall Tucker Band / Testify
  13. Firefall / Clouds Across The Sun
  14. Couchois / Colonel
  15. Chris Stills / This Summer Love
  16. Mr Day / Both Sides
  17. The Wild Feathers / Goodbye Song

Disc: 4

  1. Christopher Cross / Take Me As I Am
  2. Jeffrey Foskett & Jeff Larson / You Remind Me Of The Sun
  3. Incarnations / Let Love Find You
  4. Walter Sobcek / Miami
  5. Geyster / Sugar Baby
  6. Valerie Carter / O-o-h Child
  7. Lauren Wood / Fallen
  8. Chris Hillman / Clear Sailin’
  9. Batteaux / High Tide
  10. Marvin Franklin Kimo & The Guys / Kona Winds
  11. Galdston And Thom / Savannah Sunny Sunday
  12. Lion & The Lamb / All For You
  13. Supreme Jubilees / Do You Believe
  14. Andre Solomko / Last Day At Home / Mélancolie
  15. Queen Latifah / I’m Not In Love
  16. Randy Crawford / In Real Life
  17. Bill Labounty / The Week End – Rare Demo
  18. Geyster / Sugar Baby (San Diego Dawn) – Previously Unreleased
  19. NxWorries / Scared Money

Disc: 5

  1. Louis Lake / Walking The Clouds
  2. The Midnight / Los Angeles
  3. Geyster / Heading Downtown  (Interlude)
  4. Air Supply / We The People
  5. The Strike / On Death’s Door
  6. Benjamin Orr / Stay The Night
  7. Ric Ocasek / Touch Down Easy
  8. Randy Vanwarmer / Suzi Found A Weapon
  9. Geyster / A Stranger On The Road (Interlude)
  10. Foreigner / Waiting For A Girl Like You
  11. Jonathan Wilson / Living With Myself
  12. Geyster / Sorrows (Interlude)
  13. The Lagoons / California
  14. M.I.L.K. / Following the Sun
  15. PREP / Sunburnt Through The Glass
  16. Childhood / Californian Light
  17. Zoot Woman / It’s Automatic
  18. Phoenix / Definitive Breaks
  19. Westpoint / A Love Like This
  20. Larry Carlton / Bubble Shuffle
  21. Bill Labounty / That’s When Something Special Starts – Rare Demo
  22. Bill Labounty / When The Magic Works – Rare Demo
  23. Lifelike / Pacific Palisades (Theme Reprise)

Disc: 6

  1. John Kilzer / Marilyn Dean & James Monroe
  2. Marc Jordan & Bruce Gaitsch / You and Me and Jimmie Dean – Previously Unreleased
  3. David & David / Being Alone Together
  4. Jeff Larson (w/America) / Rain Soaked Cloud – Previously Unreleased Remix 2018
  5. Burt Bacharach / Pacific Coast Highway
  6. Martin Brygmann / Driving
  7. Parades / Another Love
  8. Los Colognes / Forever In Between
  9. Steely Dan / Pixeleen
  10. Dave Loggins / You Made Me Feel Love
  11. Geyster / Ocean Avenue (Interlude)
  12. Kere Buchanan / Slippin’ Away
  13. Doug Brons / Run Right In To You
  14. Tomi Malm  / Walking On Air
  15. Eddie Rabbitt / Suspicions
  16. Jennifer Warnes / Living Under The Gun
  17. GIG / Hernando’s Paradise
  18. The James L’Estraunge Orchestra / See You Tonight
  19. Pat Metheny Group / Last Train Home

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