Monday, March 22, 2010

Tom Jans

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Tom Jans - Champion
Canyon C25Y0025 I (1982) - Japan LP

Side One

1 - When The Rebel Comes Home*
2 - There’s A Champion On My Side
3 - I Miss Your Harmony
4 - Chambers Of The Heart
5 - Working Hot*

Side Two

6 - Cool
7 - Southern Belle*
8 - Lost In Your Eyes
9 - Visions
10 - Mother’s Eyes

Notes: 1) This album is a very rare Japan release. It was not issued in any other country, nor reissued after its first outing in 1982. 2) Album comes with a 4-page liner notes, lyrics and credits insert. For liner notes please see original insert. 3) Engineers Al Schmitt and Rick Ruggeri are credited as both ‘recorded by’ and ‘engineers’. No specific credits are listed for mixing for any of the engineers mentioned, including Mr. Schmitt and Mr. Ruggeri. 4) Engineer Joseph Laux is included on credits printed on back cover but not on insert. 5) On the Tom Jans discography website at it is mentioned that, according to bass player David Hungate, album was recorded in 1978 and its release was kept on hold until 1982. 6) April, 2013 update - According to web sources, tracks 1, 5, 8 and 10 have been included in the AUS Tom Jans anthology “Loving Arms - Best Of 1971-1982” (see picture at bottom of post) released on Raven Records RVCD-361. You may order a copy at their own website

Tom Jans - All Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Lee Sklar - Bass Guitar (1, 5, 7)*
Ken Wild - Bass Guitar
Bob Glaub - Bass Guitar
David Hungate - Bass Guitar
Carlos Vega - Drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Jeff Porcaro - Drums, Percussions
Fred Tackett - Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Lee Ritenour - Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Paul Barrere - Electric Guitar
Steve Lukather - Electric Guitar
Don Grusin - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Richard Kerr - Piano, Background Vocals
Bill Payne - Keyboards
Steve Porcaro - Synthesizer
Ernie Watts - Sax
The Ten Boys - Crickets, Whippe Will, Mourning Dove
Steve Forman - Percussions (1, 3, 7)
Victor Feldman - Percussion
Jeff Osborne - Background Vocals
Kate Markowitz - Background Vocals
Valerie Carter - Background Vocal

Produced by Don Grusin
Toshi Endo - Executive Producer

Don Grusin - Arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Tom Jans - Arrangement (4)
Bill Payne - Arrangement (4)
Steve Porcaro - Strings (4)
Sid Sharp (as Sidney Sharp) - Concert Master (4)
Jerry Vinci - Concert Master (10)

Gary Skardina - Engineer
Al Schmitt - Recording Engineer (4, 9), Engineer (4, 9)
Rick Ruggeri - Recording Engineer (9), Engineer (4, 9)
Joseph Laux - Engineer (1, 5, 9)
Steve Williams - Piano Engineer (10), Strings Engineer (10)
Don Murray - Overdub Engineering

Recording Studios:
Music Grinder Studio, L.A., Calif. (Principal Recording)
Sound Lab, L.A., Calif. (Additional Recordings)
Group IV, Hollywood, Calif. (Additional Recordings)
Yamaha Studio, Glendale, Calif. (Additional Recordings)

Mixing Studios:
Music Grinder Studio, L.A., Calif. (Principal Mixing)
Cherokee Studio, Hollywood, Calif. (Additional Mixing)

Taki Ono - Album Design, Art Direction
Lisa Powers - Photography

“Thanks to; Art & Jean, Ivy Skoff, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Hartley, Toshi Endo, Takashi, Kiko, Canyon Records, Gary Skardina, Ron Felicia, Paul Jarvis of the Red Devils, Don for drawing first blood, Tom & Kathleen.”.

Tom Jans
Valerie Carter
Don Grusin
Richard Kerr
K. Oda
Scott Shelly
Bill Wray

“Champion” - Japan LP - obi - front and rear

“Champion” - Japan LP - back cover

“Loving Arms - Best Of 1971-1982” - AUS anthology CD - front inlay

source/pics: my records
AUS anthology CD pic: the web


  1. I'm looking for this album since years.
    Any chance to buy this anywhere?

  2. I can suggest you look for it in the usual on-line used records stores. Album was not released on CD form, and was not issued outside of Japan. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

  3. Replies
    1. I am not sure what you mean. If you wanted to know how much you are supposed to be paying for this, it is something you will have to decide by yourself taking into account how much you want to own the object and how difficult it is to get. Bye!