Frederic Slama started his career in France, but lived in L.A. for more than 10 years where he became friends with many famous artists & studio musicians. After releasing a couple of solo albums in the 80’s, Frederic decided to start a “one man band”.
This marked the birth of the project AOR, but Frederic always wanted to utilize the cream of U.S session players, so he kept it strictly limited. In 2000, the first album “L.A Concession” was released and immediately brought Frederic big respect on the West Coast / AOR music scene. But, the second album “Next Stop L.A”, released one year later and again featuring several top session players, was the album that really brought Frederic international acclaim and started to get major international players phoning Frederic personally to recommend new talent.
It was in 2002 that Frederic took AOR to a new dimension with the critically acclaimed third album “L.A Reflection “, oft considered the best West Coast CD of the year by many journalists and fans alike. It featured all the big names in the music industry including; Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro, Jeff Porcaro, David Paich (all members of Toto) and a line up of stellar names such as Tommy Denander, Göran Edman, Michael Landau, Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Ruff, Bruce Gaitsch, Rick Riso and many others that call the top L.A. scene their homeland. The album, co-produced by AOR-legend Denander and world famous L.A. producer David Diggs, was a huge hit.
In 2003, Frederic Slama was back again, with another great CD, again featuring the best musicians any West Coast, melodic rock fan could possibly imagine: Bill Champlin (Chicago), Steve Overland (FM), Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Bruce Gaitsch, all signed up, but it would be two West Coast legends who hadn’t recorded anything for over 20 years, David Roberts & Dane Donohue that made the headlines! The album was called “Dreaming Of L.A.” this time and again Tommy Denander and David Diggs co-produced.
In 2004, Frederic would release “Nothing But The Best”, an album featuring the best songs from his previous works (fully re-mastered by Denander, plus 3 brand new unreleased tracks featuring Fergie Frederiksen (Toto) and Dane Donohue on lead vocals), and this triggered a plethora of famous albums including. “L.A. Attraction” (2006), “L.A Concession” (re-released in 2006), “Journey To L.A.” (2009), “L.A. Ambition” (2010) and “The Colors Of L.A.”(2012)…. But, it was to be a slightly different project that would bring Frederic further huge critical acclaim, when he not only wrote, but also produced “Outside Heaven”, the debut album from new band Chasing Violets, two sisters singing with the cream of the Melodic Rock world.
In September 2012, Yesterrock would re-release the rare, and sought after albums “L.A. Reflection” (with 4 bonus tracks) and “Dreaming Of L.A.” (with 6 bonus tracks), both re-mastered, but AOR Heaven has now persuaded Frederic back into the studio and the result is “L.A. Temptation”, a record featuring an impressive list of guests such as the ever present Denander, Paul Sabu, James Christian (House Of Lords), Philip Bardowell (Unruly Child), Göran Edman (Crossfade), Chris Ousey (Heartland, Virginia Wolf), Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Hank Erix (Houston), Christian Tolle, Bruce Gaitsch, Alessandro Del Vecchio & all the Lionville membership…. And that’s just for starters.
For this album, number 11, the sound is heavier than before and the first class production will make you shiver. Fans of Toto, Survivor or Journey won’t be disappointed with great melodies and fantastic musicianship, and fans of the greatest AOR on the planet will salivate.
The Tracklist for “L.A. Temptation” is as follows:
No Margin For Error
From L.A. To Paris
A Heartbeat Away
No One’s Gonna Hurt Me Anymore
Second Chance At Love
Out On The Streets
Hold Back The Dawn
The Price To Pay
When Darkness Falls
And here’s a couple of early soundfiles….