Guitarist Tim Bowman hails from Detroit, and has been playing with quite a few gospel artists since the mid-nineties. At the same time he released his own music, but fame came later, more specifically in 2008 when his first CD came out on the Trippin N Rhythm label.

Now his latest project has been released, on which he pays tribute to well-known pop and soul songs from the eighties, hence the title. He says the following: "Some of my favorite songs were recorded in the 80's by some amazing artists. I wanted to record some of those great songs."

This album is a dream project for fans of that era. Tim teamed up with producer Wirlie Morris, who has worked with Charlie Wilson, Norman Brown, Boys II Men, Johnny Gill, Xscape, Keith Sweat, Raheem DeVaughn and others. Both did not want to reinvent these classics, but rather to highlight their musical qualities. They incorporated R&B, smooth jazz, blues and gospel into these tracks.

They open with Hall & Oates' 'Sara Smile', followed by Ambrosia's 'Biggest Part of Me'. Then Chaka Khan enters the picture with a cover of her hit 'Through The Fire', followed by a smooth version of George Michael's first solo hit 'Careless Whisper'.

Christopher Cross' 'Sailing' was not to be missed either, after which we get Brit Phil Collins with a cover of his ballad 'One More Night'. Rod Temperton blissfully wrote the beautiful 'Rock with You' for Michael Jackson and that is the next track here, by the way very nicely done.

And what would the eighties be without Tina Turner? 'What's Love Got to Do with it' brings that superhit nicely into focus, and then we pop over to 'Africa' in the company of Toto, followed by the beautiful trademark 'Get Here' by Brenda Russell and also Oleta Adams.

This is an album to relive that decade, by means of beautiful covers of classics. The soundtrack of that generation, now in a new dress! Great work Tim!



Tim Bowman


1. Sara Smile
2. Biggest Part of Me
3. Through The Fire
4. Careless Whisper
5. Sailing
6. One More Night
7. Rock with You
8. What’s Love Got to Do with it
9. Africa
10. Get Here


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