the music


ArtistAlbum TitleReleased byGenre
James Lee Stanley Without SusieBeachwoodPop/Rock
Without Susie – This might be the final fully realized studio CD by James Lee. A dozen of the best songs you have ever heard. Composed, produced, arranged, engineered and performed by James Lee (co-writer Rachel Mills makes a stellar cameo on Ripples in the Dance Floor).
James Lee StanleyHad Enough Yet?BeachwoodPop/Rock
Had Enough Yet – A collection of some of James Lee’s strongest political statements, not exactly protest songs so much as some serious food for thought presented in a remarkably musical fashion.
James Lee StanleyAlive At LastBeachwoodPop/Rock
Alive At Last – James Lee decided to do something completely different on this CD. He invited two of his favorite musicians, Percussionist Cheryl Prashker and bassist Chad Watson to come into the studio before a live audience and just play, no charts, no rehearsal. 17 songs were recorded in three hours, fourteen made the CD. Includes “the more I drink”, and “they do it in his name”. Neither ever recorded before.
James Lee Stanley DoveBeachwoodPop/Rock
Dove – A soundtrack to the novel Dove (up for the coveted Empress Award in Australia, this is a collection of songs that are included in the novel, with the addition of Wait For The Summertime, never before available.
James Lee Stanley, Pamala Stanley, Chris Bennett Straight From the Heart – The MusicalBeachwoodPop/Rock
James Lee StanleyApocaloptimistBeachwoodPop/Rock
The Apocaloptimist – The latest studio recording by James Lee. Two years in the making, this song cycle demonstrates a masterful singer / songwriter working at the peak of his powers.
James Lee Stanley & John BatdorfAll Wood And Stones IIBeachwoodAcoustic Rock
All Wood and Stones II – The second CD of reinvented classic Rolling Stones songs. This time out it’s just James Lee and John Batdorf, Chad Watson, and Bill Batstone. A Must Hear.
James Lee StanleyBackstage At The ResurrectionBeachwoodPop/Rock
Backstage At The Resurrection – James Lee’s 25th release and hailed as a masterpiece by every single critic who reviewed it. This time out he poured on the vocal harmonies as well as some sizzling rock and roll. According to James Lee, one of his favorites.
James Lee Stanley & Cliff EberhardtAll Wood And DoorsBeachwoodAcoustic Rock
All Wood and Doors – In collaboration with the highly regarded Cliff Eberhardt, James Lee and he completely turn these classic Doors songs on their heads. Inspired by John Densmore (a fan of the All Wood and Stones CDs) the collection includes both John Densmore and Robby Krieger of the Doors on guitars and percussion, as well as Timothy B Schmit, Laurence Juber, Peter Tork and Paul Barrere.
James Lee StanleyLive In Tehachapi – Vol. IIBeachwoodAcoustic
Live in Tehachapi, Volume II – The second set on that fabled night. A must have for fans of James Lee, who truly shines in the spotlight.
James Lee StanleyLive In Tehachapi – Vol. IBeachwoodAcoustic
Live in Tehachapi, Volume I – An amazing recording that was created while James Lee was performing for a standing room only crowd. The best part is that James Lee didn’t know he was being recorded. Very candid and very funny. Folkscene actually aired the entire two volumes on their syndicated radio show.
James Lee StanleyNew Traces of the Old RoadBeachwoodAcoustic
New Traces of the Old Road – A tour de force by James Lee, who wrote all the songs, played all the instruments, all the vocals, arranging and engineering, tho he did use pseudonyms because he’s such a modest guy.
James Lee StanleyThe Eternal ContradictionBeachwood Pop/Rock
The Eternal Contradiction – James Lee’s biggest seller to date. Includes his masterful rendition of the classic It’s All In the Game as well as his most requested song, Let the Tree Fall. Guest musicians include Corky Siegel, Bradley Vines, Batdorf & Rodney, and Lisa Turner.
Peter Tork & James Lee StanleyLive / Backstage @ The Coffee GalleryBeachwood Acoustic
Live Backstage at the Coffee Gallery – Peter Tork and James Lee Stanley captured live during their final celebrated duo tour. All the comedy and magic of their friendship and their musical adventures.
Hamilton CampSweet JoyBeachwood Folk
John Batdorf & James Lee StanleyAll Wood and StonesBeachwood Acoustic Rock
All Wood and Stones– acoustic re-inventions of classic Rolling Stones songs, legendary Southern California singer songwriters James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf re-imagine the songs through their vocals and acoustic guitar re-arrangements on volume one of the celebrated All Wood and…series. 2005
James Lee Stanley, Peter Tork, Pamala Stanley & Tom PaxtonA Beachwood ChristmasBeachwoodSeasonal/Christmas
A Beachwood Christmas – a potpourri of old and new Christmas music by Tom Paxton, James Lee Stanley, Peter Tork and Pamala Stanley. Of particular note are Tom’s only recorded version of his Christmas song (insert title there) and Deck the Halls With Sugar Plum Faeries by James Lee.
Sharon AbreuSanctuaryIrthlingzAcoustic/Folk
Don DunnOdessaprivate labelJazz/Pop
James Lee Stanley & Peter TorkOnce AgainBeachwoodAcoustic
Once Again – By popular demand, Peter and James once more went into the studio with just two guitars for some amazing vocal and instrumental duets. A catalog favorite. Includes the fabled acoustic version of Day Dream Believer.
James Lee Stanley & Michael SmithTwo Man Band TwoBeachwoodAcoustic
Two Man Band Two – Actually the first duet project that James Lee embarked on. His guest artist on this amazing duet CD, the incomparable Michael Smith. He chose five of James Lee’s songs and James Lee chose five of his and then they wrote one together. A fantastic collection.
James Lee StanleyFreelance Human BeingBeachwoodAcoustic
Freelance Human Being, selections for solo voice and guitar, FI Magazine hailed this as a work of genius and listed it as one of the Top 200 CD’s of All Time; a list that included Miles Davis and the Beatles. 1999
James Lee Stanley & Peter TorkTwo Man BandBeachwoodAcoustic
Two Man Band – Just Peter Tork and James Lee, two guys and two guitars, derived from their celebrated duet tours. Unadorned, or as Peter puts it, “warts and all”. Includes the legendary acoustic version of Pleasant Valley Sunday.
James Lee StanleyDomino HarvestBeachwoodPop/Jazz
Domino Harvest – Twelve remarkable songs with the same celebrated cast of zeitgeist renegades, including Paul Barrere of Little Feat, legendary chicago bluesman Corky Siegel, Timothy B Schmit of the Eagles, John Ford Coley, and ace Nashville keyboardist John Barlow Jarvis.
Peter TorkStranger Things Have HappenedBeachwoodPop/Rock
James DurstWish I Were HereArtist’s LabelJazz
Ellen StapenhorstInvisible ThreadsBeachwoodFolk
James Lee StanleyEven Cowgirls Get The BluesBeachwoodPop/Jazz
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues – Music written for the ill fated first film production of the book, a beautiful acoustic song cycle, also includes the love theme from the Brooke Adams film, Key Exchange.
The ***king DaffodilsThird RailAlt Rock
James Lee StanleyThe Envoy (* +<)BeachwoodPop/Rock
The Envoy – Puts the lid on political song cycles. A brilliant collection of songs including the stark Now That I’m Naked and the hits, Make It Tonight and Cool of the Day. Guest musicians include Russ Kunkel, Michael Omartian, Laurence Juber and Larry Carlton.
Thom BishopRestless State of GraceProfileAlt Rock
James Lee StanleyRipe Four Distraction (*<)BeachwoodPop/Jazz
Ripe Four Distraction boasts the hits All I Ever Wanted and I Don’t Want to Talk About It. James Lee is backed by a stellar crew that includes Timothy B Schmit, Rita Coolidge and Lowen & Navarro. 1989
Mike Pinder (Moody Blues)Artist’s LabelPop/Rock
Tom DundeeRoadmapFlyteRock/Blues
Nicolette LarsonCBS-TVCountry/Rock
James Lee StanleySimpatico (*<)CMGPop/Jazz
Simpatico – A Latin American song cycle created by James Lee, sizzling rhythms, scorching guitar and simmering synths paint a story of mystery, intrigue and betrayal. Hailed as a masterpiece. Guest musicians include Laurence Juber Jim Ehinger and Rita Coolidge 1988
Pamala StanleyComing Out of Hiding (*)CMGDance
Laurence JuberSolo FlightCMGJazz
James Lee StanleyLIVE at McCabesBeachwoodUnplugged
Live 85 @ McCabes – Vinyl only, collectors item recorded in Los Angeles at an SRO show at the legendary McCables Guitar Concert Series.
James Lee StanleyRacing the MoonTakomaPop/Jazz
Racing the Moon – Long out of print this 1984 release is finally back on the shelves. Includes the title song as well as Straight From the Heart, Butterfly and Attitude. Guests musicians include Robben Ford and Michael Smith.
James Lee StanleyMidnight RadioMCA/RegencyPop/Jazz
Midnight Radio – Recorded at the Automatt in San Francisco in the summer of 1979, guests include Bonnie Raitt and Sheila E, songs include I Don’t Care, Worry Bout You and Just Like Love.
James Lee StanleyEclipseJollye RogerPop/Jazz
Eclipse – A collection of the favorite songs of the first three James Lee Stanley albums including alternate mixes (vinyl only).
James Lee StanleyThree’s the CharmRCAPop/Jazz
Three’s the Charm – The first recording solely produced by James Lee, once again accompanied by the same musicians with the addition of Stephen Bishop on a co write and Jimmie Haskell arranging the strings and horns. A classic and another catalog favorite. Includes the hits Plenty of Reason and Come On In.
James Lee StanleyTooRCAPop/Jazz
James Lee Stanley, Too – the second solo album by James Lee with the same zeitgeist renegades participating. Ten more songs recorded in the spring of 1973 in Los Angeles.
James Lee StanleyRCAPop/Rock
James Lee Stanley – The first solo album by James Lee. Ten quintessential songs by James Lee. Recorded in the summer of 1972 in Los Angeles. The guest musicians include Larry Carlton, Michael Omartian, John Barlow Jarvis, Doug Dillard and Batdorf & Rodney.

Composed/Scored and Produced:
Love Theme – “Digger”<, w/John Heard & Meg Tilly
Theme – “Carpool”<, CBS-TV Movie of the Week
Love Theme – “Key Exchange”<, w/Brooke Adams
HBO Tom Parks Special< <(Ace Award Nominee)
Cathy III<, CBS-TV <(Prime Time)
Tom Parks/ADA Video< <(Seven Awards)
Cathy II<, CBS-TV <(Prime Time)
Cathy I<, CBS-TV <(Prime Time)
* Chart Record
+ Top 100 1993, MAC Report