Great "Re-chordings" By One of Todays Biggest Producers and
Catherine Goltz | Washington DC | 06/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Years before he was producing and arranging non-original songs for the likes of Celine Dion, Michael Buble, Andrea Boccielli and Josh Groban David Foster was playing his own hits. I would love to have had it done with his "voice" Warren Wiebe (who sang two of the songs in the movie montage) but I guess Foster prefered it to be instrumental.
1. Look What You've Done to Me- Performed by Boz Scaggs on the soundtrack to Urban Cowboy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Foster gives it a country guitar flavor courtesy of the ever
present Dean Parks. Boz Scaggs also co-wrote it with Foster as well and this is known to be Foster's personal favorites of all his own compisitions.
2. You're the Inspiration- How wrong Blender.com was when they said this 1984 Chicago hit was one one the worse songs of all time! Peter Cetera co-wrote this and here Foster does it in a carousel waltz style...
3. After the Love has Gone- A great version of the EWF classic which Foster also did with Jay Graydon as part of Airplay. Kenny G guests on tenor sax.
4. Glory of Love- Another Peter Cetera-David Foster composed piece, this was written for The Karate Kid, Part II [Region 2]
and was Foster's first Oscar-nominated song. I can just hear Warren Wiebe sing it, but Foster gives it a Liberace treatment.
5. Who's Holding Donna Now- Not as widely known as some of the others, this was another Foster-Graydon collaboration (with Randy Goodrum another west coast guru) for DeBarge in '85. Done in a Latin style that makes you think it should be covered by Julio Ingelais or Ricky Martin.
6. Voices That Care- Based on the actual instrumental demo for the Gulf War charity choir that took the charts earlier that year.
7. St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)- While Foster's biggest non- vocal chart hit is the love theme from St. Elmo's Fire: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack he does an interesting take on John Parr's hard driving theme song, which makes him a true "Man in Motion"
8. Freedom- The only non- cover, this was taken off Foster's previous album the Quincy Jones styleRiver of Love and has a very John Tesh like approach.
9. Hard to Say I'm Sorry- Yet another Chicago classic which along with "(Love) Look What You've Done to Me" appears on Foster's first "solo" album THE BEST OF ME.
10. Movie Montage- A medley of little known gems some of which make their debut here. They include:
From One Good Cop Warren Wiebe's "If Not For Love" also recorded by Carl Anderson. Of course I can just hear him singing it
A theme from "Golden Fiddles" (a Canadian mini- series) I'm not sure who sang or recorded it in the movie, maybe it was a vocal?
"No Tomorrows" fromFresh Horses While Foster cowrote it with Kenny Loggins it was performed in the movie by George Hawkins
(the former bass player for Loggins and Fleetwood Mac)
Two themes from Listen to Me including the title song
which the underrated Mr. Wiebe sang with Celine Dion (in one of her first movie soundtracks) Foster has GOT to release this song commercially one day. The others have already been recorded: Themes from Stealing Home: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
including Foster and Marilyn Martin's AND WHEN SHE DANCED and two of Foster's most famous orchestral pieces. WATER FOUNTAIN fromThe Secret Of My Success: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack and of course "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire".
Highly recommended. In the future maybe Foster will do a "Rechordings Two" with his insturmental variations on "The Prayer", his Josh Groban compositions, "Forever" and "Heart to Heart" by Kenny Loggins, Celine
Dion's "Colors of My Love"and "To Love You More", and maybe even a channeled medley with Warren Wiebe!"
Absolutely beautiful! worth every cent!
David L. Ritter | San diego, CA | 11/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best "easy listening" CDs out in the market... classy, contemporary, yet cool! I'm going to get copies for all my friends!"