From WE’VE GOT TONIGHT
Written by V. Stephenson, D. Robbins & J. Silbar
Kenny Rogers completed his musical evolution from country superstar to adult contemporary big name in the early eighties. His partnerships with Lionel Richie and The Bee Gees gave him his first pop/AC hits with songs like “Lady” and “She Believes In Me.”In 1983 for his new album, Rogers picked David Foster to produce a couple of songs. The results were quite impressive. The title track, “We’ve Got Tonight,” was a good cover of Bob Seger’s song and paired the veteran singer with Scottish newcomer Sheena Easton. It reached the top of the pop, country and adult contemporary charts. This ballad provides some great moments of vocal interplay by the two singers as well as one lush arrangement courtesy of our Canadian producer.
The other Foster production on the album and our song for this week is entitled “All My Life.” It is another great ballad, beautifully sung by Rogers with an impressive guitar solo by Steve Lukather. Here Foster provides another rich setting for the song, a smooth and refined production that is a far cry from Rogers’ country years. This tune was also released as a single with good success on the charts.
Apart from the two Foster productions, there are other nice moments on the album that include another original by Lionel Richie entitled “How Long,” and a convincing cover of Joe Cocker’s own “You Are So Beautiful.”
Lead Vocal: Kenny Rogers
Guitars: Steve Lukather & Marty Walsh
Keyboards & Synths: David Foster
Drums: Mike Baird
Bass: Nathan East
Backing Vocals: Kenny Rogers, David Foster & Terry Williams
Arranged by David Foster
String Arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by David Foster & Kenny Rogers
Are you sure I haven’t loved you somewhere before?
In another time, another place, on some distant shore
You know me so well, better than I know myself.
And you’ll love me tonight
Like you’ve loved me all my life, all my life
And with the touch of your hand
You took me farther than I’ve never been
You’ll love me like, you’ve loved me all my life.
Love like we made could have taken a lifetime to find
But you found the way to my heart in a moment of time
You know how to care just like you’ve always been there.
And you’ll love me tonight …