Feb 202011
 

from HIGHLIGHTS & RARITIES

written by David Foster, Steve Lukather & Fee Waybill

The beginning of 2011 saw the release of Contante & Sonante’s new project, “Highlights & Rarities.” Through the years, this Spanish independent label has built a strong following among quality music lovers.  This new endeavor is a smart way to bring things full circle.

“Highlights & Rarities” includes many pivotal moments of the label’s musical history, yet it gives us so much more with many unreleased gems from their vaults. The passion of Contante & Sonante’s executive Gabriel Raya surprises us once again. Raya isn’t your typical record executive. He builds strong connections with his talented partners in crime like Steve Dorff, Urs Wiesendanger and Tomi Malm so he can present us with magical moments like Warren Wiebe’s original “My Angel’s Voice” written and produced by Dorff. Wiesendanger offers the listeners a pop/soul goodie “Luckiest Man” while Malm masterfully reworks another couple of tasteful Foster covers, “Forever” and “She’s A Beauty.” The Finnish music maker is equally at home with the delicate sounds of the Loggins’ ballad as well as the guitar driven atmosphere of the classic rock song originally performed by The Tubes. “Highlight & Rarities” is packed with talents
like Bill Champlin, Bill Cantos, Ole Borud and Arnold McCuller, but we suggest you to check out Bearne Langhoff’s vocal performance on “She’s A Beauty.” He’s an incredible talent and we must give Contante & Sonante credit for his appearance on the album. Finally, a mention to Malm’s new bossa-tinged arrangement of “Look What You’ve Done To Me.” It sports a new vocal performance by Cecily Gardner and a different piano performance by the incomparable David Foster.


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Lead & Backing Vocals: Bjarne Langhoff
Piano & Keyboards: Tomi Malm
Drums & Percussion: Lars Daugaard
Bass: Antonio De Haro
Electric Guitar: Porty & Tomi Malm
Acoustic Guitar: Gabriel Raya & Tomi Malm
Guitar Solo: Porty

Produced & Arranged by Tomi Malm


Lyrics

Step right up and don’t be shy,
because you will not believe your eyes.
She’s right here behind the glass
and you’re gonna like her,
’cause she’s got class.
You can look inside another world.
You get to talk to a pretty girl.
She’s everything you dream about…
but don’t fall in love…
She’s a beauty —
one in a million girls,
she’s a beauty.
Why would I lie?
Why would I lie?
You can say anything you like,
but you can’t touch the merchandise.
She’ll give you every pennies worth,
but it will cost you a dollar first.
You can step outside your little world.
You can talk to a pretty girl.
She’s everything you dream about…
but don’t fall in love…
She’s a beauty —
one in a million girls,
she’s a beauty.
Why would I lie?
Why would I lie?