SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:50:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 LUCK BE A LADY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/27/luck-be-a-lady/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/27/luck-be-a-lady/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:50:58 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4630 [...]]]> from BACK TO BROADWAY
written by Frank Loesser

The summer of 1993 witnessed the release of “Back To Broadway,” Barbra Streisand’s 50thalbum for Columbia Records. As the title suggests, “Back To Broadway” was the superstar’s sequel to her 1985 multi-platinum milestone “The Broadway Album.” David Foster, who collected a Grammy for his stratospheric production of “Somewhere” on “The Broadway Album,” returned to the control room for “Back To Broadway.”

The Canadian super-producer crafted eight songs for the album that skyrocketed to the top of the charts and certified “Back To Broadway” as double platinum. Streisand was vocally at the top of her game, but so was Foster who also produced other giant sellers like “The Bodyguard” soundtrack for Whitney Houston and “The Colour Of My Love” for Celine Dion around the same time. Foster’s incredible, high-tech production and his terrific work with gifted arrangers like Jeremy Lubbock and Johnny Mandel created a true work of art and brought new life to a series of unforgettable Broadway classics. “Back To Broadway” also got two Grammy nominations as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group for the song “The Music Of The Night.”

Although many songs were notable on “Back To Broadway,” a couple of beautiful tunes stand out. “Some Enchanted Evening,” arranged by Foster and Mandel, and “Luck Be A Lady,” arranged by Lubbock, got a 1994 Grammy nod as Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. Foster and Lubbock were on a creative roll and basically stole the category that year. They were nominated for Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and took the award for Celine Dion’s “When I Fall In Love.”

It’s impossible to pick just one song from this fantastic release. The jazzy, horn-driven and festive take on Frank Loesser’s “Luck Be A Lady” won our attention. Everything on this number is noteworthy; from Streisand’s top-notch vocal performance to Lubbock’s extraordinary work and Foster’s absolutely perfect production. This song shows Foster’s unique ability to modernize a classic tune without losing its original power and value.

1994 saw a triumph for Foster as Producer Of The Year for the third time in his career thanks to “The Bodyguard” wild success and his fantastic work on both “The Colour Of My Love” and “Back To Broadway.” Kudos Mr. Foster, kudos.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Barbra Streisand
Keyboards: David Foster
Drums: Jeff Hamilton
Percussion: Paulinho da Costa
Synthesizer: Mark Portmann

Arranged & Conducted by Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by David Foster
Co-Produced by Barbra Streisand


Lyrics

They call you lady luck
But there is room for doubt
At times you have a very un-lady-like way
Of running out

Your on a date with me
The pickings have been lush
And yet before this evening is over you might give me the brush
You might forget your manners
You might refuse to stay
And so the best that I can do is pray

Luck be a lady tonight, luck be a lady tonight
Luck if you’ve ever been a lady to begin with
Luck be a lady tonight

Luck how I’m longing to see
How good a friend you can be
Stick with me sister, I’m the one that you came in with
Luck be a lady with me

A lady doesn’t leave her escort
It isn’t fair, it isn’t nice
A lady doesn’t wander all over the joint
And blow on some other guy’s dice

So, let’s keep the party polite
Hmm
Never get out of my sight
Stick with me sister
I’m the gal that I came in with
Luck be a lady tonight

A lady wouldn’t flirt with strangers
She’d have heart, she would have a soul
A lady wouldn’t make little sneak eyes at you
When I’ve bet my life on this roll

So, let’s keep the party polite
Never get out of my sight
Stick with me pal
‘Cause I’m the gal that you came in with
Luck be a lady
Luck be a lady
Luck be lady tonight

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LOVE FLOWS http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/20/love-flows/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/20/love-flows/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:34:50 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4621 [...]]]> from PAST TO PRESENT – THE 70S
written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Harry Garfield

This week, we go back to the late seventies and “Love Flows,” a little-known yet gorgeous collaboration between David Foster and Jay Graydon. This sweet love song remained in Graydon’s vaults until 2006 when the super-producer finally released “Past To Present – The 70s.” Graydon’s cd was a compilation that included many demo treasures recorded in the second half of 1970 by the former Airplay member and right before his big break with Al Jarreau and The Manhattan Transfer.

Those were the days when Foster and Graydon were working together on a daily basis, co-writing stuff like the now legendary EWF song, “After The Love Is Gone.” The two gifted, up’n’coming music-makers were helping each other out on their various productions and many of those early sessions ended up on this special project cd. A large part of these demos were eventually recorded by famous acts like Bill Champlin, Cory Wells, The Waters, Mariya Takeuchi, Jaye P. Morgan and, of course, Airplay along with many others. “Love Flows,” with romantic lyrics by Harry Garfield, never caught the attention of any recording acts despite its wonderful melody and ear-candy potential. The demo included on “Past To Present – The 70s” was sung by Ed Whiting, a talented singer/songwriter who often collaborated with the Airplay duo. The basic track was played by the late Jeff Porcaro and David Hungate from the original Toto rhythm section with Foster playing beautifully on his acoustic piano. Although Foster’s arrangement is powerful and intense, it makes us long for a lush orchestral back-up that would have added even more emotion to this ballad.

Graydon wrote detailed, song-by-song liner notes and this is a brief excerpt from “Love Flows”:

“…I assume the song was either recorded as a demo for Ed Whiting (looking for a record deal), or simply a demo as to place with a recording artist. Foster, Porcaro and Hungate playing great as usual! Ed Whiting is a great singer! Note that Ed’s performance was recorded quickly — just a few punch-ins! He gets out of vocal range during the last chorus round but his soul comes through big time!”

The cd also includes a bonus version of the song without Whiting’s vocal. This version has a guide vocal sung by Foster and Graydon added to the mix. It’s a rare document that shows how these two music geniuses recorded melodies and ideas. It’s absolutely priceless for fans.

To close this review, here are some more words by Graydon:

“…in this mix I ‘cranked up’ David and me singing a guide melody and talking about the melodic ideas as to paint the melodic picture. You will note David outlined the orchestral stuff. Sadly, never recorded as a master, but the good news is this version exists!!!”


Listen


Lead Vocals: Ed Whiting
Piano: David Foster
Bass: David Hungate
Drums: Jeff Porcaro

Arranged by David Foster
Produced by Jay Graydon & David Foster


Lyrics

No lyrics

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PALE FIRE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/13/pale-fire/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/13/pale-fire/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:10:59 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4614 [...]]]> from TOM THUMB THE DREAMER
written by Michael Dinner

Michael Dinner was an American singer/songwriter who released a couple of good albums in the mid-seventies that were commercially unsuccessful. Dinner’s style was reminiscent of popular names like Jackson Browne, The Eagles and Danny O’Keefe with solid country/rock songwriting mixed with a refined, pop/rock instrumental back-up.

“Tom Thumb The Dreamer” was Dinner’s sophomore release in 1976. Produced by Keith Olsen of Fleetwood Mac fame, this endeavor presents mostly nice soft-rock ditties performed by the singer with a fantastic supporting cast including Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray of Elton John’s band, Bill Champlin, Waddy Watchel, Chuck Findley and David Foster. There were a couple of pretty good up-tempos tunes including the rocking title-track and “Silver Bullets.” Both of these songs have echoes of Elton John and The Eagles and feature great guitar and saxophone work by Watchel and Lenny Pickett. Also found is the nice mid-tempo tune called “The Swallow.” “Tom Thumb The Dreamer” has an interesting acoustic ballad called “Julye” that sports a beautiful melody and smooth background vocals by Champlin, Olsson and Schmidt. The closing number was also a ballad highlight entitled “Pale Fire.” This song starts out with Dinner’s story telling voice supported by only acoustic guitars and Champlin’s organ. Foster’s powerful orchestration comes in at mid-song and brings “Pale Fire” to an intense ending. Truly a gorgeous song.

“Tom Thumb The Dreamer” is a good example of well-written and well-performed westcoast music of the seventies that didn’t find its way to large audiences despite good ear value. After a brief stint in the music business, Dinner went on to find big success as a producer/director on TV shows like “Law & Order,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Chicago Hope” and “The Wonder Years.”


Listen


Lead Vocal & Guitar: Michael Dinner
Bass & Backing Vocals: Dee Murray
Guitar & Backing Vocals: Waddy Watchel
Keyboards: David Foster
Drums & Backing Vocals: Nigel Olsson
Organ & Backing Vocals: Bill Champlin
Percussion: Alan Estes
Saxophone: Lenny Pickett
Trumpet: Chuck Findley
Trombone: Dick Hyde
Backing Vocals: Laura Allan, Gary Rowles, Richie Hayward & Timothy B. Schmidt

String & Horn Arrangements by David Foster
Produced by Keith Olsen


Lyrics

No lyrics

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THROUGH THE FIRE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/06/through-the-fire/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/07/06/through-the-fire/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:28:45 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4604 [...]]]> from FROM E TO U: VOLUME 1
written by David Foster, Tom Keane & Cynthia Weil

The end of May 2014 saw a special Japanese-only release by R&B star Eric Benet entitled “From E To U: Volume 1.” This project is a collection of pop and soul covers of hit songs from the likes of Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, Journey, Earth, Wind & Fire and several others. Those who loved Benet’s great reworking of the Toto classic “Georgy Porgy” or his 2005 David Foster-produced cd “Hurricane” already witnessed the singer’s passion for quality pop and soul music of the late seventies and early eighties. “From E To U: Volume 1″ reinforces this commitment with a handful of elegant songs modernized by Benet with his longtime collaborator Demonte Posey.

“Ride Like The Wind,” ” Africa ” and “What A Fool Believes” are mid- and up-tempo numbers that suffer from heavily programmed arrangements. The ballads, however, present quite a few interesting highlights including two jewels from the David Foster songbook – the EWF masterpiece “After The Love Has Gone” and the Chaka Khan classic “Through The Fire.” On those two songs, Benet does an exceptionally good job with the arrangements by giving these classic melodies quite an fascinating twist. “After The Love Has Gone” has a retro treatment with great big-band horns and beautiful vocals by the singer. “Through The Fire” is also a winner with a fantastic torch song arrangement that borrows elements from the one Foster wrote for Renee Olstead on hisHitman – David Foster & Friends special event. The plus on both songs is the outstanding vocal work by the singer that’s pure bliss to the ear.

“From E To U: Volume 1″ may sometimes give the listener a little karaoke feel, but when Benet pairs his superior vocals with inventive arrangements, the results are nothing short of sublime.
If there’ll be a “Volume 2” in the future we hope that this very talented singer/music-maker won’t rely so much on programmed sounds in favour of a full live rhythm section.


Listen


All Vocals: Eric Benet
Drum Programming & All Keyboards: Demonte Posey
Produced by Demonte Posey & Eric Benet


Lyrics

I look in your eyes and I can see
We’ve loved so dangerously
You’re not trusting your heart to anyone

You tell me you’re gonna play it smart
We’re through before we start
But I believe that we’ve only just begun

When it’s this good, there’s no saying no
I want you so, I’m ready to go

Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
Boy just to be with you
I’d gladly risk it all

Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you
I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

I know you’re afraid of what you feel
You still need time to heal
And I can help if you’ll only let me try

You touched me and something in me knew
What I could have with you
Now I’m not ready to kiss that dream goodbye

When it’s this sweet, there’s no saying no
I need you so, I’m ready to go

Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you
I’d gladly risk it all

Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you
I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

Through the test of time

Through the fire, to the limit, to the wall
For the chance to be with you
I’d gladly risk it all

Through the fire, through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you
I’d take it all the way
Right down to the wire, even through the fire

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WHY GOODBYE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/06/29/why-goodbye/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/06/29/why-goodbye/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:43:52 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4597 [...]]]> from WHY GOODBYE (single)
written by Diane Warren

Veteran R&B star Peabo Bryson started his noteworthy career in the second part of the seventies. Bryson released a string of refined soul albums that spawned chart hits like “Reaching For The Sky,” “Feel The Fire,” “I’m So Into You” and “Let The Feeling Flow.” Bryson’s creamy tenor was also featured on romantic duets with female stars including Melissa Manchester on “Lovers After All,” Roberta Flack on “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” and Natalie Cole on “Gimme Some Time.”

The singer’s knack for hit duets kept going into the early nineties with Regina Belle on “A Whole New World” and Celine Dion on “Beauty And The Beast.” The huge one-two punch of Disney love themes brought Bryson back into the spotlight and crossed him over to pop/adult contemporary audiences. His success also brought Bryson an offer from David Foster to join the all-star lineup of the super-producer’s 1994 Japanese tour. Those concerts featured Bryson singing “Beauty And The Beast” with Dion and “A Whole New World” with Wendy Moten plus a performance of the new ballad “Why Goodbye.”

Composed by top tunesmith Diane Warren, “Why Goodbye” was a perfect fit for Bryson’s golden voice. The song sported a gorgeous melody and evocative refrain with intense, bittersweet lyrics. The production is a textbook of Foster’s work of the nineties with an ear candy arrangement based on prominent keyboards and lush strings to back-up Bryson’s top-notch vocal performance. Foster went on to produced a studio version of the song which was included on the singer’s next album, “Through The Fire.” Although “Why Goodbye” was released as a single, the song was only a minor hit on the R&B chart despite its potential.

Around this same time, Foster and Bryson collaborated on “By The Time This Night Is Over.” That tune was a duet with saxophone king Kenny G and became a multi-format hit in 1993.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Peabo Bryson
Keyboards: Randy Kerber
Additional Synthesizers: Claude Gaudette
Guitar: Michael Thompson
Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
Drums: John “J.R.” Robinson
Background Vocals: Warren Weibe, Alex Brown, Carmen Carter
String Arrangements by Bill Ross & David Foster

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

So are we over now
Do we just turn the page and let the story end
Do we just walk away just like we never met
I know we said some things and now you want to leave
But baby, that’s no reason to let it good love die

Why goodbye
Why must it be this way
So many words
So many other words that we could say

Why goodbye
After all this time
Can’t we try
Why goodbye

Why can’t we work it out
Why can’t we talk it out a little more this time
Search through the rain and find a ray of hope still shines
We can’t just close the door
We’re still worth still fighting for
We’ve come too far together to leave it all behind

Why goodbye
Why must it be this way
So many words
So many other words that we could say

Why goodbye
After all this time
Can’t we try
Why goodbye

There no other love is never reason
You get lost along the way, but in time you will find your way through
We can make it to the badtimes,
We can make it to the goodtimes
To the stormy weather coz we belong together

Why goodbye
Why must it be this way
So many words
So many other words that we could say

Why goodbye
After all this time
Can’t we try
Why goodbye

Can’t we try this one more time
We know were still worth one more try
Why goodbye
Why goodbye
Why goodbye

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HOPE IS ALWAYS HERE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/06/22/hope-is-always-here/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/06/22/hope-is-always-here/#comments Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:40:02 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4584 [...]]]> from HOPE IS ALWAYS HERE
written by David Foster & Olivia Newton-John

Not only is David Foster one of the world’s most gifted music-makers, he is also a renowned humanitarian. Foster for almost thirty years, through his David Foster Foundation, has supported hundreds of families with children facing severe health issues. He has raised millions with his star-filled concerts and special events. Although Foster has worked for many years on his own contributions, he has given his musical magic to countless events organized by superstars friends like Andre Agassi and Muhammad Ali who also do phenomenal work for their own foundations.

An example of Foster donating his time and expertise is seen in the Olivia Newton-John song “Hope Is Always Here.” Foster co-wrote and produced the song for a special charity event that aired for the 2009 Thanksgiving Day celebration on Fox Television. Together with Newton-John who is a cancer survivor and very supportive of the cause, Foster came up with a wonderful anthem, a song full of hope and positivity. “Hope Is Always Here” also featured a choir of cancer survivor kids who belong to the Purple Songs Can Fly program. Foster’s lyrics were inspired by the children’s good works. The musical background of the song is pretty typical of Foster. He blended a gorgeous melody with his trademark keyboards to a powerful refrain not far from other famous Foster anthems like “Tears Are Not Enough” or “Love Lights The World.” Newton-John shines with her commanding vocal performance beautifully backed-up by the children’s choir.

“Hope Is Always Here” can still be downloaded on i-Tunes and will benefit this important cause. It’s a great song and proof that behind David Foster’s Grammys and platinum albums there’s a great human being with a very big heart.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Olivia Newton-John
Keyboards: David Foster

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

In this world where music is
A healer for your soul
Sing with me and share a song
Of hope to make you whole
In this world where laughter is
A joy inside your heart
Look inside you’ll find it
No matter where you are
Learning to be thankful each and every day
No one knows the answer
That lies along the way

(Chorus)
A dream is just a dream till you live it
Peace is just a word till you feel it
Love is always there when you share it
You have strength
You have faith
You have hope
Hope is always here

In this world where courage lays
In each and every heart
We’re thankful for the blessings
Of all the things you are
In this world where wonders live
Everyone can dream
Miracles are everywhere
If we just believe

Repeat Chorus

Just spread your purple wings and fly
You will never know until you try

Repeat Chorus

Hope is always here
Hope is always here

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SOMEDAY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/06/15/someday-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/06/15/someday-2/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:33:19 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4579 [...]]]> from I’M YOUR GIRLFRIEND
written by John Keller, Robert Halligan & Jim Bacon

In the early eighties, David Foster’s career exploded with top chart hits written and/or produced for Chicago, Kenny Rogers, The Tubes, Kenny Loggins, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs and several others. Those platinum, award-winning singles and albums put the Canadian-born music-maker on the red-hot list of producers and the rest, as they say, is history. Although of the same top-notch quality of the aforementioned records, those same years witnessed some Foster work that didn’t become as popular and, in some cases, remain a well-kept secret to this day. Dara Sedaka’s “I’m Your Girlfriend” is one of these hidden gems.

Recorded in 1982 for the Japanese market, “I’m Your Girlfriend” is a delightful collection of pop songs perfectly crafted by Foster for Sedaka’s pretty voice. The album included material written by people like Dara’s father Neil Sedaka, Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, Dan Hartman, Andrew Kastner and Foster himself. “I’m Your Girlfriend” is total ear-candy and has special significance for Foster’s fantastic work behind the glass. The album included light rockers, pop ditties and gorgeous ballads that the young Dara handles with confidence and style.

This time around we picked “Someday,” a beautiful ballad co-written by pro songwriters Bob Halligan, John Keller and Jim Bacon. “Someday” received the “million bucks” treatment by Foster. We see all the elements of hits like “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” and “We’ve Got Tonight” with Foster’s keyboard driven arrangement, typical instrumental progression and a catchy refrain. Strong points on the song are Foster’s acoustic piano that accompanies Dara’s sweet performance as well as the warm saxophone solo by Gary Herbig. A beautiful addition to the song is the gorgeous instrumental coda that features the Jerry Hey horns smoothly punctuating and adding even more sophistication to the atmosphere.

“I’m Your Girlfriend” didn’t sell millions, but it’s a must-listen for Fozfans. We suggest you look up the i-Tunes edition of “I’m Your Girlfriend” to enjoy its timeless, quality pop.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Dara Sedaka
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitar: Michael Landau & Steve Lukather
Bass: Dennis Belfield
Drums: Carlos Vega
Saxophone Solo: Gary Herbig
Synthesizer Programming: Steve Porcaro
Horns: Jerry Hey & Gary Grant
Backing Vocals: Richard Page & Steve George

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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