SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:46:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 START ALL OVER AGAIN http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/02/start-all-over-again/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/08/02/start-all-over-again/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:38:26 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5019 [...]]]>  From IN ONE EYE AND OUT THE OTHER (single)

Written by Ernie & Earl Cate

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The autumn of 1976 witnessed the release of the Cate Brothers’ sophomore album In One Eye And Out The Other. After the solid success of their 1975 self-titled debut album, Ernie and Earl Cate decided to keep the winning team of Cate Brothers with legendary guitarist Steve Cropper sitting in the producer chair. Cropper again enlisted some high-profile session guys including Cropper’s partner in Booker T. and The MG’s Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass, drummers Ed Green and Mike Baird, sax virtuoso Jim Horn and David Foster on a variety of keyboards.

This talented combo injected a superior dose of groove into the duo’s funk/rock compositions. Cropper’s production is exceedingly elegant and enhances the catchy material included on the album. The two brothers gave very good performances throughout the collection with Ernie’s impressive lead vocals and Earl’s noteworthy guitar up front. 1976 was a good year for Cropper who also produced the critically-acclaimed album Hard Candy for Ned Doheny. Both records were fine examples of seventies soulful pop/rock, impeccably crafted and performed. Among the highlights on In One Eye And Out The Other were the funky title-track co-written by the Cate brothers with Cropper, the mid-tempo “Can’t Stop” with an atmosphere reminiscent of the best Memphis soul and “Where Can We Go,” an up-tempo soul/rock goodie with Foster on keyboards.
The Song of the Week is the pop/soul ballad “Start All Over Again.” A nice track with a catchy beat, “Start All Over Again” had a radio-friendly mood that was picked as the b-side of the title-track for the first single off the album. On this number, Ernie Cate’s gritty vocals were backed up by Foster’s captivating organ and Earl Cate’s tasteful guitar licks.
In One Eye And Out The Other wasn’t a commercial hit despite its musical quality. The tunes included have aged pretty well and can compete with the best stuff of legendary acts like The Doobie Brothers and Average White Band.


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Lead & Backing Vocals, Electric Piano & Elka: Ernie Cate
Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals: Earl Cate
Bass: Donald “Duck” Dunn
Drums: Michael Baird
Organ: David Foster
Percussion: Steve Forman
Backing Vocals: Albert Singleton, Steve Cropper & Terry Cagle

Produced by Steve Cropper


Lyrics

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THE PRAYER http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/26/the-prayer-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/26/the-prayer-2/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:12:07 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5013 [...]]]>  From THE PRAYER (single)

Written by David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager
Italian lyrics by Tony Renis & Alberto Testa

The poignant ballad, “The Prayer,” holds the distinction of being the David Foster co-written song with the most covers. This evocative, orchestral tune was composed in 1999 by the Hitman with the legendary Carole Bayer Sager for the soundtrack of the animated movie,The Quest For Camelot. The original version was beautifully sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli and won a Golden Globe and received a nomination for an Academy Award.

“The Prayer” can boast dozens of versions worldwide. Among the most important renditions are the Josh Groban and Celine Dion version that made Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2008, the gospel-infused account by Donnie McLurkin and Yolanda Adams, a more traditional interpretation by Jackie Evancho and Susan Boyle, plus many, many more.
A 2004 cover of “The Prayer” by Australian singer Anthony Callea deserves Song of the Week attention. Not only did his rendition have strong musical value, it also achieved huge chart success. Callea, originally a contender on Australian Idol, performed “The Prayer” at the finale of the show. He might have only been a runner-up on that series, but his performance of the Foster/Bayer Sager classic was a true showstopper. His rendition of “The Prayer” was released as a single and became a smash hit on the Australian Singles Chart. The song zoomed to #1 where it reigned for a good five weeks, was certified four-times platinum and sold over 300,000 copies. Callea’s “The Prayer” went on to collect several awards, was named the fastest selling single by any Australian artist in history and eventually became the second highest selling single of the decade.

Callea’s take on this modern classic lacks a bit of the powerful grandeur by classically-trained superstars like Bocelli and Groban, but his tenor pop voice gives the song an interesting twist that results in an extremely pleasant listen. Callea is part Italian and handles the Italian lyrics, written by Tony Renis and Alberto Testa, pretty well. The song was produced by John Foreman who did a remarkable job with the orchestration performed by the renowned Sydney International Orchestra. “The Prayer” was also included on Callea’s self-titled, debut cd that also made it to #1 on the charts. In 2012, Callea performed the song with Australian superstar Tina Arena on her “Symphony Of Life” cd/dvd.


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Lead Vocals: Anthony Callea
Bass: Mark Costa
Drums: Gordon Rytmeister
Piano: Dave Pritchard-Blunt
The Sydney International Orchestra

Produced, Orchestrated & Conducted by John Foreman


Lyrics

I pray you’ll be our eyes,
and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
in times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer,
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place,
guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.
La luce che tu hai
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore resterà
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei
Nella mia preghiera
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’è
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace

Give us faith so we’ll be safe
Sogniamo un mondo senza più violenza
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino
Simbolo di pace, di fraternità

La forza che ci dà
We ask that life be kind
È il desiderio che
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amor
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sé
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Need to find a place,
guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
È la fede che
Hai acceso in noi
Sento che ci salverà.

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LET’S GROOVE http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/19/lets-groove/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/19/lets-groove/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:28:39 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5001 [...]]]>  From THE MANY SIDES OF DAVID FOSTER

Written by Maurice White & Wayne Vaughn

David Foster first stepped into the world of TV talent shows in 2001 with his appearance on Popstars, a U.S. TV show that discovered, among others, the now-famous Nicole Scherzinger. In the following years, Foster had guest appearances on American Idol and was a judge on the 2006 Fox show Celebrity Duets alongside Little Richard and Marie Osmond. Given Foster’s huge popularity in Asia and his unmatched expertise, the Canadian super-producer was asked to join the panel of judges for Asia’s Got Talent with former Spice Girl Melanie C., singer Anggun and singer/actor Vanness Wu.

The show first aired Spring 2015 with high ratings and great success. During one of the final shows, the four judges performed a new live version of “Let’s Groove,” the 1981 hit by Earth, Wind & Fire. That classic funk anthem originally reached #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and hit the top of the R&B chart. Foster even appeared on EWF’s Raise album that included the track “Let’s Groove.” He decided to reinvent that hit for the special occasion by producing and arranging a catchy rendition. Not a surprise that “Let’s Groove” was greeted with big praise on the show. A studio version of the song was recorded and released as a charity single to benefit Nepal after the April 2015 earthquake.
“Let’s Groove” was contemporized by Foster with a tight beat and the use of various synthesizers. The Hitman added a nice touch of using the vocoder to echo EWF’s original. Like he always does, Foster got good vocal takes by his fellow judges with just a little help from auto-tune. Yet, the new version can’t compare to Maurice White’s timeless performance.
For those interested, “Let’s Groove” can be found on a new best-of compilation of Foster’s hit work entitled “The Many Sides Of David Foster.” Along with some timeless Foster material, you can hear classics by Michael Bublé, Chicago, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston.
Here’s a little note that Foster sent regarding the new “Let’s Groove”:“I wanted to come up with a song that was fun to listen to and that all singers could handle. All my fellow judges loved the idea and it seemed just retro enough to do the job. The result got the place jumping at the finale of Asia’s Got Talent !”


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Vocals: Melanie C., Anggun, Vanness Vu & David Foster
Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

Let’s groove tonight
Share the spice of life
Baby slice it right
We’re gonna groove tonight

Let this groove get you to move
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Gonna tell what you can do with my love
Alright
Let you know girl
You’re looking good you’re out of sight
Alright
Just move yourself
And glide like a seven-forty-seven
And lose you’re self in the sky
Among the clouds in the heavens ’cause

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let me tell you what you can do with my love
Alright
Gotta let you know girl
You’re looking good you’re out of sight
Alright
Just tell the d.j. to play your favorite tune
Then you know it’s okay
What you found is happening now

Let this groove get you to move
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove get you to move
It’s alright (alright) alright yeah
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

You will find a piece of mind
On the floor take a little time
Come and see, you and me
Make a little sign
I’ll be there after a while
If you want my love
We can boogie on down
Down boogie on down
Down boogie on down yeah
Down boogie on down
On down
Boogie on

Let’s groove tonight
Share the spice of life
Baby slice it right
We’re gonna groove tonight

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let’s groove tonight
Share the spice of life
Baby slice it right
We’re gonna groove tonight

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

Let this groove light up your fuse
It’s alright (alright) alright
Let this groove set in your shoes
So stand up (alright) alright

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ROCK THAT! http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/12/rock-that/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/12/rock-that/#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=5002 [...]]]> From I AM

Written by Maurice White & David Foster

The Song of the Week again focuses on the milestone collaboration between Maurice White and David Foster that resulted in the now-classic 1979 album I Am. The young, gifted Foster added a fresh approach to Earth Wind & Fire’s trademark funk/soul musical universe. I Am offers some unforgettable hits including “After The Love Is Gone,” “In The Stone” and “Boogie Wonderland.” The entire recording was a powerful celebration of White’s superior genius enhanced by Foster’s innovative pop mind.

“Rock That!” was a compelling instrumental that carried on the glorious tradition of EWF’s instrumentals. The tune offered a great example of the sumptuous level of EWF’s and Foster’s collective work. “Rock That!” presented a perfectly constructed groove that served as the foundation of the group’s funky performance. This danceable jam felt like a melting pot where a marching band meets a jazz/fusion combo with the overtones of a rock group. The inventive horn and string arrangements, courtesy of arranger-supreme Jerry Hey and Foster respectively, are brilliant and add both energy and sophistication to the track. The rock touch is guaranteed by Toto’s main man Steve Lukather whose screaming guitar shines in the middle of this muscular track. A rousing song like “Rock That!” and the whole I Am album are pure listening bliss. The album portrayed a pivotal time in Foster’s career that should be discovered or re-discovered by music lovers for the amazing value of these songs. Without a doubt, some of The Hitman’s all-time best.


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Keyboards: David Foster & Larry Dunn
Bass: Verdine White
Drums: Fred White
Guitars: Steve Lukather, Johnny Graham & Al McKay
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa, Philip Bailey & Ralph Johnson

Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey
Strings Arranged by David Foster
Produced by Maurice White


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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HAVE I BEEN AWAY TOO LONG http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/05/have-i-been-away-too-long/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/07/05/have-i-been-away-too-long/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:04:46 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4994 [...]]]>  From ALONG THE RED LEDGE

Written by Daryl Hall

“Do What You Want, Be What You Are” was a song by the legendary pop/soul duo Daryl Hall and John Oates and originally included on their 1976 album Bigger Than Both Of Us. A beautiful ballad, Do What You Want, Be What You Are went on to be the title of Hall & Oates’ 2009 box set release for Sony Legacy. The four disc set presented all the duo’s big hits, selected album tracks plus previously unreleased demo recordings and live performances.

Both Hall and Oates were quite involved in the realization of this project. They mined their golden songbook and resurfaced many lesser-known gems. Do What You Want, Be What You Are sold over 10,000 copies and reached #89 on Billboard’s Top 200 and #17 on the R&B charts. Although these were very good numbers,Do What You Want, Be What You Are eventually became the third best seller of 2009 behind two releases by The Beatles. Total ear candy from start to finish, Do What You Want, Be What You Areincluded some great tracks produced by none other than David Foster including “Wait For Me,” “It’s A Laugh” and “Time’s Up (Alone Tonight).” When the box set was released, Hall declared to the Huffington Post that “…the bulk of the selection are things that we thought were significant to explain us in a way that we’ve never really been explained before.” These words can be perfectly applied to “Have I Been Away Too Long,” a soulful ballad originally recorded for Along The Red Ledge, included on Do What You Want, Be What You Are and the Song of the Week.

Written in 1978 by Daryl Hall and produced by David Foster, “Have I Been Away Too Long” is a masterful number that showcases Hall’s amazing vocal skills while presenting the duo’s unique rock ‘n’ soul style under Foster’s catchy and refined production. The song’s intimate and delicate intro emerges into a soulful jam dominated by a rousing duel between Hall’s multi-faceted voice and Caleb Quaye’s superior guitar with Foster’s exquisite keyboard playing in the background. Here, Hall’s vocal performance is truly impressive and he proves his notorious range by soaring high on the falsetto. “Have I Been Away Too Long” is one of those precious diamonds that defines the term “blue-eyed soul.”

Timeless stuff!


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Lead, Backing Vocals & Keyboards: Daryl Hall
Backing Vocals & Guitar: John Oates
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Caleb Quaye
Bass: Kenny Passarelli
Drums: Roger Pope


Lyrics

There’s a chance that I don’t know you
Maybe I won’t like you
It’s a long
It’s such a long
Lady it’s been a long time
We were lovers in a different story
Can you duplicate it
Can we make
Can we make up
Can we make up the same time girl
Or have I been away too long
Have I been away
I’m afraid to say that I’ve been away from you too long
You got a message that I’d be in town
I wish I hadn’t sent it
I’m a play
I am playing
Playing with disaster
You’re so close I almost feel you breathing
Making me twitchy, yeah
I want
I I wanna
I want to be wrong girl
Or have I been away too long
Have I been away
I’m afraid to say that I’ve been away from you too long

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ROLLER COASTER http://www.fozfan.com/2015/06/28/roller-coaster/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/06/28/roller-coaster/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:57:17 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4988 [...]]]>  From LOOPIFIED

Written by Justin Bieber, Joshua Gudwin, Rodney Jenkins & Julian Swirsky

Dirty Loops is a phenomenal power trio from Sweden that stars singer/keyboardist Jonah Nilsson, bassist Henrik Linder and drummer Aron Mellergardh. This combo of virtuoso musicians first stepped into the spotlight around 2011. They broadcasted a bunch of videos on YouTube of their spectacular funk/jazz renditions of hit songs by the likes of Adele, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears. Dance/pop hits including Justin Bieber’s “Baby” or Spears’ “Circus” were reinvented by the young trio with a fresh blend of funk, pop and dance delivered with jazzy chords and top-notch instrumental performances. Forever shining is Nilsson’s powerful voice with echoes of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.

Those fantastic performances started a huge word of mouth among music lovers and pro musicians worldwide. As a consequence of this overwhelming support, the group’s manager, Andreas Carlsson, decided to bring Dirty Loops to the US in 2012 and look for a recording deal. Carlsson was a very successful music-maker in his own right having produced and co-written hits for big names including NSync, Backstreet Boys and Westlife. Carlsson worked his contacts and the trio had the chance to meet music giants including Nathan East, David Paich, Brian McKnight and Jay Graydon. Another music legend, Verve Records’ president David Foster, was interested in Dirty Loops’ superior talent and invited the guys to showcase for him. The direct result was Dirty Loops signing a deal with Verve Records. Eventually, Foster invited the trio to join his “David Foster & Friends” 2012 Asian tour alongside superstars including Chaka Khan, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Paul Young.

Right after that successful tour, Dirty Loops started working on their debut cd. Loopified saw the light of day in the Spring of 2014. This collection presented a string of originals written by the group with Carlsson plus a couple of selected covers. Loopified was an adventurous melting pot where powerful funk/jazz influenced by Level 42 and Jamiroquai meets some pop/dance atmospheres a la Bruno Mars. The result was catchy material delivered with intricate arrangements,  jazz-drenched chords, infectious refrains and superlative solos. Foster, together with Carlsson, served as executive producers of the project. They helped the guys with their trained ear and unique experience.

Loopified included catchy jams like the first single, “ Hit Me. ” A big hit in Japan , “Hit Me” was a funky tune that showcased the band’s talent. “Hit Me” led to some refined funk/dance goodies including “The Way She Walks” and “Lost In You.” Most of the tracks featured spectacular solos by the group’s members with Nilsson’s versatile voice sitting center stage.

The Song of the Week is a cover of the Justin Bieber hit, “Roller Coaster.” This harmless pop/dance ditty becomes a powerful funk/jazz jam after getting the Loops’ treatment. It’s a rhythmic tour de force with a fantastic job by Linder on bass, Mellergardh on drums and Nilsson giving his usual outstanding performances on keys and vocals. The icing on the cake were the horns from special guests the Jerry Hey Horns. They jazz up the atmosphere even more and deliver some in-your-face breaks that are nothing short of sublime. The smart addition of the horns beefs up this tune and serves as a reminder of the amazing artistry of Jerry Hey, one of the best horn arrangers ever. Kudos to Dirty Loops for their decision to use such a music legend.

Loopified was well received in Asia and Northern Europe . It also made Billboard’s Top 200 at #86 and was a top seller on the Jazz chart at #2. As great as it was, Loopified was just a first taste of Dirty Loops’ immense talent. What’s in store for this amazing trio with a deep conviction? They may become one of pop music’s next big things.


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Dirty Loops:
Vocals & Keyboards: Jonah Nilsson
Bass: Henrik Linder
Drums: Aron Mellergardh
Trumpets: Gary Grant & Wayne Bergeron
Saxophone: Dan Higgins
Trombone: Bill Reichenbach
Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey

Produced by Dirty Loops
Executive Producers: Andreas Carlsson & David Foster


Lyrics

Come here
I don’t know what happened
Come here
I don’t know what happened

Where did they go?
Nights like this don’t happen anymore whoa
Oh babe
I need to know
Is it me and did I lose control? Yo voom voom (oh babe)
It’s slowin’ down

Lonely overseas
Only memories
Wish I had the key to your heart
People come and go
Baby, they don’t know
What we had before
What it felt before our eyes

Roller coaster, roller coaster
Spinning all around and around for a world baby
Roller coaster, roller coaster
For a minute we were up, but the next we were falling down

It’s been difficult (difficult, difficult)
I’m just happy there’s no fights no more (fights no more, fights no more)
But it’s nights like this that I never ever missed you more
If there’s a reason why this happens for, yeah

(But I can’t help I feel like)

Lonely overseas
Only memories
Wish I had the key to your heart
People come and go
Baby, they don’t know
What we had before
What it felt before our eyes

Roller coaster, roller coaster
Spinning all around and around for a world baby
Roller coaster, roller coaster
For a minute we were up, but the next we were falling down

(Bounce)
Lonely overseas
Only memories
Wish I had the key to your heart
People come and go
Baby, they don’t know
What we had before
What it felt before our eyes

Roller coaster, roller coaster
Spinning all around and around for a world baby
Roller coaster, roller coaster
For a minute we were up, but the next we were falling down

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FLIGHT OF THE SNOWBIRDS http://www.fozfan.com/2015/06/21/flight-of-the-snowbirds-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/06/21/flight-of-the-snowbirds-2/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:26:19 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4976 [...]]]>  From RENDEZ-VOUS (LOVE LIGHTS THE WORLD)/FLIGHT OF THE SNOWBIRDS (single)

Written by David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock

Written around 1985, “Flight Of The Snowbirds” was a beautiful instrumental theme that David Foster co-wrote with his dear friend and fellow music-maker extraordinaire, Jeremy Lubbock. This evocative composition was first included on Foster’s 1986 self-titled album. The match of the song’s breezy melody with a complex rhythmic approach resulted in an amazing work of art. The track was built almost entirely on Foster’s inventive keyboards with some embellishment from Michael Landau on guitar. Sonically, “Flight Of The Snowbirds” was a true delight with its delicate intro that builds up to an intense crescendo.

The powerful atmosphere was highlighted by Foster’s unique craftsmanship and Humberto Gatica’s impeccable work in the control room. “Flight Of The Snowbirds” was inspired by Foster’s love for flying airplanes and Canada ’s own military aerobatic team, The Snowbirds.

In 1987, Foster used this gorgeous instrumental with newly written lyrics by his then girlfriend Linda Thompson and their friend, actor/songwriter Alan Thicke. This mash-up became the theme song for a big Canadian event called Rendez-Vous 87. A truly memorable, high-profile sporting event, Rendez-Vous 87 included a two game series between the National Hockey League’s best players and the former Soviet Union National Team plus an all-star music concert. The concert had some big names including Gordon Lightfoot, Crystal Gayle, Paul Anka and David Foster who performed this new song titled “Rendez-Vous (Love Lights The World)” together with the legendary Alexandrov Red Army Chorus. Foster even sang a rare lead vocal duet on this number with one of the choir’s lead singers. “Rendez-Vous” (Love Lights The World)” was recorded in the studio and released as a single backed up by Foster’s original instrumental, “Flight Of The Snowbirds.” The vocal version was a rare, wanted item for Foster’s completists and it had an important meaning at the dawn of the perestroika. Yet, “Rendez-Vous” (Love Lights The World)” wasn’t as effective when compared to the masterful power of Foster’s original instrumental. “Rendez-Vous (Love Lights The World)” was eventually issued on a 1992 compilation cd titled The Alexandrov Red Army Chorus And Dance Ensemble Vol. 2.


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Keyboards & Synthesizers: David Foster
Guitars: Michael Landau
Drum Overdubs: Tris Imboden
Arranged by David Foster

Produced by Humberto Gatica & David Foster


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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