SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:28:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 BEAUTIFUL BOY http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/22/beautiful-boy/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/22/beautiful-boy/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:28:18 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4880 [...]]]>  From BEAUTIFUL BOY (single)

Written by John Lennon

Celine Dion’s song “Beautiful Boy” was another tasty result of her fruitful collaboration with David Foster. “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” was written by the late, legendary John Lennon and included on his now-classic 1980 album “Double Fantasy.” The former Beatle wrote the song’s sweet, loving lyrics for his son Sean and they perfectly fit the concept of Dion’s “Miracle” cd.

Produced and arranged by Foster along with the amazing Humberto Gatica as the engineer, “Miracle” was released in the fall of 2004. Both Dion and the Australian photographer Anne Geddes, famous worldwide for her gorgeous portraits of babies and motherhood, were credited on the cd. The concept record presented a series of sweet lullabies sung by the Quebecoise songbird as well as some of Geddes’ most beautiful photos. “Beautiful Boy” became the single off “Miracle.” Foster’s impeccable production and his catchy, understated arrangement of the song kept the Caribbean flavor of Lennon’s beautiful original. Foster also gave “Beautiful Boy” new life by leaning it towards the super-producer’s trademark and refined adult contemporary atmospheres. Dion’s singing is absolutely perfect and she delivers another memorable vocal execution. Her performance was deliberately restrained, yet she didn’t lose one bit of the needed intensity and strength.

“Beautiful Boy” was a Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit in the U.S. at #18. “Miracle” went platinum in the U.S. and reached the Top Ten in several countries worldwide. “Miracle” also set a record by spending 18 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Kid Album chart. “Miracle” was nominated as “Pop Album Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year” at Canada ’s 2005 Juno Awards.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Celine Dion
Keyboards: David Foster
Additional Keyboards, Programming & Sound Design: Jochem van der Saag
Guitars: Dean Parks
Percussion: Rafael Padilla
Orchestral Arrangement: William Ross

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

close your eyes,
have no fear,
the monster’s gone,
he’s on the run and your mommy’s here,
(chorus)
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy
before you go to sleep,
say a little prayer,
every day in every way,
it’s getting better and better,
(chorus)
out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
to see you come of age,
but I guess we’ll both just have to be patient,
cuz it’s a long way to go,
a hard row to hoe
yes it’s a long way to go but in the meantime,
before you cross the street,
take my hand,
life is what happens to you,
while you’re busy making other plans,
(chorus)
before you go to sleep, say a little prayer,
ev’ry day, in ev’ry way
it’s getting better and better.
(chorus)

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MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE (THEME FROM “LAVERNE & SHIRLEY”) http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/15/making-our-dreams-come-true-theme-from-laverne-shirley/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/15/making-our-dreams-come-true-theme-from-laverne-shirley/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:38:50 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4872 [...]]]>  from MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE

Written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimbel

In the second half of the seventies, David Foster’s keyboard playing became a fixture on hit records by superstars including George Harrison, Dolly Parton, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart. Although the list of artists he played for was impressive, the future Hitman could also be found tickling the ivories on  quite a few pop guilty pleasures. For example, Foster played keys on a string of TV theme songs written by his friend and compatriot Alan Thicke including “The Wheel Of Fortune” and “The Joker’s Wild.”

Foster and his cohort Jay Graydon were found all over the 1975 comedy album “Hi Guys!” by the late actor Ted Knight of The Mary Tyler Moore Show fame. Around 1976, Foster can be seen arranging a disco/pop single by future Charlie’s Angels’ star Cheryl Ladd and playing on the forgettable debut album of singer/actress Lisa Hartman. One of Foster’s first appearances on Billboard’s Hot 100 as a session player happened while playing the synthesizer on the 1976 #1 hit “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots.

Another Top 40 hit was “Making Our Dreams Come True” by newcomer Cyndi Grecco. In the summer of 1976, “Making Our Dreams Come True” reached #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 thanks to its exposure as the theme song of the popular TV show Laverne & Shirley. The song was co-written by the legendary and prolific songwriting team of Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. Fox and Gimbel co-penned other evergreens including “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and unforgettable TV themes for Happy Days and Angie. Foster played all the keyboards on “Making Our Dreams Come True” alongside other giant players including Mike Baird, Max Bennett, Victor Feldman and Ben Benay. The Fox-crafted tune was extremely catchy with a strong sixties feel and was mixed with a danceable beat fueled with strings, horns and ear-candy harmony vocals. Grecco’s cute voice handled the song reasonably well. Grecco went on to release a full album also titled “Making Our Dreams Come True” that featured a few interesting moments as well as a terrific cast of supporting musicians. Given the good potential of the album, it deserved better luck on the charts, but bombed like the follow-up single “Dancing, Dancing.” Grecco released another album in 1982, but couldn’t find additional chart success and quickly disappeared from the pop scene.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Cyndi Grecco
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitar: Ben Benay
Bass: Max Bennett
Drums: Mike Baird
Percussion: Victor Feldman
Saxophone: David Luell
Flute: Clifford Shank & William Collette
Horns: Bobby Shew, David Luell, Dick Hyde, Phil Teele & William Peterson
Strings: Sid Sharp & His Magic Strings
Backing Vocals: Jim Haas, Ron Hicklin & Tom Bahler
Arranged by Charles Fox
Produced by Charles Fox & Janna Merlyn Feliciano


Lyrics

Give us any chance we’ll take it
Read us any rule we’ll break it
We’re going to make our dreams come true
Doing it our way

Nothing’s going to hold us back now
Straight ahead and on the track now
We’re going to make our dreams come true

There ain’t nothing we won’t try
Never heard the word impossible
This time there’s no stopping us
We’re going to do it

On your marks, get set, and go now
Got a dream and we must know now
We’re going to make our dreams come true

And we’ll do it our way, yes our way
Make all our dreams come true
When we do it our way, yes our way
Make all our dreams
Come true
For me and you

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HEAVEN HOLDS THE ONES I LOVE http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/08/heaven-holds-the-ones-i-love/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/08/heaven-holds-the-ones-i-love/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 18:23:33 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4866 [...]]]>  from ONE VOICE

Written by David Foster & Linda Thompson

For over twenty years, Nita Whitaker has been a fixture on many David Foster projects. This talented pop/r&b songstress began her career in the second half of the eighties with an appearance on the popular TV show Star Search. Winning the talent show and the subsequent grand championship, Whitaker was soon noticed by Foster and she flourished under his expert wing. In the early nineties, Whitaker worked with the Canadian Hitmaker as part of the vocal group Millennium which included the late, unforgettable Warren Wiebe, Wil Wheaton, Joey Diggs and Suzette Charles.

Envisioned by Foster as a modern version of The Fifth Dimension, Millennium recorded an album that was partially produced by Foster. Despite its superior musical value and the top-notch quality of the vocalists, the album never saw the light of day. It was buried in Foster’s vaults and remains one of Foster’s most sought after projects by hard-core fans. Ms. Whitaker went on to sing the original studio demos for many of Foster’s hits of the ninety’s including Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and “I Will Always Love You.” In 1994, Whitaker finally released her self-titled, debut cd. Through the years, the Louisiana-born singer kept working with Foster on dozens of live events. Whenever there’s a high-profile charity concert with Foster on board, there’s a good chance that Whitaker will be part of the line-up. Recently, Whitaker was featured on Foster’s “Hitman” and “Hitman Returns” DVDs. She was seen supporting the all-star casts with her amazing backing vocals.

Whitaker released her sophomore cd in 2001 titled “One Voice.” It was an elegant, mostly adult contemporary collection that presented a handful of original compositions written by Whitaker. One highlight of this collection was the beautiful “Heaven Holds The One I Love,” a powerful ballad co-written by Foster with his then-wife Linda Thompson. For the occasion, Thompson came up with truly inspirational lyrics that paired well with Foster’s gorgeous music. Foster’s grand production gave life to a remarkable work of art. Whitaker’s vocals on “Heaven Holds The One I Love” are completely on target. Her intense performance perfectly transmits the bittersweet, aching flavor of the song. Let’s round out this review with a comment that Foster dedicated to his good friend and collaborator:

“Destined for greatness. One of my favorite girl singers, and I’ve worked with them all.”

Take a listen to “Heaven Holds The One I Love” and we are sure you’ll agree with Foster’s statement.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Nita Whitaker
Piano & Keyboards: David Foster
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Synthesizer Programming: Felipe Elgueta

String Arrangement by William Ross
Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

I’ve spent my life building castles of dreams
Reaching for each distant star
As tears clear my eyes I finally realize
Happiness is where you are
And I’m still a part of you and you’re still a part of me
And I swear I’ll always celebrate your memory
You’ll live inside of me
Heaven holds the ones I love
I see your eyes twinkle in the skies above
My hopes are floating in the clouds
The wind repeats your name out loud

Ohhh

Heaven holds the ones I love
At times I’m unsure
Why our hearts must endure
All the pain and such great loss
Still look what I’ve gained
I feel your kiss in the rain
It’s your smile I miss the most
And I’m still a part of you
And you’re still the biggest part of me
And I swear I’ll always celebrate your memory
And trust what’s meant to be
Heaven holds the ones I love
I see your eyes twinkle in the skies above
My hopes are floating in the clouds
The wind repeats your name out loud

Ohhh

Heaven holds the ones I love
And in my grief and disbelief
One thing I know is true
Every breath I take
Brings me that much closer to you
Heaven holds the ones I love
I see your eyes twinkle in the skies above
My hopes are floating in the clouds
The wind repeats your name out loud

Ohhh

Heaven holds the ones I love
Heaven holds the ones I love

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THE CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/01/the-closest-thing-to-heaven/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/03/01/the-closest-thing-to-heaven/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:00:11 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4858 [...]]]>  from THE CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN (single)

Written by Diane Warren

When you find a song written by the hit-making pen of Diane Warren, crafted by super-producer David Foster and delivered by the legendary voice of Lionel Richie, good chances are that you are thrown into an elegant adult contemporary heaven. This was the case with “The Closest Thing To Heaven,” a sweet ballad included on the former Commodores singer’s 1998 cd “Time.” “The Closest Thing To Heaven” was a love song that reaffirmed Warren ’s uncommon ability to pair a gorgeous, catchy melody with an irresistible hook that was stuck in your mind the moment you hear it for the first time.

As usual, Foster added his superior musical artistry to increase the level of catchiness with his superb arrangement of acoustic and electric guitars, minimal keyboards and synths. For the occasion, Foster’s usual high-tech production is a bit more restrained with amazing results. The icing on the cake was Richie’s warm baritone slowly dancing on top of Foster’s instrumental background. The singer was second to none when it came to serenading listeners with his familiar voice and he delivered another killer performance. Cool vocal harmonies are a pleasure to the ear and provided with the support of Jeff Pescetto’s smooth tenor voice. The overall result wasn’t far from the successful acoustic soul productions of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds , another R&B superstar that was crafting around that same time. “The Closest Thing To Heaven” was released as the final single from “Time.” Although it had radio-friendly potential, “The Closest Thing To Heaven” never bloomed into a hit.

“Time” also included “I Hear Your Voice,” a great co-write by Foster, Warren and Richie that was an adult contemporary hit single that year. Previously reviewed, you can read all about “I Hear Your Voice” here.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Lionel Richie
Keyboards: David Foster
Guitars: Dean Parks & Michael Thompson
Synthesizers Programming: Felipe Elgueta
Drum Programming: Guy Roche
Backing Vocals: Jeff Pescetto

Produced & Arranged by David Foster


Lyrics

An angels kiss is the kiss you gave to me
An angels touch, has touched my heart
Your love is something, thats truly heavenly
Heaven is here in your arms

I couldn’t sleep at night and then you embraced my life
With your sweet, sexy ways, oh, now I can’t even think
What my life would be, to be without you even one day

You’re the closest thing to heaven in my world
Never take this heaven from my arms
Don’t take your love from me or you’ll take everything
You’re the closest thing to heaven that I’ve ever seen

You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are

My happiness is just being next to you
Your tenderness has touched my soul
Never knew someone had so much love for me
I’m never letting you

I thought no one could care, you answered all my prayers
With your sweet, sexy ways, oh, you made my life complete
When you made love to me thats why, I love you more everyday

You’re the closest thing to heaven in my world
Never take this heaven from my arms
Don’t take your love from me or you’ll take everything
You’re the closest thing to heaven that I’ve ever seen

You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are
You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are

The one love, I need in my life
The one touch, I need in night
You’re the answer to all of my prayers
Promise me you’ll always be there

You’re the closest thing to heaven in my world
Never take this heaven from my arms
Don’t take your love from me or you’ll take everything
You’re the closest thing to heaven that I’ve ever seen

You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are
You are, you are the closest thing to heaven, you are, you are

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FLY AWAY http://www.fozfan.com/2015/02/22/fly-away/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/02/22/fly-away/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:51:49 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4852 [...]]]>  from FLY AWAY (single)

Written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager & Peter Allen

The late R&B/adult contemporary singer Stevie Woods enjoyed a brief stint of chart action in the early eighties after the release of his noteworthy debut album, “Take Me To Your Heaven.” The album was released in 1981 under the production of Jack White of Laura Branigan fame. “Take Me To Your Heaven” was a delicious collection of black-pop that showcased the warm timbre and excellent phrasing of the singer who was stylistically influenced by the incomparable Johnny Mathis.

Musically, the album followed in the footsteps of quality pop/R&B legends like Al Jarreau, Lionel Richie and Christopher Cross. With those influences in mind, White and Woods picked a string of catchy R&B/pop/adult contemporary compositions and put them in the hands of gifted arrangers Greg Mathieson, Gene Page and Jerry Hey. An impressive list of session aces including Nathan East, Mike Baird, Ed Greene, Steve Lukather, Ray Parker, Jr. and Paulinho Da Costa ensured a top-notch level on the instrumental tracks.

The debut single from “Take Me To Your Heaven” was “Steal The Night,” a catchy ballad that reached #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #36 on the R&B chart and #14 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The follow-up single was a refined, mid-tempo tune entitled “Just Can’t Win Them All.” This song was musically crafted in the best west coast vein and rightfully became another multi-format hit. The final single off the album was a beautiful cover of a classic Peter Allen/David Foster/Carole Bayer Sager composition “Fly Away.” Originally included on Allen’s 1980 “Bi-Coastal” record, “Fly Away” was an elegant ballad that quickly became one of Allen’s signature songs. Woods’ faithful rendition was based on a rich, sophisticated arrangement written by Mathieson with the embellishment of lush strings and horns courtesy of Jerry Hey. Those gentlemen provided the singer with the perfect back-up to deliver a superior vocal performance. The result was pure ear-candy and gave Woods another minor hit in 1982 by reaching #82 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #23 on Adult Contemporary. “Take Me To Your Heaven” also included a gorgeous rendition of “Throw A Little Bit Of Love My Way,” a Foster/Graydon ballad that alone was worth the price of admission. “Take Me To Your Heaven” was one of those little-known, black-pop gems that’s a true delight to listen to from start to finish. If you like quality music, great songs, refined arrangements and top vocal and instrumental performances, give “Take Me To Your Heaven” a listen.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Stevie Woods
Keyboards: Greg Mathieson
Bass: Nathan East
Drums: Mike Baird
Guitar: Ray Parker, Jr., Steve Lukather, Paul Jackson, Jr.
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa

Arranged by Greg Mathieson
Strings & Horns Arranged by Jerry Hey
Produced by Jack White


Lyrics

You’re an anchor, I’m a kite
You’re what gets me through the night
You keep me steady and on course
Until I found you, I was lost

But you’re the up, I’m the sky
And sometimes if I go too high
Then the pull the string
That pulls me back
If not for you, I might lose track

And I might fly away
Oh, I might fly away
And go my own way
To places that we’ve
Never been together

I might fly away
Take to the sky someday
But not for now, not today
Nobody here is flying away

Away

You have reasons, I have dreams
So we’re perfect, so it seems
You tell fortunes, I tell the truth
Kept me from my crazy youth

When you’re near me, I feel whole
I don’t have to rock and roll
I don’t worry, I don’t think
But, baby, hold me
Cause I might break

I just might fly away
Oh, I might fly away
And go my own way
To places that we’ve
Never been together

I might fly away
Take to the sky someday
But not for now, not today
Nobody here is flying
Flying away

Oh, I might fly away

I might fly away
But not for now, not today
Nobody here is flying
Oh, I might fly away

I might fly away
Take to the sky someday
But not for now…

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IF I TAKE YOU HOME TONIGHT http://www.fozfan.com/2015/02/15/if-i-take-you-home-tonight/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/02/15/if-i-take-you-home-tonight/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:33:13 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4844 [...]]]>  from WALLFLOWER

Written by Paul McCartney

Diana Krall can seduce with a sultry, soulful song or fascinate with an upbeat, playful melody. Hers is one of the most important names in the jazz world during the past twenty years. Born and bred in Canada , Ms. Krall has taken the music world by storm with her amazing alto voice and superior piano playing skills.

She first touched base with David Foster in 1999 when the super-producer crafted “Why Should I Care” for her and Krall performed that song on the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s movie “True Crime.” Then in 2001, the two Canadians would again cross paths when Foster co-wrote with his daughter Amy “I’ll Make It Up As I Go,” a beautiful composition that was included on the soundtrack of “The Score” starring Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton. Since the late nineties, Krall has been a Verve Records artist and with Foster’s recent appointment as the label’s president, a new collaboration was a sure bet.

Beginning of 2014, Krall was back in the studio for a new project overseen by Foster. The result saw the light of day just a couple of weeks ago with the release of “Wallflower.” The new cd gives listeners a little twist in sound as Krall embraces pop evergreens from the seventies and the eighties. This concept was warmly supported by Foster who is one of the best music producer around when it comes to handling quality pop music. He wrote a series of magnificent instrumental arrangements that crossed Krall’s classic jazzy style with a catchy pop approach. Foster enlisted world-class talents including William Ross, Chris Walden and Vince Mendoza to help him provide some spectacular orchestral scores. Krall also had Foster play acoustic piano on most of the record declaring “… I couldn’t play piano like that….he (Foster) put the songs in really difficult keys. Now I’m cursing him, because I’m thinking, how am I going to learn to play them in those keys?” Other giants appearing on “Wallflower” include the legendary drummer Jim Keltner, session aces Nathan East on bass, Ramon Stagnaro on acoustic guitar, Dean Parks and Michael Thompson on guitar and Christian McBride on acoustic bass. Standing out on top of it all is Krall’s gorgeous voice. The singer delivers a string of top-notch performances as her fabulous voice caresses listeners on song after song. Among the classics included here are staples like “California Dreaming” by Mamas & Papas, The Eagles’ “Desperado,” Sir Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” “I’m Not In Love” by 10 cc and the Gilbert O’Sullivan hit, “Alone Again (Naturally),” a special duet with Canadian superstar Michael Bublè. Personal favs include another gem by The Eagles, “I Can’t Tell You Why,” delivered in a Brazilian-tinged arrangement and featuring a special guest vocal by writer Timothy B. Schmit. The Jim Croce classic “Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels)” shows a respectful ear to the revered west coast sound of the late seventies. This tune highlights a special treat with the appearance of two vocal legends, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills who also plays electric guitar. Other highlights on “Wallflower” include a beautiful rendition with an evocative atmosphere of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and Carpenters 1971 hit “Superstar,” co-written by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett that Foster reinvents as a bluesy torch song.

The “Song Of The Week” is “If I Take You Home Tonight.” This is a gorgeous original by Sir Paul McCartney and the only new song on “Wallflower.” Foster arranged it with William Ross and they enriched what is already a magnificent melody with the most perfect string arrangement. Krall’s vocals are sublime. She owns the ballad with an understated yet refined performance that’s a true work of art. The result is a modern-day classic that is set to become another evergreen of McCartney’s legendary songbook. The production is flawless and the sound immaculate thanks to Foster and his gifted partner in crime, Jochem van der Saag.

“Wallflower” is a welcome opportunity for music lovers to once again appreciate Krall’s talents. “Wallflower” is also a not-to-miss chance to experience a master class in record arrangement and production. This is not something you frequently find in today’s music world, but a sure bet when you read Foster’s name in the liner notes.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Diana Krall
Piano: David Foster
Guitars: Dean Parks
Drums: Jim Keltner
Bass: Nathan East
Programming & Sound Design: Jochem van der Saag
Orchestra Arranged by David Foster & William Ross

Produced & Arranged by David Foster
Co-Produced by Jochem van der Saag


Lyrics

If I take you home tonight
I will think of songs to sing to you
Music filled with joy and (light)?
If I take you home tonight

If I tell you how I feel
Would you be afraid and run away
I would say my love is real
If you let me take you home tonight

Oh my love let me treat you right
Let me take you home tonight

Oh my love let me treat you right
Let me take you home tonight

If you let me take your hand
There are places I could bring you to
In some unimagined land
If you let me take your hand

Oh my love let me treat you right
Let me take you home tonight

Oh my love let me treat you right
Let me take you home tonight

If I take you home tonight
I will think of songs to sing to you
Music filled with joy and light

If I take you home…
If I take you home…
If I take you home tonight

If I take you home…
If I take you home…
If I take you home tonight

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EVERY NIGHT http://www.fozfan.com/2015/02/08/every-night/ http://www.fozfan.com/2015/02/08/every-night/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 17:36:49 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4836 [...]]]>  from MISS M

Written by Alan O’Day & Tatsuro Yamashita

The 1980 album “Miss M” from Japanese icon Mariya Takeuchi included the song “Every Night.” This soulful composition was co-written in the late seventies by deceased singer/songwriter Alan O’Day with Tatsuro Yamashita, a Japanese pop music icon and gifted songwriter/producer. Yamashita was married to pop singer Takeuchi who was a celebrity in her home country. Around 1980, Takeuchi recorded “Every Night” in Los Angeles with David Foster and Jay Graydon in the control room.

The enchanting ballad got the royal “Airplay” treatment and the result was outstanding. It takes only a few seconds of the song’s intro to be thrown into pop music’s most elegant territory. The subtle, irresistible groove of Toto’s original rhythm section with Jeff Porcaro on drums and David Hungate on bass matches Foster’s trademark keyboard playing and the classy embellishment of Graydon’s and Steve Lukather’s guitars. Greg Mathieson was another music genius who wrote the super-fine string and horn arrangements that were essential to enhance the level of sophistication on this zenith. Takeuchi does an acceptable job with her vocals though such a memorable musical scenario deserved a far more solid vocal performance.

Four other songs from “Miss M” were recorded in California with Graydon and Foster and showed stellar results. “Sweetest Music” and “Secret Love” were two shining gems from that project. “Sweetest Music” was a delicious pop/disco up-tempo co-written by David Lasley and the late, amazing Peter Allen. “Secret Love” was one of those Foster/Graydon masterpieces that you never tire of savouring, much like a fine wine. You can read a past review of “Secret Love” here.


Listen


Lead Vocals: Mariya Takeuchi
Bass: David Hungate
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Guitars: Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather
All Keyboards: David Foster
Background Vocals: Alan O’Day, Laura Lee & Lori Kelly

Strings & Horns Arrangement: Greg Mathieson
Chorus Arrangement: Alan O’Day
Rhythm Arrangement by David Foster & Jay Graydon
Produced by Shigeki Miyata & Masaru Murakami


Lyrics

No Lyrics

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