SONG OF THE WEEK http://www.fozfan.com A site dedicated to David Foster Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/21/who-what-when-where-why/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/21/who-what-when-where-why/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:13:06 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4687 [...]]]>  

from PASTICHE
written by Rupert Holmes

Released at the dawn of 1978, “Pastiche” was The Manhattan Transfer’s fourth album and the third released with founder Tim Hauser plus Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Laurel Massé. “Pastiche” included The Man-Tran’s definitive vocalized version of “Four Brothers,” a Jimmy Giuffre jazz classic that quickly became a fixture in the group’s concert repertoire. Even though “Pastiche” was a mild entry on Billboard’s Top 200 at #66, it reached the top ten in the UK, thus becoming the highest charting release by the virtuoso vocal quartet in that market to this day.

Hauser produced most of the album with The Manhattan Transfer doing a fantastic job on vocal arrangements and performances. Guitarist Ira Newborn arranged and conducted all but two tracks on “Pastiche.” Those two songs were handled by Jay Graydon, a young guitarist who, at the time, was mostly known as a studio ace. Graydon was also the driving force behind The Man-Tran’s next two breakthrough releases, “Extensions” and “Mecca For Moderns.” Produced by Steve Barri, those were a couple of pop goodies delivered instrumentally by Graydon and his ultra-talented studio colleagues including the late Jeff Porcaro, Ben Benay, Michael Omartian and David Foster. Both tracks were extremely lovely and showed just a little glimpse of the amazing level of sophistication and originality that the group would achieve just a couple years later under Graydon’s guidance.

Graydon brought his pop sensibility to “Pastiche” with his vision of Rupert Holmes’ “Who, What, When, Where, Why” and The Addrisi Brothers’ “Pieces Of Dreams.” While “Pieces Of Dreams” was a more traditional ballad, “Who, What, When, Where, Why,” with Foster on piano, was one of the best songs on the album. Its catchy rhythm and ear candy melody showcases The Manhattan Transfer’s trademark harmonies and Graydon’s guitar work.

“Walk In Love” was another highlight on “Pastiche.” A gorgeous ballad written by David Batteau, this superb recording was the unfortunate swan song for Massé. She was forced to leave the group after a severe car accident. Her place was taken by another fantastic talent, Cheryl Bentyne, as The Manhattan Transfer continued on its way to become one of the best vocal groups in history.


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Vocals: The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul & Laurel Massé
Bass: Scott Edwards
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Guitars: Ben Benay & Jay Graydon
Percussion: Victor Feldman
Piano: David Foster
Oberheim Synthesizer: Michael Omartian

Strings & Horns Arrangement: Ben Benay
Arranged by Jay Graydon
Produced by Steve Barri


Lyrics

Who, who ooh ooh ooh oo
What, woo ooh ooh ooh oo
Where, woo ooh ooh ooh oo
Why, tell me why, tell me why? Tell me why?

I don’t understand, let’s sit down and talk
One minute you love me and then you walk
There’s more going on than you will admit
‘Cause just as we got it to work you quit

I’m caught in a fog and you make it clear
The truth won’t be worse than the things I fear
It’s a mystery to me I haven’t a clue
If somebody else has a part of you

Tell me who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
what when where why
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie ? Tell me why
(What?)

You won’t be my love, you won’t be my friend
But won’t you at least help me comprehend
What’s happening to me ’cause after you go
My one consolation will be to know

The places and names, the reason and rhymes
The facts of the matter and points in time
I tried for your love but you won’t allow
This guy to do nothin’ but ask you how

And who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who
(Who)
what when where why
(Why)
When did it die
(What)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie? Tell me why
(What)

I want you to say what’s inside your head
Confession is good for the soul, it’s said
So start at the top and take it real slow
If you want out, then I have to know

Just who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie? Tell me
(What?)

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie ? Tell me
(What?)

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
When did it die?
(What?)
When’d we go wrong don’t you lie? Tell me
(What?)

Who?
(Who?)
What, when, where, why?
(Why?)
Who is the guy?
(What?)
What made you need someone new? Tell me

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THE LAST PLACE GOD MADE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/14/the-last-place-god-made/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/14/the-last-place-god-made/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:07:56 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4679 [...]]]>  

from WORLD FALLING DOWN
written by Richard Kerr & Gary Osborne

“World Falling Down” was Peter Cetera’s fourth solo album and released in July 1992. The pop/rock collection was mostly produced by UK music-maker Andy Hill with a couple of tracks being handled by Cetera’s old pal David Foster. “World Falling Down” was the former Chicago singer’s last commercially relevant release with three singles in the Top Five of the Adult Contemporary chart and minor hits on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Among the Hill produced highlights are the third single hit duet with Chaka Khan, the romantic “Feels Like Heaven” co-written by Mark Goldenberg and a cover of the Leo Sayer hit “Have You Ever Been In Love,” originally co-written by Hill with Peter Sinfield and John Danter. The album was eventually certified gold in the US.

The second single off “World Falling Down” and one of the songs produced by Foster was “Even A Fool Can See.” This catchy, mid-tempo tune was co-written by Cetera with Goldenberg and a review of this breezy pop song can be read here. The Canadian super-producer also crafted the gorgeous ballad “The Last Place God Made.” Co-written by famed UK composers Richard Kerr and Gary Osborne, Foster created a rarefied, keyboard-driven musical scenario that was perfect for Cetera’s golden tenor voice. The legendary singer beautifully performs the poignant lyrics as the song develops into an effective refrain backed up by musicians including John Robinson on drums, Michael Thompson on guitar plus C.J. Vanston and Foster on keyboards. Although not a commercial success, this song is definitely an emotional gem that deserves your notice.


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Lead & Background Vocals: Peter Cetera
Keyboards: David Foster
Keyboards, Solo & Programming: Jeffery C.J. Vanston
Drums: John Robinson
Guitars: Michael Thompson
Additional Programming: Claude Gaudette
Synclavier Programming: Simon Franglen

Produced by David Foster & Peter Cetera


Lyrics

I’ve seen the best of times
I’ve seen the worst of times
‘Been around and I’ve taken my chances
(But) I could never be tied down
Too many questions–not enough answers

Then I laid eyes on you
I knew right there and then
This would be more than a passing encounter
My fate is bound to yours
I’ve found a cause right here

And if this is the last place God made
And yours is the last face I see
Just feeling close to you
That’s good enough for me

We’ve seen the best of times
We’ve seen the worst of times
Been through hell and high water together
Diamond bright and tear stained mem’ries
These are the times I’ll remember forever

If you believe in me–like I believe in you
Without a care for the why or the wherefore
I will be there for you
And you’ll be there for me

And If this is the last place God made
And yours is the last face I see
Just feeling close to you
It’s good enough for me

If this is the last place God made
You know it’s the only place I want to be
Just feeling close to you
That’s good enough for me

If this is the last place God made
You know it’s the only place I want to be
Just feeling close to you
It’s good enough for me

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I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/07/i-dont-want-you-anymore-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/09/07/i-dont-want-you-anymore-2/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:24:39 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4672 [...]]]> from REVELATION
written by David Foster & Bill Champlin

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It’s a given fact that Bill Champlin’s first solo album “Single” was one of David Foster’s first superior performances as a producer and arranger. Although not a commercial success, “Single” was rumored to be the album that got Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire fame interested in this young and gifted keyboard player even before hearing the irresistible melody of “After The Love Is Gone.”

The 1978 album included incredible material that was a powerful mix of pop, soul and rock and performed by the hottest session names of that era including the whole Toto crew.

A couple of years after his work on “Single,” Foster resurrected two of the stronger tracks for Tavares’ “Supercharged” album – the funky jam “I Don’t Want You Anymore” and the gorgeous ballad “We Both Tried.” Under Foster’s production, the veteran r&b/soul vocal group did quite good at handling the material even though Champlin’s gritty and soulful performance on the original production was a personal favorite. The high-level of those two compositions also attracted r&b vocal quartet Revelation.

Originally from New York, Revelation was a talented vocal group active from the mid-seventies that included legendary session singer Arnold McCuller of James Taylor’s band fame. At the end of the 70s, Revelation’s was comprised of original members Benny Diggs and Phillip Ballou plus the recent addition of Kevin Owens and Morris Gray. Produced by Jimmy Simpson and recorded in the Big Apple, the group’s 1980 self-titled album presented a solid soul/light funk collection. Among its best moments were renditions of “We Both Tried” and “I Don’t Want You Anymore.” “Revelation” noteworthy vocal performances were backed up by legendary names including Chic’s main man Nile Rodgers on guitars with Michael and Randy Brecker on sax and trumpet. The arrangements were fresh and refined. “We Both Tried” followed the footsteps of Champlin’s intense original version with some impressive work on harmonies by the group. The killer groove of “I Don’t Want You Anymore” had some interesting changes, a fine horn arrangement and amazing guitar work by Rodgers towards the end. If you like the soul/disco genre of that era, the entire album is really worth a listen and the two Foster/Champlin goodies are nicely covered.


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Vocals: Benny Diggs, Phillip Ballou, Kevin Owens & Morris Gray
Guitar: Nile Rodgers
Horns: Michael & Randy Brecker

Strings & Horns Arranged by Ray Chew
Produced by Jimmy Simpson


Lyrics

I don’t want you anymore

I’m afraid you’re gonna

treat me like before
I don’t want you anymore
cause you’re always walkin’
in and out the door
I don’t want you anymore
with all the games you play
you never let me score
I don’t want you anymore
cause you never say
just what you’re livin’ for

You hurt me
desert me
and loneliness is all I have
to keep me compnay
you hurt me
desert me
if freedom comes from happiness
it’s time to say goodbye

I don’t want you anymore
cause you never tell me why
i still don’t know
I don’t want you anymore
baby, when the well runs dry
there ain’t no place to go
I don’t want you anymore
baby, I’m wonderin’ what
this whole thing’s been for
I don’t want you anymore
mama, it’s high time I was
walkin’ out the door

You hurt me
desert me
and loneliness is all I have
to keep me compnay
you hurt me
desert me
if freedom comes from happiness
it’s time to say goodbye

I don’t want you anymore
I’m afraid you’re gonna
treat me like before
I don’t want you anymore

I don’t want you anymore
I don’t want you anymore
Mama, it’s high time
You were walking out the door

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ESTATE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/31/estate/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/31/estate/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:02:35 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4662 [...]]]> from UNDER THE DESERT SKY
written by Bruno Martino & Bruno Brighetti

Andrea Bocelli’s “Under The Desert Sky” was a cd/DVD release that features the Italian superstar’s December 2005 concert at Lake Las Vegas. This special event was broadcast throughout 2006 on the American TV network PBS with high ratings. The tracklist presents gorgeous live renditions of many songs from the tenor’s multi-platinum smash album “Amore.” David Foster and Humberto Gatica were responsible for the impeccable production of “Amore” and in charge for “Under The Desert Sky.”

Foster joined Bocelli on stage, playing piano and directing the star-studded orchestra while Gatica took command of the state of the art sound. Foster’s work on the arrangements was absolutely magnificent and perfectly suited Bocelli’s impeccable vocal performances. The backing band included session giants like Vinnie Colaiuta, Neil Stubenhaus, Tollak Ollestad, Dean Parks, Randy Waldman and Ramon Stagnaro.

Among the many gems recorded for this concert was a fantastic rendition of an Italian evergreen – Bruno Martino’s “Estate.” Originally included as a bonus track on “Amore,” Foster gave “Estate” his usual outstanding treatment with an irresistible, jazzy spin. The plus was Bocelli’s tender and bittersweet performance backed by Randy Waldman’s trumpet playing. Through the decades, “Estate” has become an international standard recorded by a who’s who of stars including gorgeous takes by Joao Gilberto, Chet Baker, Michel Petrucciani and Mina. Without a doubt, Bocelli’s intense version belongs with the elite of amazing covers.

“Under The Desert Sky” has musical and visual beauty. It was justly nominated for two Emmys in 2006 and certified gold in the US. This special endeavor doesn’t just feature Bocelli’s superb voice. “Under The Desert Sky” presents to audiences and viewers Bocelli’s unique interaction with Foster that will develop even more on subsequent music projects and special concerts.


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Lead Vocals: Andrea Bocelli
Trumpet: Randy Waldman
Piano: David Foster
Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta
Bass: Neil Stubenhaus

Arranged by David Foster

Produced by David Foster & Humberto Gatica


Lyrics

Estate
Sei calda come il bacio che ho perduto
Sei piena di un amore che è passato
Che il cuore mio vorrebbe cancellare

Estate
Il sole che ogni giorno ci scaldava
Che splendidi tramonti dipingeva
Adesso brucia solo con furor

Tornerà un altro inverno
Cadranno mille pètali di rose
La neve coprirà tutte le cose
E forse un po’ di pace tornerà

Odio l’Estate
Che ha dato il suo profumo ad ogni fiore
L’ estate che ha creato il nostro amore
Per farmi poi morire di dolor

Odio l’Estate

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IT’S THE FALLING IN LOVE http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/24/its-the-falling-in-love-2/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/24/its-the-falling-in-love-2/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:39:39 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4654 [...]]]> from ECCENTRIC AUDIO
written by David Foster & Carole Bayer Sager

From time to time, we discover interesting renditions of songs from the amazing David Foster songbook. This time it’s a beguiling dance cover of “It’s The Falling In Love” by UK modern funk duo Smoove & Turrell. The song was co-written in the late seventies by Foster and Carole Bayer Sager. “It’s The Falling In Love” was recorded by Michael Jackson for his mega-seller album “Off The Wall” and by other famous artists like Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Smoove & Turrell included their take of “It’s The Falling In Love” on their 2011 sophomore cd “Eccentric Audio.”

D.J. and music-maker Jonathan Scott Watson, aka Smoove, along with singer/songwriter John Turrell gave a delicious, modern spin to this classic pop tune and brought it into musical territories not too far from Daft Punk’s giant hit album “Random Access Memories.” Turrell’s soulful vocal performance is right on target and the upbeat arrangement is absolutely irresistible which makes this a perfect party tune. The whole “Eccentric Audio” cd is extremely interesting with a great blend of funk, soul and disco gems including “Wasted Man,” “In Deep,” “Hard Work” and “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head.” Turrell’s voice echoes other UK singers like Paul Weller and Peter Cox of Go West and really shines on the entire recording. This cd is highly recommended if you’re looking for new music with some “old school” influences.

Recently, Smoove & Turrell released “Broken Toys,” their new cd. “Broken Toys” is another fantastic showcase of the duo’s superior talent and is chock-full of good music.


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Vocals: John Turrell
Drum Programming & Programming: Smoove
Keyboards: Mike Porter
Bass: Andy Champion
Guitar: Athol Cassidy

Produced by Smoove


Lyrics

1st Verse
You’re Not Like Anybody I Ever Knew
But That Don’t Mean That I Don’t Know Where We Are
And Though I Find Myself Attracted To You
This Time I’m Trying Not To Go Too Far, Cause

Bridge
No Matter How It Starts It Ends The Same
Someone’s Always Doing Someone More
Trading In The Passion For That Taste Of Pain
It’s Only Gonna Happen Again

Chorus
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
All Night… All Night

2nd Verse
And Though I’m Trying Not To Look In Your Eyes
Each Time I Do They Kind Of Burn Right Through Me
Don’t Want To Lay Down In A Bed Full Of Lies
And Yet My Heart Is Saying Come And Do Me

Bridge
Now We’re Just A Web Of Mystery
A Possibility Of More To Come
I’d Rather Leave The Fantasy Of What Might Be
But Here I Go Falling Again

Chorus
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
Over You… Over You (All Night)

Chorus
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
It’s The Fallin’ In Love That’s Makin’ Me High
It’s The Being In Love That Makes Me Cry Cry Cry
All Night… All Night

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BABY LOU http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/17/baby-lou/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/17/baby-lou/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:38:38 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4649 [...]]]> from ROCK’N’ROSE
written by Alain Chamfort, Michel Pelay & Serge Gainsbourg

Between the late seventies and the early eighties, many famous European acts recorded albums in California to incorporate their sounds with the magnificent atmospheres of the LA session scene of that era. Good examples were releases by important names like Riccardo Cocciante, Umberto Tozzi , Lucio Battisti, Alan Sorrenti and Alberto Fortis from Italy, Michel Berger, Alain Chamfort, Grimaldi/Zeiher, Sheila and Michel Polnareff from France, Ted Gardestad and Tommy Nilsson from Sweden. On these albums, you can find different studio legends including Ray Parker, Jr., the late Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Bill Champlin, Richard Page, Ed Greene, Mike Melvoin, Abe Laboriel, Greg Mathieson, Lee Ritenour, Jay Graydon, David Foster and many, many more. Foster appeared prominently in Sorrenti’s “Figli Delle Stelle” and Chamfort’s “Rock’N’Rose.” Both album were recorded in 1977 and include catchy pop songs with extraordinary instrumental back-up and refined arrangements. We reviewed “Figli Delle Stelle” years ago, so this time around we focus on “Rock’N’Rose.”

In the first half of the seventies, Alain Chamfort, born Alain Le Govic, built a good career in France with several light pop hit singles. Chamfort often co-wrote with his songwriting partner Michel Pelay and leaned towards teen audiences. That lightweight material and music direction wasn’t Chamfort’s cup of tea so, in 1977, he started a more refined musical partnership with legendary singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. The first result of their collaboration was “Rock’N’Rose.” That album paired Chamfort’s catchy music ideas with Gainsbourg’s inventive lyrics. Add to the picture the top notch musical scenario created by Sylvester Rivers, Foster, the Porcaro Brothers, Mike Baird, Graydon and Jay Winding and you get a convincing pop record with several interesting moments. The instrumental tracks show traces of what will come to full bloom on albums by Airplay and Toto. One plus throughout “Rock’N’Rose” is Steve Madaio’s fantastic work on the horn arrangements. The single off the album was an up-tempo rocker titled “Joujou à la Casse” that included a rich texture of guitars, strings and horns guided by Porcaro’s powerful drumming. The most popular song on the album, though it wasn’t a single, is entitled “Baby Lou.” It presents a gorgeous melody with an overall gloomy atmosphere enpowered with lush strings and horns. This song was covered years later by both Lio and Jane Birkin.
Other good moments on “Rock’n’Rose” are the disco-flavored title track and the refined mid-tempo “Lucette Et Lucie”, both perfectly showcasing the great talent of the backing musicians. “Rock’N’Rose” may sound dated to today’s casual listener, but it’ll be a nice surprise to older quality music lovers and give them a strong nostalgic experience.


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Lead Vocals: Alain Chamfort
Drums: Jeff Porcaro, Ed Greene & Mike Baird
Keyboards: David Foster, Jay Winding & Steve Porcaro
Bass: James Jamerson, Jr. & Mike Porcaro
Guitars: Richie Zito, Jay Graydon, Dan Ferguson, Michael Henderson & Greg Poree
Percussion: Ray Cooper
Synthesizer: Michael Boddicker

Rhythm Arrangements by Sylvester Rivers
Horn Arrangements by Steve Madaio
String Arrangements by Richard Hewson

Produced by Paul Boussard & Michel Pelay


Lyrics

Sur les abords du périphérique
J’t’ai aperçue par ma vitre
On aurait dit comme le générique
D’un film Ricain sans sous-titres
Tu n’m’as même pas d’mandé où j’allais
On aurait dit que tu t’en foutais

Moi, je filais droit vers l’Atlantique
Voir les bateaux qui chavirent
J’voulais me noyer dans l’romantique
L’idée semblait te séduire
Tu m’dis : “J’n’ai jamais vu l’océan
Qui sait, là-bas c’est p’t-être plus marrant !”

J’ai compris ta philosophie
Baby Lou
Et ta façon de voir la vie
Baby Lou

Et pourquoi pas
Si c’est c’qui te va ?
Tu n’es pas concernée
Plutôt du genre consterné

J’te regarde dans l’rétro d’la Buick
Sous les nuages qui s’déchirent
Compter les poteaux télégraphiques
Tu n’trouves rien d’autre à me dire
Tu as vraiment l’air de te foutre de tout
De prendre tous les autres pour des fous

C’est toute ta philosophie
Baby Lou
C’est ta façon de voir la vie
Baby Lou

Et pourquoi pas
Si c’est c’qui te va ?
Tu n’es pas concernée
Plutôt du genre consterné

Et pourquoi pas
Si c’est c’qui te va ?
Tu n’es pas concernée
Plutôt du genre consterné

Regarde voir la mer
Comme toi tout aussi amère

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CINDERELLA BEAUTIFUL http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/10/cinderella-beautiful/ http://www.fozfan.com/2014/08/10/cinderella-beautiful/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:57:55 +0000 http://www.fozfan.com/?p=4642 [...]]]> from EAST OF ANGEL TOWN
written by Peter Cincotti & John Bettis

Every now and then we feel the urge to go back and listen to Peter Cincotti’s 2007 album East Of Angel Town. The main reason is that East Of Angel Town is a magnificent record, one of the best pop collections ever heard in the new millennium and certainly one of David Foster’s most challenging productions in recent years. On this album, the wildly gifted singer/songwriter/piano player presented a fantastic string of pop songs that wonderfully blended quality pop, jazz, blues and refined funk. We never tire of spreading the word about East Of Angel Town for its superior musical value. It’s pretty sad that such an endeavor only found limited commercial success in Europe, but it was criminally overlooked in North America, especially thanks to Warner Bros. Records’ off-target release strategy.

Every detail on this recording is top notch – from Cincotti’s amazing vocal and instrumental performances to the beautifully conceived music, sharp lyrics and perfectly crafted production and arrangements. Foster and Humberto Gatica with the precious help of co-producer Jochem van der Saag gave Cincotti all the right tools to become the next Billy Joel. And Cincotti added the best of his talents to the mix. Probably the high level of sophistication of East Of Angel Town was too much for today’s music market unless your name is Steely Dan.

Among the many gems on this album, we put the spotlight on the wonderful ballad “Cinderella Beautiful.” This is one of the songs where the comparison with the legendary “Piano Man” from the Bronx is almost inevitable. The elegant atmosphere echoes Joel’s timeless voice-piano ballads on “The Stranger,” “Turnstiles” or “52nd Street” with bittersweet lyrics courtesy of John Bettis, the to-die-for refrain and even a gorgeous saxophone backing by Scott Kreitzer. We can’t help but think that a ballad of this caliber would have been a top hit in the late seventies/early eighties when refined pop music was still selling millions and topping the charts.

You are strongly suggested to discover East Of Angel Town. Cincotti’s art is in full bloom with the unmistakable support of Foster and his ultra-talented team.


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Lead Vocals & Piano: Peter Cincotti
Acoustic Guitar: Dean Parks
Electric Guitar: Michael Thompson
Drums: Obed Calvaire
Organ: David Foster
Organ & Wurlitzer Electric Piano: Jochem van der Saag
Bass: Barak Mori
Saxophone: Scott Kreitzer
Produced by David Foster, Humberto Gatica & Jochem van der Saag


Lyrics

Like april snow blowing around in gramercy park
The two of us were never meant to last

You left your traces and drove away like a circus in town
A three-ring show that comes and goes too fast

The best of friends have been divided by a kiss
If we can’t love again
I can always remenisce

Cinderella beautiful
This one is for you
We almost made our fairy tale come true
Happy ever after was
Unavailable
Now, two years after midnight
I’m still thinking of those yesterdays
When I was prince charming
And you were cinderella beautiful

You know I don’t like christmas
But thanks for the holiday card
I didn’t know you moved so far away

The winter months were the usual mess
Back here in new york
Every day another shade of grey

I’m doing fine
But sometimes every now and then
I miss who I was with you
And I wonder where he went

Cinderella beautiful
This one is for you
We almost made our fairy tale come true
Happy ever after was
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Now, two years after midnight
I’m still thinking of those yesterdays
When I was prince charming
And you were cinderella beautiful

And I know our time has come and gone away
So why do I waste my nights
Dreaming of a you and me that can never be again?

Happy ever after was
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Now, two years after midnight
I still thinking of those yesterdays
When I was prince charming
And you were cinderella beautiful

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