Jul 032016
 

from BI-COASTAL
Written by David Foster & Peter Allen

1980 was a pivotal year for David Foster’s career. The previous year saw his first big achievement with Earth, Wind & Fire’s I Am. The young music-maker went on to craft several ear-candy productions for Boz Scaggs, Average White Band, Tavares, the late Peter Allen (February 10, 1944 to June 18, 1992) and his own Airplay project that won the hearts of the many quality pop aficionados worldwide. Foster’s music was, way back when, an irresistible mix of pop, soul and rock delivered with catchy hooks and jazz-influenced arrangements. Continue reading »

Apr 102016
 

From RAY KENNEDY (bonus track)

Written by Ray Kennedy & Jack Conrad

December 2014 saw the cd rerelease of the late Ray Kennedy’s (November 26, 1946 – February 16, 2014) 1980 self-titled album on the worthy US independent label, Real Gone Music. Produced by David Foster, Ray Kennedy already appeared on cd in Japan around 2002, but what makes the Real Gone Music edition worth having is the inclusion of precious bonus material. There are alternate versions of two songs recorded prior to Foster’s involvement, the rocking “It Never Crossed My Mind” and the gorgeous ballad “Just For The Moment.”

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Sep 202015
 

From SINGLE
Written by Bill Champlin

“Yo Mama” was a smoking, funk jam written by legendary Bill Champlin for his first solo album, Single. Released in 1978 and produced by a young but already gifted David Foster, Single was a sophisticated pop/R&B affair that was pretty close to the blue-eyed territories of Boz Scaggs’ 1976 seminal Silk Degrees. “Yo Mama,” with its rock-solid groove and muscular arrangement, was one of the highlights on Champlin’s album. This R&B mid-tempo sports a soulful atmosphere and a catchy, energetic refrain reflective of the glorious sounds of Sons Of Champlin and other big acts like The Commodores or Tower Of Power .

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Jan 252015
 

 from RUNAWAY

Written by Bill Champlin & Richard Page

The years between the late seventies and early eighties often saw David Foster embedding dynamic and punchy horn arrangements into his productions. The Canadian Hitmaker’s close collaboration with arranger supreme Jerry Hey brought to life fantastic horn charts that can be appreciated on legendary recordings by Bill Champlin, Peter Allen, Boz Scaggs, Deniece Williams, Airplay, The Tubes and Average White Band. This week’s spotlight is put on “Satisfaction,” an irresistible, up-tempo jam that opened the second side of Champlin’s 1981 album “Runaway.”

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Dec 222013
 

from A MARY CHRISTMAS

written by Donny Hathaway & Nadine McKinnor

“This Christmas” is one of the brighter gems of the late Donny Hathaway’s repertoire. Since Hathaway’s original release in 1970, this joyful and festive song has become a modern Christmas standard covered by a who’s who of stars including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle,

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Oct 272013
 

from SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (single)

written by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman

The song “Save The Last Dance For Me” was co-written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. It became a big hit in the sixties for The Drifters under the production of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This evergreen was later covered by many stars; among them Dolly Parton that made “Save The Last Dance For Me” a multi-format hit in 1983.

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YOU

Mar 242013
 

from YOU/SHARE YOUR LOVE (single edit)

written by Maurice White, David Foster & Brenda Russell

The autumn of 1980 saw the release of “You” the second single from Earth, Wind & Fire’s extraordinary double album, “Faces.” “You” is an amazing soul/pop ballad co-written by Maurice White with David Foster and lyrics written by singer/songwriter Brenda Russell. This elegant song was evidently conceived as a follow-up to EWF’s milestone hit, “After The Love Is Gone” from their previous album, “I Am.”

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