Jan 192014
 

from AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE/ROCK THAT! (single)

written by David Foster, Jay Graydon & Bill Champlin

This week is all about “After The Love Has Gone,” one of the brighter gems in the David Foster repertoire. This magnificent ballad was co-written with Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin and was performed by legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire on their July 1979album “I Am.” The genesis of the song is very interesting and was told by Foster in his bio:

“…One day I got a call from Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, and I went to talk to him about Jaye P. Morgan’s

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Jun 162013
 

from THE GREATEST SONGS OF THE EIGHTIES

written by David Foster & Peter Cetera

“Hard To Say I’m Sorry” is without a doubt one of the milestones of David Foster’s career. This ballad, co-written by the Canadian music-maker with Peter Cetera, started Chicago’s amazing comeback story of the Eighties. It is the epitome of that era’s adult contemporary ballad with its amazing melody, perfect vocals, layered synths and powerful guitars wrapped up by Foster’s high-tech production. In 1982, the song went #1 for two weeks in the US and eventually became an international hit.

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Jun 092013
 

from A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SOUNDTRACK

written by John Williams & Cynthia Weil

“A.I. Artificial Intelligence” is a 2001 film directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law. It was another box office hit for the extraordinary movie maker. The soundtrack was written by frequent Spielberg collaborator, the legendary John Williams. A five-time Academy Awards winner with an outstanding 48 nominations, Williams also has 21 Grammy Awards out of 59 nominations under his belt. The composer is also the father of Toto’s lead singer Joseph Williams.

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Jun 022013
 

from SPIRIT OF A NEW WORLD/TOUCH (single)

written by Maurice White, David Foster, Brian Fairweather & Martin Page

Earth, Wind & Fire released “Electric Universe” in 1983. In their attempt to modernize their sound, they drastically changed it. The R&B super-group got rid of their trademark strings and horns with classic funk/soul grooves in favour of heavily programmed music dominated by synthesizers and programmed drums. Probably Maurice White heard the influence of the growing wave in black music: people like Prince, Cameo and Herbie Hancock who were storming the charts with their kind of techno/funk sound. From a productive point of view, the final result isn’t too far from the Al Jarreau album “High Crime” that presented the same programmed atmospheres.

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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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Mar 042012
 

from LOVE SONGS

written by David Foster, David Paich, Maurice White & Allee Willis

The Emotions is one of the most successful female soul trios of the past forty years.

Through their association with the legendary Maurice White, the creative genius ofof Earth, Wind & Fire, the three Hutchinson sisters have reached the top of the charts with timeless tunes like “Best Of My Love” and “Don’t Ask My Neighbours.”

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Jul 102011
 

from I AM (2004 reissue)

written by David Foster & Maurice White

 

In 1978, David Foster went to the Sunset Sound recording studios for a meeting with one of the most successful groups of those days, Earth, Wind & Fire. The young, talented musician submitted to EWF’s leader, Maurice White, a song that he had recently co-written with his pals Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin. Continue reading »