Written by John Welsman, Ian Wheatley, Bryan May
Mary Lu Zahalan is a Canadian pop/rock singer and actress. In 1990 she released her self-titled album that presented a very good collection of melodic rockers. The catchy songs were carefully crafted with prominent keyboards, sax and guitar to support Zahalan’s smooth vocals. The overall atmosphere of the record is elegant though a bit dated. Nonetheless, it is perfect for the lovers of the most refined album oriented rock of the eighties.
A couple of key moments of the record saw Zahalan working under the masterful guidance of David Foster and Humberto Gatica. Foster produced and arranged the beautiful ballad “Letting Go.” The structure of the song, its arrangement and execution add another winner to Foster’s book. The singer does a very good job aided by Danny Peck on backing vocals.
Gatica produced “A Long Way From Loneliness,” a very good up-tempo, Foster-ish jam composed by Tom Keane, Mike Landau and Paul Gordon. This song sports another good performance by Zahalan helped by Jason Scheff of Chicago and Keane on backing vocals. Landau’s guitar and Dave Boruff’s sax gives the tune some jazzy/fusion overtones.
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Keyboards & Synthesized Bass: David Foster
Additional Keyboards: Tom Keane
Guitar: Michael Landau
Drums: Tris Imboden
Sax, Keyboards, & Drum Programming: David Boruff
Background Vocals: Danny Peck
Produced and Arranged by David Foster