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written by The Isley Brothers & Chris Jasper

At the beginning of 2011 Seal and David Foster went back into the studio to work on the follow-up to their 2008 hit album, “Soul.” This time the focus was more on the soul classics of the Seventies.

Foster started working on songs like “I’ll Be Around,” “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” and “Let’s Stay Together” doing the arrangements and recording strings and other instruments but eventually they mutually decided to take all the material recorded and handing it off to Trevor Horn to finish the album.
Four of the songs originally crafted by Foster made the final cut on “Soul 2,” when it was released the next November, with additional production work by Horn. “Let’s Stay Together” became the first single off the album and made it to #13 on the adult contemporary chart. “Soul 2” didn’t become a huge seller like its predecessor but made the top ten on Billboard’s top 200 and was #1 on the R&B chart. After a few months after its original release, in January 2012, a deluxe edition of “Soul 2” was made available. The most interesting thing about it, is that it included two bonus tracks, “Ain’t Nothing But A House Party,” produced by Horn and a spectacular rendition of The Isley Brothers’ classic, “For The Love Of You.” The latter was another juicy fruit from the Foster sessions. Listening to that song we can appreciate the superior quality of Foster’s arrangement with a smooth beat, silky strings and especially the “fosterish” trademark break towards the end. Seal’s performance is another top notch affair and the fine overall result make us wonder why it didn’t make the original tracklist of “Soul 2.”


[audio:|titles=For The Love Of You|artists=Seal]

Lead Vocals: Seal
Drums: Ash Soan
Bass: Trevor Horn
Acoustic & Electric Guitar: Phil Palmer
Electric Guitar: Paul Jackson, Jr.
David Foster: Keyboards
Julian Hinton: Keyboard & Synths

Produced by David Foster & Trevor Horn
Co-Produced by Jochem van der Saag



Driftin’ on a memory
Ain’t no place I’d rather be
Then with you, yeah
Lovin’ you, well, well, well

Day will make a way for night
All we’ll need is candle lights
And a song, yeah
Soft and long, well

Glad to be here alone
With a lover unlike no other
Sad to see a new horizon
Slowly comin’ into view, yeah

I wanna be living for the love of you
Ah, yes I am
All that I’m giving is for the love of you
Alright now

Lovely as a ray of sun
That touches me when the mornin’ comes
Feels good to me, yeah
My love and me, well

Smoother than a gentle breeze
Flowin’ through my mind with ease
Soft as can be, well
When you’re lovin’ me
When you’re lovin’ me

Love to be right in the waves
Of your love enchanted with a touch
And it seems to me
We could sail together
In and out of mystery

Well, I wanna be living, for the love of you
Alright now
All that I’m giving, is for the love of you
You got me, girl

I wanna be living, for the love of you
Alright now
All that I’m giving, givin’ is for the love of you
Oh, yes I am

Paradise I have within
Can’t feel insecure again
You’re the key
Well, and this I see
Oh, I see

Now and then I lose my way
Using words that try to say
What I feel, yeah, love is real
Oh, love is real

I might as well sign my name
On a card which could say it better
Time will tell ’cause it seems
That I done just about all that I can do

I know that I’m livin’, for the love of you
Oh, yes I am
I know that I’m livin’, for the love, love of you
Every, everyday I, livin’, for the love of you

I’m living, for the love
Each and every day, oh yes I do
I’m gonna say it one more time

Said, “I’m living, for the love
Each and every day, oh”
Lord, Lord knows I am right, right now
Said that, “I’m livin’ for the love”