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Month: November 2022



 Written by Richard Page


Josh Groban’s sophomore cd, Closer, was released in November 2003. That record skyrocketed to the top of the international charts, selling millions and collecting awards worldwide. David Foster, the architect behind Groban’s debut album, was back in the producer’s seat. With his expertise and superior skills, Foster provided the young singing phenom another masterpiece. Closer, like its predecessor, was a well-balanced mix of adult pop material with a palette of arrangements going from adult contemporary to Latin to operatic. The breakthrough hit was the Irish-flavored “You Raise Me Up.” This quickly became Groban’s signature song and has already been featured on this page in a past review. Currently, rediscover a lesser-known gem from Closer titled, “My Confession.”



 Written by Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton’s 1977 platinum album, Here You Come Again, started a musical evolution. The legendary country singer/songwriter reached pop radios and audiences with remarkable success. Yet, Here You Come Again would take the music world by storm. This album was produced by Gary Klein of Barbra Streisand fame and arranged by Steely Dan alumni and supreme guitarist, Dean Parks. An impressive number of A-list session players were recruited, including drummer Ed Greene, Toto bassist David Hungate, Jay Graydon on guitar and Foster who played all the keyboards and synths. The title track and first single, “Here You Come Again,” was an out-of-the-box hit and became  a multi-format smash on both the Country and Pop charts. A review of that hit single with Foster’s prominent keyboard work can be found in the archives.