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MY CONFESSION

from CLOSER

 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.”

TWO DOORS DOWN

from HERE YOU COME AGAIN

 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. 

NO EXPLANATION

from FLY AWAY THE SONGS OF DAVID FOSTER

Written by David Foster, Bill LaBounty, Linda Thompson & Beckie Foster

Sung by Peter Cetera, “No Explanation” was included on the smash soundtrack of the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts iconic 1990 movie, Pretty Woman. It was co-written by David Foster with the great singer/songwriter, Bill LaBounty. The lyrics were crafted by Foster’s third wife, Linda Thompson, with LaBounty’s wife, Beckie Foster. The Pretty Woman soundtrack went to #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 and was certified triple platinum in the US, selling seven million copies worldwide.

INSINCERE

from GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES

Written by Jay Graydon, Glen Ballard & Clif Magness

“Insincere” is a beautiful power ballad. The song was co-written by David Foster’s old pal, Jay Graydon, with Glen Ballard (Alan Morrisette, Wilson Philips) and Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson) for their collaborative effort, Planet 3. Planet 3’s album, A Heart From The Big Machine, was released in 1990. It was a solid AOR record with stellar songwriting and playing by the three, award-winning music makers.

TAKE YOUR BABY HOME

from HEART AND SOUL

Written by Danny Peck

This week, go back to singer/songwriter Danny Peck’s 1977 debut album, Heart And Soul. David Foster produced the record with studio engineer and guitarist, Jay Lewis. Foster and Lewis met a few years before and worked together on several projects for Brian and Brenda Russell, Gary Wright and Foster’s group, Attitudes. In 1977, Lewis mixed the Foster produced Lisa Dalbello’s debut album. Heart And Soul wasn’t a hit and was barely known to Foster’s fans. Nonetheless, the album was good and Peck was an interesting talent, both as a singer and a songwriter with a knack of delivering compelling lyrics. Peck wrote all the songs included on Heart And Soul and put them in Foster’s young, but already skilled, hands.