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Let There Be Love
     

Let There Be Love

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by Engelbert Humperdinck
 
Let There Be Love is an Engelbert Humperdinck album that the 68-year-old singer recorded in August and September 2004 and released in March 2005. It seems worth pointing this out at the start because a potential buyer easily could think it's just another compilation. True, there is a sticker on the shrink wrap that reads, "Brand new album of classic love songs,

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Let There Be Love is an Engelbert Humperdinck album that the 68-year-old singer recorded in August and September 2004 and released in March 2005. It seems worth pointing this out at the start because a potential buyer easily could think it's just another compilation. True, there is a sticker on the shrink wrap that reads, "Brand new album of classic love songs," but it then adds confusingly "plus 3 new tracks." Actually, all of the tracks are new; the point the sticker is trying to make is that three of the songs are previously unheard compositions being introduced by Humperdinck on the disc, while the rest are his versions of familiar tunes. Also, the album is being released on Universal's Hip-O label, which specializes in compilations. But beyond these marketing misfires, it can be difficult to distinguish new Humperdinck from old Humperdinck simply because he does pretty much the same thing every time out, croon love songs in his rich, easy tenor. The emphasis here is on a small band -- piano, guitar, bass, drums -- albeit with occasional augmentation by synth programming and other instruments (plus strings, of course), and that puts the focus more squarely on the singer. The song choices range across the decades with no particular regard to the stylistic upheavals popular music has undergone from, say, 1924, when "It Had to Be You" first became a hit, to 1995, when Bryan Adams topped the charts with "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Nor does it matter whether a song originated in R&B ("Stand By Me") or country ("When You Say Nothing at All"): Humperdinck and arranger Dave Hartley smooth over all differences. And sometimes they find a natural, such as Nick Lowe's "You Inspire Me," which may be one of the more recent compositions but sounds like it comes from 50-years-earlier. None of the new songs sound like automatic additions to the Humperdinck songbook, even though the singer seems more animated when singing them, particularly "Three Words Ain't Enough." At his age, there's no telling how many new recordings he will release; he ought to have his record label make more of a point of not confusing his fans when he does.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0028947566069
catalogNumber:
000418102

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Engelbert Humperdinck   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Beggs   Bass,Bass Guitar
Martin Ditcham   Percussion,Drums
Simon Franglen   Synthesizer
Linda Taylor   Background Vocals
Dave Keary   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
David Hartley   Piano,Keyboards
Howard McGill   Saxophone
Eddie Hession   Accordion
Chantz   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ben E. King   Composer
Boz Scaggs   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Ralph MacDonald   Composer
Nick Battle   Composer
Mike Egan   Composer
Simon Franglen   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Mark Millington   Art Direction
William Salter   Composer
David Shire   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
David Hartley   Arranger,Piano Arrangement
Tom Nichols   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Carol Connors   Composer
James Brett   Composer
Tim Woodcock   Composer
Peer Astrom   Composer
Lionel Rand   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
Jon Bailey   Engineer

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3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently saw Engelbert in concert. As usual he puts on a great show. He introduce this new CD which I bought at the concert. Should have ordered from Barnes & Nobel would have saved a few $$. Now to the CD. I was a little disappointed in first hearing the CD seeing it's a little on the jazzy side but after listen a few times he does a good job. I especially love the last song tiled My Confession. Sort of a latin beat. All in all it's worth the Barnes and Noble price. Enjoy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently bought the Engelbert "Let there be Love" CD ... and really enjoy it. Some of the songs are familiar, but I don't think any of the songs on this CD, duplicate songs from his other CD's. The one song I liked a lot, was "Have you really ever loved a woman." Engelbert can do a CD, and it can be totally different than others. His voice is the same, 'Love' is almost always somewhere in these songs, but this was a whole new sound, although the songs may have been around for awhile, by other singers. I like it, and would recommend it! kp