What Love Can Do

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It must be disconcerting to be a once-popular songwriter and/or recording artist of a certain age. In a notoriously fickle business, one minute the world is showering you with platinum record certifications and Grammy Awards and the next -- for no reason you can see -- the parade has moved on. To be sure, you still may have a career: The Today Show and The Tonight Show may be willing to book you occasionally, and audiences aging along with you may be happy to buy tickets to your concerts on the understanding that the bulk of your set list will consist of your hits, played much as they sound on your records. Oldies radio, too, may play your old records, and you may have...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It must be disconcerting to be a once-popular songwriter and/or recording artist of a certain age. In a notoriously fickle business, one minute the world is showering you with platinum record certifications and Grammy Awards and the next -- for no reason you can see -- the parade has moved on. To be sure, you still may have a career: The Today Show and The Tonight Show may be willing to book you occasionally, and audiences aging along with you may be happy to buy tickets to your concerts on the understanding that the bulk of your set list will consist of your hits, played much as they sound on your records. Oldies radio, too, may play your old records, and you may have a healthy income largely consisting of your ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC payments, enough to keep up the mortgage on your Manhattan penthouse, Hollywood mansion, or Nashville farm. But nobody outside your fan club is interested in hearing your new songs, songs that, as far as you are concerned, are just as good as your hits, if not better. Veteran producer Phil Ramone seems to be responding to this dilemma by coming up with a concept to mix the old with the new. Here, he induces seven songwriter/performers with established track records to re-record one of their evergreens and come up with a new song. They are all men, and all stalwarts of the adult contemporary charts: Burt Bacharach (age 81 on the day the album was released), Stephen Bishop (57), Kris Kristofferson (73), Kenny Loggins (61), Richard Marx (45), Paul Williams (68), and Brian Wilson (67). They bring along some pals and, in some cases, interact with each other. (Loggins actually gets a second new song, co-written with Marx.) Pitching in as guests are Peabo Bryson, Eric Clapton, Earl Klugh, Jane Monheit, and Willie Nelson, among others. The remakes are largely dispensable. No one really needs a remake of "God Only Knows," even by its composer. Nelson does a nice, if offhand, reading of Williams' "Rainbow Connection," however, and Bryson does a pleasant one of Bacharach's "Alfie." When it comes to the new songs, the songwriters do not embarrass themselves; these are craftsman-like efforts. It's not surprising that two of them use the word "remember" in their titles. The best is held for last. Wilson's "What Love Can Do," the album closer, is lovely, and it's preceded by Loggins' "What About Now," an uptempo number that really is as good as any of Loggins' hits and better than many. It could be a hit, too, a country hit, that is, if somebody gets it to Kenny Chesney or Tim McGraw. Not that there's anything wrong with Loggins' performance of it here, but no one's going to play a new Kenny Loggins track on the radio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: 429 Records
  • UPC: 795041777621
  • Catalog Number: 17776
  • Sales rank: 301,652

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 God Only Knows - Brian Wilson (2:52)
  2. 2 Un Baile del Corazon - Luciana Souza (4:44)
  3. 3 Your Goodbye (4:34)
  4. 4 A Love Song (3:54)
  5. 5 Sunday Morning Coming Down (4:53)
  6. 6 I Still Remember - John Pagano (4:50)
  7. 7 Rainbow Connection - Paul Williams (4:40)
  8. 8 Hold on to the Nights (4:54)
  9. 9 The Wonder (3:30)
  10. 10 I'll Remember Your Name (4:35)
  11. 11 New Music from an Old Friend - Jane Monheit (3:51)
  12. 12 Save It for a Rainy Day - Eric Clapton (4:25)
  13. 13 Alfie - Burt Bacharach (3:41)
  14. 14 How About Now (3:57)
  15. 15 What Love Can Do - Brian Wilson (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Kenny Loggins Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Brian Bromberg Bass, Bass Guitar
Earl Klugh Guitar
Rob Mounsey Conductor, Keyboards
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Don Grusin Piano, Keyboards
Burt Bacharach Piano, Electric Piano
John McEuen Banjo
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Alex Acuña Drums
Kevin Axt Bass, Bass Guitar
Scott Bennett Keyboards
Steve Brewster Drums
Peter Calo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright Mandolin, Violin
Oscar Castro-Neves Guitar, Keyboards, Sampling
Lenny Castro Percussion
Eric Clapton Steel Guitar, Guest Appearance
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
David Finck Bass, Bass Guitar
Gary Griffin Keyboards, Vocals
Jon Herington Guitar
Jim Hines Drums
Zev Katz Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob Lizik Bass, Bass Guitar
Richard Marx Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton Drums
Ted Perlman Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Kevin Ricard Percussion
Ben Wittman Drums
Dave Stone Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Nick Walusko Guitar, Vocals
Jeffrey Foskett Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
John Lee Sanders Piano
Probyn Gregory Guitar, Vocals
Luciana Souza Vocals
Jesse Siebenberg Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Guitar, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Omnichord, Lap Steel Guitar
Rob Schrock Keyboards
Chris Caswell Accordion
Nelson Bragg Percussion, Vocals
Taylor Mills Vocals
Crosby Loggins Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Richard Fiocca Conductor
Mark Hill Bass, Bass Guitar
Tom Bukavoc Electric Guitar
John McEwen Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Stephen Bishop Composer
Kenny Loggins Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Brian Wilson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
John Pagano Composer
John McEuen Producer
Gary Burr Composer
Tony Asher Composer
Peter Bunetta Producer, Audio Production
Oscar Castro-Neves Producer, Audio Production
Hal David Composer
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Richard Marx Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Rob Mathes Arranger
Ted Perlman Producer, drum programming, Audio Production, Percussion Programming
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Mark Waldrep Producer, Audio Production
Matt Prock Engineer
Jesse Siebenberg Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Rob Schrock Arranger
Chris Caswell Arranger
Justina Powell Engineer
Chip Matthews Engineer
Jason Mariani Engineer
Todd Hannigan Engineer
Paul Von Mertens Arranger
Steve Kirkorian Composer
George Wails Composer
Dona Lyn Composer
John McEwen Audio Production
Kenneth Lee Ascher Composer
Steven Krikorian Composer
Paul H. Williams Composer
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