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What Love Can Do
     

What Love Can Do

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/04/2009
Label:
429 Records
UPC:
0795041777621
catalogNumber:
17776
Rank:
174792

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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,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,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,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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