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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
- 2.Theme from The Color Purple (Mailbox / Proud Theme)
- 3.Flight of the Snowbirds
- 4.All That My Heart Can Hold
- 5.The Best of Me
- 7.Who's Gonna Love You Tonight
- 9.Playing With Fire
Recorded at Lighthouse Studios, North Hollywood, California.
DAVID FOSTER won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Producer, Nonclassical."
Personnel: David Foster (vocals, keyboards); Olivia Newton-John (vocals); Michael Landau (guitar); Rev. Dave Boruff (saxophone, synthesizer, programming); Gary Herbig (saxophone); Chuck Findley, Larry Williams , Gary Grant, Bill Rickenbach, James Pankow, Jerry Hey, Lee Loughnane, Walter Parazaider (horns); Marcus Ryle, Andrew Thomas , Willie Alexander, Michael Boddicker, Randy Waldman, Bo Tomlyn (synthesizer, programming); Lee Ritenour (guitar synthesizer); Gregory Hines (taps); Richard Page (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Humberto Gatica.
Recording information: Lighthouse Studios, North Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Aaron Rapoport.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Marcus Ryle; Chicago Horns; Andrew Thomas ; Gregory Hines ; Willie Alexander; Jerry Hey; Michael Boddicker; Randy Waldman; Bernie Grundman; Bo Tomlyn.
Arranger: David Foster.
The instrumental "Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire" by mega producer David Foster from his self-titled album hit the Top 15 in 1985, following the number one success of Foster's production of John Parr, also from the film St. Elmo's Fire. Foster's work overshadowed larger-than-life producers who came before him -- Jimmy Miller, who was signed to a CBS label as a vocalist before his stellar career with Blind Faith and the Rolling Stones, as well as Bob Crewe, who was produced by Jerry Wexler when he released the Motivation disc. One would think Foster could have launched himself further into the mainstream given his tremendous success -- or the fact that, unlike Crewe and Miller, he actually had a hit with Skylark in 1973, the Top Ten "Wildflower." An instrumental of that classic would have lent itself well to this Atlantic recording featuring a bevy of name session players from Carlos Vega to the horn section from the group Chicago, as well as Olivia Newton-John appearing on the tune "The Best of Me." Richard Page helps out with backing vocals on the Asia-sounding "Who's Gonna Love You Tonight," and "Saj‚" is a very nice conclusion to the disc, which is all first class. ~ Joe Viglione
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