Skip to main content

Lesley Rae Dowling, has so much love to share.



The final release in this 2020 remix series is to be So much Love to Share. 

This is a song with very personal yet ambiguous text and a clever musical structure. The track is a good example of the writing and performance talent of the artist at a creative the high point in her career.

The production highlights Lesley Rae Dowling's wonderful vocal abilities. It is a rare LRD release that has no piano playing by Lesley. 


(c) Songwrights Publishers 2020, for Sea Records 


She worked with guitarist Jonathan Butler on the album When the Night Comes, in 1985. It was a dream team of young talent. Butler had just signed an international record deal and agreed to produce an album for Lesley, shortly before he emigrated to the UK. The abundantly talented, Kevin Shirley was the sound engineer.

Their brief from me was to work on new material that Lesley had written and give it a more soul/R&B music feel. The arrangements were made more jazzy and Jonathan himself co-wrote a couple of the songs on that album, with Lesley.

Kevin Shirley held the production together. Not an easy task with two huge talents to deal with. He has gone on to become a superstar recording engineer and producer, specialising in hard rock and blues. His contribution to this production made the album quite different to her previous three releases. Some fans of her traditional pop style were surprised by the new direction of these recordings. 

Probably because of all the good material on When the night comes, this song was overlooked somewhat when the album was released. This despite the song's strong main melody and creative musical structure.

Terence (Tully) McCullagh, who also oversaw the original mixes in '85, did this great re-mix and in the process added quite a few new elements. These include redoing the drums and bass tracks.

Release date 20th December 2020. 

Links - Spotify

iTunes - iTunes



Patrick Lee-Thorp
Sea Records


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Lesley Rae Dowling - Spaniard remixed.

Great news. Producer, Terence McCullagh, who produced most of Lesley Rae Dowling's hits has been working on the old master tapes of her recordings.  A re-issue album featuring the singer's classic songs is planned for later this year. Lesley is something of an enigma in the South African (SA) entertainment scene. Critics hailed the release of her debut recordings in 1981, as a ground breaking moment in SA pop music history. She had a meteoric rise in media profile and then disappeared from the business after four albums. More of that story later. Some of the multitrack tapes from the original recording sessions have deteriorated beyond rescue but fortunately this is not the case with all of them. It is still possible to restore parts of the missing or damaged sequences, with the aid of digital technology employed in current music production. Lesley Rae Dowling circa 1984 (c) Songwrights  The first re-issue will be Lesley's classic song, The Spaniard, which Ter

Zayn Adam - Power Ballad Remixes - A Birthday Reminder

Zayn was not just a good singer, he had a great voice. He is remembered with this EP, which has been in the pipeline for over a year now. It reminds us of just what a great vocal stylist he was. Terence (Tully) McCullagh sent me a remix of a Zayn duet with Terri Lynn in February 2019. He had recorded the song with Zayn in the 1980s. We subsequently issued the track, I won't cry , as a single in April 2019. The sleeve of the EP (c) Mountain Records Zayn used to keep a ear open for local (South Africa based) writers for his releases. This EP includes two such songs, scouted by him. Cape based, Martin Wolf wrote I won't cry  for Zayn. The updates and improvement in sound on the first remix were a real surprise for me.  We agreed to select a handful of ballads that Tully had produced and he would remix these with contemporary sounds and some new instrumentation. The result is a five track EP titled - Power Ballads . This will go live on the late Zayn Adam's birth

Is it an Ism ? Niki Daly, cult songwriter and artist.

Niki Daly is a refugee from the 60s. A hippy and a real artist. Best known for being an international award winning children's book author, he is also a songwriter of off the wall love songs. (c) Niki Daly  He spent time in the 1970s in the UK, where he was signed to a music publisher, writing songs for the pop stars of the time. On his return to South Africa (SA) he went back to his art and writing, but occasionally ventured out to the music studio to record his own compositions. Insiders will recall the the quirky track, Is it an Ism or is it Art. The work produced and recorded by Terence (Tully) McCullagh in 1983, is now a classic of SA Pop Music. Here a music link  -  Ism or Art ? Video -  Niki clip ---------- 2/7/20 There is one Niki Daly album in our catalogue LINK HERE -  WHITEY