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.
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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.
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