|Artist: Andrea Bocelli|
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|Spanish Version of the popular "Amore"!|
Romance. Passion. Emotion. These words are synonymous with the voice of Andrea Bocelli. Almost ten years ago he exploded onto the international music scene with Romanza, and has since sold nearly 50 million albums worldwide. Amore--released amongst the glamor of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy (where he will perform at the closing ceremony) and the romance of Valentine's Day--finds Bocelli straying from the carefully groomed classical ground in which he is most familiar. The concept of the album came from famed producer and longtime Bocelli fan David Foster along with co-producers Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis, who posed the question: Why not take the most beautiful love songs in the world and pair them with the most romantic voice in the world? The result is a beautiful album of pop standards that Foster has publicly claimed is "one of the most beautiful records I have ever been part of."
Embarking on a new era, Amore unveils a fresh sensuous sound that gently moves Bocelli into new territory. Spanish guitars flourish, traditional Latin percussion seductively keeps the tempo, accordions and harmonicas provide charming melodies, while sometimes Bocelli shares the spotlight with just a grand piano. Recorded late in the summer at Bocelli's Tuscan home studio overlooking the coast, the album exudes the natural beauty and breathtaking surroundings evident in Italy. Amore marks the only album David Foster has made outside of his Californian studio complex in two decades. This was also most musically gratifying for Bocelli: "I've been presented with opportunities I once could only dream of, challenges I longed to confront and experiences I will cherish forever, but while recording this album I realized that now is the perfect moment to arrive at an album of this repertoire, with the perfect producers, the perfect musicians and the perfect selection of songs."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Andrea Bocelli (vocals, guitar, piano, electric bass); Andrea Bocelli; Stevie Wonder (vocals, harmonica, background vocals); Chris Botti, Christina Aguilera (vocals); Dean Parks, Michael Landau, Ram¢n Stagnaro (guitar); Nathan East (bajo sexto, bass instrument); Dan Higgins (flute); Randy Waldman (piano, keyboards); David Foster (keyboards); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Jochem van der Saag (programming); Veronica Berti, Marco Marinangeli (background vocals); Kenny G (saxophone); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).|
|Recording information: Andrea Bocelli Studio, Toscana, Italy; Chartmaker Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Sony Studios, Culver City, CA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.|
|Arrangers: Maurizio Abeni; Humberto Gatica; Tony Renis; Jorge Calandrelli.|
|Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's cross-over success was firmly solidified long before the 2006 release of AMORE, and here, the singer casts an even wider net. Bocelli's voice is tailor-made for sensual romantic balladry, and naturally those songs abound. However, while past outings were marked by dramatic, though fairly straightforward orchestration and a crisp studio gloss, AMORE finds Bocelli utilizing a more diverse musical palette, including Spanish guitars, accordion, harmonica (courtesy of Stevie Wonder), saxophone (Kenny G), and--watch out--pop music's favorite nasty girl, Christina Aguilera.|
|With superstar producer David Foster at the helm, the Tuscan-born singer selects a collection of pop standards from the ages and from around the world, including "Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)," "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)," and "Solamente Una Vez." And while Bocelli's voice may be best suited for classical music and light opera, he handles these songs with the passion, skill, and grace fans have come to expect from him. AMORE is a brilliant move for Bocelli: the songs are targeted to a wider group of listeners and yet they have something for his original fans as well--in a word, his voice.|
Producer: Humberto Gatica; Tony Renis; David Foster
Engineer: Chris Brooke; Neil Devor; Jochem van der Saag; Valerio Calisse; Oscar Ramirez
|Hit Man: David Foster & Friends|
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Associated Artists and Works
|Release Date : 02/28/2006|
|Original Release Date : 2006|
|Catalog ID : 0006144|
|Label : Universal Music Latino|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602498756591|
- "[The songs] feel relatively unforced, soothing the soul without yanking the heartstrings." -- Grade: B-