Andrea Bocelli’s album to be released on January 31, 2006

Andrea Bocelli

From PRNewswire:

“This is one of the most important albums of my career. It is the album the
world has been waiting for from Andrea Bocelli.” – David Foster

Sugar/Philips Records are proud to
announce the release of Andrea Bocelli‘s new album, Amore – a stunningly
sophisticated collection of beloved love songs and pop standards to be
released on January 31, 2006.

Amore – released amongst the glamour of the Winter Olympics in
Torino, Italy (where he will perform at the closing ceremony) and the
romance of Valentine’s Day finds Andrea straying from the carefully groomed
classical ground that he is most familiar with. 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 of the world and pair them with the most
romantic voice in the world? The result is a flowingly 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 Andrea 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 to date for Andrea; ” … 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.”

While creating the perfect track listing for Bocelli’s first-ever album of
popular songs, Andrea and his producers searched the musical eras from the
1920s to 1980s for songs in Italian, Spanish and French. Andrea also added
some of his favorite international pop songs including- (to name a few)
Italian classics “L’Appuntamento” and “Quando M’Innamoro,” Latin American
hits “Besame Mucho” and “Solamente Una Vez” and French standard “Les Feuille
Mortes” which has become the much loved English standard – “Autumn Leaves.”
Solamente Una Vez (a hit as “You Belong To My Heart” for stars including
Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby) and ‘Somos Novios’ (famously an English
language hit as ‘It’s Impossible’ for Perry Como) are also highlights of the
album. The end result is Bocelli’s amazingly beautiful interpretation of
classics made popular by legendary vocalists such Edith Piaf and Luis Miguel
to Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Amore features a stellar line up of the world’s finest instrumentalists, who
between them have worked with virtually every major artist of recent eras;
Electric and acoustic guitarists, Dean Parks (Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, BB
King) and Michael Landau (Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis); on
Spanish guitars, mandolin, charango, bajo-sexto and vihuela Ramon Stagnaro
(Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz, Enrique Iglesias); on bass Nathan East (Eric
Clapton, Phil Collins); on drums Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Marcus Miller,
David Sanborn); on piano and keyboards Randy Waldman (Barbara Streisand,
Kenny G, George Benson); on percussion Paulinho Da Costa (Prince, Quincy
Jones, Herbie Hancock) and Rafaela Padilla (Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz);
on trumpet the acclaimed soloist Chris Botti and other guest artists to be

Andrea Bocelli will be performing two exclusive concerts in Las Vegas on
December 9 and 10, 2005. He will debut a song written by David Foster with
lyrics by Andrea Bocelli and Amy Gillies for the 2006 Winter Olympics
entitled “Because We Believe” at these concerts which will be filmed for a
March PBS special.

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