V.A. – Original Demos featuring Warren Wiebe [Limited Edition] (2018)

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It has been two full decades since the late great Warren Wiebe passed away. But thanks to the label Contante & Sonante, Wiebe’s exquisite vocals have seen a smattering of featured tracks over the meticulously handcrafted twelve releases that the label has created since 2004. While coming close with the Tom Snow Original Demos release, for the first time the newest in the Original Demos series is a full on focus of the pure vocals of Warren Wiebe.
“Original Demos featuring Warren Wiebe” delivers a bunch of previously unreleased tracks, written & produced by the likes of Tim Feehan, David Foster, Steve Dorff and more.

For those of you not familiar with the golden voice of Warren Wiebe, he was prominently featured on David Foster’s 1990 solo album River Of Love as well as the “Voices That Care” celebratory song, somewhat in the vernacular of “We Are The World”.
Needless to say what an opportunity to have David Foster contribute two demos from his way overlooked 1994 solo album Love Lights The World that only saw a Japanese release. Here on “Original Demos” we are invited to hear Wiebe’s performance of “The Color Of My Love” which in its final form would feature Celine Dion.

The second track is “Live Each Day (Ben’s Song)” which on the original album was a beautiful David Foster instrumental song. But to have it here to feature Warren Wiebe’s striking vocals is a complete treat.
With no disrespect to Mr. Foster, the vocal rendition is as good as if not better than the instrumental version.

V.A. - Original Demos featuring Warren Wiebe [Limited Edition] (2018) disc

Also of significant interest are two tracks from Guy Thomas who has previously collaborated with Kenny Loggins. In fact Thomas co-wrote the hits “Conviction Of The Heart” and “Leap Of Faith”. Thomas contributes “The Day I First Saw You” which features the songwriting collaborative efforts of current Toto vocalist Joseph Williams but the vocals are all Warren.

Meanwhile, Canadian AOR singer / producer Tim Feehan presents two offers of which one is “Don’t Tell My Heart” recorded at Dave Boruff’s home studio with the song also featuring Boruff playing. David Foster fans will be very familiar with Boruff best known for his famous sax solo on the hit “Love Theme From St Elmo’s Fire”.
Last but not least there is Warren’s very delicate angelic vocal rendition of the Burt Bacharach, Dave Loggins, Tonio K composition “Love Made Me Wait”.

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The rest of the tracks on the Original Demos featuring Warren Wiebe features previously released material – on rare and limited releases btw – but now all found in one place to pay tribute to perhaps one of the most overlooked Westcoast AOR / Adult Contemporary vocalists ever.
Celine Dion sums it up perfectly describing the wonderful Warren Wiebe. After hearing his rendition of “The Color Of My Love” she stated “I can’t sing that song after that man; he has the most incredible voice I have ever heard”. Enough said.
Highly Recommended

01. David Foster – The Colour Of My Love
Keyboards – David Foster
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – David Foster

02. David Foster – Live Each Day
Keyboards – David Foster
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – David Foster

03. Burt Bacharach – Never Take That Chance Again
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Backing Vocals – Donna Taylor
Keyboards – Stephan Oberhoff
Piano – Burt Bacharach
Producer – Stephan Oberhoff

04. Burt Bacharach & Tonio K. – Love Made Me Wait
Backing Vocals – Donna Taylor
Keyboards – Stephan Oberhoff
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Piano – Burt Bacharach
Producer – Stephan Oberhoff

05. Steve Dorff – A Little Thing Called Life
Keyboards – Steve Dorff
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Steve Dorff

06. Steve Dorff – The Echo Of Your Whisper
Keyboards – Steve Dorff
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Steve Dorff

07. Tom Snow – You’re Welcome In My Life
Keyboards – Tom Snow
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Tom Snow

08. Tom Snow- Spend A Little Time With You
Electric Guitar – James Harrah
Keyboards – Tom Snow
Lead Vocals – Shaun Murphy, Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Tom Snow

09. Gardner & Fuller – 17 Years
Electric Guitar – Bill Schrey
Keyboards – Scott Fuller
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Scott Fuller

10. Gardner & Fuller – Nothing That I Wouldn’t Do
Keyboards – Scott Fuller
Lead Vocals – Cecily Gardner, Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Scott Fuller

11. Guy Thomas – The Day I First Saw You
Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Guy Thomas
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Guy Thomas

12. Guy Thomas – Lorelei
Keyboards – Paul Chiten
Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Guy Thomas
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Guy Thomas, Paul Chiten

13. Tim Feehan – Don’t Tell My Heart
Alto Saxophone – David Boruff
Keyboards – Tony Smith
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Tim Feehan
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Tim Feehan

14. Tim Feehan – Make A Wish
Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Tim Feehan
Lead Vocals – Warren Wiebe
Producer, Arranged By – Tim Feehan

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