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John Tesh

Forever More: the Greatest Hits of John Tesh

(Decca)

The new age-styled pianist John Tesh returns with a collection of his best loved songs from the last decade. When it comes to perfecting that light sound, Tesh has been there and done that, although there is only so much of his piano tinkling I can take.


Tesh has sold over five million albums and also earned an Emmy Award and a Grammy nomination for his arrangements. He’s staged huge concerts all over the world, including his monumental appearance at Red Rocks and the subsequent PBS special. Plus, this collection is able to cull tracks from eight of his albums, proving that he has the ability to release hit singles each time he steps up to the plate.


Such a success rate is similar to one of Tesh’s competitors, the fellow pianist Yanni. It almost seems as though Tesh followed in his footsteps throughout his career, plus it’s obvious that several of the songs, like “Barcelona” and “One World” were influenced by him.


The disc is very redundant with the only vocal appearances coming from James Ingram. Actually Ingram’s contributions are for two of Tesh’s biggest hits, the romantic “Give Me Forever (I Do)” and the nearly direct copy “Forever More (I’ll Be the One)”. Although Ingram does a fine job singing such sappy tracks, Tesh would have been best suited to team up with someone like Barry Manilow. All of his tracks seem like they could have been the background music for an Air Supply or America record. Despite, Tesh’s uncanny ability to make listeners bored and sleepy on most of the album, he does have a few upbeat songs, like “Barcelona,” “Spanish Steps,” and “One World,” which feature full bands.


Fans will enjoy having tracks like Tesh’s “Grand Passion”, a live version of “Barcelona”, and the disc’s finale “The Games” all on one album. In addition, they will particularly like hearing his instrumental takes on Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and Phil Collins’ “One More Night”.

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