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Francesca Beghe

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008DC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was reading these reviews, and figured I'd fill people on in what's up with Francesca Beghe:
I found this info at asrcrecords.com/beghe/
"In 1991 Francesca Beghe released her debut album for SBK/EMI Records. Critically acclaimed by such notable magazines as Rolling Stone, People and Musician and voted VHI Artist of the Month, Francesca made quite a name for herself.
In 1993 Francesca went back into the studio with writer/producer Glen Ballard. She emerged with a beautifully performed and recorded album featuring songs co-written with Ballard and other legendary writers including JD Souther and Will Jennings. Mixed by Ed Cherney, Francesca's sophomore effort promised to deliver the beauty and integrity her fans would be expecting.
Sadly, amid the cost cutting and reshuffling leading to the label's demise, Francesca's second CD was never released.
Francesca continued working. Her song Trust in Me was recorded by Joe Cocker and featured in The Bodyguard movie and soundtrack album starring Whitney Houston. Her song No Use Talkin' cowritten with Cindy Bullens and recorded by Irma Thomas was featured in the movie Double Jeopardy starring Ashley Judd. Fernando Saunders, Kimberly Scott and her husband Ben Green have also recorded her beautifully crafted songs.
After taking some time off to start a family, Francesca is back in the studio. With the grace and conviction so evident on her first record, Francesca is now ready to continue her story. We eagerly await her long overdue CD. Available sometime this summer on ASRC."
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Aha. Francesca Beghe. With an exotic name like that, she was hard to forget, yet she unfortunately slipped through the cracks like so many bands in that musical transition period of the early 1990's. What I do remember was her ballad single, "Something About Your Touch" that I heard only once during my NMSU years. After finding this out-of-print CD over a decade later, I found her soulful voice to be like Taylor Dayne mixed with Mariah Carey, without the latter's multioctave range. However, in more tempered instances, she nears Karla Bonoff and Carly Simon.
That's what I got when I heard "Heaven Knows," of the futility of searching for that dream girl when all the time, the protagonist is the one. And then the song I remember from long ago, "Something About Your Touch," which is a nice keyboard/piano ballad with sax solo, but seems more at home in the late 80's, kind of like Phil Collins' "Do You Remember."
Imagine my surprise when I was listening to the next song, "Trust In Me." When I heard the chorus, my ears perked up. Surely this was the same song that came out in the Bodyguard soundtrack, which I heard ad nauseum at my workplace? Yup, it was. So she did it first, and what a powerful soulful voice too! And guess who does the guitar solo? Elliott Easton, late of the Cars, who also appears on "Should've Been Me," "Let Your Spirit Fly," and "Lost In America."
She does cover intimate issues in the bedroom ballad "Hold Back The Night" and the awakening adventure of "Let Me Show You What Love Is."
Beghe also covers social issues here.
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Francesca Beghè's phenomenal, eponymous debut release on SBK records is a shining example of what an artist with a true understanding of music and vision can accomplish. When released, People magazine rated it an Editor's Choice, and Beghè was VH-1's Artist of the Month...for good reason. It's absolutely impossible to categorize this album, for it encompasses everything that's good about music, both sonically and lyrically. Beghè wrote or cowrote all of the songs, and plays piano on all the tracks; her voice is incredible. It's full of passion, soul, longing, and power. She has an incredible range, soaring the musical scale octive after octive. She has the capability of a Mariah Carey or Celine Dion, but with less hystrionics and more honesty. The music itself includes bits from every genre...pop, rock, soul, country, and there are definitely some gospel roots. I just cannot say enough about this album; it speaks for itself and it is timeless. I cannot recommend it enough. This will occupy a permanent place in your CD player.
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I bought this cd when it first was released in 1991 and I still have it. I have an annoying tendency to keep every cd I buy, but that's beside the point. I was heartbroken to discover this cd in budget racks where it clearly doesn't belong. Francesca's voice is like a cross between Basia and Carly Simon and is totally unique. She posesses a clairity and strength not heard anymore. Francesca wrote all of this material and the songs were recorded when it was chic to record utilizing electric keyboard and jazzy tenor sax solos, the hit ballad "Something About Your Touch" contains a centerpiece tenor sax arrangement that just works. I really don't know how this album was overlooked, and a talent sadly in obscurity.
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