David Meece – Candle In The Rain – 1987

David continues his Pop dominance of the charts with Candle In The Rain. It had 4 top 10 singles which is a pretty darn successful album. I do have some problems with this album however. Quite simply it is completely over produced. The album had 6 producers and countless mixers and engineers. This is a recipe for success for making hit singles but in my opinion a recipe for disaster for an album. Now I certainly can’t argue with the success of this album but when you listen to the whole album it is disjointed and has no flow. I am not actually a fan of David’s earlier work but it is much better than this. The songs are pop songs with very poor lyrics which I guess doesn’t matter as you can’t hear them properly over the drum and keyboard tracks. But what do I know, the album was a huge success and sold lots of copies. It dominated the charts and I’m sure people of all ages ran right out and bought it. But lets be clear, this is a collection of great singles and not a great album, there is a difference.

1 – All Is God’s Creation – 3:42
2 – Nothing To Forgive – 4:27
3 – God Only Knows – 4:53
4 – The Water Is Fine – 5:40
5 – His Love Was Reaching – 3:29
6 – Amor Conquesta Todo (Love Conquers All) – 4:24
7 – Higher Ground – 3:40
8 – Candle In The Rain – 4:16
9 – Hold On – 3:54

Jeff Balding – Engineer, Mixed
Brown Bannister – Producer, Mixed, Arranger
Lynn Barrington – Production Coordination, Songwriter
Jonathan David Brown – Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Arranger, Songwriter
Lenny Castro – Percussion
Kevin Clark – 2nd Engineer
Paul Delph – Songwriter
Roy Freeland – Songwriter
David Garibaldi – Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming
Linda Green – Background Vocals
Bernie Grundman – Mastered
Tom Hemby – Guitars
Dann Huff – Guitar
Danny Johnson – 2nd Engineer
Jean Johnson – Background Vocals
Shane Keister – Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizers
Marva King – Background Vocals
Rhett Lawrence – Producer, Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizers
Maxayne Lewis – Background Vocals
Carl Marsh – Arranger, Fairlight, Bass, Keyboards, Drums
Debbie McClendon – Background Vocals
Howard McCrary – Arranger, Background Vocals
Steve McMillan – Engineer
David Meece – Songwriter, Acoustic Piano, Vocals
Michael Miller – Electric Guitar, Bass
Paul Mills – Acoustic Piano
Marc Russo – Saxophone
Alfie Silas – Background Vocals
Brian Tankersley – Producer, Engineer, Mixed, Arranger
Keith Thomas – Arranger, Keyboards, Synthesizers
Gino Vannelli – Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Songwriter
Joe Vannelli – Producer, Engineer, Arranger, Songwriter, Keyboards, Sequencer Programming
Bill Whittington – 2nd Engineer

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Manufactured By – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – Blue Moon Studio
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Weddington Studios
Recorded At – OmniSound Studios
Recorded At – Mama Jo’s
Mixed At – Blue Moon Studio
Mixed At – Rivendell Recorders
Mixed At – Mama Jo’s
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering

CD Case Front
CD Case Back
Inside 1
Inside 2
Inside 3
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Author: Ray Mansfield

One of the founding cowboys of Real 80s CCM. Been listening to this stuff since 1978.

2 thoughts on “David Meece – Candle In The Rain – 1987”

  1. Although I won’t argue with the over produced comment. I never considered this album to be too off balance. To me “Hold On” was the only song that seemed out of place. Also, unlike David’s other albums I think he only wrote a few of the songs. I’d have to check my CD insert.

    1. Out of interest I checked and strangely all the songs on side one are written by the Vannellis and all the songs on side 2 were written by David. I hadn’t noticed that. Thanks for pointing it out.

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