All the way… A decade of song and video

This retrospective anthology features videos and live performances of many Céline favorites, with nine signature singles and seven new tracks. The classics include My heart will go on, Because you loved me, Beauty and the beast (duet with Peabo Bryson), I’m your angel (duet with R. Kelly)… New tracks include a remake of the Roberta Flack classic, The first time ever I saw your face, If walls could talk, a Mutt Lange tune featuring background vocals by Shania Twain, Then you look at me, title track from the Chris Columbus movie ‘Bicentennial Man’ which reunites James Horner and Céline… The DVD also includes a bonus video and other goodies.

The power of love

First single from Celine’s album The Colour Of My Love, Jennifer Rush, who co-wrote the song, originally performed this song in 1984.

If you asked me to

Pattie Labelle originally recorded it for James Bond’s movie Licence to kill.

To love you more

“A few years ago, when I was touring in Japan, Celine tells, I met an incredible young violonist: his name is Taro Hakase, and we have recorded this next song together.” To love you more was the theme song for a popular Japanese drama series.

My heart will go on

(Theme song in “Titanic”) “In April (1997), Celine remembers, composer James Horner came to Las Vegas and proposed a project to Rene : ‘I’m writing the music for a movie about the Titanic’. The three of us met in a suite of the Caesar’s Palace. Horner played My Heart Will Go On on the piano. On his back, I was making signs to Rene, pouts, I was looking sternly at him, so that he understood I didn’t want this song : I really didn’t want to record it. First, I didn’t like the song, he couldn’t sing right, it wasn’t really alright on the piano at the moment, I had already performed several songs for movies, one more? We wanted to take a break, another project? More especially as director James Cameron didn’t want any songs for his movie. We weren’t in the middle of the song that Rene was pretending not to understand me. When Horner turned towards us, he said : ‘In one month, we will be in New York, at the Hit Factory, where Celine records her new album Let’s Talk About Love. If you give us an orchestral track, she could make a model, then Cameron could listen to it. It would be, I think, the best way to convince him.'” “One month later, James Horner was at the Hit Factory in New York with his orchestral track. He told me with many details the story of the movie. I began to feel the atmosphere of the movie… There is a scene with a couple of old people who are hugging, who are seeing the water come in from under the door and who are deciding to go to bed, and who are going to die together… And there is also a mother who is singing lullabies to her children, and she knows that they’re all going to die… And then I imagined it. And on that day, I wasn’t totally in top shape vocally and usually I don’t take caffeine when I sing, but here it was a model ‘no things to worry’ so I took a black coffee with two sugars… Then I sang, there were all the Sony team, Tommy Mottola, John Doelp, Vito Luprano… Everybody knew, since the first take, that we had a big hit.” “But the model, the coffee and the two sugars remained the original, I never recorded the song again : the model is on the disc. They built the orchestration with my voice… I never recorded it again, so much so that the tremolo is faster on the song than on stage, than usual, because of the caffeine.”

If walls could talk

Céline’s first collaboration with writer/producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, best known for his multi-platinium recordings with Shania Twain.

The first time ever I saw your face

“When we did this next song on my special last year, Celine tells in 1999, everybody loved it so much that I recorded it for a new album (All The Way… A Decade Of Song), and it’s a song I really love singing very much because it’s a beautiful lyric, but most of all, because of the spectacular singer who originally recorded it. Tonight I’d like to dedicated it to her: Roberta Flack.” Peter, Paul and Mary originally performed this song in 1965. This classic Ewen MacColl ballad became a No.1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972. David Foster’s sensitive production and orchestration frame one of Celine’s finest vocal performances.

All the way

(Virtual duet with Frank Sinatra) “All the songs are dear to me, Celine reveals, but perhaps one song has an extra special place in my heart. You may already know that Rene and I have our special song… like most couples do. Ours is All the way, made famous by Mr. Frank Sinatra. You can imagine what a great honor and thrill it was for me to be able to record this song with the amazing voice of Mr. Sinatra. What he gave to music will always be timeless… and I feel privileged to be able to pay him a tribute in my own little way. All the way… sums up the way my husband and I feel about each other, and in a different way it describes a feeling that I have when I think about all the love and support that’s been given to me by many dedicated people who have made all of this incredible journey possible.” The original version by Frank Sinatra is the theme song from ‘The Joker Is Wild’ and won the Oscar of the Best Song in 1958.

Live

(For the one I love) It is an adaptation in English of the French song Vivre, first perfomed by Noa and then by Hélène Séguara in the musical Notre-Dame De Paris. “When Céline came and watched ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ last year at the Palais des Congrès (Paris, December 1998), Luc Plamondon tells, she asked me to sit by her side… – Frankly, Céline adds, I was so touched by ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’. I cried a lot that night… I was looking for tissues, it was very thrilling and when I heard Vivre, in my ear, Luc whispered “We thought about you when we wrote it”, there, I was looking for tissues twice as much… and it hadn’t been hard for Luc to convince me to do it in English version…”

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