Heart Strings (Bonnie Tyler album)

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Heart Strings
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Studio album by
Released18 March 2003
RecordedJune–September 2002
GenrePop rock
Length56:56
LabelCMC records
ProducerDavid Aspden and Matt Prior
Bonnie Tyler chronology
All in One Voice
(1998)
Heart Strings
(2003)
Simply Believe
(2004)
Singles from Heart Strings
  1. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Amazed (Promotional release)"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Amazed"
    Released: 17 February 2003
  4. "Learning To Fly"
    Released: 2003

Heart Strings (also known as Heart & Soul) is the thirteenth studio album released by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, released in 2003. It is composed entirely of cover songs that she selected herself. The tracks were recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karl Jenkins.

The album was first released in Denmark by EMI in 2002, before being released in Europe the next year under the CMC record label.

EMI Music Germany released a press kit with information of Tyler's track listing, as well as TV and radio promotion for the album in 2003.

Background[edit]

Tyler visited Denmark for a photoshoot in the Thingbæk Limestone Mines, Skørping. The photoshoot is displayed in the album booklet and on the album press kit.

Promotion in Germany[edit]

A TV advertisement was published in 2003, with Tyler miming extracts of a selection of songs from the album in the Thingbæk Limestone Mines in Skørping.[1]

Tyler also appeared on a series of TV shows in March 2003.[2]

March 2003

  • ARD – Brisant
  • ZDF – Hallo Deutschland
  • ZDF – Volle Kanne...
  • ZDF – ZDF Morgen Magazine
  • ZDF – Leute Heute (with an interview in Tyler's home in Mumbles, Wales)
  • SAT.1 – Blitz
  • SAT.1 – Harald Schmidt Talk (talk show)
  • RTL – Exclusive (interview)

April 2003

  • RTL – 70er Show (5 minute reportage)

Promotion in other European countries[edit]

Tyler appeared on Tubes D'un Jour, Tubes de Toujours on French channel TF1 in March 2003, and performed "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" on Swedish TV channel TV4.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Human Touch" (Bruce Springsteen cover)Bruce Springsteen4:32
2."Everybody Hurts" (R.E.M. cover)Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe5:53
3."Amazed" (Lonestar cover)Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo4:07
4."Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Phil Collins cover)Phil Collins4:08
5."And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (cover from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls)Tom Eyen, Henry Krieger4:09
6."Lean on Me" (Bill Withers cover)Bill Withers4:37
7."In My Life" (The Beatles cover)John Lennon, Paul McCartney2:59
8."Learning to Fly" (Tom Petty cover)Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty3:57
9."Right Here Waiting" (Richard Marx cover)Richard Marx4:14
10."I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (U2 cover)Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.4:14
11."I Can't Make You Love Me" (Bonnie Raitt cover)Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin4:36
12."Need Your Love So Bad" (Little Willie John cover)Mertis John Jr.[4]5:16
13."It's Over" (Roy Orbison cover)Bill Dees, Roy Orbison4:15
Total length:56:56

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 32
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 75
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 41
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 29
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 34
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[10] 41

Tour[edit]

Tyler embarked on tour prior to the release of the album.

Personnel[edit]

  • Producers – David Aspden, Matt Prior
  • Engineers – Matt Prior, Helen Atkinson, Alan Darby, Jan Holzner, Richard "Dread" Mann, Morten Munch, Michael Wolff
  • Assistant Engineer – Philip Rose
  • Pre-Production – David Aspden, Alan Darby,
  • Editing – Søren Bundgaard
  • Orchestra – City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Assistant – Helen Connolly
  • Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Editing - Matt Prior
  • Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar – Alan Darby
  • Dobro – Alan Darby
  • Arrangers – Matt Prior, Nick Ingman, Karl Jenkins, John Young
  • Mixing – Nick Davis
  • Percussion – Thomas Dyani
  • Conductor, Score – Karl Jenkins
  • Cover Art – Stefan Klein
  • Cover Photo – Nils Krogh
  • Drums – Thomas Lang, John Tonks
  • Bodhran, Low Whistle – James McNally
  • Editing – Dave Meegan, Morten Munch
  • Electric Bass – Ed Poole, Paul Turner
  • Fretless Bass – Ed Poole
  • Violin, Vocals – Bonnie Tyler
  • Mastering – Tim Young
  • Background Vocals – Sam Brown, Margot Buchanan, Rita Campbell, Claudia Fontaine, Aitch McRobbie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bonnie Tyler Heartstrings on YouTube. Retrieved 16 April 2013
  2. ^ Heart Strings press kit, EMI Music Germany
  3. ^ Bonnie Tyler: I still haven't found what I'm looking for on YouTube. Retrieved 16 April 2013
  4. ^ Widely credited to Little Willie John, but in fact written by his brother Mertis.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Bonnie Tyler – Heart Strings" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Heart Strings". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Bonnie Tyler – Heart Strings". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Heart Strings". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Heart Strings". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Heart Strings". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.