David Rosenthal
  •  BIO
  •  DISCOGRAPHY
  •  VIDEOGRAPHY
  •  INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS
  •  TOURS
  •  AWARDS
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    Tony Bennett : Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 2016

     

    Steve Vai : Passion and Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition) 2016

    "Steve and I have been good friends since we met at Berklee in 1978. Back then, we played together in a band called 'Morning Thunder.' Since that time, each of our careers took off in different directions and this was the first chance that we had to work together again. It was great fun to work with Steve again so many years later. This album went on to be nominated for a Grammy in 1990 in the category of Best Rock Instrumental."

    Rainbow : Live in Japan (1984) 2015

     

    Ethan Bortnick : The Power of Music 2013

     

    Steve Vai : The Story of Light 2012

     

    Various Artists : 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief 2012

     

    4Front : Malice in the Palace 2012

     

    Billy Joel : Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert 2011

    This concert was a highlight of David's long career. In addition to performing in Billy's band, David also arranged and conducted the live orchestra.

    Billy Joel : 12 Gardens Live 2006

    "It's always a thrill to play for a hometown crowd, especially when it happens to be Madison Square Garden, where I went to see concerts as a kid. This album was recorded during a record-breaking 12 soldout shows in 2006."

    Billy Joel : My Lives 2005

     

    Billy Joel : 2000 Years - The Millenium Concert 2000

    This double CD was recorded live at Madison Square Garden during the 3 hour New Year's Eve show on 12/31/99-1/1/00. This particular concert was very special not only because it celebrated the millennium, but because it marked the end of the tour we were doing and possibly the end of Billy's touring career.

    Billy Joel : The Complete Hits Collection 1973-1997

    This limited edition CD is a great compilation of all three greatest hits volumes plus a bonus CD of live stuff that I played on during the River of Dreams tour.

    Billy Joel : Greatest Hits Volume III 1997

    "After several years of touring with Billy Joel, I finally had the opportunity to do some studio recordings with him. On the song 'Hey Girl' Billy asked me to play piano, which was a great honor because I am one of only three people to play piano on a Billy Joel record (the other two were Ray Charles and Richard Tee)."

    Billy Joel : A Voyage of the River of Dreams 1994

    "Originally only released in Australia, this compilation includes the River of Dreams CD, a CD of five live tracks that I played on during the River of Dreams tour, and a CD of one of Billy's college lectures."

    Liza Minelli : Liza's at the Palace 2009

     

    Evil Masquerade : Third Act 2006

     

    Happy the Man : The Muse Awakens 2004

     

    Movin' Out : Original Broadway Cast Recording 2002

     

    Yngwie Malmsteen : Millennium Concerto Suite Live with the New Japan Philharmonic 2002

    "It took me nearly nine months to complete the orchestration of Yngwie's 'Opus 1. My 307 page score for the Millennium Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor was originally written for 65 piece orchestra plus choir. But, due to union rules every musician in the orchestra was contracted to play at the recording session. So, my orchestration ended up being performed by a 90 piece orchestra with 40 piece choir!"

    "After the long, tedious process of transcribing more than an hour of Yngwie's ideas for the concerto, it was then time to begin the orchestration. First I wrote the entire score by hand, and then it was entered into my computer using a software program called Overture. I was then able to generate laser printed copies which were later leather-bound and used by the conductor during the recording sessions."

    "Another interesting part of the whole process was creating a demo of my orchestration for Yngwie. Although he is a brilliant guitarist, Yngwie doesn't read music. So I couldn't present him with my score and say, 'what do you think?'. Instead, I had to create the 'Rosenthal Philharmonic' (using 7 Kurzweil synthesizers) and record a demo of the entire piece by playing every one of the parts. Then Yngwie overdubbed his guitar parts and was able to make comments and suggestions, which I later incorporated into the score."

    "As part of my job as orchestrator, I also had to create all of the parts booklets for each of the individual musicians in the orchestra. When all was said and done, I ended up with more than 1500 pages of music! Just to proof-read the entire score and all the parts took me almost 2 months!!"

    "The Concerto was recorded in Prague by the Czech Philharmonic in June, 1997 and was released February 4th, 1998 in Japan. Because of the unique nature of this album, the record company (Pony Canyon) decided on two simultaneous releases: one targeted for the classical audience (released on the Canyon Classic label) and the other targeted for the typical Yngwie Malmsteen listener."

    "I would like to personally thank Vora Vor for her dedicated assistance throughout this project. Unfortunately, the incomplete liner notes in the album did not properly credit everyone involved on this project."

    Yngwie Malmsteen : Millenium Concerto Suite 1998

    "It took me nearly nine months to complete the orchestration of Yngwie's 'Opus 1. My 307 page score for the Millennium Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor was originally written for 65 piece orchestra plus choir. But, due to union rules every musician in the orchestra was contracted to play at the recording session. So, my orchestration ended up being performed by a 90 piece orchestra with 40 piece choir!"

    "After the long, tedious process of transcribing more than an hour of Yngwie's ideas for the concerto, it was then time to begin the orchestration. First I wrote the entire score by hand, and then it was entered into my computer using a software program called Overture. I was then able to generate laser printed copies which were later leather-bound and used by the conductor during the recording sessions."

    "Another interesting part of the whole process was creating a demo of my orchestration for Yngwie. Although he is a brilliant guitarist, Yngwie doesn't read music. So I couldn't present him with my score and say, 'what do you think?'. Instead, I had to create the 'Rosenthal Philharmonic' (using 7 Kurzweil synthesizers) and record a demo of the entire piece by playing every one of the parts. Then Yngwie overdubbed his guitar parts and was able to make comments and suggestions, which I later incorporated into the score."

    "As part of my job as orchestrator, I also had to create all of the parts booklets for each of the individual musicians in the orchestra. When all was said and done, I ended up with more than 1500 pages of music! Just to proof-read the entire score and all the parts took me almost 2 months!!"

    "The Concerto was recorded in Prague by the Czech Philharmonic in June, 1997 and was released February 4th, 1998 in Japan. Because of the unique nature of this album, the record company (Pony Canyon) decided on two simultaneous releases: one targeted for the classical audience (released on the Canyon Classic label) and the other targeted for the typical Yngwie Malmsteen listener."

    "I would like to personally thank Vora Vor for her dedicated assistance throughout this project. Unfortunately, the incomplete liner notes in the album did not properly credit everyone involved on this project."

    Yngwie Malmsteen : Inspiration 1997

    "This album of covers was recorded as a tribute to the music that Yngwie grew up listening to. I was called in to play on two tracks: 'Carry on My Wayward Son' and 'Child in Time.' The sessions were a lot of fun because these were also songs I grew up listening to. This was the first time I had met Yngwie, and it was during these sessions that the idea of the Millennium Concerto was born."

    Robert Palmer : Live at the Apollo (1988) 2001

    Originally recorded on the 1988 Heavy Nova tour, this recording from a show at the legendary Apollo Theater was finally released in 2001.

    September 11th Benefits : Concert for New York (with Billy Joel) 2001

     

    September 11th Benefits : America: A Tribute to Heroes (with Faith Hill) 2001

     

    Vinnie Moore : Defying Gravity 2001

     

    Niji-Densetsu : Tribute to Rainbow 1998

    This Japanese Rainbow-tribute band recorded this, their self-titled debut CD, on Pony Canyon Records. The name of the band, Niji-Densetsu, actually means 'Legends of Rainbow.' David played on 2 songs, 'Spotlight Kid' and 'Gates of Babylon.' 'Gates of Babylon' features a new, extended keyboard introduction called 'Road to Babylon' which was written by David. The album also features performances by ex-Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner.

    The Pat McGuire Band : Big Brown Sofa 1997

    "I produced and played keyboards on three tracks on this release ('You're So Beautiful,' 'Just Because', and 'It's Falling Apart'). Working on this project musically reunited me with Don O'Keefe, a longtime friend and the drummer from my college band 'Masterpiece.'"

    Departure : Departure 1998

    Although this album was released in 1998, it contains tracks that were recorded more than 10 years prior. David played keyboards on two tracks. The band features guitarist Mike Walsh who played in David's high school band 'Crystal Visions.'

    Good Rats : Tasty Seconds 1997

    "The Good Rats were one of my favorite bands when I was in High School. It was a great thrill when Peppi Marcello called me and asked me to play on two tracks ('She's Stayin' Home Tonight,' and 'Feelin' Good Again')."

    Dream : A Change of Seasons 1995

    "Prior to the recording of this album, I was asked to become a bandmember of Dream Theater. I was unavailable because I was touring with Billy Joel at that time. However, I was able to make time to do some synthesizer programming on this EP."

    Red Dawn : Never Say Surrender 1993

    "Throughout my career I always wanted to have my own band. I finally got the opportunity in 1992 when I signed a contract with EMI/Toshiba. Although I had been looking for a record deal for many years, when I finally got one, I no longer had a band! So I held auditions with a very select group of some of the most talented musicians I had ever worked with. We chose the name Red Dawn, and it turned out to be the best band I had ever played in! The entire project was a great musical experience and the release of this album was a personal milestone in my career."

    The album was originally released in Japan on the Inside Out label (a division of EMI/Toshiba) in March, 1993. It was later released in the UK on the Now and Then label.

    Mark Thomson-Smith : A Far Cry from New Jersey 1998

    "This European release includes a track that I produced and played keyboards on ('Lay Down Your Guns'), and recorded at my home studio. It also includes two songs that I co-wrote ('Old Fashioned Love' and 'Personality')."

    Deborah Blando : A Different Story 1991

     

    Steve Vai : Passion and Warfare 1990

    "Steve and I have been good friends since we met at Berklee in 1978. Back then, we played together in a band called 'Morning Thunder.' Since that time, each of our careers took off in different directions and this was the first chance that we had to work together again. It was great fun to work with Steve again so many years later. This album went on to be nominated for a Grammy in 1990 in the category of Best Rock Instrumental."

    Whitesnake : Slip of the Tongue 1989

    "In 1988 I was in L.A. recording tracks for Steve Vai's 'Passion and Warfare.' At the same time he was working on tracks for this Whitesnake album. At one point we took a break from Steve's album, switched master tapes, and I added some synth overdubs to the title track. I was really in the right place at the right time!"

    Nicole McCloud : Love Town 1998

     

    Nicole McCloud : Jam Packed 1989

     

    Donna Allen : Heaven on Earth 1988

    This 1988 release was one of my first endeavors into the world of R&B. This album contained the #3 R&B hit single, 'Joy and Pain.'

    Will to Power : Will to Power 1998

    "Originally I was called in to just do synthesizer programming for this project. At the end of one of the all-night sessions (around 6:00 A.M.!) Bob Rosenberg asked me if I was familiar with the Peter Frampton song, 'Baby I Love Your Way' and the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, 'Freebird.' Of course I knew both of them, but the idea of putting the two songs together in a medley seemed strange to me at first. But I gave it a try, and by 10:00 A.M. we had the basics for what later became my first #1 hit single!"

    Myles Goodwin : Myles Goodwin 1988

     

    Climb : Take a Chance 1988

    "One of my passions in life besides music is baseball. Climb was a project started by former Expos outfielder Warren Cromartie (who is also a drummer and a fan of Rainbow!). I met Warren in Cincinatti at a Rainbow concert. We quickly became friends, and the next day he invited me to watch his 'gig' as the rightfielder during the Expos vs. Reds game. Several years later, after his retirement from baseball, he invited me to play on this record."

    Stacy Lattisaw : Very Best of Stacy Lattisaw 1998

     

    Stacy Lattisaw : Personal Attention 1987

     

    Rainbow : Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology 2003

     

    Rainbow : Best of Rainbow - The Millenium Collection 2000

    This 2000 compilation features selections from many of Rainbow's albums. The CD includes 3 tracks that I played on: 'Stone Cold,' 'Power,' and 'Street of Dreams.'

    Rainbow : The Very Best of Rainbow - 1997

    This 2000 compilation features selections from many of Rainbow's albums. The CD includes 3 tracks that I played on: 'Stone Cold,' 'Power,' and 'Street of Dreams.'

    Rainbow : Finyl Vinyl 1986

    Rainbow broke up in 1984 when Ritchie Blackmore decided to reunite Deep Purple. Shortly after, this double live album was released as a final tribute to the Rainbow years. It includes recordings from concerts throughout Rainbow's 8-year history. I played on 2 tracks that were recorded on the Live Between Eyes tour and 4 tracks from the Bent Out of Shape tour. One of the tracks was recorded at Rainbow's last concert and features my orchestration of a rock version of Beethoven's 9th, performed by the band with the Tokyo Symphony.

    Rainbow : Bent Out of Shape 1983

    This album was recorded in Copenhagen in 1983 and contains the hit single 'Street of Dreams.' It was the first time I worked with Chuck Bürgi, who would later become the drummer in Red Dawn.

    Rainbow : Straight Between the Eyes 1982

    "I recorded this, my first album, when I was only 20. I sat in the control room during the recording of this entire album so that I could learn as much as possible about the recording process. This album contains the hit single 'Stone Cold.' Upon its release, it received extensive airplay and was the first time I heard myself on the radio! My orchestration for 'Eyes of Fire' was performed by the Montreal Symphony and was the first time I heard one of my orchestrations performed."

    Hammerhead : Heart Made of Steel 1985, 2000

    "This was my first full album production. The tracks were recorded at Electrola Studios in Cologne, Germany and mixed at Powerplay Studios in Zurich, Switzerland. The band featured the talents of Dutch guitarist Wilco Van Beek and British singer Ian Parry, as well as former Good Rats drummer Joe Franco. Besides producing, I also played keyboards on some of the tracks."

    Here is a reprint of my liner notes from the CD:

    "Way back in 1985, I had the pleasure of producing and playing keyboards for an exciting new band called Hammerhead. They had tracked me down in Italy while I was on tour with Little Steven, and asked me if I would be interested in producing their debut album for EMI/Electrola. After listening to their demos I was immediately interested, and before I knew it I was in Amsterdam rehearsing!"

    "The combination of Ian Parry's energetic vocals with Wilco Van Beek's soaring guitars gave the band a powerful and characteristic sound. With Ian Bishop on bass and the addition of the incredible Joe Franco on drums, the band was really rockin'! After a week of rehearsal, it was off to Cologne to record at EMI/Electrola Studios. But not everything would be so smooth..."

    "When the band arrived in Cologne they were greeted with the news that there weren't enough hotel rooms, and that there were none available anywhere. So for the first week of sessions Wilco and Ian found themselves sleeping on the couch of the label manager's apartment! The record company quickly assured us that everything would be fine, but the obstacles kept on coming. Technical problems, scheduling problems, it seemed like every day something else would go wrong."

    "At one point there was a huge snowstorm and the studio roof collapsed from the weight of the snow! Melting snow poured into the studio and suddenly the band found themselves on the roof shoveling snow along with some of the label's top executives!! What a sight!! It took more than a week to repair the roof, but we still continued recording when the weather was good!"

    "Through it all, the band's enthusiasm prevailed and we kept on working. The guys joked about everything and we managed to have alot of laughs and alot of fun throughout the recording process. Most importantly, we were all excited because we were making a great record."

    "After we finished the recording, I moved the project to Powerplay Studios in Zurich where I was joined by Obie O'Brien to mix the record. All went okay there, but when I returned to Cologne with the finished mixes I was informed that while I was gone the label had a 'falling out' with the band and the record was not going to be released. I returned back home to the States feeling great about the record but immensely disappointed that no one would ever hear it."

    "During the next 15 years, the band would make countless attempts to obtain the masters from Electrola in an effort to try and get it released on another label. Finally, in early 2000, it was Hans Van Vuuren who successfully reached an agreement with Electrola to release the album on Double Dutch. But there would still be one last obstacle. The masters had been lost!"

    "It was then that Hans contacted me in an attempt to locate any decent copy of the original master. Fortunately, I remembered that Obie O'Brien had made a 1/4 inch safety copy. So I called him and sure enough he still knew exactly where it was! The tape was in good condition and was carefully transferred to DAT to be remastered."

    "And so, at long last, I am pleased to present to you, 'Heart Made Of Steel'."

    "Although recording techniques and the musical climate have both changed considerably since 1985, I'm sure you'll find that Hammerhead is still an exciting and fun band to listen to. I am thrilled that the rest of the world will finally get to hear it!"

    David Rosenthal
    June 21, 2000.

    Roger Glover : Mask 1984

     


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    Billy Joel : Christmas in Fallujah (Live-Released 2008) 1984

    The CD was recorded live in Australia, 2008.

    Billy Joel : Christmas in Fallujah (Released 2007)

     

    La Rissa : Someone to Love Me (Released 2000)

     

    Billy Joel : Hey Girl (Released 1997)

     

    Billy Joel : Hard Days Night (Released 1994)

     

    Will to Power : Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Billboard #1, Dec. 3, 1988)

     

    Stacy Lattisaw : Let Me Take You Down

     

    Donna Allen : Joy and Pain

     

    Rainbow : Can't Let You Go (Released 1983)

     

    Rainbow : Street of Dreams (Released 1983)

     

    Rainbow : Stone Cold (Released 1982)

     

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