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Love Concert: The Album, Vol. 2

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In 2001, Philippine label Vicor Records released Love Concert: The Album, Vol. 2, featuring female Philippine singers Zsa Zsa Padilla and Lani Misalucha and soulful Philippine band Freestyle, recorded at a concert in Quezon City, near Manila. There is also a volume one of this album. The album starts with Zsa Zsa Padilla singing a Celine Dion medley, which consists of "Because You Loved Me," "My Heart Will Go On", and "It's All Coming Back to Me." The inclusion of these songs reflects the popularity of American (and European) music in the Philippines. Zsa Zsa Padilla soars mightily on "My Heart Will Go On," drawing much applause. Lani Misalucha performs one of her biggest radio hits, a cover of Dusty Springfield's 1966 hit "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," which starts on a slower pace than the original but then picks up speed. She belts it out toward the end, at which the audience roars its appreciation. Freestyle is known for its soulful touch, and the band performs a cover of "Cruisin'," the soundtrack hit for Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, as well as a medley of its own hits, including, "So Slow," a soulful song on which the group's female singer, Jinky Vidal, sings of a girl who tells the boyfriend to wait and take it slow before consummating their love. Philippine composer George Canseco, known for his sophistication and depth, has two of his compositions, "Hiram" (Borrowed) and "Dito Ba" (Is It Here), performed by Zsa Zsa Padilla and Lani Misalucha, respectively. The album was well-recorded and is enjoyable, although it depends heavily on covers of American songs.

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