It’s a “labour of love”
Engelbert Humperdinck has postponed a scheduled UK tour in May because of hold-ups in finishing his new CD, which features duets with other leading artists.
“I’ve been working on a new studio album with producer Martin Terefe and there are a lot of wonderful collaborations confirmed for this new CD,” said
Engelbert, who for the most part is keeping his lips sealed on the identity of the guest artists.
“Unfortunately when dealing with collaborations we have to deal with many people’s busy schedules and the CD will not be ready for a 2012 release. Therefore, it is important to me and all concerned with the tour that the CD is finished and available to my fans at the time of touring.
“I’m truly sorry about this postponement, but I promise that the wait shall be worth it.”
London’s Royal Albert Hall had already been selling tickets for the Engelbert concert and is now organising refunds.
Elton John was the first to team up with Engelbert for the new album.
“We had a great time singing together,” Elton said after the two singers laid down the first few tracks at a Los Angeles studio.
“Engelbert is so quick, what I call a ‘one-take singer’ – 76 years old and still sounding as good as ever. He is also one of the sweetest and nicest people I have ever worked with.”
The new album project comes 45 years after Engelbert’s first No.1 single and signature tune ‘Please Release Me‘ and just months after his foray into
Eurovision ended with him being disastrously placed second from the bottom with the ballad ‘Love Will Set You Free‘.
“This album is a true labour of love. We have a few more recordings to go,- but what a cast,” said Engelbert.
“I’m keeping most of it under my hat but was so excited about working with Elton, who I have admired ever since first hearing him, that I just couldn’t keep it to myself. I’m honoured that he has contributed to this album.”
Martin Terefe has produced recordings for the likes of Jason Mraz, Train, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Jamie Cullum, James Morrison and KT Tunstall.