'Remix' stitches Cassidy's
songs in new patterns
By Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY
The first time David Cassidy heard a finished track
from David Cassidy: Part.II: The Remix, his reaction was nothing
short of physical.
"I got chills," say Cassidy, 56. "My palms
Watching the actor/singer who played Keith Partridge on The
Partridge Family flush, remixer Craig J, who has worked on
tracks by Kelly Clarkson and Madonna, started to worry.
"I'm doing that back and forth: 'He hates it, maybe
he likes it,' " Craig recalls. "He doesn't open
his eyes, but he starts singing along, and I'm like, he doesn't
just like it. I think he loves this."
Remix features club versions of such Partridge Family songs
as I Think I Love You and I Woke Up in Love This Morning,
as well as some Cassidy solo hits. It's one of 15 titles in
retailer Target's new Spotlight Music Series, launching this
Cassidy recorded his vocal tracks in the original keys and
tempos before handing them off to Craig J. After that, most
similarities between the new versions and the originals stopped.
There's hardly a harpsichord to be heard. Cherish gets a
chill-out groove. I'll Meet You Halfway becomes a gospel/disco
"I changed tempos. I created harmonies out of some of
the melodies that he sang. I did all sorts of stuff,"
Craig J says. Adds Cassidy: "It was like taking the material
from an old suit, then ripping it up and putting it back every
possible different way. Yeah, it's all the same material,
but it doesn't look anything like the suit."
Says 180 Music founder Jim Brandmeier, whose label partnered
with Target for the Spotlight releases, "Part of our
philosophy is mixing something tried-and-true with something
The series also includes new albums from Kenny Loggins, Stephen
Bishop and a compilation of performers from A.J. Croce to
Salvador Santana singing songs made famous by their fathers.
On New Music From an Old Friend, renowned producer Phil Ramone
takes such singer/songwriters as Burt Bacharach and Brian
Wilson into the studio to record old and new songs.
"We're taking some pretty legendary artists and putting
them in a fresh setting," Brandmeier says.
When producing television shows or appearing on Broadway,
Cassidy has gone stretches of several years without performing
his Partridge hits, so he hasn't developed the distaste some
teen heartthrobs get for the songs that made them famous.
"I've done so much other work, I never got sick of them."