When I first decided to purchase Stories to Tell, I have to admit that I was a tad nervous about the album containing only one new track. When You Loved Me, the new track on the album, is a fresh, uptempo pop song, which is Marx's signature and was released prior to the three-disc set. I was hoping for that updated sound directed toward the rest of the album, and I was not disappointed at all. When it came to the acoustic disc, Marx stripped down and breathed new life into songs like This I Promise You and Over My Head. The intimate sound definitely came through in the production and every song seemed new to me. On the second disc, which was the Best of Richard Marx, he took care to put different angles on his most popular songs, but kept the timeless aspects that hooked his fans within the 80's and 90's. Songs such as Hold on to the Nights and Too Late to Say Goodbye still had the feel that made them famous way back when, and Satisfied has a Modern Rock twist that makes a great rock song even better. Every timeless track has its new stamp. After listening to both discs, I viewed the Shepherd's Bush Live DVD. I had never seen the Stories to Tell concerts or any of his acoustic shows, other than the Duo shows with Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon, so this was a definite treat. You can hear the energy of the crowd and you can tell how much Richard Marx still enjoys performing on stage. His voice is still as powerful today as it was when I saw him in 1988 and this entire DVD has wonderful songs such as the moving Through My Veins and Everybody, the hit song written for country singer Keith Urban. Marx also plays his timeless hits and shares his witty banter with his audience, and the crowd definitely responds. Definitely was a way to reminisce about the concerts I've seen and the string quartet was a great touch to the show. This was definitely worth the money and the time to enjoy.
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