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Joanna Dean - Misbehavin' (Remastered)

Joanna Dean
Misbehavin' (Remastered)
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 04 October 2012, 3:25 PM

Throughout music’s history, without concerning genres, there have been countless of first timers that went up to be last timers, meaning did a single thing once only to be through with pretty fast and retiring. What happened with Joanna Dean, one of many US female vocalists aiming for the glory in the name of Rock N’ Roll, was nearly the same as what I have just described, yet with a small twist in the plot. After her debut solo album, named “Misbehavin’”, which was originally released in 1988 via Polydor Records, Dean formed BAD ROMANCE, a Hard Rock band that turned out to be a short lived venture that only released a single album in 1991. Yesterrock Records decided to head back and remaster Dean’s debut album in order to let you boys and girls the true feel of Southern / Blues Hard Rock / Rock N’ Roll and let you have a piece of the pie of history. One has to remember his / her roots before heading over to the new things barging over and over. Trust that “Misbehavin’” will show at least some of the good old flavour of old school Hard Rock with a lot of attitude.

Following the first tunes of “Misbehavin’”, I have to admit that fell for Dean. With her rough and raspy tones in the vocal alley of Janis Joplin, Leather Leone and some of Doro Pesch, there is something sexy about her vocals that drew me even more. On the other hand, her tunes were rather ordinary, even with some great thrills that I found appealing, Dean pretty much reprised herself more than enough with the same kind of riffing and vibes. The music itself appeared general and pretty easy, solid Hard Rock with flakes of Southern Rock / Country music and energies of 70s Rock N’ Roll. Let’s say that nothing was too demanding over here, just plain fun in the sun, like a something good to have a drive by. Nevertheless, I liked the Bluesy and Rocking sensation following every song and the rough submission Dean’s Southern accent, which was strapped onto each tune with love. Without a doubt this chick has quite dominance and it would have been great checking her out performing live. “Burning Rubber” shaped a little as a light Metal song that reminded me some of the great hits of several great American bands, especially with that bombastic opening riffing and thumping. Dean’s vocals were divine, just in any track on this release. Near its end there is an attractive riffing that even if it was simple, it was just in time. “Ready For Saturday Night” must have been the album’s single back in the day, a winning chip of great quality and I presume in commercialized standards. “Once Is Enough” is the soft spot of the album, a nice delivered ballad with a lot of heart and plenty of pains.

Once again Yesterrock Records did the honors for a rather forgotten artist. I sure hope that the old US scene in the South didn’t forget Joanna Dean, because it would be a shame if they did even if artists like Dean spread like flies. This album isn’t too special or overly thrilling but it is still good. Solid Hard Rock flavored attributed to a wonderful vocalist.

3 Star Rating

1. Ready For Saturday Night
2. Kiss This
3. Misbehavin’
4. I Miss The Money
5. Once Is Enough
6. Dirty Fingers
7. Burnin’ Rubber
8. She’s Been Hearing About Me
9. Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones Cover) 
Joanna Dean – Vocals / Guitar
Roger Cox – Drums
Willie Weeks – Bass
Steve Ingle – Guitar
Jim Dickinson - Piano and Hammond B3
Record Label: Yesterrock Records


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