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Robin Beck - Do You Miss Me (CD)

Robin Beck
Do You Miss Me
by Michael Dalakos at 28 July 2005, 10:15 PM

Well, sure we miss you, Robin. In a world where gals sing like divas or like cesspools, a warm but tender Rock voice like yours is always missed. And it has been so long since the last time you made us dream, I'm pretty sure most of those who'll be reading this review don't know you. So let's remind them…
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Robin Beck moved to Daytona Beach, Florida at a very young age. She was discovered by a local musician (Alex London) who got Robin her first professional job with fellow local Johnny Conklin. Robin learned the art of singing standards, before she moved on to local bands, before she was finally asked to go out on the road at the age of 18 to sing in a band called Deep South. Soon after that, Robin landed her first recording contract (for a single entitled Still In Love ) after being discovered while performing at a club in Detroit. Back in New York, Robin started working on different projects including the Broadway musical Got To Go Disco and finally started a proper recording career with the release of her first album Sweet Talk  in 1979. It was thanks to a certain jingle that Robin's name came to prominence in 1988 when the song First Time  (a Coca-Cola theme tune) became a huge hit worldwide. The song in fact held the number one spot for two weeks in the U.K. which meant Robin had to make a live appearance on BBC's Top of the Pops show. This brought her to a new start in her recording career. The subsequent album Trouble or Nothin' featured contribution from such luminaries as Steve Lukather (Toto), Paul Stanley (KISS), Diane Warren and Desmond Child, just to name a few and is still regarded today as one of the best female AOR records ever!
Robin's follow up album, Human Instinct , was released on the D.S.B. label in 1992 and featured once again the cream of the session world (Jeff Porcaro, Kim Bullard, Tim Pierce, Michael Landau, Lee Ritenour, Michael Thompson etc.) and songwriters (Mark Spiro, Journey's Jonathan Cain, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Sue Shifrin, Glen Burtnik etc.). Can't Get Off  dates back to 1994 and once again she proved her qualities as a fine singer with songs offered by the likes of Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne, Steve Perry), Steve Kipner, Michael Bolton, Ole Evenrude and Marc Jordan. A break from the music industry was on the cards and it was during this time that Robin met and married James Christian, record producer and singer with the rock band House of Lords. In 1998 she recorded a duet with Italian star Pupo which required that she traveled throughout Italy and Germany to promote it. In 1999, Robin released the singles Jewel In My Crown and Shut Up And Kiss Me, produced by Chris Flanger and Ingo which saw her return to recording after a five year hiatus and in 2003 she released the full album Wonderland.
And now in 2005 Robin returns to Melodic Rock. Welcome back, we missed you. Listening to Do You Miss Me is like taking a trip two decades back when good music was bonded with melody, crazy nights and boring school classes! Have you had enough of bands complaining about how bad life is? Gothic dudes crying for their mistress that died (probably by boredom)? Growlers sounding like they 're trying to vomit all over you and scream at the same time and later claim in interviews yeah singing for the new album was difficult (singing? Yeah, right!)?  Search no more, the album you were looking for is here!
Do You Miss Me contains beautiful pieces of Melodic Rock music offered by Marc Jordan (Kansas, Cher, Amanda Marshall), Amy Sky (Heart), Desmond Child (Bon Jovi, Kiss), Michael Bolton and Chris Pelcer (Peter Cetera, Van Zant). In addition to that you will find two friends in here offering their talent in backing vocals: Lisa Dalbello and James Christian.
I read a couple of reviews complaining that this album sounds too 80's. I will kindly ask these reviewers (since I know you both) not to judge an era during which you were 3 years old. Believe it or not good music existed before you were born. Keep listening to the crap labels keep selling you. Yeah, yeah, you got the meaning of music, for sure…
It's summer time ladies and gentlemen. I don't know who's convinced you that hard music talks only about the bad things in life but he was dead wrong. You still don't believe me? Then just listen!

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Do You Miss Me
Walk On The Moon
Your Love Is Tough On Me
The Safest Place (I Wanna Be Strong)
What About Us
I Want to Hear It From You
Stone By Stone
Find A Little Faith
Coming Back For More
I Don't Wanna Play The Game Anymore
Takin' A Ride
Bring It Back
Lineup:
Robin Beck - Vocals
Steffi Hazan - Guitar
Nick Savio - Guitar
JM Scattolin - Guitar
Fabrizio V. Zee Grossi - Bass
Francis Koch - Drums
Lisa Dalbello - Backing Vocals
James Christian - Backing Vocals
Record Label: Frontiers Records
     


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