Saturday, April 2, 2011
B IS FOR ROBIN BECK “LIVIN’ ON A DREAM”
Sometime during the early 1990's, I discovered Robin Beck's "Trouble Or Nothin" CD in the remainder bin at J&R Music World (lower Manhattan, NYC, all music fans should go there on a holy pilgrimage) and thought I'd give it a try. It was well worth whatever deeply discounted price I paid for the disc-several great songs that were sadly ignored by DJ's and absent from radio airplay. I looked for other releases from Robin in the "MISC B" bins for years and never found one.
Fast forward to the new millenium and the internet opens a whole new way of buying music.It turns out Robin has released a few albums over the years (still can't find Sweet Talk-hey Rhino, how's about a little help!). For the summer of 2007 she is offering up "Livin' On A Dream." Released by Frontiers Records, an Italian label that has made a buisiness of keeping melodic rock alive, this is Robin's second effort for the label.
The first thing you notice is that the album comes out of the corner rocking hard, jump-started by the title track. That's to be expected, as it was co-produced by House Of Lords' James Christian (also Robin's husband) and AOR veteran Tommy Denander, and recruits House Of Lords as the backing band. The album is paced well with a nice mix of rockers and ballads. Christian and Denander share many of the writing credits with Beck, and there are several gems (or as Robin's liner notes put it, pearls) on this disc.
The shame is that there is no justice in the world and this record will not get radio airplay or chart in Billboard. In fact, this record will not be heard unless you seek it out, which I encourage you to do. Play it for your friends. Check out Robin's last disc as well, "Do You Miss Me." Both are available at www.nehrecords.com as well as other online retailers who specialize in melodic rock releases.
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