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Hartman, Dan - 1984 I Can Dream About You

ARTIST: Hartman, Dan
ALBUM: I Can Dream About You
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Line up..

TRACK LISTING: 01 We Are The Young * 02 I Can Dream About You * 03 Shy Hearts * 04 I'm Not A Rolling Stone * 05 Rage To Live * 06 Name Of The Game * 07 Power Of A Good Love * 08 Second Nature * 09 I Can't Get Enough * 10 Electricity


As mentioned in the Forums a few weeks back, there appears to be some interest toward the Synthwave genre. Even though this genre has been around for years, it has seen a degree of popularity on You Tube. Predating this, there were a handful of artists and albums that touched this sub-genre probably without realising their future impact. Some people have described this type of music as 'Soundtrack AOR', which sounds highly appropriate. One of the albums from 1984 which I feel is a good fit for this category is the late Dan Hartman's 'I Can Dream About You'. Hartman, some of you may remember had a huge hit in the late 70's with a disco hit called 'Instant Replay'. While that was kinda throwaway, much of the material from this album is not, though it might sound dated to some!

The Songs
It's all very hi-tech, and considering this is from 1984, there's not much else to be said is there! 'I Can Dream About You' the single, reached #6 on Billboard, while it's also remembered as one of the lead songs from the movie 'Streets Of Fire' (see.. soundtrack AOR!). The big over-produced drum-work is prevalent on the AOR ballad 'Shy Hearts', while the actions on for the energetic 'Rage To Live'. The next track 'Name Of The Game' could've been sourced from the TV show 'Miami Vice'. Following soon after is 'Power Of A Good Love' with all its attendant bells and whistles. Perhaps a forefather of the Synthwave Movement? lol! The jangly pop-rock of 'Second Nature' is slightly out of phase with the rest of the material thus far, sounding like a R&B version of Hall And Oates. I could also say the same about 'I Can't Get Enough' which doesn't hit the mark unfortunately.

In Summary
Hartman collaborated with recording artist Charlie Midnight, who had released his own album 'Innocent Bystander' two years previous. Most of the singles were written by the pair. Apart from the single 'I Can Dream About You', there were three others which skimmed the Billboard singles chart as well. 'We Are The Young', 'Name Of The Game' and 'Second Nature'. Beyond this, Hartman released 1986's 'White Boy' (though MCA never issued it officially), plus 1989's 'New Green Clear Blue', a new age release. Hartman passed away in 1994 of an HIV/AIDS related brain tumour. A pretty talented musician and producer in his day, that much is assured. [word count 424]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 06 2016 05:46:11
Dan Hartman - 1984 I Can Dream About You
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#2 | gdazegod on January 06 2016 05:47:39
Dan Hartman - 1984 We Are The Young
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#3 | richardb on January 06 2016 06:47:47
This is a good album and one I picked up when it first came out. Talking of the AOR connection, didn't Vinnie Vincent play on his 'Instant replay' album?..

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