Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Shoutbox
Name:

Message:

Validation Code:


Enter Validation Code:



inetryconydot
14-12-2017 13:25
The Vatican appears rocked alongside scandal and resignations fair as church leaders necessity trappings up to make good on frail Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican today appears rocked close to licenti

dtabachn
14-12-2017 13:11
The album is called Wake Up! It does include some light prog rock along with speeches' excerpts.

MammetfireLic
14-12-2017 13:02
Terry constancei know that is probably said often.. however reading this actually made me understand how much time i've wasted, worrying about things that had been so pointless. have a look [url=

gdazegod
14-12-2017 01:20
Chris, is there such an album? Maybe we should get Alun onto the case. He loves those oddball albums.

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:49
Performance enhancing aspect....never did much for me.

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:49
Like Froome, my 5k and 10k times are now in doubt, as it seems I took too many puffs of my inhaler before the races.In all seriousness it sounds pretty odd that an inhaler used by millions has such an

englandashes
13-12-2017 23:43
Can’t believe Pope Francis 2015 release, Wake Up, has not been reviewed yet here at GDM?

reyno-roxx
13-12-2017 17:40
Man, I really thought Froome was above any doubt, but this will always hang like a shadow now. Damn! Unlikely to win Sports Personality of the Year on the Beeb now too.

reyno-roxx
13-12-2017 17:38
Look what happened when the Pope signed to Infinity? Brought the company down and certainly ruined TKO's career. Brad Sinsel probably not a fan.

gdazegod
13-12-2017 11:37
Oh dear, Chris Froome in a doping scandal. This looks bad.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1996 Articles » Valentine, Robby - 1996 Robby Valentine
 
Valentine, Robby - 1996 Robby Valentine



ARTIST: Valentine, Robby
ALBUM: Robby Valentine
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: POCP-7080
YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robby Valentine - vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, drum programming * Rob Winter - guitars, backing vocals * Arthur Polini - bass, vacking vocals

TRACK LISTING:? 01 God * 02 Where Do We Go From Here * 03 Never Be Lonely * 04 Take My Hand * 05 In the Arms of Loneliness * 06 Eyes in the Mirror * 07 Morinezumi * 08 The Morning Minstrel * 09 All Messed Up and Nowhere to Go * 10 The Supernatural Sign * 11 Just for Fun * 12 Ma Cherie * 13 Dreams Never Die * 14 ! * 15 Remi

WEBLINKS: Official Website | FB Page


Background
The 90's saw the rise of, in my opinion the frankly awful Grunge movement and as such quality Melodic/Pomp rock was a little thin on the ground. But enter one Robby Valentine, a Dutch keyboard player who had done time in the likes of Zinatra and 1st Avenue. He ventured out on his own and with a deal with Polydor in hand he went on to release a string of quite brilliant albums during that decade. Apart from fleeting success in his native homeland with the magnificent 'Over And Over Again' single, and of course the obligatory success in Japan, his albums would only resonate with a very select audience. In another era Robby would more than likely have gone on to be a worldwide household name, but the musical climate at the time simply didn't cater for such an artist.


The Songs
From the opening Bo Rap sound-alike 'God' all the way through to the brilliantly titled'!', and beyond (there's a secret track too), this album sees Robby at his most inventive. Supremely catchy, overly bombastic and at times seemingly outdoing his heroes Queen with harmonies stacked high and mighty, what's not to love about it? Arrangement wise everything is thrown in there and the sheer variety of material from mock opera, to out and out rock, balladry and even a dash of Prog makes this an enthralling listen. Best tracks? Well so many but I'll single out 'Just for Fun' and 'Dreams Never Die' both being Pomp rock of the very highest order. Robby continued to use a band to some degree on this album, but had started to handle much of the instrumentation himself as well as the production side of things too, such was his prodigious talent. I do find myself at times drawing comparisons with this album and Queen's 'A Night At The Opera', but that’s purely down to the many styles on display and I'm sure a comparison that Robby would be flattered to hear about.


In Summary
This is my favourite Robby Valentine album, and that says quite a lot about this record as his releases throughout his career have all been nigh on perfect. He never did recapture the early successes that he had, and he has been an artist who has seemingly never bowed down to trends but followed his heart, which is probably why the real success never materialised. An artist with a vision and he stuck with it, and for that I love his music and he is still creating new and (more importantly) fresh music to this very day.



All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | gdazegod on December 01 2017 22:46:06
Haven't really given this one a great deal of attention in the past (less so than the first two), so might have to drag it out for a reappraisal.
#2 | Eric on December 06 2017 22:31:13
The first Robby album I owned. Great stuff!
#3 | Emda on December 11 2017 20:59:55
All his albums from the classic 1992 AOR debut up to the brilliant Believing Is Seeing in 2000 are masterpieces. I can honestly say I don´t know which of these albums I think is the best, it always changes from time to time and I still play them regulary on a weekly basis. If you check Amazon most of these are now cheap as hell and you get the great Valentine Overtures as bonus tracks on the first two (Japanese editions).

With "Misanthropolis" onwards he started to sound to modern for my taste sometimes, but nonetheless these albums are great too but don´t reach the highs his early albums did...at least for me Smile

He´s a great talented but very much underrated musician and I hope we will see a new album coming out soon with more classic over the top Valentine stuff and less modern jingling. He deserves much more success.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.