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Valentine, Robby - 1992 Robby Valentine

ARTIST: Valentine, Robby
ALBUM: Robby Valentine
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 847 986-2
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Robby Valentine - vocals, grand piano, synthesizers, guitars, drum and synth programming, synth bass * Arthur Polini - bass, vocals * Lex Bolderdijk, Rob Winter, Michael Landau - guitars * Attie Bauw - fairlight programming * Hans Eijkenaar - drums * Johan Willems - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Magic Breeze * 02 Broken Dreams * 03 Live Your Life * 04 One Day * 05 The Gift Of Life * 06 Over And Over Again * 07 Heaven Is Callin' * 08 I'm Searchin' * 09 Here There And Everywhere * 10 Angel * 11 Love Is Alive * 12 I Believe In You * 13 Love Takes Me Higher


Robby Valentine: a Dutch keyboardist very much revered here at G-DAZE. For obvious reasons really. The guy has more talent wrapped up in one fingernail than most of us put together. Born in 1968, Robby Valentine (real name Kempe) has been trained on piano since the age of six. Equally adept on a number of other instruments, it was his role as a synthesizer god that his reputation was forged. Stints with some of Hollands top bands such as 1st Avenue and Zinatra helped give him some exposure before branching out on his own in 1992. Given a solo recording deal by Polydor, Robby utilised the help of friends Arthur Polini, Rob Winter and Hans Eijkenaar (plus some others) to assist with his debut album. From here, you can tell how much of an influence Freddie Mercury and Queen were. Transfixed by the song/video 'Bohemian Rhapsody' when growing up, Robby moved his talents away from classical to rock, or perhaps created a subtle combination of the two.

The Songs
Some great songs all over this 13 track opus (15 if you have the Jap copy). One could say this is an extension of his work with Zinatra ('The Great Escape'), though perhaps more pomp/AOR than hard rock oriented. For instance, 'Over And Over Again' (featuring Mike Landau on lead guitar) went to No. 5 in Holland. Other supreme moments include the Queen like bombast of 'The Magic Breeze', and the AOR delights of 'Angel', and 'I'm Searchin'. Listen too for the uptempo melodic rockers 'Love Takes Me Higher' and 'The Gift Of Life'. But really there a plenty of other moments to get wrapped up in!

In Summary
To top it off, Robby is absolutely huge in Japan. So much so that his albums sell very well, and he is considered to be a near demi-god in the land of the rising sun. Many albums later, and a musical association with fellow dutchman Valensia, has seen Robby still very much at the forefront of melodic rock, especially in Japan.

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 01 2008 11:58:28
This the recipe pomp AOR! To me, this album is among the best ever of its kind. The Queen influences are more than obvious nevertheless Robby has a unique style that differentates him from his influences. This is more than essential to all gd visitors & regulars. Play this album to your mother, father or grandpas - they'll love it!
#2 | Eric on February 23 2009 21:59:08
While Queen is obviously Robbo's biggest influence, I hear less of that on this debut than later releases. It's there big time, but not over the top as on 'Magic Infinity' and beyond. Still, a fantastic debut! Essential!
#3 | roadrunner158 on July 26 2011 15:45:16
Fantastic release by the very talented Mr. Valentine. Probably his best cd, even though 'Magic Infinity' comes pretty close. If you don't mind some OTT music, this is an essential buy.
#4 | trillion1999 on October 24 2011 20:13:40
Mention Queen and I want to hear it all.I have only got to Believing Is Seeing so far.I like that one very much.
#5 | Vincenzo on November 04 2011 01:13:47
Great album of Pomp/Hard Rock.
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