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Tepper, Robert - 1986 No Easy Way Out

ARTIST: Tepper, Robert
ALBUM: No Easy Way Out
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 2009, Sony Music, ZK 40128 * 2010, Yesterrock, ZK40128


LINEUP: Robert Tepper - lead and background vocals * Tim Landers - bass * Guy Marshall, Dann Huff, Eric Williams - guitars * Myron Grombacher - drums and linn programming * Alan Pasqua, Kim Bullard, Richard Gibbs - keyboards * Tom Kelly, Tom Funderburk, Karla DeVito, Beth Anderson, Van Stephenson, Tata Vega - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 No Easy Way Out * 02 Angel In The City * 03 Don't Walk Away (From Love) * 04 Your Love Hurts * 05 Restless World * 06 Hopeless Romantic * 07 Sole Survivor * 08 Rather Be Alone * 09 Domination


As far as I'm concerned, this site wouldn't be complete without a mention of Robert Tepper who earns the right to reverential 'AOR demi-god' status courtesy of this album. Hailing from Bayonne, NJ, Robert Tepper began his career as a staff writer in New York City, eventually uniting with singer Benny Mardones, writing, and playing bass. Along with Mardones, he co-wrote the classic 'Into The Night,' which became a big hit and earned a Grammy nomination on its initial release in 1980. He also played and performed on the album of the same name and it's follow up 'Too Much To Lose'. After parting company with Mardones, Tepper relocated to Los Angeles in the pursuit of his musical career eventually inking a deal with Scotti Brothers, this album followed being produced by award winning Joe Chicarelli (Beck, Elton John, Hanson, U2 etc).

The Songs
Trying to look like an intense sultry character Tepper manages to pull it off both image wise and musically as this dark intense mood is perfectly encapsulated within the grooves of this album. Tepper's distinctive vocals also lend weight to the proceedings. The title cut kicks off proceedings and is a glorious amalgam of bubbling synthesizer, pumping bass, strident guitar and a powerful chorus. Sylvester Stallone chose to use it for Rocky IV and a Top 30 hit ensued early in 1986. 'Angel Of The City' (which appeared on the soundtrack to 'Cobra') is drenched in atmospheric keyboard textures and programming, but evolves from a haunting opening into a powerful rocker with some serious fret board action from Dann Huff midway. The tempo is increased for 'Don't walk Away' - the trickling synthesizer interjected with staccato guitar riffing. Tepper's vocal stylings are suitably pained (if you'll pardon the pun) on the subdued ballad 'Your Love Hurts' whereas side one closer 'Restless World' is a bouncy high-tech affair. The pile driving hard rocker 'Hopeless Romantic' features another scintillating solo from Dann Huff as does the punchy, energetic 'Soul Survivor'. The ballad that follows 'If That's What You Call Lovin' is appropriately sombre and in keeping with the album's overall mood. 'Domination' closes matters with its choppy guitar and pounding drumbeat.

In Summary
It's hard for me to pigeon hole this album with other artists in the genre as Tepper has his own individual style of AOR. Whilst it was undeniably mainstream unfortunately despite the initial chart success of 'No Easy Way Out' the American public at large failed to embrace the follow up single 'Don't Walk Away'. His second album 'Modern Madness' was released unnoticed several years later to an indifferent response and protracted legal proceeding s with Tepper's label ensued. After a long hiatus Tepper culled together songs from the previous several years, issuing them as the set 'No Rest For The Wounded Heart'. This proved to be a false dawn as subsequently he appears to be inactive. A unique and solely missed artist of the AOR genre.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on January 11 2008 04:47:36
With all the talent on this album it would be hard not to be great. I like several songs on it. It's too bad its so hard to find. Scotti Brothers sure had some interesting artists on it's label at one time or another. Usually if I come across a artist on Scotti Brothers that I've never heard of I'll go ahead and buy it just on a chance of something good. That 'Rock -n- Soul' by David Hallyday is worth getting. 'Into The Night' is a monster song that Tepper wrote the controversial lyrics too. Did he do a song called 'Feel The Heat' for a Rocky soundtrack? I can't remember but do know I liked that song. Enjoyed the review!
#2 | DEMONAOR on January 12 2008 08:41:26
Great albummusicmusicmusicmusicmusicmusic
#3 | englandashes on June 01 2013 16:51:13
The title track has recently been covered by Gloomball and before that Bullet For My Valentine, and on the whole they aren't that bad versions. Great song is a great song!
#4 | jeffrey343 on December 12 2014 21:46:00
The title track is a truly great song, and it's the reason I bought the album. I'm usually pretty good at guessing whether I'll like an album based on one song, but this one has never worked for me. I just gave it a listen again on Rhapsody. No real change in my opinion of it - one killer followed by nine songs that can't hold a candle to it. Can't win 'em all...
#5 | gdazegod on December 12 2014 23:59:03
I landed this on CD earlier this year, and I too find it difficult to buy into.
#6 | gdazegod on December 17 2015 11:45:08
Robert Tepper - 1986 No Easy Way Out
YouTube Video:

[url=]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
#7 | reyno-roxx on January 17 2016 21:16:43
Just recently picked up a cheap copy of the 'Modern Madness' CD on Amazon, which is far stronger than the debut, even if Robert is kinda channeling Robert Plant's first solo album on the first couple of tracks.
#8 | gdazegod on April 03 2016 00:22:25
Apparently Tepper was the lead vocalist for Iron Butterfly, during the 1990-1992 period. But it's ironic (pardon the pun) that they never released a new album beyond 1975.
#9 | Eric on April 04 2016 22:11:13
Really? hmm!
#10 | gdazegod on April 04 2016 22:55:01
Yeah, one of those 'strange but true' facts. Who would've thought? lol!
#11 | gdazegod on September 05 2016 10:53:42
Robert Tepper - 1986 Don't Walk Away
YouTube Video:

[url=]Direct to YouTube[/youtube]
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