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Dupree, Robbie - 1981 Street Corner Heroes



ARTIST: Dupree, Robbie
ALBUM: Street Corner Heroes
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: 6E-344
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1990, Warner Music (Japan), WPCR-3448

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robbie Dupree - vocals *Guitars - Dennis Herring, Brian Ray * Bass - Rick Chudacoff * Keyboards - Bill Elliot, Michael Boddicker * Drums - Peter Bunetta * Percussion - Rick Chudacoff, Peter Bunetta, Joe Lala, Arno Lucas * Saxophone - Jerry Peterson, David Woodford * Trumpet - Bill Armstrong, Lee Thornburg, Darrel Leonard * Trombone - George McWhirter * Background Vocals - Bill LaBounty, Leslie Smith, Arno Lucas, Matthew Weiner, Joe Turano, David Anderson, Kal David

TRACK LISTING: 01 Street Corner Heroes * 02 Desperation * 03 Brooklyn Girls * 04 All Night Long * 05 Free Fallin' * 06 I'll Be The Fool Again * 07 Are You Ready For Love * 08 Saturday Night * 09 Missin' You * 10 The Long Goodbye

WEBLINKS: www.robbiedupree.com


Background
A few years ago I threw the pen at Robbie Dupree's debut album. I always had a soft spot for his singles off that album: 'Steal Away' and 'Hot Rod Hearts', but I more or less left his discography at that one album. What a shock to learn his subsequent albums are just as good if not better than his debut. With 1980 being a watershed year for Dupree, a year completed by hit singles and Grammy nominations, his follow-up proved that his debut was no fluke. Fans of Paul Davis would take to this record with gusto. In parts there are some similarities, the golden-voiced vocals a stand out which is easily recognised within the West Coast genre.


The Songs
Any fan of west coast music is gonna love the intro title track. A superb entry for the album. 'Brooklyn Girls' is the other best known tune here, the song appearing on the Billboard Charts for Robbie. 'All Night Long' is the odd one out on the album - sounding very much like Billy Joel's 'For The Longest Time' - a vocal workout with barber shop (dare I say it Street Corner) tendencies! No doubt this was a historical revisit to Dupree's origins back on the streets of Brooklyn. The beautiful 'Free Fallin' compares favorably to 'Steal Away' from the previous year. 'I'll Be The Fool Again' is fantastic radio pop in the vein of the late John O'Banion - check out that chorus for a comparison. 'Are You Ready For Love' is the same tune which Greg Guidry recorded the following year on his 'Over The Line' LP. More O'Banion like west coast is evident on 'Saturday Night', followed by the ballad 'Missin' You' which again has commercial/chart action potential.


In Summary
Apparently this album has never been released on CD outside of Japan. If you've got this Jap version (released in 1990) then keep it, because it's probably worth a mint! The strange thing about this album and Dupree's future musical direction; is that Robbie did not like the way his management and label wanted him to take his music. So after 'Street Corner Heroes', Dupree cancelled his contract with Elektra, and sat out the remainder of his time during the rest of the 80's decade. He re-signed with Capitol in 1989. It's a pity that he didn't think much of his musical output from this period, as many of his fans love it - therein lies the conflict.


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#1 | gdazegod on October 04 2011 03:34:41
Surprised that Wounded Bird haven't released this one on CD yet. A prime contender due to the Elektra/Warner Bros family.
 
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