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Patton, Robbie - 1984 No Problem

ARTIST: Patton, Robbie
ALBUM: No Problem
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 80157-1
YEAR: 1984


LINEUP: Robbie Patton - vocals * Dann Huff - guitars * Nathan East - bass * J Hurt Howell - keyboards, synthesizer * Jai Winding - piano * Carlos Vega - drums * Mark Macino, Jon Clarke - horns * J. Hurt Howell, Joe Turano, Jim Haas, Joe Pizzulo, Jon Joyce - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let Me Out * 02 Laura * 03 I Love You Baby * 04 You Got It Bad * 05 18 And Under * 06 Ready Or Not * 07 Choose Ride * 08 Friends * 09 It's Too Late * 10 Tell Me Why

We've previously featured Englishman Robbie Patton here at GDAZE, via his 'Orders From Headquarters' LP. A healthy association with the band Fleetwood Mac endured throughout the release of his previous three albums, prior to this his last solo studio release 'No Problem'. By all appearances this has the looks of a typical L.A session album, with a host of good players making a studio visit. As with the 'Orders From Headquarters', there is a continuation of his AOR/west coast style, with names such as David Roberts, John O'Banion and Toto all acting as reference points throughout.

The Songs
The opening strains of 'Let Me Out' is straight out of the Prism songbook cira 1981/1983, and is a bright synth filled tune befitting an AORster's short attention span. Then again, there are the spikey synths and horn work a la Rick Springfield which permeate the second track 'Laura'. A shifting bed of synths toss and turn 'I Love You Baby' this way and that - a cool track but kinda all over the place. The single off the album 'You Got It Bad' was the obvious choice. Melodic, brooding, and power-ballad oriented, this track features Dann Huff's guitar work.. and it stands out a mile here. '18 And Under' is another bright synth parping affair, but the next track 'Ready Or Not' is slightly better, with Toto overtones. Not to be outdone, ''Friends' is another purists west coast effort, with tinkly piano and easily identifiable melodies with this genre. 'It's Too Late' bridges the gap between west coast and blues/jazz unintentionally, not unlike Mark Williamson's material, while the closer 'Tell Me Why' is mid-paced fare in a similar vein to David Roberts - though not as classy.

In Summary
Patton's solo career might not have set the world on fire, but he is still considered an exceptional songwriter, and occasionally you'll see his name crop on credits somewhere. As a historical record, Patton's albums should make for reissue fodder if an outfit such as Wounded Bird would care to jump onboard - considering Patton's best albums were released on Atlantic. These days, Patton is still songwriting. He had a short stint with a British band called Qubis based around vocalist Rebecca Whitfield, and continues to write with a range of different artists.

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#1 | richardb on June 15 2008 14:18:21
A very under-rated artist. It's a shame both this and 'Orders from headquarters' have yet to secure an 'official' CD re-release.

Richard B
#2 | reyno-roxx on August 09 2011 08:21:46
Both this and 'Orders..' were released in the last couple of years by Wounded Bird. Discovery of the week! Smile
#3 | melodiapositiva on April 30 2017 19:04:03
Great album, not far from other classics, and great sound of the wounded bird release.
I think the w.bird releases are poor in the booklet but great on the sound, while others like rock candy gives you a great booklet with much information, but the sound sometimes are really bad.
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