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Rozetta - 1980 Where's My Hero




ARTIST: Rozetta
ALBUM: Where's My Hero
LABEL: 20th Century Records
SERIAL: T-602
YEAR: 1980

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Rozetta - lead vocals * Bruce Kulick, David Sancious - guitars * Tim Landers - bass * Blake Levinsohn - rhodes * Philippe Saisse - piano, mini moog, keyboards, percussion * Vince Caliuto - drums * Brenda Madison, R.A. Martin, Millie Whiteside, Dede Washburn - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pick Me Up * 02 Keep On Fighting * 03 Where's My Hero * 04 Voodoo * 05 Paradise Lost * 06 Nothing But A Heartache * 07 On To You * 08 Man Of Steel * 09 Bad News


Background
New York based singer Rozetta Stone will forever be linked to the history of Kiss although she never appeared on any of their albums. Do a Google search and Rozetta pops up on several Kiss and Bruce Kulick related web sites. As the story goes, she dated Paul Stanley for a while, recorded a demo with the help of Bob Kulick (Balance) which landed a publishing and record deal. 'Where's My Hero' was co-produced by prog rock maven Eddy Offord (ELP, Yes, Pallas) just before his work on the second Blackjack album 'Worlds Apart'. Blackjack and future Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick who knew Stone through his brother Bob, figures prominently on the record and even co-wrote the opening cut 'Pick Me Up' with Stone yet despite all the big name firepower behind the record, 'Where's My Hero' never charted and disappeared into cut-out bin heaven almost the moment it was released.


The Songs
Comparing Rozetta to Pat Benatar and Ellen Foley is a given. Powerful and appealing vocals with a wide range and a touch of New York attitude, she means business and is no pretender. 'Pick Me Up' is a great start with chug-a-lug guitars from Kulick and a straight ahead made for radio rock tune, yet for some reason with the exception of this track and perhaps a couple others, the record falls short of its promise. 'Keep on Fighting' later covered by Franke & the Knockouts is acceptable while 'Paradise Lost' is standard paint-by-numbers AOR and nothing more. 'On To You', a fast paced kick ass rocker where again Kulick is allowed to cut loose over Rozetta's gutsy vocal performance is top notch, but the rest of the material lacks a certain spark and never really takes off as much as I would hope. Rozetta as versatile a singer as she is tries to cover too many bases; from pop songstress to leather clad vixen making 'Where's My Hero' a very uneven offering.


In Summary
I'm not sure what happened to Rozetta following this LP. It seems her one shot at stardom fizzled out before it left the launch pad. Perhaps a second album might have worked out some of the kinks with better material and a focus on hard rock where she obviously excelled but we'll never know.


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#1 | richardb on December 12 2008 13:40:33
I just thought I'd wade in with my "two penneth" for what it's worth and say it's not a bad album. Probably one for the AOR purists.

Given your comments about "leather clad vixens" Eric does this mean you would have given a better review with a different album cover?! - LOL!

Richard B

lol
#2 | Eric on December 12 2008 14:14:25
lol! Maybe so! Your right about 'AOR Purists' potentially liking this more than I do. hmm!
#3 | reyno-roxx on August 09 2011 11:51:07
The original version of 'Keep On Fighting' is pretty interesting listening. Franke 'stole' Blake Levinsohn from Rozetta, who he was working with as 'musical director' at the time.
#4 | super80boy on November 01 2014 22:18:22
AOR purists will indeed enjoy this, especially if they have a soft spot for the female fronted acts/artists. Recommended.

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