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Roberts, David - 1982 All Dressed Up

ARTIST: Roberts, David
ALBUM: All Dressed Up
LABEL: Elektra
SERIAL: E1-60127
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 1992, Elektra (Japan), WMC5-434 * 2006, Vivid Sound (Japan), VSCD-3343 * 2011, Avenue Of Allies, 1107 0027


LINEUP: David Roberts - vocals, keyboards

Additional Musicians: Steve Lukather - guitars * Jay Graydon - guitar overdubs * Mike Porcaro - bass * Greg Mathieson - keyboards, synthesizers * Jeff Porcaro - drums, percussion * Mike Boddicker - syntheiszers * David Foster - synthesizer overdubs * Gary Herbig - saxophone * Paulinho DaCosta - percussion * David Leonard - linn drum machine * Bill Champlin, Joe Chemay, Tom Kelly, John Joyce, Jimmy Haas - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 All In The Name Of Love * 02 Too Good To Last * 03 Someone Like You * 04 Boys Of The Autumn * 05 She's Still Mine * 06 Wrong Side Of The Tracks * 07 Midnight Rendezvous * 08 Anywhere You Run To * 09 Never Gonna Let You Go * 10 Another World

Still revered today as a venerable AOR/West Coast classic. Canadian muso David Roberts 'All Dressed Up' has seen a release on CD at some prior stage, probably Japan, but apart from that, it really is a celebration of all that is good about the crossover genre from that 1981-82 era. As you can tell from the lineup, it's a Toto reunion more than anything, Lukather's guitarwork taking on the same tone from his Boz Scaggs days, as well as Toto's second effort 'Hydra' - a tone which can only be marked as 'classic'.

The Songs
We get off to a great start, with the tremendous AOR of 'All In The Name Of Love'. A killer chorus, while the mid-section turns into an upbeat Toto flurry! You'll be humming along to this one I'll bet! 'Too Good To Last' calms down ever so slightly, before the appearance of 'Someone Like You', which is surely a deadringer for Franke And The Knockouts 'Below The Belt' material. All the way from the stabbing pianos, plus the fiery guitarwork of Lukather reminiscent of Billy Elworthy's best moments. 'Boys Of Autumn' with the decidedly simple chorus of 'boys will be boys, but whatever happens to boys of autumn' is a laid back affair, very much in the Stephen Bishop vein. Moving onto to 'She's Still Mine (Thats My Girl)', we get another fantastic slab of AOR, somewhere between Preview and David Pack (a la 'Won't Let You Lose Me'). That was side one. Wow! Onto side two, Roberts takes a turn for the mellower, somewhere between the aforementioned Stephen Bishop and Lee Ritenour circa 'Rit 2'. Both 'Wrong Side Of The Tracks' and 'Midnight Rendezvous' veer toward ballad territory. Dave stops for a strong coffee then resumes on the simmeringly brilliance of 'Anywhere You Run To', another album highlight. 'Never Gonna Let You Go' features a Toto like shuffle, with an equally effective chorus and solo spot from Luke. By the end of the album, we've moved from the coffee to a smooth drambuie with the wind-down of 'Another World', a cruisy Soundtrack oriented piece befitting some of David Foster's finest moments.

In Summary
Considering 1982 was a watershed year for AOR (IMO perhaps the best!), David Robert's sole effort can stand proudly alongside similar efforts released that year. In summary, it is a lovely album, and one to be considered in the same breath as I-Ten and Preview. Yep, it's that good! Roberts other notable appearances have been songwriting credits on Signal's 'Loud And Clear' ('You Won't See Me Cry'), BLVD's debut ('In The Twilight') and Bad English's debut ('Tough Times Don't Last'). Pretty classy company huh?

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#1 | rostoned on May 01 2008 10:37:05
I listened back to back this one and Nielsen Pearson 'Blind Luck', since on the latter they cover a track from this LP. I admit Roberts' album is way superior, classier, AMAZING songwriting from first to last second. This is definitely a 10, that one ('Blind...') a 8. Say Miss Universe vs Miss World...
#2 | dangerzone on May 01 2008 13:52:03
Have to disagree. As great as 'All Dressed Up' is I prefer 'Blind Luck.' Superior melodies as far as I'm concerned.
#3 | rostoned on May 10 2008 16:40:25
George I can confirm that this work of art, as good as the 'more famous' I-Ten, DID get a couple of CD rereleases, both in the land of the rising sun. the latest, remastered in the cool mini LP format, was issued in 2006 on the Vivid Sound label. Unfortunately both are already out of print! real sad

In addition to the above notable appearances the songwriting of David Roberts is featured on House Of Lords 1988 debut where he co-writes the last track 'Jealous Heart'.
#4 | jeffduran on September 28 2008 22:33:36
Anybody know how old Roberts was when he recorded this?
#5 | JAG on May 30 2010 17:40:35
IMO the best A.O.R. album in this year and one of my favourites in an AllTime top 5 list
#6 | AOR Lee on March 26 2013 04:47:57
George I still play the copy you posted me back in 2001/2002! Incredible stuff, and reading this review again after about 10 years it really does ring true. The coffee mention obviously priceless music
#7 | gerard on November 26 2013 22:10:39
Great, great record and one of my alltime favorite westcoast/AOR albums. Diana Ross also recorded a version of 'Anywhere you run to' but that one's nowhere near as good as Roberts'. Roberts also wrote 'Before I go', which can be found on Starship's 'Knee deep in the hoopla' (at least I'm assuming it's him...).
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