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Julien, Robbin - 1985 Here We Go [ep]




ARTIST: Julien, Robbin
ALBUM: Here We Go [ep]
LABEL: Atco
SERIAL: RW-1501
YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robbin Julien - vocals * Chris Dietrich, Jim Behringer, Geoff Bouchier - guitars * Dik Shopteau - bass * Tim Curtis, Joe Vitale, Gordy Knutson - drums * James Walsh, Ricky Peterson, Greg Inhoffer - piano * Ricky Peterson, James Walsh, Greg Inhoffer, Bryan Rossi - synthesizers * Pat Mackin - saxophone * Robbin Julien, James Walsh, Mary Jane Alm, Pat Frederick, Scott Neilson, Dik Shopteau, Bobby Jones - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Backstreet Boys * 02 You're The One * 03 Me And The Boys * 04 Here We Go * 05 Little Girl Eyes * 06 Looks Like Love Again


Background
From out of the southwestern 'burbs of Minneapolis comes singer Robbin Julien. Minnetoka resident Julien hooked up on this rare 1985 effort for Atco, with a host of names in tow, including members from well heeled Minnesota outfits including Judd, Gypsy and Jumpstreet. 'Here We Go' is only a short 6 track EP which appears to have been released for the Japanese market only. You don't see this EP offered up too often on Ebay it appears. 'Here We Go' was produced by former Judd bassist Dik Shopteau, and includes appearances by fellow Judd alumni Bryan Rossi, keyboardist Greg Inhoffer (who has recorded with Bob Dylan), plus James Walsh of Gypsy and Jumpstreet fame, with fellow Jumpstreet compadre Bobby Jones also helping out. It's a short sweet radio friendly slice of AOR, with comparisons made to Michael Stanley Band and numerous other midwest outfits of the day.


The Songs
'Backstreet Beat' leads this six-track parade, the saxophone heard early on in the piece. The guitar strut is straight out of 38 Special territory, but the song keeps its mid-west imagery without heading down into the Confederate south! The ballad 'You're The One' is tearjerker induced material. A ballad, it's pretty good for what it is. 'Me And The Boys' is an easy reference call to the aforementioned Michael Stanley Band with those breezy sax lines filtering through. The title track 'Here We Go' is the definite pick on the EP, with its inherent Michael O'Brien styled AOR a standout. Taking a brasher stance is 'Little Girl Eyes'. It pushes toward a harder AOR sound, but surges along nicely regardless. Finishing up with 'Looks Like Love Again' is another radio friendly affair, in the vein of Alliance and Preview which can only be good huh? Damn right!


In Summary
'Here We Go' passed 1985 by almost invisibly, without none of the mainstream media attention nor any mention in the usual AOR underground/trainspotter circles. These days Julien is still based out of Minnetoka, and is fronting a covers band called SWAG which you can find out more about on Facebook and on their band website.


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#1 | Eric on August 26 2012 13:03:02
Agree, rarely on eBay and almost never seen in local second hand bins either. Atco buried this one.
#2 | gdazegod on August 31 2016 20:50:14
Robbin Julien - 1985 Here We Go
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