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Allen, Deborah - 1983 Cheat The Night [mini album]

ARTIST: Allen, Deborah
ALBUM: Cheat The Night [mini album]
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Deborah Allen - vocals

Other Personnel - not known

TRACK LISTING: 01 Baby I Lied * 02 Cheat The Night * 03 Fools Paradise * 04 I Hurt For You * 05 What's The Matter With Me * 06 I've Been Wrong Before


After recent stints listening to Judy Street and Juice Newton, I was alerted to another country/crossover artist in the form of Deborah Allen. Deborah is a Memphis born and raised country singer who also moved between musical dimensions in the 80's, appealing to country and pop radio audiences alike, particularly with her debut RCA mini-LP 'Cheat The Night'. Moving to Nashville was part of the successful pathway for this rather excellent songstress, and in partnership with her songwriting husband Rafe Van Hoy, this set the platform for a successful career that continues to this day. Allen had released her debut record in 1980 for Capitol called 'Trouble In Paradise', but moved to RCA in 1983.

The Songs
The rather dishy looking lady sets AOR pulses a racing with her minor hit 'Baby I Lied'. A country hit (#4), it also crossed over with success into the general Billboard charts, peaking at #26. 'I've Been Wrong Before' was another country hit (#2) while 'I Hurt For You' is the tender-touchstone moment on the mini-LP. It's hard to ignore the Juice Newton soundalike on the title track 'Cheat The Night', a country crossover slice of excellence. 'Fools Paradise' is another pleasant excursion while 'What's The Matter With Me' completes the six track effort with aplomb, another Juice Newton flavoured tune.

In Summary
This was an interesting discovery, considering the recent interest in country crossover artists as shown in the GDM forums. I wasn't able to find a vinyl rip/download, but I did find a complete set of the six songs on the Grooveshark website, from whence this review was compiled. The six tracks also appear on a Renaissance Records compilation from 1998 called 'Anthology'. Deborah went off and did a few interesting things after this album. Her first full length album for RCA 'Let Me Be The First' (1984) was the first digitally recorded album in Nashville, and featured the song 'Heartache And A Half', which was also recorded by the aforementioned Judy Street on her EP 'More Than Enough'. Allen has released a batch of albums over the years, and I think I'm going to be doing a bit of digging around.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 21 2014 06:52:46
Deborah Allen - 1983 Baby I Lied
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#2 | gdazegod on August 21 2014 12:04:08
A very photogenic lady, that's for sure!
#3 | gerard on August 22 2014 21:43:57
Rafe Van Hoy is a songwriter I know, but never heard of Deborah Allen! Very interesting! Thanks!
#4 | gdazegod on August 23 2014 10:50:55
Rafe is (or was) also a recording artist, releasing a 1980 solo LP for MCA called 'Prisoner Of The Sky'.
#5 | code4 on October 19 2015 21:19:29
'Telepathy' (1987 RCA) has some great songs as far as i remember (haven't played it in many years thanks to no LP player in that long). Very much in the pop AOR vein and not a wonder when legendary westcoast AOR keyboardist/producer Greg Mathieson produced all of it except the title song which was written and produced by Prince (using one of his many fake names). Too bad it's never been on cd.
Anyhow, thanks for the review. I think the reason i never checked out her older stuff is cause i read it was all purely country but maybe at least some degree of 'crossover' (as you put it) happened an album or two earlier. Hopefully youtube or the like has some of that available too
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