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Dore, Charlie - 1981 Listen!

ARTIST: Dore, Charlie
ALBUM: Listen!
LABEL: Chrysalis
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 2009, Lemon Recordings, CD LEM 135


LINEUP: Charlie Dore - lead and backing vocals * Jeff Porcaro - drums, percussion * Steve Lukather - guitars * Mike Porcaro - bass * Robbie Buchanan - keyboards, synthesizers * Nyle Steiner - horn synthesizer * Ian Underwood - synthesizer programming * Downy Genard, Carl Gravers, Jay Gruska - backing vocals * Lenny Castro, Victor Feldman - additional percussion * Caleb Quay - additional guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Listen! * 02 Do Me A Favour, Don't * 03 You Should Hear (How She Talks About You) * 04 Falling * 05 Don't Say No * 06 Wise To The Lines * 07 I'm Over Here * 08 Like They Do It In America * 09 Sister Revenge * 10 Didn't I Tell You


Anyone who remembers the hit single from 1979 called 'Pilot Of The Airwaves' will know that is was penned by female English folk rock singer Charlie Dore. It's her one song to fame, and though she's released many albums in her career and continues to do so right up until present tense, her 1981 LP 'Listen!' is probably the one that stands out, and could probably be considered 'against type' across her discography. Playing mostly in a folk rock surrounding during the earlier part of her career, Charlie was picked up as a songwriter mostly, working in Nashville during the late 70's after starting out in her native London a few years before. Signed by Island Records, 'Where To Now' was her debut album. As mentioned, Charlie struck success with 'Pilot Of The Airwaves' which made it to #13 on the US Billboard Charts, though was popular elsewhere around the world during 1979.

The Songs
After 'Where To Now', Charlie signed a deal with Chrysalis Records. Her sole record with them features most of the members of Toto, so that in itself should raise the alert levels to red! Much like her previous album, 'Listen!' also had to be entirely re-recorded as Chrysalis weren't happy with the first outcome. Legendary R&B producer Stewart Devine came in to work his magic. The title track is a quaint vocal affair, but you can hear some nifty synth parts plus Steve Lukather's guitar solo is the icing on the cake. 'You Should Hear (How She Talks About You)' is lovely West Coast material. The song wasn't one of Charlies (it was written by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford). Of course this song was made popular by Melissa Manchester who garnered a hit single from it - released on her 1982 LP 'Hey Ricky'. 'Falling' is a repeat, first appeared on 'Where To Now'. No complaints from me, a neat song. 'Don't Say No' is the album's sole ballad, with co-writer Robbie Buchanan providing most of the work. However, things get really interesting for the rocked up 'Wise To The Lines', with pumping bass and an energetic arrangement. Toto fans should check it out. So too the boisterous 'I'm Over Here' with more Lukather riffs to behold. Though the intro and verses are restrained, the chorus on 'Like They Do It In America' brings it to life. 'Sister Revenge' is one of Dore's better known songs, for which she entered it in a Japanese song contest in 1982. 'Didn't I Tell You' finishes the album as a funky slice of West Coast. Mike Porcaro poppin' his bass in the best funk meister tradition.

In Summary
Charlie went out on the road with a crew of English musicians who she'd worked with previously to support the album. From this point onward, she did not release another album until the mid 90's. Many of our English readers will recall Dore's filmography, particularly during the 80's where she active on many TV shows. She's also a significant songwriter who has penned successful songs for many artists; including Celine Dion. As with many Chrysalis releases over the years, Cherry Red/Lemon Records picked up 'Listen!' for a CD reissue, so it should be easy enough to track down on the Interwebs click here.. Charlie is still out there performing, hop on over to her website, she'll be playing low-key venues all around Great Britain, so perhaps it might be a worthwhile venture for some of you to catch her in a live setting.

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#1 | super80boy on December 03 2016 15:23:25
The best songs are the lively 'I'm Over Here', 'Didn't I Tell You' and 'Wise To The Lines', all three kick it up a couple of gears from the rest of the lower key Westcoast influeced songs. 'Falling' is pretty good with its urgent chorus work, as well as 'Sister Revenge'. The title track has a strong Westcoast arrangement and yes the Lukather guitar picking adds needed muscle. The ending of 'Don't Say No' kicks into high gear with solid guitar work and emotive vocals. The consistently strong material on Side Two makes this album a worthy investment to the collection.
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