David Roberts – All Dressed Up [1982]

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Westcoast AOR masterpiece!!! With simply words, and for those who don’t know David Roberts, just try to find out this hidden gem from this Canadian talent that shined in the 80s, releasing an album who laid the groundwork for the emergence of the AOR.

This album is mostly remembered, not so much because of the songs, but because of people who contributed on it. The unique Steve Lukather (guitars), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Mike Porcaro (bass) of Toto, Bill Champlin (workhorse of Chicago), and the David Foster (producer and composer in huge names, up from Celine Dion, Bryan Adams), have joined forces to David Roberts to offer the best possible result, while he receiving some pretty hefty production help from Greg Mathieson, known for his work with Barbra Streisand and Olivia Newton-John, among others.

“All In The Name Of Love” opening the record, an upbeat pop-rock anthem with a catchy chorus with Steve Lukather’s chugging guitar driving the track along and the voice of David Roberts is open, solid, replete with great fullness of interpretive resources. The cut is completely “easy listening” and the chorus is effective and catchy. It’s followed by the smooth pop of the mid-tempo ‘Too Good To Last’, complete with another big chorus. A sweet ballad, having a brilliant melody, the arrangements are simply impeccable and the chorus is totally catchy and memorable.

“Someone Like You” is a killer AOR track and probably the most effective issue of the album. The Toto influences are very obvious, the vocal performance of David Roberts is excellent, and the melody and structure are of great quality. I really love that sound where piano and guitar fighting against each other. “Boys Of Autumn” is a beautiful mid-tempo AOR tune, sounds like Chicago, where the drums give the subject a delightful cadence and the melody is like a river flowing peacefully on the ear canals. “She’s Still Mine” is one of the album’s highlight close to same line as “All In The Name Of Love”, with a powerful, catchy chorus and a harmony rhythm to played loud. “Wrong Side Of The Tracks” characterized by a syncopated rhythm semi Funk style. Truly a theme to enjoy the sweet and versatile voice of Roberts and unobjectionable instrumentation in general, reminds the early Toto mix with Christopher Cross.

The ballad “Midnight Rendezvous” is totally relaxed and calm, ideal for passing time with that special person or to tranquilarse and enjoy a peaceful melody. “Anywhere You Run To” is another beautiful piece in ballad form with certain little airs and R & B heavily influenced by Chicago and especially Christopher Cross, especially in the vocal work. The chorus is catchy with a sense of commerciality. The song was covered by Diana Ross later. “Never Gonna Let You Go” is another cut very akin to the style of Toto. The rhythm section, keyboards and guitars is just great, harmoniously filled with the passionate voice of Roberts, while the hook of the subject and the cadence and rhythm of it are simply irresistible as its contagious chorus. The album closing with the ballad “Another World”, a sweet and pleasant song, in slow style of Ambrosia, releasing the disc with a space of tranquility and harmony of music.

With these musicians had now the first guard of the West Coast rock at the start, which meant that “All Dressed Up” became another West Coast-rock album and one on most people’s top ten releases of the genre. Highly recommended especially for fans of Chicago, Toto, Christopher Cross and Ambrosia.

Band Members
David Roberts – Vocals, Keyboards
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

Tracks
1. All In The Name Of Love
2. Too Good To Last
3. Someone Like You
4. Boys Of Autumn
5. She’s Still Mine (That’s My Girl)
6. Wrong Side Of The Tracks
7. Midnight Rendezvous
8. Anywhere You Run To
9. Never Gonna Let You Go
10. Another World

 

 

 

 

 

 

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