Martee LeBow – Crimes Of The Heart [1986]

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One of the golden voices of the 80s was Martee LeBow. LeBow is a recording artist/songwriter and keyboardist born in NY state, recorded her first demo tape on her 14th birthday, while promptly she found herself deluged with work singing advertising jingles.  In 1977 Martee released her debut album, “The Lady Wants To Be A Star”, but it wasn’t until winning a deal with Atlantic in the mid 80s that Martee truly came to the attention of the media and the record buying public.

In 1985, a major label (Atlantic) signed Martee as a solo artist and a year later she release a mini-lp called “Crimes Of The Heart” with only five songs, but what songs! This mini album is pure gold. Fantastic vocalist, great riffs and choruses, with excellent songwriting (Martee on 3,4) the best session royalty you could imagine including Journey’s drummer Mike Baird, Giant’s Dan Huff on guitars and King Of Herats’ vocalist Tommy Funderburk featured amongst the playing credits and a terrific production by the expertise Robbie Buchanan, offer us one of the best female AOR albums of the eighties.

The album opens with the title track “Crimes Of The Heart”, where we can note from the first time the extremely beautiful and powerful voice of LeBow. The song is a terrific semi mid tempo rockin’ AOR gem, penned by maestro Jeff Silvermann having a catchy chorus and a evocative melodic tune which surely everyone will love it.  “Stranded In The Moonlight”, could be described as a rough diamond appeal to all AOR fans with great songwriting quality (Michael Smith) having great arrangements and an unbelievable melodic rhythm that will travel you back to the 80s, followed by the exquisite ballad “Love Just Ain’t Enough”, with  a soulful performance and the perfect guitar solo of the unmistakable master Dan Huff, that easily could became a big hit back then, but never happen. “One More” is a marching melodic rocker complete with a magical combination of keys, great riffs, catchy remarkable chorus and melodic vocals. An awesome tune and a perfect example of Martee’s quality vocals. The song that close this mini album “Hearts Of Stone” is a Bruce Springsteen cover and the result is magical. Martee’s voice shines again here, while we heard an equally impressive version of the song with a bluesy touch and a beautifully AOR arrangements.

A true gem that deserves to be in the collection of  any AOR fan, offer you highly melodic compositions by excellent musicians.

Band Members
Martee LeBow – Lead vocals
Neil Stubenhaus – Bass
Dan Huff – Guitars
Robbie Buchanan – Keyboards
Mike Baird – Drums
Tommy Funderburk, Steve Lively – Backing vocals

Tracks
01. Crimes of the heart
02. Stranded in the moonlight
03. Love just ain’t enough
04. One more
05. Hearts of stone

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