Robby Valentine – Robby Valentine [1992]

Country Netherlands          Style AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members
Robby Valentine – -Lead vocals, grand-piano, synthesizers, guitar, Arthur Polini – Bass, background vocals, Rob Winter – lead guitar, Hans Eijkenaar – Drums, John Ewbank – Keyboards

Additional Members
Lex Bolderdijk,Michael Landau – Guitar, Johan Willems – Background vocals

Tracks
01. The Magic Breeze (6:19), 02. Broken Dreams (3:43), 03. Live Your Life (4:55), 04. One Day (3:07), 05. The Gift Of Life (5:12), 06. Over And Over Again (4:18), 07. Heaven Is Callin’ (4:58), 08. I’m Searchin’ (4:21), 09. Here, There And Everywhere (4:05), 10. Angel (4:16), 11. Love Is Alive (3:57), 12. I Believe In You (6:55), 13. Love Takes Me Higher (3:44)

PROFILE

This is the self titled debut album by AOR/melodic rock singer-keyboardist Robby Valentine. Having left his original glam metal/melodic hard rock outfit “Zinatra”, Robby put forward his solo career in 1992.

The “Robby Valentine” debut would effectively establish Robby’s unique brand of adult oriented rock which is often characterized as technical melodic rock or progressive AOR. In fact, most songs on this 1992 release could be regarded both as songs and musical pieces. It is more than obvious that the singer did not lack musical vision or inspiration when putting together his solo debut.

Valentine opens on the ambitious “The magic breeze”, a landmark in orchestral adult oriented rock, totally indicative of the songwriter’s musical ability and artistic orientation. “One day” is the optimistic-perhaps sweet sugary- melodic tune still every bit a classic. There is of course the “Queen”-esque “The Gift of life”. Form there onwards you get the dramatic “Heaven is calling”, the potential mega-hit “Broken Dreams”, the subtle ballad “Over and over again” and the stimulating “Heaven is calling” all timeless artistic material.

A great part of the album’s appeal is to be attributed to the fact that all instruments shine on each and every instrument, with guitars, bass and drums being crucial elements to the end result (even though the overall songwriting is based on keyboards). No disputing the fact that Robby Valentine is every bit the melodic rock classic, an album that deserves a reissue more than anything.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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