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Red Hot (1977-81)
Robert Gordon
Red Hot (1977-81)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
 
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Robert Gordon was never a very convincing rockabilly singer, but he had a genius for self-promotion, bringing attention to the fledgling rockabilly revival movement and paving the way for much better singers like Phil Alvi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Robert Gordon
Title: Red Hot (1977-81)
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Razor & Tie
Original Release Date: 3/28/1995
Re-Release Date: 3/21/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 793018206129

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Robert Gordon was never a very convincing rockabilly singer, but he had a genius for self-promotion, bringing attention to the fledgling rockabilly revival movement and paving the way for much better singers like Phil Alvin, Tex Rubinowitz and Chris Isaak. Gordon was also a lightning rod for gifted songwriters and guitarists and he helped Marshall Crenshaw and Danny Gatton along on their careers. Gordon's own curious career as a catalyst for the rockabilly movement and a host of talented collaborators is nicely summarized on the new 16-song, single-CD anthology, Red Hot 1977-1981. As a singer, the New York-based Gordon had a pinched, opaque voice whose mannerisms always seemed more contrived than impulsive, but in the rockabilly free-zone of the late '70s he was able to enlist the help of every secret Carl Perkins fan on the east coast. His allies included producer Richard Gottehrer, seminal rock guitarist Link Wray, the rhythm section from Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, and Bruce Springsteen, who wrote a brand new song for the session ("Fire"), and even played some uncredited piano. He helped introduce an obscure young writer named Marshall Crenshaw and got an obscure Maryland guitarist named Danny Gatton to help him do it. Gordon may have had good taste in obscure gems from the '50s, such as Billy Riley's "Red Hot" and "Flying Saucers Rock & Roll," but he was never able to match the originals. Red Hot 1977-1981 is the portrait of an artist whose instincts were better than his execution. It contains all the songs mentioned above plus four more Crenshaw compositions, covers of Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison and a skimpy four-page booklet. --Geoffrey Himes

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RG is the best
07/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Geoffrey Himes, who reviewed this album above, seems to have missed his mark once again (who is Geoffrey anyway, a soulless man who knows nothing about true rockabilly?) This album displays the heart of rockabilly and there is no better person to bring it to you than Robert Gordon. He continues to be the king of rockabilly."
Real rockabilly
george caldwell | scotland | 05/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Who is this geoffrey himes?His review of this album is an absolute joke.In my opinion,the guy is a complete musical imbicile.Please believe me,Robert Gordon is rated by REAL rockabilly fans as one of the best.Ignore his nonsense and take it from a true believer,Robert is the real deal."
Underground rockabilly at it's finest
george caldwell | 03/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This man is talented! I should say no more, but if Bruce Springsteen custom wrote the song "fire" for him, something must be there. Robert oozes nostalgia, trancends pop and sends you in a new direction. Boppin the blues,flyin saucers rock'n roll, and fire are great cuts. No real music collection is complete without this!"