Friday, 13 January 2012
The Artists: Rockie Robbins
Underrated Soul Singer Robbins cut his first record in 1979, which was produced by Richard Evans and Johnny Pate, but the master tapes for this record were erased in transit to the record company, and the album had to be re-recorded. Robbins' self-titled debut gained some critical attention, and whilst it didnt set the world alight financially, A&M retained him for a second album.
"You and Me" was produced by Bobby Martin and the title track became his biggest hit. Robbins moved to MCA and produced 2 more LP's, "I Believe in Love" and the second self-titled album where they enlisted the skills of the SOLAR crew in additon to Richard. He recorded one last LP in 1991 called "Are you Ready".
Ranging from soul searching ballads, mid tempo rare groove two steppers, and uptempo dance cuts, Robbins was artistically successful in all of these areas, but was never rewarded with unbridled success. This mix showcases some of my favorite tunes of his, with the hope that some of you discover this artist and seek out some of his other work.
Talking of Rare Groove, thats where Grizz is exploring on Monday. Big thanks for his support of my fight to keep last weeks Street Sounds Mix up, lets hope next weeks one dosent have so much Drama!
The Soul Mixtape Presents: The Artists: Rockie Robbins