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David Roberts Genre Westcoast
City Toronto
Country Canada

Some thoughts from David Roberts about “All Dressed Up” :  

“In February 1982 I embarked on a journey to Los Angeles to record my first solo record, “All Dressed Up”. Prior to that, there was the process of finding a suitable producer who had the same vision as I, and more importantly was willing to commit to an unknown recording artist.
My dream was to work with some of the best young talent around and that’s all it really was. As we all know, dreams don’t often come true so when my search ended with Greg Mathieson, a multi talented keyboard player and up-and-coming producer at the time, along with his valuable connections to the number one session players in the world, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro, David Foster and Jay Graydon, it was a surreal experience to actually have everything fall into place.

The opportunity to work with these wonderful musicians will live on in my heart forever and in a strange way, I would like to think they feel connected to me when they think back to the days. For it was at the time Jeff, Steve and Mike (Toto) were recording “All Dressed Up” by day, they were also recording “Toto IV” by night. They went on to win several Grammy awards that year including record of the year.

In the years to come David build a career based on his song writing talent with artists like Starship, Bad English, Lee Aaron, Signal, House Of Lords, Jimmy Barnes and Boulevard counting on his skills.
As a recording artist David went on a 26 year hiatus before he returned successfully in 2008 with the album “Better Late Than Never”. But that’s another story...

The first pressing of the remastered release of “All Dressed Up” through Avenue Of Allies comes as a limited Special Edition in a jewel case with an individually numbered additional slipcase and an extensive booklet including lyrics, new liner notes and track-by-track comments by David Roberts and for the first time all musicians are individually listed for every album track. A true gem for all AOR and Westcoast fans and music collectors.
(Words: David Roberts & Gregor Klee)

 

Some thoughts from David Roberts about “Better Late Than Never” :   

“Years after I recorded my first record “All Dressed Up” I was often asked why I didn’t continue my recording career. I have to admit that in the mid eighties, there was a real transition that took place in the music industry, and it happened fast. The popular “Westcoast” sound, was replaced by the British Power Pop invasion. Record labels were chasing their tails trying to sign the next big artists from the UK and discarding a vast array of artists that were the mainstay of the industry up until that point.

At the same time, my career as a songwriter was taking hold and that’s where I decided to concentrate my energies. After all, my long-term goal was to make a living in this business. So for the next 15 years as a staff songwriter for Warner Brothers Music Publishing, I pitched songs to artists and collaborated with many great songwriters.

Over the years, I would sometimes hear that my name was brought up in interviews with Greg Mathieson, Steve Lukather or Mike Porcaro regarding the making of “All Dressed Up” and how my record was highly regarded in certain circles. I was completely unaware that “All Dressed Up” had become a cult favorite amongst “Westcoast” music lovers. It wasn’t until a fan wrote to me and pointed out that it was selling for $300 on eBay that I began to realize my music had actually touched people in a way that had never occurred to me.

 In all that time, I never stopped singing and writing so when the opportunity arose to record “Better Late Than Never” I jumped at it. Suddenly what was old, was new again and fans were longing for that familiar sound they had such fond memories of and now a whole new generation of music lovers are being exposed to my music.

Greg Mathieson once again helmed the project as well as played keyboards. He recruited world renowned musicians, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Michael Landau, Mike Baird and Luis Conte to play on 5 songs. The other half of the project was produced by Fred Mollin utilizing some of the best musicians in Nashville.

After some false starts and many years of people asking me to record again, along with my own personal desire to get it done, the thought process behind the title track “Better Late Than Never” is to say, there are no more excuses and although it’s long long over due, I am finally able to deliver on the promises. With it, I tried to capture the essence of the entire project because we all know it’s easy to give up, and there are numerous obstacles along the road of life, but perseverance pays off in the end.

The song “Stay With Me Tonight” was written with John Waite (”Missing You”). Originally slated for one of his projects, people often requested I record it. I hope I did it justice because John is such a great singer.
“What I’ve Been Missing” is one of my personal favorites. It tells a story from the perspective of someone who’s lived and learned the hard way.
“Before I Go” was recorded by Starship on their “Knee Deep in The Hoopla” record. Here I provide my own rendition with an updated take on it.
“Be Gentle With My Heart” was co-written by Randy Goodrum. It’s highlighted by Michael Landau’s beautiful Spanish guitar playing.
Lyrically “Eighth Wonder” is my most poetic song I’ve ever written and features some nice images that I really enjoyed creating.”

During his 26 year hiatus as a recording artist David worked with a lot of great song writers and artists. His compositions can be heard on albums by artists like Starship, Bad English, Lee Aaron, Signal, House Of Lords, Jimmy Barnes and Boulevard.

The first pressing of “Better Late Than Never” through Avenue Of Allies comes as a limited Special Edition in a jewel case with an individually numbered additional slipcase and an extensive booklet including lyrics, new liner notes by David Roberts, also all musicians are individually listed for every album track. A true gem for all AOR and Westcoast fans and music collectors.

 

Some thoughts from David Roberts about “The Missing Years” :

“Over the past 25 years, I have written and recorded many songs, with some being picked up by other artists, and other's never quite falling into the right hands. The one thing I always kept in mind while recording these demo songs, was the possibility I might do another record someday. The songs on "The Missing Years" feature many such songs I feel were never discovered by artists and could haveeasily fit comfortably on my own CD. You may hear many different styles in the song writing and that's because often times I would try to cater to an artist that was looking for a particular sound but more importantly, through the years my influences evolved and changed. The songs here reflect those changes.

"Run Back" is a song I had hoped to eventually record for myself. Randy Goodrum and I had previously collaborated and I asked him to help me put the finishing touches on this song because he has such a gift for getting to the heart of what a song is trying to say, while keeping the lyrics conversational. This song was featured on the Japanese television series "The Bullet Train."
"Misunderstood" was recorded with a friend of mine, Arnold Lanni. Arnold was the producer and co-writer for the first few Our Lady Peace records. He also had his own band, Frozen Ghost, in the 90's. He offered to help me co-produce some demos and we experimented with a more AOR sound.
“Run Away With Me” : For a few years it seems I was writing a lot of rock songs for various artists. One night I just sat down and wrote what felt like second nature to me. This song turned out to be a bit of a throw back to my earlier work. It reminds me of something David Pack and Ambrosia might have recorded.
”Forbidden Fruit”: I had just finished writing "Tough Times Don't Last" with John Waite and Jonathan Cain for Bad English. I was in the zone and thought this could be a perfect song for them to record. Unfortunately the band broke up soon after.
"One Soul" is one of my personal favorites. It's very anthemic, which I love, and it takes me on a journey to unusual places, melodically. It reminds me of something Mick Jones might have written. The lyrics are very passionate and meaningful to me, and for a demo, I'm pleased with how large I made my background vocals sound. I was asked to try and write something for Celine Dion and this is what I came up with. Unfortunately she never recorded it.
"Gone But Not Forgotten" is a song I wrote fairly quickly because I just got on a roll with it. This could have been on my first record "All Dressed Up," and I can imagine Jeff Porcaro and Steve Lukather really digging this and infusing their energy that would have brought this to life.
“Until Your Heart's Content”: If I had one song I might have included on my "Better Late Than Never" CD, this would have been it. It has alot of meaning to me and I hold it close to my heart. I wrote it when my kids were younger and they use to crawl in my bed at night when they were scared and lonely. Like all children, they would worry about the unknowns in life and the realization that no-one lives forever. I would try to comfort them and let them know that I would always be there to protect them, even in spirit.
“Love Waits For No-One” is a song I probably would have recorded for myself as an artist. At the time it was written, it never fell into the right hands, but through the years has somehow circulated. Most recently Fergie Frederiksen did a version prior to falling ill.
“The Sun Will Rise Again”: My publisher fell in love with this tune and there was a couple good nibbles from big name artists, but unfortunately nothing ever materialized. Which reminds me of how many of my songs have been put on hold only to get rejected at the last minute.”

During his 26 year hiatus as a recording artist David worked with a lot of great song writers and artists. His compositions can be heard on albums by artists like Starship, Bad English, Lee Aaron, Signal, House Of Lords, Jimmy Barnes and Boulevard.

The first pressing of the remastered release of “The Missing Years” through Avenue Of Allies includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks, “Love Waits For No-One” and “The Sun Will Rise Again”, and comes as a limited Special Edition in a jewel case with an individually numbered additional slipcase and an extensive booklet including lyrics, new liner notes and track-by-track comments by David Roberts to every song on the record. Another true gem for all AOR and Westcoast fans and music collectors.

 

 

 

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