Robert Gordon - Satisfied Mind
            "Robert Gordon is back! New recordings! He still has the voice! Now with a great backing band from Nashville: Eddie Angel on guitar (Los Straitjackets, Planet Rockers), Jimmy Lester on drums (Los Straitjackets), Dave Roe on bass (Dwight Yoakam), Johnny Neel on keyboards, Dennis Taylor on sax and Fats Kaplan on steel and fiddle. You really can`t go wrong with these guys! A great mix of Rockabilly, Rock'n'Roll, and Country!" Howard Raucous
            "Well, what an album! Robert Gordon has always been known for his high musical standards on stage and in the studio. With this new album he is in total control of his craft and demonstrates yet again what a terrific interpreter he is of the musical style addressed here. He possesses one of the GREAT voices around today and Robert Gordon's new album more than adequately captures the brilliance of his work." -Howard Cockburn, from Now Dig This (May 2004)
            Robert Gordon's best CD in years. What a sound ... Eddie Angel's guitar and overall recording is awesome. Robert's voice never sounded better ... at least since FRESH FISH SPECIAL when he must have been inspired by THE JORDANAIRES in the studio with him. Love his take on Long Cool Woman, Little Boy Sad and Mama's Little Baby. These three now have to be a must-do in his live sets ... Wow! -George B. Feist, Fresno, California


Robert Gordon
SATISFIED MIND
Jungle Records

1. Dear One
2. Your Angel Steps Out Of Heaven
3. Ain't Gonna Take It No More
4. Little Boy Sad
5. Sweet Nothins
6. Sea of Heartbreak
7. Long Cool Woman
8. When I Found You
9. A Satisfied Mind
10. Mama's Little Baby
11. Turn Me Loose
12. Queen Of The Hop
13. Do You Love Me
14. These Boots Are Made For Walking
Available October 5, 2004 @amazon.com



ROBERT GORDON: THEN AND NOW

I remember the first time I heard Robert Gordon's song The Catman," his tribute to Gene Vincent. The song begins with Gordon's deep, baritone voice speaking:
Hey man, I can hear you ...
and it's not the radio.
Your voice still echoes through me.
I can hear you daddy-o."

As a kid growing up in the suburbs of New York City, I first heard Gene Vincent's recording of "Be Bop A Lula" on the radio in 1956. I was 11 years old then, and Vincent's voice still echoes through me" almost 50 years later.

"The Catman" was recorded in 1978 and released on Rock Billy Boogie in 1979. When I heard the album, I remember thinking that Gordon's singing, with its powerful tones and its intense feelings, was true to the music I remembered as a kid‹the music of Gene Vincent; the early Elvis Presley records; the gospel, rockabilly, blues, doo-wop, and rhythm & blues records that radio DJs played late at night on stations across the country.

On Satisfied Mind Gordon's voice still resonates with the tones and with the feelings of his early recordings. In addition, his singing is now more mature and more informed by the experience of middle age.

Beginning with a playful Elvis-Presley-like version of "Dear One," first recorded by Larry Finneran in 1962, and ending with an equally playful version of "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", the Lee Hazlewood song made famous by Nancy Sinatra in 1966, Gordon's singing is at its very best.

There's an interesting variety in the 14 songs on Satisfied Mind, songs originally recorded by Johnny Burnette, Don Gibson, The Hollies, Jerry Reed, Bobby Darin and Brenda Lee, among others. Each song is produced and arranged with a knowing sense of the original recordings. And, each song reveals different aspects of Gordon's skills as a producer and as a singer.

Gordon produced Satisfied Mind in Nashville in late 2003, and his arrangements are more keyboard-oriented than on his earlier recordings. Johnny Neel's piano and organ playing, combined with Eddie Angel's guitar, Dave Roe's bass and Jimmy Lester's drums, compliment the vocals on every song. And Fats Kaplan's work on steel guitar and fiddle, along with Dennis Taylor's sax playing, add interesting touches to Gordon's excellent arrangements.

From J. Ripley's "Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven," Sleepy La Beef's "I Ain't Gonna Take It No More," and Wayne Walker's "Little Boy Sad," to Doc Pomus' and Mort Schuman's "Turn Me Loose," to O. Jessie and S. Claybourn's "Do You Love Me," each song is produced, arranged and performed to perfection.

In characteristic Robert Gordon fashion, each song on Satisfied Mind is between two and three minutes long. With the precision of a fine craftsman, he's created wonderful works of art in the form of popular songs. Using elements from rockabilly, country, rock 'n' roll, soul, rhythm & blues, and pop, he's created work that reflects his unique musical sensibilities.

When he was a schoolboy living in Bethesda, Maryland, in the 1950s, Gordon listened to the radio incessantly and his thirst was insatiable. He listened to doo-wop, pop and early rock & roll. He heard hillbilly music and country music. He listened to gospel and rhythm & blues.

By the 1960s, Gordon was leading his own band. He played around Washington D.C. and the suburbs of Maryland. He attended rhythm & blues and soul shows at the Howard Theater‹the D.C. equivalent of the Apollo in New York City. And by the 1970s, he'd moved to New York, where he was the lead singer in the Tuff Darts, an early New York punk band. As it turned out, he had little sympathy for punk rock, and Gordon exited in the early '70s.

In 1976, he started singing again, and this time he decided to push in the direction that he wanted‹toward the sounds that he loved. He lived and breathed these sounds in his performances, and the result was a pair of albums on Private Stock, Robert Gordon With Link Wray and Fresh Fish Special. The association with Link Wray ended in 1978, and Wray was replaced by British guitarist Chris Spedding. With the recording of Rock Billy Boogie, his third album, Gordon was signed to RCA. He released two subsequent albums on RCA‹Bad Boy and Are You Gonna Be the One‹the latter featuring D.C. guitar legend Danny Gatton.

For more than 30 years, Gordon has been one of the defining musical influences of his generation. Delivering his vocals with power and intensity, he's created a unique rock 'n' roll attitude‹driven by love, hurt, sadness, and absolute conviction. He's an authentic American voice, singing authentic American rock & roll music.

In the context of his musical career, Robert Gordon's recording of Jack Rhodes' and Joe Hayes' "A Satisfied Mind" is especially poignant. In his interpretation of this timeless lyric, we hear Gordon singing the song Porter Wagoner recorded in 1955 and made famous in the 1950s. In his version of "A Satisfied Mind," recorded nearly 50 years later, Robert Gordon's life and his music have come full circle. Then and now, and now - and then are one.

Richard Connolly
March, 2004





Robert Gordon grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. His early influences include greats such as Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins. Throughout his teenage years he performed with local groups The Confidentials and The Newports. During this time Robert Gordon would develop the gritty, no nonsense standards that would structure the future of his career. In the early 1970's Robert Gordon moved to New York City where he became a member of CBGB's Glam-Punk band The Tuff Darts, released one album and was included on the Live at CBGB's Compilation. Robert Gordon recorded two albums "Robert Gordon with Link Wray" and "Fresh Fish Special" on Larry Utal's Private Stock Label before moving on to RCA Records. Robert Gordon recorded albums for RCA that include "Rock Billy Boogie," "Bad Boy, "Are You Gonna Be The One, Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die," "Live At Lone Star," and "Robert Gordon Is Red Hot." Gordon and RCA ended their association in the mid-1980's, however Robert Gordon continues performing worldwide even today.



Robert Gordon's self-titled is his first release on LList Records. This new album features classic covers and new Robert Gordon originals such as "Lonely Blue Boy and Last One To Know," which define the sound that made him a rockabilly legend. A former RCA recording artist, Gordon has worked with guitarists such as Link Wray, Chris Spedding, and Danny Gatton. Other credits of Gordon's include having songs written for him by Bruce Springsteen, "Fire" and "Someday Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw. An American original, Robert Gordon gives his listeners what they want to hear. Independent A&R will promote Robert Gordon on all radio formats targeting roots/ rockabilly specialty shows and press. Gordon is available for interviews and radio/press performances. For more information please contact Amy Butler at Independent A&R (973) 304-0505 or LList records at (717) 299-2190.

TRACKS:
01. Last One to Know (3:01)
02. Lonely Blue Boy (2:14)
03. Ain't Gonna Cry (3:46)
04. Ten Cats Down (2:24)
05. Seasons Of My Heart (2:48)
06. Hello Walls (2:13)
07. Bertha Lou (2:48)
08. If I Had Yesterday Over Again (2:12)
09. Butterfly (2:26)
10. Gonna Romp And Stomp (2:15)
11. All For The Love Of A Girl (2:15)
12. Marylee (2:57)
13. Pretty Girls Everywhere (3:06)
14. Train Of Love (2:26)


Danny Gatton with Robert Gordon Live CD
Renegade Records has issued a Limited Collector's Edition of a Robert Gordon and Danny Gatton Live CD, "Capitol Attack." >Only 500 copies of the "Capitol Attack" live CD by Robert Gordon and Danny Gatton have been pressed by Renegade. These CD's are only available from Renegade Records to fans now and will not be available anywhere else. The reason this CD is titled "Capitol Attack" is because it was the final time Danny was on stage in Washington, D.C. with Robert Gordon. The entire show is on this disk. The liner notes are excellent. It is now avaialble as a one-time offer to fans of Danny Gatton's incredible guitar work - a chance to own a true collector's item. There will not be any future pressings. Because of the advance demand for this highly anticipated CD release there is a three CD limit per order. Only money orders, cashier checks or I.M.O.'s (U.S. currency) accepted. $25.00 per copy (includes postage in U.S.) $30.00 per copy (includes postage anywhere in the world). Make payable to: Renegade Records, Route 4, Box 161-Al, Linden, TN 37096. For complete information and 20 songtrack listing visit the Renegade Records website or E-mail: renegade@netease.net



RELATED FOOTNOTE:
Posted August 24, 1999
Just thought I'd inform you here about Mark Johnson. He wrote the title track for "Are You Gonna Be The One" plus "Lover Boy" and "Take Me Back". Mark has written lots of songs for people such as Dave Edmunds, The Smithereens, Paul Butterfield, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings ("King Of Love" just came out on 'True North' Records, out of Toronto) Shawn Colvin produced a CD using a song of Mark's for Lucy Kaplansky on Red House Records and the list goes on. It seems worth a mention on your Robert Gordon site about Mark being the writer. After all, you mention Marshall Crenshaw. Mark's song was the title track for Robert's last RCA record. Just a nudge from a fan of both Mark and Marshall as well as RG. A Fan - gonzo58@jps.net


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