Sue Roberson

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- Sue Roberson -- vocals




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Genre: disco

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  A Surge of Energy

Company: Brylen

Catalog: BN 4484

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): NM/NM

Comments: sealed

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 1558

Price: $180.00


I've got no idea if Brylen Records was a tax scam outfit, or not.  My guess would be it was.   Regardless, the majority of the company's catalog seems to have been oriented to country artists so this 1983 disco-oriented release was definitely an oddity for the label.


Like your typical tax scam release, the album provided little in the way of biographical material.   presumably there was a Sue Roberson, but who knows.  Similarly there were no production credits, no writing credits, and no performance credits.  One big mystery.   But it gets even stranger.  The first seven of these tunes had previously seen the light of day on a 1980 album credited to The Bad Girls - 1980's "Guilty".  The Bad Girls album was released on the Gemini label which was associated with the Album Globe label (widely recognized as a tax scam entity).  


Gemini Records catalog number A.G. 4302


"A Surge of Energy" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Let's Skate Tonight

Oh my goodness, skate disco.  Talk about niche genre.   Roberson actually sounded like she had a decent enough voice, though it was totally wasted on this mindless dance tune.   rating: ** stars

2.) Midnight Energy

Syndrums, synthesizers bleeps and burps, and what sounded like a bad German disco outfit.  Yech.  rating: ** stars

3.) Magic Eyes

4.) Summertime

5.) Too Hot To Trot

Not Roberson's best performance ...  the tune was kind of boring; too slow to be a good dance tune, to quick to be a slow dance number.  Add in a lackadasical, slightly strained  vocal and some cheesy synthesizers and it was a big zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.   rating: ** stars


(side 2)
1.) Just Cause I'm Gulity

2.) Blown Away

Unintentionally the album's funniest tune, Roberson was multi-tracked and ended up sounding like a cross between Kate Bush (at her most operatic) and Donna Summer doing her "singing orgasm" moves.   It wasn't good.  It wasn't enjoyable.  It was strange.  rating: *** stars

3.) We Feel In Love While Dancin'    (Jessie Boyce - Moses Dillard)

Jesse Boyce and Moses Dillard wrote it and Bill Brandon did the original and far superior version.   Aside from some nice poppin' bass moves, this cover of 'We Feel In Love While Dancin'' had to be one of the mostly mindless slices of disco you've ever heard.  In fact, it was so bad, it actually ended up having a certain quirky charm.    rating: *** stars

4.) Spoiled Like a Baby

One of the two "new" tunes that had not been issued on the Bad Girls LP.

5.) Candy Cane

The other "new" effort.



This track is a cover of Bill Brandon - We Fell In Love While Dancing. The version in this video was originally released in 1980 on Gemini Records on the Bad Girls - Guilty LP, with the artist name and producer uncredited.

The Sue Roberson LP contains all the Bad Girls tracks, as well as the additional tracks "Too Hot To Trot", "Spoiled Like A Baby", and "Candy Cane".