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- Sue Roberson -- vocals
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Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: A Surge of Energy
Grade (cover/record): NM/NM
Catalog ID: 1558
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
of Energy" track listing:
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
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
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.
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