Thursday, February 18, 2010
SWEET TALK ROBIN BECK 1979
I'm pretty sure this gem has been posted on a few blogs, but I just can't get enough of it. It's one of those songs I slap on when I feel a bit down and it always cheers me up. The strings are just so fluttery. It's so Chic, so orchestral so BIG and GRAND. Yet it just got lost in the shuffle. Just too much disco coming out in 1979 I guess.
Course Dimitri of Paris got his hands on it. If he hadn't then it would have been Joey Negro or any other of a large number of d.j.'s that just can't seem to let well enough alone.
Robin Beck has remained sort of an obscure figure too. She definitely serves us hot and pretty.
I haven't heard any of her other releases. There were a few too including a 12" in 2006 no less.
Is Robin Beck even in this group picture? I would guess she's old enough to be any of these girl's mom. Has anyone heard Sunblock featuring Robin Beck doing First Time from 2006? If so drop me a note and tell me about it. So did they do this photo shoot at the Playboy mansion? Where's Kendra? Where's Bridget?
This is actually a re-make of her single from 1988 which seems to have only been released in Europe. So I'd have to guess that our Robin Beck is based somewhere on my continent. So was this song a jingle for Coca-Cola or something?
Back to the meat, I posted this for the gem Sweet Talk. Clicking above you can listen to the original and Dmitri's recent take on it too.
Kenny Lehman who had his hands in a lot of Chic stuff and Lemon produced, conducted and arranged this disco beauty. Thomas Jones co-produced. He also was involved with Lemon and Roundtree too. So it proves that even if you have the right cooks in the kitchen you still may not be able to sell your dish at Spago.
Kudos to Robin herself for having a hand in writing this tune. For disco I'd call it a masterpiece for it's lyrics alone. Though that's not necessarily saying much, think Fly Robin Fly or Boogie Oogie Oogie.