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Rockbird Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000000OYG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,125 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on September 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I own all Blondie and Deborah Harry albums. This is her second solo album after the 1981 masterpiece Kookoo with N.Rodgers and B.Edwards. Rockbird includes the UK top 10 hit French kissin'in the USA. Giving this album a rate is hard to do for me because I compare it with the other solo efforts of Debbie Harry. To rank Deborah Harry solo albums: 1 Kookoo 2 Rockbird 3 Def Dumb & Blonde 4 Debravation. So t.m.o.this is her second SOLO best. Songs like I want you, Buckle up, Free to fall, Secret life, You got me in trouble and Rockbird are great. Very different than her Blondie work but always that unmistakable voice. Too bad the album didn't hit the charts but at least it spawned a top 10 hit and two other UK top 40's: Free to fall and In love with love.
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My first choice among Deborah Harry's solo albums is Debravation, which is for some reason out of print. Of the ones available (and I think they all are except Debravation), Rockbird is my favorite. Anyone who likes Deborah Harry should like this CD.
I'll confess to being an incorrigible Debbie Harry fan: I have a cat name Debbie Harry, and if Deborah Harry released an album with Close to You, Achy Breaky Heart and the theme to the Brady Bunch, I'd buy it.
That said, Rockbird has many excellent qualities: each segue from one song to another is good. The album is well put together; it is the kind of album you play straight through. Or at least I do. I never cut out tracks or pick one or two songs to play over and over. I just pop the CD in and let it go.
If you want to know about individual songs, however, yeah, this one has French Kissin' in the USA, and yeah, it's really, really good.
This album showcases Harry's voice more than any of her other albums. The background accompaniment is very much in the background, so you have the pleasure of enjoying the sound of her voice. This album doesn't recapture any of the Blondie sound, because its not about a group and its sound. Its about Deborah Harry as a soloist. It's wonderful.
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This was Deborah (or Debbie) Harry's first comeback attempt, and one that deserved more attention than it got (in the U.S., at least). From the synth-seduction of "French Kissin'" to the superb "Free to Fall," this is a far superior to her first solo effort, the uneven "KooKoo." Though the lyrics (she had a hand in writing almost all of the tracks) are not as strong as those in her Blondie offerings or in later solo work, there are still some pretty clever turns of phrase. Other songs of note are the hypnotic "In Love with Love" and the funk-infused "Beyond the Limit" (sounding suspiciously like a reworked--and much better--cast-off from "KooKoo"). Sadly, when this was released in 1986 it did not get the airplay it deserved. If you're a Blondie/Deborah Harry fan, don't make the same mistake American radio made; get this CD and hear it for yourself.
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I loved the first solo for many years, and her most recent. I put off buying this one for a long time. I wish I had known just how glamorous new wave Deb that this was, because I would have never put it off. Rockbird is Fabulous!
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By A Customer on June 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Debbie Harry made an attempted comeback with this Seth Justman( J Giles Band) produced album. Released in late 1986- this album should have came out in 1982 when-that J Giles Band was hot( Centerfold era) . lots of horns, keyboards,uptown blues. Best known for the radio hit "French Kissin) and a stripped down version of her dance hit "In Love with Love" - this album was another disappointment for Debbie- due to it's banal sales. Though Debbie did have another clever album jacket cover. Best tracks are the title track and "I want You" Geffen had higher expectations and dropped Debbie from it's label after this.
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After being an avid fan of Blondie, I decided to purchase Debbie Harry's solo albums. I now have all four, and this is my second favorite of them. Rockbird has many different styles, although not exactly the same as Blondie's band works, it does have rock, pop, dance, some disco; it's so hard to label this album because it has a little of everything. My favorite tracks are: I Want You, Buckle Up, In Love with Love, You Got Me in Trouble, Rockbird, Secret Life, and Beyond the Limit. I would definitely recommend this album to fans of Blondie, or 80s music.
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By this time it was long official: Blondie was on...shall we say semi permanent hiatus after the commercial failure of their album The Hunter. It was probably exactly the right time. Debbie herself had already released the excellent and funky Chic produced solo recording Koo Koo a year before hand anyway. So time had come for her to get on with her solo career. Actually seen this album around a lot. Heard some things about it that led me to believe that it was a little on the weak side. But everyone has their own opinion right? Following her first solo recording and latter work with Blondie,Debbie was branching out of the new wave rock sound and into interests in funk,dance and even jazz. What direction would her solo career continue to take? Where would it go? Well this is Debbie Harry and the best one can do with her is join her on her wild musical rides.

One thing this is not is a rock album. In fact guitars play a very minimal part in this music. In fact only the bubblegum pop sounding "I Want You" and the title song have much to do with rock n roll or Blondie's sound at all. And they are pretty good little pop tunes actually. And quite inventive. "French Kissin" is a strong highlight,with kind of a stop/start jazzy pop rhythm and a very intricate melody. The jumpy "Buckle Up","You Got Me In Trouble","In Love With Love" and "Secret Life" are all equally excellent songs,taking a somewhat quirky and almost Prince-like approaching of fusing 80's dance revival with elements of new wave rock. Nothing Minneapolis here though-even those songs come from a very New York state of mind.
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