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Hope you all had a great Christmas! I’m glad to be back in action after taking a few days off from music reviews, record digging, and DJing. I think I’m going to continue the Rockwell-a-thon by taking on some of Rockwell’s full length releases. I was going to split this up into a few posts, but I couldn’t find his third album “The Genie” in my collection. (I have it but I just haven’t found it yet. I’m still unpacking vinyl from the move.) And all in all, these albums are okay at best.

There’s a lot of reasons why artists and musicians are one-hit wonders. There’s management that’s lacking, wrong sort of promotion, and music that just isn’t that good to name a few reasons. I want to say Rockwell is in the latter reason.

Now I don’t want to go on a hate bashing torrid that the internet is known for, because that’s not who I am, and Rockwell did put out three albums and had a charting single. I have not so I don’t want to bash someone who is more successful in the music business than I am. However, both these albums are, in my opinion, not that good. There seems to be just typical early to mid 80’s music but no real cohesion to the layouts of the albums, no real tracks that stand out (aside from “Somebody’s Watching Me.”), and just nothing really driving the releases. So why am I doing a review on a couple of albums that aren’t that good? Well, the reason is, it’s kind of odd that somebody like Rockwell, who’s father was the CEO of Motown, was friends with one of the biggest legends in music history Michael Jackson, and released a high charting song that did well on various charts, and various demographics worldwide, didn’t become something way bigger in the music industry. I’m kind of putting this out here so someone who is a serious, die hard, Rockwell fan or someone who might have the inside story as to why Rockwell didn’t become a legend will stumble on this page and possibly leave a comment as to what happened. I’d love to know the reason why. Until then, I have the albums here for you to get yourself and make your own judgement as to what happened.

 

Rockwell-Somebodys-Watching-Me

Label: Motown ‎– 6052ML
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Synth-pop, Funk

Tracklisting:
A1. Somebody’s Watching Me
A2. Obscene Phone Caller
A3. Taxman
A4. Change Your Ways
B1. Runaway
B2. Wasting Away
B3. Knife
B4. Foreign Country

 

Purchase Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me (1984) from Discogs

MP3 320

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ROCKWELL _Captured_

Label: Motown ‎– 6122 ML
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Electro, Synth-pop, Funk

Tracklisting:
A1. Peeping Tom
A2. He’s A Cobra
A3. T.V. Psychology
A4. We Live In A Jungle
B1. Captured (By An Evil Mind)
B2. Don’t It Make You Cry
B3. Tokyo
B4. Costa Rica

 

Purchase Rockwell – Captured (1985) from Discogs

MP3 320

Listen to it!

 

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