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Robert Gordon: I Sure Miss You (CD)

(Victrola Records) 22 tracks (65:44) 6-panel digipac

Special Limited Edition Collector’s Release documenting Robert Gordon’s final concert tour.

Featuring Darrel Higham on guitar.

First-time release of Robert Gordon’s first recording from 1962.

These are the last recordings Robert Gordon did, taped during his final concert tour right at the beginning of the pandemic in February 2020.

Robert was touring Europe together with a superb band, augmented by Darrel Higham on guitar. It was a match made in heaven. Darrel has the musical precision of Chris Spedding, but also the ferocity & passion of Link Wray. This release is the first to explore their unique collaboration.

Robert was in good voice, with his rich baritone sounding as good as ever. He’s in a joyful mood on these recordings, and his interplay with the audience is a delight. These special recordings highlight Robert Gordon’s brilliance as an artist and a performer. You can sense his passion for the music, his musical precision as well as his love for performing. As such, it’s a heartwarming farewell and a celebration of the man and his music.

The repertoire reflects his eclectic tastes in music. The classics are there, including ‘Fire’, ‘The Fool’, ‘Red Hot’ and ‘Rockbilly Boogie’. Robert performs them as if decades were minutes; he sounds eerily like the originals on some of them.

There’s some Elvis, with a menacing version of ‘Little Sister’, as well as a neat ‘Suspicion’. He dips deeper into his own back-catalogue with ‘Someday, Someway’ and ‘Heartful Of Soul’, two songs that he hadn’t performed in ages, but had rediscovered in recent times. The surprise on the setlist is a song not normally associated with him: Gene Vincent’s ‘Race With The Devil’, during which Higham displays some mighty fine pickin’, Cliff Gallup-style. You’ll love this! One of the highlights on the album is another Gene Vincent song, ‘I Sure Miss You’, and one that Robert has performed since the Link Wray days. It’s a real vocal tour-de-force and yet another reminder of what an exceptional singer Robert Gordon was.

As a special bonus, we have added a sensational discovery: the first recording of Robert performing live, in 1962. He sings James Brown’s ‘Try Me’, and even at the tender age of 16, you can tell that the talent is already there. A true rarity, now released for the first time.

This special release represents both the first and the last of Robert Gordon, and in many ways, it’s also the best of him. It’s a touching final statement by this great artist. As these recordings demonstrate, he went out on a high note.

Packaged in a handsome three-panel digipack with color photos and memorabilia from that final tour, this is a true collector’s item. Strictly limited edition. Order your copy today!

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  • Interpret: Robert Gordon

  • Album titlle: I Sure Miss You (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

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Gordon, Robert - I Sure Miss You (CD) CD 1
01SOMEDAY, SOMEWAYRobert Gordon
02LOVER BOYRobert Gordon
03THE WAY I WALKRobert Gordon
04RED CADILLAC AND A BLACK MOUSTACHERobert Gordon
05I'M COMING HOMERobert Gordon
06THE FOOLRobert Gordon
07HEARTFUL OF SOULRobert Gordon
08DRIVIN' WHEELRobert Gordon
09LITTLE BOY SADRobert Gordon
10HELLO WALLSRobert Gordon
11FIRERobert Gordon
12WALK ON BYRobert Gordon
13SUSPICIONRobert Gordon
14RACE WITH THE DEVILRobert Gordon
15THE WORRYING KINDRobert Gordon
16ROCKBILLY BOOGIERobert Gordon
17LITTLE SISTERRobert Gordon
18I'M COMING HOMERobert Gordon
19I SURE MISS YOURobert Gordon
20MOVE ITRobert Gordon
21RED HOTRobert Gordon
22TRY MERobert Gordon
Robert Gordon March 29, 1947 - October 18, 2022 ROBERT GORDON OBITUARY Robert... more
"Robert Gordon"

Robert Gordon
March 29, 1947 - October 18, 2022


ROBERT GORDON OBITUARY

Robert Gordon 

Mainstream interest in rockabilly had ebbed to a disturbingly low level when Robert Gordon helped restore the idiom to international prominence. His vocal style heavily influenced by Gene Vincent, Jack Scott, and Billy Riley, Gordon rendered the classic music of those hallowed ‘50s legends cool to a new generation of fans that in many cases weren’t even aware of their existence prior to Gordon’s emergence. For others, he represented a throwback to the beloved rock and roll of their youth, when pomade and pegged pants were imperative fashion statements.

Gordon, who died October 18, 2022 in Bethesda, Maryland at age 75, had little use for rock music of the ‘60s and beyond. Born in Bethesda, Maryland on March 29, 1947, Gordon heard Elvis’ immortal Heartbreak Hotel on the radio when he was nine and knew what he wanted to do with his life. During the ‘60s, Gordon preferred attending shows at the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., where James Brown and Otis Redding drove crowds into a sweat-stained frenzy, to listening to the British Invasion crowd.

A 1970 relocation to New York City with his young family preceded Robert Gordon joining what’s been described as a punk rock outfit, The Tuff Darts, as their lead singer. Their All For The Love Of Rock And Roll and two more songs were included on a compilation album, ‘Live At CBGB’s,’ dedicated to New York’s thriving new wave scene. Producer Richard Gottehrer, formerly of The Strangeloves and a longtime successful record producer, caught a Tuff Darts rehearsal and rather than opting to work with the band, suggested teaming a solo Gordon with grizzled guitar legend Link Wray, whose thundering instrumental Rumble was a major 1958 hit and went a long way towards introducing the concept of the crunching power chord. 

Gottehrer produced the young vocalist’s 1977 debut album ‘Robert Gordon with Link Wray’ for the Private Stock imprint, its contents an intriguing mix of ‘50s rockabilly covers from the repertoires of Vincent, Riley, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, and Sanford Clark and three Wray originals. Gordon’s revival of Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson’s Sun label classic Red Hot, done Riley-style and decorated with Wray’s slashing lead guitar, made inroads on the pop singles charts. Gordon steadfastly dressed the part of a ‘50s rocker, complete with high hair. 

Gottehrer, who shared his production credit with the singer this time, summoned The Jordanaires to handle the backing vocals on Gordon’s ’78 Private Stock encore set ‘Fresh Fish Special,’ Wray again lending his blistering fretwork to the proceedings. Once again, remakes of classic rockers by Vincent, Scott, Cochran, Elvis, Johnny Burnette, Bob Luman, and Frankie Ford were the order of the day, along with a couple more of Link’s originals. But there was a rooker: Fire was the work of prolific rocker Bruce Springsteen (who played piano on the song), and the feel was quite a bit more modern. The Pointer Sisters’ smash version of Fire killed any chance of Gordon enjoying a hit with the theme.

After Private Stock tanked, Robert Gordon switched over to RCA for his ’79 LP ‘Rock Billy Boogie,’ and Wray was gone, replaced on lead guitar by British rocker Chris Spedding. Gottehrer was still in charge and the basic concept survived the move intact, Gordon tearing into classics by Conway Twitty, Hayden Thompson, Burnette, Cochran, Presley, Fats Domino, Leroy Van Dyke, and Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones along with a freshly prepared tribute to Vincent, The Catman. It turned out to be his highest-charting album.

‘Bad Boy,’ produced by Gottehrer and Robert Gordon and issued on RCA in 1980, stayed in the same rockabilly-obsessed groove, with Spedding handling lead guitar as Gordon dug deep into vintage Tommy Sands, Warner Mack. Roy Orbison, Bill Haley, Marty Wilde material, along with more Burnette.

But change was decidedly in the air on ‘Are You Gonna Be The One,’ Gordon’s last RCA long-player in 1981. Instead of Gottehrer ensconced in the driver’s seat, Robert produced the album with Lance Quinn and Scott Litt, and the emphasis was no longer on familiar remakes apart from Don Gibson’s Look Who’s Blue. Originals now dominated the proceedings, including three compositions by young rocker Marshall Crenshaw. One of Crenshaw’s contributions, Someday, Someway, briefly cracked the pop hit parade as a single. Washington, D.C. guitar wizard Danny Gatton was Gordon’s fret foil this time.

The relative success of Someday, Someway wasn’t enough to keep RCA interested in Gordon’s services. He branched into acting in 1982, co-starring with newcomer Willem Dafoe in director Kathryn Bigelow’s first feature, a motorcycle film entitled ‘The Loveless’ that’s taken on cult status. Gordon recorded intermittently after leaving RCA, reuniting with Spedding and The Jordanaires for 2007’s Elvis tribute disc ‘It’s Now Or Never’ on Rykodisc. Lanark released his 2014 set ‘I’m Coming Home.’ 

One thing’s for sure: Robert Gordon’s lifelong love for real deal rockabilly never wavered, defining his career from one end to the other.

 

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Tracklist
Gordon, Robert - I Sure Miss You (CD) CD 1
01 SOMEDAY, SOMEWAY
02 LOVER BOY
03 THE WAY I WALK
04 RED CADILLAC AND A BLACK MOUSTACHE
05 I'M COMING HOME
06 THE FOOL
07 HEARTFUL OF SOUL
08 DRIVIN' WHEEL
09 LITTLE BOY SAD
10 HELLO WALLS
11 FIRE
12 WALK ON BY
13 SUSPICION
14 RACE WITH THE DEVIL
15 THE WORRYING KIND
16 ROCKBILLY BOOGIE
17 LITTLE SISTER
18 I'M COMING HOME
19 I SURE MISS YOU
20 MOVE IT
21 RED HOT
22 TRY ME