- Audio CD (19 May 2014)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: DRAMATICO ENTERTAINMENT
- ASIN: B00IZ64IJU
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The nation gasped in shock when The Voice judges failed to turn round for Bob Blakeley’s spine-tingling performance of Cry Me A River. The Granddad from Stockport then won the hearts of millions when he cheerfully shook hands with the judges before graciously leaving the stage.
But the story did not end there for the 56 year old warehouse worker. Appearing on BBC Breakfast the following week Bob was offered a deal by music producer and record company boss Mike Batt.
Now signed to Mike’s record label, Dramatico Entertainment (Katie Melua/Caro Emerald) – Bob’s dreams are set to come true with the release of his debut album ‘Performance’. Produced by Mike, and recorded with an orchestra at the legendary Air Studios in London, ‘Performance’ will showcase Bob’s extraordinary voice. Featuring his signature song ‘Cry Me A River’, the album will also include Bob’s renditions of classic standards as well as inspired covers of contemporary songs
Top Customer Reviews
I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys a trip down memory lane with a talented singer with a Frank Sinatra type voice.
I am really pleased to see him doing so well and I hope another album follows before too long.
The good news is that this album has been put together quite quickly, but Mike Batt works fast, he says. Mr Batt agreed with Bob which songs should be on the album, arranged each track, brought in a great set of orchestral and band musicians and went to AIR Studios to put it all together. Bob turns up and sings. Well, frankly, if it was that easy, we'd all be having a go but, of course, it isn't - and we don't have a voice like Bob.
The thing about this album is that it is breathtakingly brilliant and Bob's singing is impeccable. There are a couple of surprises on the album. Oh, yes, "Cry Me A River" starts it off as expected and is, well, fantastic. However, there are a couple of even better tracks - "Kites", the old 'Simon Depree and the Big Sound' song from the 60's is superb; Bowie's "Life On Mars" is less dramatic and more subtle than the original and is all the better for the arrangement. "Whatever You Believe" is a very good finale. In addition, "Just One Smile" and "Abracadabra" are also excellent and the remaining tracks are very good too. "It Don't Mean A Thing" is the less enjoyable track - not because of the arrangements or Bob's singing. No, for me, it's a jazz instrumental, so needs to have been a bit shorter in length. If that is my only gripe, it is a very minor
The thing is that BOB CAN SING - probably anything - and he demonstrates my point here. He is not another Sinatra or Buble, he is Bob Blakeley - BOB FM to those who know him.
Mike Batt writes a wonderful piece in the booklet and pays particular tribute to Bob's wife and family for the support she and the rest have given him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A one track CD! Tracks could have been chosen better! Haven't heard of Bob since. Have you? Pity, a really good voice!!Published 4 days ago by Brat 631
I had to buy this album as I found out Mike Batt's beautiful song "Whatever You Believe" is on there as the last track. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R Cohen