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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DRAMATICO ENTERTAINMENT
  • ASIN: B00IZ64IJU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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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

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I have just bought and listened to Bob's new album having been one of the many who just couldnt believe his bad luck when the judges on The Voice didn't turn around. He has a beautiful natural voice with a lovely tone to it and I really like the choice of tracks on this album, particularly 'It was a very good year' which I found quite moving and nostalgic.Another favourite for me is Kites which I remember being charmed by a number of years ago. His version is fresh and new without losing any of the original magic.

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.
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First, the bad news ... but only to any potential knockers of The Voice or Bob's voice - there is no bad news.

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
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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.
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As a big fan of Sinatra and Monroe, the power of Bobs voice is certainly up there with the greats. I've waited for a long time to hear a voice like his. Thanks to Mike Batt , what a great combination of talent,the arrangements are stunning. I'm already looking forward to the next one and wish you great success.
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cant wait for more from Bob, his voice and the composition are astounding. we must thank Mike Batt for making this happen.
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Having been shocked in disbelief when no-one turned on The Voice, I was delighted when Mike Batt took Bob under his wing and produced this album. The tracks are classics (though I didn't know some of them) and Bob interprets them all beautifully. Not getting picked by the judges was probably the best thing which could have happened for Bob, and I'm looking forward to hearing his next album. Go, Bob!
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I really love a song with intelligent lyrics (whether serious or whimsical) and a good tune. It never hurts to have it sung by an artist with an engaging voice and style, either. This album has all of those, plus it's produced by Mike Batt, who knows better than just about anyone how to showcase a singer without getting in the way. I pre-ordered it on the strength of the pre-release teasers issued by the record company, and am delighted with the result. Not surprisingly, I like some tracks better than others, but there really isn't a dud in the lot. "God on Drums, the Devil on Bass" was a particularly pleasant surprise, as the last time I heard it, it was my least favourite track on my least favourite album "The House" from my most favourite singer, Katie Melua (who co-wrote it with Mike Batt). I think it's all in the production with this song..
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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. I don't know how I didn't find out earlier as the album was released last year. This is from the "Hunting of the Snark" musical that has only been recorded by Finbar Wright in the past and I was hoping for a better rendition this time. I must say I had never heard of this artist before as I don't watch reality shows anymore so didn't know what he would sound like. I am pleased with this version as it is an improvement to the last one though no one can beat Philip Quast at singing this. The artist has a pleasant voice and I realise why Mike Batt wanted to work with him. The overall album is very good, a nice choice of tracks but the sound quality could be better
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I was wowed by Bob Blakeley at the Voice audition and couldn't believe that the judges didn't turn round - I am thrilled that Bob was taken up and has a record label, however, for me the compilation is ever so slightly disappointing in respect of the CD's version of Cry Me a River, it is extremely smooth, too smooth and lacks the raw power and passion from the audition version. However, that said it is still a great voice, echos of Frank Sinatra in tone and style. There are a couple of tracks that will become firm favourties - and I will buy the next CD released, it would be good though if they could mix it up a little on the next one.
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