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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 May 2011
Back in the late 1970s Dean Friedman was praised by BBC Radio One as if he were a new God of pop music. He was compared to established singer songwriter Billy Joel because of his New York, New Jersey, Singer Songwriter roots. His debut album "Dean Friedman" was heavily pushed by the station and singles like "Ariel" had a lot of air play. I also remember that despite all their efforts the singles and the album were not massive hits but the faith in Dean Friedman was well founded since the debut album has some fine and strong original songs. There are good arrangements of pop and acoustic American folk style songs. The song "Ariel" has a strong pop hook in the chorus but lyrically it is has a lot to say. And "Woman of mine" is just wonderful.
The proof of the faith in Dean Friedman was also justified with the release of his second album "Well, well said the rocking chair". This was a more successful album and the singles "Lucky Stars", "Lydia" and "Rocking Chair", were all reasonable hits in 1978.
I had this second album and tracks like "Lydia" and "Lucky Stars" were a strong part of the soundtrack to one of my teenage years of 1978.
It would be 1981 before the next album "Rumpled Romeo" and by that time radio stations seemed to have lost interest. I also seem to remember that during the successful 1978 period Dean was interviewed everywhere and the demand for him was incredible. And sometime in 1979 I seem to remember hearing a DJ saying that the attention had been too much and Dean deliberately took a rest or semi retirement from the media spot light and that there may not be another album. I don't know if this claim was true and if that is why it took so long to release the next album or if it was a creative break, but the absence from the spot light saw the end of his brief chart success.
Certainly Dean Friedman had much more to offer and he has created some fabulous recordings since. It is a shame that he did not continue with his spotlight success beyond these two albums but it is worth exploring the recordings he made since them.

But here on this great CD release we get both albums together. And where better to start in exploring the magic of Dean Friedman than at the beginning with these first two albums collected here. All of the hit singles are here and these two albums are a great example of the talent of this songwriter.
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on 7 June 2012
Forgetting the music which is great. A few tracks seem to be filler but a good handful of real classics. Onto the disc. This is 2 albums on one disc which has 18 tracks. I think this seems to be the problem. The last 3 tracks don't play on some systems, particularly computer drives so it won't import into iTunes properly. That aside, a couple of tracks have awful sound quality. In some cases a lot worse than mp3. "ariel" has a firework display toward the end and it distorts badly at this point. My advice would be to buy the albums individually.
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on 9 July 2009
Only a corpse could fail to be touched, in some way, by the genius songwriter that is Dean Friedman. A master craftsman of both lyrics and music, arguably the greatest of his generation, and one of the most underrated. Unique is a greatly over-used word, but in this case it is completely correct. There is no-one like Dean Friedman, a master singer / musician and wordsmith, who tells everyday stories in a beautifully crafted fashion. His superb musicianship is showcased in this double CD, firstly in one of the finest debut albums, then in the classic "Well well said the rocking chair". Buy the CD, love it, and see the man when he tours the UK, as he regularly does. If you are a lover of popular music, and especially a musician, at least some of these songs should strike a chord with you. Go on, buy these albums. I did, firstly on vinyl then cassette then on CD. I was smitten from my first hearing of "woman of mine" on a late night John Peel radio show, and will never cease to be a fan of this charming fellow.
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on 20 July 2012
My husband mocks me relentlessly, noting that in my late 50s I have discovered MOR. Well, as far as I am concerned, thoughtful lyrics (many of which tell a story), catchy melodies and great feel-good rhythms add up to happiness.
Here are two records in one which showcase Dean Friedman's humanity. My favourite track in no. 11, Well well said the rocking chair, which is a brilliant concept: the speaker is depressed over the break-up of a relationship, and his home and furnishings tell him to cheer up. Uplifting and inspirational.
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on 13 July 2014
Fit of nostalgia buy. I heard "Well, well said the rocking chair" on the radio and though I used to like that - so bought the cd. It's pleasant enough background music - but clearly stuff from another era now. So only one for those who loved soft rock seventies.
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on 29 January 2016
Great, good service c.d. was just fine, very pleased and would use this seller again.
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on 14 August 2016
Good revival of a 1980s favourite.
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on 6 March 2015
I've always like Dean Friedman so it was great to be able to update to a CD - sounds brilliant, love his music.
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on 4 February 2018
Great collection,well satisfied.
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on 6 June 2016
An old favourite from cassette days rediscovered! Arrived quickly and was well wrapped. Great value
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