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Two of Dean
on 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.