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Perfect Stranger (1979) - Robert Fleischman

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Robert Fleischman

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Side One:
All For YouLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:28
Far Too LongLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:15
Southern LightsLyrics available
  Running Time: 5:05
Ace In The HoleLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:47
Side Two:
One More TimeLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:23
Part Of MeLyrics available
  Running Time: 4:23
Never Never LandLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:50
Heartstrings DelightLyrics available
  Running Time: 3:40
    Guest Appearances »

Phil Brown, Jimmy Crespo, Rocke/Roche Steven Grace, Will(iam Franklin) Lee(, IV), Roger Linn, Vince McCool, John McVie, Andy Newmark, Neal Schon, Stanley Sheldon, Tom Stephenson

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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Phil Brown (Songwriter), Robert Fleischman (Songwriter), Robert Fleischman (Songwriter), Roger Linn (Songwriter), Greg(g) Rolie (Songwriter), Greg(g) Rolie (Songwriter), Neal Schon (Songwriter), Neal Schon (Songwriter), Claude Mougin (Photography), Ria Lewerke (Art Direction), Ria Lewerke (Design), Robert Fleischman (Produced By), Jimmy Iovine (Produced By), John Jansen (Engineered By), Shelly Yakus (Engineered By), Greg Calbi (Mastered By), Ken(ny) Ascher (Strings Arranged By), Roger Linn (Arranged By), Barry Fey (Career Direction), Greg Caruso (Recordist), Steve(n) (Shoes) Escallier (Recordist), Jimmy Fritz (Recordist), Barbara Isaak/Isaac (Recordist), Jay Krugman (Recordist), Thom Panunzio (Recordist)

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Arista Records

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AB 4220

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    Liner Notes »

Recorded at The Record Plant, New York, The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, Sound City, Los Angeles and Westlake Audio, Los Angeles

Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York

Special thanks to Barry, Alan, Mom and Dad, Lenise, Frank, Ed E., Art, Carol, Pat, Feyline, Clive, Rick, John, Michael, Bonnie and Susan

Very special thanks to John Anthony Helliwell

Neal Schon appears courtesy of Columbia Records
John McVie appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

(P) 1979 (C) 1978 Manufactured by Arista Records, Inc.
6 W. 57th St.
New York, N.Y. 10019

A subsidiary of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.

All Rights Reserved.

Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Printed in U.S.A.

33 1/3 RPM

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Review written by Alex, January 15th, 2010

I've read an incredibly in-depth interview with Robert Fleischman, ( http://www.journey-zone.com/Features/Interviews/26_01-03/RF.htm ), in which Robert explains the events that led to his departure from Journey in 1977 and the subsequent recording of his first solo album, "Perfect Stranger", in 1979. It seems that because Robert wished to remain loyal to his then-current manager, Journey's manager deemed Robert "arrogant", "really tought to deal with" and ousted him from the band. It was a disappointment and a bitter reward for being honest and showing loyalty, but Robert was determined to continue. He remained friends with Journey's bandmembers, and in fact Neil Schon and Greg Rollie helped on Robert's solo debut, along with other star players such as Fleetwood Mac's John McVei.

The result is an impressive mixture of rock, ("All For You", and "Ace In The Hole", which is by far my favourite track on the LP), ballads, ("Part Of Me" and the epic "Southern Lights"), and even pop, ("Far Too Long"). Robert's production is really crisp and clean, there's some use of early synthesizers (or possibly electric piano), the guitar solos are loud and striking, and the piano takes the limelight during the ballads, but is kept nicely in balance during the rock songs. This album is the perfect showcase for Robert's voice, especially the track "Ace In The Hole" where he moves effortlessly between high and low pitch, whilst maintaining the power of "full voice".

"Perfect Stranger" led to Robert touring with Sammy Hagar, Van Halen, and many other top acts, but the disappointment he'd felt at the hands of Journey's manger remained. So he then spent a number of years as a songwriter, recording only occasionally with Channel and with Vinnie Vincent Invasion (whose 3rd album was sadly never released..., yet another disappointment which kept Robert off the road). But in the early 21st Century, Robert revived his recording career, (solo albums available at cdbaby.com for example), and has since formed a new touring band with Andre Labelle, (ex-Vinnie Vincent drummer), called Robert Fleischman & The Sky.

I highly recommend "Perfect Stranger"... if you can find it. This album really should have been re-released over the years! Ah well, we can but hope...

Robbie Rocks All On His Own
Review written by Joseph Moss (daraktos@yahoo.ca), May 1st, 2005

I found this long deleted long player at Everyday Music in Portland, Oregon for a whopping sum of $2.99. Being a Journey anorak, I knew right off who he was- I thought the demo he did with Journey showed an enormous amount of vocal promise. So I, quite naturally, made this one of my many purchases from this fine record store(shameless plug). I probably purchased 60-70 albums on this trip, and when I got home, it was the first one on my turntable. His version of "all for you", a throwaway love song that Journey couldn't be hurt by pitching to the wind, receives fine treatment here, with a guest solo by Schon. Quite a number of allstar session guys appear on this album, with Andy Newmark, Will Lee (Letterman) and Roger Linn on drums, bass and guitar, respectively, for most of the tracks- probably telling us that Arista wanted this one to be big. The second track, "far too long", a jumpy pop track with a Motown groove, features an awesome vocal performance by Robert, one that puts Perry to shame. The third song, "Southern Lights", is the album masterpiece, featuring another amazing vocal performance, showcasing his impressive range and power. It also features a nifty sax solo that segues into a simple but evocative guitar solo. Side 1 ends with 'ace in the hole', a tune analogous to Journey's 'Lady Luck"- a story about times spent in casinos- playing with the big boys and forking over big time. This tune features a number of unique hooks and riffs that seamlessly blend together. What this delete section disc reveals is how most bands today have absolutely no clue how to write a catchy song. It's a travesty that this one ended up in the delete bin. This album is worth it just for side one, and I will buy it for sure if it comes out on CD just to hear "Southern Lights". I think this was, sadly, pretty much the zenith of Robert's career, as his albums with the bands Channel and VVI, in my opinion, are really hurting.

Feisty Fleischman pulls it off, in two songs
Review written by John Fitzgerald, May 1st, 2005

I have often felt bad for Robert Fleischman as although it has been stated that he was somewhat arrogant etc. he was a more than capable lead singer for Journey but it has always been documented that Fleischman was out because "oh well, we heard a tape of Steve Perry and we had him be the lead singer instead from then on" which I thought wasn't too nice a way to deal with it but this album (made after his departure from the group) probably doesn't fully show what Fleischman had to offer an audience as a good portion of these recordings have been watered down with banal harmonized lead guitars and overpowering piano and horn arrangements. Perhaps this is what Fleischman had intended but it's doubtful when you hear what Journey missed out on with the opener "All for you" which was a song that Fleischman took with him on his exit from Journey (the demo that he cut with them of this song appeared on Journey's "Time 3" box set as "For you" which is less powerful than it is here and on the other side of the tracks we have the piano ballad which would have got the lighters going at the end of the concerts in "Part of me" (which features John on bass). These two numbers make this not so spectacular album overall worthwhile but one can't help but wonder "what would have been" with Fleischman while listening to it as he impressively took part in writing every song present herein.

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Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney & Marty Adelson.