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Rock Widow

by Robert Urban

Progressive Art Rock, at times heavy & electric, at times acoustic, sometimes fusion/techno/jazz
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. You Don't Wanna Know
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2. Compulsion
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3. My Silent Friend
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4. No Love in Sight
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5. Ode to Central Park
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6. Waiting for Rome to Fall
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7. The Cage
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8. Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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9. The Burning Heart
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10. Deserted Cities of the Heart
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11. The Boys from Paradise
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12. Serenity
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Album Notes
ROBERT URBAN - vocals, guitars, basses, synths, pianos, organs, drums, percussion, orchestral sounds & sound effects
Recorded & Mixed at URBAN PRODUCTIONS, NYC
Recording Engineer - Robert Urban
Mix Engineer & Tech Guru - Edward Douglas

Mastering Engineer - Tom Brick
Mastering Ass't - Bruno Opitz

Graphic Design Layout - David Johansson
Artwork Concept by R. Urban
Photos by Morgan Humphries & R. Urban

Produced by Robert Urban for URBAN PRODUCTIONS, NYC

All songs copyright © 2003

Additional guest performances by:

ANTHONY DeMARCO (drums) "Compulsion", "My Silent Friend", "The Cage", "The Burning Heart"

YOLANDA (gospel choir vocals) "Waiting for Rome to Fall"

MEGHAN CARY (voiceover) "No Love in Sight"

WOLFGANG BUSCH (sprechstimme rap) "Waiting for Rome to Fall"

PETER FARRELL - (sax) "My Silent Friend", "Burning Heart",
(honky tonk piano) "No Love in Sight" (voiceover) "No Love in Sight"

TOM O'NEILL (synths, programming & fx) "Waiting for Rome to Fall"

MARK VOLLENWEIDER (drums/percussion) "Waiting for Rome to Fall"

Heartfelt thanks to:
NESTOR - for the love sessions
PETER HODGSON - for the long distance tone talks
ED DOUGLAS - for the patience, courage & charm
SOUNDDOGS - for the sounds
BILL CARTHAGE - for the body work
PAT PADULA - for believing I could do this
JOHN CONLAN & BRIAN McHALE - for leading the way
BURTON HATHEWAY - for saving my life
MORGAN HUMPHRIES - for everything
AUNT SYLVIA, Rock Widow Patron - Rest in Peace!

This album is dedicated to the Boys in the Bands.
R. I. P.

Peter Farrell, Matt Sullivan, Racine Romaguera, Eric Covington, Mark Patton
(Compulsion & Don't Ask, Don't Tell)

Anthony Tirado, John Ferigno, Dan Gibson, Paul Bacardi, Anthony DeMarco
(No Love in Sight)

Neddy Boy Bakelman, Greg Mellett, Patrick Heeney, Ronaldo Cardenetti
(The Boys from Paradise)

Tom O'Neill, Mark Vollenweider, Lew Kahn, Rusty Hudson
(Waiting for Rome to Fall)



Singer-songwriter, composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist Robert Urban was born & raised in Fairfield County, CT. In addition to all else listed below, he has been performing in one rock band or another for every year of his life since age 15.

He received a B.S. degree in Philosophy and Music from the University of Bridgeport, CT.

Moving to Manhattan, Robert began composing scores for an array of professional music, dance, theater and film productions. Also a session guitarist, vocalist & producer, he has contributed to the projects of many other musical artists and theatrical organizations.

Recently, Robert composed the music score for the internationally released film-documentary "Ticket to Freedom: Woodstock", which also featured original songs by Richie Havens. Music from his "godless" album is featured in the indie art film "Paradise Attempted" produced Resolute Pictures, Inc., released in early 2000. The film also includes music by new-age artist Enya. Most recently, Robert composed the instrumental musical score to the new Todd Russell/Alex Dove horror films "Dead Guys" & "DAS HAUSE".

Robert owns & operates his own independent music production facility URBAN PRODUCTIONS, where he records & produces both his and other artists' music.

There are four Robert Urban CDs available - the 1997 critically acclaimed "godless"; the award-winning 2000 Elegies; the 1980s retrospective who i was (also released in 2000); and the new 2003 Rock Widow.

Robert performs everywhere, including various outdoor music festivals, with his own progressive art-rock group - The Robert Urban Band.

Recent Career & Performance Highlights

- "URBAN PRODUCTIONS BOLDLY PRESENTS" - self-produced, ongoing concert series featuring new & established musical artists from all over the U.S.(hosted by Robert Urban)

- Winner - StoneWall Society 2003 "Pride Song of the Year" Award for DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL from the ROCK WIDOW cd, StoneWall Society 2002 "Pride Song of the Year" Award for THE WAITING SONG from the ELEGIES CD.

- Listed as one of ten IMPORTANT VOICES IN MODERN ROCK -Vol. 2, No. 3, March 2001 - THE PROGRESS REPORT

- Winner of Two 2001 OUTMUSIC OMA AWARDS
1. Outstanding Live Performer of the Year
2. Outstanding Recording ("Elegies")

- Nominee - 2001 NY Regional INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARD presented by The MUSIC RESOURCE GROUP organization and sponsored by THE MUSICIAN'S ATLAS

U.S. Music Festivals - NYC Pride Festival (2001), Connecticut Pride Festival (2001 & 2002), Atlanta Pride Festival (2000), Virginia Pride Festival (1998)

- National Tour (including performances in Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia) (1996 thru 2000)

- LADYFEST 2002 NYC Festival

- listed in "Award Winning Men" 2002 book.

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Bob Young, KCLA-FM, American Radio Network, Hollywood, CA

Robert Urban's "Rock Widow" is a terrific contribution to rock!
"Makes me feel like grabbing people on the street, shaking them by the lapels and shouting in their faces, "Listen to this man, you fools! This is what rock can still be!" Okay, so here's the problem: How ya gonna top this, Urban?
Flat out faves, so far: "Waiting for Rome to Fall" - Most amusing vision of the apocalypse on record, with a really catchy tune. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - Best flat out rocker I've heard in a while, especially considering the lyric. Like hell it's confined to the military. Foolishness pervades all levels of society! "Compulsion" - Stunning. All those beautiful, unexpected guitar & drum riffs tied to a brilliant lyric line. Robert Urban's "Rock Widow" is a terrific contribution to rock" - BOB YOUNG, KCLA-FM, American Radio Network, Hollywood, CA

JEREMY BLUE, DreamBorn Productions, Pawling NY

Rock Widow is a powerful and innovative collection
"Robert Urban’s new release, Rock Widow, is a powerful and innovative collection. Weaving in and out of the traditional sounds of rock, it allows for Urban’s intricate mastery of the song as an art form to create an exciting and provocative juice. Full of high-energy performances by Urban himself, and a collection of other first-rate musicians, I listen to the program thankful that rock ‘n roll is far from dead in Urban’s able hands. You wanna rock when you hear this. And yet, with meaningful tracks like “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, be prepared to go on some well-crafted, journeys as well. Robert is a musician’s musician who makes music for those willing to think."

RICK RAY, Neurosis Records, Cleveland, OH

You've got a great sound on this one, nice guitar work
WAITING FOR ROME TO FALL - "Sounds like Ziggy Stardust goes AWOL and takes refuge at Eno's house! You've got a great sound on this one, nice guitar work"

SCOTT FREE, Leather/Western Records, Chicago, IL

a masterpiece of intricacies, a bouquet of sonic compassion.
ROBERT URBAN, a leader in today’s burgeoning New York music scene
with his "Urban Productions BOLDLY Presents" rock shows & concerts, has released his fourth CD, entitled ‘Rock Widow’. He has, once again, created a masterful melodic epic, but this one is a more painful search for meaning amongst rock & roll’s ruins.

The opening track - ‘You Don’t Wanna Know’, a pure pop gem.
This seductive song, in fact, could have been called ‘Rock Widow’,
with its painfully honest lyrics about a gay rocker in the straight world of rock & roll. But ‘Rock Widow’ also refers to Robert’s view on the state of rock today. This CD is solidly grounded in the progressive rock of the 1970’s, complete with rolling r’s and keyboard arpeggios. It is a grandiose style, yes, and one that is rarely heard today, but its grounded lyrics and careful production make the CD touching, compelling, and human. And, although progressive rock and jazz are its starting points, Robert’s ability to write brilliant pop hooks makes this a timeless CD. Shining moments of brilliance are discovered in segues, bridges, and even song fade-outs. Each song is meticulously crafted, which shows a love and respect for the music. This is a masterpiece of intricacies, a bouquet of sonic compassion.

The highlight of the CD is the triumphant ‘Ode to Central Park’, a musical tribute to the anonymous sexual encounters in the core of Manhattan Island that have continued unending for centuries. This gem, soon to be a queer classic, is treated with utmost reverence, a musical homage to desire which crescendos to an emotional climax.

One of the most interesting additions to the CD was the inclusion of two songs written by Charles Ives, ‘The Cage’, and ‘Serenity’. Robert’s handling of these two completely unique songs shows the mastery of his art – his ability to bring out the right emotion through careful instrumentation and production.

This impeccably produced CD was done in Robert’s own Urban Productions recording studio, where musicians Yolanda, Marshal Zarne, and Rainbow Flava have recorded their music.

With radio’s obsession with boy bands and forced rap, you may have forgotten the joys of the power-rock anthem. When done correctly, as ‘Rock Widow’ is, it is thrilling

JOANNE LYNN, WKJCE Radio Host Pennsylvania

Rock Widow Rocks!! Need I say More?
It's a privilege to be playing your music on my show. WKJCE GLBT RADIO Has its copy of Rock Widow and we love it. We have been playing some tracks off it like "Dont Ask Dont Tell" ,"Deserted Cities of the Heart" and of course many more like "Waiting for Rome to Fall".
Thank you Robert Urban for making songs us GLBT activists can get into as well as many of our other listners. Rock Widow -Rocks!! Need I say more?

V*I*R*G*O*, recording artist, NYC

A great track, and very timely
Congratulations on the new single - "Waiting for Rome to Fall"!
A great track, and very timely. I really love to hear artists using their
talent to say something meaningful. Thanks for that

GREG GORDON, Coordinating Producer, \"This Way Out\" Radio Show,

What a wonderfully-produced and great-sounding track!
Greetings Robert - We ran your "Waiting For Rome To Fall" (in its entirety)
on this week's "This Way Out", (and thanks for making it available earlier
this week online) -- what a wonderfully-produced and great-sounding track!
"Waiting For Rome To Fall" was an excellent "companion feature" on the show this week, as our focus was anti-war and the U.S. military. Thanks

LEN, Rainbow Radio, Stonewall Society, Baton Rouge, LA

"Rock Widow" is a verification that rock is alive and well
"OK, let's see if I can do it." are the first words on Robert Urban's newest release, "Rock Widow". It is immediately known by the listener that Robert can do it and do it very well! "Bravo!" would be the first reaction to this classic rock creation, fused with warm jazz tones throughout. Urban takes us on a personal and somewhat introspective musical journey through his eyes and world. As a complete work, "Rock Widow" very much carries like the score to a rock opera. Each song is independent yet connected. Either connected in spirit or by theme, and or the compelling and unique style that is Robert Urban.
"Rock Widow" brings memories of days when a new album was reason for gathering and party. Rooted solidly in classic rock, the influences are there. The Who, Yes, Les Dudek, the Beatles, and several more. It is Robert Urban's artistic ability to take influence from each while making the finished work truly his own. The familiar feel of Robert's music adds to the overall enjoyment of "Rock Widow". The individuality is not lost nor hard to pinpoint. Great solos, trios, endings, and a myriad of special moments abound.

"Rock Widow" consists of twelve songs. Ranging in style and theme, with deep personal interpretations and social statements. Some like "The Boys From Paradise" and "No Love In Sight" are veritable rock anthems. The phone fight in "No Love In Sight" by MEGHAN CARY and PETER FARRELL bring an unexpected reality to the song. The amazing musical and lyrical talents of the anti-war “Waiting for Rome to Fall” are just awe inspiring. Film director WOLFGANG BUSCH contributes a unique, poetic combination of German & English spoken word - "sprechstimme rap" - as Robert Urban calls it. YOLANDA contributes an over-the-top SATB gospel choir for the song's rousing finale. The techno bed for "Rome" was supplied by groove-meisters MARK VOLLENWEIDER & TOM O'NEILL.

"Waiting For Rome To Fall" has quickly risen into the top five requested songs on the Rainbow World Radio Playlist as selected by Internet listeners. "Rock Widow" also includes three covers. Two by Charles Ives; "The Cage" and environmental protest song and "Serenity" both brought forth with the unique interpretation of Robert Urban talent and style. The third, is an acoustic cover from Cream's "Wheels Of Fire" called Deserted Cities of the Heart" inspired by the relentless TV coverage of villages and homes wrecked by current Middle East conflicts. All songs are strong, poignant, and brilliantly delivered.

Make no mistake, "Rock Widow" is a verification that rock is alive and well.
The title also makes a statement about Robert Urban's view of rock today.
"Rock Widow" is a significant CD not just to the GLBT music community but
to the rock community in general. Sure some of the songs are very "out" in
their meaning, however the musical appeal is universal.

The only downside to "Rock Widow" for this listener was that it was over.
Thank goodness for replay! In my book, this CD could easily and fittingly
been called Rock Messiah!

JON P. YARGER, Host, Progressive Rock Radio Network, NYC

"Hey Man, GREAT TUNE!"

Joey DiGuGlielmo - OUTPUB, Pittsburgh, OH

Here's to unexpected pleasures
ROCK WIDOW - Here's to unexpected pleasures. This 4th disc from rocker Robert Urban is a varied and top-notch artistic statement that blends rock gusto with a pop sensibility. Urban, who's practically a one-man band with the 8 or so instruments he's credited with playing, possesses a smart, experimental personna and a radio-ready tenor reminiscent of Gino Vannelli. The disc occassionally does get too pretentious (two Charles Ives tunes, no less), but Urban's far-ranging talent - and the polish and dare of the record more than compensate.

Standout elements abound, like the rich melody of "You Don't Wanna Know" and the pop bounce of "The Burning Heart". "No Love in Sight" - which explores loveless hetero-relationships, features ferociously-good guitar/keyboard interplay, while the cd's first single - "Waiting for Rome to Fall" endears with a whirly-gig organ and a soul-flavored gospel outro.
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