Misbehavin' , the debut from Joanna Dean, was originally released in 1988 on Polydor Records, but has long been out of print and quite the rarity. Don't know about you, but I'd never heard of Joanna Dean before getting this promo from the folks at Yesterrock/Universal, who are reissuing this late '80s hard rock gem for all those folks like me who missed out on Dean's talents back in the day. Imagine if you will Janis Joplin singing for Dokken, with the boys from Lynyrd Skynyrd sitting in on the session, and you have an idea of what to expect on Misbehavin'. Thick, bluesy hard rock & metal guitar riffs, groovy rhythms, and Dean's sultry vocals permeate these catchy anthems, and after you get done hearing "Ready For Saturday Night", "Kiss This", "I Miss the Money" and the blazing title track, you'll wonder why Misbehavin' wasn't a huge seller back in 1988. The ballad "Once is Enough" would have certainly appealed to the Doro crowd, and "Dirty Fingers" is as raunchy as anything Motley Crue and Ratt were cranking out at that time. Guitarist Steve Ingle (a very fine player) gives a real heavy rock boost to the Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter", a fun cover with Dean laying down a sexy, sultry vocal performance that just oozes sensuality.
Yeah, Misbehavin' is mindless and cliche ridden at times, but who cares, it's a lot of fun. Any fan of late '80's bluesy hard rock/metal who missed this one the first time around should definitely check into it now. Not sure what Joanna is doing these days, but with a voice like this it's hard to imagine her not utilizing her talents somewhere.
Ready For Saturday Night
I Miss The Money
Once Is Enough
She's Been Hearing About Me