Robert Owens

Real Name:
Robert James Owens
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Owns the label Musical Directions
Though electronica has always been a producer's medium (and the few vocalists keeping their head above water are usually women), Robert Owens became one of the figures most associated with the late-'80s golden era of Chicago house. Born in Ohio in 1961, he grew up singing in the church, but was working as a DJ when he met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard in 1985. The pair formed Fingers Inc. with Ron Wilson, and released a few excellent singles ("A Path", "Mystery Of Love", "It's Over") and the 1988 full-length "Another Side" .The group dissolved soon after, though, as Heard's burgeoning solo-production career (as Mr. Fingers) took over.

Owens had already released tracks on his own - "Bring Down the Walls" and "I'm Strong" for Alleviated, with production from Heard - and he signed a solo contract with 4th & Broadway. His 1990 LP "Rhythms in Me" was a solid effort, though it soon disappeared within the quickly disintegrating Chicago house scene. (One of his best-known features of the late '80s, the epic house moment "Tears," appeared under the names of Frankie Knuckles and producer Satoshi Tomiie.)

Owens had basically retired from music by the early '90s, preferring instead to run his own Christian bookstore. By 1996, he'd returned to dance music with "Ordinary People", a two-part EP for Musical Directions. He teamed up with Tomiie and Cevin Fisher for a track from Tomiie's "Full Lick" LP in 1999, and one year later Owens appeared on the Photek smash "Mine to Give".
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Albums

BRLP 549, 846 327-1 Rhythms In Me — Robert Owens Robert Owens Rhythms In Me (Album) 4th & Broadway BRLP 549, 846 327-1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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MD EP 1, MDEP 1 The Statement — Robert Owens Robert Owens The Statement (MiniAlbum, EP) Musical Directions, Musical Directions MD EP 1, MDEP 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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CTCR-14033 The Journey — Robert Owens Robert Owens The Journey(CD, Promo) Cutting Edge CTCR-14033 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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COMPOST 285-2 Night-time Stories — Robert Owens Robert Owens Night-time Stories (Album) Compost Records COMPOST 285-2 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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CPT 362-2, CPT 262-2 Art — Robert Owens Robert Owens Art (Album) Compost Records, Compost Records CPT 362-2, CPT 262-2 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
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APPAREL002A1 Your Face — Robert Owens Kisk Feat. Robert Owens Kisk Feat. Robert Owens - Your Face(7xFile, AIFF) Apparel Music APPAREL002A1 Italy 2020
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Singles & EPs

TX132 Bring Down The Walls — Robert Owens Robert Owens Bring Down The Walls Trax Records TX132 US 1986 Sell This Version
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ML2204 I'm Strong — Robert Owens Robert Owens I'm Strong Alleviated Records ML2204 US 1987 Sell This Version
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886 665-1 Tears (Matrix + Futurebound Remix) — Robert Owens Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie Featuring Robert Owens Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie Featuring Robert Owens - Tears (Matrix + Futurebound Remix) FFRR 886 665-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
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BWAY 497 Visions — Robert Owens Robert Owens Visions (Maxi, Single) 4th & Broadway BWAY 497 US 1990 Sell This Version
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440 514-0 Far Away / Happy — Robert Owens Robert Owens Far Away / Happy (Single, Maxi) 4th & Broadway 440 514-0 US 1990 Sell This Version
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none I'll Be Your Friend — Robert Owens Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend (Single, Maxi, EP) RCA none US 1991 Sell This Version
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FTI 10 R Gotta Work — Robert Owens Robert Owens Gotta Work (Single) Freetown Inc FTI 10 R UK 1992 Sell This Version
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BV 3024 Too Much For Me — Robert Owens Robert Owens Too Much For Me Black Label (15) BV 3024 Italy 1992 Sell This Version
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FTI 12 T Last Time — Robert Owens Robert Owens Presents Fayleine Brown Robert Owens Presents Fayleine Brown - Last Time(12") Freetown Inc FTI 12 T UK 1992 Sell This Version
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MD 001 T Was I Here Before? — Robert Owens Robert Owens Was I Here Before? (Single) U-Star Records MD 001 T UK 1993 Sell This Version
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MD002T All Night Long — Robert Owens Robert Owens All Night Long Musical Directions MD002T UK 1994 Sell This Version
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DAN 660409 1, 660409 1 Up & Away — Robert Owens David Guetta Featuring Robert Owens David Guetta Featuring Robert Owens - Up & Away (Single, Maxi) Dance Pool, Dance Pool, Dance Pool DAN 660409 1, 660409 1 France 1994 Sell This Version
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HT 003 Come Together — Robert Owens Michael Watford & Robert Owens Michael Watford & Robert Owens - Come Together Hard Times The Label HT 003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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SEVE 05T Joint Venture E.P. — Robert Owens Sensory Elements / Dope Fiends / Robert Owens Sensory Elements / Dope Fiends / Robert Owens - Joint Venture E.P.(12", EP) 7 (3) SEVE 05T UK 1995 Sell This Version
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DJTRX 003 Album Sampler — Robert Owens R. Owens* / Mystic Bill / Jackmaster D* R. Owens* / Mystic Bill / Jackmaster D* - Album Sampler(12", Smplr, W/Lbl, Sta) Trax Records DJTRX 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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MD005TR Ordinary People (Promo One) — Robert Owens Robert Owens Ordinary People (Promo One) Musical Directions, Musical Directions MD005TR UK 1996 Sell This Version
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MD 006 T Love Will Find Its Way — Robert Owens Robert Owens Love Will Find Its Way(2x12") Musical Directions MD 006 T UK 1997 Sell This Version
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MD 007T High Hopes — Robert Owens Robert Owens High Hopes(12", W/Lbl) Musical Directions MD 007T UK 1997 Sell This Version
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INCRL9 Darkness — Robert Owens Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Robert Owens & Cevin Fisher Satoshi Tomiie Feat. Robert Owens & Cevin Fisher - Darkness (Maxi) S3, S3 INCRL9 UK 1998 Sell This Version