Crying Diamonds/Dangerous Music Live '85'

Dangerous Music

LovePower And Peace

 

ROBIN GEORGE Crying Diamonds/Dangerous Music Live '85' (SJPCD330)

Angel Air continue their excellent series of Robin George related releases with another double set treat...Along with 'Dangerous Music' and the recently re-issued Life album this is a 'must have'.

The live album (George's band included ex-Magnum drummer Kex Gorin) is of reasonable sound quality but it features a cracking setlist featuring 'Heartline', 'Spy' and 'Hitlist' plus you get four bonus live songs recorded for the BBC.

With these added bonus songs plus informative sleeve notes this is a CD for his existing fans plus those who enjoy hard rock meets blues with a touch of pop. 4/5


Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com (May 2010)

 


...immaculately played and produced...

www.tnt-audio.com (May 2010)

 


...a value for money package and...well worth checking out

www.seaoftranquility.org (May 2010)

 


Robin George...never overplays, and his work is tasty...

www.dmme.net (June 2010)

 


This guy writes some great songs...and the guitar licks are, of course, top notch and totally tasty (Top Pick)

www.babysue.com (June 2010)

 


...Robin has a fantastic guitar sound. a fine and easily digested voice - but also a penchant for pop...

www.festivalphoto.net (June 2010)

 


The studio album...has 17 tracks of more than acceptable blues-based heavy-end pop-rock with soul-tinged choruses...The live album is definitely blues-rock...

Classic Rock Society (June 2010)

 


...a band that was clearly firing on all cylinders delivering a vibrant, and road tightened set

Jeff Perkins, Eurorock (July 2010)

 


...George's skill as a writer is mightily impressive ... His melodies are gossamer thin, but he spins them out and expands them into something more substantial. Later, you'll find yourself humming his songs without realising that they've insinuated their way inside...a marvellous, value-for-money, double disc package.

www.revelationz.net (September 2010)

 

Dangerous Music (SJPCD344)

The music has stood the test of time and in 'Heartline' you have a true rock anthem that should be gracing any rock compilation worth its salt. The crashing guitar riff, harmony vocals and keys make for a song you can listen to again and again. But there are plenty of other delights including 'Spy', which has a slight T Rex feel mainly in the vocals. The catchy 'No News Is Good News' would I am sure have proved a worthy single if given the chance as would 'Showdown' which featured Phil Lynott on bass.

Of the five bonus songs three are from the 'Tommy Vance' show with 'Spy' dropping the acoustic sound of the album version for a more keyboard led approach. It actually sounds better than the album version! There is also a heavy remix of 'Heartline', which again is worthy having if you're a fan.

One of the great 80's melodic rock albums from a UK artist who could more than hold his own against the deluge of US melodic hard rock bands around at the same time. An essential album to have in your collection. ****1/2

Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com (September 2010)

 


...an excellent 80's radio Rock album...If you're into slick FM rock, AOR and Melodic Hard Rock then 'Dangerous Music' could be a hidden gem...

www.foob.be (September 2010)

 


Most numbers are a mix of solid rock, '80s melodious pop rock...it sounds real great, too.

www.music-news.com (October 2010)

 


Dangerous Music was the launching pad for what was to come...

www.seaoftranquility.org (October 2010)

 


...a very slick commercial album...plenty of Robin's tasty guitar work...but it also presents many songs that, in a perfect world, would have been major hits...This reissue will hopefully make more people aware of this talented fellow's early recorded work. Top pick.

www.babysue.com (November 2010)

 


...this might well introduce some newcomers to Robin George's oeuvre...Dangerous Music showcases Robin's versatile guitar and songwriting skills and makes a refreshing change from the well trodden cliches of 80's rock standards.

www.tnt-audio.com (November 2010)

 


Angel Air are best known for their impressive reissue catalog and high on the list of 2010 reissues is Dangerous Music...

www.mwe3.com (November 2010)

 


Although the album is very much a product of its time, the standard of song writing and musicianship means that George's smart guitar work and the wonderful keyboard interplay elevates the eighties vibe of the songs into something that still sounds fresh and relevant today

Fireworks (December 2010)

 


This sought after 1985 album by Robin George finally gets a reissue ... It's very 80's squeaky clean pop-rock...

Classic Rock Society (December 2010)

 


The fact that over the course of his career Robin has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, like Robert Plant, Phil Lynott, Glenn Hughes and Carl Palmer, to name just a few, I think speaks for itself as to amount of talent this guy possesses as a musician.

www.seaoftranquility.org (January 2011)

 


The production has typical '80s drum bangs and stylish keyboards, and George more than hints towards being radio-friendly - in fact, he does everything that can be expected to appeal to the masses by offering catchy songs over which he drools with his falsetto. In addition, the songs are colored with a slightly oriental touch for the sake of being exotic.

The result is a bit dated and forced, and yet it features some wonderful lead guitar playing and the musicianship is quite good.

Maelstrom Ezine

 

ROBIN GEORGE'S LOVEPOWER LovePower And Peace (SJPCD357)

This has been a labour of love over the past couple of years for Robin George as he has assembled a set of top draw musicians and vocalists to appear on this charity album. Before you even mention the guest musicians, the LovePower Band itself features such names as Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band/ELO Part 2), M People's Jacqui Williams and respected saxophonist Mel Collins, who has worked with Bad Company, Camel and the Rolling Stones amongst many others.

The songs on here come from all of Robin George's solo and band output to date including Life, Notorious, Damage Control and Marshall Law are present with 'No Justice', as Robin George produced one of their albums. Even those that are sadly no longer with us like David Byron, have their original vocal backed by a modern band recording.

Highlights? Being totally honest the whole damn album! But to cherry pick a few great top hear Pete Goalby (ex-Uriah Heep) again on 'Mona Lisa Smile'. There is a mini-Fastway reunion on 'Alice' with 'Fast' Eddie Clarke hooking-up again with UFO's Pete Way - Spike of the Quireboys shares the lead vocal on this one with Robin.

There is a superb run through 'With A Little Help From My Friends' where Robin is joined by Sean Harris (ex-Diamond Head) and Jacqui Williams (boy can she hit the high notes!). Former Mott The Hoople man Morgan Fisher and Conny Bloom (The Electric Boys) are amongst the backing musicians. 'Seven Golden Daffodils' is worth a listen for the sublime harmony vocal parts. Finally, 'Heartline', Robin's biggest solo hit, gets a reworking with current Diamond Head vocalist Nick Tart singing on this one. At first it sounds very strange but it soon grows on the listener and gives the original a good run for its money.

A winner in two ways - a good resume of Robin George's work to date and all the profits go to three worthy charities. *****/5

Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com (September 2011)


Charity albums are often an indulgence, where unwritten excuses are made for second rate performances, but this stuff is dynamite. An outstandingly good rock album in its own right. And for the casual fan, a highly entertaining voyage of discovery.

The Midlands Rocks (October 2011)


...it never sounds like a recycling, as Diamond Head's Sean Harris breathes fire in LIFE's 'Cocoon' and Jacqui Williams' voice completely transforms old chestnut 'Seven Golden Daffodils'.

DME Music Site (October 2011)


Most people will enjoy the album. It is a good thing that enjoyment is also giving a helping hand here. The album is a solid 4/5, the cause is a solid 5/5.

FESTIVALPHOTO (October 2011)


LovePower and Peace not only serves a good and noble cause, it is also a fantastic trip through an interesting mix of musical genres. From funky soul to bluesy rock and shoot-it-straight rock, the album offers a whopping 17 tracks oozing with originality and attitude.

Music-News.com (October 2011)


All profits go to Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton, Haven House, Essex, and the Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies, and the album has such broad appeal there's bound to be something on there you'll like. So go buy a copy now.

John Tucker (October 2011)


'LovePower and Peace' really is a sensational release that deserves your attention, just as much as the charities involved deserve your donation.

Fireworks Magazine (January/February 2012)


The LovePower band is excellent, plus it includes Mel Collins (of King Crimson fame) playing some beautifully natural sax (I like his sound here better than on the King Crimson ProjeKct album I recently gutted). Some other groups featuring George add even rockier vibes to the album...Impressively good music for a good cause!

Gut Feeling Blog


...a fine charity album which transcends musical genres with effortless ease and must rank as one of the most attractive offerings that George has been involved with during the course of his long and varied career.

Kevin Bryan