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George, Robin: History

Lost in the vaults since 1982 Robin George has finally released History via specialist heritage label and long-time collaborators Angel Air. George was widely recognised as one of the UK's rising stars of AOR during the early 80's but record company shenanigans, financial headaches and changes in musical taste saw him fall short of achieving notable success. That said he still has a large body of work that is available to be enjoyed and he can point to having worked with a "Who's Who" of the rock world including Phil Lynott, Robert Plant, Glenn Hughes, David Byron, Spike, Chris Slade and many more besides.

The recordings here took place between 1979 and 1981 at a studio in Worcestershire, using the down time when the studio was unoccupied. Asides from George the core band was Dave Holland (later of Judas Priest) on drums and a young Pino Palladino on bass. Other visitors to the studio who made contributions included Phil Lynott (bass on 'Showdown'), Mel Collins and Magnum's Mark Stanway. Some of the tracks such as 'Heartline' would be rejigged by George when he was launched as a solo artist by Arista in the mid-80's so the listener gets to enjoy an early version of this often overlooked pop rock classic. Elsewhere 'Go Down Fighting' was later covered by Ted Nugent and 'She Really Blew My Mind' is a great example of the immediate melodic rock sound that George is renowned for. Whilst he has concentrated largely on revisiting his past and production work in recent years George still has a fan base that would welcome him putting a band together and rocking club venues across the UK.

Track List:-
History Too Late
Heartline
Go Down Fighting
Showdown
She Really Blew My Mind
Run in the Dark
Daylite
Get On Your Knees
Castles in the Sky
This Time
Tonight Was Meant to Be
All My Life
Charlotte Starlight

Added: August 19th 2014
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
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Related Link: Artist Website
Hits: 1540
Language: english

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George, Robin: History
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-08-19 09:23:53
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There was a brief moment in time during the mid-1980s when the name Robin George was starting to make some ripples here in the US hard rock scene. His song "Heartline" had started to get some airplay on FM radio, and it seemed only a matter of time that this young singer/guitarist/songwriter would soon be a household name. Well, it never quite happened that way, and though he's kept plenty busy over the years playing with a virtual 'who's who' in the rock world, superstar status just never did materialize for George. This 14 track set from Angel Air pulls together a slew of songs recorded between 1979-1981, and features a solid line-up of musicians including Dave Holland (Judas Priest, Trapeze) on drums, Pino Paladino (The Who) on bass, Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) on bass, Mel Collins (King Crimson, Camel, Alan Parsons Project, Caravan) on sax, Mark Stanway (Magnum, Robert Plant, Grand Slam) on keyboards, Terry Rowley (Trapeze) on Hammond organ, Daniel Boone on keyboards, and a few others to round out the arrangements. Most of the songs are very solid melodic hard rock & power pop, littered with George's strong vocals and crisp guitar work. An early version of "Heartline" is here, and other highlights include a powerful "Showdown" with Lynott on bass, the dramatic "Castles in the Sky", a rocking "Go Down Fighting", and the irresistible pop of "Daylite".

If you somehow missed out on Robin George in the '80s, here's a good chance to hear what he was all about.



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