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George, Robin - 1985 Dangerous Music



ARTIST: George, Robin
ALBUM: Dangerous Music
LABEL: Bronze
SERIAL: 893058 WEA 381
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2010, Angel Air, SJPCD344

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Robin George - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards

Phil Lynott, Pino Palladino, Philip Soussan - bass * Kex Gorin - percussion * Peter Green - percussion, keyboards * Dave Holland - percussion, drums * Adrian Lee - synthesizer, bass * Mark Stanway - piano * Chris Thompson - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heartline * 02 Spy * 03 No News Is Good News * 04 French Kisses * 05 Stolen From My Heart * 06 Shout * 07 Showdown * 08 Hit List * 09 Shoot On Sight * 10 Don't Turn Away * 11 Space Kadett

WEBLINKS: ingeorge.co.uk


Background
Wolverhampton's Robin George was a well-known Midlands musician and studio engineer long before his 1985 debut 'Dangerous Music'. That album may have been his signature calling card to most AORsters, but his track record before then was significant, with credits including the David Byron Band, Daniel Boone, Climax Blues Band, Roy Wood, Witchfinder General, Quartz and Diamond Head. Impressive names indeed. By 1984, George was approached by Bronze Records, and thus began his 'Dangerous Music' sessions. I'm sure many of you will remember the instant classic track 'Heartline', which featured on the first Kerrang compilation video. So what about the other tracks?


The Songs
Well to be fair, nothing ends up being as good as 'Heartline' unfortunately. There are a bunch of decent songs, but the whole thing ends up being like a collection of cobbled material which could've been resolved with a better track listing. 'Spy' has the unfortunate task of following 'Heartline' as the second track, and is simply out of its depth. The acoustic intro and poppy sound kills any momentum generated by the first track. 'No News Is Good News' features an over-produced sound (in fact, the entire album is a tad over-produced), big drums and a lack of tasty guitar was probably a 1985 trademark among many albums including this one. I gave 'French Kisses' a wide berth, but things improve for the excellent 'Shout' which has a Magnum like keyboard riff permeating through it, but generally this one is played with more power, an improvement. 'Showdown' keeps things on edge, more rock than pop. The only other song that caught my attention was the last one 'Space Kadett' which started out like Michael Bolton's 'Can't Hold On, Can't Let Go'.


In Summary
I didn't really give much time and attention to this album back in 1985. Listening to this nearly thirty years doesn't change my opinion any. The album suffered due to Bronze Records capitulation, Robin George was talented enough to work on many other projects over the years. A good read through his website will fill in all the gaps on his working timeline, which is impressive to say the least. 'Dangerous Music' was reissued in 2010 by Angel Air Records, so should be an easy to acquire CD.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 26 2014 04:20:31
Robin George - Heartline
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#2 | gdazegod on July 26 2014 04:22:06
Robin George - Heartline (Live)
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#3 | englandashes on July 26 2014 10:23:05
Quite a fair analysis of this album, which on released promised a lot but didn't really deliver. I remember the hype, front page on Kerrang, was the quote 'the Uk version of Billy Squier?', along with appearances on ECT, plus standing next to Cronos on the The Tube special. Saying all that, I have always like this album, just started playing it again recently, does remind me of my youth, of course in agreement with George on the best track being Heartline. Noticed that History has been re-released, another on the list of purchases, but just hearing clips of it, shows on that collection (wasn't it actually only a 12 inch?) the stand out again being Heartline and Showdown.
#4 | Jez on July 26 2014 12:01:19
Not a bad album at all, but as you say 'Heartline' clearly stands out as the best moment here. The 'History' album (which was also a 12" featuring the new version of 'Heartline' ) was his shelved debut album. It has some good moments, although very demo'ish recordings on some tracks and the original version of 'Heartline' is not a patch on the version here imo. Check it out, but don't expect polished perfection when it comes to the production.
#5 | gdazegod on March 28 2017 21:53:25
Just looking at this one again, Discogs has some references to a 1984 release as well, though the LP release from Bronze came out in 1985.
#6 | englandashes on May 14 2017 00:04:10
Just picked up the History on Cd, I am usually pretty deaf on production etc, but for once the vinyl edition of Dangerous Music seems a million miles ahead of its time compared to CD
 
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