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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

ROBIN GEORGE
'History'
(Angel Air)
Out Now


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Best remembered for the 1885 album 'Dangerous Music' which featured the melodic rock classic 'Heartline' with it's big budgeted video, Wolverhampton's Robin George was destined to become a big star.

The stage was set two years earlier when Kerrang! put the then unknown singer/songwriter/guitarist on it's front cover of issue No.51 to celebrate the fact that the magazine was getting bigger and bolder.

Originally released as a six track, 'The History 12"' for a price of a standard 12" record, this release now features a further eight tracks remastered from demos, some of which were originally recorded between 1979-81. The album also includes the original versions of 'Heartline' and 'Showdown' featuring the guest spot talents of Phil Lynott and Mark Stanway that would be later re-recorded for the 'Dangerous Music' album. Incidentally Robin George would also later supply his BC Rich talents on Phil Lynott's 'Nineteen' single.

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It's the original six tracks from 'The History 12"' that stand out the best here with the smooth rock approach of 'Go Down Fighting' being the choice cut, a song that Ted Nugent would later cover for his 'Penetrator' album which was more spiced up very much in the Foreigner vein at their rocking best.

There was plenty of promise shown with the funky title track 'History' and the white soul rock of 'Too Late' which like the majority of the music on offer here was a bit like a throwback to the mid seventies jazzy soft rock era. Anyone familiar with the Glenn Hughes album 'Play Me Out' from that time will find plenty of comfort with this release.



Unfortunately 1983 was a changing time for British heavy rock acts with the onset of MTV and the big hair approaching from the over side of the pond.

Robin George had the good looks and slim physique that would make the ladies go all a goo-goo but the one thing holding back was that he had a British passport when all everyone wanted at the time was a bit of Sunset Strip party action. Not only that but the tide was turning with heavy rock being splintered into different fractions with the onset of thrash and black Metal.

As you can see in this amusing clip from The Tube in 1985 when our Robin politely stands next to the beastly Cronos from Venom where they speak, along with then Kerrang! editor Geoff Barton, about the different variates of Metal, Robin George is overshadowed by the outspoken man from Newcastle who really did go on to make some real dangerous music.



Robin George is a talented man whose talents should have gone further and I do still feel that after a lot of false starts his day will come, quite possibly as a songwriter.

George is still making new music and this year will see some new releases as well as 'Dangerous Music II'. His star hasn't shined brightly enough just yet.


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