|This talented singer, guitarist, composer and producer hasn't been prolific due to fairly scarse sales and the Bronze label bankrupt; having been defined a minor version of Russ Ballard in the mid-80s by many, the UK artist certainly proves with this double CD he plays easy listening tunes, but not fast food music; therefore he deserves better consideration following the oblivion he fell into after the release of "Dangerous Music" in 1984; the first CD, "Crying Diamonds", includes his best songs and the second, "Dangerous Music Live '85", is a collection of live songs during the tours with Uli Jon Roth and REO Speedwagon, both remastered and enriched by bonus tracks galore!
It's hard to say whether the studio or the live album is better, being the studio one better recorded but less tight and being the live one less catchy and hypnotic. We can say that in the studio he showed how well he can sing and compose, whereas on stage he displayed his Rock facade.
After disbanding with his first band in 1977 (Life, which included ex-Trapeze members and others that later joined Judas Priest and Magnum), Robin George collaborated with Glenn Hughes, Marshall Law, John Wetton (Asia), Carl Palmer (ELP), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Don Airey (Deep Purple), David Byron (Uriah Heep, The Byron Band), Magnum, Ted Nugent, Climax Blues Band, Roy Wood (The Move, ELO, Wizzard), Phil Lynott, Damage Control, Wrathchild, Witchfinder General, Daniel Boone, Quartz, Raymond Froggat, Waysted, Vix, and Sean Harris when he formed Notorious and released an album for Geffen, which also included the "Highlander II" soundtrack; moreover he additionally produced Diamond Head's all time killer single "Sweet & Innocent", yet we oughtn't to forget his ability of creating great hooks ranging over AOR, Heavy metal, Blues, Dance, Pop, Eastern music, as well as taking the best influences from the musicians he wrote, sang or played with, without forgetting to add a bit of T-Rex, Def Leppard, Robert Plant.
If you missed the chance of learning his repertoire of 'dangerous diamonds', now you have an awesome opportunity of grabbing 30 new or rare songs further to the honest and precious work by the British label and download the rare clip of "Heartline" from here at last!
|MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - December 20th, 2010|