Thursday, 9 June 2016

REVIEW: PAINFUL KISS [Robin George & Dangerous Music]

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Robin George is far from living in exile and still inventing great new guitar laden music in his Andalusian home studio. The Wulfunian rocker has a rich legacy of musical collaborations with the likes of The Move, ELO and Wizzard founder Roy Wood, Climax Blues Band and ELO Part II founder Pete Haycock, Robert PlantMagnum and a whole host of world musicians in a career spanning over thirty [30] years, literally dozens of albums and hundreds of original compositions. Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever will also be familiar with his "LovePower and Peace" opus and his immense contribution to Pete Haycock's Climax Blues swansong "Broke Heart Blues".

New album "Painful Kiss" by Robin George & Dangerous Music [Angel Air #SJPCD481] - released on Friday 20th May - features the core trio of Charley Charlesworth [Bass], Charlie Morgan [Drums] and Robin [Guitars/vocals], aided and abetted by the talents of Jacqui Williams, Mel Collins and the late, great Pete Haycock.
RG's "LovePower and Peace" and "Broke Heart Blues" releases were also reviewed by Yours Truly KJS ...
Yet"Painful Kiss" is far more than just a 'Best Of' collection of new recordings. As an example, the scorching blues of "Bluesong" - one of many highlights - is balanced perfectly by the reflective "Oxygen" with opening title track "Painful Kiss" grabbing your attention with its many musical influences followed by the raucous rocker "Lonesome Daze". The polished production and clear vocals mean that this particular delicious dozen keeps drawing you to either crank up the volume on your stereo or plug in the headphones for closer inspection, particularly with "Catarina" and "Pride". My personal faves are the Haycock tinged numbers but "The American Way" is standout sheer class as is the ethereal "LovePower And Peace".

As always with albums like this, after a few listens you are always pressing the 'repeat' button and left hoping to also see and hear these tracks live and unleashed - by the way, that's a hint! Not only is this record a fine overview of Robin's hefty songbook, "Painful Kiss" is also a worthy introduction to RG for the uninitiated. [8/10]

Trax: "Painful Kiss" ~ "Lonesome Daze" ~ "Catarina" ~ "The Rubicon" ~ "Coccoon" ~ "Pride" ~ "The American Way" ~ "Bluesong" ~ "LovePower and Peace" ~ "World" ~ "Heaven" ~ "Oxygen"

Find out more about Robin George and "Painful Kiss" via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "Painful Kiss" by Robin George & Dangerous Music to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 09-June-2016

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