By John Smith • 03 May 2016 • 18:15
PERHAPS now best known for his support of animal charities in the area of Periana in Axarquia, local resident Robin George is actually something of a guitar hero who has worked with some of the top names in rock music.
Having recorded his first single in 1980, the musician went on to work with such diverse talents as David Byron of Uriah Heep fame, Noddy Holder and Roger Plant as well as a stint of touring with Roy Wood and Wizzard.
Just prior to the death of Phil Lynott, he had been invited to join a reforming Thin Lizzy although he also went on to work with Glenn Hughes formerly of Deep Purple and the very talented Pete Haycock of the Climax Blues Band.
During all of that time he also managed to record and release a handful of solo albums, the most recent with his band Dangerous Music, Painful Kiss being due for release in mid-May on specialist British label Angel Air.
The album itself consists of 12 numbers, all of which he has either written or part written himself and there is no doubt that the album demonstrates the quality of his guitar work and the band’s musicianship. It’s more AOR than heavy rock but it does demonstrate an understanding of the recording process and how good rock music should be presented.
Clearly enjoying his life in Axarquia, and not being in the centre of UK and US music, has not in any way diminished Robin’s ability to craft a fine song and play a sensitive and sweet guitar. He tackles some of his earlier compositions which he brings up to date and in many cases they have something pertinent to say about today’s world.
One review opines that the resulting album is a revealing, honest album positively dripping with passion, authenticity and as Robin says “many of these songs have an interesting history.”
Painful Kiss is available on CD and digital download.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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