Released By : Angel Air Records
Genre : AOR, Classic Rock, Blues Rock, Soul
Link : http://www.robingeorge.co.uk
1. Love Power And Peace
2. Seven Golden Daffodils
7. King’s Call
8. Tired Eyes
9. Another Lonely Night
10. With A Little Help From My Friends
11. Mona Lisa Smile
12. Wasted Time
14. No Justice
16. Next To You/Don’t Turn Away
Whilst Robin George may not have become the household name he surely deserves to be, a quick glance at the amount of names willing to offer their contribution to this album goes a long way to showing just how much respect he has in the music world. His latest album for Angel Air Records LOVEPOWER AND PEACE was recorded and released with the intention to give one hundred per cent of the profits to three charities which is a fantastic effort really considering just how much work has gone into creating it.
The actual songs themselves are a mixture of older Robin George tracks, some stuff he recorded in various projects along the way, some more recently written material and a handful of covers too, but each has been meticulously re-created with a ridiculously long list of guest contributions. Let’s reel a few of them off then shall we? …. We’ve got David Byron (URIAH HEEP), Chris Slade (AC/DC, DIO), Darrell Bath (UK SUBS), Conny Bloom (HANOI ROCKS), Dom Brown (DURAN DURAN), Eddie Clarke (MOTORHEAD), Mel Collins (KING CRIMSON), Ken Hensley (URIAH HEEP), Steve Hunter (ALICE COOPER BAND), Pete Way (UFO), John Wetton (ASIA) and many, many more, There’s also a couple of really good female soul singers involved in Jaki Graham and Ruby Turner, a full male choir and a full 200member children’s choir too. Basically hundreds of people were involved in the making of this album, which could have been a disaster really but the songs speak for themselves. Everyone involved with this project gave their time for free, including the art team, studio producers, photographers and record label too, now that’s quite impressive too really in an era where the adage “time is money’ has never been so relevant.
With a long tracklist of seventeen songs there’s definitely a couple of tracks here and there that aren’t as good as the rest, but close to the cream of the crop would probably be the one-two punch of opening tracks LOVEPOWER AND PEACE and then directly after it SEVEN GOLDEN DAFFODILS. BLUESONG, MONA LISA SMILE, George’s best known song HEARTLINE and the mellow ANGELSONG are also more than worth looking out for too. My personal favourite moment of the album however is a truly awesome star studded cover of WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS which manages to combine the original BEATLES version with the more moving JOE COCKER version. It doesn’t sound completely like either version and really is a great individual rendition.
As far as value for money goes, hey you get seventeen songs that feature a ridiculously large amount of talented people, but you can also feel good in knowledge that every cent you pay for this album will go to helping people in need. I can’t think of a more worthy album in a long time as LOVEPOWER AND PEACE, everybody that has an interest in any of the people involved in this project should go and buy a copy immediately.
Written By ZeeZee
Rating : 10/10