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BERNIE MARSDEN SHINE REVIEW 2014

 

BERNIE MARSDEN - SHINE

MASCOT-PROVOGUE

OUT NOW - 2014

 

 

Many moons ago of course Bernie Marsden was part of Whitesnake’s original two-guitar attack, and while the ‘Snake may have shed a skin or two Bernie has stuck with the Blues in a career that has had its ups and downs.  These days things are relatively busy as always, and while there are relatively few solo albums on Marsden’s CV there are hundreds of releases in total and the last few years have been pretty fertile.

 

‘Shine’ by Marsden’s own admission collects some older material he had been saving with some newer songs and as such it’s a rather diverse collection of guitar driven songs ranging from Blues (of course) to AOR.  As you might expect guitar is exemplary, and vocally Marsden has never sounded better either!

 

Opening with Leadbelly’s ‘Linin’ Track’ we’re off to a lively start, but this is an album with something for everyone from the slick eighties rock of ‘Walk Away’ to the soulful ‘Lady Friend’ which blows you away. Wherever you turn there are solos to kill for, and melodies to make you melt.  Vocally ‘Who Do You Think We Are’ takes the prize it’s another lick 80s rocker that balances out tracks like the all-out Blues boogie of ‘Kinda Wish She Would’ which is the track to listen to if you’re unsure.

 

Other highlights include ‘Dragonfly’ played here as a tribute to Peter Green and featuring contributions from not only Ian Paice and Don Airey, but also a solo from Joe Bonamassa.  The reworking of (Whitesnake’s) ‘Trouble’ too with David Coverdale in fine form on vocals is worth its weight in gold as is the laid back blues of ‘Bad Blood’..

 

As much as I love Bernie’s other solo work, especially the earlier albums, this for my money is his best.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

BERNIE MARSDEN SHINE REVIEW 2014