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Yesterrock have done us all a favour by finally making this available on CD.

Well known for his work in the 70s with glam rock act Silverhead and Zeppelin-esque rockers Detective, Michael Des Barres indulged in the sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle to the max. Making his first solo album in 1981, ‘I’m Only Human’ proved to be a departure musically, aiming to sit closer to the new wave pop of the time.

After fronting the short lived but excellent rock band Chequered Past, Michael was catapulted in front of a worldwide audience when he fronted The Power Station at Live Aid, in place of Robert Palmer. The Power Station toured the world with Des Barres, but sadly they only recorded one song with him, ‘We Fight For Love’, which was used on the closing credits of the Schwarzenegger action movie Commando.

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Michael returned to his solo career in 1986 with ‘Somebody Up There Likes Me’, a superb rock album featuring a dazzling array of stars. With guitars contributed by Andy Taylor and Steve Jones, bass from Phil Chen, the Tower Of Power providing the horns section and song writing contributions from the likes of Dave Stewart and Kevin Savigar, the album is a winner all the way. ‘Money Don’t Come Easy’ (which featured Melanie Griffith in the video) is a great 80s rocker, while ‘Is There Someone Else’ is a glorious heartfelt lament. There is an excellent cover of ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ and the title track boasts a fantastic chorus which, once heard, is never forgotten.

Des Barres sounds fantastic, especially on the moody ‘Too Good To Be Bad’. He also displays his soul influences with the Dave Stewart penned ‘Locked In The Cage Of Love’ where the Tower Of Power really shine. ‘Thinking With Your Body’, a personal favourite of mine, rounds out a superb record.

Yesterrock have done us all a favour by finally making this available on CD. Sometimes I see a reissue and I think ‘Why?’ With this one, I think ‘About time!’ Highly recommended.

James Gaden

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