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A shining example of musicianship.

Best known as an original member of Whitesnake and co-writer of ‘Here I Go Again’, Bernie Marsden has had a long and illustrious career. With work alongside Cozy Powell, Paice Ashton and Lord, UFO and numerous others, he also released a series of solo albums, the latest of which is ‘Shine’.

Signed to the Provogue label, you could be forgiven for expecting a Blues album and a brilliant rendition of ‘Linin’ Track’ would do nothing to change your mind. However, ‘Shine’ is an album full of surprises. ‘Wedding Day’ is a great old-school Blues Rock number with some glorious keyboards in the verse, while ‘Walk Away’ is a superb Pop-Rock gem, which shows Marsden to be an underrated singer and song-writer.

‘Kinda Wish She Would’ is a re-working of the Company Of Snakes track ‘Kinda Wish You Would’, which sees Marsden in full ZZ Top mode, with the guitar tone and style very close to that of Billy Gibbons. ‘Ladyfriend’ is a brilliant, harmonica driven, slow Blues number while ‘Who Do We Think We Are?’ is a beautiful, thought provoking tune with a John Lennon vibe.

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The quality of Marsden’s writing is augmented by some star guests joining in. There is a great new version of Whitesnake’s ‘Trouble’ which has David Coverdale on vocals. It’s an enjoyable take on a well loved song and Coverdale delivers it superbly, backed by Ian Paice on drums. Joe Bonamassa appears on the title track while keyboards are supplied by Don Airey.

There’s an excellent rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dragonfly’ with Marsden once again selecting some wonderful guitar tones, while ‘You Better Run’ features some twin lead work reminiscent of what Marsden and Moody so famously did together.

There genuinely isn’t a bad moment on this album, which contains Blues, Rock, Pop, instrumental tracks and guest appearances and still retains a cohesive sound. Anybody who is a fan of Bernie Marsden’s past work will enjoy this, and any appreciator of good guitar based music would do well to check out this shining example of musicianship.

James Gaden

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