Bernie Mars­den Shine

Mas­cot La­bel Group

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Although he’s been in­volved in a wide va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal projects over the years, it’s Bernie’s blues-rock roots for which he’s best known. And he’s un­doubt­edly one of the UK’s tasti­est play­ers in this field. Bernie still gigs ex­ten­sively and ev­ery now and again, finds the time to re­lease an al­bum. This is the lat­est, and it’s a corker! He has al­ways writ­ten qual­ity songs and this is packed with them. We love Walk Away, with its strong melody, great ar­range­ment and a soar­ing solo that’s un­mis­tak­ably Mars­den. Drag­on­fly is beau­ti­fully played and lov­ingly pro­duced; like­wise, the moody Ladyfriend re­ally draws you in; good vo­cal here, too, and some­how Bernie re­sists a solo. For va­ri­ety, a few guests were en­listed and his team­ing with vo­cal­ist David Coverdale on Trou­ble works bril­liantly, show­ing what a great team they still make. The fast-paced ti­tle track fea­tures Joe Bona­massa, and it’s a real guitar fest. There’s fan­tas­tic va­ri­ety and great songs through­out this al­bum – it’s Bernie at his best, and comes highly rec­om­mended.

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