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THE BYRON BAND ‘Lost And Found’ Majestic Rock MAJCD021 (2004)

While David Byron will forever be known as the operatic frontman for progressive hard rockers Uriah Heep at the height of their career, he carved out a much overlooked solo career.

After false starts with Rough Diamond and a couple of solo albums, he put together The Byron Band with young guitarist Robin George. The sole 1981 studio album On The Rocks, which also featured saxophonist Mel Collins, is an blend of hard rock and fresh blues, and is essential to perhaps the more casual listener.

This set, now released commercially having previously been available on Robin's web-site, is a collection of live recordings, rehearsals and writing demos. So we get a couple of alternate versions of the excellent `Bad Girl' and in fact several songs intended for a second that never happened when Robin's solo career took off and Byron's health deteriorated. Add a couple of live Heep classics and the Robin George solo `Angelsong' and it's all worth investigating, despite some dodgy mastering that leaves you puzzling over which tracks tie up with the track listing.

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Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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