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GRAHAM BONNET ‘Line Up’ Lemon (CDLEM27) (2004) (39:33)

One of the best rock/pop albums ever, and I don't use this term lightly.

Former Marbles singer Graham Bonnet had recorded two albums and several singles in the 70s that were more R'n'B than anything else before joining Rainbow for their excellent Down To Earth set. Upon leaving, he recorded this set, with fellow Rainbow skinsman Cozy Powell.

The album mixes catchy pop tunes with hard rock and some old R'n'B; opener `Night Games' was a top 10 hit and a Bonnet signature, while `Liar' also dented the charts. Several Russ Ballad penned songs sit nicely next to Chuck Berry's `Anthony Boy' and several Young and Moody numbers. Keyboards, synths and saxophone all help fill the sound.

The album really was a Line Up, featuring Micky Moody, Francis Rossi, Gary Twigg, Mel Collins and Neil Murray. Even Deep Purple's Jon Lord (then in Whitesnake with Moody and Murray) appears on one track. The original album is reproduced well, with a discography and sleevenotes from RC's Tim Jones; given the Japanese CD is long since deleted, an essential album with a mark off for the lack of extras (non-LP B-sides etc).


Review by Joe Geesin

Buy this CD

***** 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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