Bernie Marsden – Working man

7/10

Bernie Marsden must have been one of rock history’s more underrated personalities. The singing guitarist co-founded Whitesnake in 1978, becoming one of the band’s most trustable songwriters. Without Bernie Marsden no “Fool for your loving” or “Walking in the shadow of the blues”. Without Bernie, muti-million super hit “Here I go again” wouldn’t have existed. When he passed away earlier this year, Bernie was just about ready to release this, his last solo album. Surprisingly, it doesn’t sound much like Whitesnake. Rather, it bears the elegance of Bad Company. The record’s blues-based tunes play with melodies touching pop sensibilities. Some Tom Petty, some Thunder, some Fleetwood Mac. In short, swingin’ rock n roll in a wide variety of flavours. The tune “Savannah”, for instance, resembles Lynyrd Skynyrd or Stephen Stills. Just a few numbers, “Bad reputation” among them, bear the stamp of Whitesnake.
The first edition of the album includes a number of extra tracks. Among those, you’ll find a straight-forward “Here I go again” plus a version of “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city” which is more similar to Bobby Blue Bland’s version than Whitesnake’s. Finally, Snake songs “Til the day I die” and “The time is right for love” hold the violin as a lead instrument. Violin in rock n roll is vastly under-appreciated.
Artist: Bernie Marsden
Title: Working man
Label: Conquest Music
Date of release: 2023-11-24
Rate: 7/10
Stand Out Tracks: “Midtown”, “Savannah”
Country of Origin: UK

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Bernie Marsden – Working man

November 13, 2023

Bernie Marsden must have been one of rock history’s more underrated personalities. The singing guitarist co-founded Whitesnake in 1978, becoming one of the band’s most trustable songwriters. Without Bernie Marsden no “Fool for your loving” or “Walking in the shadow of the blues”. Without Bernie, muti-million super hit “Here I go again” wouldn’t have existed. When he passed away earlier this year, Bernie was just about ready to release this, his last solo album. Surprisingly, it doesn’t sound much like Whitesnake. Rather, it bears the elegance of Bad Company. The record’s blues-based tunes play with melodies touching pop sensibilities. Some Tom Petty, some Thunder, some Fleetwood Mac. In short, swingin’ rock n roll in a wide variety of flavours. The tune “Savannah”, for instance, resembles Lynyrd Skynyrd or Stephen Stills. Just a few numbers, “Bad reputation” among them, bear the stamp of Whitesnake. The first edition of the album includes a number of extra tracks. Among those, you’ll find a straight-forward “Here I go again” plus a version of “Ain’t no love in the heart of the city” which is more similar to Bobby Blue Bland’s version than Whitesnake’s. Finally, Snake songs “Til the day I die” and “The time…

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