Thursday, 29 April 2010

Graham Bonnet - Line-Up (1981) [1994 Japan]

Genre: Hard-Rock
Format: ape + cue + log
Released: 19981
Label: Nippon Phonogram (Vertigo)

It's been 25 years since Skegness' most famous son, the heavy rock singer, Graham Bonnet, last troubled the UK singles charts. But back in the day, he cut the coolest of figures, perpetually donning his trademark shades and a shock of spiked-up James Dean hair, leather jacket collars turned up, with a don't-mess face that would see numerous set-to's with band mates, such as 'mad axeman' guitarist Michael Schenker, and guitar god Yngwie Malmsteen. But despite all the well-reported shenanigans during his heavy metal heyday in the early 80s, it was in 1981 that Bonnet cut his third and arguably most impressive solo album, Line-Up, With its ironic title implying both a police ID parade and indicative of the impressive array of stars that Bonnet recruited to make the record, the opus demonstrates his amazing vocal range and power, from kick-ass rockers to more tender moments. Indeed, despite the who's who of rock and metal guesting on Line-Up, its sleeve features images of five surly Bonnets - one vainly checking his hair! - underlining the fact that Graham always was the fulcrum of any band in which he starred.....

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