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BERNIE MARSDEN Blues 'n' Scales: A Snakeman's Odyssey (2CD)
Sanctuary CMEDD1193 (2006)

Renowned guitarist Marsden has cut his teeth with various over the years, and although he made his name with Whitesnake in their blues heyday, his collection covers a wide range of projects.

Kicking off with the previously unreleased Skinny Cat Medley, with get from Wild Turkey and the more soulful (almost funky) Babe Ruth, and the Cozy Powell hit 'Na Na Na' which is a rarity on CD, and this an alternate version.

'Remember The Good Times' by the post Purple project Paice Ashton & Lord is a great rock track.

Solo tracks from the And About Time Too and Look At Me Now albums (featuring Cozy Powell et al) mix well with some classic Whitesnake. Marsden's guitar and songwriting all second to none.

Disc 1 closes with four tracks from Marsden's first post Whitesnake project, the more AOR oriented Alaska, who in the mid 80s produced 2 great and much overlooked albums. There's also 2 live tracks by an early incarnation of the Moody Marsden Band, featuring fellow Whitesnake guitarist Micky Moody; a return to the blues in a classic and hard rock style.

Disc 2 kicks off in the same vein, with 5 Moody Marsden studio tracks, and more live and solo work, highlighting just how well they guy mixes rock and blues. A live rendition of Whitesnake's 'Belgium Tom's Hat Trick' (a long time Moody/Marsden staple), here an epic 7 minute work out.

The album finishes with six tracks from the Big Boy Blue sessions. Complete with horns, it's a softer blues with a soulful edge, and not too dissimilar to some of Gary Moore's work.

Hits, misses, album tracks and a couple of rarities, and given his solo CDs aren't common, it's a good collection, introduction and everything else. Classic


Review by Joe Geesin

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