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.
Review by Joe Geesin