DEKE LEONARD Freedom And Chains Angel Air SJPCD197 (2005)
One-time guitarist with Welsh progressive / West Coast rockers Man Leonard has recorded his first solo album in 28 years. Once produced regularly, this one has been, for fans at least, well worth the wait.
Opener 'The Thrill Of Revolution' is an acoustic slide number, while 'Cuba' is a soft blues number.
Most of the songs here are from Dekeís notebook rather than all new compositions,
'Guantanamo Bay' is a vocal harmony piece, and is a theme that, mixed with the blues, continues throughout. Along with 'Palestine' thereís a political feel too.
Itís easy to listen to, uncompromising and thoroughly enjoyable. Dekeís guitar work shines too, especially on 'Tahitian Thunder' which as an almost rockabilly feel.
Man bassist Martin Ace also appears, amongst other guests, and Deke wrote the sleevenotes, a very good set and package.