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4.0 out of 5 stars ... quality classic rock form Bad Co / Humble Pie man ..., 10 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Guitars Beers & Tears (Audio CD)
Turns out that Bucket & Co is actually one time Bad Company and Humble Pie guitarist Dave "Bucket" Colwell who's rooted around in his address book and got together some of his musical mates on what is his first sol (ish) album. Which means you can watch out for the likes of Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith, Edwin McCain, Steve Conte from the New York Dolls, Spike out of the Quireboys, Danny Bowes from Thunder and many more.

Colwell first came to my attention during a stint with NWOBHMers Samson, when he got to tour with the likes of Black Sabbath, Gary Moore and UFO, before he headed off to form melodic rockers FM. An Iron Maiden B-side writing credit saw Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith tap him up wo write and record his ASAP album "Silver & Gold". He then ended up in Mick Ralphs' solo band, which in turn led to him becoming a member of the Bad Company resurrection in 1990. Don't tell anyone, but that included one of my favourite Bad Co albums, "Holy Water". During his time with the reformed Humble Pie, he wrote and produced their "Back On Track" LP, and was then in The Jones Gang featuring Kenney Jones (Faces/The Who) along with old band mates Robert Hart & Rick Wills.

So it's no great surprise to learn that this album is chock full of top quality hard and melodic rock, as if the last twenty years had never happened. The opener is a melodic gem called 'Girl Of My Dreams', which features the immediately recognisable vocals from Spike before the rock gets harder with the appearance on 'Make Up Your Mind' of Iron Maiden's Adrian Smith on guitar and vocals. Elsewhere, there are a couple of great vocals from Edwin McCain, especially on 'Why You Call', and a welcome appearance from Danny Bowes on 'Life'.

It's a great album despite the inevitable displacement brought about by all the different voices, and it's just great fun from start to finish. The melodies are memorable, the guitars are great, and Bucket never forgets to put a good hook in every song. So, if you're looking for a mash up of classic rock, a hint of blues and some sweet AOR, then this is an album you should really enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bucket and Co hit the mark!, 5 Dec 2010
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A fantastic debut from Dave "Bucket" Colwell - one time guitarist with Bad Company. Not many guitarists can lay claim to such a good starting album. I have this in the car constantly, and the various singers used, (Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden for one), compliment the guitarists style. I cant tell you enough how good this album is and cant say anything other than go and get it for yourself - you wont be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitars,Beers& Tears, 28 April 2014
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This CD is a hidden treasure if you are a classiic rock fan,Dave "Bucket" Colwell is one of the most underrated rock guitarists you will ever hear, the man ouzes class and he has written all the material except 2 songs co written with Adrian Smith (Iron mauden)on which Adrian sings. There a few guest singers including Spike (The Quireboys) , Danny Bowes (Thunder) to mention a couple.The CD is a bit rockier than some of the stuff that Dave has done with the likes of Bad Co but has that melodic thread all the way through it.
Although it was released in 2010 it sounds just as fresh and relevant today, great prodution on it and not a bad track in sight, i would recommend a listen.
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