...Chesney Hawkes meets Uriah Heep...,
This review is from: Reincarnation (Audio CD)
Here's a Friday Night Connection for you. What links Uriah Heep, Bruce Forsyth and the sixties hit 'Silence Is Golden'? And the answer is - this album! See, Ken Hensley, one time Uriah Heep piano man is here, as is one hot wonder Chesney Hawkes. Chesney is appearing on the latest series of the BBC show 'Strictly Come Dancing', hosted by Bruce Forsyth, and Chesneys Dad is Len "Chip" Hawkes of The Tremeloes who hit Number One in 1967 with their cover of The Four Seasons song, 'Silence Is Golden'. You've gotta love trivia!
It's also a long way round to introduce guitarist Ken Ingwersen, whose project Ken's Dojo is. He first came to notice back in as producer of the TNT album "Transistor". Since then he's worked with the likes of Glenn Hughes, Rick Springfield, Wig Wam and Ken Hensley, but this is his first solo album. Which is why he's roped in some of those heavy duty friends like the aforementioned Glenn Hughes and Ken Hensley. And Chesney Hawkes.
And a rather grand slice of melodic rock it is too. From the opening, harmony drenched, 'Forever', right through to the closing bars of the album, there are numerous tasty delights to be found. Former Deep Purple man Glenn Hughes pops up on the epic ballad 'I Surrender' (no relation!) and Pagans Mind vocalist Nils K Rue puts in a stunning vocal turn on the near power metal of 'Keeping The Flame Alive'.
As for the Chesney Hawkes moment. Well, it's the title track, 'Reincarnation', that sees young Master Hawkes getting his rawk on. And a good job he does too. Here's hoping he gets the chance to plug this record on the BBC inbetween Tess Dalys honking and Brucies gurning, because it's album with a lot to offer.