GRAHAM GOULDMAN ‘Love And Work’

Rosala Records 2012

Graham Gouldman certainly knows his way around writing a hit tune, not only for the bands he has been in 10CC and Wax, but he has written hits for numerous other artists from the Yardbirds to Ricky Martin.

This is a gem of an album with many delights along the way. ‘The Halls Of Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is song about the backstage heroes of the music biz like the DJ’s, PR, roadies etc. It neatly mixes a 60’s feel with a more modern vibe. The single ‘Daylight’ is a moving tribute to the late Andrew Gold, who he worked with in Wax. The sound has a distinct air of Jeff Lynne about it. ‘Ariella’ is bound to be a single as it is a breezy pop song, perfect for daytime radio.

‘Then It’s Gone’ sounds uncannily like a Travelling Wilburys tune in its riff and the way Graham Gouldman sometimes sings it recalls the late, great George Harrison to these ears. There is a Latin flavour to ‘Any Day Now’, mainly due to the fact the song was written for Ricky Martin. ‘Black Gold’ is an instrumental tribute to one of Gouldman’s musical heroes the Shadows, made all the more special as Shadows drummer Brian Bennett guests on it.

Enjoyable listen and perfect for those who like fellow tunesmiths Jeff Lynne and Paul McArtney.

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Jason Ritchie


In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.


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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)

Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)

THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)



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