Bernie Marsden - 'Shine'

 


THE BAND:

Joe Bonamassa
Ian Paice
Don Airey
Jimmy Copley
John Gordon,
Ian Jennings,
Simon Webb
Cherry Lee Mewis




TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "Linin Track" - First recorded by the bluesman Leddy Belly.   No one knows who actually wrote the song.
2.) "Wedding Day" - This track opens with a blues riff.  After the first measure the drum and bass line kicks in.  After the third measure there was a snare drum fill that followed along with the rhythm guitar riff.  Then it is repeated to connect the musical intro with the musical verse.  The rhythm arrangement of this intro was very reminiscent to early seventies Whitesnake.  There was a cymbal crash connecting the musical verse with the opening lyric line.  Bernie changed the rhythm guitar riff for the musical pre-verse.  It sounded like there was an addition of a mandolin for the pre-verse.  For the musical chorus the Bernie switched back to the rhythm of the musical intro.  Outside of Bernie on vocals this sounded just like a song he would have writen for Whitesnake.  After the second chorus there was a small lead guitar solo.  After the third chorus there was a breakdown section that consisted of a mandolin arrangement. 
3.) "Walk Away" - There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro arrangement.  The lyrical and musical verse had an era of a lot of seventies one-hit wonder bands to it.  The musical verse consisted of a lead guitar rhythm over the top of a rhythm guitar arrangement.  Underneath the rhythm guitar arrangements of the chorus there is a ver cool little rhythm riff.  After the second chorus there is a very cool yet small lead guitar solo.  There is a minor lead guitar solo after the third chorus.  After the third chorus there was a breakdown section that consisted of a second minor lead guitar solo.  Over the top of the coda there was a second major lead guitar solo section.
4.) "Kinda Wish She Would Have" - This track starts off with a 1950's piano arrangement.  As the piano continues a rhythm guitar arrangement kicks-in.  Over the top there was a minor lead guitar solo. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  In between each lyric line Bernie plays a small lead guitar riff.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first verse with the first chorus.  After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo.  All in all this was simple early sixties Rolling Stones style song.    
5.)"Lady Friend" - This track opens with a blues gutar arrangement.  As the arrangement progresses the drum line kicks-in.  Over the top of all of this there was an harmonica arrangement.  Bleeding through to fill-in the empty spaces, you can hear a Harmond B3.  Bernie used the same rhythm arrangements for the musical verse as the one for the musical verse. This type of song is classic Bernie Marsden.     
6.) "Trouble" - David Coverdale on vocals.  This is a remake of the song taken off Whitesnakes L.P 'Trouble' released on October 1978.  The only thing the band really changed was the intro.
7.) "Who Do You Think We Are" -Taken from a Deep Purple 45'
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8.) "Bad Blood" -(featuring Cherry Lee Mewis on vocals) - Cherry along with Bernie's lead guitar made this track.
9.) "Shine" - (Featuring Joe Bonamassa) - There was a Bonamassa minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro.  The musical verse had a sixties feel to it.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  After the verse the band slows the music down for a Don Airey keyboard solo.  There was a Bonamassa lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.
10.) "Dragonfly" -written by Fleedwood Mac  musician Danny Kirwan with lyrics taken from a poem by Welsh poet W. H. Davies. It was originally recorded by Kirwan's band Fleetwood Mac in 1970, and became the first UK single released by the band after the departure of their frontman Peter Green. It was also their first single with Christine McVie as a full member of the group. By the time the song had been released, guitarist Jeremy Spencer had left the band.
11.) "You Better Run" - This track opens with a snare drum fill that leads into a twin lead guitar solo.  The musical verse had a nice groove to it. The musical chorus consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements along with a twin lead guitar solo.  After the first chorus the band brings the song down.  There was a snare fill connecting this section with the second musical chorus.  The coda consisted of three different lead guitar solos.

12.) "Hoxie Rollin' Time" - There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section.  The band used the same piano arrangement for the verse as the one for the intro.  There was a drastic musical change for the musical chorus.  After the chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  This was a classic blues number!!!!
13.) "Nw8" - Istrumental



     If you talk to the original members of UFO in the seventies Bernie could be called "stinky feet".  To this writer he is known as one of the original guitarists in Whitesnake and one of their best. After kicked out of Whitsnake in '82 you could call the blues guitarist a vagabond.  Bouncing from band to band even taking a very much needed hiatus after the last Company Of Snakes release in '98.  Marsden finally has come out of his den with the release 'Shine'. 
     Following Marsden's career since he was with Whitesnake I must say 'Shine' has some of the best guitar work on it he has recorded.  Of course he does get some help from such talented musicians as Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Don Airey (Rainbow, Michael Schenker), Joe Bonamassa (solo) and even the legendary David Coverdale stepped behind the mic for a remake of "Trouble".  Marsden is one of the master's of rock/blues that has never received the credit he should receive!  If you are into good solid rock/blues 'Shine' would make a great addition to your collection!