Graham Bonnet Band: Meanwhile, Back In The Garage (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Graham Bonnet is a hard rock legend, with a pedigree to back that statement up. His stints with Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri prove he is one of the finest rock vocalists of his generation. Fresh off a stint with Michael Schenker Fest, he is back with a new album which to these ears is a real return to form. I must confess that I am having some issues coming to terms with the fact that Graham is now 70 years old, having had his first hit single some 50 years ago, as he still sounds as fresh and powerful as he did when he was in Rainbow and MSG. Musically he has gone back in time, using an organist to create a sound that has as much in common with Dio-era Rainbow as with his time in the band, plus Joey Tafolla is having loads of fun trying to work out if he is Schenker or Blackmore (probably the former).

This is a blast from start to finish, with his vocals very much front and centre with no apparent loss of range or power, a rhythm section that are tight, a guitarist who is having a blast, and a keyboard player who doesn’t use any sounds created after 1980. The songs are great, with spot on performances, and it is as if the last 40 years just had happened. Apparently, included with the album is a live DVD from earlier this year, a package that makes this release invaluable to anyone into classic rock.

Rating: 8/10


Track list:
1. Meanwhile, Back In The Garage
2. The Hotel
3. Livin’ In Suspicion
4. Incest Outcest U.S.A.
5. Long Island Tea
6. The House
7. Sea Of Trees
8. Man On The Corner
9. We Don’t Need Another Hero
10. America…Where Have You Gone?
11. Heading Toward The Light
12. Past Lives
13. The Crying Chair
14. Starcarr Lane (Live From Daryl’s House 2018)



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