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Don Airey


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3.97 | 25 ratings

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2 stars OK, let's get on with the nasties first and see if anything is left to rejoice over.

Airey is a skilled and well-trained musician who contributed reasonable runs on his Hammond to many rather forgettable Pop-Rock albums. On his solo efforts he appears to embrace and replicate the weakest moments of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - a band he also recorded with in the past.

Nasties first, there is little else left to praise this album. Perhaps the welcome absence of Airey's mate Gary Moore, who plays fast, but lacking substance much of the time.

Airey's solo works appear to be designed to be intentionally mediocre - for whatever reason. A Hammond would sound great even under the fingers of a school kid. Airey fails to make the most of that unique sound.

This album appears to be somewhat less disappointing than his other solo works, but that doesn't make it good. I've made an effort to compile the best pieces from his four solo albums, but dropped that due to frustration for lack of material to make up even a short "Best of" collection. This piece is 2.5 at the most.

Anon-E-Mouse | 2/5 |


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