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DON AIREY is one of the busiest keyboard players under the dome of Classic rock. His career spans over four decades, he performed with dozen of world-renowned artists.

He was born in 1948 in Sunderland, UK; he started taking classical piano lessons seven years later. His father encouraged his musical path; he listened jazz and classical music. Airey entered his first jazz combo at the age of 13. Around that time, he discovered The Beatles; during his formative years he got a musical degree and diploma. The next important landmark in Don's musical expression was around 1973 when he discovered Mahavishnu Orchestra. He bought a Moog synthesizer and moved to London...




I won't go into details of all the collaborations Airey did, and I won't do any chronological listings. A man behind 'The Dark Side Of The Moog' certainly deserves more credit within progressive rock circles than he usually does. Perhaps he's best known as a member of Deep Purple in post-Jon Lord years, but most likely the most important band (from the perspective of this web site) Airey was a member of (and had left a huge sonic signature) is COLOSSEUM II. Airey was evolving along with entire rock movement, leaving a colossal mark on it.
He was also the member of Jethro Tull, The Strawbs, he was playing with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Cozy Powell, Gary Moore, Whitesnake; collaborating with Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, G3. He had left a deep mark (I'm repeating it, but I can't underline this enough) on every branch of rock music he participated in - progressive rock, fusion, blues, hard rock, heavy metal. With his Hammond ogran. And grand piano. And Moog synthesizer. Fender Rhodes and Clavinet. Odyssey and Solina synths. And so on.

Aside from the enormous body of work with the most stellar staples of rock history, he released two solo albums so far - 'K2' (subtitled 'Tales of Triumph & Tragedy') in 1988 and 'A Light in the Sky' twenty years later. While 'K2' might be of interest for the wider rock audience, 'A Light In The Sky' is full-blown keyboard-driven progressive rock offering from the rock veteran and mature yet fresh artist, and highly recommended.






Moris Mateljan, 2010.

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2.82 | 16 ratings
K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy)
1988
3.97 | 13 ratings
A Light in the Sky
2008
3.96 | 20 ratings
All Out
2011
2.76 | 8 ratings
Keyed Up
2014

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 All Out by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.96 | 20 ratings

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Review by Anon-E-Mouse

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.

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 Keyed Up by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 2014
2.76 | 8 ratings

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Review by Anon-E-Mouse

2 stars Don Airey is an artist whose name sounds familiar over decades of involvement with dozens of well known names. I dare to suggest that few of us could think of more than 3-5 of those names - yet, we may have heard many notes played by Airey without realizing it.

Perhaps best known as a current member of Deep Purple and a reasonable replacement for the departed Jon Lord, Airey has performed with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Colosseum II, Wishbone Ash, Cozy Powell, but to name a few. He seems to have been stuck in a 70s Time Warp as his music remains closer to elementary Rock'n'Roll of that era than much to do with Prog-Rock - if anything at all.

This, the latest of his rather scarce solo efforts continues in the same vein, representing a rather dated (i.e.boring) Pop-Rock, R'n'R approach that many Prog lovers would find superficial and irritating. Indeed, I see little reason for releasing material like this anymore, something that would immediately qualify for the bargain bin with a cut out label.

Most surprising is that for a keyboard player and band leader, he has largely relegated himself to play odd fills on the Hammond. More like a team player as opposed to a leading artist. The odd track like "Blue Rondo" was probably included to fill the void and provide some balance, but the end result is a rather forgettable mixed bag of goodies that fails to impress. If this solo effort is an indication of the artist's preferences - as it should be - then I've heard enough.

Airey is quite correctly listed as Prog-Related. In a Prog sense this album wouldn't rate much above 2 stars and is definitely not recommended. Quite a disappointment, indeed.

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 K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy) by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.82 | 16 ratings

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Review by Angelo
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3 stars When this album came out, I had no money to purchase it right away, having just completed my Slayer (!) collection. Later on, I found it hard to get in the local stores, and forgot about it, until about 5 years ago. After searching hard, and not finding it, I finally bought it in digital form online. From the day I got it, I liked the album a lot - although it is definitely an '80s album, it is also a piece of music brought by a fabulous set of musicians. It may not be neo prog, not even prog at all, but it keeps turning up on my playlist, simply because of the great keyboard and guitar work.

Love it or hate it, but this is one of my all time favourites. For not being prog, I'll rate it 3 stars, but on any generic rock or music site, I would have definely given it 4 stars.

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 A Light in the Sky by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.97 | 13 ratings

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Review by FragileKings

4 stars Don Airey has been behind the keyboards in some pretty big bands over the decades. He's played with Cozy Powell, Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore, Ozzy Osbourne, David Coverdale, Joe Lynn Turner, Glen Tipton to name just a few. Currently he's playing for Deep Purple and is possibly the only one who could have stepped behind the Hammond organ after Jon Lord decided to retire from the band. Airey's previous solo album K2 was about 20 years ago. Musically it was diverse and showcased Airey's talent as a musician and composer but it was steeped in the 80s sound, which is something you love, hate or tolerate. Light in the Sky is, in my opinion, a surprisingly fantastic album. Airey makes excellent use of his skills behind the piano, hammond organ and synthesizer (his big thing in the 70s was a Moog synthesizer) and also showcases his talent as a composer.

The album starts of with a short instrumental that might make you think you are at the movies and watching the add for Digital Sound or THX. Then there's an instrumental that will let you imagine yourself at the planetarium watching a documentary of the galaxy with a rock band performing. The album moves on with different flavours and textures, sometimes going heavy with guitar and hard rock vocals, sometimes going all SF, and sometimes even waxing classical.

Towards the end of the album we can hear some fabulous piano work on Into Orbit, accompanied by violin, and on Sombrero, which is my favourite track off the album for its frantic pace and almost Spanish feel. It's hard to imagine that the guy who played so many standard synthesizer chords on some famous guitar band albums is ripping up the keys here like a blitzkrieg.

There's a heavy Hammond organ instrumental called Pale Blue Dot and the impressive closing instrumental Til the End with more fast finger work on the piano keys. The album offers a few songs with vocals as well in case you are not up for a completely instrumental album.

Overall I was very impressed with this album. But I also noticed that after a few months it was not available anymore. Airey's new album is out and I would love a chance to snag it before it becomes a rarity. If it's anything like this, it will be amazing! Truly an essential addition with serious consideration for a masterpiece!

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 K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy) by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.82 | 16 ratings

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Review by apps79
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3 stars Prolific British keyboardist, born in 1948 in Sunderland, and among the most well-known session musicians.Airey's career took off in mid-70's, playing for Cozy Powell's Hammer, later to join Black Sabbath for the ''Never Say Die!'' album.Between 1978 and 1981 he joined Rainbow for a couple of albums, followed by his recruitment on Ozzy Osborne's band in early- 80's.In 1987 Airey helped both Jethro Tull and Whitesnake as a session keyboardist and around the same time he wrote the material of what became his first solo output ''K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy)'', originally released in 1988 on MCA Records.

With help by Gary Moore on guitars, Cozy Powell on drums, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's vocalist Chris Thompson and Keats' singer Colin Blunstone, Airey wrote a concept work around the deadly disaster took place on the K2 mountain between the 6th and 10th August of 1986, leading to the death of five mountaineers, and it is strongly recommended to the listener to follow the concept.The majority of the album consists of short tracks/themes around the fatal event, divided into narrations, bombastic orchestral passages and even some keyboard Fusion with a strong Hard Rock flavor overall.The atmosphere ranges from dynamic grooves to very dramatic solos, highlighted by Moore's exceptional solos and Airey's mournful synthesizers.Only some cheap sounding keyboards and the quite plastic production will spoil the so long very decent material.By the end of the album, just when the events peak their top emotional moments, Airey placed his longer and more sensitive compositions.Sensational vocal parts, orchestral and grandiose keyboard work along with Moore's thrilling trademark solos give birth to the excellent finish of the album and the story.

''K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy)'' serves nicely the purpose of its existence.It is much a product of its time but it is also a very good concept release, where Hard Rock meets AOR meets keyboard-based Prog with a good alternation between different emotions.Recommended.

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 All Out by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 2011
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5 stars Review by Life Line Project

At a first glance I thought that I was dealing with another average AOR album, when I took out Don Airey's latest album "All Out". I bought it anyway and after having listened to it once, I couldn't stop listening to it for days in a row. It's just great music. All right, it may not be the world's most original album. You can clearly hear the Rainbow roots of Don Airey and you can hear his admiration for albums like "Tarkus" by E.L.P., but what an incredibly well produced album! Don has surrounded himself with an extremely talented bunch of musicians. The band line up consists of Don Airey on all vintage keyboards he could lay his hands on, Darrin Moons on drums, the bass is handled by Laurence Cottle, the vocals are taken care of by Carl Sentence, while the band's guitarist Rob Harris is often substituted or assisted by Bernie Marsden, Keith Airey and even the great Joe Bonamassa.

The vocal parts all show a Rainbow/Purple like style of hard rock, but with a more impressive Don Airey, than what you got when you were actually listening to the Rainbow albums or to the Deep Purple albums. His 2 Hammond organs, amplified by Marshall JCM 900 and driven by the famous rotating Leslie speakers roar like hell. Carl Sentence is a great singer and well up to the job. He may also be held responsible for the lyrics on the album. All vocal songs contain excellent and catchy choruses and are all supplied with the necessary more than average guitar and keyboard solo's. Each song highlights another guitarist and this keeps every one of them interesting to the very last bar.

The hard rock based vocal songs are alternated with very impressive instrumental compositions. Like Keith Emerson on "Brain Salad Surgery", Airey has opted for a composition of Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera (1916 ? 1983). At the moment I am listening to Ginastera's original version of "Estancia", but to be honest I prefer Don's more aggressive Moog and Hammond driven version. The original has a narrator that is interrupting all the time. Don's adaptation sounds more heavy and will certainly please all E.L.P. fans.

The hand of the master is shown when Joe Bonamassa takes the lead in "People In Your Head", a very Purple sounding composition.

Rob Harris displays some great fusion playing in his guitar solo's in "B'cos", co-written by Harris and Airey who supplies the composition with orchestral sounds on his keyboards.

"Running From The Shadows" might well be a hit and houses both a catchy intro guitar lead by Bernie Marsden and a great chorus, supplied by Carl Sentence. The song has a strong Boston- feeling.

One of the strongest and most convincing compositions on the album is the "Right Arm Overture" (a strange place to put an overture). It has a little touch of Arab influences, but soon the sound gets a more classical and baroque feeling. It's a very E.L.P. influenced composition and it shows Don Airey as a real brilliant keyboard player. The great Hammond solo's keep coming and are well alternated with solo's on his collection of Moogs and his grand piano.

The album goes on with one of the most convincing renditions of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" and again Rob Harris proves to be a genuine guitar virtuoso.

Another highlight on the album is the more jazz-rock orientated "Long Road", co-written with Keith Airey who is featured as the main attraction of the song as well, a great guitarist.

"Wrath Of Thor" will certainly appeal to fans of Deep Purple. It's another proof of the vocal skills of Carl Sentence and the song shows us a Don Airey as we would expect him in Deep Purple.

The main attraction of the album is "Tobruk", a composition of more than 10 minutes that deals will the hell of Tobruk in Libya during W.W. II and which is dedicated to Norman Airey who participated in this battle. It's a first class progrock composition and it justifies my conclusion that this album could well be in every progressive rock fan's collection. There are lots of tempo and character changes that keep you captured right till the end.

It has been long since I had so much fun in listening to a new album, so I can't help it and I will have to reward "All Out" with five stars!

Erik de Beer.

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 All Out by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 2011
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4 stars Don Airey is a man who doesn't have to be introduced, I think that everyone knows him as a keyboard-man playing in such famous bands as "Colosseum", "Rainbow", "Black Sabbath" and "Deep Purple". After fantastic "A Light in The Sky" I expected another masterpiece when I found out that he recorded new CD called "All Out". Unfortunately it wasn't so great as I wished. Don't misunderstand me, it's still a decent album full of mind-blowing organ play but somehow it's flat compared with its predecessor. It seems that Don turned too much into headbanging hard rock tunes and slightly abandoned that specific, art-rock feel presented on "A Light in The Sky". However I have to stress that you will find three totally superb compositions here: 2 highly energetic instrumentals and one mini-suite full of different ideas, believe me or not but they make "All Out" worth checking as fast as possible!

Let's look into all 10 tracks prepared for us by this famous keyboardist:

1. "The Way I Feel Inside" - album kicks off with very fast-paced heavy metal track in the vain of "Deep Purple". Not a bad start but could be much better. It's too guitar-oriented for me as I expects more keyboards-driven stuff, it's keyboardist's CD after all... Airey seems to limit himself to simplistic organ riffs here and leaves lots of space for guitarist & vocalist.

2. "Estancia" - and here's the point where "All Out" really begins for me! According to Internet sources "Estancia" is a first movement of Alberto Ginastera's 1941 ballet. I never listened to that ballet, but Airey's version is surely a very "unorthodox" version 'cos it's simply mad! Oh man, I haven't heard such a monster-track from a long time, Airey's Hammond organ is a true destroyer here, like a mammoth damaging your ears with an incredible power. As far as I'm concerned only Ray Vanderby from Australian band "Cosmic Nomads" loves such huge organ sound nowadays, but Don is much more technical player. One crazy composition filled with Hammond blasts, booming bass, crashing drum beat and one chilling Moog synthesizer solo. A winner!

3. "People In Your Head" - another metal song similar to album's opener. This time Joe Bonamassa is guesting on electric guitar, but it doesn't make much difference to me. It's maybe a bit more AOR oriented than "The Way I Feel Inside" but in general it's just a simple headbanger. No prog/art rock here. Airey stays in the background with his organ again. Sure letdown after fantastic "Estancia".

4. "B'cos" - here we are with 2nd instrumental composition. Unfortunately it's completely different than "Estancia". In fact such tracks Don Airey used to place on "A Light in The Sky" as short, 1-minute interludes and it was OK than, but stretching it to 5 minutes wasn't such a good idea. "B'cos" is just a slow-tempo electric guitar solo backed up by Don's organ & poly-synths. More like a movie soundtrack or radio jingle to be honest. Not a total waste, but rather uninspiring.

5. "Running From The Shadows" - very mainstream sounding AOR song filled with repetitive melodies and pop-like singing. Seems to be inspired by 80s Rainbow stuff. From this point I started to seriously worry if I will come back to this album more often in the future...(BTW Bernie Marsden plays guitar here)

6. "Right Arm Overture" - ...fortunately the very next track appeared to be breath taking instrumental which fully satisfied my needs. "Right Arm Overture" is a 7 minutes of pure pleasure for keyboard-prog maniacs. Airey masterfully switches between more complicated, jazz-rock parts and monumental symphonic fragments. I also love that middle- east inspired melody! Real orgy of memorable Hammond lines and crushing solos. In this place I can surely see inspiration taken directly from Keith Emerson, but to be honest Rick Van Der Linden (from "Ekseption" and "Trace") seems to be even better comparison.

7. "Fire" - I'm not a fan of Jimi Hendrix's original and I don't like this cover even more. Simplistic & overlong track with rather annoying vocals. I just don't like Carl Sentance's wailing especially near the end of the song. However organ/guitar interludes in the middle are rather juicy, the rest is mediocre.

8. "Long Road" - almost a carbon copy of "B'cos". Just another overlong guitar solo (this time played by Don's brother - Keith Airey) placed on synth/organ sounds-capes. It's not exactly the stuff I expected, that's all I can say about it.

9. "Wrath Of Thor" - this one is much better! Stomping hard rocker with crunchy Hammond chops and heavy organ riffs. Surely it sounds very much like "Deep Purple" but I don't blame Airey for this, DP is one of my favorite classic hard rock bands. I can also hear some similarities with American stoner rock band "Blood of The Sun". Swirling organ solo is stunning here.

10. "Tobruk" - album finishes with a splendid epic recorded in a truly progressive rock style. In the beginning we can hear some strange wind-like sounds and mysterious Grand piano melody, but after a while Airey hits as with a pompous organ blast & Carl Sentance starts one of his best vocals performances on this CD. And what's next? Everything you should expect from prog-rock suite: frequent tempo changes, furious Hammond and gentle piano solos, Moog flights & deep bass support. I don't know why but when I listen to it I often think about such bands like "Refugee" and "Social Tension", both of them used keyboards in equally elaborated fashion to create the best music out there.

Conclusion: while "All Out" includes more fillers than "A Light in The Sky" it's still a worth having album especially if you're a fan of keyboard-driven extravaganza and/or classic hard rock. Surely it's not east to find such music in 2011! If you like such music I'd also recommend you Australian band "Cosmic Nomads" (yes, I mentioned them already), they also know how to mix heavy organ-based music with some more symphonic elements.

Best tracks: "Right Arm Overture", "Estancia" & "Tobruk"

I wasn't sure how to rate this album, but taking in consideration 3 best tracks I give it 4 stars.

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 K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy) by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.82 | 16 ratings

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Review by tkenn

4 stars As a fan of concept albums, I almost passed on this one based on previous reviews. Now I'm glad I did not. There is some adventurous stuff in here. It is a departure from Airey's metal/classic rock roots, but the music is still dynamic and spirited. If Alan Parson Project circa Eye in the Sky met Emerson, Lake and Powell this would be the offspring. The music is sweeping, cinematic, and straddles the line between neo prog and pop. I'm really enjoying this release, and encourage others who like prog with flourishes of majestic pomp to give it a shot.

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 K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy) by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.82 | 16 ratings

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K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy)
Don Airey Prog Related

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars This is an album I have had in my collection from the day it was released.

Let's start with the background facts here. K2 is the second highest mountain in the world and also the most difficult mountain in the world to climb. Even the standard route have several very difficult vertical passages. That means they are severe difficult even at sea level. In thin air and with heavy clothes and shoes, these passages even become more difficult. Add frequent storms, snowfall, the constant threat of avalanches and the remoteness of this mountain and it is perfectly understandable why K2 is rightly being called the king of all mountains. The only slightly higher Mount Everest is easy to climb compared to K2. Indeed, Mount Everest is sometimes used as a training climb for those who aspire to climb K2.

Julia Tullis was a famous British climber who aspired to climb K2. She finally managed to climb it in 1986. On her way down and still high on the mountain, she and others in her expedition had to seek shelter in the highest camp due to a savage storm. She died in her sleep up there and her body was buried some days later high on K2, never to be seen again. This event and many other death on K2 in 1986 was the worst mountaineering disaster up to that date and Julia's death made an immense impact here in Great Britain. K2 later also killed scores of other very experienced mountaineers on two more occasions and it is widely regarded as a savage mountain with a very high death rate. But Julia's 1986 expedition and her passing is the concept for this album.

Inspired by this tragedy, Don Airey wrote this concept album and hired in musicians to perform it. The sound is very typical 1980s and so is this concept album. It reminds me about this Chess concept album by the two Bjorn's in Abba. Don Airey starts with a long 1980s like keyboards intro over some spoken words who explains this concept to us. Vocals, guitars, bass and drums then comes in. Some of the vocals are pretty terrible. The whole concept is executed pretty horrible. This is a concept album, but this is not symphonic prog by any means. This is a mix of heavy metal and pomp rock. Mostly pomp rock. With the exception of the opening minutes, the material here is pretty bad. This album sounds dated and irrelevant where other many decades old concept albums sounds fresh and relevant. In short, this is not a good album.

For those of you interested in this mountain, I refer to the many books on this subject. Don't go for this album or the K2 movie which is even more revolting than this album. This though is not a revolting album. But it is only an album for nerds like myself. And even I don't rate this album.

2 stars

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 K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy) by AIREY, DON album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.82 | 16 ratings

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K2 (Tales of Triumph & Tragedy)
Don Airey Prog Related

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Journey to the centre of... K2

For his first solo album, keyboard player Don Airey offers us a conceptual album about the mountain in Asia known as K2 - the second highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest. The narration that appears throughout readily brings to mind that of Rick Wakeman's concept album Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (which initially involves a mountain on Iceland). The music itself is actually not unlike that of Wakeman, but more of the 80's than of the 70's variety. Another band that springs to mind when listening to K2 is Alan Parsons Project and, indeed, both Chris Thompson and Colin Bluntstone contribute vocals. Guitars and drums are provided by Gary Moore and Cozy Powell with which Airey had worked previously in Collosseum II and Rainbow respectively. Moore contributes some fine guitar solos, but overall the presence of guitars, vocals and drums is rather scarce and the sound is mostly dominated by Airey's keyboards. Cozy Powell's usually thunderous drumming is not easily detected here and I wonder what he in fact did contribute to the album.

After having worked with such greats as Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne in the late 70's and early 80's, you might expect a solo album in the style of these bands. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This music owes more to Mike Oldfield, ELP and Alan Parsons Project than any of the bands Airey worked on before (and since). The production is heavily rooted in the 80's and the sound comes across as rather dated. Some songs are out-and-out 80's Pop of the worst Alan Parsons sort. Needless to say, this music has little to do with the Jazz-Rock/Fusion or Heavy Rock for which Airey is primarily known. It is indeed admirable that he was able to move outside of his comfort zone, but this venture is not particularly successful despite some nice moments. This release is far from worthless however, but there are many other albums by other artists that achieve the goals Airey set himself here much better.

On the version of this album that I have heard the songs Julie, Death Zone and Whiteout are combined into one long track, and this track holds some of the album's best and rockiest moments (Julie is not among them though). Had the whole album sounded like those best bits this would have been a far better album, but as it stands it lacks direction. Though tied together by a concept, it often sounds rather incoherent and lacking a unified structure.

A decent effort for sure, but not everyone's cup of tea

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