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Ken Hensley


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3.37 | 13 ratings

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3 stars It was perhaps a good idea from Ken to revive some Heep oldies. The major problem is that most of the songs featured here are second tiers.

I'm not talking of course about some enormous and remarkable songs from the great Heep. There are three of those ones featured: a superb dynamite "Easy Livin", a great rendition of "Circle Of Hands" and one of the best version available (even if on the short end) of one of the greatest, and one of my top five Heep by all means: "July Morning" of course.

I'm quite happy as well with the excellent version of "Sweet Freedom" featured here, but that's about it for this album. "Stealin", "Rain" or "Lady In Black" were never favourites of mine. Neither the original, or live or "reworked" in the studio like on this album.

Dear Ken would have been inspired to reconsider "Look At Yourself" or the great "Love Machine", not to tal about "Sunrise" or "Magician's Birthday". But instead, we'll get some poor AOR rendition of average Heep songs.

I am a Heep fan from the early hour and I have been in contact with most of the great man's work in solo, but I really can't be enthusiastic about this album.

I don't really like this album, and I'm only rating it with three stars thanks to the awesome tracks I have mentioned. Unlike it is titled here, on Ken's official web-site, there is no reference of a "Vol. 1" which could lead to the feel that a "Vol 2" could be expected".

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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