Day: July 7, 2018

ARTICLE ABOUT Ken Hensley FROM SOUNDS, February 10, 1973

Always underestimated by critics, the members of Uriah Heep found trouble finding good reviews on their solo albums as well.


Album Review:

Ken Hensley: “Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf”
(Bronze ILPS 9223).

By Steve Peacock

Uriah Heep is a band I`ve never really found very interesting, but this solo album by Ken Hensley is easy enough on the ear. It`s basically a record of songs – fairly simple songs fairly simply arranged, with just Dave Paul and Gary Thain (basses) and Lee Kerslake (drums) with Hensley on the sessions. I don`t think most of the songs are very distinguished – though I do like the first track “When Evening Comes” and the title track -and I don`t particularly enjoy his singing, but the album does have a nice feeling to it and I enjoy hearing it in some moods. The pace is generally slowish, and he usually uses acoustic guitar as a base, with the rhythm section, laying over electric guitar lead parts. Maybe the best track is “Fortune” on the second side, where he leads in with a long electric guitar passage that twists and develops beautifully, and in fact some of the nicest moments on the album come from his guitar playing – there`s a lovely part in the final section of “Cold Autumn Sunday” as well. I didn`t expect quite such maturity in his playing. Hardly a great album, but it does have some nice moments.

Hensley Proud

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This number of Sounds also contains articles/interviews with these people: Dave Lambert, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Isaac Hayes, Peter Frampton, Rory Gallagher, Dusty Springfield, Syd Barrett, Stevie Wonder, Badger, Judy Sill, Jennie Hahn, Help Yourself, Ian A. Anderson, Pete Townshend.

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