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Graham Greene - Leap Of Face

Graham Greene - Leap Of FaceHas it really been four years since Mr Greene's Club Voodoo release?  Since then, Graham has suffered with a shoulder injury that affected his fingers (see Graham's Thoughts) which cast some doubt on his playing future.  Thankfully, Rock Gods are like old Fords - they just keep on going (try telling that to the 1960 mark II Consul we pushed to as close to the ton as we could back in 1964!).

Taking time out to release two ambient/relaxation albums and embark on a reunion tour with his old band, Graham has returned to what he excels in - seriously good rock, with Leap Of Face.

The aural experience immediately results in the sort of euphoria when Heather Locklear (or the woman/man of your choice) asks you for something between the sheets and she isn't talking drinks... Perhaps it would not be gentlemanly at this juncture to raise the issue of Graham's fingering but perhaps I will get away with it.  The prog guitar intro of the Inaccurate Conception, much like Heather I can only imagine, leaves you wanting for more of the same but as playful with his compositions as he is with naming his track titles, Graham dives headlong into a fantastic Satriani style hard rock, which he does all so well.  Whether he is using those two fingers on the frets or waving them triumphantly, only he knows because the sound is nothing but A1.

The title track continues in a similar vein leading to  a nightmarish In The Vowels Of The Earth in a Hackett-meets-metal -Steppes style.

As usual Graham plays everything from his own Ormsby 6 and 7 string guitars (see LoF website) to bass and keyboards with Donna Greene on vocal duties on Fire In Your Liberty.

At the halfway point, the pace is calmed by the  emotional CJ's Blues, the 2 minute acoustic guitar and synth intro developing into  that deep slow bluesy style that Gary Moore excels in.

Fire In Your Liberty is the only track with lyrics and although it sounds nothing like something from Camel's Nude album or for that matter Renaissance, there are things in the style that are reminiscent of the same.  Perhaps the best track on the album.  That is until the next, Raven's Eye Part 1.  Perhaps a hint of Alan Parsons or Tull Crest Of A Knave era.  Definitely rather good.  Sadly we will have to wait for the next album for Part 2 of Raven's Eye (the other eye presumably).

Touching on the remaining and equally exhilarating last four tracks, Hell And Bach uses a classical touch to bridge the swooping guitar sections.  Amazing Tales is another Tull rouser ( not trouser) in the style of their late 80's/early 90's period.  Jumping to the last track, Sahara Moon, also the longest track, starts with an jungle style beat with gentle guitar and low chants before moving into an instrumental that has something of an IQ sound.

It never ceases to amaze me that like so many world class bands and musicians, Graham has yet to step on stages outside of his own country.  Promoters should take their own leap of face and correct this situation.

Jem Jedrzejewski

Graham Greene

Leap Of Face Site

 

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