Hensley, Ken - 2007 Blood On The Highway

ARTIST: Hensley, Ken
ALBUM: Blood On The Highway
LABEL: Politur Records
SERIAL: 231695
YEAR: 2007
SPONSOR: Glass OnyonPR

LINEUP: Ken Hensley - vocals, keyboards * Jorn Lande, Glenn Hughes, John Lawton, Eve Gallagher - vocals * Ovido Lopez - guitars * Antonio Fidel - bass * Juan Carlos Garcia - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 (This Is) Just The Beginning * 02 We're On Our Way * 03 Blood On The Highway * 04 You've Got It * 05 Doom (Scene 1) * 06 It Won't Last * 07 Think Twice * 08 Doom (Scene 2) * 09 There Comes A Time * 10 Okay (This House Is Down) * 11 What You Gonna Do * 12 Postscript * 13 I Did It All * 14 The Last Dance

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Ken Hensley was of course one of the founding members of Uriah Heep, a band of legendary status that should need no introduction here on Glory Daze. One of the better, if not the best keyboardist from the golden age of hard rock, Hensley was fed up with Uriah Heep's direction with 1980's 'Conquest' album and left for greener pastures with southern rockers Blackfoot.

All seemed to be right with the world for Hensley until the death of former band mate and friend David Byron who died due to alcohol related issues, prompting his own departure from Blackfoot and the music business.

Hensley had seen enough of the rock scene's destructive ways and wanted no part of the lifestyle, instead finding God and living life in St Louis, Missouri for several years.

Of course someone of Hensley's stature who influenced a generation of rockers was still sought out by the likes of W.A.S.P and Cinderella in the late 80's and in turn the occasional Ken Hensley solo material saw the light of day to critical acclaim among both Heep fans and critics alike which brings us to 'Blood On The Highway' his most recent release.

The Songs

Having not heard anything from Hensley since Blackfoot, I was somewhat skeptical when I received this in the mail, but lo and behold, this is a fine release housed in a beautiful digi-pack that folds open to reveal a mirror reminiscent of Uriah Heep's 'Look At Yourself' album with the quote 'Reflect, But Never Turn Back'.

Autobiographical, 'Blood On The Highway' follows Hensley's life from his early days with all the trials, temptations and pitfalls the music industry can deliver, but ends with hope and promise.

Naturally, this CD is very similar to Uriah Heep, but I am reminded of some of Kerry Livgren's solo work as well, in particular his 'When Things Get Electric' disc.

This is not an album where one particular track stands out above the rest since it work's much better as a concept album for which it was intended and makes for a much more satisfying listen.

In Summary

With an all star cast of Jorn Lande, John Lawton and Glenn Hughes, 'Blood On The Highway' is a must have for every classic rock fan.

I don't know about you, but I for one am growing tired of the endless stream of half assed AOR and Hard Rock projects from artists of days gone by, yet as 'Blood On The Highway' proves there is still exciting music coming from people who have been there, done that and as this disc points out, the scene is all the better for it.

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