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Bernie Marsden: Shine

Bernie Marsden Shine artwork; image courtesy of Mascot Records

Bernie Marsden’s new solo album called Shine (about which we wrote in November) is ready and will be released on August 18 via Provogue/Mascot Records.

Although Marsden was wary of flooding the credits with too many special guests, Shine does feature some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and the Deep Purple duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards).

Track list:

  1. Linin’ Track
  2. Wedding Day
  3. Walk Away
  4. Kinda Wish She Would
  5. Ladyfriend
  6. Trouble
  7. Who Do We Think We Are?
  8. Bad Blood
  9. Shine
  10. Dragonfly
  11. You Better Run
  12. Hoxie Rollin’ Time
  13. NW8

If you preorder the album directly from the label, they promise to include a free poster.

Bernie talked about the album in his recent interview with Martin Popoff:

There’s quite a bit of Ready An’ Willing in there. And you know, we’ve got David singing on it, which is fantastic. You know, and getting him involved was really, really good for me. That felt really… I don’t know, what’s the word? It felt right. To do that track. To say, ‘Mate, do you want to sing on this?’ ‘Yeah, of course.’ So it was great. We didn’t have to ring up managers and stuff in order to do this. It was just two guys talking together. He did it and it was great. And then Joe Bonamassa got involved… well, Joe was involved really from the beginning, and it was through him that I got to meet these people from his record label. I’ve been playing with Joe off and on for about two years, invited out to his gigs and stuff and then finally the guys came out and said, ‘Hey, we’d like you to make an album for us.’ And it was great. And I said, ‘Well, I’ll make an album for you but I want Joe to play on a track’ (laughs). Joe’s great; he’s a really good guy but you know about him anyway.

Read the rest of the interview on BraveWords.

Another interesting quote from Bernie regarding the bad old times (this comes from a 2012 interview with the Geeks Of Doom, as quoted by Blabbermouth). The tough question was how he feels about later incarnations of Whitesnake rerecording his songs:

I thought Here I Go Again was fabulous because for me it was such a long time after I had written the song that I could listen to Whitesnake in that period as if I was listening to Journey or Forgeigner: it was just another band who were really good. But they were an American band by then [who] just happened to have the same name and the same singer and guy I worked with. Fool For Your Lovin, when they re-recorded that I felt it lacked some of the heart and soul of what the song was all about and I know that David has more or less said the same thing in interviews over the years. I think Steve Vai is a wonderful guitar player and he did a very good Steve Vai job on that track, but I didn’t think it had the heart of what the song was all about. So you win some, you lose some. But having said that it sold about three-and-a half, four, five million [copies], so I can’t complain too much! [laughs] It continues to do well to this day.

2 Comments to “Bernie Marsden: Shine”:

  1. 1
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I love Bernie

  2. 2
    Andy Fox says:

    This weeks Thursday Rockshow 9-11pm on GTFM 107.9 FM or on the web at http://www.gtfm.co.uk/ and on BCFM 93.2 http://www.bcfmradio.com

    Bernie Marsden, is a live guest on this weeks show
    Bernie has a new solo album ‘Shine’ released this week, featuring guests, Joe Bonamassa, David Coverdale, Don Airey and Ian Paice.
    We’ll have copies to give away, and Bernie, who recently played the Steelhouse festival , will answer your questions at rockshow@gtfm.co.uk

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