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Three is the charm


Bernie Marsden is releasing another album in his Inspirations series, following up on last year’s Kings and Chess. This one is called Trios and is a tribute (mostly) to power trios of the 1960s and 70s. The album us due out on August 5 via Conquest Music, and can be pre-ordered via this link.


  1. Black Cat Moan (originally by Beck, Bogert & Appice)
  2. Driftin’ Blues (various artists, starting from the 1940s)
  3. Funk #49 (James Gang)
  4. Never In My Life (Mountain)
  5. Outside Woman Blues (trad., Cream)
  6. Drifting (Jimi Hendrix)
  7. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo (Rick Derringer/Johnny Winter)
  8. Same Old Story (Stevie Wonder?)
  9. Spanish Castle Magic (Jimi Hendrix)
  10. Too Rolling Stoned (Robin Trower)
  11. Na Na Na (Cozy Powell’s Hammer)

Video for Bernie’s version of Na Na Na:

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

13 Comments to “Three is the charm”:

  1. 1
    Dr. Bob says:

    The video was weird with a young band miming to Bernie’s band doing a Cozy cover. But the music is good. So is the Beck, Bogart, & Appice song that is also out. I am looking forward to the ablum. A lot of good material with a nice mix of rock & blues. I especially want to hear what they do with the Trower song.

  2. 2
    Michael Joseph says:

    “Same Old Story” is by Taste.

  3. 3
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It’s throwaway glam pop, but I always loved that song! They do the original justice. That’s a young Don Airey playing keyboards btw.


  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Wow, go the lads. Ha ha, that is a classic. Frank Aiello on vocals, a good vocalist he was. Living A Lie of Cozy’s Tilt album, what a voice Frank has there. Thanks for that clip. Cheers.

  5. 5
    Jaffa says:

    Guitar tone and vocals sound great. Nice cover. if only Cov would write some new material with Bernie…

  6. 6
    Uwe Hornung says:

    For some reason, Frank Aiello reminds me of the late great Gary Holton of the Heavy Metal Kids in his slightly hyperactive demeanor.



    And it’s uncanny, though Nanana was written by Jon Cameron, otherwise mostly known for film soundtrack work and as the arranger of many Hot Chocolate hits,


    it sounds like something Bernie Marsden might have had his hand in as a songwriter. I always liked the pop strain in Bernie’s songwritung, he had (and has) a natural gift for melody. Another thing that Whitesnake lost with him.

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    Yes I could see a similarity with both those lead singers in these clips. Gee the ‘Heavy Metal’ tag, that era was probably were I heard or noticed it first. That time was anything but Heavy Metal of course, however I do remember some magazines using it to push the British bands. Even Status Quo & Uriah Heep used to get lumped into that media hype back then. With the big three also of course. Regarding Bernie Marsden, he is an incredibly melodic player who was too musical in that sense for Coverdale. Plus he didn’t look the part no doubt as far as Coverdale was concerned selling out in the US & all. Coverdale would want to consider himself very fortunate indeed that he had stellar musicians around him during the British Whitesnake era. Bernie Marsden’s solo on that Living A Lie song ( a co-writer also) on Cozy’s Tilt album is wonderful, also on Jon Lord’s Bach Onto This. There are plenty of other melodic solos out there. A wonderful player he is. I purchased his Look At Me Now album when it was released in 1982 & he is a fine singer also. The song Chance On A Feeling on Lord’s Before I Forget album is Marsden on vocal & guitar. Bravo I say. Cheers.

  8. 8
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Herr MacGregor @7:

    I don’t know who invented it, it probably came from that lyric line in Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild: “Getcha motor running, heavy metal thunder …”, but I already heard the term in the early 70ies, there was an article by Lester Bangs: “Do all heavy metal bands sound the same? Wrong, they only sound the same to the unaccustomed ear …” (and he saw DP, LZ, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad, Foghat, Mountain, Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly etc all as heavy metal and Cream as the forefathers of the genre). The MC5 (also named by Bangs) were referred to as heavy metal (a few years later they were all the sudden progenitors of Punk), Blue Öyster Cult were in the mid-70ies sold as that incredibly dark “true heavy metal band” by CBS. I also owned that 1974 double album compilation from Warners titled “Heavy Metal – 24 Electryfying Performances”,


    which did contain true heavies such as DP and Black Sabbath, but also ‘lighties’ such as T. Rex, Van Morrison, Allmans & Grateful Dead. The music on that album shaped my early musical tastes.

    Back in school in the 70ies I was referred to as “Heavy Uwe” (mind you, I was thin as a rake – BACK THEN!!!) because I liked to listen to music I would variously (and not really differentiating) refer to as ‘Hard Rock’, ‘Heavy Rock’ or ‘Heavy Metal’ while most of my classmates would favor
    Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Gentle Giant, Genesis, Supertramp, Pink Floyd, ELP and YES. Something like the Heavy Metal Kids I would have probably referred to as “Glam Hard Rock” though there is already quite a bit of Punk evident in Gary Holton’s delivery; he was a role model for a young Prog fan (Gong and Hawkwind, would you believe?!) named Johnny Lydon who would later assume the name of Rotten and leave his stamp on popular music in the second half of the 70ies.

    Come TNWOBHM, Heavy Metal was an established term, but by then I was already a Judas Priest fan (since 1977, when the Roger Glover produced Sin After Sin came out), and they of course brandished that term as part of their identity.

    I’ve never seen the term Heavy Metal as an insult. It can be inaccurate, but I know what people mean with it. Let’s settle for “riff-oriented guitar-driven music with a certain drama and volume attached”, that covers most of it. Any Iron Maiden album would have in 1970 been described as “underground” or “heavy rock” and if DP’s In Rock came out today, it would be filed under ‘Heavy Metal’ if we still had record shops.

    I remeber a hilarious NME review of a mid-80ies Iron Maiden album (I forgot which one – Piece of Mind?) which went: “No doubt one of the more adventurous albums released in the year of 1972.” : – )

  9. 9
    MacGregor says:

    Uwe @ 8 – yes indeed the bands from that era or some of them you have mentioned definitely wore that ‘heavy metal’ badge. Budgie were in there also no doubt. I remember Grand Funk Railroad were in my older cousins record collection back in the early 70’s. Mark, Don & Mel & GFR Live if my memory serves me well. Even Edgar Winter’s ‘They Only Come Out at Night’ with that heavier track ‘Frankenstein’ a classic that was. The Buffalo Springfield heavier tracks with Neil Young & his heavy riffs etc. If any band has ever embraced the term from the 70’s as you said it is Judas Priest. That early American heavy band Blue Cheer are mentioned when the origins of that genre are talked about. The record you linked to, a good collection that is although the label is misleading these days but it would not have been back then. I remember reading a few years ago about the origins of the Heavy Metal term & either Easy Rider with Steppenwolf as you said or possibly a journalist who wrote an article about Hendrix & used the wording ‘like heavy metal molten falling from the sky’, something like that. Thanks for the information as I am now listening to Buffalo Springfield, wonderful songs. Cheers.

  10. 10
    Woodman says:

    Second verse of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild, released May 1968:

    I like smoke and lightning
    Heavy metal thunder
    Racing with the wind
    And the feeling that I’m under.

    I sang that line a dozen times a day, every time it came on the radio.

  11. 11
    Kidpurple says:

    Bernie Marsden/ MickeyMoody
    SNAFU anyone?Very different but good.
    Bought this album in the cut out section- totally amazed when they became members of the family tree!

  12. 12
    Uwe Hornung says:

    SNAFU was a fine band, but sounding very American when you are in fact very British really wasn’t a very good commercial recipe. Perhaps they would have done better if they had come from Jacksonville or Atlanta.

  13. 13
    Kidpurple says:

    They did have a sort of Southern Rock sound.
    That’s why I was a little surprised they were in Whitesnake .
    Good Sunday morning listening .
    Amazing the roots of the Purple tree.

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