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Bernie Marsden: Working Man


Bernie Marsden’s posthumous album Working Man will be released on November 24, 2023, on independent label Conquest Music. Recording of the album was finished in June. Throughout the summer, Bernie was involved in mixing, artwork, and planning for the release of the album. He approved the final audio masters and artwork before his death in August.

His widow Fran Marsden says:

Bernie was really excited about his new album, Working Man, and proud of the tracks featured on it. After the last three albums of covers he was keen for his fans to hear some new, original songs. He loved working on them in the studio during lockdown and he couldn’t wait to get the album out into the world.

Alan Bambrough speaks on behalf of the label:

Bernie Marsden was far more than an artist to Conquest Music. He has been a great friend and mentor for many years and was a huge part of our decision to form the label. His Kings album was our first release and we are proud to work with his company, Little House Music in releasing some of his finest ever work. We are heartbroken at Bernie’s passing and thought the right and respectful thing to do would be to postpone the release until next year. Fran Marsden convinced us that Bernie would want the Working Man album to come out as planned.

The album contains 12 brand new tracks written by Bernie, produced by him, and mixed by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, The Who). There’s no word at this point on what other musicians took part in the recordings. The limited first pressing in 3LP and 2CD formats will come with 10 bonus tracks, including new interpretations of Whitesnake classics.


Track listing:

  1. Being Famous
  2. Midtown
  3. Longtime
  4. Invisible
  5. Son I’ve Never Known
  6. Steelhouse Mountain
  7. Working Man
  8. Valentine’s Day
  9. Savannah
  10. Bad Reputation
  11. You Know
  12. The Pearl
CD2 (bonus)
  1. Look At Me Now
  2. Midnight Believer
  3. Who’s Fooling Who
  4. Just Don’t Have The Time
  5. Foolish Day
  6. Here I Go Again
  7. Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City
  8. Til The Day I Die
  9. Time Is Right For Love
  10. Come On In My Kitchen

Opening track Being Famous is available for streaming now:

The album can be pre-ordered from the Bernie Marsden webstore, where there’s a chance to win one of five special lithographic prints hand signed by Bernie.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

9 Comments to “Bernie Marsden: Working Man”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    He just was the most musicianly consummate lead guitarist, co-songwriter and backing vocalist Whitesnake ever had, nuff said.

  2. 2
    rudy schoukens says:

    Bernie ‘working man’ Marsden is just one of a kind : a brilliant guitar player, a wonderfull singer and last but not least an excellent songwriter. The man was not only a member of a lot of bands like e.g. Babe Ruth, Alaska, M3, PAL, The Moody Marsden Band, The Company of Snakes and of course Whitesnake, but he also released fantastic solo albums e.g. Green and blues, Look at me now, And about time too, Kings, Trios, Chess, etc. He was also often invited by other renowed musicians to play on their albums e.g. Jack Bruce (Silver Rails), Walter Trout (Tellin’ Stories), Stefan Berggren (Stranger in a Stangeland) and Joe Bonamassa (Royal Tea). To my big surprise he also played guitar on an album called ‘Pop Model’, released in 2000 by the Belgian band ‘Mama’s Jasje’. How Bernie got in touch with Peter Vanlaet, the singer of ‘Mama’s Jasje’ is still a mystery to me. Does anybody (perhaps Uwe) know the answer ???

    The new song ‘Being famous’ sounds a little bit like ZZ Top to me, but I like it a lot ! I can’t wait to hear the whole album and especially the remakes of the Whitesnake songs, hopefully sung by Bernie !


  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Nice to hear that Bernie Marsden was able to finish his latest album & leave this world with what he accomplished with his art.. His music will live on for an eternity. Cheers.

  4. 4
    Uwe Hornung says:

    “Does anybody (perhaps Uwe) know the answer ???”

    Maybe Jim Lea of Slade is the missing link? He co-wrote this track here (also featuring Bernie, you clearly hear him at 02:32 and towards the end):


    And Jim knew Bernie from the early 80ies when Slade toured opening for Ready an’ Willing era Whitesnake (I saw them then, Slade were great).


    I’m pretty sure that Jim thought Fool For Your Loving a memorable song with further potential, it certainly seemed to inspire his songwriting:


    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! (Oscar Wilde)

    But I’m speculating. Bernie did lots of gigs and clinics in Europe, he was (rightfully) held in high esteem by people who do not just judge a guitar player by his BMI (as DC was prone to do) and must have had lots of contacts.

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    Oscar Wilde — ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.’

  6. 6
    Jean-Christophe says:

    @4: “Bernie did lots of gigs and clinics in Europe, he was (rightfully) held in high esteem by people who do not just judge a guitar player by his BMI (as DC was prone to do) and must have had lots of contacts”.

    I remember how surprised I was when I learnt that Paul McCartney did offer Bernie to join Wings. At this time, I only knew him via Whitesnake. But having discovered his solo stuff and his melodic side, it doesn’t sound so strange at all after all.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    It just shows how good an ear Macca has – he must have heard Bernie’s always pleasantly (and not really hard rock) melodic touch. I could have envisaged Bernie in, say, 10cc too.

    Hell, Bernie even managed to inject some melody into pre-Schenker UFO, up to then a Stoner band.


    And could do even Soul very credibly.


    The real background is probably more banal though: The horn section of PAL was led by Howie Casey,

    (He’s the guy on sax that looks like Tony Iommi’s brother!),

    who had done the same thing with Macca’s Wings


    I guess he liked what he heard of Bernie during the recording of the PAL album and the handful of gigs that followed, slipping a message to his former boss when Paul was (once again!) looking for a new lead guitarist and the premature end of PAL was nigh with Bernie in limbo.

  8. 8
    Paul says:

    Very sorry to hear about Bernie, I always loved his music and his playing, even if he could be bit of a grump in person. I met him a couple of times at gigs he did in my town (I don’t think he suffered fools gladly, and I must have seemed liked an idiot to him…twice!). He was always supported by Jim Kirkpatrick, a fantastic blues rock guitarist who also plays with FM and Rory Gallagher’s Band of Friends and played on Bernie’s Rory tribute albums, I urge anyone into blues rock or melodic music in general to check him out. I would rate him at least on a par with Bernie.

    On to my point now, this new track from Bernie is a retread of the Jim Kirkpatrick co-written track Always on the Road from Jim’s Ballad of a Prodigal Son album, an album I would give 5/5. His latest Album Dead Man Walking is also excellent as his is latest live album Live…On the Run.

  9. 9
    jaffa says:

    @8. I never found Bernie grumpy and I met him about 10 times over the years. I see what you are saying about the tracks but I like the BM track better, it has a nice thicker sound. I’m looking forward to the album. Jim is a great guitarist and I’ve seen him with Bernie many times. I think his solo albums are OK and the best show with Jim and Bernie I saw was at the Tramshed in Cardiff with the guys from Hand of Dimes. They played all of Ready an’ Willing and it was a great night with an incredibly enthusiastic crowd. I actually thought that with the right promoter the band could have played a decent tour of mid sized theatres. It was closer to real Whitesnake that recent Whitesnake and Jim seem to drive Bernie’s playing more than Moody did. It had a lot of energy and took me right back to 1980!!!! A joy indeed.

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