Saracen - 2011 - Marilyn
02.Whither the Wind Blows
03.Hold On (Issa)
04.Make This Body Work (Robin Beck)
05.Who Am I (Beck & Overland)
06.Love Like A Razorblade
07.Break the Spell
08.Not For Sure (Robin Beck)
09.Like Going Home (Robin Beck)
11.Marilyn (Robin Beck)
Life long pals Richard Lowe and Rob Bendelow formed their first band “Lammergier” during the mid 70’s together with folk guitarist turned rock bassist Barry Yates.
The name changed to “SARACEN” in the early 80’s, but the music remained the same;
an ever growing repertoire of powerful guitar orientated rock, laced with lush keyboards and evocative vocals.
Escape Music have already presented you with the double CD Red Sky / Heroes, Saints and Fools (ESM124) which covers the band’s early years.
The conceptual CD “Vox in Excelso” (ESM135) was released in 2006 to great acclaim and has earned the band more and more respect.
It’s 2011, and this latest release from Saracen is another concept album, carefully crafted around the life and times of that ultimate Hollywood icon – Marilyn Monroe.
This opus charts her rollercoaster life, from young orphan to worldwide superstar…..and beyond.
As with Saracen’s previous album (‘Vox In Excelso’) the storyline does not shy away from the darker recesses of history;
in this case Marilyn’s problematic life…and untimely death.
No less than five tracks on the album tell their story in Marilyn’s own words…..brought to life by the very special guest appearance of American songstress Robin Beck.
Robin’s unique vocal style adds a dramatic new dimension to this rich collection of interwoven compositions.
Typical of Saracen, the album begins grandiose with the epic instrumental "Norma Jeane"
The album is full of songs in various styles....the use of saxophone in some songs is very unique and gives the songs that special something.
Some of the songs has some prog ellements but are still very melodic.
I especialy like the songs with Robin Beck and Steve Overland !!
There's also a guest appearance by Issa Overseen !
This is a well writen album that as I said varies in styles but with good written songs ! All played by great musicians !
If you like melodic rock with lite prog elements this album is surely one you wouldn't miss in your collection.
Steve Bettney – vocals
Paul Bradder – keyboards
Richard Bendelow – bass, vocals
Paul Gibson – drums
Rob Bendelow – guitar
Snake Davis Saxophone