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Forcefield IV – Let The Wild Run Free [1990]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: United Kingdom          STYLE: Hard Rock

RATING: 85/100

Graham Bonnet – Vocals, Ray Fenwick – Guitars, Keyboards, Cozy Powell – Drums, Bernie Marsden,Micky Moody,Mario Parga – Guitars, Don Airey,Chris Cozens – Keyboards, Tim Hinkley – Organ, Keyboards, Terry Pack – Bass, Barry St. John – Backing Vocals

01. Let The Wild Run Free, 02. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, 03. Money Talks, 04. I Will Not Go Quietly, 05. Woman On Wings, 06. Ball Of Confusion, 07. Living By Numbers, 08. The Wind Cries Mary, 09. In A Perfect World

Graham Bonnet performs stellar vocals, as always, on his second Forcefield album. Several remakes of classic rock and pop tunes are here. Guitar players are more than competent including several solos by Mario Parga, that can compete with any other great Bonnet guitarist. 

In 1987 he was in Britain, at the behest of guitarist Ray Fenwick, the supergroup Forcefield. It was made by Ray Fenwick himself on guitar and keyboards, Cozy Powell on drums, Peter Prescott on vocals and Neil Murray on bass, plus the assistance of Chris Cozens and Nick Magnus on keyboards and Barry St.John voice. That is to say from the start training very close to the purple family, but will not until the fourth installment in 1990, when an immediate family member as Don Airey part of the band.

After signing to President Records the band began recording in his works entremezcan own issues with classic hard rock (as in “Forcefield” the first album, there are versions of “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple, “You Really Got Me “by The Kinks and” Whole Lotta Love “Led Zeppelin among other classics). The lineup changes were constant and only matuvieron Fenwick and Powell in the band, through their ranks include Bernie Marsden, Tony Martin, Graham Bonnet and Don Airey above.

The production was done by Fenwick and was published in 1991 by President Records. Was reissued in 1993 by Griffin Music and in 2007 by Tokuma Records.

The album starts with the song that gives title, “Let The Wild Run Free”, a song written by Russ Ballard for the band, the style is very AOR, very present with keyboards and good guitar, the voice of Bonnet shown so powerful and expressive as ever. “Can not Get Enough Of Your Love” with the participation of Micky Moody leaving one of his classic slide samples and a very good participation of choirs, with an impressive bass line and a good ending of the keyboards. “Money Talks” is not the subject of AC / DC but one composed by Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs, a very good rock & roll with a Bonnet in exceptional condition. “I Will Not Go Quietly” on an issue rather heavy, with fast and some very good guitar arrangements. “Women On Wings” has time and means to sound very Black Sabbath, is the first song the band’s own album, is signed by Powell and Fenwick. “Ball Of Confusion” is a heavy topic Start with a pure viola, keyboards and later found a low quality plan with keyboards in jazz. “Living By Numbers” starts with Powell and then enter the keyboards with fast and very classic, a song with hints of Rainbow.

About “The Wind Cries Mary” not much to say, Jimi Hendrix clasicazo, the version is based on keyboards and base, but with the major parties respecting guitar and doing a good one, however the band encouraged to change the face of the subject with their own arrangements, clear that when we talk about a topic like this is complicated to achieve and surpass the original is not the exception. “In A Perfect World” is a blues with the participation of Barry St.John in the voice at Bonnet. This is an excellent song oriented album and trying to find a rare copy is necessary for real GB fans.


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