STEVE HARLEY : UNCOVERED
Label : Absolute
Length : 46:06
Release Date : February 21, 2020
Review (Blues Town Music) : A very special album from the newly inaugurated Steve Harley Acoustic Band. ?Uncovered? includes interpretations of nine painstakingly chosen songs created in many instances by peers and contemporaries of Steve, those with shared histories and some that he admired from afar. These are songs with heft and honesty that have always connected and resonated within him; this is material that he?s always wanted to perform and may even wish he?d written! This diverse collection of Harley?s Interpretations is in some ways an almanac rather than just a set of great tracks: Steve?s links with some of the song-writers go back to the very start of their careers: Bowie in Beckenham; Dylan throughout his early teens; Cat Stevens/Yusuf and Paul McCartney, both massive early influences? Added into the mix are two songs from Steve?s own incredible catalogue, reworked from the originals: ?Love, Compared With You? which now boasts a newly-composed third verse, plus ?Only You?, played Live for several years, but recorded here for the first time. The band that performs this collection features Barry Wickens on viola, violin and acoustic guitar, Oli Hayhurst on double bass, Tom Hooper on percussion and the Roots Music Legend, Martin Simpson, on guitar. Steve also sings a duet with the amazing Scottish singer, Eddi Reader. Steve is no stranger to acoustic music, having toured with his Acoustic Trio [as well as the full Cockney Rebel rock band, of course] for years now and receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acoustic Music in 2018.