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Haworth, Bryn - 1979 Keep The Ball Rolling

ARTIST: Haworth, Bryn
ALBUM: Keep The Ball Rolling
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Bryn Haworth - lead vocals, guitars * Dave Markee - bass * Peter Wingfield - keyboards * Chris Stainton - piano, organ * Simon Morton - percussion * Henry Spinetti - drums * Steve Gregory, Mel Collins - sax, flute * Bud Beadle, Jim Cuomo - sax * Martin Drover - trumpet, flugel * Terry Hellyer - trombone * Cliff Richard, John Perry, Tony Rivers, Stu Calver - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Keep The Ball Rolling * 02 First Time * 03 Let Me Love You * 04 Standing On The Rock * 05 City Boy * 06 Party Girl * 07 Luxury Liner * 08 Unchained Melody * 09 Unemployment Blues * 10 Working For Love

WEBLINKS: www.brynhaworth.com

A journeyman guitar player with a resume that would bring most players to tears, Bryn Haworth has been around since the late 1960's working in various bands, including a tour or two of America under the tutelage of promoter Bill Graham. Playing on albums for the likes of Chris De Burgh and Cliff Richard paid the bills while Haworth quietly forged ahead on a solo career releasing a handful of pleasant, but not always successful records blending his love of folk music with pop, blues and progressive styles similar in many ways to the work of Ian Matthews and Alan Hull. Adding to the man's interesting story, in the early '70s Haworth became a born again Christian, but unlike so many secular artists who find God mid-career and end up singing to Xian imprints, Haworth continued to put out music based on his personal conversion while still hanging on to major labels including this release on A&M.

The Songs
'Keep The Ball Rolling' follows the same pattern as his previous work dollops of light AOR flavourings here and there. A competent vocalist, the title track with the man's trademark slide is passable blues influenced rock, but much more palatable is 'First Time' recalling Ali Thompson and the bright and sunny ballad 'Let Me Love You' which features really nice orchestral accompaniment which I'm always a fool for while the peppy 'Standing On The Rock' lyrically could be a Christian or a love song depending on your persuasion. Flipping over to the b-side and if you can believe it I'm just not that impressed with the Paul McCartney influenced 'Party Girl' or the rather mundane and pointless 'Luxury Liner' although the instrumental cover of the ancient moldy oldie 'Unchained Melody' is quite lovely and another example of why Haworth is rightfully considered a master of the slide guitar. The same bluesy pop vibe carries over for the last two cuts 'Unemployment Blues' and 'Working For Love' and both would be very average in the hands of any other six-stringer with a tube on his or her finger, but Haworth adds a fresh vibe to both while closing out a far from perfect, but enjoyable listen and well worth the effort to track down.

In Summary
Bryn Haworth on CD has been hit and miss over the years with his 1974 solo debut 'Let The Days Go By', 1980's 'The Gap' and 'Pass It On' from 1983 all reissued on numerous occasions while 'Keep The Ball Rolling' lingers in obscurity, forever on vinyl it seems or at least until Universal makes it easier and affordable for reissue labels to make albums like this available once again.

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#1 | gdazegod on December 19 2010 13:29:02
Bryn has released a heap of albums, though not all of it would sit comfortably with melodic rockers/AORsters unfortunately.
#2 | gdazegod on December 19 2010 13:30:23
I think Pony Canyon may have released this LP on CD in Japan at one point. Some of his other 70's and 80's LP's have since been issued on the Japanese label Muskrat, plus the UK label Kingsway.
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