GUITARIST - ISSUE 182
Guitarist Cover CD, Track 4 - Way Down The Line
Vocalist John Hardman sounds just like Roger Waters throughout many of the 12 tracks
lined up on what is the bands sixth album.
This is unashamed prog rock. Obligatory 'Torran' guitar solos, big choruses,
lush harmonies and more reverb are all present and correct, sir!
'Way Down the Line'...
...'Pathway to Your Heart' is top hole.
This is a professional package complete with 'proper' CD sleeve featuring all manner of
guitars, live shots and bottles of Uncle Jack...
...it certainly does beat working...
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It's not often Britain produces a truly classy, mainstream rock band.
But Beats Working definitely fall into this category.
A combination of Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Bad Company with added
touches of Barclay James Harvest this foursome make it all sound so
relaxed and easy, as they groove their way through 12 stylishly melodic
songs that ooze maturity, yet avoid sounding contrived.
One of the most impressive British rock albums in ages, 'Calm' is
classic rock in all senses of the term.
The sixth album from the little-known quartet led by guitarist/vocalist John Hardman
boasts not only the best sleeve design since 'Storm Thorgersen' (care of Tristan Greatrex),
but an eye opening set of prog/AOR. Fans of Dave Gilmour will appreciate the tasteful
guitar jousts and almost "About Face" vocals of "Round and Round", and "One Man" is
Floyd bumping into the Storm. A couple of others are Alan Parsons Project-type keys-led
rockers, and "It Won't Go Bang" could swlip into BJH's "Eyes of The Universe", while
"Pathway To Your Heart" nods to Al Stewar's "Russians And Americans".
Pop-rock also appears in the shape of the WAng Chung styling of "Aint No Tellin'",
with its added ZZ Top "Rhythmeen" low-down dirty fuzz...
...there could be hidden treasure nestling in this back catalogue.
©2000 Tim Jones - Record Collector, January 2000
Time is humanity's fascination. It is the world's most precious resourse, yet cannot be bottled and sold
for profit. The very manipulation of it, if for only a second, captures and stretches the imagination of
poets, scientists, and aspiring writers.
While British band Beats Working may not have the answers to humankind's temporal riddles, they have
done much to freeze the timeline of good, solid rock. Listening to the foursome brings listeners back to
the days when David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) ruled commercial airwave stations and bands such as Genesis
and The Outfield were in their heyday. Long, instrumental themes, epic-inducing vocals, and tasty hints
of Dire Straits keep fans of meat-and-potatoes rock from lamenting the end of an era.
Beats Working are Lynn Sheppard (bass, vocals), John Hardman (lead guitar, vocals), Chris Glover
(drums/percussion), and Simon Prickett (guitar, vocals). This band packs over ten years experience and
several albums' worth of lineage into every single note and it shows. While you may not have heard of
Beats Working, they have six albums currently in print, and show no signs of waning. Their latest CD,
Calm, is excellent from the sleeve's impressive artwork (featuring mountainous islands in a
sun-drenched sea) to the music contained within. This foursome brings epic, timeless art to the table, and
it is you and I who reap the rewards.
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