LEIGH STEPHENS - Red Weather
Leigh Stephens is best known as being one of the founder members of arguably the first heavy metal band Blue Cheer - best remembered for their over the top cover of Eddie Cochran's 'Summertime Blues'. This is his first solo album from the early 70's, after the Cheer broke up, and as you would expect contains some fine heavy rock. 'Another Dose Of Life' is one such song, and shows that hard rock is still his first love, although his gentler side is also shown with the lovely piano-led instrumental 'Drifting', which for me is one of the highlights of this album. I am not so sure about 'Indians', though, with its out of place use of the Swannee whistle. The album ends with another instrumental, this one more guitar orientated, but still not as out and out heavy metal as Blue Cheer. Overall this comes across as a pretty good hard rock album - quite different to his previous band, but perfectly listenable nonetheless, and although it took me a while to get into it I think I will be keeping it. If you want to try it then the CD re-issue is cheaper than the £20 that an original will cost you.