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Blood on the Highway

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  • Audio CD (December 6, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Membran
  • ASIN: B005ZHB83G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maris Ginters on June 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The new Ken Hensley effort in more ways than one has a feel of a retrospective of his own experience and life as a musician over so many years. The songs show all sorts of ups and downs most musicians faced in the 70s both musically and comercially.
After seein Hensley live in Ogre, Latvia (some of the songs from this album were played there), I decided to check the album out. I must admit that it's stunning. At times there is a bit too much of everything on the CD (check out the package), but the whole album has a very good feel although being a little sad. The songs on the CD ((This is) Just the Beginning, Okay, I Did It All etc.) are of the highest quality ranging from melodic ballads to strong rockers 970s style). The Last Dance has already been published before but the song has it's way here and is a true gem. It remins you what great music Ken Hensley has made both as the member of Uriah Heep and as a solo act.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Blood on the Highway is not just another solo album from Ken Hensley, the keyboardist/guitarist/songwriter of the long running (and criminally underrated) band Uriah Heep. This album serves as Hensley's autobiography, a chance to tell the story of his rock & roll journey in the most suitable way - musically. Hensley is joined by a trio of very impressive guest vocalists for this project: Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes, former Heep bandmate John Lawton, and journeyman melodic rocker Jorn Lande. Occasional female vocals are provided by Eve Gallagher, who I must confess I'm not familiar with.

As a major fan of both Uriah Heep and Lande, there was pretty much no way I wasn't going to like this album. I was a bit surprised though, by just how much this album affected me. Anyone who has ever seen a VH1 Behind the Music episode should already know what to expect from this kind of story - the naïve but dedicated young artists gains success, blows it on substance abuse and/or band turmoil, and then finds a measure of redemption - but it's obvious that Hensley poured his heart and soul into this album. It may be a familiar story, but it's a poignant one, and the Almost Famous meets Still Crazy meets Bat out of Hell "rock opera" style really hammers the message home.

The presence of such powerful and diverse vocalists adds to the album's impact. If you're not familiar with Jorn Lande, who handles the majority of the vocals here, think David Coverdale with a dash of Ronnie James Dio and Phil Lynott.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Primarily known as Uriah Heep's amazing keyboard and guitar player in the 70's, Ken Hensley also has several solo albums, of which Blood on the Highway is his partly autobiographical concept work telling the story of a rock star in parallel to WASP's The Crimson Idol and Savatage's Streets.

With an impressive list of guest musicians, the album has a diverse nature in terms of vocals, but the overall songwriting generally dictates a classic hard rock record with some cool vocal melodies, bluesy guitar work, and the occasional Hammond organ fans of Ken Hensley have come to expect from him. Jorn Lande, who has appeared on perhaps more than a dozen projects, guests on five of the songs, of which "(This Is) Just the Beginning" showcases his Coverdale-like throaty delivery in a dense composition of groove and dense keyboard work. As expected, his singing is godly -- he is among the greatest vocalists of our time without doubt. The second piece "We're on Our Way" has a more southern rock flair to it, and features a wonderful chorus as well as a charged guitar solo by Ken Hensley.

The title track is another blues-tinged rock tune with a great vocal melody that is then repeated by guitars. Lande's singing here is out of this world, but I think it's best to hear him in a band where he can exert his more original style like he did in Ark and Beyond Twilight (he'll hopefully be doing something different on the upcoming Ayreon album by the way). On the relatively upbeat "You've Got It", he goes for a more midtempo style while "Okay (This House Is Down)" sees him going for his unique ballad singing.
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