RICK HAYWARD
Rick Hayward

[Sunbeam Records, www.sunbeamrecords.com]

In the linear notes to his 1971 Blue Horizon solo album, Rick Hayward writes "I grew up in Bradford, in Yorkshire, and – like many kids of my generation – I got hooked on guitar through listening to the rock n'roll of the late 50s, with Hank Marvin and Chuck Berry giving the main impetus. My first band was formed at 15, and was quickly up and running." With a self assured attitude, the guitarist could do no wrong. In 1971, he was ready to make his recording debut and so this eponymous title was issued. Featuring twelve strong numbers, Hayward searches his way through blues, folk and rock idioms to come out finding his own voice. Blatantly acoustic, this is purely Hayward on acoustic guitar, mandolin, some bass, even some bongos and vocals. For those unfamiliar with Hayward's vocals, they bring to mind a tortured soul. In fact, on "Light in the Sky", his chords have a resonating character of someone who is lonely, tired and pleading for mercy. Further on, "Can See Any Sign" his voice changes to a more subdued mode, while he's striking blues motifs on the guitar. It's great to hear the guitarist break out in a psychedelic mode on the fiery "Weasal" but it's too bad, this is a rare exception where the musician breaks out of his own comfortable mould. If there's anything bad to be said about the record is by the end, you get a feeling there's a certain amount of sameness in many of these tunes. Reissue includes 11 bonus tracks, mostly subdued instrumentals of quality which is markedly inferior to the album proper. Nonetheless, they still chart a map of progress for Hayward and his musical vision. Great record for completists of climates that is mournful and subdued.

- Tom Sekowski


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