Two solo albums from Deke Leonard – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is Iceberg – an overlooked solo set from Deke Leonard – once a member of the group Man
, out here on his own in a very unusual, very specific sort of style! The guitar work is every bit as sharp as Leonard's work with Man
, but the music moves through a range of older influences and more personal moments – almost pub rock with glam production – although again, that's maybe too general to get at the really specific spirit of the record! Leonard's a surprisingly strong talent – and the record's one of the many that fell through the cracks back in the day, but which clearly gets great handling by a big label, with well-deserved hope for a superstar. Titles include "Razor Blade & Rattlesnake", "Jesse", "Broken Ovation", "A Hard Way To Live", "Looking For A Man
", "The Ghost Of Musket Flat", and "Crosby". On Kamikaze, Deke Leonard's really finding himself as a solo artist – so much so, he begins the album with an instrumental, then continues to push his strengths on that instrument every bit as much as his edgey vocals! As with his previous record, there's some great help here from old bandmates in Man
– rock-solid rhythms that feature lots of strong work on bass from Martin Ace, whose strengths also really help keep things focused. Titles include "Cool Summer Rain", "Sharpened Claws", "In Search Of Sarah & Twenty Six Horses", "April The Third
", and "The Black Gates Of Death". 2CD set also features bonus tracks – "She's A Cow", "Diamond Road", "Turning In Circles", and "The Aching Is So Sweet".