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Liam Davison - A Treasure of Well Set Jewels (CD)

Genre: Rock
Release Date: 19th November 2012

Label: Wymer Records
Catalogue Number: TSA1005
Price: £9.99
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Liam Davison - A Treasure of Well Set Jewels

They say that good things come to those who wait but the much anticipated debut solo album from Mostly Autumn guitarist Liam Davison is much more than simply good.

Davison has been a member of cult classic rock outfit Mostly Autumn since its inception in the mid-nineties and in that time the band has built a devoted following, performed sold-out shows, gigged relentlessly, released a string of classic rock albums and toured with the likes of Uriah Heep & Blackmore's Night as well as appearing at Murrayfield Stadium as invited guests of Bryan Adams.

Within the band, Davison has always been happy to stand in the shadows, supporting lead guitarist Bryan Josh, and throwing in the vital guitar components that enhance the group's lush soundscapes.  But now, with A Treasure Of Well-Set Jewels, he has produced a cornucopia of aural delights that showcase his unique guitar style and songwriting talents.

Throughout the album his six-string influences; in particular the likes of Jeff Beck and David Gilmour are evident for all to hear, and allied with his own unique style, this has produced solos of breathtaking majesty.

All songs are Davison's own compositions with the lush ballad, Once In A Lifetime (a joint collaboration with Mostly Autumn's former lead vocalist, Heather Findlay). In fact, it is one of Findlay's first compositions since leaving Mostly Autumn in April 2010 and is already destined to become a classic.

Findlay also sings on the album's closing track, the masterpiece that is Picture Postcard. When you hear these performances it will come as no surprise that her unique style has resulted in several ‘best vocalist awards' over the past decade, from the likes of the Classic Rock Society.

Also weaving her magic on the album is another of Britain's finest rock vocalists; Anne-Marie Helder, who, as well as contributing to Mostly Autumn's sound in recent years, fronts her own band, the much acclaimed Panic Room, and has also worked with heavyweight names such as John Wetton and Geoff Downes, as well as touring with Ultravox.

The other musicians featured throughout the album are bassist Paul Teasdale (Breathing Space), keyboard player Simon Waggott, and Davison's Mostly Autumn band mates Iain Jennings and drummer Gavin Griffiths. The latter is also renowned for his work with ex-Marillion vocalist Fish.

With some of these songs having originally been conceived as far back as the mid-nineties, it's certainly been a long time coming, but now that the album is a reality it might not be long before Davison is, in his own words from the album's opening cut Ride The Seventh Wave, "climbing up to dizzy heights".

Once you have heard A Treasure Of Well-Set Jewels, like us, you will probably concur, it's undoubtedly a candidate for best rock album of the decade.

1. Ride The Seventh Wave
2. The Way We Were
3. Eternally Yours
4. Emerald Eternity
5. In To The Setting Sun
6. Once In A Lifetime
7. Heading Home
8. Picture Postcard



'Treasure' will quite probably feature in my Top 20 albums of the year – it is that good!
It is a rare occurrence to receive the promo of a new album in the morning, and have the opportunity of speaking, unplanned, with the artist concerned later the same day. Better known as a guitarist with Mostly Autumn, Liam Davison was attending the Best Of The Year awards show at the Classic Rock Society, and it was after the band had won the 'Best Band' and 'Best Album' categories (and several others individually or collectively) that I had the chance to speak with the slightly diffident subject of this review. "'Treasure' has been a long-time in coming" he confided, "and would not have happened but for the encouragement of various people and also Wymer Records".
They say we all have a book in us, but few actually write it. I guess that all musicians have a solo album in them but few actually craft one. In the case of Liam Davison, the crafting has been well worth the wait, for this is an absolute peach of an album, and one that has huge appeal well beyond the Mostly Autumn cognoscenti. Entirely written by the man himself (one song, the wonderful – 'Once In A Lifetime' is a co-write with Heather Findlay who is also the vocal soloist on the track), I was personally amazed by the talent revealed by a guy who totally shuns the limelight when playing with Mostly Autumn.

 Review: LINK: Liam Davison review


Liam Davison is best known as guitarist for Mostly Autumn. When he left the band at the end of 2006 he stated that he was to work on a solo album. In the end it would be three years after he rejoined the band before the album was to see the light of day.
Liam is something of an enigmatic figure on stage with Mostly Autumn. He prefers to shun the spotlight and lurk at the back of the stage; but his playing is not that of a typical rhythm guitarist, playing melodic fills and lead runs rather than merely strumming chords. His name has only appeared a couple of times in MA’s songwriting credits to date, both for folk-flavoured numbers. But he’s also been playing a live improvisation on tour with echoes of Robert Fripp. Which made it difficult to predict the direction his solo album might take.
The music varies from the indie-flavoured opening hard rocker “Ride the Seventh Wave”, the electronica loops on “Into the Setting Sun”, and the acoustic ballad “One in the Lifetime”. But throughout there’s a strong emphasis on atmospheric progressive rock with a very strong Pink Floyd flavour. Standouts for me are “Eternally Yours”, ending with that epic slide solo featured in the album’s promo video, and “Heading Home”, with it’s wonderful interplay between Liam’s soaring lead guitar, Iain Jennings’ swirling Hammond organ and Paul Teasdale’s propulsive bass riff. It’s a big, rich, cinematic sound, superbly engineered and mixed by John Spence.

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