Trevor Bolder – Sail The Rivers
(Bolder Records – 2020)
The posthumous album from the former bassist of Uriah Heep that he sadly never got to personally see the release of and features two other current or former members of the said band in the form of Guitarist, Mick Box & late Drummer, Lee Kerslake (also of Ozzy Osbourne fame).
Half of the vocal duties come courtesy of an unknown guy to many who goes by the name of Derek Gallagher who has one hell of a set of pipes on him and the other half from main man, Trevor Bolder who equally matches the other boys throatal merits. Other assorted musicians that make up the record are Laurie Wisefield (Guitar), James Bolder (Drums), Ian Bolder (Slide Guitar), Dave Holley (Guitars/Mandolin), Paul Mendham (Drums), Hayden Cater (Bass) & Nick Horne (Guitar).
Highlights include the ballsy opener, 'Which Way Will The Wind Blow' that has 70's Majesticness written all over it, 'Wasting My Time' with its acoustic slide beauty (from Ian Bolder) and the haunting & autobiographical 'I Had A Dream' especially since Mr. B. is no longer with us and looks back on his life here.
Then there's the serious Queensryche like 'Sail The Border'; the quirky french-feeling cut called 'The Paris Song' with Diane Gallagher providing the French Vocals or the amazingly beautiful closing ballad that is 'Dream On' with Trevor taking care of everything himself - that being vocals, guitar and bass.
This guy truly made his mark and left us with this masterpiece with help from some of his equally talented friends along the way. RIP Trevor Bolder & Lee Kerslake.
By Glenn Milligan