Frankie Miller - Frankie Miller’s Double Take album review

Unfinished songs shine with star help

Frankie Miller’s Double Take album cover

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Frankie Miller apparently had loads of songs in various demo stages before he was struck down with a brain haemorrhage in 1994. Now, someone has had the idea of getting in a clutch of the biggest names around to help get 18 of these up to a sufficient standard for release. ‘Sufficient’, though, is an understatement; this album is a triumph.

Everyone has done their bit to honour the music and the man. The result is a record that hums with excitement and does Miller proud. Of course, his voice is on everything, but you hear him alongside Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, Elton John and Francis Rossi, among others, as if it’s the most natural thing in the world.

There’s not a bad song or performance here, but the highlights are Blackmail (with Walsh), Way Past Midnight (Huey Lewis), Kiss Her For Me (Stewart and Walsh) and Gold Shoes (Rossi). Every aspect of Miller’s style is represented, and just to round it off there’s I Do, which has him on his own. A brilliant addition to the Miller legend.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.