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Graham Bonnet sings literally everything on Solo Albums 1974-1992

Six-record set Solo Albums 1974-1992 proves Graham Bonnet could pretty much sing anything – and frequently did

Graham Bonnet: Solo Albums 1974-1992
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There’s no denying that Graham Bonnet was easily the sharpest looking singer Rainbow ever had. 

To this day, he still looks like the ghost of a young Elvis and, judging by some of the pictures on this latest box set, rarely buttoned up a shirt in his life. 

Solo Albums 1974–1982 charts Bonnet’s rise and fall from the early 70s up to (regardless of this collection’s title) 2015 for two tracks from the Graham Bonnet Band’s My Kingdom Come EP. 

Like the curate’s egg, it’s good in parts, although that’s more down to Bonnet’s material reflecting the era he’s working in than to any of his performances: blues standards, rock’n’ roll, hard rock, the dizzying 12-inch long disco version of Warm Ride that goes on longer than Brexit. 

There’s no denying the flashes of brilliance though: Night Game, 1987’s Tonite I Fly, the thundering Dead Man Walking, Bonnet riding high and hard, his vocals clear and strong.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.