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Soul Shock Remedy - 1995 Fisheye Lens
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on August 20 2003, In 1995 Articles , 8 Comments , 4400 Reads , Print

ARTIST: Soul Shock Remedy
ALBUM: Fisheye Lens
LABEL: R.E.X Music
SERIAL: REX 41025-2
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Ken Mary - vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards * Brian Buzard - guitars, vocals * Mark Stratford - bass, 12 string guitar, keyboards, vocals * Ben Ashley - guitars, talkbox, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mr Jones * 02 Green Tambourine * 03 Fisheye Lens * 04 Slow Burn * 05 The Looking Glass * 06 Dreams * 07 Rain * 08 Kicking Stone * 09 The Machine * 10 Red * 11 Silent Haze

Soul Shock Remedy was the one-off project by drum supremo Ken Mary. Having done stints with Fifth Angel, TKO, Bonfire, and House Of Lords, it was a 'bolt from the blue' that Mary (strangely named 'Mari' on the album jacket), would be up fronting this Arizona based outfit as the lead singer. The musical style of SSR was quite a departure for Ken considering his pedigree. Gone are the overblown melodic strains of yesteryear, replaced by some modern/alt rock ramblings which are suitably given a 1960's psychedelic shakedown. Though the whole thing was mixed by Michael Wagener, this is Ken's baby, as he produced and engineered the whole thing. The other significant connection to his past is the Chuck Wright designed cover. Very fishy indeed! Musically we get a mixture of Tomorrows Child, Seal, and David Hallyday's Blind Fish. All very jangly, with a racy edge.

The Songs
The accelerated drum-beat 'Mr Jones' highlights the urgent presence of the song. A track with a 60's vibe for sure. Then of course there's the rehash of that 60's hit 'Green Tambourine', given a remodelling 90's style. It's superb! Both the title track and 'Slow Burn' have that prevailing modern edge, complete with groove and attitude. There's no let-up with 'The Looking Glass', followed immediately by the mid-tempo balladry of 'Dreams', straight out of the psychedelic textbook! A beautiful track. Probably the closest they get to true melodic rock is 'Rain', a surging piece with big keyboard layers throughout that even old boss Gregg Giuffria would be proud of. Another track with a blues attitude is the excellent 'Kicking Stone', I can imagine someone like Pat Travers doing this circa 1979.. it has that similarity. The other ballad 'Red' is a nice acoustic driven interlude.

In Summary
At the time SSR attracted quite a lot of interest from fanzines, more for the fact that Ken was singing, and making a good fist of it too. There's no doubting that it's different (well for Ken Mary fans at least), but it's worth a listen, mainly because of it's variety. Not easy to track down now, mind you it wasn't easy to track down back in 1995 either! If you like any of the aforementioned artists (Tomorrows Child and Blind Fish in particular), then you should be hunting this one down. Start trawling for a copy now.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 30 2008 06:46:50
Ken Mary. A man very much ahead of his time with this album.
#2 | rostoned on June 30 2008 06:49:51
I have this, bought it at the time since Reyno was pushing this in Kerrang if I remember well. But my copy has a different artwork than this, how about yours Dave?
#3 | reyno-roxx on June 30 2008 09:13:37
Yup, got my copy to review from Ken. The artwork is totally different.
#4 | gdazegod on June 30 2008 09:29:58
I can't remember where I picked the artwork up from.. Hmm.. you got me thinking now. Do either of you boyz have the 'other' artwork as a JPG file? Can we put it up in this review too?
#5 | gdazegod on June 30 2008 09:37:15
Aah it's ok, I found them. Actually, I found two other cover jackets for the album. Get this:

gdm.glorydazemusic.com/infusions/images/reviews/soulshockremedy_fel2.jpg gdm.glorydazemusic.com/infusions/images/reviews/soulshockremedy_fel3.jpg
#6 | rostoned on June 30 2008 09:59:50
My copy has the cover shown on the right George...I wonder now: did this album had more covers than buying customers???? hilarious Jokes apart this was a very good, intelligent, tasty and off the wall nu melodic release, a fresh of breath air for Ken and all of us after the heaviness by numbers and mad hair craze of House of Lords, and I am quite sure that Ken was able to see that the writing was on the wall for the Giuffria/Christian ensemble after that disappointing opus (Sahara).
#7 | gdazegod on July 23 2009 00:34:12
I'm guessing REX Music is to do with Rex Carroll? As some of the WHITECROSS releases are also out on REX Music.. hmm!
#8 | gdazegod on March 23 2016 10:26:11
I'm actually looking at buying a copy off Ebay, but have noticed recently this thing called 'Global Shipping Program' as the only option for P&P.

The P&P cost is outrageous, for one CD.. = US$21. WTF?

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