Saracen

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Released: September 2011 | Produced by Martin Kronlund

Steve Bettney: Vocals
Paul Bradder: Keyboards
Paul Gibson: Drums
Richard Bendelow: Bass, Vocals
Rob Bendelow: Guitar

Special Guests

Robin Beck: Vocals
Issa: Vocals
Steve Overland: Vocals
Karensa Kerr: Vocals
Snake Davis: Sax

MARILYN

  • 1: The Girl: Norma Jeane
  • 2: The Orphan: Whither The Wind Blows
  • 3: The Dreamer: Hold On
  • 4: The Model: Make This Body Work
  • 5: The Actress: Who Am I?
  • 6: The Wife: Love Like A Razorblade
  • 7: The Patient: Break The Spell
  • 8: The Mistress: Not For Sure
  • 9: The Forsaken: Feel Like Going Home
  • 10: The Witness: Unfinished Life
  • 11: The Woman: Marilyn

COMMENTS

The latest release from Saracen, for 2011. This is a concept album, carefully crafted around the life and times of that ultimate Hollywood icon – Marilyn Monroe. This opus charts her roller-coaster life, from young orphan to worldwide superstar...and beyond. And as with Saracen’s previous album (‘Vox In Excelso’) the storyline does not shy away from the darker recesses of history; in this case Marilyn’s problematic life...and untimely death.

Of the 11 tracks on the album, five tell their story in Marilyn’s own words...brought to life by the very special guest appearance of American songstress Robin Beck. Robin’s unique vocal style adds a dramatic new dimension to this rich collection of interwoven compositions. Learn more about Robin’s musical career here – www.robinbeckrocks.com

Saracen’s symphonic-rock instrumentation has also been augmented for ‘Marilyn’, with the inclusion of saxophone impresario Snake Davis. His evocative, soaring solos adding greatly to the album’s emotional journey. Learn more about Snake’s career here - www.snakedavis.com

The layered vocal harmonies on the ‘Marilyn’ album come courtesy of Saracen bass man Richard Bendelow and classical-turned-rock newcomer Karensa Kerr. The fusion of symphonic rock with choral-style vocal arrangements has produced an intoxicating mix.

Two more vocalists make outstanding guest appearances on this album – namely Norwegian rock sensation Issa and ‘FM’ frontman Steve Overland. Issa handles the lead vocals on ‘Hold On’, whilst Steve & Robin intertwine beautifully on ‘Who Am I?’. Find out more here: www.overland-shadowman.com