& Heard - CD Review
Taken From Issue 238 - April 2017
C D Review
Keeley: The King And I
1. Make The World Go Away, 2. Fairytale, 3. Almost, 4. Girls!
Girls! Girls! 5. Love Me Tonight, 6. Where Do You Come From, 7.
Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello, 8. I'll Never Know, 9. Treat Me
Nice, 10. No More, 11. Something Blue, 12. Just Pretend, 13. Make
Me Know It, 14. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here.
this album out has been a journey of fear, courage and uncertainty
for the ever popular performer Mark Keeley. In December 2014 he
was taken into hospital to have a polyp removed from his vocal
cord. This was a really tough time in his life and nobody quite
knew what the outcome would be. By the end of January 2015 Mark
was singing again, but lacked his old flair and confidence. It
took until May that year before he felt he was back to being his
old self and knew that the operation had been a major success.
has been a lifelong fan of Elvis Presley and in producing this
album, The King And I is his way of paying tribute to his hero.
This is the first of what will be a trilogy of solo albums from
him. As far as I can ascertain, everything on this album has been
done by him apart from the excellent artwork and sleeve which
was done by Good Rocking Tonight guitarist and vocalist John O'Malley.
Mark's own words, "Make The World Go Away is one of my favourite
Elvis tracks and I remember hearing it once and thinking to myself
- I would love to sing that song on stage one day. Not only have
I done that, but here it is on my album. I hope you like it".
his career Elvis Presley recorded 784 songs and Mark tells me
in doing this and future albums, his aim is to bring as many little
known Elvis songs as he can to the fore. On this album Mark is
singing as Mark Keeley and demonstrates what a tremendous range
he possesses. I personally have seen Mark Keeley's solo shows
many times over the years and also with his band, Good Rocking
Tonight countless times. There were no Mark Keeley solo albums
in my collection until I received this one to review but I have
quite a few of the band's CDs. In my view this album is a must
for all Mark Keeley fans out there and I personally was hooked
and pleasantly surprised from the very first track.
I can visualise myself spending many a relaxed evening with a
glass of red wine (nothing new there) and listening to Mark's
album The King And I in the future. In producing this album Mark
has shown what a true professional and master technician he has
become. I contacted him to ask who the backing singers and musicians
were for the credits. Mark says he played the piano himself, and
the album was made by using backing tracks. Mark added piano,
rhythm guitar, and backing vocals where needed. In Mark's own
words again; "to sing this album and others, is still and always
will be a privilege and I will do so as long as I can.
can only finish by saying thank you so much Elvis". My own conclusion
is that it's a delight to have this album in my collection. I'm
not going to pick out individual tracks for review here because
it's not a real flat out rocking album. There are some upbeat
tracks which are really good, but the majority are superbly sung
ballads and that will do for me, I need to relax sometimes too.
I can only say top geezer!
The album was mixed and engineered by Mark Keeley. For bookings
and information contact Mark on 07980 608687 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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