They say that good things come to those who wait, but the much anticipated debut solo album from Mostly Autumn guitarist Liam Davison is much more than simply good.
Davison has been a member of cult classic rock outfit Mostly Autumn since its inception in the mid-nineties and in that time the band has built a devoted following; performed sold out shows; gigged relentlessly, released a string of classic rock albums; toured with the likes of Uriah Heep & Blackmore's Night, as well as appearing at Murrayfield Stadium as invited guests of Bryan Adams.
Within the band, Davison has always been happy to stand in the shadows, supporting lead guitarist Bryan Josh, and throwing in the vital guitar components that enhance the group's lush soundscapes. But now, with A Treasure Of Well-Set Jewels, he has produced a cornucopia of aural delights that showcase his unique guitar style and song writing talents.
Throughout the album his six-string influences; in particular the likes of Jeff Beck and David Gilmour are evident for all to hear, and allied with his own unique style, has produced solos of breathtaking majesty.
All songs are Davison's own compositions with the lush ballad, Once In A Lifetime a joint collaboration with Mostly Autumn's former lead vocalist, Heather Findlay. In fact it is one of Findlay's first compositions since leaving Mostly Autumn in April 2010 and is already destined to become a classic.
Findlay also sings on the album's closing track, the masterpiece that is Picture Postcard. When you hear these performances it will come as no surprise that her unique style has resulted in several ‘best vocalist awards' over the past decade, from the likes of the Classic Rock Society.
Also weaving her magic on the album is another of Britain's finest rock vocalists; Anne-Marie Helder, who as well as contributing to Mostly Autumn's sound in recent years, fronts her own band, the much acclaimed Panic Room, and has also worked with heavyweight names such as John Wetton and Geoff Downes, as well as touring with Ultravox.
The other musicians featured throughout the album are bassist Paul Teasdale (Breathing Space), keyboard player, Simon Waggott, and Davison's Mostly Autumn band mates, Iain Jennings and drummer Gavin Griffiths. The latter is also renowned for his work with ex-Marillion vocalist Fish.
With some of these songs having originally been conceived as far back as the mid-nineties, it's certainly been a long time coming, but now that the album is a reality, it might not be long before Davison, is, in his own words, from the album's opening cut, Ride The Seventh Wave, "climbing up to dizzy heights".
Once you have heard A Treasure Of Well-Set Jewels, like us, you will probably concur, it's undoubtedly a candidate for best rock album of the decade.