Finch & Henson
At Home In The Dark

At Home In The Dark

Tracks:

  1. Lazy Woman* (Finch/Henson) (4:29)
  2. On The Road (aka Kokstad) (Finch) (2:56)
  3. Brother (Finch) (4:30)
  4. Naturally* (Finch) (4:09)
  5. Solly's Saloon (Finch) (4:15)
  6. The Drifter (Finch/Henson) (5:26)
  7. Tears of Sorrow (Finch) (4:30)
  8. Cherry Rose (Finch) (5:20)
  9. Harmony* (Finch) (4:30)

Arranged & produced by Finch & Henson, assisted by Peter Hubner
Engineered by Ton Ten Teuling & Peter Hubner
Recorded and mixed at Emcee Studios, Johannesburg Mar/Apr '80, except
* Recorded live on Emcee Mobile, Keg & Tankard, Pretoria.

Musicians:

  • Brian Finch: Vocals, Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
  • Ken E Henson: Guitars, Mandolin, Synth, Backing vocals
  • Peter Hubner: Organ, Backing vocals, Keyboards, Piano
  • Emanual 'Bageeti' Khumalo: Bass
  • Isaac 'Vusi' Khumalo: Drums
  • Les Goode: Bass
  • Shaun Wright: Drums
  • Maureen England: Backing vocals
  • Ashley Kelly: Bass

Release information:

1980, Warner Brothers Records (WBC 9014)

Review:

Finch & Henson are the Chas 'n Dave of South Africa, except much better.For those unfamiliar with Chas 'n Dave, they are an enduring duo that playa sort of knees up, Cockney styled pub rock. For those unfamiliar withFinch & Henson... where the hell have you been?

Although they have not endured as long as Chas 'n Dave, Finch & Henson madegreat country tinged rock music and were a popular pub band. Like Chas 'nDave though, they were a duo.

On 'At Home in the Dark', the duo play some tight melodic relaxed rock.It's the kind of music you can turn up quite loud before parents may say'would you mind turning that down a bit' rather than the 'will you shutthat infernal racket up' associated with some rock music. Three of thetracks were recorded live at the Keg & Tankard in Pretoria, although otherthan some applause at the end of the tracks, you hardly notice a differencefrom the studio tracks, a compliment to the playing talent of the duo andthe expert engineering of Ton Ten Teuling and Peter Hubner.

A few of the tracks from the album appear on the greatest hits CD 'Free andEasy', amongst them is the opening track of the album 'Lazy Woman' which isa Eagles style country rock song. Another one is 'Kokstad' (listed as 'Onthe Road' on the album) which is a great road song. One can almost feel thewind in your face as you cruise down the highway with this blaring fromyour car stereo.

I haven't yet heard Brian Finch's new solo album 'Hero of Heroes', but ifthis is anything to go by, it should be a treat. 'At Home in the Dark' islike an aural massage. It is gentle, yet it rocks, soothing, but solid. Sosit back, relax and let this duo ease your troubles and for 40 odd minutesand treat you to some of the finest bar rock this side of the border.

John Samson, SA Rockdigest, January 2002

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All info supplied by John Samson, May 2002.


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