‘The Day I Went Mad’ is no exception and after an extremely promising start with two belting rock songs featuring good heavy Malmsteenesque guitar from Vivian Campbell and Mario Parga namely “The Day I Went Mad” and “Don’t Look Down” we are soon brought down to earth with two typically infuriating vocal performances on ‘Killer’ and the Beatles cover ‘Oh Darling’ which cannot be saved even by the guitar work of Slash.
On the plus side though they are the easily the worst tracks on the album and quite possibly are not helped by following the best two. Of the other tracks ‘Model Inc’ and ‘Greenwich Meantime’ are possibly the best.
As ever with a Bonnet album, or Bonnay as a friend of mine insists on pronouncing it, there are a multitude of special guest musicians on the album. As well as the aforementioned guitarists Slash, Vivian Campbell and Mario Parga there are contributions from Bruce Kulick, my old mate Tony Franklin and Tim Bogert on bass. Kevin Valentine occupied the drum stool and the producers seat but presumably not at the same time !
Newcomers to Graham Bonnet would be better off with his Rainbow album ‘Down To Earth’ and those looking to explore his solo output should look no further than his self-titled debut and his best and most consistent solo offering ‘Line-Up’