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Deke Leonard

  • Iceberg [United Artists, 1974] B
  • Kamikaze [United Artists, 1974] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Iceberg [United Artists, 1974]
Released a year ago in England by this once and future Man, Leonard's solo debut is as raw as the folk-rock fairytales of ex-Man Malcolm Morley are tame, which is no doubt why UA put out Help Yourself and not Leonard here. Welsh metal, Dave Edmunds influence, with slide and echo and a nice colloquial terseness applied to such traditional Llanellian themes as agro and looking for a woman--but not quite songful enough, or cool enough, to get the hots for. B

Kamikaze [United Artists, 1974]
Man's main man has optimistic ideas about kamikaze--on the cover he's wearing a parachute in a tree. Almost like recording solo albums while you're in a group--nice to have a cushion. B-