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About 10 years ago, whilst wasting my time doing a degree, I was veging in front of the box when a programme came on called "40 years of peace". I remember it proclaimed how wonderful it had been that since WWII there had indeed been 40 years of "peace". It seemed that since "our boys won the war" everything has been fine and dandy. I phoned the BBC, and asked the producer if he could tell me which planet he was talking about. Many times more people have been killed since "the war" than during it. He couldn't answer the question! Sometimes, as a songwriter, songs just happen to you. This was one of those occasions. 10 years later I am sent a C.D. by a chap called Lee Saunders for a review. It seems to me that Lee has been through exactly the same experience.

Lets' get the superlatives out the way first. Leaving aside the big budget record company backed offerings we get all the time at Venue, this is the best presented, best written, best recorded, most musical, most thought provoking, best organized, and most promising C.D. I have ever seen or heard from an unsigned artist! Why?..........

Lee is a Artist. He has that very rare gift of being able to paint with sound. He cares very, very deeply about the finished product, both visually, and aurally. He is not a 'Rock Star', there are no 'smouldering hunk' pictures of him anywhere on the C.D.. Indeed, Lee is listed half way down the artists credits. Lee is like the Wizard of Oz, coaxing, cajoling, leading, organizing, and making things happen. Everyone playing on the C.D. gives a stunning performance. Artists include: Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill by the way!

This is an epic piece, 8 months in the recording and 16 tracks long. The theme is a bitter/sweet treatise of the political, personal, and actual subject of war. In the end, it is a reworking of the play and film 'Oh what a lovely war'. There are no direct comparisons except that in both cases one is left with a distinct feeling of having been well and truly shafted by the powers that be.

So - What's it like? Well, it's like the Pink Floyd. It's big, there are no obvious singles, and millions of people over the world will buy it. I want to see this work done live in the grand scale of the Floyd. It would be one of those events that those lucky enough to be there will boast about for the rest of their lives.

I have got to know Lee a little on the phone since hearing this. He is modest, caring, inspirational, unselfish and bursting with even more ideas. This is the beginning of something massive on a world-wide scale. If you are an A and R chap, or you know one, you have been warned - don't miss this chance! Robert John Godfrey (The Enid) once told me that truly good music was capable of bypassing the intellect and feeding directly into the listeners emotions. He was almost right. Lee Saunders' C.D. does all this, but at the same time engages the intellect in a very subtle yet powerful way.

BUY THIS C.D. then you can be the one in the pub in 5 years time that says "Lee Saunders, yeah, I bought "A Promise of Peace" way back before he had a deal" - instant one upmanship!

Reviewed by Kinsby.

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