The Hensley Lawton Band
From page 79 of Classic Rock Magazine July 2001
(Eagle EAGCD 185)
This is the easiest yet, by contrast, the most difficult album that former Uriah Heepsters Ken Hensley and John Lawton wilfl ever make. Easy? It's a live album of Uriah Heep songs these two performers can knock out at the drop of a back catalogue. Most difficult? It pigeonholes them as playing off their past, with little to offer beyond it.
Recorded at last year's Heepvention in London, it's an affirmation of two genuine talents bringing the best out of each other. 'The Return' has an exuberance and ebullience born out of a desire by the protagonists to play songs like `Stealin", 'The Wizard', 'Easy LMn" and 'Gypsy' for an appreciative audience. And while many will cynically argue that this is a cash in on past glories, they're past glories with which Lawton and Hensley are closely associated.
Thoroughly entertaining, 'The Return' puts the Hensley Lawton Band on the map. Shame they've now called it a day and won't have the chance to take it any further.
Malcolm Dome *****