Alan Wilkinson of Northern Sky Reviews the Kim & Lee Sunshine Walkers album

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Sunshine Walkers album review by Alan Wilkinson,

Best known for penning the pop classic “Walking on Sunshine” for his band Katrina and the Waves back in the mid-1980s, a song that remains a much played radio hit today, Kimberley Rew has enjoyed a varied musical career, having also served time with the legendary Soft Boys with Robyn Hitchcock in the late 1970s.

Over the years the songs have kept on coming, even scoring a Eurovision winner in 1997 and in partnership with his wife, singer/bassist Lee Cave-Berry, produced several solo albums between them both, which this compilation concentrates on.

Sunshine Walkers features over twenty feel-good tunes, from dog songs to cat songs, bear songs to pig songs and even the obligatory Christmas song, each showcasing some quintessentially English song writing.

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Kim & Lee’s Sunshine Walkers album reviewed by Mike Ainscoe, At The Barrier

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Sunshine Walkers, subtitled The Best Of Kimberley Rew and Lee Cave-Berry, does what it says on the tin and gives a snapshot, a tip of the iceberg overview of some highlights from the career of an unsung hero of British popular music.

A sign of your standing amongst your peers is when you can get the likes of Mark Ellen, Robyn Hitchcock and The Bangles’ Vicki Petersen to write testimonials for the album sleeve.

In fact, it might just be easiest to crib some of their quotes that include “guitar pop god“, “as warm and comforting as flask of tea in an Austin Cambridge” and “Lee Cave-Berry’s bass is Cambridge’s secret weapon.

So – Walking On Sunshine, Katrina & The Waves, The Soft Boys, Eurovision ’97 and should you need any more confirmation that this man is a legend, simply Google ‘Eurovision 2020’. An event where every contestant took part remotely in a joint performance of the UK’s winning 1997 composed by…guess who? Rew-fest. ‘Kimberley Rew – remember my name’ should be the phrase but he’s far too humble for that.

However, we’re some distance from Eurovision glitz as he sings that “Dogs don’t get religion, Dogs don’t go to church” on the opening The Dog Song that sets the scene and the tone for the next hour. The good time rock and roll opens the box on an Aladdin’s Cave of goodies from the Rew and Rew/cave-Berry catalogues.

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