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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.