Legendary guitar pioneer Hank Marvin has announced details of his latest studio album. His sixteenth in an incredible five-decade career, 'Without A Word' will be released on 2nd June 2017.
The man who defined the sound of a generation, Marvin's new release follows the top 10 success of the eponymously titled 'Hank' in 2014, and is available on CD, Limited Edition signed CD, Limited Edition Red Vinyl including a signed photograph and Black Vinyl. 'Without A Word' will be available to download on iTunes and for streaming via Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music from release date.
'Without A Word' features fourteen new recordings, all of which are given Hank’s interpretation of some of his all-time favourite tunes. Featured tracks include 'The Fool On The Hill' originally recorded by The Beatles, classics 'Cry Me A River', 'What a Wonderful World', and 'Moon River', the Elvis Presley standard 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', and the TV theme tunes from 'Doctor Who' and 'Poirot'. The disc also features one new original composition; 'Russian Doll' which Hank co-wrote and recorded with his son Ben.
Initially best known as the lead guitarist of The Shadows, the band that evolved to become the UK’s biggest selling instrumental group, Hank has also enjoyed a long and successful solo career lasting almost sixty years. Hank & The Shadows ruled the charts during the early 1960s, achieving huge record sales worldwide.
An originator of the instrument, Hank Marvin is recognised as one of the most influential guitarists of all time, cited by the likes of Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Frampton, George Harrison, Brian May, Pete Townshend, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, and countless others. Hank’s unique sound and subsequent influence on popular music cannot be underestimated.
Hank was the very first guitarist in the UK to own an iconic Fender Stratocaster - when Cliff Richard imported the guitar from the US exclusively for Hank to play - since when generations of guitar players worldwide cite him as the man that inspired them to pick up their first guitar, a tribute confirmed when he regularly features high on the list of polls that determine the greatest guitarists of all time.