See also SAXON

"End Of An Era" (SJPCD085)

This is a collection of classic old songs and new material that shows the full ange of what he is capable...This is a must have collection of classic rock songs...

Adrian Lyth, Highway To Hell (Sept 2001)

…a cracking album…three sensational Jimi Hendrix covers…Dynamite stuff

Jo-Ann Green, Goldmine, December 2001

Old and new is amalgamated and it works well…Graham shows that he's not a one-dimensional 80's guitarist and that he still has a few surprises up his sleeve.

Miggo, June 2002

…this is a superb piece of work with some exceptional guitaring and some inspirational lyrics…It's a moving album in places and a rocker in others.

Modern Dance #39 (August 2002)

The music is mostly Hardrock here, but different from SAXON, and is more 70s inspired (groovy) Hardrock...a quality record with 13 nice songs...Recommended to fans of SAXON of course... (7.5/10)

Strutter magazine (August 2003)

Graham Oliver was one of the two original guitarists for British New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Saxon. In the mid-90s, he exited Saxon under less than friendly circumstances. A few years ago, he joined forces with another Saxon alum, Steve Dawson (bass) and formed Oliver/Dawson Saxon. End Of An Era is Graham's first solo album, and according to the liner notes the title refers to "the changing face of music, and the decline of guitar heroes." ... "Born To Rock 'N' Roll," a retooled remake of Saxon's "Requiem (We Will Remember)," and a rousing cover of Saxon's "Never Surrender," featuring Steve Dawson and original Saxon drummer Pete Gill, are enjoyable.

Interestingly, Paul Johnson, who played bass for Saxon during the Destiny (1988) period, sings on these versions. Oliver performs covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Love Or Confusion" and "Can You See Me," and put music to some of Hendrix's unfinished lyrics and called it "Sippin' Wine." He also delivers several instrumentals, "Wamita," "Ode To A Wild Blue Angel," and "Golden Shred Jam."

Score: 2 out of 5 Battle-Axes

Chris Dugan - METAL DREAMS