Bernie Marsden / New Album Working Man To Be Released As Planned

Bernie Marsden, the unassuming giant of rock, had completed his new album Working Man before his sad passing on 24 August 2023, aged 72. Following a huge outpouring of loving tributes to Bernie, his wife, Fran Marsden, has persuaded Conquest Music that his new album should be released on 24 November 2023 as Bernie had planned.

“Bernie was really excited about his new album Working Man,” Fran Marsden, Bernie’s wife of over 40 years, said, “and proud of the tracks featured on it. After the last three albums of covers, he was keen for his fans to hear some new, original songs.”

Bernie Marsden - 100 Club, London, 2018
Bernie Marsden – 100 Club, London, 2018. Photo: Eric Duvet

The final recording sessions were in June 2023. Bernie actively participated in mixing, artwork, and album planning. He had a strong desire for the Working Man album to launch in late summer, but the release was finally planned for 24 November 2023 due to the extended vinyl manufacturing process.

“He loved working on them in the studio during lockdown,” Fran said, “and he couldn’t wait to get the album out into the world. Conquest Music were considering delaying the release until 2024 out of respect. But knowing Bernie’s eagerness to get the album out there, we wanted to follow his wishes and release it as planned.”

Working Man contains 12 fresh tracks, all written by Bernie Marsden. The initial pressing of both the LP and CD will include a special bonus disc featuring ten more new recordings.

The album can be pre-ordered from the Bernie Marsden shop, where there is a chance to win one of five special lithographic prints hand-signed by Bernie. Each order will also include an exclusive free Collectors’ Card. 

Bernie Marsden - Working Man
Bernie Marsden – Working Man

“Bernie Marsden was far more than an artist to Conquest Music,” Alan Bambrough told us. “He has been a great friend and mentor for many years and was a huge part of our decision to form the label. His Kings album was our first release, and we are proud to work with his company, Little House Music, in releasing some of his finest-ever work.

“We are heartbroken at Bernie’s passing and thought the right and respectful thing to do would be to postpone the release until next year. Fran Marsden convinced us that Bernie would want the Working Man album to come out as planned.”

Bernie Marsden – Working Man 

Limited Edition Double CD

Disc One

1 Being Famous

2 Midtown

3 Longtime

4 Invisible

5 Son I’ve Never Known

6 Steelhouse Mountain

7 Working Man

8 Valentine’s Day

9 Savannah

10 Bad Reputation

11 You Know

12 The Pearl

Disc Two (Bonus Disc)

1 Look At Me Now

2 Midnight Believer

3 Who’s Fooling Who

4 Just Don’t Have The Time

5 Foolish Day

6 Here I Go Again

7 Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City

8 Til The Day I Die

9 Time Is Right For Love

10 Come On In My Kitchen

Limited Edition Double LP

Side A 

1 Being Famous

2 Midtown

3 Longtime

4 Invisible

5 Son I’ve Never Known

6 Steelhouse Mountain

Side B 

1 Working Man

2 Valentine’s Day

3 Savannah

4 Bad Reputation

5 You Know

6 The Pearl

Bonus LP

Side C 

1 Look At Me Now

2 Midnight Believer

3 Who’s Fooling Who

4 Just Don’t Have The Time

5 Foolish Day

Side D 

1 Here I Go Again

2 Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City

3 Til The Day I Die

4 Time Is Right For Love

5 Come On In My Kitchen

Bernie Marsden
Bernie Marsden. Photo: Sally Newhouse

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