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Glenn Hughes
Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels
Frontiers Records
FRCD203
Produced By: Hughes and Fabrizio Grossi

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Release Date: September 20

Released: EU

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: Frontiers Records Glenn Hughes
89%
Songs: 90%
Sound: 88%
Since his comeback in the mid-90's a new Glenn Hughes release used to be a real event. Now it's a pretty regular thing, with a little less excitement attached, but nevertheless still worthy of getting excited about.
I am a great fan of Hughes and his unique abilities, but wasn't sure what this release would offer.
One listen and it was pretty clear. Several more listens and there is no doubt. This is one for the long time fans those that have been with Hughes since the early days and those that appreciate his vast musical legacy. Those more casual fans or those just into his more melodic songs/releases will not have as much to gain from this album.
Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels is Glenn and band, with guests, packed into a LA studio for a live performance in front of a handful of invited friends and fans.
It's Glenn at his raw, fly by the seat of your pants, best.
The band for this show features Glenn, with Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith, guitarist JJ Marsh, keys man Ed Roth and second guitarist George Nastos.
The band are hot, but the star of this show besides Glenn and his thumping bass playing is drummer Chad, who really puts in a stellar performance.
Glenn's vocals are something else the man is not called the Voice Of Rock for no reason. He shines throughout this and his tone will blow you away.
I said this is one for the die-hards for a reason. Glenn takes the songs and in this intimate live setting, really gives them a workout. There are only 11 tracks in the live set, yet the gig couldn't fit onto a single CD. Each track is extended and ad-libbed to, with several tracks reaching and even passing 10 minutes in length.
If you don't like jamming and extended solos, move on!
Glenn covers his career, but only touches on most areas. The reality that 11 tracks could cover 30+ years in the business was never going to fly.
Included are tracks from recent solo works (Can't Stop The Flood & Higher Places and Written All Over Your Face), plus songs from his first band Trapeze (Seafull and Medusa), plus Hughes/Thrall (First Step Of Love) and Deep Purple (Mistreated, Getting Tighter and You Keep On Movin').
The Healer is a bonus studio track which is a laid back acoustic driven track. It's a nice soft Hughes track which sees him in a relaxed mode.
As for the accompanying DVD release the sound is available in both stereo and a 5.1 surround mix. I'm happy to report that both sound fabulous and the performance is as I have said, bang on.
Bu the picture quality of this release is dreadful. The are 3 or 4 cameras in action, so the footage and angles are varied, but none of the footage is clear and viewable on a regular basis.
The footage is so dark in places that it's hard to make out who the camera is even focusing on and elsewhere the picture is blurred and muddy. The setting and location is not a problem, I'd watch Hughes from the moon if need be, but in this instance, the quality is really not up to standard.
The Bottom Line
Both CD release comes highly recommended for long time Hughes fans. This is one of the finest examples of loose, free-flowing 70's hard rock and the voice alone is why we are buying this but the performance by all is something to behold. A great if not short summary of a fabulous career.
Previously Reviewed
Addiction
The Way It Is
Incense And Peaches
R.O.C.K
Building The Machine
HTP
HTP 2
Songs In The Key Of Rock

Line Up
Glenn Hughes: Vocals, Bass
JJ Marsh, George Nastos: Guitar
Chad Smith: Drums
Ed Roth: Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
Glenn Hughes
Trapeze, Deep Purple
Track Listing
Can't Stop The Flood*
Higher Places
Written All Over Your Face*
Medusa
Wherever You Go
Seafull
Coast To Coast
First Step Of Love*
Mistreated*
Gettin' Tighter*
You Keep On Moving
The Healer (bonus studio track)
--*Best Tracks


22/01/05: Steve - Mireillesteve@aol.com
Rating: 60
Picture quality is the pits. Apart from that, a decent enough concert, though.

Rgds

Steve

27/10/04: John Ferguson - jonferg@nortelnetworks.com
Rating: 100
It doesn't get any better than this. The quality and performances on the CD are as good as anything you could wish to hear. Stunning performance from one of the foremost talents in the classic rock landscape. The new songs sound better than the originals and the versions of the Purple classics are fresh, exciting and as timeles as ever.

11/10/04: Purple Kudi - kudis@bluewin.ch
Rating: 95
The double cd is stunning, great storming versions of old and new Glenn Hughes hammersongs.Great improvisations of all members who playing old school of HARD ROCK!! WOW !!!Chat Smith is an amazing drummer, and JJ Marsh is better and better. Glenn's voice is allways perfectly, for me the best singer ever.Glenn playing amazing bass on Gettin Tighter is sooo cool, i love it !!! He is the number one of singers and bassplayers on this earth!!I will wait on Hughes/Thrall 2!!! and Glenn's new effort "Soul Mover" next year, hope is an very very HARD ROCK album without too much funk!!!!
Rating 95%
The quality from the DVD is really really POOR! I'm very dissaponted on it, picture quality is poor , picture and sound NOT synch, on my dvd are wrongs in the soundquality in 2.0 stereo what's that??Shit! this DVD remember me on a old third generaton videotape it is terrible. Or we can see Glenn and this is okay...
Rating 40 %!!
TIP: peoples must hearing Iommi Hughes Dep Sessions this cd ROCK'S!!!!!!!!!

10/10/04: Dan - bowdownkneel@aol.com
Rating: 100
This 2 CD/1 DVD release is the greatest live Glenn Hughes ever! This man's voice just keeps getting better, and better, and better it's unreal to hear it. How come Ian Gillan still can't hit the hit notes? Glenn's been singing for over 35 years too, and still nails all the Trapeze songs, it's amazing. I feel Glenn's voice is helped immensely by the presence of Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers on the drum kit. Quite possibly the best ever drummer of Glenn's entire solo career. Get this both on DVD and CD you won't be sorry you did.

07/10/04: Ted - terteds@aol.com
Rating: 100
Glenn and his band are awesome, you just dont see or hear live recordings like this anymore. It has a total 70's vibe without ever getting boring. Glenn is incredible, not only are his vocals stellar, but his bass playing, which is often overlooked, is unbelievable. The other stars of the show are Chad Smith on drums and JJ Marsh on guitar. Chad takes all of Glenn's classics and gives them a thunderous new edge, JJ is dead on with his guitar playing and his tones are fantastic. The CD is definetly a 100, but i have to agree with the review on the DVD, the sound quality is excellent, but the picture quality is poor so i give the DVD an 80. Regardless of the DVD quality, i would still get it. Unfortunately Glenn's touring in the U.S. is limited and being from Detroit, I doubt he will ever come here.


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