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CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple Tour (Live)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2018 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, News, Deep Purple, David Coverdale, CD Review, Live, Classic Rock, Rhino, Hardrock, Rock

CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple Tour (Live)"

(*/10) After having released “The Purple Album” in 2015, David Coverdale and band mates hit the road for promoting the new release, an album that pays attention to Coverdale’s Deep Purple days. “Burn” and “Mistreated” have been some classic of MK3 and MK4 that acted as a centrepiece for “The Purple Album" and it’s songs from those days that also have been part of each of the shows.

Whitesnake recorded some concerts of this tour, leading to a live album entitled “The Purple Tour”. The newest Whitesnake offer comes in different formats. Base for this review is the audio version (the album is available as CD, LP, CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray).

Like with the studio album it’s Deep Purple milestones such as “Soldier of Fortune” and “Burn” that have been performed and captured. No doubt, if you haven’t lived under a rock over the last decades you know these rock anthems by heart. However, it was a good idea to vitalise and cherish these songs that fundamentally shaped rock music in the 70’s.

Since it was a Whitesnake tour also some hits from David Coverdale and Co. have been part of the setlist. There can’t be a Whitesnake show without playing ”Still of the Night”, “Is this Love” and “Here I Go Again”.

All in all “The Purple Tour (Live)” is a well-done live release with classic rock highlights that are timeless.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Burn
  2. Bad Boys
  3. Love Ain't No Stranger
  4. The Gypsy
  5. Gicve Me All Your Love
  6. Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
  7. Mistreated
  8. You Fool No One
  9. Soldier of Fortune
  10. Is This Love
  11. Fool For Your Loving
  12. Here I Go Again
  13. Still of the Night

 

Label: Rhino / Warner Music

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: January 19th, 2918

 

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Live report DEEP PURPLE, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, 02.06.2017

Veröffentlicht am 4. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Ziggo Dome, earMusic, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, News, Live Review, Live, Tour, inFinite, ian gillan, roger glover, ian paice, steve morse, don airay

Live report DEEP PURPLE,  Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, 02.06.2017

The title of Deep Purple’s fantastic new album “inFinite” leaves quite some space for speculation and interpretation, especially considering the capital ‘F’ as part of the album name. Does this mean that the iconic pioneers in rock will come closer to an end? Or will they go on forever?

What is a fact though, “inFinite” is a brilliant album that presents the best what you can expect of a band that’s in business since almost 50 years. To support this longplayer the band embarked on a long tour, covering many parts of this planet. One stop on this trip was Amsterdam with playing a show at Ziggo Dome, on of the biggest concert venue in the Netherlands.

After Canadian hardrockers Monster Truck played a solid support slot it was time for Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey to enter the stage. The setlist was built on two main components. As not expected differently the new album played an important role that night and in combination with the old evergreens, the night in Amsterdam became an impressive journey through five decades of classic rock.

It was the opener of the new longplayer that also acted as kick-start for the show. “Time of Bedlam” is a great rock song, which includes some mechanical vocal parts in beginning and end, and it has been the In Gillan’s robot-like moves that visually supported those very well. What made the set to a thrilling one was the constant jump between new and old. Instead of funneling the new songs in the beginning, Deep Purple played old and new in a constant alternation, which means that with “Fireball” and “Bloodsucker” two classics followed the opener. The awesome “Strange Kind of Woman”, also from the “Fireball” album, was the bridge to some new songs. Three songs from the latest release showcased again the newer Deep Purple before the real classics filled the venue with pure rock'n'roll magic.

As soon as the first tones of “Perfect Strangers” left the speakers the audience shifted gears from ‘enthusiastic’ to ‘madhouse’, ending in a more than 10.000 people choir singing the iconic chorus of “Smoke on the Water”. This moment gave everybody in the hall the shivers and showed again that this song is THE hymn when it comes to rock music. It was a furious closure of the regular set, followed by a few minutes break in which the quintet left the stage.

Two more ‘musts’ have been part of the encore. “Hush”, the Joe South cover, was a swinging first part of the encore, before Roger Glover demonstrated the power and groove of the four-string guitar if handled with experience and competence. Excellent work. Maybe another song, taken from the rich Deep Purple discography, would have been better. However, the solo was a nice bridge to the closer of this night in rock. An impressive version of “Black Night” rounded of a concert that showed again, why Deep Purple belonged and belongs to the heavy influencers in rock. These guy are the spearhead when it come to hardrock and it’s awesome with what kind of energy the guys can easily handle an almost two hour show. Rock’n’Roll obviously keeps you young and vital – no doubt after having seen this show tonight.

Next to the well-chosen setlist it goes without saying that the sound was excellently done from the first to last song and also the band itself seemed to enjoy every single minute of this show. Each of the five band members added with their field of expertise the necessary puzzle pieces to the whole to make this night to a celebration in rock. Deep Purple stood there as a unit that had fun and pleasure of what they are doing – entertaining fans of which most of the ones being at the Amsterdam show probably accompanied the band from their very beginning. My personal conclusion after this impressive night is very clear. Hopefully the ‘infinite’ part is much more leading than the ‘finite’. This band can’t stop, especially not when releasing this kind of  excellent longplayers followed by jaw-dropping good live show. Keep on rocking.

 

Live report DEEP PURPLE,  Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, 02.06.2017

Setlist:

  1. Time for Bedlam
  2. Fireball
  3. Bloodsucker
  4. Strange Kind of Woman
  5. Johnny's Band
  6. Uncommon Man
  7. The Surprising
  8. Lazy
  9. Birds of Prey
  10. Hell to Pay
  11. Keyboard Solo
  12. Perfect Strangers
  13. Space Truckin'
  14. Smoke on the Water
  15. Haush (Encore)
  16. Bass Solo (Encore)
  17. Black Night (Encore)

 

Location: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: June 2nd, 2017

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CD review DEEP PURPLE "inFinite"

Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2017 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, News, CD Review, earMusic, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice

(9/10) I think that there's no one who doesn’t know Deep Purple. And even the ones that lived under a rock for the last 4 decades of rock at least heard a classic rock song called “Smoke on the Water”. Ian Gillan and Co. are belonging to the generation of bands that has been, and still are, main influencers when it comes to rock and metal music. Having released their debut back in 1968, followed by many highlights in rock history, showcases the level of experience and importance that Deep Purple had over all these 49 years with hopefully no end in sight.

A few years ago the living legend rock released with “NOW What?” an excellent studio album that’s now topped by the highly anticipated 20th longplayer. “inFinite” hits the shelves on April 7th and comes via earMUSIC, featuring ten new songs of the British rock legend.

“Time for Bedlam” starts in an unusual way. The song, that’s also the first single, beginss with Ian Gillan’s voice that’s slightly distorted by a voice effect. After a few notes the track evolves to a grooving Deep Purple that reflects the more temporary Deep Purple.  

Don Airey’s keyboards and the typical Deep Purple guitar lines are the foundation of the rocking “Hip Boots” while the soulful start of “All I got is You” acts almost like a well placed counterpart to the rocking swing of “Hip Boots”. Gillan shows again why he belongs to best singers in rock and hardrock. OK, the high pitch screams might not be present anymore, but the charismatic frontman has still so much feel in his voice that became a trademark of the band over all these years. Accompanied by Steven Morse singing guitar and Airey keyboards “All I got is You” belongs to the best tunes I’ve heard from the band over the last years.

Two spot-on tracks follow this more epical sound experience. “One Night in Vegas” focusses on the essence without being puristic. The track includes this warm and organic vibe that’s very much supported by the embedded piano sounds. Deep Purple shows with “inFinite” that rock’n’roll isn’t a matter of age. It’s about passion and dedication for what you’re doing and if this falls together with skills and creativity record like “inFinite” are the logical consequence.  “Get me Outta Here” is one of ten proofs, a song that gets out of the gates by powerful drum beats of Ian Paice. The tune itself is a grooving mid-tempo one at full strength.

Keyboards, reminding of an outer space experience, kicks off “The Surprising”, a song that belongs to the balladic milestones on this longplayer. It’s beautiful number that spans over a length of six minutes including a great guitar solo, reminding of the earlier days. There is a bit of a gloomy undertone weaved into this quiet and harmonic track which feels like an extra spice.

After such a more epical journey it’s time for some more rocking stuff. You want it, you get it. “Johnny’s Band” is a catchy four minute track that feels light-hearted and immediately sticks to your mind . It's a typical Deep Purple mid-pace song, “On the Top of the World” blends into “Birds of Prey”. The band reduces the speed and adds some complexity which gives the track a prog expression. This song is a bit different and that's the beauty of it.

The grand finale is bringing the blues to the forefront with one legend covering a classic from another legend. “Roadhouse Blues”, originally by the The Doors, is an extremely cool song with an embedded blues vibe which makes this tune to a real treat for fans of rock and rolling music. Deep Purple’s interpretation is a glorious ending of an album that show the five gentlemen at their best.

Deep Purple’s newest masterpiece is another shining pearl in the bands discography. Deep Purple was and is Deep Purple - a 100%. These guys developed their sound over many many years and it’s amazing how many small twists and tweaks they added in order to keep the level of excitement high; from the first to the final note. Considering the album title “inFinite” and the tour header “The Long Goodbye Tour” can be interpreted in various ways, but one thing is for certain: Deep Purple in such a shape and form needs to stay in rock.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Time Fro Bedlam
  2. Hip Boots
  3. All I Got is You
  4. One Night in Vegas
  5. Get Me Outta Here
  6. The Surprising
  7. Johnny's Band
  8. On the Top of the World
  9. Birds of Prey
  10. Roadhouse Blues

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 7th, 2017

CD review DEEP PURPLE "inFinite"
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DEEP PURPLE - 'Making of inFinite' premiers in German cinemas

Veröffentlicht am 21. Februar 2017 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Film, Movie, earMUSIC, UCI Events, Cinestar

Copyright: earMUSIC, Photo: Jim Rakete

Copyright: earMUSIC, Photo: Jim Rakete

‘Deep Purple goes cinema’ – this could be the headline for what the classic rock legends planned for their upcoming release “inFinite”. The band documented their work on creating and recording the new longplayer. The film, entitled “From Here to inFinite”, has its premier at UCI Events and Cinestar in Germany on March 16th. Next to the ‘Behind the scene’ documentary there will be also new songs presented that night – three weeks prior to the release date on April 7th. The film will be shown in English with German subtitles and as the cherry on the cake it’s drummer Ian Pace and bass player Roger Glover, both being present at the event in the UCI Kinowelt Duesseldorf.

DEEP PURPLE - 'Making of inFinite' premiers in German cinemas
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CD review GLENN HUGHES "Resonate"

Veröffentlicht am 2. November 2016 von Markus W. in Glenn Hughes, Deep Purple, News, CD Review, Blues, Rock, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Sleaze Rock, Soul

(9/10) Glenn Hughes is belonging to a group of musicians that can be looked at as being dinosaurs of rock music. It was in 1970 when the singer and bassplayer appeared on the scene and since then he was involved in so many bands and projects that it's hard to note them all down in this review. With Deep Purple, Gary Moore and the Black Country Communion I just mention a few in this post.

Next to all the involvement in these bands, Hughes always released solo albums too and after the latest band projects he decided to give some more attention to his own material again. The first result out of this focussed work is named "Resonate" which is the new longplayer of the English mastermind.

Hughes gathered a few other guys around him. Next to himself it's Pontus Enborg (d), Lachy Doley (key) and Soren Andersen (g) that joined his band. And there is another long-term friend supporting "Resonate". Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith can be listened to on two tracks, the opener and the closing number.

Hughes stands for quality, no doubt. But what I got to hear on "Resonate" was more than what I expected. This stuff is hard and heavy, rocking and grooving, gentle and wild - all spread out over eleven songs that are a pure treat for your ears. I wouldn't go that far saying that this longplayer contains the best songs Hughes ever wrote, but it definitely belongs to the best records I've heard from him.

The opener "Heavy" is more than just a beginning. This song is a statement which makes very clear that this album is supposed to blow you away. "My Town" underlines this declaration with a cool bassline and also "Flow" doesn't leave a single doubt of Hughes being back with full force.

"God of Money" is another cool track, coming with an irresistible groove while "When I Fall" shows that Hughes still has a lot of blues running through in his veins. And not to forget "Landmines" with an almost funky blues expression.

I can recommend this album very much and I think it should be a part of every seriously meant rock collection. This album has the potential to end up in the top 10 list for 2016.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Heavy
  2. My Town
  3. Flow
  4. Let It Shine
  5. Steady
  6. Good of Money
  7. How Long
  8. When I Fall
  9. Landmines
  10. Stumble and Go
  11. Long Time Gone

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 11th, 2016

CD review GLENN HUGHES "Resonate"
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CD review DEEP PURPLE "Live in Long Beach 1976"

Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, News, CD Review, Classic Rock, Hardrock, Rock

(7/10) It's seems like someone sitting on an unlimited treasure box of Deep Purple live recordings. At least you could get this impression by looking back on the various albums that have been published over the last years.

Here is another one. "Live in Long Beach 1976" is one of the rare recording in the MK IV line-up. Bolin, Coverdale, Hughes, Lord and Paice, these guys have played together under the banner of Deep Purple, doing a show in Long Beach that contains a lot of classics with he addition of some songs from the "Come Taste the Band" album - the only studio album recorded in this line-up.

This might be already one of the main benefits of "Live in Long Beach 1976". Another one is the fact that the songs have been played quite heavy which leads to rougher versions of Deep Purple classics.

But there are also clear signs that this phase wasn't the strongest one in the bands history. Tommy Bolin couldn't close the gap Ritchie Blackmore left with his departure and also David Coverdale's vocals, supported by Glenn Hughes, aren't the best on this release. Coverdale can do far better, something he showed the world with all the Whitesnake records. 

You can hear on this live album that the band 'schemistry wasn't the way it should be. There was a lot of friction in the band, something that can be heard on this live album - for the good and the bad. Like mentioned, it led rough an heavy sound, but it also shows a band that doesn't stand like a rock.

The only real highlights are Jon Lord with his unforgettable keyboard/hammond sound and Ian Paice's beat that reflects Deep Purple so much.

All in all I must say that this album might not be the best live release of Deep Purple, but it reflects one era of this iconic band. However, the sound is good which is a crucial factor of a live album, esp. if the recording dates back to 1976.

In case you are collector you need to have this album and if you're a hardrock fan with a bit too much pocket money you might want to go for this release too. All the others might want to spend some money for the earlier live recording like the one from Stockholm (1970) or Graz (1975).

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Burn
  3. Lady Luck
  4. Gattin' Tighter
  5. Love Child
  6. Smoke on the Water
  7. Lazy
  8. Homeward Strut
  9. This Time Ariund
  10. Owed to G
  11. Guitar Solo
  12. Strombringer
  13. Highway Star
  14. Smoke on the Water (from the Springfield show January 1976)
  15. Going Down (from the Springfield show January 1976)
  16. Highway Star (from the Springfield show January 1976)

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 29th, 2016

CD review DEEP PURPLE "Live in Long Beach 1976"
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CD review BLACKMORE'S NIGHT "All Our Yesterdays"

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2015 von Markus W. in Richie Blackmore, Blackmore's Night, Rainbow, Deep Purple, CD Review, News, Folk, Rock, Hardrock

(8/10) To introduce Richie Blackmore is like bringing sand to the beach. The iconic guitarist has a long history. With Deep Purple and Rainbow he influenced rock music that much that still nowadays a Rainbow reunion would be highly appreciated by old and young.

But Blackmore decided already years ago to focus on medieval music. He replaced the electric guitar mainly by an acoustic one and released songs under the banner of Blackmore's Night. Together with his wife Candice Night the six-stringer went back to the studio for recording a new album.

"All Our Yesterdays" is the name of the new disc that comes with twelve new songs. This time the music feels like a journey though Europe, listening to the various folk influences that are included on the new longplayer.

Ther are some Irish references in songs like "Allan yn n fan" and "Coming Home" while the title track has some gypsy elements. Blackmore's guitar and Night's voice are equally in focus on this record. It's mainly the ballads when Candice Night can show the entire potential of her emotional and warm voice.

Blackmore has his moments in the instrumentals on "All Our Yesterdays". The sphereful "Queen's Lament" is one of these tracks which is actually more a kind of intermezzo, before the classic approach comes up to surface with "Where Are We Going From Here"; a catchy song that sound like a rocking version of a Rondo Veneziano song.

When I said earlier that the album is full of new songs than it's true in the sense that the number are all new for Blackmore's Night. However, there are some cover version too on "All Our Yesterdays". Mike Oldfield's "Moonlight shadow" one of those and Blackmore arranged it slightly different by still not going to far away from the original. However, the solo parts are slightly different and newly interpreted. Not a big surprise.

"I got you Babe" from Sonny & Cher became another cool cover version that shows the full potential of musicians and song.

Richie Blackmore and Candice Night stick to the bands trademarks and fans of the earlier records will enjoy also the new longplayer. But there is still the mighty wish out there in the metal world dor a Rainbow reunion.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. All Our Yesterdays
  2. Allan yn n fan
  3. Darker Shade of Black
  4. Long Long Time
  5. Moonlight Shadow
  6. I Got You Babe
  7. The Other Side
  8. Queen's Lament
  9. Where Are We Going From Here
  10. Will o' the Wisp
  11. Earth, Wind and Sky
  12. Coming Home

 

Label: Frontieres

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: September 18th, 2015

 

CD review BLACKMORE'S NIGHT "All Our Yesterdays"
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CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2015 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Hardrock, News, Live, CD Review, Classic Rock, New, Heavy Metal, Wacken

(*/10) Rock dinosaur Deep Purple surprises us with two live releases this summer. One covers a show the guys did in Wacken in 2013 while the second one was recorded in the legendary Budokan in Tokyo a few months later. 

In this review I can only refer to the CD, but I could imagine that the DVD even underlines the two different set-ups of shows; not when it comes to the songs, more when it comes to the whole environment and vibe.

Let's start with Wacken. I don't have to tell you anything about Europe's biggest metal festival. Playing there in the evening must be an impressive moment for every musician and band. And I guess that it's also for Deep Purple, that has seen quite a lot in the decades of existance, still something special. Wacken itself is the star and fans are coming from all over the world to enjoy the metal party (mainly in Northern German rain). Standing on stage and looking into the sunsert while playing hardrock milestones like "Black night, "Highway start" and "Perfect stranger" must be a magic moment. Obviously also Deep Purple enjoyed playing there. The setlist left nothing to be desired. The mentioned classics have been performed, next to new songs like "Vincent Price" from the last studio release "Now what?!". The moment to remember was when Uli Jon Roth joined the iconic hardrock legend to play "Smoke on the water". It became an impressive and energetic version of a tune generations enjoy since decades. A timeless rock highlight at an outstanding open air.

A counterpoint to the Wacken show was the one in Tokyo. Not only that Ian Gillan and band mates went back to a place where they partially recorded the famous "Made in Japan" album. It's also the venue itself and the total different fan culture that makes the difference. From an acoustic standpoint both releases are done very well even though I think you can hear the high standards in Budokan supporting an excellent sound experience. For the rest I assume, that the DVD offers even more impressions and also puts more emphasis on the differences between the the two shows.

The setlists didn't differ that much which sounds logical but might limit the need of having both live CD's. "...To the rising sun" opens with "Apres vous" from the "Now what?!" album, while the Wacken crowd appreciated "Highway star" that didn't come back on the Tokyo setlist. The new "Uncommon man" has been performed in Tokyo too as well as "The mule" - known from the "Made in Japan" album. So, as said, a few small variations but in general the same set.

All in all those two live releases are very well done - something you expect when the banner of Deep Purple decorates the front cover. It's great songs, different fans, different location, different positive vibe and great hardrock. Something to enjoy.

 

(*/10)

 

Tracklist:

From the setting sun...

  1. Highway star
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Vincent Price
  5. Strange kind of woman
  6. Contact lost
  7. The well-dressed guitar
  8. Hell to pay
  9. Lazy
  10. Above and beyond
  11. No one came
  12. Don Airey solo
  13. Perfect strangers
  14. Space truckin'
  15. Smoke on the water (feat. Uli Jon Roth)
  16. Green onion / Hush
  17. Black night

 

...To the rising sun

  1. Apres vous
  2. Into the fire
  3. Hard lovin' man
  4. Strange kind of woman
  5. Vincent Price
  6. Contact lost
  7. Uncommon man
  8. The well-dressed guitar
  9. The mule
  10. Above and beyond
  11. Lazy
  12. Hell to pay
  13. Don Airey's solo
  14. Perfect starngers
  15. Space truckin'
  16. Smoke on the water
  17. Green onions / Hush
  18. Black night

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: August 28th, 2015

CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
CD review DEEP PURPLE "From the setting sun (in Wacken)" & To the rising sun (in Tokyo)"
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CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple album"

Veröffentlicht am 10. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Deep Purple, David Coverdale, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Blues

(8/10) When I first heard about this album I was asking myself why Whitesnake covers songs from Deep Purple's Mark 3 and 4 times. Of course Whitesnake main man David Coverdale was part of the legendary line-up, but why now? A view in the info sheet from the label gives bit more context to the story. 

It was in 2012 when Coverdale heard about Jon Lord's wish for a Purple reunion after he would have been recovered from cancer. Unfortunately the keyboard legend lost the fight against the malevolent disease. But Coverdale did let loose of the idea and contacted guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. A reunion or a project didn't become reality but Coverdale was breathing the old spirit again.

The result of all these is "The Purple album" - a longplayer that respectfully looks back to Coverdale's period together with the mighty Deep Purple. The songs are all coming from "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come taste the band". Each of the track was  new recorded by the current Whitesnake line-up in Reno, Nevada. 

The tunes are without saying all excellent ones. Classic rock anthems like "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Mistreated" influenced generations of young musicians. It also shows how much these years with Purple influenced the sound of Whitesnake later on. The heavy blues rock from the band on records like "Trouble" found its roots in the three mentioned Purple longplayers. And I don't want to forget the very gentle and soulful version of "Soldiers of fortune" that is once again a treat for your ears.

I honestly would have prefered a new Whitesnake album with own songs, esp. since the last releases have been excellent longplayers. However, also "The Purple album" is worth to be added to each classic rock collection. It is more than just a mean for making money. It feels like a passionate and respectful look back on an important period of classic rock and on one of the most influencial portagonists of this genre. 

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Burn (from "Burn")
  2. You fool no one (from "Burn")
  3. Love child (from "Come taste the band")
  4. Sail away (from "Burn")
  5. The gypsy  (from "Stormbringer")
  6. Lady double dealer (from "Stormbringer")
  7. Mistreated (from "Burn")
  8. Holy man (from "Stormbringer")
  9. Might just take your life  (from "Burn")
  10. You keep on moving (from "Come taste the band")
  11. Soldier of fortune (from "Stormbringer")
  12. Lay down stay down (from "Burn")
  13. Stormbringer (from "Stormbringer")

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review WHITESNAKE "The Purple album"
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CD review LYNX "Caught in the trap" re-release

Veröffentlicht am 1. März 2015 von Markus W. in Lynx, Europe, Rainbow, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Deep Purple, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal, Ro

(8/10) If you google 'Lynx band' you will find many many results. But it's just a small amount links that brings you to Lynx from Sweden. This has to do with the fact that the band existed in the 80's (pre-internet times) and released only one album. "Caught in the trap" came out in 1985 and was the only album from the five-piece band.

Lynx is Mats Eriksson (v), Per Larsson (g), Mats Hermasson (key), Kauno Vaattovaara (b) and Carl Moser (d) - all of them having a faible for good melodic metal that is based on Rainbow and the early Europe. But also Loverboy and TNT could be cross references for the sound of Lynx.

The result of their work is/was suprisingly good and nothing sounds like rip-offs from the before mentioned bands. Lynx has their own sound that combines melodies with a certain heaviness. The keyboards build a strong foundation for many songs ("Win or loose" or "Don't fool me") but the guitars riffs are never pushed too much into the back. Just listen to the excellent "Fingers crossed". Dokken have not written better songs even in their "Under lock and keys" days. "Fingers crossed" is a thrilling hardrock anthem that has an irresistable hookline and a power that puts a spell on you. For me the best tune on the album.

Another song that's worth to be mentioned is "Final race". The organ reminds to Deep Purple's releases in the eighties and the drums are merciless pushing this song. And also "Nightwaker" with its mystic touch has a lot of identity. 

I could continue this way since there is no single filler on the album. It's great that No Remorse re-released this pearl of melodic metal. I wonder how I could miss this album in the 80's since it contains great music and will be loved by fans from the above mentioned bands. Melodic metal can't be played much better.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. My own way
  2. Win or loose
  3. Fingers crossed
  4. Man without a face
  5. Don't fool me
  6. Final race
  7. Nothing in return
  8. Master of evil
  9. Nightwalker
  10. In the night
  11. Race to hell
  12. Keep on giving me love porta (Bonus)

 

Label: No Remorse

Genre: Melodic Metal

CD review LYNX "Caught in the trap" re-release
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New WHITESNAKE album in May!!!

Veröffentlicht am 25. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News

Whitesnake returns with a new album called "The purple album". It is the band's first album in four years and as you might assume, it is going back to the Deep Purple days - Mark III and Mark IV.

The album is recorded by the current Whitesnake line-up: David Coverdale, Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Michael Devin and Tommy Aldridge.

Here comes the tracklist:

  1. Burn
  2. You fool no one (Interpolating itchy fingers)
  3. Love child
  4. Sail away
  5. The gypsy
  6. Lady double dealer
  7. Mistreated
  8. Holy man
  9. Might just take your life
  10. You keep on moving
  11. Soldiers of fortune
  12. Lay down stay down
  13. Stormbringer
  14. Lady luck (Bonus)
  15. Comin' home (Bonus)

And here comes the first video - done for "Stormbringer".

New WHITESNAKE album in May!!!
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CD review IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Ian Paice, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Queen, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) It was in 2012 when drum legend Ian Paice arranged a concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London. He called it the "Ian Paice's Sunflower Superjam". It was actually meant to be a private charity event that the iconic drummer organised together with his wife Jacky. The couple managed to bring together a bunch of excellent and well-kown musicians that supported them that night. The result was an outstanding evening with some of the most important heores in rock.

Luckily this event didn't stay just a private one. The concert was recorded and filmed and we all can join in via CD or DVD/BluRay.

The guys who performed the songs sound like the 'who is who' of rock. Names like Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper, Uli Jon Roth, Brian May, John Paul Jones and Ian Paice are a guarantee for excellent live music. Bruce Dickinson sings "Black night" from Deep Purple and does a great Gillan-like scream in the beginning - introduced by a "You now what comes next". He does a great job and having Brian May on the six string makes this version evem more special. Alice Cooper is performing "Elected" and the Cooper-hit "School's out". The first track supported by Uli Jon Roth on guitar while Brian May plays the axe on "School's out". Very cool stuff.

With "Pictued within" also Jon Lord (R.I.P.) was honored that night. The soulful intepretation of Steve Balsamo is awesome and gets under your skin. Uli Jon Roth added an old Scorpions song, "The sails of Charon" from the "Taken by force" album, to the show and also "Since you've been gone", with Brian May in the lead, is just a treat for your ears.

"Ian Paice's Sunflower Jam" is an impressive document of an extraordinary evening. Each rock fan should call this record his own. This is music history in all meanings of the words.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ain't no telling
  2. This wheel's on fire
  3. The sails of Charon
  4. Rock and roll
  5. Pictures within
  6. Something about you
  7. Lessons in love
  8. Emerald
  9. Behind blue eyes
  10. Black night
  11. Since you've been gone
  12. Elected
  13. School's out
  14. Smoke on the water

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"
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"Magic moments" from AXEL RUDI PELL

Veröffentlicht am 21. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Axel Rudi Pell, Steeler, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Soto

Axel Rudi Pell played a 25 years anniversary show lat year as part of the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. The guitar wizard invited many friends for this special night. The result was an impressive setlist, containing hits from ARP and classic hardrock tunes from bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow. 

My highlight was that also some Steeler songs have been played. Steeler released two great records in the 80's that contain real metal pearls. Great to hear those anthems again.

The gig was recorded and it will be released end of April this year as Digipak 3 CD, Digipak 3 DVD (NTSC, code free), Blu-ray and download. Great metal stuff is coming....

 

  • Call der princess - Steeler
  • Night after night - Steeler
  • Rockin' the city - Steeler
  • Undercover animal - Steeler
  • Nasty reputation - Rob Rock, Joerg Michael
  • Warrior - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael
  • Fool fool - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael

(Current ARP Band):

  • Burning chains 
  • Strong as a rock
  • Long way to go
  • Hey hey my my
  • Mystica 
  • Into the storm
  • Too lat / Eternal prisoner / Too late
  • The masquerade ball / Casbah
  • Rock the nation

  • Drum battle - Vinnie Appice, Bobby Rondinelli
  • Black night - Ronnie Atkins
  • Sympathy - John Lawton
  • Tush - John Lawton
  • Mistreated - Doogie White, Tony Carey, Johnny Gioeli
  • Since you've been gone - Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White
  • Long live rock'n'roll – Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey 
  • Smoke on the water – all guests
"Magic moments" from AXEL RUDI PELL
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CD review DEEP PURPLE "Long Beach 1971"

Veröffentlicht am 20. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Deep Purple, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) Good times for Deep Purple fans. earMusic re-released many important Deep Purple live recordings like "Paris 1975", "Copenhagen 1972", Stockholm 1970" and Graz 1975". The last one in this row of live documents is the 1971 recording from a show the iconic band played in Long Beach. Especially the last mentioned record is almost as old as I am and it shows what kind of long history the band has. Rock'n'roll obviously never dies.

The 70 minutes of classic rock music have been rematered and contain four songs- all of the epically long and with a lot of jamming. The legendary MK II line-up took two tracks from their 1970 release "In rock" and created eleven/twentytwo minutes long versions out of the highlight from their breakthrough album. In addition to those highlights the band also performed "Strange kind of woman" plus "Mandrake root" from the debut.

The nice thing with the album is the journey back in time. Recording technique hasn't been that advanced 40 years ago. This gives the sound a certain roughness and the background noise adds a certain warmness to the sound. The music sound alive and spreads this irresistable retro charm. And still it sounds differenciated and clean.

The songs, as  said, are all extraordinary long. Four tracks lead to 70 minutes of Deep Purple rock. Extending the classics to such a length means that each of the tracks is full of improvisations and variations. It sounds like and almost endless jam session, that shows great guitar solos from Ritchie Blacmore as well as an awesome playing Jon Lord. Ian Gillan has his moments, esp. with the unique screams and the rhyhtm section with Glover/Paice gives the solo parts a solid base to stand on.

This is a must for each Classic Rock fan and a 'should have' for each metal head.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Speed king
  2. Strange kind of woman
  3. Child in time
  4. Mandrake root

 

Label: earMusic

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review DEEP PURPLE "Long Beach 1971"
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