Having in mind the release of the of 'Days May Come...' I am really curious of what can be squeezed out yet of the 'CTTB' mix. I really has to be done carefully not to damage what's already a classic. 'Days...' had some takes superior to the finished album versions of songs (imho 'Drifter' and 'Owed To 'G' are much more raw and bitting on the sessions), so I'm really curious how this turns out.
I wouldn't mind what DPAS mentioned - the two CD edition with the original mix and disc of alternate takes... possibly without fade-outs. BTW, that is what I'd like to happen to any Purple material - there is so much brillance lost in these 'to silence' sections (the most extravagant example of this is the unfaded 'Black Night' version on the anniversary edition of 'In Rock' - one of the most rousing Blackers solos ever).
Just imagine 'Comin' Home' or 'Dealer' audible to the last note - now this would be a fiesta for a Purple freak
I would share David's statement on this topic - it's fun lurking into this one!
Joe Bonamassa wouldn't suprise me on guitar - judging on the events of the recent quarter-a-year. The result might be a mixed bag imho, just as the LA live appearance of Papa & Joe was. Just a little bit too subdued by the guitarist... Then again, it's only one side of the coin - could go any other way in studio.
Personally I'd be more than happy to see that Glenn took the advantage of John Sykes leaving Lizzy and being on his own again. Sykes is one of my favourite axemans and I'd love to see what this two can come up with (hope they'd gel mentally better together than John and David C. did in the most explosive Snake line-up ever! ).
A biggest surprise would be Glenn and Jimmy Page. I have no idea what genre would they pick up for their compositions, since Jimmy has not released anything new in a decade so it's hard to tell what music is now on his mind!
To me the most important is that Glenn is again in love with hard rock and that he enjoys his sessions so much. I hope that this blast results with something at least as powerful as 'Soul Mover' or 'Fused'!
I have to say I am digesting all this...
At the very start I felt whacked-a-back with how the things look like since the offer even with the Stormbringer off-price code is more than a half of my monthly pay...
But then again I feel a buggin' fancy. My birthday is 2 days after offer expiry and some friends ask me about 'Whatcha wanna get for a b-day present?' If they can draw me a half of the price with their input, I could make it... Bread and water for a month, but it's bearable. It's still gonna be sort of ridiculous to me (I never was a wealthy person), but truly an extraordinary present on the other hand... For once in life, why not?
Damn, I never thought I could get to this stage just because of a fancy! And some dare to say they know much about themselves!
As far as much 'MIE' is a productional affair and an engineering mess, imho, there is no use to remaster it. Just listen how audible are Glenn's vocal overdubs in 'Burn' and the screaming audience loop after 'Stormbringer' that goes for over half-a-minute... This is just as messy as the 1977 live MK IV Purple LP was.
Having said that (and having listened really carefully to what is available so far) - we have couple of chunks from Graz (1975 Apr 03) on 'MK III The Final Concerts', and possibly an entire Paris (1975 Apr 07), but all there is from Saaarbrucken (Apr 05) is on MIE... If you listen to 'Burn', 'Mistreated' and 'You Fool...' and catch out everything that is different from Graz and Paris things - it's clear: this gig COULD HAVE BEEN the biggest cracker of all three. And that's what should go on the official release imho. I would really give a lot for having this, since I'm a big fan of this setlist, 'Gypsy' in live taking in particular (the biggest Mk III gem forgotten by whole line-up for me). Sadly, when I asked about Saarbrucken release in DPAS - I was told that nothing about it is planned in 2010... Instead there is something in the pipe culled off the 'Made In Japan' 1972 tapes... At least ironic to my taste, how much of this can one squeeze out yet? Saarbrucken would be much much more a treat, at least for me.
I just wanna say thanks to David and the crew and wish everybody active on the site A Very Merry Christmas filled with love, rest and great music. My DVD arrived just yesterday and it will go to the present bags field under a X-mas tree, so I'm gonna taste this treat in couple of days and plan to review it later on. From what I've read here already a big feast for ears and eyes is there in the pipeline and I'm sure that it will be a great reminder of this year's concerts. Glenn has made an absolutely special event, God bless his heart and voice!
All the best!
Hi, I've managed to listen to Radio Opole broadcast on Monday 19th, there was only a interview with the receipents of the concert dedication - Krystyna, Janusz, Joanna in Polish and 2 min + bit of "Crave" delight at the end. I know that there were also fans interviewed, so there was more recording done by the radio reporter but so far I did not manage to find any more audio material. If I come across on the sit or elsewhere - I will let you know.
The Opole show played by Glenn & Co has been documented by some good y'tube staples, but I think, there's been not enough of good word spread about this gig. I won't go into issues as much detail as I did with the Wroclaw gig, but I think plenty of things deserve a mention about this magical Sunday.
The first one is a press conference held at 1 pm in the hotel. The so-called-press-journalists attendance was apalling, most of the audience were we - the Fans - fancying to ask Glenn some good and to the point questions, so that he can spread his sweet talker wisdom around a bit. All I can say he's a great, entertaining storyteller, showing quite an acting skill. The way he described Stevie Wonder incident in the studio, while Purple recording "Stormbringer" was simply hilarious. His manner of miming David Coverdale was superb. Some things about the future plans were revealed and most of Hughes' career events were covered, but some offshot tops were also up, like some witty remarks about Gene Simmons and Kiss, which also was a bit of fun. Everybody had a share of laugh which I hope settled a good mood for the rest of the day. We also had a chance to give the band members their say - especially about their idols and inspirations that shaped their liking of music and the way of playing. Nothing else to say than that Anders, Matthew and Soren are very good and friendly lads - easy to get the idea why Glenn loves having them on his board. Some signing and photos was also done to the enjoyment of all who attended. I said to Soren to get comfortable tonight, get loose and kick some serious ass on stage. He didn't need to be said twice, and he showed this on stage.
The evening itself was magical all the way. While the performance was somewhat marred by Glenn's night of bad sleep, the only way it affected the set was crossing out the "Holy Man" and "Coast To Coast" from the setlist. And although the Voice seemed a little bit subdued and withrawn more into himself - his involvement into playing was still superb. Many artists can only dream about having this kind of stamina at the age of 58. I hope Glenn felt rewarded for this. The hall was bigger than Wroclaw, more audience in the seated hall resuleted with couple of long standing ovations, especially at the end of "Mistreated", "Gettin' Tighter" and "Don't Let Me Bleed". The end of the show saw practically everybody on their feet, roaringly applauding band's efforts and letting themselves flow on the wave of the music and spiritual high.
Serious kudos have to go to the band for even exceeding their previous night appearances. Matthew being into Paicey-like groove on the previous night, in Opole paid an outstanding tribute to the talent of John Henry Bonham in his drum solo. I never liked drum solos, but here I throughoutly enjoyed his five minutes, the blending of inspiration and his own vibe in playing. Anders - what can I say - he's really spanning the band's performance together with all the keyboard colours he's using and the smooth following of the Glenn's dictated course via all the improvised moments. And the last definitive bow goes to Soren. If he was an animal on stage Saturday evening, on Sunday he became a guitar beast, an axe terminator every minute. He got blessingly inspired, inducting a funk jam in his pre-"Mistreated" solo, something completely different to the previous night. It was so groovy, that even The Funkmeister felt taken aback and prompted in couple of bass figures from behind the amps, so the whole band got to follow Soren. Jaw-dropping, cool stuff. For the rest of the night he was flying, bursting the magic all over the place. The end of "Burn" saw him even abusing his old Strato very much in Blackmore style, which caused the audie to go frenzy. An amazing talent. I told him after the gig to promise me o keep the gig at Glenn's camp for as long as possible. He simply is a perfect fitting for this musical outfit. Generous, talented, positive spirit, very lively and great sounding on stage. I take him over any of his procedessors in Glenn Hughes Band from the decade before.
The secret of gettin' tighter and excelling his own highpoints in the stagecraft regardless of the age is still in the body and soul of Glenn Hughes.
Once again thanks for the magical weekend, two amazing concerts and al the best for the forthcoming time!
The set: Crave / Might Just Take Your Life / Sail Away / Mistreated / Getting Tighter / Don't Let Me Bleed / Stormbringer / Steppin' Out / You Keep On Movin'
Encores: Soul Mover / Burn
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Line up: Glenn Hughes - b, voc; Soren Andersen - g, bk voc; Matthew Goom - dr; Anders Olinder - k
Time: 85 - 90 min
"Firley Club", Wroclaw, Poland, Oct. 17, 2009.
It was eight years that many of us had to wait to see Glenn doing a live sidekick again, so emotions were flying high. The club was perfect to create almost family like atmosphere - small hall with a stage making the players almost standing arm in arm. That closeness to themselves and the audience was not a problem though. The axemans had enough space to move around while they belted out magic on their instruments. The attendance wasn't massive but I think the level of enthusiasm made it like there were hundreds of Hughes hungry freaks.
The "Crave" outro poured off the PA about 7.30 pm and the Band took their base. Some minute later The Funkmeister entered the picture and the audie went ape. I had a tear in my eye, I felt so funky glad to see him again after a long time. Plus I had him almost in front of me within the reach of the hand, so I could not hold myself back. Happiness. Glenn was thin, slick, dressed all in black, moving like a voodo dancer. When they started off, it was like a nuke. Great opener, "Crave". I was happy o hear that the "****in' freezin' " weather did not do Glenn's voice any damage. Almost instantly he showed that today he's gonna utilize his pipes with accepting no limits. The sound was bombastic and one had to notice how organicly the guitars and drums worked together.
Every break between the songs was nothing but a roar of applause and enjoyment like a carnival fest, just because He was right there. I think we did a good job singing "Might Just Take Your Life" choruses. Glenn was conducting the orchestra, dancing all over the place with his bass - posing, stretching, steppin' on like a dinosaur, makin' the strings gurgle with the sound. Mk III classic went down very well, to the pure enjoyment of "Burn" album fans.
It's difficult to describe how great it was to see Glenn enjoying the reaction of the audience. He was purely aware that he brought back his most precious gem to the Purple People. Mk III & IV thing has a massive following here in Poland. The Voice explained to us that this time he decided to concentrate on the most beloved likes of his legacy in Purple just to enjoy himself and us. He welcomed all to the spiritual family, hoping that those who didn't see him before would enjoy the show. When "Sail Away" blasted off - it showed. Some guys went completely ape****, as they never have heard this song live. And things were only starting to build up. Vocally the choruses are like climbing the mountain but with the assistance of the crowd Glenn jumped brillantly for every note. Funk rock groove poured all over the place, no one could complain. It was unbelievabely tight. Perfect gelling between the members of the band.
With no holding back Glenn turned the spotlight on his newest treasure dug out at the start of the 2009. Lights concentrated on the person of the guitarist - Soran Anderson. Well, what can I say. From this moment on it was impossible not to share the concentration between him and The Leader. I can easily understand Glenn's excitement about his new axeman. We all have our visions and expectations on what we expect to see from a guitarist playing our classic and beloved material. Soran blew my mind out completely. He blends comprehensively his liking and respect to the style of his guitar favourites (who surely include Blackmore and Bolin) with a clear, gritty, aural tone of his old veteran Stratocaster. So many times you see the guitarists playing classic stuff with no vision or idea of how to keep the balance between respect to the classic line and adding their own dimension and identity to it. I can only say that I can't see anybody else fitting this particular place better, than Soran does now. He's got me totally under his spell and that's why I say that he's my new Guitar Hero. Every second of watching and listening to him was a pure enjoyment to me. The way he approached "Mistreated" just kicked ass and carried the whole band to rave through the one of the biggest favourites of this era. Hardly possible to describe this, but the impact was clearly visible: Glenn has just flown away in his improvisation in the final section. Backed by Anders Olinder's eletric piano chords he showed vocal capabilities I cannot find comparisons to. The hall stuck in awe, hanging on to every amazing note that left Glenn's lips. A mystical moment. The applause after the mayhemic closing chord section was huge - it was clear - there can be only One Voice that can do something like that.
It feels strange to notice that things were that hot only quarter way through the show. In 2009 I don't think that many artists stay dedicated to following the way they feel on stage. Therefore they do not improvise too much. Well, apart from Mr. Hughes. "Gettin' Tighter" was massive. Preceeded by the built up introduction about Tommy Bolin being chosen in favour to Dave Clempson it broke into a lenghty jam with bits of the legendary "You Gotta Dance To The Rock And Roll" tune. The axis of the track now belonged to Matthew Groom, who displayed more than pleasing skills on his drumset. I think there is nothing wrong in the fact that he showed Ian Paice being one of his infulences, at least for this night. Also Glenn had his sort of bass solo spot, playing and moving in a way that - again I must say it - finds no comparison anywhere. Twelve minutes that just seemed to be taken right away from the 70's with Glenn, Soran, Matthew and Anders just jamming their balls out.
The moment of taking things down a little bit took place: Glenn has exchanged the guitars with Soran, and dedicated the next song to the bunch of Polish fans: Krystyna, Joanna, Janusz and their friend Pawel, who died in the car crash in 2006 while travelling to Voice's concert in Prague leaving the remaining three alone. Lights have dimmed and the quartett segued into a beatiful reendition of "Coast To Coast". It looked like Glenn felt truly comfortable with playing Stratocaster, he even fancied a bit more than chording only in the solo section which was a real treat to see. Needless to say, he sung beatifully with astoniashing passion.
The question was if it's ok if he cries a tear or two within the next song, but he knew it was ok. He introduced the next song from the more recent catalogue as a very personal and moving track. I was unaware of how strong potential "Don't Let Me Bleed" has, so I loved the overall efect. I was always a huge fan of contrast within the rock arrangements - so counterparting of the quiet passages with Glenn fervishly breathing with loud rousing riff modules was kicking the heads off the corpses. Soran was all over the place, moving and playing like a man posessed. I could not contain myself - I knew I'm becoming crazy about this guy, just like I did about Blackmore, Hendrix, Beck or Townshend. Essence of what I like in guitar playing, combined with a great tone, dynamic and stage presence. Simply fabulous. The Voice went along and kept the unreachable level with his improvised vocal pasages - a class to himself all the way, every verse. Another long, impetous monster in the set.
The mood was settled, it was clear from then on that Glenn feels very comfortable among the enthusuastic Polish followers, so he relaxed a bit and quipped about his previous visit, Warsaw in 2001. I shouted that I was there, so he replied that it looks impossible for him cause I it looked for him like I could be his son and he could be my father. 'I wouldn't mind if you were' - was my answer. Anyway, it did seem a long time ago... Seeng the audience being really hot now, Glenn asked for requests. Couple of Trapeze titles flown around with myself throwing 'Medusa' in as the biggest (besides 'Jury' maybe) favourite of mine. Options were so varied that the Boss decided to strike ace out of his sleeve to satisfy just everybody. 'Stormbringer' was just what it's title says, mean badass crawler with all four firing on all cylinders, Soran in particular letting it rip. Totally mercilles, so enjoyable.
Glenn grabbing handfully of his jolly mood decided to tell a story of how for years people begged him to play a "every fan I've ever met favourite" off the "Stormbringer". Delicate notes followed and tha magic poured around - 'Holy Man' was just charming, much to the delightment of the audience. It made the mouth of everybody that wanted but could not attend the Wroclaw gig simply drool and regret that they missed this. Justified feelings indeed! The Voice owned the song which - I guess - does not surprise anybody... And he wondered a bit on why it took him so much time to come to the country, although he loves to play here. "I want to bring you all the favourites since I know you love them adnd I love playing them to you. But I also have to educate you to my new music, so here's another newer track". To my ears "Steppin' Out" was the funkiest point of the evening and although I'm not that much fan of the song - it was great. The jamming section before the close was just what I love most in the rock music, with the axemans again running around and playing their asses off.
Two sounds, four notes, one bar. One of the most notable songs in the Purple catalogue ever and the faithful closer of Glenn stage set followed. "You Keep On Moving" is very special to me, I always felt it has a kind of resemblence of how you feel when you listen to Queen's last ever track "The Show Must Go On". Just accenting the end of something special, always very, very moving. You want to sing out your heart and lungs in it. And that's what I hope we did - getting another long and beatiful Glenn's vocal passage in return at the end. This song can never ever fail to floor you down, you've heard it for thousands of times and still it does it to you again - with the gritty, raw, almost hostile ending chord. It wasn't fair for them to bow and go yet. 'Stay with us! Stay with us!' was shouted from the hall. And they did.
Glenn was by then truly turned on to talk, chat and entertain, drowned himself in the enjoment and apopreciation of the crowd. He thanked for being able to share his most precious talents with us, blessed everybody and entitled his spiritual family, accenting that he won't let it off that easy. "We're gonna f--k you up with that next song and you're gonna love it!!!"
And he did what he said. What you can say about the "Soul Mover" is that the song became a pure Hughes classic. Everybody sang the chorus with Glenn and Soran and it sounded like it was on everybody's playlists right from the Purple days. An essential Voice Of Rock track, combining all his unique skills and feels about the music including yet another jaw-dropping vocal journey right before the end. You could think that the bag of it he has in himself has no bottom line. The stream of voice and melody flows and traps you in amusement.
I don't think that there is another musican on the planet who is able to belt out 'Burn' after hour and a half of playing his heart out with the power stream the Hughes 2009 Band did. And it emphasised exactly what they are - not a four musicans playing together, but a tight, uniquely blended band of friends on many levels. It was storming, bearing all the purple glory that this track had for 35 years. Soran again found a bit of Blackers in himself and the shredding through these last seven minutes of the show was nothing short but phenomenal. True hard rock wizardry. It was only a first show in a row of two for me and actually I thought it would be very rude to expect that more is going to happen next night. All I knew was: if you miss seeing Glenn Hughes in 2009, you miss exactly what he said "one of the best gigs you've ever seen in the whole year"...
I wished Glenn and The Boys a good rest and went home worn out but happier than hell inside. The rest of the story is to come.
Let me just add: Glenn, Soran, Anders, Matthew - thanks guys, you were more than awesome. Another time of my life thanks to you.
The set: Crave / Might Just Take Your Life / Sail Away / Mistreated / Getting Tighter / Coast To Coast / Don't Let Me Bleed / Stormbringer / Holy Man / Steppin' Out / You Keep On Movin'
Encores: Soul Mover / Burn
Line up: Glenn Hughes - b, voc; Soren Andersen - g, bk voc; Matthew Goom - dr; Anders Olinder - k
Time: 90 - 95 min
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Thanks everybody! I'm sure I'm gonna like being here and I'll try to make you like my being here! It's all for Glenn as I simply love that man Be sure to see the review section I poured out off my head what I feel about Glenn's show in my hometown. I've seen some phenomenal shows over my bloody life - this one was another stunning fab. Check it out!
Good evening to you!
I am so much hooked up by the weekedn spent with Glenn on two Polish gigs, that I decided to get into his little www world!
My name is Martin (30), and I had this wonderful privillege to have Glenn in my actual hometown on Saturday Otc, 17th
I've been following His Art for as long as I follow the Purple Family (since 1993), I love his music and I think I'm aware of what He does and who He is no less than other Fellaz here!
Right now I want to take a chance and scribble down the hot-on-the-spot reviews of the weekend gigs. It's not gonna surprise anyone, I believe, but it's been fantastic. I've seen Glenn on an amazing gig before in 2001, but now I had a feeling that the band never was this tight before. And it's surely a matter of their musicanship and fellowship.
All praises go to Glenn for coming down to the autumn-colded country and also big cheers and hugs to the band great chaps Anders and Matthew and my Newest Guitar Hero - Soren!
See you back on board hopefully soon!