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Black Country Communion [VINYL]


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Black Country Communion is the brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin). The album, produced and mixed by Shirley, is mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig.

Black Country Communion initially came to fruition when Kevin Shirley saw Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar ... Read more in Amazon's Black Country Communion Store

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Product details

  • Vinyl (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Provogue Records
  • ASIN: B003VY8PYK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Country
2. One Last Soul
3. The Great Divide
4. Down Again
5. Beggarman
6. Song of Yesterday
7. No Time
8. Medusa
9. The Revolution in Me
10. Stand (At the Burning Tree
11. Sista Jane
12. Too Late for the Sun

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Debut album from Black Country Communion the Anglo/American rock super group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper) and blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa. Black Country Communion initially came to fruition when Kevin Shirley saw Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa join forces on stage in Los Angeles in November 2009 for an explosive performance at Guitar Centre's King of the Blues event.The band is named after the industrial area in the Midlands where both Hughes and Bonham were born and raised, and recorded the debut album at Shangri-La Studios in early 2010.

Black Country Communion create distinctively melodic hard rock. All songs are sung by Glenn Hughes, with the exception of "Song Of Yesterday" and "The Revolution In Me", which are both sung by Joe Bonamassa. Hughes and Bonamassa share lead vocals on the songs "Sista Jane" and "Too Late For The Sun". Also included on the album is a new version of "Medusa", the classic rock song that Hughes originally recorded with his first band Trapeze.

BBC Review

The term ‘supergroup’ is something of a golden albatross. On one hand, it tells us here is a band of established, successful musicians whose combined talents will undoubtedly deliver the sonic equivalent of The Second Coming. On the other hand, it tends to arouse astronomical expectations which are almost never met. Wade through a few albums by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Firm, Traveling Wilburys and Power Station, for example, and you’ll get the picture.

Although ambivalent about the supergroup label since their inception last year, Black Country Communion feature a formidable line-up of familiar names with a century-plus of experience between them. Joining vocalist/bassist Glenn ‘Voice of Rock’ Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath) are former Dream Theater keyboard player Derek Sherinian, drummer Jason Bonham (son of late Led Zeppelin sticksman John) and guitarist Joe Bonamassa, currently one of the top bluesmen in business.

As pools of talent go, this one’s deep, and the old saying "If a bomb went off in that studio, etc" definitely applies. With direct links back to the mighty motherlode of Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, it’s no big surprise that BCC have delivered a dozen shots of timeless, classic rock. It’s ballsy, bluesy, even soulful at times, and with none of the bleached-out blandness that ego-clashes and endless compromises can bring. It’s no secret that things weren’t always super-smooth between them, but they got over it, got on with it, and the result is simply stellar.

Drawing on all that experience without sounding like you’re long enough in the tooth to have all that experience to draw on is a magical thing. Hughes in particular is on fire and in better voice than ever. Somehow – God alone knows how – wasted years of cocaine and Mars Bar binges (don’t ask) haven’t trashed any part of his anatomy required for singing. Blazing performances aside, the key here is the songs, which are wonderfully crafted. The title-track is an attention-grabbing opener, while current single One Last Soul is simply outstanding, but there’s really nothing here that shouldn’t be. These guys have defied the odds to deliver a collection that’s all gold and no albatross.

--Greg Moffitt

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tony Worrell on 10 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Its always a matter of taste, but this album in my opinion is fantastic. No bad tracks - a couple of not great tracks [but definitely not bad]. I have come to this album from a number of directions. Trapeze were my favourite band in the 70s and should have doen a lot better and probably would if Glenn Hughes had not gone to Deep Purple. Jason Bonham -always a great drummer, and Joe Bonamassa - what a guitarist came across him on a Lesley West Album and have followed his work ever since, his love and interpretation of 70s rock/blue is second to none. So when I heard they had got together with a top class keyboard player [Derek] to do a rock album I was hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

Well all my hopes were fulfilled the album works as a unit, no prima donna bits [well maybe some of glenns singing, but only a little] and 12 solid well played hard hitting and annoyingly memorable rock tunes. You can hear that they enjoy playing it and the solo work from each player is top class. If this was out in the 70s it would have cleaned up! You can hear Free , Bad Company, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Purple nuances in places but those guys set the scene and how Black Country Communion deliver is very much with their own style and verve.

The album is a grower, 3 /4 plays and you are hooked, first play track 1 hits you, dips for 2 up for 3 level for 4 up for 5 then it just keeps getting better. after 4 plays I defy anyone [who likes the genre ] to keep bits out of their memory.

I love it, I just hope they do some more
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jon Seymour on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
When 4 of the finest musicians in the world decide to get together and make a record, you expect big things. I think that this album exceeded all of my expectations, it's just so damned good. From the opener 'Black Country' you are taken by the shoulders and savagely shaken until your fillings are loose, and then it soothes you a few times on your journey toward the end. This would have to rate in my top 10 albums of all time. It's not perfect by any means, but it's so close it's scary.

It's great to see how Joe is maturing as a musician and a vocalist, and the way he stamps his mark on each and every track is testament to that fact. Glenn's voice is as powerful as ever, and his basslines on this album are some of the finest I've ever heard. Jason's drumming is amazing, somethimes it's hard to tell if he's keeping up with the band's rhythm, or whether he's leading the band from the back, yes it's THAT good. Derek is one of the world's greats on the keys, and there are several points on this album where you can really hear him shine.

I'm not going to give you a song by song break down, but there are hints of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and many many other classic rock outfits, but you can't pigeonhole it. So many influences produce a unique result that has to be heard to be believed. In fact, if you're only going to buy one more album this year, make sure it's this one.

High points on the album (in my opinion) are One Last Soul, The Great Divide, Song Of Yesterday, Down Again and Sista Jane, all for different reasons. This album could have been made 30 or 40 years ago by one of the giants of rock, you keep having to remind yourself that it's a new record, and I mean that as a huge compliment, as to be able to sound new and old simultaneously is no mean feat, but this album does it, and does it well.

The only other thing I can say is BUY IT NOW!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. D. Marshall on 26 Oct. 2010
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
A friend of mine told me to look out for this one, given the pedigree of all concerned, I was happy to do so! My copy, vinyl not CD (which costs extra) arrived immediately on release. Well done Amazon, great service as usual. On examining the sleeve I thought some of the printing on the rear cover was a little blurrey, but hey it could be my eyes, so nothing to worry about there. I do have a pretty good system for vinyl replay (Roksan/Arcam) so dropping the stylus onto the run in greeted me with nothing but a highly commendable fresh vinyl swoosh and with one exception both of the records (it's a double) were the same. Virtually free from surface noise, clicks and pops just as they should be. The sound quality is as you would expect very good. I haven't heard the CD version so I can't compare the two but I'm more than satisfied. The music? Oh that. Well I love it and for me there isn't a bad track on the album. Yes at first I felt that Joe Bonamassa might be slightly out of his comfort zone with some of the heavier passages,as he is a bluesman at heart, but this feeling left me after a couple of plays. My friend thought the first track "Black Country" off-putting and that it almost ruined the rest of the album for him but personally I like it. I also love the re-working of Medusa (Title track from "Medusa" - Trapeze, 1970) which after 40 years still sounds as fresh as ever. I think Mel Galley would have approved. At times I get a "mid-70's Deep Purple feeling" about some of the passages and given that Glen Hughes was in the band at that time this isn't so surprising. What will you think about it? I dunno, give it a listen. If you like rock and blues you will almost certainly like some of it, perhaps all, but whatever you think I'm looking forward to the second album. Should be another killer.
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