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California Breed (Deluxe Version)

16 May 2014

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 16 May 2014
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2014 Frontiers Records
  • Total Length: 56:33
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  • ASIN: B00KNVDA76
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,293 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vaclav Smerda on 25 Sep 2014
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Glenn Hughes is one of the most talented and consistent musicians in rock music. His voice has not lost anything from it's brilliance over the years and can carry wide range of emotions and feel at home in various genres. At the same time, Hughes' ability to sing literally anything is driving his desire to try new things, change bands, experiment. California Breed is one example of his numerous experiments and projects. After the break-up of Black Country Communion, he continues with a master drummer Jason Bonham with the addition of guitarist Andrew Watt.

Although he can play or sing any music, from blues to hard rock, this album feels very monotonous. I can't help it, but I feel that this album is just a supply of noise. Especially the guitar parts are not well pronounced, they are well played for sure, but it takes a lot of effort to hear what is played, to extract it from the very thick sound. Glenn's vocals are somehow hidden in the music, and when you can hear him really well, it's when his voice is in the screaming zone, I find it difficult to listen to it for too long. Drum parts and bass lines are really solid and Jason and Glenn have developed a great understanding and Glenn leaves space for Jason's fills and his energetic drumming.

Overall, I find the album disappointing. The songs are forgettable, with no melodic hooks and with no memorable riffs. Did they just want to release an album to have something to play on tour? It feels like it. It feels really raw, it feels more like a live recording but without the excitement of the moment. Hughes' solo music has lot of flavours, his collaborations with Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Iommi have all brought great music, with lot of character.
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Well, Glenn Hughes eh? Ever since he returned from drug abyss in around 1990 with his 'Blues' album, he has been churning them out nearly every year. Ok, he had a lot of time to make up. I have bought all the albums. They all sound good. They are all well played and put together. His voice still amazes. However, it is the songs that let-down; there are very few classics on all those albums. All the songs are pretty good but as many have said not easy to remember, which is a benchmark really. If he did fewer albums would they be better in songs? I don't know. Maybe not. Compared to, say, Magnum, where each and every song as they still release into their late 60's, are so strong. I think of an album and KNOW what is on there to enjoy. With many Hughes albums this is not the case, apart from some. In a way it's quite useful because I do actually enjoy the sound of them all, including this one, but I never really get to KNOW them.....so that at least keeps them fresh! It's a bit like the mid-80s Rush albums; all sounded good, they were played well, but the songs just were not there enough.

This album actually has more that I recognise after 2-5 plays than most of the BCC stuff.

Glenn, I am sure, is a nice guy, but he does not SHOW it - he always tries to look tough, mean, moody. Strange for an alleged Christian - he should smile and SHOW the love of God through him!! Oh, and scream far less. Great voice though, still
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr David G Stone on 13 Jun 2014
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Ok - I'm a Hughesy fan for 40+ years now and, taking everything into consideration, no-one else even comes close! To hear this guy sing and play this way in the latter part of his years, is just truly amazing! Laying these tracks down just a few weeks after major ops just shows his dedication to his fans!
Best couple of tracks: "Sweet Tea" & "All Falls Down".
"All Falls Down" I just can't stop playing - the best few pennies I have spent on music for many decades!
Just buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 1 Sep 2014
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Good vehicle for Glenn Hughes after BCC.Andrew Watt is an excellent guitarist and with Jason Bonham on drums this is a very strong power trio. I particularly like Chemical Rain & All Falls Down but Glenn's vocal skill come to the fore with good riffs laid down.
Overall a very good debut and well worth a listen
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Brooks-Watson on 25 Jun 2014
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Sorry, it is a bit of a let down. I really liked Black Country Communion & was expecting progression. Unfortunately a few of the tracks sound like BCC outtakes. Someone raving about this album said the tunes were uncluttered by the keybounds often used on the BCC albums, I disagree. A few of the tracks would have benefitted by some keyboard input & given the whole piece a bit more variety. Bonham's drumming is mostly excellent however. I've persevered with this album for weeks, but it just isn't growing on me like the BCC stuff {& I'm no big Joe Bonamassa fan}. A powerhouse trio - Cream it isn't! Influences of Led Zep & Purple are evident, as in BCC, but there are no memorable songs. Just about 3 stars out of 5 at the most! {I think the new Rival Sons album will knock this for six!}
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The cover? What’s that all about? The music? Well that’s about Glenn Hughes at his experimental best when men half his age have given up the hard work and just sit on their laurels. The voice... Daltry lost it a few years ago, Hughes still has it so he continues to flaunt it.

It took a couple of tracks to get into this album. It's more experimental that BCC…then “Chemical Rain” hit the button – pure quality… Zeppish? yes, but Zep with unexpected finesse. “All Falls Down” is also pretty good. “Strong” is straight 70s guitar and drums, “Breathe” is also a firm favourite – so much nostalgia mixed with the new. Powered by high octane riffs and interspersed with periods of sublime subtlety, this is a impressive album.
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