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A nice collection with PR's amazing voice
on 20 August 2013
A nice collection of classic blues songs that must be very meaningful to Paul Rodgers. His vocal delivery is peerless as always - he has certainly been gifted with an amazing natural voice, but the way he uses it.... his phrasing, timing and tonal colours are technically brilliant.
The quality of recording and mixing is also of an excellent standard and this record can act as a reference for how to mix a good rock album. However, in terms of production the producer and mixer have tried to give the songs a sonic consistency by mixing each player with the same tonal footprint which doesn't really work too well in terms of raising this from a good album to an excellent album. This brings me to my disappointment with it.
As the guitar player my doubts and disappointments about the album are due to the galaxy of famous guitarists who contribute to the songs. Somehow, none of them manages to do anything interesting. Coming in to do one song each, they all appear to have treated it as a session to be competed quickly and with minimal effort and thought. I really think PR would have been better finding a player to do the whole album who would have a bigger commitment to the body of work. It would add a natural rather than manufactured consistency from song to song and enable more time for experimentation.