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THE RETURN OF THE BIG BANDS........
6 March 2012
Lets be honest,supergroups are like chocolate teapots,a waste of time and the dont survive very long,so most are(rightly) treated with suspicion.These boys however buck that trend and might actually just survive,flourish and go onto to bigger and better things
Having seen them,in the flesh.in Glasgow last year,i was looking forward to this,its worth the wait,from the opening intro to the last crashing chords of Purple's Burn,this is a superb release,tracks such as 'Black Country' and Beggarman' which,for me,on the debut,were ok,lacklustre,sound alive,more developed and completely enhanced in the live arena.Highlights are plentiful,truth be told there isnt really a weak moment,other fab tracks would be 'Crossfire','Cold','Song of Yesterday' while 'Burn' just leaves you breathless wanting more
All 4 members are on fire and at the top of their game,actually this really is a band,not a collective of superstars and ego's,i've listened a couple of times now,i keep getting an over riding sense of Deep Purple,the whole performance sparkles and evokes memories of the 70's big bands,especially Purple,at long last Hughes has found a home for his talent,here's hoping this is the start of a great run with this band and not a putting to bed,given their other careers,Bonamassa specifically.
Sound quality pretty decent,i assume(not having seen the dvd,its a straight audio lift),i do hanker slightly for the days when producers knew how to record drums,i would have loved this even more had Bonhams drums been a little louder/higher in the mix,but thats a small negative,this is a great release and well worth investing in.
ps my copy lists 'i see your spirit' as opening disc 2 but is actually on disc 1