As true Rock legends go they don’t come much more legendary than the ‘’Voice Of Rock’’ Mr Glenn Hughes. Coming to real prominence with DEEP PURPLE in the 1970’s Hughes has had more ups and downs in the music biz than most (his battles against legal and illegal substances are well documented) but he continues to delight with his immortal voice and this double CD recorded in LA in January of this year shows just how magnificent his voice is.
Over the years Hughes has amassed a sizeable collection of Gold discs, some fifty in total and it’s a pleasure to hear him plunder his back catalogue to give us treats like ‘’Medusa’’ from his TRAPEZE days to a couple of true PURPLE classics in ‘’Mistreated’’ and ‘’Getting Tighter’’ He makes them sound like they where recorded only yesterday. If that doesn’t wet your appetite newer tracks like ‘’Written All Over Your Face’’ and ‘’Higher Places’’ must surely satisfy and the AOR brilliance of ‘’Coast To Coast’’ is de rigueur.
However it’s unfair to single out Hughes for all the attention. Indeed his ever trusty backing band does more than an admirable job. Long time guitarist JJ Marsh is a wonderfully gifted guitar player. His solo sing and his riffs crackle with life, bass is actually played by Hughes himself (as if you didn’t know that already) the keyboards of Ed Roth travel from PURPLE-esque Hammond sounds to latter day Hard Rock and (most) surprisingly Chad Smith of THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS pops up on drums to complete a veritable feast of excellent musicians.
The secret of Hughes’s success and continued survival is that his voice is so unique and displays an undiluted passion and ethereal quality. Backed up with some very fine musicians this intimate concert is captured with a band in full flight exuding skill, showmanship and sheer class. (Online November 10, 2004)