Monday, March 16, 2009

Joe Lynn Turner Hits Straight Between The Eyes On 'Live In Germany'

Joe Lynn Turner
Live In Germany
Blistering Records

Review by Nightwatcher.

First coming to world- wide prominence after being tapped for the lead vocalist spot in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in 1980, it may come as a surprise that 'Live In Germany', recorded September 30, 2007, at the United Forces Of Rock festival at Ludwigsburg, Germany, is legendary vocalist Joe Lynn Turner's first official live album. But considering the overall high quality presented, it begs for a sequel in hopefully the not too distant future

While the set list, consisting of mainly Rainbow and the odd Deep Purple track (in this case "Burn") is overly familiar, with only three tracks culled from his ten album solo career, the energy given to the songs throughout the entire 75 minute show is commendable.

Despite, or perhaps because of the fact the band were unaware they were being recorded this night, the performances showcase these familiar songs quite well. Turner is in fine voice, and delivers with all the vigor and power of the original studio recordings over two decades past. The band, consisting of Karl Cochran on guitar, Greg Smith on bass, Michael Sorrentino on drums and Carmine Giglio on keys, romp through the material as if they wrote it, even stretching out a bit at times to display their impressive musical interplay.

The sound is pristine, being recorded direct to hard drive, with very little overdubs, which lend to an authentic "live" feel, but at the same time polished enough and with more than enough punch in the mix which begs to be turned up loud. While it would be nice if more of Turner's solo consistently strong solo work were represented, there really are no complaints here. Serving as a well paced document of the most well known songs of his career, if you're a fan of melodic hard rock this will be a welcome addition to your collection. 8/10

Click here to access our exclusive interview with Joe Lynn Turner, wherein he discusses the recording of this album in detail.

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